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  1. Is there a significant interest in spinning off from here to a more modern forum? I'll register a domain and host it.
  2. Since unregistered "users" may browse the forum, anyone who has recently clicked a link to the forum is typically included in that count. Usually the TTL (time to live) on that is about an hour. So anyone who has clicked on a link to this forum in the last hour (just a guess) is included in that count.
  3. http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Benghazi-Boy-Scouts-Fill-Vacuum-of-Libyan-Social-Services--117668589.html Glad to see the scouts stepping forward and helping people!
  4. Speaking of class B uniforms, that's what this thread is designing. The primary purpose of the class A uniform is not utility, it's to look good. Complaints about the epaulets and the material seem to be completely mislead since they neglect the purpose of the uniform. A class A uniform is for when you want to look classy - it's a look-sharp, fanfare-driven, we're-ready-to-carry-the-flag-in-a-parade uniform. Sure, the epaulets aren't practical, but practical isn't the goal of the uniform. The uniform, like military class A uniforms, is to look good and, in our case, establish a brand.
  5. Give the the tools to help themselves. Depending on what tools you give them, you can make that your invisible hand. 1) Give them an empty calendar with slots (camping weekends, meetings) to fill. If you want to guide them towards certain weekends, fill in the school schedules for them beforehand. Filling in the dates they need to work around isn't overstepping your boundaries, but helps a greener leadership by getting rid of some of the fog of war. 2) You'll need to be within the guidelines presented in "Guide to Safe Scouting." You can pick up this booklet at your local council
  6. I forgot to mention the importance of NOT doing things that will scare off less physically gifted scouts. Challenge them each against their own abilities, not against the abilities of the ideal physically fit scout. Stress constant improvement!
  7. During a meeting, have an older scout teach a class on nutrition. He can cover the importance of the food pyramid and the scouts can develop a practice menu for a camp out that is nutritionally sound. I cannot understate the importance of this. The cooking habits I learned in scouting have served me my entire adult life. If they learn bad habits now, it will likely follow them. Plan activities that keep the scouts moving. * Our meetings always had a 20-30 minute game time. We tried to make these physical games during the summer. In addition to teaching things like teamwork, it al
  8. In regards to the some people getting to specific about uniforms: That's what a uniform is. It teaches unity and there is something spectacular about a the experience of feeling how you're part of something greater than yourself. Don't take my word for it, go to a jamboree and see 40,000 scouts dressed the same. It's about looking sharp. It teaches discipline, respect, and it is physical reinforcement that the whole of the organization is more important than the stylistic uniform interpretation of an individual. In regards to making your own: The BSA sells official patrol patch bl
  9. I don't know of any resource that indexes it that way, but check out the "Scouting is a Family Affair" section of NESA magazine for multiple members of families that have all earned Eagle.
  10. What council is it? Any council that is that petty over money is clearly in need of financial help. Frankly, though, it's most likely a clerical error. The person you dealt with was probably uninformed.
  11. Thank you, and congratulations on being on the forums for 3 years!
  12. Hi, Even though I've been registered for about 4-5 years, this is only my second post. I might being active again in the online community, I've had almost no luck finding a local troop in my area.
  13. So far this thread has done a good job covering Philmont, but.... I found out last minute (two weeks until I depart) that I'm filling in for someone going to Northern Tier. From those of you that have been, how should I spend two weeks preparing? As a little background, I used to be "that-overactive-kid-with-all-the-merit-badges" in scouts, but I've been on a 2 year hiatius from scouts since I started college. This is my first _major_ trip as an adult. I'm still solid on camping skills and know that my physical condition can handle it. I guess I should focus my question more
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