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  1. National has published the guidelines and can be found at https://oa-bsa.org/coronavirus/virtual-unit-elections-and-induction-date-extension They will allow it through July 1, 2020 but have left it open to the council and lodge to decide if they will allow for them.
  2. As a Backpacking MBC I do not count Philmont as completing the requirement. They didn't create the itinerary, they didn't create an emergency plan, they didn't create the menu and so forth. The most they could possible do on a Philmont Trek for this requirement is create a daily schedule and a budget for the trip but will miss some obvious valuable lessons if they used a trip they create on their own. I.E. the true cost of feeding a crew for 5 days and how to keep the cost low.
  3. The adventures with the challenging adverse conditions are the ones they will always talk about years from now.
  4. Yes, there is Boy Scout Volunteers https://www.facebook.com/groups/boyscoutvolunteers/
  5. The Latin Scout, according to the Lodge planbook "Each Chapter Adviser shall appoint a minimum of three (3) Chapter Associate Advisers in consultation with the District Executive and the District Camping Committee." and these patches can be purchased through our Scout Shop, they will just ask you for what Chapter.
  6. The Chapter Adviser patch would be for the Chapter Adviser, they have Associate Chapter Adviser Patches for the other Advisers. Which our Lodges plan book states that each Chapter Adviser should appoint a minimum of 3 Chapter Associate Advisers in consultation with the DE and the District Camping Committee.
  7. I agree that the provided ceremony has no connection to the OA whatsoever, this is a script that the pack leaders or any Troop could carry out. The only part I like about it is that at least 5 of the scouts have a part in it.
  8. Have a good time. Lucky you; you only have to travel to Oso Lake. We are always out at Lost Valley where we will be doing our Ordeal Weekend next week
  9. My scoutmaster always said if your scout book did not fall apart you were not reading it enough.
  10. OCC's Weekly Guide to Scouting just came across my inbox with their different alternative.
  11. I am in OCC and our district Advancement Chair sent this out to what I am guessing all Scoutmaster's and Committee Chairs or maybe just his Advancement Committee. We were on an outing when our Scoutmaster read the email and shared it with the Committee Chair and those around. Everyone's reaction was pretty heated and the BOD should drop the idea of even evaluating charging a fee now. Instead they can charge the fee to the board of directors for their spot on the board to increase profits.
  12. According to an email sent out Saturday, Jan 20th from the a District Advancement Chair of OCC it is to go into effect March 1st. I hope it is a miscommunication within the district not that you just haven't heard the news yet. Here is what was in the email Effective March 1st. The Orange County Council will be assessing a filing fee for Eagle Scout applications. The fee will be $120 with applications to defray the costs to the council to file. The logistics are being worked out as to who will be collecting. You will be receiving the Eagle Scout gift set with this fee. Please pass this al
  13. Our Council just announced that they will be charging a filing fee for Eagle Scout Applications, is there is any other council charging a fee to file an Eagle Application?
  14. By BSA I am assuming you mean the 50 Miler Afoot/Afloat Award. Have you checked the Golden Empire Council High Adventure Team's Awards? http://www.gec-bsa.org/training/high-adventure-training-hat/hat-awardspatches/river-runner/66361
  15. With much of the Sierra still snowpacked it is looking like our planned trip to Emigrant Wilderness trip will be getting a new location. Anyone have any ideas of backpacking areas that offer fishing opportunies outside of the Sierras. Preferably something within 500 miles of Southern California.
  16. No you are not wrong to be concerned over this. If the youth leadership is taking care of things the only need for an adult to butt in is if there is a safety concern and yelling at a scout is not the method to use, although we all can lose our cool at times. I would definitly try to avoid taking that adult to camp again untill he gets some training.
  17. We did a hike in Yosemite in 04 that included Half Dome. We started and eneded at Tuolumne Meadows camped at Upper Fletcher Lake, Merced Lake, then there was a camp at a trail junction between half dome and cloud's rest (We side hiked Half Dome that afternoon), We then climbed over Cloud's Rest and camped at Sunrise Lakes then Cathedral Lake and hiked out to Tuolmne Meadows the next day.(This message has been edited by hikeoholic)
  18. ozemu "We don't actually have a BOR. When the Scout has passed all required tests they get the awarded level. Duty to their god and oath and law are included in the badges required at all levels" A BOR is also included in the badges required at all levels except Scout. So are you saying you reward the scouts before they have completed all the requirments for the badge?
  19. nldscout, If you cancel an event just because council wants to charge a fee who are you really affecting? Not the council the council will just go on with business as usual. the only ones that will be affected is the young man we are in the program for.
  20. What is H&S?????? I've seen this posted on the Philmont Mail List and someone asked the question but the discussion then turned to wilderness first aid.
  21. if i was put in charge of the troops summer camp organization i would make sure the young men are occupied the good part of the day but have enough free time where they can choose to do something totally up to them. If they are in activity sessions all day all week it will get boring and seem just like school.
  22. CA_Scouter, Sounds great, we did a Yosemite hike from Tuolumne Meadows in 04 that included half dome and Cloud's Rest. The scenery was great unlucky for me I had my digital camera and its bag which just had a velcro lid and the camera ended dropping of of the slope while i was climbing to the top. Make sure everyone secures their gear on the way to the top inside a a pack that zips shut, lesson learned hard.. Have a great trip
  23. DugNevius We are located in Southern California and you guys? How did your guys like Zion? Our troop did Zion in 2003, I was not on the trip as I was still in college. I recently took over as the backpacking coord. when I finished up college and one of the young men who was on the 03 trek requested another trip. Last one they got snowed in while they were at sawmill springs and had to hike out in one day from sawmill springs after the unplanned layover.
  24. What is your troop high adventure plans for 2006? I will be taking my troop on 2 weeklong backpack trips this year, in a couple of weeks we will be going to Zion National Park hiking from Lee Pass to The Grotto. This summer in July we will be taking a trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park where we will hike to the peaks of all 4 types of volcanos in the world. We have a trek going to Philmont in 07 and will be looking for ideas for a spring trip for next year soon.
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