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  1. For whatever reason, both my council's summer camp, and a neighboring council's camp have about 75-90% of the troops gone after campfire on Friday. In fact only 2 troops were in camp when my troop left Saturday morning after breakfast.
  2. I thought Cubs change everything June 1 2015? http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/11/18/new-details-on-the-rollout-of-using-one-oath-and-law-in-all-programs/ Then again the post is a few months old, and National keeps changing everything.
  3. One camp I worked at had a dedicated staffer to do SM Specific and IOLS. Depending upon the quality of the instructor, good or bad. One guy did and excellent job, the guy the next year was a joke. Friend of mine needed IOLS to be 'trained" and it was all lecture and no work. Lucky for my friend, he didn't really need to learn IOLS skills. If you've been to Philmont and don't know your T-2-1 skills, something is wrong with ya. Camp I went to did Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Training multiple times during the week. Also did the Aquatics Supervision courses too.
  4. Ditto what others said, let the SM do it. The ASM who will be the next SM (yes we have a succession plan) signs off on advancement, but not the SMC.
  5. Don't know how many activity badges were earned at my day camp, but I know they got Readyman (I got the CPR mannaquins and AED and oldest son, a Boy Scout was one of the numerous "victims" that they encountered on their "First Aid Hike" the second day) and either completions or partials in a few more. At the end of camp, the past 2 years we've had troops sponsor a Webelos Overnighter, so all of Outdoorsman can be earned if you attend. Plus the kids love their reward for doing fire safety: hot sparks But we do our day camp a little differently. 1/2 the day Webelos in "Webelos Woods" w
  6. I don't know about the merit badge program at the camp my son's troop went to, I was too busy taking Aquatics Supervision classes, but I really liked their first year program that my son went to. Several friends who have been there before told me that the program is designed to help the troop out in teaching these T-2-1 skills. I know they had an incentive program for leaders to help out in that program, and in the merit badge programs. Listening to the first year camper counselors, they said that the skills marked off were the skills that the scouts DID do, and should know. They also said tha
  7. JBlake, Army Surplus was key to my Scouting career in the 1980s/early 1990s. My camping gear was either hand me downs from my brothers, or USGI surplus. heck one of the dads in my troop, a LTC, had a joke: " Government surplus, if it's designed for combat, it may survive Boy Scouts." I admit I made the mistake of giving most of my old camping stuff away. Everything but my A.L.I.C.E. pack. With 2 fifty milers, a NSJ and WSJ with that pack, itprovided to many memories to part with it. Now I'm loaning it to oldest son to use. There are troops that still rough it a bit. Last camp o
  8. To shoot pistols. To get out and do ore challenging activities.
  9. KDD, Sorry i didn't see your post. It sounded as if folks didn't realize that current Webelos 1s, the ones just moved up in June and would be affected, now could carry on as normal.
  10. Well I can tell you that how a council will handle it depends on the SE. Camp I went to as a youth had an aquatics director caught drinking and was immediately dismissed. Don't know if membership was revoked though. I worked at that camp several years later, and walked into a staff cabin that had a 6 or 7 foot high pyramid of beer cans. The staff kept their jobs. If what happened to me is any indicator on how you will be treated after doing something, I can tell you that if you report the situation, you WILL be the bad guy. You WILL be ostracized. And people WILL blame you for what hap
  11. Backin the late 1980s, early 1990s my district created a district patch becasue that became a fad in my council. They issued everyone attending a camporee a patch. Several years later, when I was working for supply, we had a bunch of new leaders keep asking us for district patches they were "required" to have. Found out one district was still making them and selling them to help with events and camperships.
  12. UPDATE ON WEBELOS TRANSITION ( yes I'm shouting with joy!!!!!!!!) Someone at national has finally gotten it right! National is now allowing Webelos who get their Webelos Badge before June 1, 2015 to continue using the current requirements, and book, to get the Arrow or Light, http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2014/07/07/webelos-arrow-light-transition-gets-second-option/
  13. Ok Still exceeds this website's limit. At least it's on Facebook now.
  14. Folks, I have not tired uploading the document here yet, But I did upload the document to the Scouter Dot Com Facebook Group page found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/172739770499/ Will try and post here.
  15. Folks, I hate to say it, but I need more time. As some may have noticed, I'm not posting as much as I use to, and that's because I don't have the time I use. Please be patient with me, I will post the syllabus.
  16. Have you tried the camp chaplain, if your camp has one? One of the camps I worked at would hire a seminarian, those studying to become ordained ministers, to work the entire summer. One of the things the chaplains did was deal with homesickness.
  17. I agree with DC, OA is outside of advancement. Plus in my lodge, the only way to be able to buy lodge flaps is to do 7 hours of service work. So it seems like "double dipping."
  18. I'm willing to bet you most of the HA bases, both council and national ones do have camps accessible only by foot or boat.
  19. Folks, Sorry for the delay in response, it's been very hectic. I will work on it this week.
  20. I think there are multiple issues involved. First and foremost is the National Accreditation Program than looks at camps and their viability. Thankfully my council doesn't own the "primitive" camps, otherwise they would be gone by these standards. http://www.scouting.org/Home/OutdoorProgram/CampAccreditation.aspx Another challenge in my opinion is Cub Scouts. Don't get me wrong, I love Cubs camping, and will be taking my youngest two boys Cub camping every chance I get. But #1 Some Cub families are not ready for a true wilderness expereince. #2 Some councils are not doing their
  21. Sorry about that. Got interrupted before posting http://www.oa-bsa.org/pages/content/centennial-update-2014-07-3
  22. Here's the link for info on the anniversary award for those interested. My advice, do the work and submit the paperwork ASAP. I remember the 75th Anniversary dangle, and how they didn't make enough.
  23. Oldest got the Mystique 1.5 and loves it. And ALPS has a program at http://www.scoutdirect.com where you can get steep discounts. You gotta sign up for it, and all the website does is list the product and the discount price. You need to go to the main site for info on the item. When I looked at it, I was impressed. http://www.alpsmountaineering.com/alps/products/tents/lightweight-tents/mystique-15
  24. Actually my son's scout troop does this every January for several reasons. 1) the newly elected PLC hadn't come up with a calendar yet, B) We have new Scouts joining us from the December Crossovers that may not have cold weather gear, and 3) This is something the scouts want. Activities vary I am told, however the Troop Chess Tournament is always included. This past year, my son's first, they went to a rock climbing gym during the morning, did first aid training in the afternoon, and chess tournament and game time that nite. My son loved it.
  25. TAHAWK, add me to the rant too. But as too the wilderness survival testing I saw a single MBC use the overnighter the camps I've been to do as the "final," and loved it. Long story short, 2 adults, him and a volunteer Scouter, take the Scouts to one point of camp where an "amnesty sheet" is put out and all the contraband comes out. No shaking down, but a very long, silent 30 - 45 minute wait ( at least that is what it felt like when I volunteered). Everyone then goes to the overnight site, is given the scenario, and some supplies from the wreckage. Things happen throughout the
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