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  1. Wow, never thought I'd be back here on the Scouter Forums. It's been a long time, huh. I see Eamonn, Old Grey Eagle, evmori, and Hunt are still on here. Haven't lurked around to see who I still remember from years ago is on site. I didn't see Korea Scouter, Bobwhite or dsteele on some of the posts that I just finished reading. Same questions, just different people. Well, I relocated to Washington State last summer. Just back on Guam, doing some final paperwork and packing. I stepped down as Scoutmaster tonight after 10 years leading the troop. One of my Eagle Scouts stepped up an
  2. Eamonn, It looks like the districts are doing things differently, just as its councils. I was told differently but I believe you are correct. Can't really check to verify things out here due to information, lack thereof. There seems to be a lack of uniformity among districts and councils. I think the BSA should have an Inspector General section that reports directly to the National President. Matua
  3. It could be that you didn't specify where in the district committee you would have liked to serve: membership, advancement, finance, outdoors, etc. OR They could be filled already by others. District Member At Large is basically a member of the district with no specific area.
  4. scoutldr, Thanks for the suggestion. It was brought up with some of our boys as an alternative but I am more of a traditionalist BUT That looks like the route we'll take. It'll be a win-win for everyone. Matua
  5. meamemg, No, we did not help with the blood drive. It was the door to door solicitation asking for cash donations. We've been doing this for ten years in uniform and not one DE past or present has told me or any other leader here that it was against regs. It has become a tradition for our units to help with the village Red Cross Drive, not just my units but other district units. This will be our last year helping in this area. We might help out next year with cooking or handling the telephone calls while the other groups are out soliciting. Matua
  6. Most far right extreme conservatives believe that many of the Supreme Court Justices are liberal even though majority of the Justices are conservatives. I believe Fuzzy's assessment is correct. I believe though that many of the so-called "activist" judges are at the appeallate and state courts. It does seem that the judicial system is not in one accord. That's largely due to each judges interpretation of the law based on their individual beliefs. That should be a good thing. One example is the judgement made on Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii. A 3-panel at the 9th circuit decide
  7. Just when I thought that what my units were doing was okay. I catch the info here and find out that what we thought was okay is now or has been wrong according to regs. We have always helped out with the annual Red Cross Drive. Our DE (and the last three DE's) did not say one word to me or my leaders that we were not supposed to be soliciting for another organization. WE have been doing this for the last ten years in uniform. What really bites is that we are scheduled to participate in this Saturday's Red Cross Drive. We have been planning and coordinating this with our municipal mayor's
  8. Living in typhoon alley, by choice, I pray for the survivors and their families. We, ourselves, were brushed by the winds of Typhoon Nadi just the last couple of days. The islands in the Northern Marianas Islands were not so fortunate. I agree with Eamonn's post, Amen.
  9. Since our last troop meeting, it looks like we'll be hiking and camping within our village municipality. We're planning persentations with utilities representatives to help families learn about reducing their expenses. This is to include presentations on Alternative means of power and water catchments by cooperative extension agents and private solar companies. --We are backpacking more. Less stuff to bring. BUT we can do more shake downs. --We're trying to implement a better rotational car pool system with the families. --We're teaching the scouts how to use local grocery
  10. thanks zippie, I was confused with the posting. It's all clear now. Matua
  11. Correction. I didn't check the newspaper Wednesday morning. The local headlines state that gas is now $2.85/gal. When I was in Kona, Hawaii a couple of years ago. Gas there was $2.50/gal. Wow, I can only imagine what it is now. Yeah, I know what you mean about driving your SUV. I enjoy driving my Dodge Pick-up, a Club Cab 4x4, around the island. One elder gentleman ranted at me, when I first got my truck, how I could buy a huge truck on an island that is 30+ miles long. I could fit 3 big teens comfortably in my truck and carry most of the unit's camping supplies to the cam
  12. Why would the leader fill out an adult application 3 years in a row? Was he transferring from 3 different units within the same Chartered Organization? Or did he change positions 3 times? I filled out 1 adult application in 1996 for scoutmaster. I have yet to fill out another since then. Everything is on the recharter packet. Is this your Charter Organization's or Council's Policy for leaders to fill out an adult application each year? If he's been a leader for 3 years, It sounds like the BSA approved him or else he would have received a letter in the mail with his registr
  13. Gas prices here are currently at $2.77/gal and rising. Economy analyzers say that it'll be $3.00/gal before years end. Since we get our fuels from Brunei, we are basically a captive consumer. As with gas prices rising, so are goods, services, materials, utilities, and other items. Our Scout Troop is now doing more hikes and camping within the village municipality. The local public transportation is not very reliable. Many of our Scout families are working more than one job to make ends meet. In order to save money and cut expenses, we try not to give undue hardships to our Scout
  14. Many people don't want to believe that there are problems with their youth organizations or the organizations that they serve. Not many organizations have national or even regional offices, only at the local or state level. Also, because of the high turn over of volunteers, it is unlikely that we may hear any problems from other organizations. BUT why do we really want to hear of their problems. Is it just curiosity Or are we to take their mistakes and learn from it as well? Having served in other youth organizations, I don't believe that the programs are bad or organizations have p
  15. As a former 4H mentor, we were told by our extension agents to recount youths who leave the classroom and re-enter again, even if for a few minutes. This would bring up the total number of students in the classroom attending the presentation. Even students that happened to walk-in and out again were counted to the attendance. This number was later tallied and reported on the presentation report. The program tally was moved to an annual report that was presented to the university and 4H national. Just as in scouting, 4H also had ghost clubs kept on the rolls. The difference is federa
  16. Since the unit is part of the church, yes, you are correct. Why not ask the church leaders for help with the fundraising? You may want to check with the accounting office or the pastor for the IRS non-profit number. OR you may ask donors to make their checks out to the church but earmarked for the troop. The church should be able to give receipts for donations received. For church members, they should get an annual statement of their contributions for their tax records. Matua
  17. Wow!! All this time council was getting on our district's unit's backs in not being in proper uniform whenever the council bigwigs come out here for thier once in a blue moon visit. Maybe they should look closer to units near the Council HQ before they start with us a couple of thousand miles away, although it is sad being the council's black sheep district.(This message has been edited by matuawarrior)
  18. Venturers are youth members in Venturing until they reach 21 years old. They may wear their Eagle Scout Award patch on their Kelly Green uniform until they age out at 21 yrs old. It's in the Venturing Leaders Manual.
  19. Almost any situation is different and may require more or less than your personal day Be Prepared kit. Being prepared is not just having the tools you need to remedy the situation not only for yourself but for others in need, but also knowing how to control the situation. Just because you have it in your pack or car doesn't mean a thing unless you know how to actually use that piece of equipment. Also common sense plays a big part in determining if we need that equipment for camping, on a roadtrip, or going to watch a movie. Some say that it's "best to be safe than sorry". Som
  20. Venturers are considered youth until they turn 21yo while a registered member in the Venturing Program. They may wear their Eagle Patch on their Kelly Green Uniform even after they turn 19yo. I do believe that it states that in the Venturing Leaders Manual. I would have to get back to you on the exact page # at a later time. Maybe the other Venturing Leaders on site may help with the reference.
  21. I got this off TV the other night but was not fully aware of the circumstances. I figured it would be on the Headlines of Scouter.com. Here is the news site: http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2384323 My Opinion: I am happy the Young Scout met up with the SAR Team. His leaders though I do hold responsible for the incident. They need to review Hiking safety especially S.T.O.P.. The young scout would have been found earlier if he had stayed put. Also, the trip leader should have been doing headcounts, while on the go, or better yet put the scout up front to set the pace fo
  22. I was told that I was only going to be an "Acting" Scoutmaster temporarily until they find a new Scoutmaster for the Troop. That was nine years ago. Now their going to have a tough time trying to get me to leave. Matua(This message has been edited by matuawarrior)
  23. Received your PM... I'm Looking into the names on your message. Alot I recognized but want to double check . . . will send their status via PM. Matua
  24. Just respect for their privacy and until I get permission from them to do so.
  25. Hafa Adai!! Who did you have in mind to check in? The only ones I know from Troop 10 chartered to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church back then are probably some of the village leaders now. I'm sorry but that was my birth year. I have a list of Scout names from Troop 10--1945 right after the war with it's first Scoutmaster. I had to do research, when I was the municipal clerk 6 years ago, when the Scoutmaster then sent an email to check up on his old scouts. Most of the members then are my uncles. Many who are now passing on to the next life. It's not hard to find out t
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