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  1. 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 Trouser
  2. Does anyone know if a modern Baker tent is available? Something made from modern nylon or similar materials. Thanks.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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, mos
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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 re
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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
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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?
  11. 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 lant
  12. 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 ve
  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 requi
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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 o
  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
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