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  1. Be very carefull! I think you are looking at a take over attempt. It happened to us the same way but with the Masonic order instead of the SAL. ASM1
  2. What does everyone think about an OA Chapter commiting to an Arrow of Light ceremony 6 months before Blue and Gold, working with the Cub Scout pack, and then informing that pack that they will not be able to participate just 12 hours before the Blue and Gold Banquet? Just wondering...
  3. I read this thread last night, what a great thread with great memories. The best part of WB for me was EVERYTHING! The bad part for me was NOTHING! After reading every post here, I come to the conclusion that some people just were too serious about things. On our first weekend we were losing things also, but when we found out they were being taken, well, like Bugs Bunny said, "you realize this means war!" And we waged war on everyone! Our SPL screamed at one of our patrol for walking across Gilwell field. He said we had to sing or do sit ups. We did neither. That night our SPL's tent totem was
  4. Well, I guess it all goes to say, unless you were there your only an opinion which is worthless. We were there for 4 days. We arrived on Wednesday, and left on Sunday. We were not there for the electricution of the 4 leaders, (thank the Lord). But what we seen in those 4 days was a disgrace for BSA National! We camped at a site some 65 mile away with 24 other troops who came to see the National Jamboree, some as far away as New Mexico, and California. On Saturday night before we all left, we had a huge cracker barrel and the topic was, ("we will never come back".) Every single Scout Troop
  5. That's funny right there, I don't care who you are, that's funny! ASM1
  6. Wow, I guess we never know how lucky we are until we really see what we have. Our council got a new SE 2 years ago. I was angry because I loved our old SE and thought "there goes the program". I could not have been more wrong. Everything I read here about what you don't have from council, we have. Our council is fabulous! Glossy flashy packages for new charter organizations? We have them. Support from council? We have it. Recruitment? We have that too. Our council is growing leaps and bounds and it is because of our new SE. Don't get me worng, we have problems, but they are shrinking. Our bigg
  7. Thanks again for the input. I will have our council review the app. But I think if there is no legal questions we will be alright. We are seeking national publicity and national council support. This is more or less going to be a wild west travel experience for our scouts and so far we know of 18 merit badges we can persue during this trip. We are also hoping to promote this is all the local news media in the areas we visit. It should be a big promotion for scouting in general. I hope we don't have anyone holding us up for a technicality. ASM1
  8. Excellent! Thank you for the info! ASM1
  9. OK, I promised I wouuld let the cat out of the bag once I had our arrangements made. Here it is. What you heard is correct, but I think it is 50 miles. Here is how you get around it. Less than 20 miles from AP Hill is Paramounts Kings Dominion Theme Park. Our Venture Crew has camped there for several years for a summer break. They are offering large fields for scout troop during Jamboree. How you get around the tour permit issue is "take your scout parents, all of them" It is now a large family campout. But you will need to make your reservations with the theme park as a scout unit to get thei
  10. It being Sunday and the lack of anyone to call at Council for info. I have a question that maybe someone here can answer for me. Are there any currant restrictions on a cross country summer trip other than travel permits? We are thinking about a trip from the East Coast to the North West, than to South West, than back to the East Coast. We would like to make this trip in 2 weeks and hit some major points of interests. Are there any BSA restrictions, or legal issues that we need to check into before we make any further plans? Thanks, ASM1
  11. Well, I missed it this year. But our Troop went to the encampment and our Pack went on the day trip. They are still talking about it. Wow! I'll be going next year with our Troop. From what I hear, it was Fabulous! ASM1
  12. Well, I can honestly say I learned more about Venturing in this thread than I knew before, and I thought I knew alot. 2 years ago my son wanted to start a crew. My company chartered it and he rounded up his friends to get it going. Within 6 months they had 12 members, 6 girls, 6 boys. Three adult advisors, 2 females, 1 male. They totally organized their fund raising and chose a uniform. Balck on black SWAT BDU's with green barets. They bought all of their camping equipment and medical equipment. They went on 4 outings which included white water rafting and caving. I can't tell you how proud I
  13. Please do not alert President Bush of this. His policy is to rid the US military of involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. ASM1
  14. We invite other Packs to our Den meetings. Do not hesitate to invite everyone you can to explore Scouting. ASM1
  15. And then you have our beloved President last night in his State of the Union Address speaking about how we need to form an organization to involve our inner city youth, young men in particular so they do not get involved in drugs, or crime. Did he once mention the Boy Scouts of America? No he did not. He is the honorary leader of the Boy Scouts of America and all he has accomplished for our organization is to try to rid US military bases of Boy Scout functions and meeting places. Trust me, I know. Our cub scout pack just had a huge influx of membership from a cub pack that was disolved fr
  16. A couple things. First, many years ago when I was a scout we attended Jamboree two times. It was back in the late 60' early 70's. Being a scout I do not know how the contingent was formed nor do I care. It worked and I will never forget it. Now we move to the present. I do not know how it is done in your council but in this council we have a Jamboree Committee who decided who will be allowed to attend and they form a troop with selected adults and scouts. Maybe this is fine, but I don't think so. It is apparent that our committee is very clique driven. If your not in the clique, your not going
  17. Trail Pounder, I talked this over with our crew president and he is putting it up to the crew this week. He was thrilled about it and most likely the rest of the crew will be too. He wanted me to ask you a couple question though. He wants to know your exact dates and the length of your stay. Also he wants to know if only one crew is coming or several, and from what regions of the United States? Our Treasurer is an RAF Cadet from England and she is a Civil War Addict! She will probably want to camp at Harper's Ferry and travel up to Gettysburg to meet and tour with your group.When ever the
  18. Eamonn, I can tell you this. There is a theater crew in our district that is absolutely fabulous! I am not kidding! They are awesome! I can't give you contact to protect their privacy, but if they see your post, I am sure they will contact you. This crew provides most of our council shows and has done some local dinner theaters. You should agreesively persue this option and make it work. I was blown away when I first seen this crew perform. That was three years ago and they have only gotten great since then. Best of Luck! AMS1
  19. Trail Pounder; If your planning on March 30th 2005, I got great news for you! We have a Venturing Crew out of Baltimore Area Council and we go to Gettysburg all the time. One great suggestion is that you Camp at Harpers Ferry West Virginia or Antietem Battllefield. Both ony 30-40 minutes from Gettysburg and you will get the entire battle history. You bought Gods and Generals, watch it closely, there are scenes shot on location at Harpers Ferry in it. We would love to meet you there and show you around the Civil War area. We know it well. ASM1 PS. I was a Scout in the Chicago Area C
  20. Start at the very first fire department you run across. I doubt you will get any discouragement from any of them, and I'll bet you will get more than a few interested departments. It sounds like a winner to me. Best of Luck to you! ASM1
  21. No, you have it wrong. BUSH KNEW! And did nothing because it served his purpose. And Haliburton's pupose. History is fact, thoery is fiction. ASM1
  22. You can do it, and it works well. Here's how. If you have a crew and a troop and the crew is co-ed, than you must have two seperate charters, one for each. That's it, if you have that your on your way. The two units can go on outings together and the crew, even the females can work with young scouts on advancement. It helps their own advancement requirements. We work this way and it works great! ASM1
  23. And, I might add, it is every American's duty to stand above it all and not lower ourself to become a part of it. Think Folks! ASM1
  24. I have to say here, DOH! Joe does not need to be removed from his position, but a stong PLC program needs to be implemented ASAP! There is your solution. ASM1
  25. This ASM has the Horsepower to fix this situation. The COR will have to releive the CC. Or, this ASM, with her taining can go to District or Council for a solution. But the solution will be Bye Bye CC. ASM1
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