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  1. oldisnewagain1

    Old Guys on Forum?

    How long on the forum? Some days, too long ...other days, still a youngster
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    "Unofficial uniform"

    So the uniform police have been on the prowl in our council again quoting chapter and verse from the Guide to Awards and Insignia as to unofficial patrol patches, correct Square Knot placement, and the ever dreaded wearing of an Eagle Mentor pin. It occurred to me, if my shirt was an unofficial tan shirt, say Cabela's Short-Sleeve Safari® Shirt for example, and I sewed my patches onto this shirt, I could wear a mentor pin without breaking “the ruleâ€Â.
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    Icarus dilemma

    I'm obsessing with the choice of a pack for a 2020 Philmont trek On one hand I have my tried and true Alps Cascade 5200 (85 Liters) pack on the other hand I got a good price on a Granite Gear Crown X60 (60 liters). The Pros and Cons as I see them right now are Alps Pros I already own it There is plenty of room for my stuff, crew gear, and Philmont gear It fits well and is comfortable Cons It is heavy (5 pounds 8 oz) The pack has been repaired a few times (the sewed seams leave a lot to be desired) With the extra space in the pack, I could over pack Not as much airflow as I would like on my back Granite Gear Pros Lightweight (2 pounds 8.2 oz) Good features including back ventilation Price $120 (budget is always a concern) Cons 35 pound max carry It doesn't look like I could strap any thing to the bottom Having never tried it before, I'm not sure how comfortable it will be Now based on my current base weight is 17.11 but I still have some things to get and weigh. With water, an estimate of Philfood (for three days), and a tent my estimated weight is 37.5 and this is before crew and Philmont gear. I'm thinking the Granite Gear might not be the right choice. Thoughts?
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    Icarus dilemma

    SSScout...good read!
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    Icarus dilemma

    That makes good sense! Thanks Barry! I just cancelled my order for the crown x60. My state, well usually, confusion and denial but I'm located in Mass
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    Icarus dilemma

    Yeah, when I was a young strapping lad, I could diamond hitch just about anything to a WWII (maybe Korean War) pack frame our Troop had and carry way too much But those days are gone and I'm expecting Vitamin I (despite conditioning before going) will be my best friend on this trek
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    Icarus dilemma

    And I'm fretting over the Alps seams once again letting loose
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    QRP at Philmont

    Radio and key I plan to use
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    QRP at Philmont

    With the advent of low power transceivers available on the market, has anyone used one of these units on the trail at Philmont. If you have what band (CW I assume) , antenna, and could you make any contacts?
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    QRP at Philmont

    No, I'm hoping to make some contacts around the states or perhaps the world using a light weight radio, small morse key, and an end feed antenna (all together weighing less than a pound). Oh course this would be stop for the night. Perhaps generate some interest in signaling Merit Badge and Amateur Radio. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/QRP_operation https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summits_on_the_Air
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    how about "the Scouting organization formally known as Boy Scouts" or Scouting The Fun Units - better known by it's initials when in communications with the Girl Scouts USA
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    Switching councils

    Funny, sounds a lot like several other councils (mine included) But there is nothing that says you have to attend the in council camp when there are great camps in other councils. (Events too)
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    What do you want the District to do for you?

    When we are asked this question, in our district, we get a Tom Sawyer response. For example, Scoutmaster: I think the district should have a STEM event. District Chair or DE: OK, so you’re hosting the next camproee! Cubmaster: We really need some help in recruitment. District Chair: Great, we will make you district membership chair. So my advise is to listen to what they have to say, take the good ideas and make a plan, get the help you need and execute. Please don't throw it back on their shoulders of the one who suggested it unless they are volunteering to take it on.
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    District meetings - what's the point?

    I wonder if round tables have outlived their purpose with the advent of instant information on the Internet
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    How do you end your Troop meetings?

    I think its called the Scoutmaster's Benediction "May the great Scoutmaster of all true Scouts be with us till we meet again." It works well for us because it's non-denominational and is said by our troop Chaplain aide or the Scoutmaster when the Chaplain aide isn't there.
  16. Pardon me while I vent It's bad enough when Scouts are using their cell phones during a meeting but when the SE and DE are doing it during an Eagle COH that's just rude!
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    Why Did You Leave Scouts ?

    An exit interview in Scouting?!!! Every day Scouting sounds more and more like a Dilbert strip.
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    James E. West Fellowship

    With apologies to Will Rogers... BSA has the best knot money can buy. That being said, I would not accept one given in my honor and if it came to be in my procession it would not be worn.
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    Creating a Wood Badge troop scholarship

    You have the possibility of "poking a hornet's nest" with your troop. I would suggest an anonymous donation in the name of a candidate paid directly to the wood badge course.
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    Would you wear unique council patches?

    If I had my choice, I would go back to the community strips
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    Low Start up cost Fundraiser

    In our case, plates and napkins are donated by a local supermarket. (We do pizza.) We have water donated by a local water bottler.
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    How would the ideal scout poll work?

    "oh brave new world that has such people in it" John the Savage
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    Low Start up cost Fundraiser

    A food competition featuring local restaurants who donate their food for the chance to win a trophies (and bragging rights) - Think of a common food that each might have. some examples Chili Hot wings pizza donuts Find a place to hold it, and date. Limit it to only one food item and determine a small size for the public to sample. Publicize with flyers and any kind of free advertising you can get from radio stations, newspapers, etc Have a way for public to vote for their favorate Public pays at the door for admission Of course there is more to planing this kind of event but we find it to be low cost high return
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    When does your PLC meet?

    A yearly meeting (or two) to plan the year Once a month on a separate night from troop meetings. Before or after a troop meeting if necessary
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    Membership fees increasing again

    So with dwindling membership, the thought is to make Scouting more expensive? Seems legit