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  1. I did a follow up on this and one does NOT have to register as a volunteer, just have a parental permission signed and a photo waiver signed. I checked with our local council and there is such a thing as a Red Cross Club that allows members to register and get ongoing partnership communications with the local chapters. Learning for Life and/or Venturing could easily be set up for this (keep the 16 year age limit in mind). First Aid/CPR/AED instructors can be as young as 16. 18+ year old volunteers who register with ARC get all training for free and are allowed to be deployed to national disaster relief operations anywhere in the US. First Aid/CPR/AED instructors can be as young as 16. Sign up, get the background check, watch the training videos, mark your profile available, you get a call and within 24 hours you are fully immersed in the real world of floods, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, etc. to "help other people at all times." It'll let you know in the first day, whether or not your Eagle rank is for real. My council is looking seriously into partnering with the Red Cross for Blood Drive contacts, Wilderness First Aid, First Aid/CPR/AED, Fire Campaign, Life Saving, etc. In our conversation, a Fire Campaign neighborhood survey would work well as an Eagle Project, "Here's a neighborhood, community, town, etc. we need to know who needs smoke alarms and what kind, knock yourself out." It would take a lot of organizational leadership logistics to pull it off. It's not like a blood drive where all the work is being done by someone else and the Eagle candidate shows up at the end of adult organization and hands out cookies and welcomes people at the door.
  2. You have to register as a volunteer, have parental permission, be over 16, and be accompanied by your parent when installing smoke alarms. If scouts cannot use power-tools they can't participate in the actual installation but all other help is appreciated. If they wish to canvass neighborhoods on their own and report their survey findings, that is great, but check with the local chapter personnel to coordinate efforts with them and to make sure those that wish to get the alarms actually get them. There is a major push twice a year for installations, one in the fall before the winter fire season and again in the spring. In spite of what people read in the news and see on TV, the #1 activity the Red Cross is involved with is the response of Disaster Action Team members to single family fires. Scouts can also help with the Blood Drives by making phone calls and staffing the on-site donation centers. Yes, the scouts will be limited with what they can do, they probably not going to be able to make an Eagle project out of it, but as a service project, it offers a good opportunity to get out and serve in their communities.
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    OA and the aboriginal cultures

    or the WB beads?
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    OA and the aboriginal cultures

    https://www.google.com/search?q=ojibwe+pictures&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=6QC3uvvHpjwCQM%3A%2CtJ9YyDuS0AEGxM%2C_&usg=__gJZvB61xXTHHb_nIbBZYDAO3p7U%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjnxaDa3PDYAhVr34MKHd1-DCYQ9QEIKzAB#imgrc=6QC3uvvHpjwCQM: How many of your OA boys look like the real Ojibwe (Chippewa) Hiawatha's native tribe? Unfortunately they tend to look like what we think they should look like and don't do the real research.
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    OA and the aboriginal cultures

    The Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, WY has displays of the various Indian traditions. No two are alike, but NONE of them look like Hiawatha a fictional character from Longfellow's poem. The real Winnie the Pooh does not look anything like the real Winnie.
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    Green Wool Jackets

    I have 2 wool Pendleton red jac-shirts. I also have 1 BSA red jac-shirt. I always have to look closely to make sure I grab the right one. If I grab the wrong one, no one has ever noticed.
  7. Have the boys pick their group of friends for a patrol and all this drama goes away.
  8. And if everyone knew and used Robert's Rules of Order, there would be no need for any stick.
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    Virtual Campfire

    Hmmm, I have a gal that got fired up about doing a recent service project that she organized a group of elderly ladies, acquired the materials and had everyone pitch in and make lap blankets for all the residents of the local nursing home for Christmas. Sound like an Eagle project? Nope, the gal part gave that away. Did she say she had fun? Nope, not that either. Did she get any credit for it? Nope, but she did put in a public notice of thanks to everyone that helped her. I asked her a couple of Sunday's ago at church coffee fellowship about her "project". She was kinda surprised because she said I was the one that had suggested it. I didn't remember it at all, but it would seem I mentioned it as something the kids in the youth group could do as a service project. They didn't pick up on it as a group and I forgot all about it. She didn't. I had kinda lost track of the kids this fall because I was away on 4 different Disaster Relief Operations for the Red Cross. My curiosity got the best of me finally and I said, if the other kids didn't want to do it, why did she do it anyway. She said that because I do so much for the Red Cross, and Scouts, and Salvation Army, and the Scatter Garden Memorial at the local cemetery, she wanted to know what I knew that she didn't. I asked if she found out. And she said yes. She began a whole litany of things. She felt excited about the project, she made new friends in a group of people 50 years older than her, she learned to use a sewing machine, she was amazed at the generosity of people's donations of fabric and batting for the blankets, and amazed the ladies would stop their regular sewing projects for the church just to help her. Then she said getting to hand out the lap blankets to the residents made her cry. ??? Because the residents were crying when she tucked the blankets in and around some of them. So, where's her Life to Eagle booklet? Didn't do one. Proposal? didn't have one. Plan? Did use one. Advisor/mentor? Didn't get one Signatures? Didn't need any. Did she get any credit for any of this? Not at all. But she did tell me she found out what I know that she didn't know before.
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    Ireland seeks Eagle now before she ages out

    Over the course of about 13 years of running a Venturing Crew, I had 7 boys Eagle. Of all the boys with Scouting backgrounds, i.e. dual registered, troop/crew, only one did not Eagle. I did not have any that earned any Venturing awards. The boys knew I was dual registered as Venturing/Scouting and respected my promptings to stick with the troop and get their Eagle. I didn't need to pressure any of the boys, we were picking up some of the top scouts in the council and surrounding councils and I didn't really need to push any of them along. I simply stated my preferences and like I said 7 Eagled, one did not.
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    Virtual Campfire

    We live in a competitive society. Caring community went out the window back in the '60's.
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    Virtual Campfire

    Are you sure this was written by Murray? It sounds like something my wife would write in my biography now that I'm 67 years old.
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    Virtual Campfire

    I had a '70 Maverick ($1,995 new) the floorboards gave out before the engine.
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