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  1. Camp Bell, part of Hidden Valley Scout Reservation, Daniel Webster Council, NH experienced a thunderstorm yesterday (6/24) evening. 23 scouts were struck by lightning and treated at area hospitals. News link: http://www.wmtw.com/weather/several-reported-hit-by-lightning-at-boy-scout-camp/-/8793538/20700208/-/ge4tcu/-/index.html
  2. Well, I've poked my head in for the first time in about a month and I am still having the same problems as before. I'm not seeing recent posts. I can look at a topic see that it's been updated in the past day or two, to to it and only see stuff a month or more old. Guess I won't be here much anymore. Kind of hard to have a "conversation" if it takes a month or more before I can see the "most recent" posts.
  3. Okay, that's weird. I'm allowed to see all the posts in thread only AFTER I post. Still makes it difficult to participate.
  4. Well, my activity has gone way, way down. Even after purging my cache in Firefox. When I log in, I can see there is current activity, but when I try to go to one of those topics, I CAN'T SEE anything recent. For example. In this topic the most recent post I'm allowed to see today was posted back on 2/5 (#30 by Eagle69). Makes it difficult to participate.
  5. Okay...for some reason, I can't see the "latest posts". For example, this thread claims that Moosetracker made a post earlier today. So, I come to this thread and the most recent post I can see is "#90" by Papadaddy from back on 2/25. So why can't I see the one Moosetracker did today (3/2)? And I'm sure there are others in between I can't see. Software specs if that helps: I use Windows XP and browse with the latest version of Firefox (v19.0).
  6. I went roughly a decade ago and was disappointed. The course I took was good, but not what was described--it was an intro-level course and not an advanced one--I could have taught said course. I gave a lot of feedback and they provided a more accurate description of the course the following year. I didn't make much $$$ at the time (and not much more now). I, literally, spent a month's pay between the course fee and travel out/back to/from Maine. That said, be sure whatever you pick is something you know little on and want to learn more about and you'll have a great time.
  7. Per the FAQ, they've upgraded the software for the first time in a decade. There are bound to be some bugs/changes. I'm sure it'll take some getting use to for all of us.
  8. And the original article in the Bangor Daily News: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/01/01/news/hancock/park-rangers-rescue-19-year-old-florida-hiker-from-atop-cadillac/ Kudos to Channel 6 Portland / Channel 2 Bangor for providing such a positive segment about the scouts.(This message has been edited by moxieman)
  9. Absolutely!!! Bottom of Page 5 2009-2010 Insignia guide: "Neckerchief slides. Several official slides are available from the Supply Group. Boy-made handicraft slides also may be worn." Or, Section 1, Page 12 of the online version of the Insignia Guide: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33066_Section1.pdf
  10. At our District Dinner: We recognize those who have volunteered to head-up various district activities (camporees, pinewood derby, etc.). We give attendance awards for roundtable--this past year, we recognized 3 units with a decade of perfect attendance and about a dozen with 5 or more years. We recognize groups/organizations that have helped-out the district such as the church that allows the use of their facility for a scouting event, the fairgrounds association that allowed camporee at their facility for a reduced (or free in on case) rate, etc. And the District Award of Merit
  11. Answers are all over the board. Some good suggestions if you read through them. In one instance in our district, we retired our district flag and gave it to the son of a long time district level volunteer after her passing. We have cabins at our various summer camps named for deceased scout volunteers. H*ll, the name of our largest camp has memorialized a deceased child (who was never a scout) since it was founded over 85 years ago on land donated by the deceased child's father.
  12. Jumping in a bit late on this one. We've had two units (one former, and one current) that have switched districts with "council blessings". Case A: Unit formed in a town that was officially part of the next district over. Due to where the roads were, it was easier for them to join up with our district. No one complained and they were "officially" listed as a unit within our district in Council records. Unit eventually folded when leadership relocated and no one stepped up to fill their shoes. Case B: An old unit that was in a district that dissolved due to low unit numbers as
  13. Beavah: The Kennedy family are a bunch of upstarts. Ditto with the Bush family. Neither of them is the first family "dynasty" in US Politics. The first "dynasty" would be the Adams: Presidents John and son, President John Quincy Adams And John's 2nd cousin Samuel, one of those rabel Bostonians that stirred up trouble against the British. Then there was the true dynasty, the Harrison family: Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the Declaration of Independence His Son, William Henry Harrison, 9th President WH's son, John Scott, US Congress JS's son, Benjamin Harrison, 23rd Pr
  14. I normally stay out of the politics forum. I HATE POLITICS. As for gays and scouting, it is my opinion that you won't see a change in that stance until the policies of the BSA's top sponsors change. If you want gays in scouting, you'll need to out sponsor/spend those sponsors in order to influence the policies coming out of Irving. Who are the top sponsors? Just look at the figures from the BSA's own sources: various conservative churches. Until you get the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, various "flavors" of Baptist, the Roman Catholic Church, etc. to accept gays as
  15. And some topics that flopped: Recharter process Explaining Journey to Excellence Some outside presenters who don't truly understand the scouting program Council presentation on summer camp which was suppose to be 20 minutes tops, but took the entire RT--they didn't get the hint as attendees started leaving 30 minutes into the presentation
  16. So what topics would fill the hall? Some recent topics that have worked for us at the BS RT level: Hands-on GPS/Geocaching Games How to plan a weekend canoe trip What exactly is Venturing? Religious emblems and how to plan a Scout Sunday Service Alternate Eagle Badge Requirements Weather Safety Camp Gadgets As I've posted in this thread (and in past RT threads) we let the attendees choose the topics they want in the coming year. We advertise what those topics will be in the fall program kick-off packets, on our district website and in the district email newsletter.
  17. Well, I guess we're just lucky in our district. I stepped down a year ago after serving as BS RTC for 10 years. I didn't expect to run it for 10 years, but I had made myself a promise in advance that if I made it to 10, 10 is all I would do. I remain on the RT staff, providing support to the new BS RTC, who travels 2 hours each way in good weather to oversee the program. We give the program the attendees ask for. Our last meeting in the spring (we take the summer off due to vacations, summer camp, etc.), attendees tell us what topics they want in the coming year (just like a troop ann
  18. Simply have your roundtable commissioner ask the attendees what they want to learn more about and there are your topics. Then put the word out that (Using qwazse's suggestions as examples): Winter camping will be presented in November Eagle requirement updates will be presented in January Geocaching in May Etc. It's worked well in our district for 15 or so years now. Last RT in the spring (May, as we take June/July off due to graduations in June and summer camp in July) we ask attendees for topics for the following fall through spring.
  19. Like others, I got attacked. It his me so hard/fast that it disabled Norton's. Thank goodness my employer provides multiple antivirus/anti-malware tools. Microsoft Essentials (of all things) purged 7 different malware/virii off the system. I was hesitant to peak in today to see if it was cleaned-up or not. I'm glad to see it up and running again.
  20. As I've been active at just the district level for the past decade, the most common one I hear is: "When can we do another camporee just like this one?" Then there was the Canadian scout with a lot of personal issues who turned his life around after a regional jamboree back in '99. He credited the two "Web Dudes" with making him realize his troubles were nothing compared to what he'll be facing in life as he grows up. Said "web dudes" are my brother and me. We learned this second hand from a Canadian leader a few months after jambo.
  21. What I'm trying to wrap my mind around is: Another Eagle-related award? What's wrong with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award? Is this meant for people who haven't met the time requirement yet, but deserve recognition?
  22. InfoScouter, I *LOVE* how the BSA can't make up its mind from book to book. The (current) 12th Edition of the BSA Handbook, pg 327 lists the same "3 pot method", except it's hot rinse before the cold sanitizer rinse. Eagle732: Handbook says "A few drops". Most troops in our area do a half to three-quarter capfull of bleach. My Scouts Canada Fieldbook 2000 printing states the same order as the BSA Handbook. It lists four options for the sanitizer rinse: Hot Water at 77C (170F) 100 parts per million of Chlorine Bleach 200 ppm Quarternary Ammonium 25ppm iodine In all
  23. Small problem with your approach, Eagle732. You're suppose to file a Unit Money-Earning Application with your council for every one of your non-council-sponsored fundraisers. Not so council can get a cut, but so council will know that Troop 111 is selling Christmas Wreaths on such-and-such a date when nosy Mary Jane calls the council office to make sure that the "scouts" wearing Troop 111 t-shirts out in front of Big Box Mart selling wreaths really are scouts. Seriously. We've had people call our council office before to verify a scouting fundraiser. This form from the national (hard-
  24. There was a short thread on this back in April with the subject "Finally". http://www.scouter.com/forums/viewThread.asp?threadID=349114#id_349114 But I'm sure some will have more feedback on this kind of program since then. Our council doesn't do this (yet). The other Maine council does and it appears to be very successful for them.
  25. The popularity of vests or blankets depends on how many of these the cubs see others displaying/wearing. Blankets are VERY POPULAR outside the USA. Then again, I'm a bit biased as I'm one of those crazy blanket/patch people: http://home.gwi.net/~moxieman/images/blanket1.jpg http://home.gwi.net/~moxieman/images/blanket2.jpg http://home.gwi.net/~moxieman/images/blanket3.jpg http://home.gwi.net/~moxieman/images/Blanket4%20front.jpg http://home.gwi.net/~moxieman/images/blanket4%20back.jpg http://home.gwi.net/~moxieman/images/blanket5.jpg http://home.gwi.net/~moxieman/ima
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