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    Working on 3rd generation of scouts. Attained Eagle, God and Country, OA. Born and raised in the South, still there.

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  1. packsaddle

    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    TFrancis, I tend to agree regarding some kind of innate difference. As for what we call them, it's a label. I refer them however they ask me to (within reason, 'Your Highness" is off the table).
  2. packsaddle

    Hello... Mobile, AL

    Welcome to the forums. And welcome to Cub Scouting.
  3. packsaddle

    Fitness Goals for Scouters

    LOL, that's much better. Might want to extend that rest to stay safe.....just sayin'
  4. packsaddle

    Fitness Goals for Scouters

    If you're advocating this for most of scout leadership, I see coronaries in the future.
  5. packsaddle

    PLC hazing and bullying problem

    I am saddened to report that, as I scan my memories, it was in the forums on Scouter.com that I first learned about so-called, 'tea bagging'. And following up on that thought, this is in the category of things that, sadly no matter how hard we try, cannot be 'unlearned'.
  6. packsaddle

    Fitness Goals for Scouters

    We had a SM who was obese. On land, he was not destined to win races and he eventually would huff and puff up hills. But in the water he was master of the universe, full of grace and power. He had complete mastery of that environment and while he still probably wouldn't have won many races in the water, his weight didn't seem to be a handicap. Thinking about some of the responses here, as I approach the beginning of an eighth decade, I can attest to the fact that age, while it seems to impart some negative things, is nevertheless inevitable not to mention that the alternative is worse. I offer this encouragement: Those who are past age 55 (which seems to have been the age when I began to appreciate the 'true' effects of gravity) can take heart. With our decades of experience, as we lose our physical edge, we can instead employ guile and perhaps an accumulated psychological edge. After all, it's all we've got left, lol.
  7. packsaddle

    DE interference - not helping

    Interesting question and I don't know the answer. But I can soothe you a bit by informing you that this is far from the worst problems that a DE can present. OK, I know that rule but we often did things like this and the DE signed off on it. Council too.
  8. packsaddle

    PLC hazing and bullying problem

    And this SPL is most definitely not his friend. But violence is not the answer. The SPL is obviously, as they say, unencumbered by the thought process. It could be that this could be a life lesson for him as well as for the others. Your son is already experiencing enough 'life lessons'. The SPL could simply be monumentally stupid or there might be a mean streak. Bring in the parents asap. Our unit had its share of boys who were vulnerable in this and other ways....and a few bullies as well. You know the situation far better than any of us. I suspect that you'll be able to better gauge your response once the parents of the SPL have 'processed' all this. Could be that they will make the decisions for you regarding their son. If they step up to this situation and take control in a manner that you think is appropriate, that would allow you to focus more on your son who probably could use it.
  9. packsaddle

    BSA mile swim

    That is a really good precautionary consideration. I know many of those lake well and even at lower elevation some of them could threaten hypothermia if care isn't taken.
  10. packsaddle

    Fitness Goals for Scouters

    When I take groups on day hikes or backpacking, if their preparedness is unknown I start with some 'creampuffs' and then progress toward the real deal. I confess that I was greatly heartened a couple of years ago when I overheard one of the hikers on the phone to mom, "Mom, I just got my ass kicked by a 67-year-old heart patient". Right on! They did just fine after that.
  11. packsaddle

    Scouting for Food - checking expiration dates?

    At our local food banks they cull anything that is beyond expiration without exception. It must be a standard that is applied differently other places.
  12. packsaddle

    Scouting for Food - checking expiration dates?

    We do the same thing as quazse's unit. I think the council abandoned the door-to-door approach for a variety of reasons including this.
  13. packsaddle

    New girls in Scouting

    We had plenty of female leaders even without girls in the pack and troop. My only complaint was that one of them couldn't stop herself from calling these young men 'sweetie' or 'honey' or things like that. She sure as heck never graced me with one of those appellations! Anyway, the person in Ranman328's anecdote is unlikely to affect policy by complaining to a clerk. I suspect those clerks get plenty of venting of all kinds as they peddle their wares.
  14. packsaddle

    Contagious Disease Outbreaks

    I was a member of that first wave of recipients of the polio vaccine. Then shortly later, the Sabin vaccine. At school everyone got the Sabin vaccine. I remember it well. We all lined up and walked past the nurse who administered the dose. There was no choice and you had to be apocalyptically stupid to reject this somehow. The Salk vaccine was given at the public health department and I remember being taken there along with my sister. I had an aunt who contracted polio as an adult, and a friend in high school whose family had rejected it...and he was permanently handicapped from the disease. It was another case of the child paying the price for the stupid decision by parents. I always get my flu shot. And I have a very disparaging view of the anti-vax bunch. What they really are is 'anti-science'. That said, I suspect that summer camp has a much greater risk for something like norovirus than flu or measles. But that could be the result of residual herd immunity and that can change fairly quickly if the population doesn't maintain its vigilance against these things.
  15. packsaddle


    The 'hunger factor' is also important. But those things are sure good. Did they suck the heads?