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  1. Here's the Green Bar Website: http://www.greenbar.ws/4scouts/index.cfm Anne in Mpls
  2. It is I, Sister Katana of Enlightenment! Hear these words of wisdom! T'is better to be standing in the short line of the watch list, than to stand for hours among the masses. Yes, I am on the Watch List. Or one of em. I guess something good came of my union organizing days I tell ya, you feel absolutely catered to when you get to bypass the regular security line at the airport! Such personal attention! Such service! Actually, I dont think we in the short line even had to take off our shoes...they just looked deeply into our eyes while asking the same standard questions...
  3. people, this isn't even a challenge. Here's a challenge. Invent a cobbler recipe for foraged ingredients in the habitats found where you camp. On your mark, Get set, GO
  4. Easy folks, There are many many faiths that specify a fairly precise time of day, and or day of the week for their observances. More information is needed. Anne in Mpls
  5. Sigh. This is so similar to what is happening in our local Girl Scout council. In order for a troop leader to take her girls anywhere overnight, she now has to complete: online orientation, 1.5 hours fast start coaching session 1.5 hours Leadership Essentials (which teaches essentially nothing about leadership)3 hours THEN, Field Trips and Tours 1.5 hours (in order to go anywhere) Girls Cook In (I am not kidding.)1.5 hours (in order to make a freaking sandwich.) Girls Sleep In 2 hours (in order to fall asleep. Indoors.) THEN, if they want to sleep in a tent and cook
  6. So sorry! How to correct this gaff? CalicoPenn - thank you! Yer awesome! Packsaddle, you are nothing to me! That better? Anne, always trying to be the tactful one, in Mpls Nah, I appreciate Packsaddle too! Hugs!
  7. Hey, thanks so much for mentioning this! I'll be at council today - but oh how cool it's all available online! So much better than another book to carry around ) Anne in Mpls
  8. Packsaddle, you are amazing! I had tried hunting online to identify it myself and got no where. Yes, I'm pretty sure you've identfied it correctly. The range and habitat fit, as do all the descriptions, including the grass-like leaves. I'll have to look more carefully this year and see if I can identify it in flower. No idea it was an edible plant as well...very cool! Anne in Mpls
  9. ROTFLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like I can't identify a cattail No, these are on a somewhat tall stalk (thin and half the height of a cattail!!) and the seeds form a 3-4 inch diameter round ball that looks almost exactly like a dandelion puffball. They grow in dryish sandy poor soil, with mixed prairie-type grasses. Anne in Mpls
  10. Matches? We don need no steenking matches. Late summer/fall there's a weed that makes these giant puff balls, like a dried dandelion puff ball on steroids. They are quite tall compared to the grasses the grow among. The stalk under the puff ball is also nicely dried out, and thick, almost woody. I don't know what it is, just know that it holds a flame nicely. I gather 3-5 of these, and can get a nice fire going with a hotspark. Anne in Mpls
  11. Nor did their government abandon them in their time of need. (My cousin Stephanie was sandbagging last week - her boss paid everybody who went to sandbagging instead of to work. She was torn trying to decide whether to evacuate her preschool-age daughter down here to the cities.) Anne in Mpls
  12. Sigh, I am thinking you are well-intentioned, but perhaps not putting your talents to work in the right environment. I am reminded of a person I had a hard time dealing with who is now in a different volunteer position and doing ok with it. She would, quite frankly, meddle. Nothing was good enough for her, she always had ideas, lots and lots of ideas, of how to do things better. Never mind, she would bring them up at the most inopportune times, announce competing events right on top of already-planned events, and generally only had her own kids' best interests in mind - rather th
  13. Ok, so who do I put in the chair for the advancement committee? I got like, 3 eagle scouts, a US judge, a former mayor as the chair... I cut the dead weight when I could find it... Help! Anne in Mpls week 54 and counting (What are these months y'all are talking about??)
  14. Thanks Eagle! I guess I'm a little taken aback by the invite: In my first year as a UC, I oversaw the demise of both units I was assigned. A nearby unit wanted to get to know me, I helped get their charter renewed in the nick of time, they started inviting me to their committee meetings, etc. so I asked if I could take them on too, then that morphed into being named ADC - my area now has three viable units, and no UCs but me. I'm now into my second cycle of rechartering. So not sure I can top my first year's performance So you can see my confusion over a letter addressed
  15. Hmm, so, got this letter in the mail today: "Upon the recommendation of the Northern Star Council, it is my pleasure to invite you..." followed by lots of glowing praise and flattery. I'm assuming this is a form letter/marketing piece to fill the conference sessions, yes? I'm given a password and council approval id. Does this go to every registered scouter, assuming they didn't kill anyone in 08-09? Anne in Mpls
  16. SSScout's post brings to mind a really important point: You have to clearly define the responsibilities on the duty roster. A generic listing of Cooks, and Cleanup or whatever you call them doesn't help unless you define those specific jobs. Who starts the wash water heating up? The fire crew? The cooks? The cleanup crew? Time will be wasted while everybody argues it's not their job, or efforts are duplicated, or people can't be found to do it when the hot water is needed. On our duty roster (kaper chart in Girl Scout land!) I specify what the job means (younger group so I scaffold
  17. Cooking over a wood fire or coals will take much longer than cooking on a campstove. Wood fire - you need to plan in time for gathering firewood if you're not bringing your own (still will take time to gather tinder), laying the fire, stoking it up, or waiting to burn down to coals. Charcoal too - you'll have some wait time for thr coals to be ready. A charcoal chimney will speed things along some. Make sure water gets started heating as *soon* as a stove burner is free or there is room in the firepit. Otherwise, cleanup is waiting on hot water. Teach "clean as you go" - food prep are
  18. Adults on campouts should be required to sleep with adults they most dislike. That'll punish them for wanting to come along
  19. There once was a girl from Mpls, Where seemed Scouting was just for the few of us, de dum deedee dum de dum deedee dum (Something along the lines of she learned so much in the course that when she got home she was able to recruit a gazillion new unit commissioners, resurrect 8 dead units, and fill them all to capacity, start a new Sea Scout Ship on the Mississippi, get a donated gorgeous boat, and donated space to store it off the river in the winter months, and have potential new chartering orgs tracking her down wanting to start more new units) Now Scouting's for many many more of
  20. De dum deedee dum deedee dum, De DUM deedee dum deedee DUM, De dum deedee dum, de dum deedee dum, Should I take Woodbadge course or just skip it?
  21. Ok, yes, I can certainly see it working for Webelos den camping. I was approaching this thinking this was a question about a pack campout, with food provided (Baloo trained for this situation.) So, do you have ideas about incorporating cubs' ideas into a menu for a pack campout? Anne in Mpls
  22. Bobwhite, I don't think I've ever said this to you before, You'd make the perfect Girl Scout leader! (Hope you know that's high praise!) In my not-vast experience, I've seen Cub Packs tend to be very adult-led, making the transition to Boy Scouts a little trickier than if they utilized a transitioning of what we in GS call the Girl/Adult Partnership, with girls taking increasing responsibility as they age in the program. Because Cub Packs tend ot be very large, I think from a practical standpoint it's tricky to get Cub input - do you do the brainstorming at a pack meeting, or do d
  23. Now you've got me remembering the wonderful breakfast at Olave House - back in the 80s when it was still Olave House and 3 of us from our GS troop visited for a long weekend. I've never again had thick-sliced bacon like they served - I'm smelling and tasting it as I type! But we were most blown away by the graciousness and hospitality - handing cups of tea while asking about our day, if we needed extra blankets? I hope I carry some of that with me (but I know I fail by a long way). Eamonn, thanks for the memories!! Anne in Mpls
  24. LOL! Most of the girls in our troop do a lot of cooking for their families (inner city, mostly single moms, lots of younger siblings). BUT, this year I have a girl in the troop whose mom has never let her do anything in the kitchen - she's also the type to jump in with both feet. This resulted in her attempting to layer a lasagna on a papertowel laid on the picnic table, instead of in the dutch oven Where was I? Helping the younger patrol at the campstove ) When we're cooking indoors, we tend to have each patrol responsible for cooking a meal for the whole troop because the cooking s
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