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  1. Want to start a new Pack or Troop? Everything you need to know about starting a new unit is outlined in the "New Unit Organization Process" (#34196A) and in the "New Unit Organization Kit" (13-563). You should be able to get copies of these materials from your Council Service Center. Given the importance National and local councils place on starting new units, it is odd that finding these materials online is so difficult. Here is one reference I found to the 12-step process for organizing new units: http://www.baltimorebsa.org/council/committees/images/NewUnitProcess.pdf (if the above URL wraps, try this: http://tinyurl.com/3vh4b) This is a link to a PDF file of the "New Unit Organization Process" (item #34196A), a complete guide to the 12 step process of organizing new units. Many of the 12 steps can be completed by a motivated volunteer who wants to see the new unit established (for example, I started a new Cub Scout Pack in my son's school a year ago, and I accomplished almost every step without the aid of a DE or UC, although they of course supported my efforts). For those interested in starting a new Cub Scout Pack, there is the "Cub Scout Pack Organization Kit" (#13-055), also available from your Council Service Center (unfortunately, I can find no reference to this valuable resource anywhere online). Finally, don't overlook your District Membership Committee; they should be able to provide resources and assistance as you go about organizing your new unit. In fact, pages 14-17 of the "Membership Committee Guide" (33080C) discuss the process of organizing new units (again, not available online as far as I can tell). Here is a link to a PowerPoint presentation I found that appears to be intended as a training overview of the 12-step new unit organization process: http://www.hightowertrail.com/Vanguard/12-StepTrain.pps Good luck organizing your new unit! Fred Goodwin, Organizer: Pack 2003 Alamo Area Council
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    Who's got these Boy Scout Movies?

    Maybe. But many of the movies mentioned in this thread were produced before tody's Scouts were even born. The current movies (e.g., A Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) do indeed rely on the tired trope of a nerd Scout. Can you name a recent movie that shows Scouting in a positive light and doesn't make use of the pedophile or nerd tropes?
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    Who's got these Boy Scout Movies?

    One could argue that if the producers followed BSA uniform requirements exactly then BSA would sue them for infringement (else work out a licensing deal which the producers might find too expensive for a single episode). I wish BSA would work more cooperatively with Hollywood so the public could see Scouting in a wider and more positive light. As it is, typical Hollywood portrayals of Scouting involves either pedophiles or nerds.
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    Gus Grissom and Exploring

    Was the late Gus Grissom ever an Explorer? I stumbled across this photo of him standing in front of the Exploring logo, but there is no caption of explanation:
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    Who's got these Boy Scout Movies?

    Here's the song, "Be Prepared", sung by Doris Day and Jack Lemmon from the film, "It Happened to Jane" (1959), re-released as "Twinkle and Shine" (1961). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUAObYotzDQ
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    Scouts and UFOs

    Forgive me if this has been discussed, but I did a quick search and didn't see a thread or even a post on it. You'd think as often as Scouts go camping, there would be more cases of Scouts reporting sightings of UFOs. There was a famous (at the time) case in 1952 from West Palm Beach, FL of Scoutmaster Sonny DesVergers claiming to have been "attacked" by a UFO (see, for example, https://www.nicap.org/bhoax.htm). The Air Force investigator concluded that that particular case was a hoax. What got me thinking about Scouts and UFOs was a recent episode of "Project Blue Book" on the History Channel titled "The Scoutmaster" which was very loosely based on the DesVergers case. So has anyone here seen a UFO in the woods? Did you report it to the authorities? If so, were you believed? Was there any follow-up?
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    Scouts and UFOs

    Just FYI, I watched the episode and I believe the kid in the pics is the SPL (although in the episode, they never identified his rank or office). The SM is not included in the pics I posted because none of the online pics show him in uniform.
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    Scouts and UFOs

    I agree. THC is no longer about history but about entertainment. I had high hopes for "Project Blue Book" when I first heard about it, but after watching a couple of episodes, I was sorely disappointed when they decided to go all "X-Files" on me. As if sticking to the facts wouldn't have been interesting enough.
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    Who's got these Boy Scout Movies?

    It (1990} The 1986 Stephen King horror novel was filmed as a miniseries in 1990. I've never read the book, and I didn't see the original miniseries, but the DVD (and I assume both the book and original miniseries) has a character named Richie Tozier, identified by Wikipedia as a "Jewish Boy Scout". I noticed the uniform Richie wears in his first few scenes appears to be a very faithful version of the Boy Scout uniform, which got me to wondering if it was in fact, an authentic BSA (albeit 1960 vintage) uniform. Did BSA cooperate in the production of this film? I didn't notice a mention of BSA in the closing credits but I may have missed it.
  10. Buzzfeed has a great review of "The Hearts of Men" about "three generations of men as they return to a Boy Scout camp in northern Wisconsin over the course of 60 years": https://www.buzzfeed.com/lincolnthompson/6-great-books-to-read-in-april The cover art got my attention and obviously points to a story about Scouting in some form. This begs the question: what other Scouting fiction or Scouting novels have I missed? Any personal favorites you'd recommend? Fred Goodwin Cub Scout parent San Antonio, TX
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    Who's got these Boy Scout Movies?

    Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727776/combined is a good movie that is unfortunately rated R for violence, language, and nudity. It paints Scouting in a positive light, despite the obligatory swipes about it being for nerds, etc.
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    Movies worth watching (with Scouts?)

    FYI: "Immaculate conception" means born w/o original sin, and according to Catholic teaching (I'm Episcopalian myself), only four people were conceived immaculately: Adam, Eve, Mary, and Jesus. This is different from "Virgin birth". I think you meant the latter. Fred Goodwin Cub Scout parent San Antonio, TX
  13. In another thread, a question was asked in regards to the booing of the Boy Scouts color guard: "is there any proof it was set up by the Democratic leadership at the time?" I don't know if it was "planned" in advance, if that's what you mean. But does that really matter? Do you think that would've made a difference to the boys and adults who heard the booing? In any event, here is a direct quote from the original article that broke the story, in the Aug 17 LA Times:CONVENTION 2000 / THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION; NOTES; Rooms: $260, Phones Extra; A Walk on the Wild Side; [Home Edition] Faye Fiore and Steve Chawkins. Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, Calif.: Aug 17, 2000. pg. 4 No Gaiety Over Pledge; Full-Frontal Tipper In Philadelphia, we learned, a crowd once booed Santa Claus. But members of the usually mellow California delegation trumped Philly on Tuesday night when they booed the Boy Scouts leading conventioneers in the pledge of allegiance. The Scouts don't allow openly gay leaders, and their presence onstage did not sit well with some of the 434 Californians, 34 of whom are openly gay. "It's such an affront," Assemblywoman Carole Migden of San Francisco complained after the Scouts disbanded their Norman Rockwell montage. "We're going to pursue who made this decision and why and make sure it doesn't happen again." But this is L.A., after all, so no one was heard to protest an oil painting showing a full-frontal self-portrait of a nude and pregnant Tipper Gore that popped up in a Spike Jonze video shown in the hall Wednesday and carried on C-SPAN.I know there are many who don't believe this really happened, simply because the primary source on the Internet is a much lengthier story from the Washington Times that came out a day later. But the quote above is from the original source, the Los Angeles Times. Unfortunately, the LA Times article is no longer available on the Internet, but if you have access to Infotrac at your local library, you can easily confirm the above is an accurate quote. The Boy Scouts most assuredly were booed by some Democrats at the 2000 Convention -- it is not an urban legend or something conservatives made up.
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    Boy Scouts at the 2000 Democratic Convention

    I know this thread is old, but I found a link to the LA Times article I quoted above. I don't know how long this link will be good but here it is: http://articles.latimes.com/2000/aug/17/news/ss-6081
  15. Hooking youth: Fishing is a pathway to nature for America's children http://www.abqtrib.com/news/2007/jun/06/commentary-hooking-youth/ http://tinyurl.com/2pcycu Mamie Parker Wednesday, June 6, 2007 Waters, long-coursed downstream, press on me still. The lunges of memorable fish linger in the eddies of my mind. Bright waters beckon this private vice of mine, fishing. And my recollections, no matter how old, always have the tenor of springtime, when all things are new. Fishing fixes me to places where I really feel alive. As a young girl and even today the experience carries a vestige of adventure and wildness - an escape from the artifices of man. As I reflect on National Fishing and Boating Week, which is this week, it pains me some children don't experience nature as I have. A recent book by Richard Louv, called "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder," has brought into the national dialogue the condition of today's children and in particular their poverty of outdoors experiences. Electric cords tether them to the indoors while diabetes and obesity have soared, Louv reports. Increasingly they suffer from ADHD; they're shuttled to and from pre-planned events, with little chance for spontaneous and creative play. Think about this: you don't see many children playing outside anymore. It's a simple observation, but telling. The dearth of youthful experience in nature makes us all the poorer. Recent scientific research at Cornell University reports what I instinctively know. The Cornell study of 2,000 adults by professors Nancy Wells and Kristi Lekies revealed in the journal, Children, Youth and Environments, that kids who fish and have unstructured time outdoors grow into adults who care more about conservation and the environment. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service intends to enrich lives with introductions to nature. During this week of observing fishing and boating, most of our 70 National Fish Hatcheries across the nation invite thousands of children and adults to fishing derbies at hatcheries or on waters supported by fish from our hatcheries. But we're going to do one better. Congress gave the service a charge in the National Fish Hatchery Volunteer Act of 2006, requiring us to create educational guidelines and make use of our hatcheries and fisheries field stations across the nation as outdoor classrooms. In October, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Kentucky launches the first environmental education curricula with training sessions for staff, volunteers and teachers from local schools public and private. Curricula standards will follow national guidelines and relate to those of the local schools, providing the chance for students to increase their science literacy and their awareness of nature with personal hands-on experience with fish and their habitats. It's my ardent hope we touch the lives of youth by planting a germ of an idea that nature matters, that conservation matters. Our work with the state fish and game agencies and conservation groups matters - not just for conservation, but for people. In July, the copper-colored Gila trout in the southwest New Mexico will be open to fishing for the first time since the 1950s. Witness also our work restoring lake trout in the Great Lakes, at the same time monitoring a novel but serious fish disease called viral hemorrhagic septicemia. Developments we've made in fish nutrition help steelhead on the West Coast and Atlantic salmon in the northeast. It falls upon our scientists to marshal the rigorous research necessary to have the Food and Drug Administration approve new aquatic animal drugs for the good of conservation, commerce and people. Fishing surely has its values, intrinsic and otherwise. The sport has produced an enduring body of literature. This favorite of American pastimes supports commerce and creates livelihoods for people; the welfare of people and families depend on quality fishing. And for youth, fishing is an entr toward feeding their innate curiosity about nature. This is circuitous, like a lazy oxbow river turns back toward itself: healthy habitats mean healthy fish, healthy economies and healthy people. We need young people in the circle; we need them outdoors where nature will nurture them as they grow - and they'll grow to nurture nature. Fishing is surely a way there. -- Parker is the assistant director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C. She is an avid angler and member of the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame.
  16. I've used Yahoo Groups for over a decade for units and for districts. They have a files and photo area to store pics, and privacy settings if you want to keep your group unlisted. I recommend them.
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    Who's got these Boy Scout Movies?

    Anybody seen this? "Troop 491: Adventures of the Muddy Lions " http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2338642/combined It appears to be in very limited release
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    Sikh Religious knot??

    Cool that is great news! "Boy Scouts of America Approves Sikh Religious Award in Consultation with WSC-AR"
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    Parent brag

    My son passed his Ordeal this weekend and is now a member of the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service! I plan to give him an OA coin in recognition of this occasion.
  20. Charge It With Fire! FlameStower Turns Your Campfire Into A USB Phone-Charger http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/26/flamestower/ The latest in camp gadgetry for the digital age! I don't think I want my smartphone anywhere near an open flame, but I'm sure someone will give it a try. If you do (or have already), please report back on your results. And please, no "flames" (bad pun intended) about technology on camp-outs. Fred Goodwin San Antonio, TX
  21. A Baptist Scouter pens a very thoughtful response to the recent BSA vote to allow gay Scouts. It's worth reading. http://www.arkansasbaptist.org/letters-to-editor/2013/5/24/an-open-letter-to-southern-baptists-from-the-bsa-religious-r.html -- http://www.facebook.com/National.Episcopal.Scouters.Association
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    Who's got these Boy Scout Movies?

    Can anyone identify this movie? http://www.gq.com/images/women/2011/05/sexy-women-comedy/sarah-silverman.jpg That's obviously Sarah Silverman and it appears she's flashing a group of boys wearing Scout-like uniforms. The main GQ article gives no hint as to the movie from which this scene was lifted: http://www.gq.com/women/photos/201105/sexy-women-comedy#slide=1
  23. Has anyone seen the trailer for this? It involves a boy from a scout-like troop leaving his camp and running away with a girl he meets at camp. Of course the uniforms are knock-offs; I wonder if the producers asked BSA to participate officially? There is at least one *real* Boy Scout in the film, albeit as an extra: http://portsmouth.patch.com/articles/portsmouth-boy-scout-earns-movie-extra-badge-on-set-of-moonrise-kingdom More info on IMDB at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1748122/combined
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    "Moonlight Kingdom" (May 25, 2012)

    I just got back from "Moonrise Kingdom" and I'm happy to report the movie did not paint Scouting in a negative light although some of the leaders were portrayed as less than positive role models. In fact most of the adult characters are flawed in some way -- only the two protagonists are shown as sympathetic characters. The "Khaki Scouts" are shown as typical boys. I note for the benefit of those who don't stay until the bitter end, the credits do include an acknowledgment of the Narragansett Council of the BSA at the very end.(This message has been edited by fgoodwin)
  25. Scouting has its own problems and those certainly need to be addressed. But declining membership isn't unique to Scouting. Service club membership (Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, etc.), church attendance, PTA membership, etc. are ALL down. This is a society-wide issue. Whether or not is a "problem" is in the eye of the beholder. If you're interested in reading some serious stuff about this issue, I invite you to read "Bowling Alone" by Robert Putnam. He has studied this issue in great detail.