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Everything posted by moxieman

  1. What a great find, SSScout. And only a half-hour north of Camp Carpenter, home of the Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum (http://www.scoutingmuseum.org/) and Daniel Webster Council Scoutshop.
  2. The troop I use to volunteer with in West Texas (and several other troops in that area) used a modified cowboy coffee method: l'eggs-style woman's nylon stocking. Put coffee grounds in stocking. Tie in knot. Drop in boiling water pot. Let boil until it looked like coffee. Next pot, untie sock, add more grounds, retie and repeat. At end of weekend, throw away sock. As scary as it sounds, it worked. These days, I use a peculator I bought for 50 cents at a yard sale--with the innards intact and it works just fine.
  3. I hate to say it, but theft goes back a lot further than that. I served on the staff of the local scout camp in the mid-80's up here in the Maine Wilderness. My tent mate and I were the only staff members who still had our staff neckerchiefs at the end of the summer. Why? 'Cause we were the only staff members who had footlockers with locks. Scouts may recite the Scout Law, but sadly some don't live-up to the first point.
  4. Tokola, Our council no longer has their own shop. They sold-out to National, so no choice and no way to convince them to do as you suggested. Again, my complaint is National's lack of rhyme and reason in their pricing scheme--why does a 100% embroidered patch that costs more to make cost less retail than one that isn't 100% embroidered? I need to get up to Orono to the Katahdin Council Office, whose scout-shop is not nationally-run, and see if they charge $5.45 for a Katahdin CSP like the nationally run shop in my council or if it's actually less.
  5. What's this "Trophy" thing? We usually handout camping gear. First place gets first pick and so on down the line. How many places depends on how much gear we pick-up/get donated. I'm talking things like a two burner stove, lantern, cooler, cast iron fry pan, etc. You know, stuff the boys can use on future camping trips. Nicest prize we had one year was a scout leader who made one of those plywood patrol tables...but he did it with birch plywood.
  6. Can't help you, Scouts-a-lot with a straight "handicapping" system. What we've done in the past is have an "older scout" competition (Star and above rank) and a "younger scout" competition (up to First Class Rank). At our Klondike Derby, I operate a station with three "trivia" questions (based on advancement requirements) that a scout should be able to answer. Those Q's are based on what a scout should know at a specific rank. Rank used to determine which Q's are asked is based on highest rank in the patrol. Confession: I usually ask the same Q's or similar no matter what the
  7. I have no children and have served in scouting as a leader for over 20 years, currently at the district level. The biggest challenge I found as a unit-level volunteer was convincing parents that I understood the boys despite not having a son of my own. Then again, the best scoutmaster of my youth had no sons either...he had three daughters. When #3 came along he stepped down to spend more time with his family. We joked the the Girl Scouts stole him from us. Good luck!
  8. "Camped through all four seasons in one weekend" This actually happened to me...on my first camping trip as a boy scout. We had gone to an invitational international camporee outside of Sherbrooke, Quebec. We left the May spring weather in Maine and arrived in heavy thunderstorms that Friday Night at the camporee site. It got up to the mid-70'sF Saturday afternoon and I watched someone waterski on the lake we were camping near. As the sun went down, the temp started to drop. As we packed-up on Sunday morning, it was snowing lightly. The two Canadian units present thanked the 14 Amer
  9. jhankins and prairie, It's not so much that they've gone up in price, which seems to be the greedy norm for National lately. It's the lack of logic in how they went up in price. Both were $3.50 each just 18 months ago, the last time I bought some for trading. PTC's went through a design change at that time--the lighthouse now looks like Portland Headlight rather than just a black blob. KAC's hasn't changed in over 20 years. What I don't understand is that since a 100% embroidered patch costs slightly more to make then one that isn't 100% embroidered (again, for an example, see th
  10. Found the problem and maybe others have encountered this before: You can't use question marks or apostrophes in your subject line. Interesting.
  11. How does BSA National come-up with their current Council Shoulder Patch (CSP) pricing scheme? (Crests to my Canadian Scouting friends) Why am I asking? Cause the price of Maines two CSPs have gone through the roof in the past year compared to years before. Pine Tree Councils CSP is fully embroidered and costs $4.50. Katahdin Area Councils CSP is NOT fully embroidered $5.45more than the PTC one! These are two of the most expensive CSPs in the council scout shop, which is run by national. Some of the others run as low as $2.50. I have also spoken to a local store that is an a
  12. New test to see if it's the subforum that's giving me problems...
  13. Interesting. Maybe it doesn't like me trying to post about CSPs in the patch trading area and that's my problem. Will try that again.
  14. Testing....testing....#23 your lobstah roll is up! I'm getting database "MySQL" errors as I try to post. Obviously, if this goes through, it's finally working after nearly 3 days.
  15. As long as it's not as generic as the Frantics Sketch from the late 80's called "Worshipers 'R' Us" (http://f2.org/humour/frantics-worshippers.html), it can't be too bad. More seriously, at our district events we try hard to have Catholic, Generic Protestant (led by whichever local church minister is willing to lead it) and Native American Services available. When we can't, we alert units in advance and it's up to them as to whether or not to hold their own "Scouts Own" service or to motivate their unit to pack-up that much quicker on Sunday in order to get home in time to catch their n
  16. I know the topic is cutting food/campsite costs. However, if our district ever tried to charge $35 for Klondike Derby, guess what? No one would attend. Sounds to me like your district activities committee needs to do some cutting back of their own unless that $35 included all meals...and then some other extras. Our past few we've charged less then $10 for day trippers and $15 for the overnight crowd. Overnighters get Dinner/breakfast as part of their fee. District camporee--our last one few were $5 per person if you paid by the "early bird deadline) and $8 otherwise. We keep our
  17. I'm glad the original poster has received the answer they're looking for. Tokala wrote: "It's not Florida! I'm used to the Florida heat & humidity." I spent two summers in DC. I almost grew gills that first summer when the air temp topped 100F and the dewpoint was near 90F a few days. Set some sort of record if I recall. I also spent 2.5 years (3 summers in there) in West Texas "dry heat". I got news for you, 115F dry heat is no more bearable than that humid soup of DC (never mind it didn't drop below mid-90F day or night for nearly three months straight in Lubbock).
  18. Heat index is simply how hot it feels to an individual based on the air temp and the relative humidity. The higher the humidity, the hotter it actually feels above the air temp. For example, if the air temp is 100F and the humidity is 60% (not unheard of in DC in the middle of summer), the heat index value is roughly 130F. I bow my head in shame. Why? 'Cause I have two degrees in meteorology and I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THE "WET BULB GLOBE TEMPERATURE" (WBGT). Provided it's been 15 years since I finished the second degree and I have never successfully found employment in the weather fie
  19. Around this area, hats are not worn indoors, period. Many of our units meet in church halls/basements. You don't wear a hat in church, so it comes off when you enter said building. So, you don't see a lot of youth in this area wearing hats into meetings. They come off at the door. If they don't come off, other youth/adults remind them they're in a building, hat off, please. Ditto in our camp dining hall. And so, it quickly spreads that hats are not worn at indoor meetings regardless of where that meeting is held. So, it's up to you as to whether or not you have a hat. If hats are
  20. Tomahawk is always popular. Last fall at the Annual Moosehorn International Camporee, there was both a youth and adult competition. I received special recognition at the adult competition for my "unique" throw. You see, the target butt was a little more punky than the range master had planned. I am the only person he's ever seen sink a hawk into a target butt handle-first. Back on topic: For a more challenging experience, hold a "night hawk"--camporee during the night. Do a lot of the same events, but with the added challenge of no daylight. One we've done very successfully and is
  21. Bah. Keep your Life Scout Ford and Eagle Scout Spielberg. I'll take MacGyver (Richard Dean Andersen) hands down. You do realize he learned how to save the world with his Swiss Army Knife and a roll of duct tape by earning the rank of Tenderfoot, right?
  22. And I'm guessing that Indiana Jones wasn't a Life Scout after-all in the third Indy movie, huh? (This message has been edited by moxieman)
  23. Basementdweller, I don't think he attended the same meteorology schools I did (BS from Plymouth State in '92 and MS from Texas Tech in '95). Or maybe they've redefined Lightning in the last 15 years. Engineer 61: You wouldn't do much camping here in Maine.(This message has been edited by moxieman)
  24. AnaMaria wrote: "We're currently at 65 - 70% chance of scattered thunderstorms" Most US National Weather Service (NWS) offices cover a vast area. For example we have two NWS offices here in Maine. One covers the eastern two-thirds of Maine (roughly the size of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut). The other covers the western third of Maine and most of New Hampshire. That territory is then broken down into smaller forecast areas (zones) based on among other things, terrain and/or county lines. Between the two NWS offices, Maine is split into 30 forecast zones. Some are as large a
  25. Should have checked the Scouting Magazine website prior to responding--National has already corrected #4 (as of 4:10pm Eastern on 5/4) to now read: 4 Do ONE of the following: a. Attend either a BSA national jamboree, OR world Scout jamboree, OR a national BSA high-adventure base. While there, keep a journal documenting your day-to-day experiences. Upon your return, report to your counselor what you did, saw, and learned. You may include photos, brochures, and other documents in your report. b. Write or visit the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas.* Obtain information about t
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