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    How Many Uniforms Do You Have?

    Current: 1 New Style Short Sleeve Cotton/Poly Tan Shirt 1 New Style Long Sleeve Cotton/Poly Tan Shirt 1 New Style Short Sleeve Nylon Tan Shirt 1 New Style Long Sleeve Nylon Tan Shirt 1 New Style Cotton Trousers/Shorts Green 1 New Style Nylon Trousers/Shorts Green 1 New Style Web Belt Green 4 New Style Crew Socks Green 1 New Style Cap, Green 6 Old Style Short Sleeve Cotton/Poly Tan Shirt (Various units and positions) 2 Old Style Short Sleeve Cotton Tan Shirt 1 Old Style Long Sleeve Cotton/Poly Tan Shirt 3 Old Style Trousers Olive Green 1 Old Style Dress Trousers, Olive Green 2 Odl Style Trousers/Shorts, Olive Green (Switch Backs) 4 Old Style Web Belt, Olive Green with Brass Buckles 3 Old Style Shorts, Olive Green 8 Old Style Crew Socks, Olive Green/Red 2 Old Style Knee Socks, Olive Green/Red 1 Old Style Cap, Olive Green/Red with Mesh 1 Old Style Cap, Olve Green 2 Campaign Hat 1 Expedition Hat 1 Jac-Shirt, Wool, Red 3 Venturing Shirts, Short Sleeve, Spruce Green 1 Venturing Trousers, Charcoal Gray 1 Venturing Web Belt with buckle 2 Venturing Socks, Gray Numerous Official and Custom Neckerchiefs and slides Way too many short and long sleeved Scouting related t-shirts and sweatshirts, and caps Several Scouting related leather and nylon belts and many buckles Several unofficial jackets with Scouting stuff on them Retired: 1 1960's era Boy Scout uniform, Olive green (Long Sleeved Shirt, Trousers, Belt, neckerchief, and slide, and Field Cap) 3 Old Style Short Sleeved Cotton/Poly Shirts 1 Old Style Trousers, Olive Green 2 Pair Unofficial Trousers/Shorts, Cargo Type, Cotton, Charcoal Gray for Venturing 1 Pair Unofficial Trousers/Shorts, Nylon, Charcoal Gray for Venturing 2 Pair Unofficial Shorts, Cargo Type, Cotton/Poly Charcoal Gray for venturing I even have a BSA Comb, BSA Hankerchief, and BSA Toothbrush, BSA Canteen, BSA Messkit, Standard and Deluxe BSA Pockeknives, and my old BSA Yucca pack. I
  2. Does anyone know if a modern Baker tent is available? Something made from modern nylon or similar materials. Thanks.
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    Old BSA Baker Tent

    Regarding the source of the name for the Baker tent. I read somewhere that the Baker tent was named after the old relector type ovens that bakers used. Makes sense to me.
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    weather radio

    I have a little Sony radio that has AM/FM/TV and NOAA weather capabilities. About the size of a pager, runs on one AAA battery and works well (needs an earphone or external speaker, cost about $30. I have carried it for several years and it realy works well. I also have a set FRS radios that have integrated NOAA weather station reception. We use these sometimes. For summer camp, I have a little tabletop Midland weather alert radio that works on regualr electricity or a 9 volt battery. I keep it in my tent on a small table. It has wether alert. To big for backpacking though.
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    Jackets

    While this topic may be appropriate for the uniform forum, I decided to post it here. While there are some "official" and what I call "semi-official" jackets available for wear with Scouting uniforms, the Insignia Guide says the are optional. While the jackets available from the Scout shop such as the Jac-Shirt, and other jackets may be ok for wear at activities such as meetings, I don't think that they may be suitable for outdoor/high adventure type activities. Cool, cold, and wet whether may cause jackets to be more than optional. I think that for most Scouting situations, most people just wear what they have when it comes to jackets. And some of those that I have seen, are not really all that appropriate for outdoor activity wear in Scouting. I would like know what you all wear for jackets with your Scouting uniforms: I have a red Jac-Shirt and one other "official" jacket, I really don't care for them. To me, they just are not very practical for most outdoor activity wear. Instead, I have chosen to get other jackets that can be part of a layering system. My primary jacket system consists of a hooded outer jacket made of olive green soft nylon microfiber that I have increased the waterproofness of by keeping it treated with a comercial fabric treatment. I also hae an olive green fleece jacket (no hood) that can be worn either as a separate jacket or under the hooded outer jacket. Together, they only cost be about $40. This system seems to serve me well, in my area, most of the time, for most cool/cold/wet weather. This is the jacket system that I most frequently use. I also always carry lighweight nylon poncho and a lightweight nylon rainsuit when camping, backpacking, etc. I don't like to be cold or wet. Also, I recently added a "system" type jacket to my outdoor wardrobe that is a combination forest green nylon jacket with a removable fleece liner. They can be worn together or separately. The nylon jacket has a hide-away hood that rolls up inside the collar. Cost about $40. Again, I increase the waterproofness of the nylon outer jacket with a commerical fabric treatment. This combination jacket is warmer in colder weather than my other system so I keep it available in cold weather. I can always (and have) augment these with thermal underwear, sweat shirts and pants, nylon over pants, etc. I think everyone should carry a sweatshirt and sweatpants when camping, etc. They are lightweight and very versatile. The nice thing about layer is that it does work well, and gives you various options. I know that there are very high end jackets out there, but to me are very cost prohibitive. What types of jackets do you all wear for Scouting? Thanks.
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    The new uniform.

    I saw that in the brochure. But I am not exactly sure what it means though If taken word for word, it would seem to mean that one can mix any component of any of the existing or new components, including insignia and accessories. And I am not sure that is the intent. But I could be wrong. I'm not too worried about it but I am sure it will be a topic for quite a while.
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    The new uniform.

    This may have already been addressed here but there are just too many messages to go through to find it: Is it permissible to mix components of the "old" (Tan Shirts, Olive Pants and shorts, caps, belts, and insignia) with the "new" Centenial uniform? Examples: Old shirt and insignia worn with the new pants? New shirt and insignia worn with old pants or old switchback pants? Old insignia (white/red numbers, trained patch, red shoulder tabs, etc.) worn on new shirt? New insignia (green/tan numbers, green/tan trained patch, green shoulder tabs, etc) worn on the old shirt? Old red and olive cap worn with new uniform and new green cap worn with old uniform? Old belt and sock worn with the new uniform and new belt and socks worn with the old uniform? I have had people tell me "yes" but could cite no official reference to this. I have looked but can't find anything specific. I was told that only "new" centenial insignia can be used on the new centenial uniform shirts, but I am not sure if the new insignia can be worn on the "old" tan shirts. Seems to me that only new uniform components and insignia should be worn on the new uniform and only old uniform components should be worn on the old uniform - but I could be wrong. Does anyone here know the official BSA position and where I can find documentation for that? I have heard that there is a new uniform and insignia guide coming out... Thanks.
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    Velcro

    Does anyone here know of a source for tan colored hook and loop fasteners (Velcro)? Specifically I am looking for this material in 3 in round shapes for position patches but would be interested in other shapes in tan color as well. Thanks.
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    The new uniform.

    I like the new tan and green unit numbers and position patches. But I wish that the shirt came with velcro for the unit numbers and position patch to meet the needs of those in multiple units. Actually, I would like to see the same uniform colors for all programs, with different shoulder loop colors for the programs. That would sure simplify things. I too am a little unsure of the sleeve pocket. And I am unsure about the color change for the pants. Is suspect it it to move away from the olive green which looks very "military". But some military forces around the world do wear a dark "forest" green color uniform. I look forwar to seeing how the pants bottom can be tailored. My main issues with the current switchbacks are: 1. The length is an issue - no way to adjust it. 2. The material is a bad choice. I would like to see a ripstop cotton nylon blend. The current material feels to me like I have nothing on. 3. The pockets are too shallow. The need to be deeper - all of them. and all of the pockets, including the front needs a velcroed flap. 4. The belt that comes with them is not very good. But I do like the olive green color and the zip-off legs. I guess we will have to see what the new uniform looks like and adapt to it. I will probably buy a couple of the current uniforms just so I have them.
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    New Uniform?

    I keep hearing about a new uniform being introduced. I hear a new uniform is supposed to make an appearance in May or June. Anyone out there know anything about a new uniform?
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    Got an LED flashlight yet?

    I have converted to nearly all LED lights. I carry a LED light from Inova that is powered by 1 AA Battery. It has a magnifying lens and this serves as my primary flashlight. About $20. I also carry a Photon Microlight on a neck chain - This way, I always have it with me. About $12. I have a LED headlight powered by 3 AAA batteries. Good for setting up in the dark. About $12. I have a LED "Cap" light that clips under the brim of a cap. Uses 4 2016 lithium cells. I use this light only sometimes as the batteries are expensive. I use a "packable" Coleman fluorescent lantern with a spiral shaped fluorescent bulb powered by 8 D Batteries for long term camping. About as bright as a 60 watt bulb. Heavy, but I like this light. About $18. I recently got a "packable" Coleman LED Lantern that is powered by 4 D batteries. I am not sure about this light yet. Not very bright but will light a small area adequately. About $24. They have a brighter light but it was too expensive for me. I also recently got a LED Hanging Tent Light from Walmart. It is disk-shaped, about 5" in diameter with 24 LED lights, powered by 4 AAA battries and a mini biner for hanging it. Very light and compact. About $7. Very bright - lights a small tent very well. Two would light a larger tent well. Have used it on a weekend campout in a small tent, and plan to use two in a larger tent for camporee and summer camp. Only problem is that it has a push button switch that is easily activated in a pack so I just keep the batteries out until I put it in the tent. So far I like this light for a tent light. It is LED, lightweight, compact, powered by small batteries, very bright, and inexpensive. I have a 2 AA cell mini-mag that I converted to LED by replacing the light module to a third party module for about $4. Much less than buying on of their LED manufactured light. I carry it in a leather pouch that also has a knife pouch - I only carry it occasionally. Also, I use a footlocker for summer camp. I installed one of those "touch" lights (dome-shaped disk about 6" in diameter) using velcro inside the footlocker lid, that when the lens is pressed the light comes on. The original one I got was an incandescent. I recently replaced it with a similar one that has LED lights in it. Both are powered by 4 AA batteries. But the LED lasts much longer on a set of batteries. Great for lighting the inside of the footlocker so I can see what I am doing. Also, if I leave the footlocker lid up, the light can help light my tent. The light can be removed from the footlocker and used elsewhere. My opinion is that LED, is pretty much the way to go these days. The bulbs last virtually forever, they usually use smaller batteries but since the bulbs use less power, the batteries don't need replacing near as often - thereby saving money. The LED lanterns are coming along well. While LED lights generally cost more than incandescent, they are usually much less expensive to operate over time, therefore there is usually financial savings.
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    11 to 14 years old -- preparing for Venturing

    Venturing is a very unique program within the BSA. The Sea Scout program is part of the Venturing program. Venturing Crews can adopt their own uniforms or can adopt the official recommended Venturing uniform. Crews operate though an organization of elected officers. And crews can have specific focus areas. Boating and seamanship, general high adventure, SCUBA, Ham radio, equestrian activities, etc. I don't view Venturing as Scouting's next step, but as another different step. As a Boy Scout leader (still am), I have been able to come over to Venturing and adapt to the program very well. Some do not, some won't have anything to do with it. If you are interested in Venturing, I would suggest that you get with one or more Venturing Crews and look and learn. They may have a Venturing Roundtable in your area - again another way to learn about the program. I think that anyone in Venturing would be more than happy to provide you with information. If you can and want to, register as an adult leader with a local Venturing Crew. Also, get a Venturing Leader Manual and Venturer/Ranger Handbook and attend Venturing Leader Specific Training. Those things should provide you with lots of good information and training. Good luck.
  13. I once taught a class on the "Jackknife" to a group of Girl Scouts at the Girl Scout equivalent of a Boy Scout Camporee. I seem to recall that the requirements were in one of the Girl Scout manuals. There really want not much in the manual about it. I don't remember which manual. And it was more of a skills class than a competition or game. A jackknife is just one type of knives generally considered "pocketknives". In Boy Scouting we consider knives as tools an teach the safe handling, use, and care of them in a program called Totn' Chip which is part of the Second Class Rank requirements. If you can get hold of a Boy Scout Handbook you will find the requirements for Totin' Chip there. Making a fuzz stick was in the older Boy Scout Handbooks - back in the 60s. You might want to do some type of care, use, and safety training, then perhaps have them make something, perhaps fuzz sticks. You might want to have a good supply of bandaids available..... You might also consider contacting some local Boy Scout units to try to get some older Boy Scouts experienced in teaching Totin' Chip to help. Good luck.
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    The neckerchief

    Our troop adopted a standard BSA neckerchief about 3 years ago. They are free to wear any appropriate neckerchief slide but most wear the standard Boy Scout slide. The neckerchief is worn at all COH, other formal events, when we are attending activities where it is appropriate to wear. Some of the Scouts wear it whenever in uniform. They may wear the neckerchief either over or undr the collar. Adults who are Wood Badgers normally wear the Wood Badge Neckerchief for formal occasions. Personally, I like neckerhiefs, for tradition if no other reason. But they do seem a natural part of the uniform and help sharpen the look. They are just so, Scout. A Scout who wears a neckerchief definitely stands out. I do wish the standard BSA neckerhiefs were bigger though.
  15. As I mentioned before, our troop has several troop owned, Timberline 2 and 4 moan tents. But most of our Scouts have their own tents. Usually, they use the troop owned tents at first, then later then get their own tents. We encourage this. Using a troop owned tent initially helps keep costs down for the Scouts and their families. I have never seen much use for the concept of uniformity in troop tents. First, not many campsites we have used are well suited to setting all the same tents up in neat little formations. Second, the tents don't stay uniform long (components are lost or damaged, etc.) Tents models change almost yearly and it is hard to find the same model tent year after year (Although the Timberline is an exception - but expensive). There are many other things a troop can use hard to earn money for - such as other equipment and even more important, the program. We don't require Scouts to own their own tents, they are welcome to use the troop tents. But most get their own and seem to take great pride in them and take good care of them. They can choose tents to suite their own needs and not the general needs of the troop. Most choose small dome or A Frame tents. They usually wait and look at many tents before buying one. And we get to know which tent belongs to whom so it is easy to locate them. We do try to have the patrols camp a distance from each other. They usually want it that way. Course at some activities, the campsite assigned to the troop is so small that tents almost could share tent stakes. We prefer our own campouts where we can spread out.
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