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  1. Sometimes progress is nice but these major changes are not so good. I had the site bookmarked to show the last 24 hours which presented the list of topics, the number of pages, and was sorted from newest to oldest - http://www.scouter.com/forums/search.asp?action=today&sortby=lastpost&order=desc. Made it a lot easier to see what were the hot topics and to jump straight to the page you left off the last time, e.g. topic has 10 pages today, yesterday it had 8, so I clicked on the 8 or 9 and started there. Sorry to say but the changes have made it more of a pain to use and over the last several days I found that I stopped checking the board.
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    Pack/Troop tracking software

    Checked out scout manager. Nice try but lacking so many features that it's worthless. Inability to set dates of when requirements, merit badges, etc done - defaults to current date. Didn't find anywhere to list POR. Can't even say what leadership position the adults are in. Many other glaring deficiencies.
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    Youth Protection Quiz II

    #6 might be true if the SM is designated as an authorized adult to take a youth to and from an event as stipulated on Part B of the Health Form 680-001,2011 Printing, Rev. 2/2011
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    Hammock questions ..Episode Two

    Decent choice. Another in the same price range is the SkeeterBeeter Pro. It's a couple inches wider and a foot longer. The real trick is in how you hang a hammock to get the most comfortable lay. Laying diagonally will achieve a fairly flat lay vs the banana shape. Check out hammockforums.net for more information, fun, and camaraderie than you stand. There's a bunch of us Carolina folk and a larger number of scouters than I would have expected. There's one near you (Wilmington). I'm in Durham if you ever get up our way.
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    Showing my age

    If you are from NC, do you remember when Jesse Helms was an editorial broadcaster? I also remember getting gas at Esso not Exxon. TV only had 4 stations and the remote control was my dad telling me to get up and go change the channel.
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    How sad is this?

    APEX, N.C. An Apex man has been charged with stealing about $2,600 from the local offices of the Boy Scouts of America. James Warren Rupp, 46, of 9037 Holly Springs Road in Apex, surrendered to police Wednesday and was charged with embezzlement. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond. Investigators said Rupp was in charge of the popcorn sale money for the Boy Scouts and that he stole some of it between Jan. 1 and July 6. Rupp is on probation for a 2007 conviction for obtaining property by false pretense. He also was convicted in 2006 on that charge, as well as larceny by employee and writing worthless checks, according to state Department of Correction records. From WRAL.com http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/10076403/
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    dehydrated ground beef

    From what I've seen it's 1:1 for rehydration. Most recipes have the meat rehydrating at the same time as cooking ~15 minutes in hot water. Here's a sight with many backpacking recipes that my scouts like http://www.trailcooking.com/
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    Parachute Canopy?

    You are better off getting a tarp made out of silicone-impregnated nylon also known as silnylon. For example a Equinox 10x12 weighs 18.8 oz and can be had for around $65 (http://www.gearforadventure.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=EQUGlobeSkimmer&click=27)
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    Your number one camping woe?

    Actually I did the opposite and ditched a tent altogether. I now use a hammock with a tarp. The roof is as high as I want, the bed is always the right height, and I never ever have to worry about water coming in or what the ground is like (roots, rocks, slope, etc). The best part is that my back feels better after a night in the hammock than it does sleeping in my bed at home (still trying to figure out how to hang the hammock in the bedroom without being shot by the missus). At this point half the troop has converted to hanging There were a few things I had to learn like insulation tricks but I can use the same set-up either plop camping or backpacking. If you really want to see what the rage is all about check out http://www.hammockforums.net.
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    Photos on the internet...?

    Photos of your troop are an excellent recruiting tool. We publish our outing and event photos on the troop website and have heard from many a prospective scout and family that they viewed those photos to see what our outing program looked like. Some were sold on our troop merely by the photos. We do have the parents sign a waiver that expressly indicates their desire for their son to be shown or not. We also do not use more than a first name in any caption.
  11. So this is all good information. Paypal is easy and I've also been looking at Intuit's site https://paymentnetwork.intuit.com/homePage/semLink1 which offers a similar service with only a .50 transaction fee. I think adults are so used to online paying now that offering a method for scout functions might be well received.
  12. It'll soon be time to start collecting registration fees for summer camp and this year I was thinking that maybe we could offer an online payment system. This would give the parents the flexibility of using either checks, credit cards, or direct from account withdrawals. It can then also be used for yearly dues collections, donations, other trip fee collections, etc. It also offers the advantage of them being able to make a payment when they receive an email from the troop or when reading the updates on the website. Has anyone used an online payment system for camp fees, registration, etc? And if so what service do you use?
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    Share Your Web Site

    http://www.bsatroop423.org
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    MultiTasking

    I'm a scoutmaster with nominally 4 ASM's but trying to get a 2nd adult for trips is usually like pulling teeth. I'm waiting until 2011 when we recharter and I'll be the only leader registered due to the training requirements.
  15. Actually the ground will not really heat up, it will suck the heat right out of you before it gains significant warmth. I've personally slept great at 20 degrees hanging and if you search YouTube, there's a hanger named Shug who record the trip he took at -27 in Minnesota and slept well. If you have scouts interested in hammocks (5 of mine have so far converted)try making your own. http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=670 or http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeHammock2.html I assuming your scouts already have some kind of insulating pad like the WalMart blue pads? Sailingpj: I'm surprised about your experience. If a hammock has enough slack and you lay on the diagonal, then you should have experience an near flay lay. I know I'm sounding very enthusiastic but that's because since I've changed over from ground dwelling, I've have slept much better, with no (none at all) back or shoulder pain in the morning. I don't even fell this good when sleeping in my regular bed at home. BTW I'll be 50 in a couple of months so those of you in this age range know what I mean about the wake-up aches. As a side benefit I don't have problems finding a level, dry spot to set-up. I have slept on steep hillsides that would have you smushed into one end of your tent. http://www.mcmannenscouting.org/Troop423/photos/Michie0310.htm http://picasaweb.google.com/manderle/200911FallsLake?authkey=Gv1sRgCOSBh-PK6eHNaw#5407359333126118226 http://picasaweb.google.com/manderle/ShiningRockWilderness2009?authkey=Gv1sRgCILjtcC72qiMUA#5352495615835093122
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