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Eagle69 last won the day on April 13 2015

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  1. Shutting down Troop

    " According to the "Rules and Regulations", the DE should meet with the CO and determine their intent to recharter now or sometime in the future." Ha, ha. 11 Years ago I shut down a troop that had been chartered for 43 straight years and never heard a word from the District or Council professionals. I keep the gear in storage for several years hoping we would restart until the CO said we need the space and the gear has to go. I gave some of it away to other troops and since I had associated with a new troop I gave them first dibs on gear they wanted out of our stock. We had some gear that was specifically used by the leaders (tent, stove, cook set, lantern) and I took that myself for payment of 28 years as SM.
  2. I have no experience with the new backpacking stoves, back when I was doing it only white gas was available. As for static camping, we would go through white gas like crazy on a weekend campout, whereas a 20 lb propane tank lasts almost a whole season. I haven't looked at the price of white gas in Wal-Mart lately but the last time I saw it at Cabelas I almost choked at the price.
  3. I can't fathom the new all in one WoodBadge with Power Point presentations inside. I did a Walking Wood Badge back in 1978 where we were taught the 11 Leadership Skills. Prior to the new WB the whole course was done OUTDOORS! You slept outside, you did your own cooking outside, and your training was outside. Of course lets not forget there was Boy Scout WoodBadge and Cub Scout WoodBadge, 2 totally different courses. Fortunately nobody has ever mentioned to me that my Beads weren't any good and I needed to be retrained.
  4. What camps offer what activities

    Here is the Leaders Guide for the Quapaw Area Council in Arkansas. This camp is located about an hour Northwest of Little Rock outside of the big metropolis of Greenbrier off of Hwy 65. http://www.quapawbsa.org/content/uploads/2016/03/2016-Leaders-Guide.pdf
  5. "Our council AND national does." Interesting. I was SM for 28 years 1979-2007 and produced 26 Eagles and never turned in a Blue Card to Council.
  6. New SM not new to Scouting

    Rethink being SM with your young family. They may tell you it is 1 hour per week, but the "one hour per week per boy" joke is not far off. I started as SM about the same age as you did, but I had no wife or family so my time was my time. I did this for 28 years and went back to being an ASM where now I decide if I want to go on this outing or come to that meeting. To succeed as SM you will need to attend monthly Roundtable, Training, etc, all of which will eat into your family time. I would say wait a few years and then give it a go when your son is part of the program.
  7. Cableas used to have a piece of hardware you could attach to a 20 gal propane tank and use to refill the small disposable ones. I can't find it on their website but Amazon has one: http://www.amazon.com/Onlyfire-Universal-Regulator-Accessory-Cylinders/dp/B00X7OHXOC/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1450455241&sr=8-16&keywords=propane+tank#Ask
  8. I did a Walking Wood Badge council sponsored course way back in the late 70's. We were constantly on the move with sessions being interspersed as we went along. From the first night we were pitching ou tents and cooking our own meals. It was a bit different from the static course at the time, but even that was done outdoors with patrols doing their own cooking. I never understood why BSA created the current couse that is done inside with Power Point Presentations, catered meals, sleeping idoors and combinng Cubs and Boy Scouts.
  9. Patrol cooksets

    Get Cast Iron Skillets and teach the boys how to take care of them and you will never look at anything else again and the nice thing is if they mess them up by not following directions you can, with some effort, make them useable again.
  10. Patrol cooksets

    I can't believe that BSA has discontinuied the nesting Patrol Cook Set, that has been around forever. The skillets weren't anything to write home about, but having the nesting pots was great. My troop went inactive and after a few years the CO said they needed the space where all the gear was so i had to get rid of it, I made sure I kept the BSA Cook set that i had bought 30+ years ago for the leaders to use.
  11. Back when I was SM our troop made 2 trips to Rocky Mountain National Park, 1 trip each to Pecos Wilderness in New Mexico, Porcupine Mountain State Park on Lake Superior in Michigan, Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, and Shenendoah National Park in Virginia with a side trip to DC. We were a backpacking troop at the time.
  12. Camp Rockefeller Arkansas

    Camp Rockefeller used to be the best protected scout camp in the country and also the place you didn't want to be when the missles started flying. Back before disarmament there used to be several Titan II missle silos on more than one side of Damascus. As a Scouter in the Quapaw Area Council, which owns Rockefeller, I'm glad to hear the praise.
  13. Volunteer Leaders

    As a single adult who has been a Scout Leader for 38 years(28 as SM), I can attest to the fact that if you are fully involved in Scouting then there are lots of times that you put your personal life second. I have a full time job, I own a house and have other committments outside of Scouting and there have been times over the years when some are of that have gotten ignored because of Scouts Every leader I know had the same issues so the LDS folks aren't any different than the rest of us except to most of them it is a job they have been ASSIGNED to do and for the rest of us it is a job we WANT to do.
  14. I was in Cabelas the other day and happened to take a gander at the price of Coleman Fuel and nearly fell out when I saw it was $16.00 a gallon. It got me to wonder if anybody still used it to power stoves and lanterns or has everybody goine to Propane which is so much cheaper? I can remember some campouts where we might go through a couple of gallons of fuel powering the stove. That would be big time expensieve now.