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  1. 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.  Ever since then I wanted to go to Wind River.  I was so jealous of the guy.

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  2. 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 other hikers in a day.  Campsites have bear bag hanging systems which is one less worry after a long day hiking.  If you get off the Appalachian Trail the trails run along streams where water is plentiful.  Water sources are always something to take seriously when in the wilderness.

    I always wanted to try Daniel Boone National Forest  There are a lot of natural bridges and waterfalls.  Looks very nice.

    Anther place I want to try is Dolly Sods.  I have heard it is a very beautiful place.

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  3. 1 hour ago, ThenNow said:

    I got a Saturday night hypothetical for youz guys. You’re a member of the LC Cone of Silence Brigade. You’re tasked with going through your share of a couple hundred Proofs of Claim. In your reading, you discover terrible things, credibly alleged, about a guy you go to church with or see at the bar or is a part of your hunting club. He abused more than one boy, you find. The SoL had run on all the claims. What do you do? How do you feel? How do you find yourself around him? Hm?

    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 of what was going on.  I am not sure what I would do if I encountered the person.

  4. 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.

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  5. 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 Certificate.

    I predict the next revision of the Guide to Safe Scouting will explicity prohibit gliders.  

  6. 23 hours ago, Eagledad said:

    So, you believe the conservative churches would be the ones leaving the United Methodist. That is interesting because, as you say, it's the international conservative churches that are preventing the the proposed changes. Seems like it would be the other way around. 

    I have several friends in the conference, so I really should ask them. I just haven't wanted to bother them about it yet.


    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?"

  7. It is a proposal that may or may not be enacted at a vote in May.

    The proposal allows the creation of a "Traditional Methodist" denomination to be split off of the current "United Methodist" denomination.  Individual conferences and/or local churches can elect to go the Traditional Methodist direction.  If they don't act they remain United Methodist.  If they have a vote they can switch to Traditional Methodist.

    I am thinking many of the overseas conferences would go the Traditional Methodist route as the are generally much more conservative than the US part of the church.  Across the US I am thinking you will see individual local churches going both ways.  I can see turmoil at the local level as each church makes their decision.  There will be members that jump from one congregation to another over these decisions.  Or leave to different churches altogether to avoid the controversy.

    In my own congregation there is a mix of conservative and liberal viewpoints many of them very strong.  I see this a bad situation brewing.  Hopefully I am wrong.

    As far as Scouting goes?  I don't see much of an impact.  I know of no local Methodist church that has a negative relationship with Scouting even with the membership changes.  I would expect the same support from both denominations.

  8. 1 hour ago, HelpfulTracks said:

    Ahhh, the ubiquitous records fire. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard our council or lodge lost their records in a fire. 

    Apparently a whole lot of councils and lodges should have their firem’n chit taken away.

    My council lost most of their records to a flood.  Because of that my online record shows I took Scoutmaster training in 1910.  

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  9. According to the Guide to Safe Scouting the pavilion was not a suitable safe building.

    "Safe Building—one that is fully enclosed with a roof, walls, and floor, and has plumbing or wiring."

    As far as I can tell the Guide to Safe Scouting only mentions the recommendations of the National Weather Service.  It does not say it is a requirement of scout units.  But I would not want to take chances with scouts.

    The Hazardous Weather Training would be something good to review as well.

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  10. I find this phrase curious...

    "Associating with organizations who do not have similar brand history, program portfolio, and track record for safety dilutes and tarnishes our brand, and allows Boy Scouts to leverage the reputation of Girl Scouts for their own purposes."

    I can understand wanting to maintain their brand identity but this just sounds like they have a superiority complex.

  11. From the Guide To Safe Scouting Youth Protection & Adult Leadership section: "Appropriate attire is required for all activities.".

    Of course nothing defines what "appropriate attire" is for any given activity.  Need to use some common sense.


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  12. 6 hours ago, ShutterbugMom said:

    He should have been well dressed enough to not really need to be near it.  I don't think he changed clothes all weekend.  He had on his class As with a shirt underneath, plus he had a hoodie he wore a lot.  And he had a winter coat and hat for evening.  Now, whether he wore them or not.......that I cannot attest to......



    To stay warm it is important to change into dry clothing periodically.  Scouts often don't realize their clothes have dampness from perspiration even if it is cold.  Also avoid cottons as they lose insulating ability more so than wool or various synthetics.  A hat helps a lot.

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