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NealOnWheels last won the day on January 1 2020

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About NealOnWheels

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    Currently Scoutmaster. Previously Den Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, Woodbadge Staff, District Training Chair.

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  1. I recently took a flight and as we approached the destination gate I heard something along the lines of "We know you have many choices when choosing carriers and thank you for choosing XXX airlines" The same is true of Scout camps. If the camp cannot at least make an attempt to correct the situation they should not be surprised if that unit does not return next year.
  2. The Charter Organization is responsible for selection. They often use the committee to make a selection. But ultimately the Charter Organization must approve the selection.
  3. My first campout as a Scoutmaster I had a scout taken to the hospital by helicopter. So yes - every campout since I had a lot of anxiety. But it did put a lot of focus on safety and risk assessment.
  4. A few years ago our troop our made a backpacking trek through nearby Grand Tetons. This was the most beautiful trek I have ever been on. We met someone from Australia backpacking solo. He was in the US for a couple months and was traveling all over going to where he thought were the best backpacking locations. He only had a few days left and was torn between visiting Yellowstone and Wind River before heading home. He considered the Wind River the best backpacking the lower 48 had to offer but Yellowstone had thermal features that are rare and he might not otherwise have a chance to see.
  5. Our troop always rolls our own. Great adventures at a fraction of the cost of HA bases. We have gone to Shenandoah National Park and Smokey Mountains National Park. Both are practically in your back yard. Shenandoah not so much wilderness. The Appalachian Trail runs very near the main road. You always here car traffic. We took some side trails down the mountains and saw plenty of water falls and swimming holes. But the side trails had heavy hiker traffic. Smokey Mountains is huge you can find plenty of trails and if you are a few miles from any road you may only see a few
  6. I have already heard one family a year ago say if we have to wear masks in Cub Scouts they would not participate. I can only imagine what a vaccine requirement would do.
  7. As a mandated reporter I would send these Proofs of Claims to law enforcement. I don't know all the nuances of statue of limitation law. Let law enforcement sort that out. I would also make sure the individual is placed in the IVF. Then my relationship with the individual will be forever changed. I think, like you, I would want to avoid all interaction with him. The only abuser I knew was arrested and never left jail before his conviction which made avoidance easy. I remember feeling very disappointed in him. I question myself today about whether I should have been aware enough
  8. There should not be any issues. You will pay only one registration fee. Just don't stretch yourself out so thin you can't do either position well.
  9. Talk to your troop. Ask them if he is still on the roster. If so great. If not ask them to re-register him. And make arrangements to make your payment. Should not be a problem.
  10. The council advancement committee is responsible for maintaining the council's merit badge list. Start with them. Perhaps you have a district representative? Another option: Scoutmasters are supposed to have access to the list. Ask a Scoutmaster. They could tell you which ones you are approved to counsel.
  11. When you say "letter of reflection" do you mean "statement of your ambitions and life purpose"? If so then yes it is required before the Scoutmaster and Committee Chair sign. It is part of Requirement #6. By signing the Scoutmaster and Committee Chair are certifying that requirements 1 - 6 are complete.
  12. Ok, here is how I would analyze this: Does it fall under prohibited flying activities: Hang gilder - NO Ultralight - NO Experimental aircraft - NO if properly rated Non-tethered hot-air balloon - NO Search and rescue - NO Does it fall under the exceptions: Commercial aircraft - NO Flying - YES but see Flying Plan Checklist Tethered hot-air balloon - NO So it looks like it is a PERMITTED activity provided I jump through all the hoops in the Flying Plan Checklist which among its many requirements includes an appropriate Airworthiness
  13. Yah I know what you mean but that is how the proposal reads. I can imagine that it gets shot down in May's vote with the conservative faction asking "why should we leave?"
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