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  1. In Answer to sombodys question of how we came up with the names. I was nicknamed Moose Many many years ago by a bunch of my friends because I am a big burly but docile guy unless I need to be otherwise. And once I start on a path I don't back up. So She had the name moose tracker because she was always tracking where I was going and what I was doing and all of that stuff a parent needs to do. Then when I started getting interested in the forum Moose was already taken so I added in my heritage and one of my hobbies outside of scouting. Not very interesting but that's the story.
  2. It is with great and sincere regrets that I have to inform you all of my mothers (MooseTracker) Passing she was a long time senior forum member. and loved all the debates and being able to help people on her. She just thought that this was such a wonderful community. Since scouting was such a huge part of her life we wanted to have it as part of her celebration of life in more then just a flag capacity. I know we are having it at a scout camp but if any of you have any ideas on how we can incorporate the scouts into the ceremony the family would love to hear them.
  3. I'm with some of you in the Fact that I have trouble working with many of these individuals (it’s just not my strong point and I feel helpless so I’m left feeling uncomfortable) but at the same time they deserve what scouting can give them. My old Troop we had a few situations where we had special individuals join the troop and we NEVER turned them away. In order to better learn how to work with them and learn their triggers and everything we actually sent one leader from the troop to Crotched Mountain Training Center for Weekend. She came back with a wealth of information and after w
  4. Kayaking is an award right now i belive not a MB.....but i might be wrong I remeber getting the award when i went to camp not the MB. I like that they are making it a meritbadge. (This message has been edited by MoosetheItalianBlacksmith)
  5. Our awards guy didnt tell me otherwise when i mentioned it to him. I think its an awsome award and i recomend working on it with any troop. Easy award and great way to boost moral. When i get back involved with a troop I plan on working on it with them.
  6. Its a good group but some times you need to have thick skin. Look forward to seeing what yha have to say in the future.
  7. First off welcome to the Campfire. Now on your question youll get differing opinons....but if you earned em feel free to wear em. Just make sure you dont become one of those people obsessed with earning Knots. I personaly am proud of my knots.
  8. I went straight into one of the 2 troops our pack was associated with and there were troop problems. They ran a good troop but you didnt find out wh till you got there. what they were doing is picking the best scouts and weeding the rest out. I got weeded. The other Troop had some serious issues and Just wasnt going to be good. We then window shoped and found another troop that was small and fun and personable that we joined. the leaders didnt want to take training or improve their program and it fell apart. We left just before it did though. We then really window shopped looked at m
  9. No clue what it has to do with Woodbadge but it was an amazing book and was one of the ones that i kept after reading so i could reread it. I might actual do that this summer this thread resparked my intrest.
  10. Peregrinator If your not involved with the BSA and youve said you dont know much about AHG.....which scouting group are you with? and its not indifferntism....it was showing respect to all religions. It allowed them to worship their beliefs instead of conforming to the traditional christianity. This is why we do it in scouts as well. We dont exclude them for thier belifes and allow people to worship who ever it is they worship. If you dont like it Thats fine you can worship your god(s) and it doesnt disrupt/exclude any body. We dont force you to belive what we do. That is a sign of
  11. BSA's line in the sand is that you have to belive in a higher power but they will not tell you who to belive in. it doesnt even say that your belife has to be part of a formal religion. Which works for me because i DO belive in a higher power but my beliefs are my own. This particular line is the same used by masons and thats an organization as old as dirt. So id say its working pretty well for them. Both have a tendency to say god because in this country the majority of people belive in GOD. but should sombody in the group not belive that they are accomedating. In the Internat
  12. Ill be frank.....Ive never ever heard of this group and im not a huge fan of the Specific Religion. Thats one thing i like about Masons and BSA is that you have to belive in something but its up to you what higher power you belive. With that being said AHG is not a BSA program but it is supported by the BSA. as you can read in the following link. http://www.scoutingnews.org/2009/07/06/american-heritage-girls-and-boy-scouts-sign-memorandum-of-mutual-support/. So I wont pass judgment on it untill i run across it. However now adays when people talk about the scouts unless its spec
  13. Welcome to the campfire hope you enjoy it. No bugs and some plesent company. But be warned at times you may need to have a thick skin cause we can get pretty opinionated. Other then that enjoy soak up as much info as you can and participate when yu feel you have something to say.
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