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  1. My boys got the OA nod. They completed the ordeal. The program is such a joke around here that both have backed off fast. The older went to one meeting. The younger hit two. There were two boys in OA from last year (or earlier). Nine of those voted in completed ordeal. Three (or four) went to the meeting(s) (including my two). They know one of the other boys, and he's not planning to go back. The leadership is so poor that OA is no honor. Frankly I'm glad that my boys aren't interested. I can't even imagine sending my boys off with this small crowd for camping. The trips sounded nea
  2. Thank you KY. The boys I was talking about were discussing a reasonable meal which in fact would be more educational and more clearly reflect the intended uses of the backback stove. They were tossing around something like rice (gotta get the timing down on that), meat with gravy using canned meat and flour and then another veggie prob dehydrated and rehydrated with water (given three stoves were available--only two owned by members of the group currently). So, now given the feedback here and the huge deal this seems to be, they'll throw a one pot soup/stew or similiar in and heat.
  3. Three are working on the camping badge and have been for close a year (troop is just over a yr. old). The boys have already camped over 20 nights. They wanted to go camping in Aug. They wanted to do the small camp stove meal as listed in the badge phamplet. They asked if the meal cooking could be shared. I said I'd try to find the answer to that. We had no merit badge counselors in place starting from scratch a yr ago. Some adults have been willing to build on areas of interest and expertise to be counselors. We have some really good people who work hard and teach a lot for those interest
  4. Thanks for the input. The boys were volunteers and worked hard at the Cub camp. They pitch in on other projects too. I've been quite impressed with the projects and the hard work they've done. The guys seem to have more fun working than just goofing around. We're all pretty new to Scouting and have questions now and then about details. I like to read and research, so the boys and other parents and SM often ask if I know or can find out on things. I'll pass along what you shared. I hope the Cub Camp gives certificates as well. I know the boys would feel good about being recogni
  5. I find these comments troubling: "I understand that people want to help their Scouts get the awards, but take a step back and think about whether stretching the requirements is really the way to go." and " . . . chasing the mighty merit badge." The person working on the camping for any boys who want to do that is new. Since I help with any wanting to learning cooking stuff, he asked me on that after the boys asked him. I said I wasn't sure but thought some folks online would know what was the intention on that. When the boys want to work on something and when we're a
  6. Most of our boys have completed the bulk of the camping merit badge requirements. Number 8 is as follows: Do the following: Explain the safety procedures when using a: Propane or butane/propane stove Liquid fuel stove Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of lightweight cooking stoves. Cook for your patrol a trail meal requiring the use of a lightweight stove. The question we have is about the last thing listed--trail meal. Now, obviously, each boy could just make stew or a one pot dish and serve from a single pot from the small stove.
  7. Thanks! It's not actually my boys that got to help at Cub Camp though it's a great idea to help out. The question just came up, and I knew of the boards here and figured someone would know the answer on that. Our Scoutmaster is new, and he said he wasn't sure on that. We asked a couple of other older Scouters. Everyone was just saying: Hum. Not sure on that. The thought seemed to be that it would be good for it to count but everyone wanting to make sure. We do a lot of community service anyway (homeless shelter, dog pound, parks, church), but it seemed like Cub Camp work would count
  8. A couple of the boys in our troop helped with Cub Scout day camp. We're aware that community service (for Eagle project anyway) is to be outside the organization of Boy Scouts. So, the question is: Do the hours helping with Cub camp count on the six total with these boys at Star level? Thanks for any help.
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