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  1. I would say I put in (on average) 60 hours a week. Of course, I like it so much I became a District Exec. In case you guys don't know, the work you volunteer for the units is greatly appreciated. There is no real way to measure the successes you have helped create in each Scout, but know that it would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of the adult volunteers. Thank you.
  2. Wow! Small world. I tell ya. As a DE, groups like these make my job alot easier.
  3. First, I can take no responsibility for the successful relief operation mounted by some of my Troops. However, I will gladly spread the word of gratitude. Go to the BSA's Hurricane Katrina relief page on their website at this link. http://www.goodturnforamerica.org/katrina/index.html You should see an article titled, "Mississippi Scouts Lead Community in Assisting Hurricane Katrina Survivors". I encourage you to take a moment and read this quick article about the efforts of Troops 45, 144 and 146 from the Yocona Area Council. The short version is that within 72 hours
  4. A couple of years ago, I went to National Camp School for COPE Director certification. Well, we did a skit there that became banned afterwards. We set up a small, indoor obstacle course and selected 3-4 volunteers from the crowd. Once those volunteers were selected, we explained that COPE deals alot with trust and communication, as well as many other goals. We then took the "volunteers" and placed them at the start of the event and blindfolded them. As they were blindfolded, the COPE group's leader explained that we would walk them through the course and they would have to listen to ou
  5. eaglescout2004 might be in the same boat I am in. I was inducted last July as an adult. I will go for Brotherhood later this month.
  6. As a police officer, I can tell you that, for the most part, if someone has three tickets for speeding, they are going to do it again. If they had learned their lesson, they would have stopped after the first one. I can tell you that the officers in my department won't stop anyone until they are going at least 13 over the limit. Some wait until 18-20. Those are almost automatic tickets and there really is no arguing with them. I personally think that the people with the authority in the group need to pull this person aside and tell them that he will not be allowed to drive scouts
  7. One was the AoL, but they have the papers on that. The other was a religious. I may try to find one of the old scoutmasters. The records would have to be about 15 years old now though. It's worth a shot I guess.
  8. As a youth (many years ago) I earned a couple of awards that can be worn on the adult uniform as knots. However, I have since lost the actual awards and the council can not find the records from them. IIRC, my scoutmasters were a little lax in sending the proper paperwork to the council office. My question is, how can I prove that I earned the awards and get the knots? I am still in the same council today as I was as a youth. They may take my word for it, but I would prefer to have some type of proof. Any suggestions?
  9. I went to NCS in May 2003 for COPE Director certification at Camp Bob Hardin in Saluda, NC. That course was one of the longest seven days of my life! We were up for breakfast by 0700 and rock-n-rolled until at least 11:00PM every night. Oh, did I mention that it rained the ENTIRE time! After that week, I hurt in places I didn't know I had! Man, I want to go back so bad!
  10. I was tapped out this year at Summer Camp and went through my Ordeal last month. IIRC, I was one of two adults tapped out this year. I plan to earn my Brotherhood as soon as allowed. Should get it done before next summer camp. Lodge is Chicksa 202.
  11. I actually had two starts in scouting. I first started in cub scouts as a youngster. I was successful in advancement, earning many awards all the way through Webelos. I earned my Arrow of Light then on to Boy Scouts. While in the troop, I progressed through First Class. IIRC, I had earned Star and was waiting on the next advancement ceremony when the bottom fell out. When I started to get involved in baseball and girls, the BSA fell to the wayside. My troop was failing to keep current scouts and recruit new ones. With this, the veteran Scoutmasters had more on their plate than they
  12. I need a new backpack for hiking and camping. The one I have is getting outdated and worn out. My current one was a Wal-Mart special and I have no idea how many cubic inches it is. So, Help me decide what size a pack I need and any specific packs I sould look at. I am not sure of the size I need. I am looking for a pack that I can use on weekend trips. Probably no longer than two nights. So, just how much stuff will fit in a 3000 cubic inch? 4000 cubic inch? Thanks, OX
  13. mn_scout, When I am directing a COPE course, the trust fall is the last low element I do. COPE is designed to be a progressive building program that is founded on seven key principles--teamwork, decision making, leadership, teamwork, problem solving, self esteem and trust. We start with initiative games that are used to break the ice, learn names and generally get the group comfortable working together. We teach basic things like spotting techniques, etc. After the initiative games, we move to the low course. These elements range from ground level to about 12-13 feet high. On th
  14. The Trust Fall is the strongest low course element on a COPE course for building trust. I have sent literally hundreds of people, young and old, off the trust fall. The vast majority of them are scared to death when they are preparing to fall. Once they fall safely into the arms of their group, almost all of them seem to have a new respect for their group members. They also have a newfound sense of pride in themselves. They all have a look of accomplishment in their eyes. That look gives me a great deal of satisfaction knowing that they have just taken a huge step inside. That
  15. This rule also takes the liability off the instructor. As my Council's COPE Coordinator and a certified COPE Director, I deal with this question a good bit. IIRC, the COPE standards allow for some personal equipment to be used only if the COPE Director on the course inspects it and deems it suitable. Now, should the Director allow a piece of gear and it fails, the blame falls right on his shoulders. It is a risky postion for a Director to be in since he/she does not know the history of the gear (falls, impacts, chemical contamination, etc.). So, as a general rule, most COPE progra
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