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  1. The Scout requirement is "become familiar with" and "Explain how these items create patrol spirit." Unfortunately, you have discovered your patrol flag is missing and nobody can find it. Perhaps you could explain how having a patrol flag would create more patrol spirit.
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  2. The requirement is: "Become familiar with your patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell. Explain how these items create patrol spirit." If no one knows where it is, I would discuss with my Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. Your patrol should create one if one does not exist. Good Luck and Happy Scouting!
    3 points
  3. Somewhere, in somebody's attic or basement crawlspace, is piece of Redwood that the Eagle Patrol of Troop 759 carved for a Patrol Campsite gateway. 13, 14 year old kids using chisels and hammers. We didn't have a Patrol flag, but for this weeklong Troop sponsored summer camp, it was us. Somebody's dad had this scrap of Redwood from a project , and we used it. We might have had a flag, someone's mom helped make, hem, paint on the cloth, but I don't remember that. The carving I remember. Patrol cooking. For that summer weeklong the Troop parents decided, since somebody had this prop
    2 points
  4. If the patrol flag is lost, get together with your friends and create a new one. It can be very fancy and professional ... or a simple craft project ... or a hand made cloth hung on a tree branch. It really depends on what you want as a patrol flag.
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  5. This seems like an untapped idea. We can all think of orgs who could share camps: Y, school outdoor ed, Campfire, churches, even the Girl Scouts. It is crazy that all of these orgs struggle to have, maintain, and use their camps. If we shared it could just work. I don’t know.
    2 points
  6. Some of my favorite memories are watching from a distance as my sons split wood with an ax. I'd be far away and nervous as heck, but it was very maturing for them. And confidence building.
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  7. Curious what the actual membership numbers are. BSA (Sorry SA) has not been overly transparent of late with that data
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  8. I agree we need something like this. But, from my experiences of scouts reporting these things to unit adults they trust, I wonder if the system will encourage victims to bypass unit authorities. Also, I have experience with observing youth making false accusations at adults and youth, which has its own complexities. Accusations of harm can be complicated and I wonder what kind of training the folks handling the reports are getting. Barry
    1 point
  9. Central Georgia Council's Camp Benjamin Hawkins is under contract to be sold. The camp began in 1927 and comprises 500 acres. The Central Georgia Council office is also for sale. Source: https://www.13wmaz.com/article/news/local/camp-benjamin-hawkins-contract-sold-nearing-100-year-legacy/93-e49907a0-d0a6-4c52-8f81-644cb5a5bf5f
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  10. Found this today on Globe Newswire "IRVING, TX, July 17, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Scouts and leaders from Scouting America joined Senate and Congressional leaders in Washington last week to highlight the importance of programs for the nation’s youth and discuss the positive impact these youth programs have on our communities. ... Washington officials were joined by Scouting America youth in the Cub Scout and Scouts BSA programs, as well as members of the Venturing, Exploring and Sea Scout programs. Bringing real excitement and competition to the meeting, Cub Scouts from Pack 98
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  11. If the only patrol activity is eating then that raises a question. What is going on the rest of the time? Is it fun, challenging or in some way memorable? If so, then do them by patrol. If not, then it certainly explains why few scouts are going. Another challenge is whether or not there are scout leaders. I'm not talking about someone with a position of responsibility patch. I'm talking about the scout everyone wants to hang out with because they create fun. Those people need the patrol leader patch and support from the adults to put on a good program. Here's an idea for you to try
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  12. Back in the day, I earned Red Cross Swimmer, Junior Lifeguard, and Senior Lifeguard certification. These courses were taught mornings at my town pool by volunteer Red Cross Aquatic Instructors. As I recall, the total cost was $10 or $20 to cover book and card. The courses filled quickly and were physically demanding in endurance and stroke execution. My Red Cross instructor was also a Swimming and Lifeguard MBC - so WINNING. The following two summers, I would work as a lifeguard at the same town pool and help teach those courses. I never registered for BSA Lifeguard at our local camp, pe
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  13. I’m not following your point. In your council activities are not done due to fear of legal repercussions? Probably the biggest legal hardship for our camps is the requirement of a sprinkler system for buildings housing more than 4 unrelated people (or something like that). Due to that new cabins will be tough in the future.
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  14. IMHO the answer is LOCAL and CIVIC ACTIVITY. As important as the "outing" is in Scouting, by definition our hiking/camping conceals us from our wider potential market. The physical (including the 'outing') is the thrill that will retain a scout who's already in the door. But what's needed is visibility to the wider market. While that 12 year old is the "end user", never forget the Customer is the one who pays the bills (i,e, Mom). If we want more 12 year old scouts, we need more Local visibility to Moms. That means setting out flags at Memorial/Independence days, marching in Veteran'
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  15. Seems very low key vs the photo shoots of the past few years.
    1 point
  16. Yep, it is the acclimating that is important. And that always included my telling the members, adult and kids, that the swim check was NOT a race, and they could wait a day if need. We went from sea level, literally, to a mile hight or more most years. Between the hot, dry atmosphere and unheated pool, or other water, it could zap you. As I got older, I always did my check the following day, both because of the change, but also my trying to keep up with the routines.
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  17. As a retired Occupational Safety and Health professional, I think the biggest factor is not global warming, but the lack of acclimatization of people, especially the youth. People who routinely work and play outdoors develop a physiological tolerance to heat, and not much of that happens anymore. Most of us arrive at Camp having just emerged from cool environments of home, office, cars, etc. Back in the 1900s when my kids were young scouts, we had a house rule that the AC didn't get turned on in the house, until we returned from Summer Camp. Up until camp, usually the week after 4th of Jul
    1 point
  18. ABC News: Children who fled Russian invasion find community in Ukrainian scouting organization in Canada https://abcnews.go.com/International/children-fled-russian-invasion-find-community-ukrainian-scouting/story?id=111568550
    1 point
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  20. 07/17/2024 Boxwell Scout Reservation, Lebanon, TN "Officials say the camper, 10, was on the jet ski with a 19-year-old staff member who was driving when the crash happened. The Boy Scouts Middle Tennessee Council said the camper was part of a National Guard family and was participating in the Tennessee National Guard’s annual Youth Development Week. " Sources: https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/wilson/2024/07/17/jet-ski-crash-on-old-hickory-lake-near-tennessee-boxwell-boy-scout-camp-kills-10-year-old-boy/74437960007/ https://www.newschannel5.com/news/boxwell-reserv
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