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  1. Joni- Having Quartermastered a course, I can assure you that: (a) None of the staff are making any money off of the course; (b) To the contrary, the staff pay for the opportunity to work their rear-ends off; and © The council doesn't make any money off of the course. The Course charges what it costs to put it on. Also, in my experience, corporate leadership courses, especially ones that intense and time-consuming, cost far more than Wood Badge. I really encourage you to take the course and, if money is an issue for you, seek a scholarship. It will be worth it.
  2. Congratulations and thanks for sharing. There's no telling whom you are helping by sharing your challenges and triumphs. Keep it up!
  3. Teach and tie away. Turk's Head woggles are routinely taught and used in Youth Leader Training for Boy Scouts. Why not for Cubs? I can't think of any reason.
  4. Try Barkeeper's Friend. It does wonders with cooked-on crud. (But NEVER for use on cast iron.)
  5. Is your wedding reception going to feature foilpack meals and Dutch oven cobblers? If not, you''re still sane. If so, can I get an invite?
  6. For his AOL, I gave my godson an engraved titanium spork. Rather than looking back on his achievements as a Cub, I focused on the challenges he was taking on as a Boy Scout. BTW, he's now the SPL of his Troop and uses his spork on every outing. - Oren
  7. This is awesome and quite overdue. Congratulations to Kinlichiinii Ashkii John and his family! (I feel a Scoutmaster Minute coming on. Not only is this young man showing his duty to God, he's providing a great example of citizenship.)(This message has been edited by orennoah)
  8. I, along with 150 or so other Scouters and Scouts, recebtkt attended a funeral for a young Eagle and Army Sgt., killed in Iraq. We, at the family's request, attended in uniform and sat together. Scouts holding flags lined the entrances before the service. It was an impressive and inspiring sight, for both the general public and for us in Scouting. (In fact, as grizzled and hardened as I am -or would like to be, I'm starting to tear up at the memory of it.)
  9. Doubt it was a reaction to any vaccine. Much more likely, a reaction to the extreme anziety created by that mom. Excessive worrying often brings about what is feared most.
  10. My training? The only training that I've received from BSA that ACTUALLY taught me how to lead boys in the woods was earning my First Class when I was a lad. Truth be told, there's nothing I've learned in the BSA adult training that I already hadn't known from my Scouting days. I'm NOT knocking adult training. Many people didn't have the experience of being a Scout in an active backpack-oriented Troop. Plus, we all have to be working "off the same page." However, I don't think that you need to have certification cards spilling out of your wallet in order to lead Scouts on a b
  11. Yes2Man: Please keep your personal politics out of this discussion. There are lots of us "on the left" who are life-long dedicated Scouters, just as there are those "on the right" and "in the middle" and "all over the map." It's not in Scouting's best interests to be pushed or pulled in ANYONE's political corner. We'll all suffer, especially the boys. Comments like yours tend to do both. Bob T: And the "new kid's" reaction was?
  12. Three years ago, we were returning to Northern California from a summer camp in Southern California (Camp Cherry Valley on Catalina Island, THE best summer camp I've ever attended). We were in a school bus and had just left long, straight, boring Highway 5 to eat at roadside diner in the middle of nowhere. We saw a motorist and his passenger trying to push a disabled sedan to the gas station, which was on a rather significant rise. No way they were going to get the car up that. So, we pulled over and the Scouts ran from the bus, surrounded the car, pushed it up to the gas station a
  13. You are a true Scouter, who grasps the Scout Spirit and the Brotherhood of Scouting.
  14. Two ideas: (A) Dump the foil pack notion and go with "omelets in a bag." Easy to do, one pot, no clean-up. (B) Mountain man breakfast in foil packs. First, brown some sausage in the pack. Open and add potatoes. Cook for "a bit." Open and add eggs and cheese. Cook for "a bit longer."
  15. The North Face has an excellent reputation for their lifetime warranty. http://www.thenorthface.com/na/contact-us.html#warranty I would contact them, first. Good luck and let us know what they do.
  16. I'm guilty of bad uniforming, in that I sport a "Grump" patch on my uniform, as do all of the other adult leaders in my troop. (It's a rocking chair, BTW.) I'm also guilty of setting an example of patrol cohesion and cooperation and spirit. I'm guilty of devising a way to keep new Scouters from hanging with their sons on campouts. I'm guilty of showing non-registered adults what their sons are going through. Guilty as charged. Take any fines from uniform police out of my Scoutmaster paycheck.
  17. I purchased four of them on eBay. They're great. Nice size. Drilled on the sides. Good tones. (In fact, my Scout buglers were able to get four different notes out of them.)
  18. What I do is announce that the Scout has successfully passed his Eagle Board of Review and that his application will be forwarded to the National Council in Irving, Texas for final approval. Then, when the National folks sign off, it's up to the Scout to announce the date for his Eagle Court of Honor.
  19. Not knowing enough about the original Sea Scout molestation, I can't be sure, but it would likely be a criminal act and that the police should have been involved right away. That would have taken away from you the task of having to figure which agencies to inform.
  20. Time for a reality check. The ship's leaders need to learn that decisions have consequences. Burning bridges and ignoring finances, so you can have more fun is a VERY short sighted approach to life and management. (On the other hand, some of the erstwhile leaders of our recently high-flying corporations may disagree.)
  21. In our troop, the non-registered adults are included with us uniformed adults into the Grump Patrol. We make SURE that they're busy with Grump Patrol duties, so as to keep them away from their sons. We also brief them ahead of time, both orally and in writing (our Grump Patrol Manual), with what we expect of them and what they can expect from us. It's our most fervant hope that their sons will have a great time and the parents will, too. We want them to volunteer and to step up and take on uniformed responsibility. After all, the SM's most important job is to identify, motivate an
  22. I'm a Grump. (Classic Star Trek episode reference.) Our yell: "We're old. We're tired. We're [fill in the blank.] We're GRUMPS!" - Oren
  23. My eyes have been opened by the different viewpoints expressed above. In my Troop, a father sleeping with his boy(s) would not be tolerated. We would view it as a violation of the Patrol Method, as there's an inevitable conflict raised in the Scout as to whom he is camping with, his Patrol or his family. Each Scout should feel as if he is away from his family, regardless of whether one of his parents is along as an adult leader. Being away from family is a critical step in an adolescent's maturation. Sleeping with dad is not part of our program. The dad's role on the campout i
  24. One bit of brightness in this horror is in an AP story making the rounds. Most of us remember the picture of a wounded male student being taken away from a building by a couple of police officers. Turns out that that student was shot in the femure, severing his femural artery. Death was minutes away from severe exsanguination. In the confusion, chaos and horror, he thought clearly and found a power cord (probably to someone's laptop) and fashioned his own tourniquet. The doctors confirmed that he saved his life. Where'd he learn to do that? He's a Eagle.
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