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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

    Would you say anything

    The Scout Executive will have someone contact you and fill out an incident report. Where it goes from there we will see.
  2. NealOnWheels

    New Kayak and Boating Requirements?

    Need to follow all of the requirements of the Safe Swim Defense . There is a lot more to it than swim tests.
  3. NealOnWheels

    Grand Tetons National Park?

    Just completed our trek. 4 days, 26 miles. Very challenging terrain.
  4. NealOnWheels

    What is the protocol?

    From the latest Guide To Safe Scouting... Scouts First Helpline As part of its “Scouts First” approach to the protection and safety of youth, the BSA has established a dedicated 24-hour helpline to receive reports of known or suspected abuse or behavior that might put a youth at risk. 1-844-SCOUTS1 (1-844-726-8871) When to use it: • Anytime you believe a youth has been harmed or their safety and wellbeing is at risk, and you cannot immediately reach your Scout executive or local council. • If a Scout is bullied because of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability, and local help is unable to resolve the problem. If someone is at immediate risk of harm, always call 911.
  5. NealOnWheels

    What is the protocol?

    The protocol: Scout unit reports the incident to the Council Scout Executive since it is an alleged threat that falls under the Youth Protection Policy. The Scout Executive or designee work with the unit to complete an incident report. The Scout Executive may choose to remove him from Scouting altogether. If so you will get a letter and it should contain an appeals process. The Unit may choose to remove him from the troop. A simple phone call is all it should take. You may or may not be able to appeal that decision. Even if you could you probably do not want to stay in that toxic environment. I would suggest moving to a different unit. I know all of this because we had to do exactly that. In our case we did talk to all scouts involved. We had two scouts get threatened by one scout at the same event. We ultimately dismissed the scout from the troop but the Scout Executive did not remove him from scouting. He could transfer to another unit if he chooses. From your description it does not seem like things are being handled well.
  6. NealOnWheels


    Seems that phone calls between adults and scouts will no longer be practical. OLD: Two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact between adults and youth members includes digital communication. Leaders may not have one-on-one private online communications or engage one-on-one in other digital activities (games, social media, etc.) with youth members. Leaders should copy a parent and another leader in digital and online communication, ensuring no one-on-one contact exists in text, social media, or other forms of online or digital communication. NEW: Private online communications (texting, phone calls, chat, IM, etc.) must include another registered leader or parent.
  7. 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."
  8. 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."
  9. NealOnWheels

    YPT and emergencies

    I would not overthink it. Emergencies tend to change the most well thought out plans. Deal with the priorities.
  10. NealOnWheels

    Court of Honor Props

    Try this... https://scouting.webdamdb.com/bp/#/folder/599193/
  11. 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.
  12. NealOnWheels

    Date of BSA online advancement tool being turned off

  13. NealOnWheels

    Rank Advancement & Service Hours

    Unlike Star and Life ranks, the Second Class requirements do not include the phrase "while a Tenderfoot Scout".
  14. NealOnWheels

    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."
  15. NealOnWheels

    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.