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Everything posted by moxieman

  1. infoscouter has some good suggestions. I'm an "old schooler" as I simply borrow my father's 1940's era pair of hand-made, Maine Made wooden snowshoes when I need to go out. I should just break down and buy myself a pair. Are there any outdoor stores in your area? You mentioned you're near some ski slopes. Most downhill ski areas also have cross country ski and snowshoe trails and they will rent you equipment as Info mentioned. This would be a great way to try snowshoes out before you buy. Personally, I've never used the newer style. Both styles of snowshoes have advantages/disa
  2. There are units up this way that do this every year. This year, I saw one troop at LL Bean's Freeport store doing this. I'll bet there's a waiting list for that spot. Fifteen years back in my SM days, my troop did this over the weekend before Christmas at the local BigBox Store and took in over $700 here in the Maine Wilderness. TIP: Have your scouts PRACTICE before hand on how to properly wrap gifts neatly by using empty boxes and newspaper.(This message has been edited by moxieman)
  3. The original poster is asking for a checklist. I assume that means he's looking for a step-by-step guide on how to put on a camporee. Here's one resource with ideas for camporees and the step-by-step process (listed as Camporee 101, 201 & 301): http://www.troop33.net/campdir/camporees.html
  4. Save all scouting properties from the chopping block.
  5. Don't forget the grandfather of geocaching: Letterboxing Call it "Geocaching" for the technology impaired as you don't need a GPS to do it. More info: http://www.letterboxing.org/
  6. John in KC wrote: To go on any trail at Philmont you will need to do the full Trek version of their physical. John, this must have been implemented in the past five years. When I went (2005), you did not need the full physical to hike the PTC-only trails (the only ones PTC folks are allowed on). You also had to hike in a group of four. I hiked with a family of three. This worked out for them and me...even if I had to slow down my pace for them.
  7. I went in '05. I flew out of Portland, ME to a connector in Boston to Atlanta and finally Colorado Springs. I flew out a couple days before I needed to be at Philmont so I could play tourist. I got a rental vehicle in CO Springs and toured various sites in/around CO Springs. Drove down. Did the conference. And did a few days of tourist stuff after the conference including the seeing the Koshare Indian Museum and dancers (a BS Troop/Venture Crew--http://www.kosharehistory.org/) and the Royal River Gorge before flying back (also out of CO Springs). If you go the route you plan, maybe
  8. I've seen this many times. It's due to the "view recent posts" only looks at topics with activity in the past 24 hours. We just got done with a long holiday weekend state-side (we do have members from around the world on this forum) and so things have petered out. It will pick-up again. Then, come Christmas, it'll peter out again and so on.
  9. Oak Tree asked: "Did we really need another knot for Cub Scout leaders to earn?" I'd like to ask the very same thing. There's a separate knot award for every position in BSA Cub Scouting, but there isn't a similar system for Boy Scout Leaders. So, yes, do we really need another Cub Leader knot, or will this knot replace the Cubmaster Award? And I forsee that we'll have to start wearing more of those annoying little "devices" to denote how we earned the knot in question like with the Scoutmaster/Commissioner/Committee/Venturing/whatever-they-think-of-next Key Award (the green/white knot
  10. CNYScouter asked: "I dont have a copy of the new BS handbook does it state this in there also? Is this statement anywhere on www.scouting.org?" Answer to Q1: Yes. You should probably go get a copy of the new handbook. It's states this on page 443 just below the Eagle Palm Requirements. Personally, they should state it sooner rather than at the end of the requirements section. In the meantime, you can download the new requirements as PDF's from the handbook website: http://www.bsahandbook.org Click on Table of Contents and then Rank Requirements. You can then click on the
  11. I'm not as old as some who have responded, but since I've never had a son in the program in the 21 years I've served as a leader, I guess I fit the same definition.
  12. I said: "Oh, and the USA is one of the last countries (I think Isreal may be one of the only others) where all sections of scouting isn't coed." Emb021 said: "BZZZT. Sorry, not true. Last stats I saw from WOSM was there are about 100 Scout Associations that are male-only. I get really sick of hearing people claim the BSA is the last non-co-ed Associations. Just not so." Funny, looking at Scouts.org website at: http://tinyurl.com/y93d5lo (Tiny URL is such a great site for compressing long website URL's!) I quote: "Only one national Scout organization can be recognized
  13. I have to agree with Chug based on what I've observed with my neighbors to the north in Scouts Canada. Coed works. For example, at the Moosehorn International Camporee back in September, it was one of the coed Scouts Canada troops that beat out everyone else in several events. The only exception was the dinner cooking competition. They tied...each other. It was the one event where they decided it was going to be Boys vs. Girls. The two patrols tied, and beat out all the other units at the same time. Most of the scouts in that unit were first or second year scouts too. Show-off?
  14. Keeping these separate as I believe they should be. On the other end, you have some units that have a stuffed animal mascot. I have encountered a few of these in Scouts Canada Units. And then there's a Girl Guide's one with a blog on Livejournal as it's traveling around the world for it's home troop: http://community.livejournal.com/browniebear_com It's last reported visit was in Dayton, OH.
  15. We have a few troops with "mascots" that show-up at district/council events. In one case, the SM's dog has been adopted by the troop and is considered a "therapy" dog as the unit has a few kids with ADD and/or autism who function better when the dog is around. Said dog is also a Hurricane Katrina survivor and has his own webpage on the troop website. The dog is on a leash at district/council events. Troop makes arrangements in advance to be able to bring the dog to summer camp with them, again, on a leash at all times. The dog also travels with them on troop outings. They are fortuna
  16. Nearly 300 youth and leaders from two districts attended the rally this afternoon. It is on the evening news on two of Portland's three television stations. It was again in today's Lewiston Sun Journal. The SJ article was picked-up by the Portland Sunday Telegram, Augusta Kennebec Journal, and Waterville Morning Sentinel. In other words, EVERY news outlet but one (WCSH Channel 6) in the council is now covering this proposed sale. There will be a follow-up in tomorrow's Sun Journal.
  17. There was a follow-up editorial in the Sunday Lewiston Sun Journal newspaper, which simple adds more bad PR for the council: http://www.sunjournal.com/node/433130/ There's apparently a Facebook group started by those trying to save the camp. The link is in the comments section of the above editorial. As I'm not on Facebook, I haven't a clue how many may be signed-up so far. I may need to look into this later.
  18. JV...varsity...below JV...whatever. I'm not a sports person and never was. What I have been told by that troop is that they shut down due to basketball season, period. They usually don't have any Tenderfoot Scouts by the time shut-down rolls around. They get all their cross-overs (usually one or two a year) from the pack in their town and since the next nearest town/pack is 40 miles south, there aren't other prospects, per say. Cross over is in March, right as the troop starts-up again. If they aren't at First Class or close to it by December, something's wrong. It's not "my
  19. Actually, I know of a troop that shuts down from mid-December to the end of February. Why? 'Cause it's a small, isolated town of about 700 people and every scout in the troop is also on either their JV or varsity basketball team. Between homework, practices and games (a road game is a minimum 2 hours travel each way), there's no time (not my excuse, but theirs), for scouts during those three months. We're talking small town, small team. You might have one or two substitutes you can turn to during the game. Yes, that kind of basketball, the kind where hometown games literally have the ent
  20. I tried to post yesterday, but the forum was having issues--I'd get an "SQL Microsoft Database error". Anyway, according to an article in yesterday's Lewiston, Maine Sun Journal (http://www.sunjournal.com/node/431414/), BSA Camp Gustin could soon be put up for sale by Pine Tree Council. At one time (about ten years ago), the council had been considering making Gustin the council's Cub World Camp, but changed it's mind in favor of doing that to Camp Bomazeen. Times change. Bomazeen has been sitting semi-mothballed for the past 6 years. All of our camping properties are heavily
  21. The largest my home troop ever got was 4 full patrols of 8 scouts and that was back when I was a youth. So, I can't provide much advice on running larger troops, which gets away from the original post/question of this thread (and I've already commented on what I've observed in regards to that). As for Camporees, in this district, we base the size of the site your unit is assigned on the number of Pre-registered adults/youth in the unit. If you pre-register with 20 and show-up with 30, we'll do our best to accommodate you if there's room. Otherwise, you're getting the space set-up for 2
  22. Eagle92 wrote: "If memory serves, the BSA uniform and US Army uniform were nearly identical, and one reason was that the US Army supplier was also the BSA supplier." Interesting. That would mean that the BSA Uniform of that era was made by Hathaway and would have been made in Waterville, Maine (across the river from my home town). They invented the first shirt with the collar attached on it at the request of the US Army during WWI. It's a shame they didn't/couldn't hold onto the BSA uniform contract all these years later (if they really did have it back then). Maybe they wouldn't
  23. The only times I've seen a troop split hasn't been due to having too many youth. It has been due to some adult leaders not getting along with other adult leaders within the unit. So, one group goes off, finds another sponsor and starts their own unit. Which ever set of leadership runs scouting the "right" way thrives and the other unit dies within a few years. So, no, I've never seen a troop split successfully, unless you define successful as eliminating "bad" leadership. And because the DE is suppose to form new units whenever he/she can, these new units get formed without trying
  24. Keep the suggestions up. It's helping me pass judgment on what I've done for RT in the past and may offer as suggestions for the future. However, I must be doing something right 'cause I've got leaders who have to drive over 2 hours and 90 miles one-way to attend and they show-up faithfully nearly every month, unless there is a serious snow/ice storm up their way on the Quebec border.
  25. Eamonn wrote: "I'm thinking if we had a program that ran from 10 through 14 year-olds (Maybe 16??) And then had a separate Senior Scout program for the older Lads we might do a better job." Summary: Maybe it's time the USA gets off their high horse and operates their scouting program like many other nations do. Yup, I agree. I'd also push for total coed. We don't have a lot of venturing units up my way. The few there are happen to be coed and very successful. Our council just gave out it's first Ranger Award (and the second in the state) to a young lady in the unit my brother
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