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NealOnWheels last won the day on November 17 2016

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About NealOnWheels

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    Electrical Engineer
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    High Adventure, Backpacking, Canoeing.
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    Currently Scoutmaster. Previously Den Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, Woodbadge Staff, District Training Chair.

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  1. NealOnWheels


    Years ago scouts could no longer camp by themselves. Today it appears they can no longer have meetings or day activities without adults. "Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings." "Patrol Activities—A Scout patrol may participate in patrol activities. Two-deep adult leadership is required."
  2. NealOnWheels

    Just Another Award ?

    From the District Award of Merit application... "It is not appropriate to nominate a Scouter who has already received this award."
  3. NealOnWheels

    YPT and emergencies

    I would not overthink it. Emergencies tend to change the most well thought out plans. Deal with the priorities.
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    Court of Honor Props

    Try this... https://scouting.webdamdb.com/bp/#/folder/599193/
  5. I am an electrical engineer. I would not worry much about the lead used in solder. Just don't eat anything. Most electronics should be safe from a chemical aspect. A shock hazard perhaps. You are not going to find much in the way of magnets unless you have something with an actual coil speaker or motor. A modern day phone probably has a piezoelectric speaker. No magnetic material in those. Transformers will have some ferrous material in them that may have a small magnetic field to them. Most ferrous material (iron) has a weak magnetic field. I have heard of inserting a needle through a cork and floating it on water to make a compass.
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    Date of BSA online advancement tool being turned off

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    Rank Advancement & Service Hours

    Unlike Star and Life ranks, the Second Class requirements do not include the phrase "while a Tenderfoot Scout".
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    To Report or Not Report YPT Violation

    This can be found in the 2015 printing of the Guide to Safe Scouting but is no longer listed in the 2017 printing... "Single-room or dormitory-type accommodations for Scouting units: Adults and youths of the same gender may occupy dormitory or singleroom accommodations, provided there is a minimum of two adults and four youths. A minimum of one of the adults is required to be Youth Protection– trained. Adults must establish separation barriers or privacy zones such as a temporary blanket or a sheet wall in order to keep their sleeping area and dressing area separated from the youth area."
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    To Report or Not Report YPT Violation

    Was this a violation of the Two Deep Leadership policy? No - There were three adults on this outing. Was this a violation of the No One-On-One policy? No - There were multiple scouts in the room. Was this a violation of the Youth Privacy policy? Maybe - Older versions of the YP policy mention placing blankets or some sort of divider between adults and youth when using the same room. I don't see that in the current version. All I see now is mention of a clothes changing area. I would think that the scouts sleeping in the main area would need a designated changing area somewhere other than the main room since the main room would be used by all people.
  10. Not a question but a rant. Have been mentoring a scout through the Eagle Rank process. When it came time to complete his application I gave him some guidance on filling it out. I made sure he had the latest version (April 2017)... https://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-728_wb_fillable.pdf I went to point out the statement of "ambitions and life purpose" to make sure he included that. Well it is no longer part of requirement #7. I re-read every requirement on the application and could not find it. Knowing that there were some changes to all the rank requirements at the beginning of the year I concluded that the statement was no longer required. The scout completed his application and project notebook and submitted it to the Council office. After a couple weeks to my surprise the council office e-mailed me that the statement was missing. I nearly fired back an e-mail telling them they had it wrong but fortunately I did some more checking before I did that. Found that the statement is mentioned tucked in the Scout's signature between requirements #6 & #7. Seems to me that if it is to be a requirement it should be listed as a numbered requirement. Even looking online at the requirements it sits in a box between requirements #6 & %7... https://www.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/Eagle_rank_2017.pdf Just a little frustrated with the delay this has caused.
  11. NealOnWheels

    Grand Tetons National Park?

    Any good place nearby for a group to camp? Being flat-landers we will need to spend a night below 8500 ft to acclimate before ascending.
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    Grand Tetons National Park?

    Did you go with a scout group? How did you manage vehicles between your starting point and ending point? We plan to use a single van but don't want to make a loop. Probably cover most of the Teton Crest. From what I read the Death Canyon Shelf is a must.
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    Was there a Region One Canoe Base?

    I believe it is now operated as a council high adventure program.
  14. NealOnWheels

    Was there a Region One Canoe Base?

    Charles L. Sommers was called Region X Canoe Trails at one time. Would make sense that Maine High Adventure was possibly called Region One Canoe Trails at one time.
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    Was there a Region One Canoe Base?

    This is interesting... https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/region-one-canoe-trails-bsa-patch