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  1. I wasn't aware of Charles Murray, so I have added him to the list of Eagle Scouts who were awarded the Medal of Honor: Aquilla J. Dyess Robert Edward Femoyer Eugene B. Fluckey Charles P. Murray, Jr. Mitchell Paige Benjamin L. Salomon Leo K. Thorsness Jay Zeamer, Jr.
  2. Welcome! I lived in Neu-Ulm, Germany for several years and was the Scoutmaster of a BSA troop. We did whitewater rafting down the Ins river several times. Ed
  3. I certainly don't think that cell phones and the like should be banned outright, especially in a frontcountry setting like the jamboree. I do think that there should be a code of courtesy for cell phones. Ed
  4. >Allowing scouts below the rank of First Class to earn merit badges occured before the 70s. Back in the 30s or so, certain merit badges could be earned by 2nd class scouts, and later (I think the 50s or 60s) all scouts could earn any merit badge. Ah... I will have to fix that.
  5. The British made similar changes earlier with similar mixed results in a study called the Chief Scouts' Advance Party Report. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chief_Scouts%27_Advance_Party_Report
  6. I think a two different things are being mixed up here. There was a Urban Emphasis program and a Rural Emphasis program created in the 1960s to bring Scouting to urban and rural areas. They merged in 1998 to form the Scoutreach Division. In 1972, the Improved Scouting Program was introduced. Here is what I wrote on the program in the Wikipedia article History of the Boy Scouts of America http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Boy_Scouts_of_America#The_1970s:_the_Improved_Scouting_Program The BSA commissioned a series of studies and developed an updated program to moderniz
  7. >I received the centennial BS History book for Christmas and was surprised to learn that two Canadian Scouts came to the 1936 National Jamboree in Washington, DC. No big surprise? Well, they bike to it from British Columbia. Try getting a National Tour Permit under those circumstances today! That would have been the 1937 National Scout Jamboree. They missed the two Scouts from Venezuela who walked to D.C. http://www.shorpy.com/node/6133 Ed Palmer
  8. More history at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan_Scout_Association Ed
  9. I have a nice canvas fedora with mesh sides that is about the color of the original switchbacks. I wear it in the summer with the adult emblem. Here is one on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/CANVAS-SAFARI-INDIANA-FEDORA-CANVAS-MESH-HAT-OLIVE-XL_W0QQitemZ120427929743QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item1c0a10608f Ed(This message has been edited by epalmer84)
  10. Page 76 of the 12th edition of The Boy Scout Handbook notes the difference between the BSA and the U.S. Army methods of wearing the flag, and that the BSA method is in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code. Ed Palmer (yes, I know this is an old thread)
  11. Leave portable music players at home and hold down noise in your troop and patrol. The Boy Scout Handbook, 12th edition, p.256
  12. The Greater New York Councils have five lodges one per borough. The Pony Express Council and the Long Beach Area Council do not have lodges; they have their own honor societies. Ed Palmer
  13. I'm sure if Charles Whitman's Eagle Scout had been revoked, it would have been news. Ditto for John Edward Robinson, Arthur Gary Bishop, Mark William Hofman or Russell Henderson. Especially for Governor Mark Sanford or Fred Phelps. Ed Palmer
  14. I was going to spin a new thread but keep getting errors. > BSA is not a religous organization. (false) > But they were officially representing the BSA in the US Supreme Court. By being their representatives, they spoke for the BSA. BSA has not rescinded that position. So I submit, saying that BSA is not a religious organization IS an urban myth. I keep hearing this, but can never find any details. Supposedly, the BSA stated they are a religious organization; as best I can tell, this was a case in Kansas in the early 1990s. Ed Palmer
  15. As to the BSA going co-ed... I have no idea where that is going. As I understand it, the GSUSA was upset when the BSA accepted girls into Exploring back in the 70s. The BSA does have a partnership with the American Heritage Girls, one of the more successful breakaway Scouting organizations. http://www.ahgonline.org/ http://www.scoutingnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/mou_bsa_ahg_bw.pdf Ed Palmer
  16. >Totin' Chip, Firemen Chit don't really have patches. they are cards. the patches were created by local scouters to give the little kids who earn the cards something. Apparently someone in Supply thought these were a "good idea": http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/ItemDetail.aspx?cat=01RTL&item=08597 http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/ItemDetail.aspx?cat=01RTL&item=08598 http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/ItemDetail.aspx?cat=01RTL&item=08599 Note that they are marked "This emblem is not for uniform wear", but since they are flap shaped, I have seen th
  17. Everything related to the Eagle BOR is in the Advancement Committee Guide Policies and Procedures. A nice summary is at: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/boyscouts/guideformeritbadgecounselors/rankadvancefaq.aspx Ed Palmer
  18. Mike Rowe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Rowe Ed Palmer
  19. "dg98adams mentioned changing the name to "Scouts" should this happen...got me thinking of the green 1970s uniform I wore as a scout, where the patch above the right pocket (my right your left) indeed said "Scouts." An adult told me when I was a scout this was done in anticipation of BSA going coed (those from early/mid 1970s may recall that debate). " I still have a "Scouts/USA" strip and a decal. Ed Palmer
  20. "A technique I learned in the military for positioning insignia, use double sided tape placed in a couple of strategic locations to hold the patch in place while sewing" I always used white glue. Position the patch, weight it, let it dry. After sewing, the first wash removes the glue. "they note that the Totin chit patch goes ON the right pocket" The insignia guide doe note that the "totin chip" patch goes on the right pocket: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Media/InsigniaGuide/03.aspx But ScoutStuff notes that the Totin' Chip "emblem is not for uniform wear." http
  21. Did you look at the Learning for Life numbers down by about 25% from the last year. http://www.scouting.org/Media/AnnualReports/2008/12lflsummary.aspx Ed
  22. We have some roll up tables that fit in a bag a bit larger than a chair. Something like these: http://www.amazon.com/RIO-High-Tech-Roll-Up-Table/dp/B000QESEGW Ed
  23. Any brand name? Excelsior was one of the larger manufactures who made shoes for the BSA. I have one of their old tokens. See: http://www.sageventure.com/coins/misc.html
  24. The problem is in conflicting guidelines: "The Boy Scouts of America does not recognize any secret organizations as part of its program. All aspects of the Scouting program are open to observation by parents and leaders." http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss01.aspx "The Order of the Arrow, recognizing the attractiveness of the unknown, utilizes the form of mystery. This shall not be interpreted, however, as justifying the withholding of any information regarding the Order from any person legitimately interested in investigating its nature, purpose, or method. Nothing in
  25. There are seven Eagle Scouts who have been awarded the Medal of Honor: * Aquilla J. Dyess (deceased); Lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps during World War II who was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life" during the Battle of Kwajalein * Robert Edward Femoyer (deceased); Army Air Forces navigator during World War II who was awarded the Medal of Honor * Eugene B. Fluckey (deceased); Navy submarine commander during World War II who was awarded the Medal of Honor * Mitchell Paige (deceased); Marine Corps h
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