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  1. Our troop does it, our OA chapter does it, we even have it as a station at camporee. It is done just like rifle shooting,ie. safety spotters, only a certain number of throwers on the line, no

    one down range until the line is safe, etc.

  2. It would seem to depend on whether you're about "earning awards" or "community service".


    "The other day I was speaking with an official of the League of Nations, and I asked him, "How is the old league getting on?" His reply was, "All right, but it can never function fully until the time arrives when its members are men who have been trained as Boy Scouts." This answer rather took me aback, and I said, "Do you mean that they should go into camp and cook their own grub?" He said, "No, not that; but the only school I know of that teaches service as a first rule of life is the Boy Scout Movement." Baden-Powell (January 1924)

  3. The problem with pot lucks is you can never relax because you are always worried whether everyone will stick to their promises. We always had our B&G at the local fire company and they catered a spaghetti dinner. It is easy to cook more if you see you are running short and it is an inexpensive meal. Our budget was not inexhaustable. Our families brought drinks, rolls and desserts. It was a relaxing time and all I and my ACM's had to plan was the program.

  4. As far as game animals (rabbits, squirrels, etc.) check with your local fish and wildlife division. They can advise on any local prohibitions as to methods and seasons. Penalties for taking game out of season can be severe. For domestic animals, check with your agriculture or animal control agency. They usually handle pets and farm animals.

  5. nldscout, I have a different opinion. I think there was an appeal and that it went against Justin, therefore Mom has dismissed the forum and the people that tried to help her losing cause since she doesn't want to waste a breath on anyone who is not useful to her. That is why I think another involved party should be able to find out what happened. I think we may hear from her again if there is trouble with #2 son but it will be from a different computer with a different login.

  6. From the LNT website:




    Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest area for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, food and litter.

    Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.

    Pack out toilet paper and hygeine products.

    To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained water.


    A side note, when digging a cathole, never dig below the mineral soil level. Waste needs organisms to decompose. Waste left in clay layers will last forever.



  7. Problems I've had with scout groups:


    They never arrive for check-in when they say they will.


    They don't know the meaning of quiet hours.


    Scout leaders disassembling a gate to drive into an area they are not supposed to.


    Scouts running loose in the woods unsupervised cutting down standing trees, both live and dead. [side note: How do you know a scout cut down a tree? It's always hacked off three feet above the ground;)]


    Scout leaders sitting around the campfire drinking beer while the kids are off who knows where.


    My favorite: Scout leader parked in handicapped space with placard improperly displayed so expiration dates are not visible. When I found him to examine the placard, he admitted that it was issued to his mother who died three years ago.


    All these situations occurred in the youth group areas away from the family camping.

  8. In our troop it's:

    class A: scout shirt, scout pants or shorts, neckerchief and scout socks. We wear this for meetings from Labor Day through Memorial Day, BOR's and travel.

    class B: troop t-shirt, scout pants or shorts, and scout socks. We wear this for meetings during the summer, and when we want to be identifiable as scouts but want to offer the scouts a more comfortable option for the activity.

    class C: anything goes. This is usually only an option for work projects and summer camp unless a uniform is required i.e. dinner, church service, programs, etc.

    Reference class B, we have a specific troop t-shirt with our logo on the left chest.

  9. Maybe if you were one of the people who lost their jobs, you'd have a better understanding of why they are using every weapon in their arsenal to get their jobs back. Citizen complaints over work not getting done is a primary way that government employees get to keep their jobs. Volunteer groups seriously infringe on that. It boils down to putting food on the table and clothes on the backs of families.

  10. I like the tradition of the neckerchief. It shouts SCOUTING. As a first aid MB counselor, I think a square one would be more useful. As for the epaulets, they keep my OA sash from sliding off my shoulder.

  11. Check out "The Patch Place". They usually have a patch for any occasion. I used them a lot in my Den Leader/Cubmaster days. Or try "Oriental Trading". They have knickknacks for any season and would probably have little stuffed snowmen. Or come up with your own award. Since it was freezing weather you could take them out for ice cream or slushies or slurpies or snow cones.

  12. Simple answer: NO! The rules are that they have to meet the requirements for the merit badge as established through BSA. No more and no less. The First Aid MB requirements do NOT state "meet these requirements OR participate in a Red Cross course". And who would verify that they know the stuff if not a MB counselor? And how could they earn a badge at camp without a blue card? I've been to a lot of camps and they all required blue cards. Which one did you go to that didn't?

  13. On another, but similar note, the Baltimore Area Council has officially adopted the Star Spangled Banner (15 star, 15 stripe) as our flag through 2014. That is the 100th anniversary of the battle of Baltimore on September 14, 1814 at Fort McHenry. We are also planning a campout at the fort with the cooperation of the National Park Service. Our troop had made flag patches to wear on the uniform that look like the official uniform patch but with the 15 stars and stripes. They are selling like hotcakes among the other troops in the council and we may have to reorder.

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