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Oldscout448 last won the day on June 1 2020

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    Cub, boyscout , explorer, Eagle ,Vigil, six years on OA Ceremonies Teams, eleven as an advisor. DL, ASM, in four troops (have four sons), two Eagle dad pins,

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  1. I sit at the Campfire alone now, my companions now sadly departed. Yet I remember their names, as I gaze in the flames. How young we all were when we started. We were promised adventure in Scouting, if we followed it's long Rugged Road. So we hoisted our packs, grabbed a dull ax, and as we hiked we learned the Scout Code. Young friendships were forged as we camped in the woods, learning of bears,trees and stars. We drove the older scouts near mad with our questions, " Is that the North star or Mars?" We wore our new patches so proudly, Tenderfoot, First Class and Star.
  2. Oooh, a real Lion patch! I remember seeing the oldest coolest cubs wearing them at my first pack meeting. I promised myself that I'd earn one someday, but they were phased out when I was working on my bear.
  3. "Happy talk PR." Hmm, I tend to use another word for it. Considerably more accurate but perhaps not suited for a scout forum
  4. The only way to end this menace is to cast the swallow into the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged. Hatched Whatever
  5. Which is why a lot of Scouters with 20-30 years in the program have decided that it's just not worth it, and sadly walked away.
  6. A success? Well mostly. The modifications worked pretty well although the candidates stepping forward one at a time, quietly giving the admonition to Allowat, and putting on their own sashes took about 30 seconds each. In our rehearsal the "candidates" only took 15. Of course they already knew what to say. So even though we skipped the song and only demonstrated the handclasp the ceremonies took longer than we planned. In addition the guides leading the first group of candidates somehow took a wrong turn on the trail leading to the circle of our lodge. Which delayed us 15? minutes right from
  7. If anyone is interested, our ordeal is a go! Only 10 days away now and it's been an frustrating, exhausting, inspiring, experience trying to get the ceremonies part up and running. Our normal camp is off limits now so... Find a site, clear a ring (BIG fallen trees to move) figure out where the trails go, clear and mark them. Read all the new safety protocols, come up with some ideas how to implement them. At the first rehearsal realize that half of them aren't going to work. Back to the drawing board. Realize the ring isn't big enough to keep everyone apart, enlarge it. Find o
  8. Are there any lodges out there holding any activities this year?
  9. and it seems that one of the guys on the team has been nominated and approved for the Vigil honor. So we get to do a rare Vigil tapout as well ! This is going to be a really fun Friday evening! I just need to find the regalia. Its been 15 months since the last ordeal
  10. So just when I thought everything would be closed for the entire summer, I am told that a local troop is doing a sort of mini summercamp on some private land and asked if they could by any chance have a callout for the 4-5 scouts who were elected way back in the pre Covid days. The team was quite eager to do something anything this summer, ao right now the older members of the team are reworking the ceremony to keep everyone at the required distance. It will be different and perhaps not as impressive as we are used to but it's something.
  11. " a change that is needed" you say. Because someone in their ignorance might misinterpret it? Seems like an opportunity for them to become educated. Because a scouter might delude himself and turn into a "little tin god"? In my experience those who have that bent to their character end up as wannabe dictators no matter what title you give them. Scoutmaster or Scoutadviser. Btw I may well advise an 18 years old and let him make his own choices. A 10 year old? Not so much. Or become its [ drumroll ] politically -correct? Ah here we may well have it. A term straight from the old USSR and
  12. I just want to be able to down vote some of the ads!
  13. Anyone remember the ' shrieking girl " at Yale? Or the madness at Evergreen Collage? Or the riots at Berkley? We older folks just shook our heads and said " Just wait until they graduate and move into the real world, they're in for a real shock. Then they'll grow up." Well they graduated and turns out that WE are the ones who are shocked. They haven't grown up, and the really terrifying thing is I don't think they are going to until its way to late. Some of the political leaders are obviously using the mob to further their own ends. But a mob is a dangerous thing. Ask M
  14. Honest question Have you read BLMs manifesto? Looked at their stated goals? Can you honestly say they are compatible with scouting? As for me "bending the knee" and begging forgiveness for my "white guilt", not gonna happen. I believe we once fought a war so that we could stop kneeling to King George III. My ancestors fought the redcoats in that war, and died in the war to free the slaves 85 years later.
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