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  1. Qwazse - your response is quite helpful and exactly what I was looking for. I will let him read the replies and he can determine for himself what he wishes to do. It will probably be a while before he applies for the Adventure segment (if he ever gets to that point) and he may not need or want to count an activity twice. The nice thing about being interested in high adventure is meeting people who are like minded. When he was at Northern Tier he learned about the Triple Crown and how by earning it most scouts can also earn the NOA- Adventure segment. One scout told him he counted the 10
  2. Basement - chill out, please. He wants to earn the award and is asking me questions about what counts. I have no stinking idea how to answer most of them and neither does anyone in our District. Everyone is either too new in their position or just doesn't care. I assumed this forum was an appropriate place to ask our questions. And yes, we did discuss the riding segment. That has been settled long ago. And no one is quibbling about miles on a sailboat. DS has questions about what acitivities fulfill the backpacking requirements. I brought up the sailboat thing as a rabbit trail.
  3. He is definitely counting it as 3g but each trip can fulfill multiple criteria. He just wondered if it would count as both 3a and 3g. So what do you think about the Sea Base Live Aboard program qualifying for 3g & 3b? They certainly sail more than 50 miles as they putter around for the 5 days they are on the ocean. It's not 25 out and 25 back. (simply asking out of curiosity; I am not trying to be argumentative.)
  4. Well, OGE, since you have approximately 2000 more posts than Eamon, you are indeed a Super Moderator. I wonder what happens when you hit 10000?!?!
  5. This is how Req #3 is written: Complete 10 of any combination or repetition of the following adventure activities, under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America: a. A backpacking trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 20 miles without food re-supply b. A canoeing, rowing, or sailing trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 50 miles without food re-supply c. A whitewater trip lasting two or more days and covering more than 20 miles without food re-supply d. A climbing activity on open rock, following principles, that includes camping overnig
  6. I also know that there are good scouters out there and they are positive influences on many boys. For this I am grateful.
  7. We are in a small rural area, less than 40,000 in the county. These boys represent a significant portion of the last 3 year's of Eagle classes (from 3 different troops), so maybe it is just this particular cohort. Basement - I know they are people and I don't expect perfect behavior 100% of the time. Heck , I don't expect it the majority of the time. I did expect some sense of honor, though, a maybe a little commonsense, esp. when these boys are connected to Scouting pages on FB and every other member of these groups can see what they are posting and doing. It makes me think of th
  8. I need to vent this because it breaks my heart and I am wondering if things like this are going on everywhere or if it is unique to our area. Many, many scouters in our area just don't live up to the Oath and Law. Adult leaders brag about cussing out teachers, the principal and the administration; Eagle scouts give speeches at EBORs about how Eagle doesn't really mean anything in the real world and that Eagle Scouts, like everyone else, do drugs, get drunk and go to jail; Eagle scouts get girls pregnant out of wedlock and don't marry them; Eagle scouts are suspended from high school for
  9. Watching it now and had to pause because about 3mins in and I already see problems with the BORs of which I have been a part. I knew Scoutmasters were not allowed to be on the Board but I didn't know ASMs were also not allowed. Both troops in which my son has participated have allowed ASMs to sit on BORs. --- As a learning tool to conduct BORs, I felt it was pretty decent. It clarified some points with which I had negative experiences. I could have done without some of the banter (esp at the end)(This message has been edited by Eaglemom2b)
  10. The two I have found for the Kindle Fire are not good so I cannot recommend them. Both are advancement apps but they are out of date, incomplete and need to be edited. For example, information for one award pops up under the title for a second award which cannot be found anywhere. I too would like to know if there are good Scouting apps.
  11. It has always been my belief that serious infractions meant being kicked out of scouting. How many points of the Scout Law did this scout break? He certainly wasn't trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous or kind. I would hate to think that this behavior would be excused 'just this once' and then have something far worse happen in the future. Everyone will be questioning why the situation wasn't handled differently the first time. In a time when the BSA is already having tough PR problems that last thing the organization needs is to 'tread lightly' on its stance of bullying
  12. Packsaddle - no harm, no foul. I just wanted to make sure the general readership understood my perspective.
  13. I didn't say anything about guns, not one word. The only point I addressed was in regard to the number and type of people in the wilderness due to changes in accessibility. One of the first things discussed in Leave No Trace training is the change accessibility has had on the environment. From the LNT webpage: Between 1965 and 1980, backcountry visits jumped from 4 million visitor days per year to 10 million per year. (A visitor day is a 12 hour stay by one person.) In 1984 the number grew to 15 million visitor days up 275 percent in less than 20 years. The numbers of backcountry (and f
  14. I haven't quite finished the thread but I would like to add... I grew up camping and hiking in the CO wilderness. When I was young we needed a four-wheel drive to get to the best campgrounds and trailheads. It was a rarity to see more than two or three other groups during the trip. We took fishing poles, food, cameras and camping gear. No need for firearms. The only other people who were going to be out that far were outdoor enthusiasts and scout troops; safe people no doubt. Over time, the state and federal governments have made the backcountry more accessible. Roads that were once
  15. I don't see the problem. The training is informative and beneficial. The time commitment is minimal. Most of the driving to the outings will take longer than the training. Our previous troop used parents who had never been through YP and issues arose all of the time about the interpretation of the rules, esp. the two deep leadership portion, which to me is great importance.
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