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  1. oldisnewagain1

    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.
  9. 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
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    Scouts as Free labor

    Is it only me or have others seen an increase of requests for free labor from Scouts in the form of “service projects� These requests are not coming from other non-profits or community service organizations and the requester is getting paid.
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    Scouts as Free labor

    If I'm hired to build a Walmart, can I get the Scouts to provide the materials and labor if I call it a "service project"?
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    Scouts as Free labor

    I don't have an issue of helping an organization like a church, a wildlife area, AT service group, ... etc asking for help. Its when someone is getting paid to do something and wants the troop to do what they were hired for.
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    Scouts as Free labor

    Let's say, as an example, a professional Landscaper gets paid handsomely to do yard work for a client. He asks for troops to help in a "conservation project" of raking leaves and removing them
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    Transgender policy change

    Or you might have to share a tent with a spouse you are separated from but not yet divorced
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    Problem DE

    Well said
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    Problem DE

    Some other ways to ignore him... Whoops...forgot to schedule FOS presentation. Go across district borders and attend another districts event. Or to really get black-balled Go to another council's Training, Wood Badge, Camproee, MBU, and/or Summer camp