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  1. perdidochas

    Privacy of Health Forms

    We did the same. Every year when the parents turned in a new form, we would return the old form. I think that's part of what sets up a situation of trust.
  2. perdidochas

    Privacy of Health Forms

    My thought as well about trust. If you can trust me to supervise your son in a wilderness area at least three hours walk from a road, you should be able to trust me with their health information (and one of the leaders did carry that health info for the scouts present in their backpack).
  3. perdidochas

    Privacy of Health Forms

    We never had any problems with that. We had a binder with health forms in it. Nobody ever had privacy concerns. I think the main thing is the parents wanted their kids problems to be known to the adult leaders.
  4. perdidochas

    Youth Protection Clarification Question

    Has YPT changed since this summer?
  5. perdidochas

    outdoor campfire cooking but sleeping in a cabin

    The kids in by boy's troop would call them pancakes with flavor crystals. They were most famous for making scrambled pancakes, though.
  6. perdidochas

    outdoor campfire cooking but sleeping in a cabin

    I agree. Pancakes are hard enough to do right on a stove.
  7. perdidochas

    Methods in Scouting

    Most of us involved think that the outdoors is fun.
  8. perdidochas

    "Pencil Whipping" Requirements

    Well, if they were Webelos, it could be simple. Scouts 1a. Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain their meaning. 1b. Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe some ways you have shown Scout spirit by practicing the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. 1c. Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain when they should be used. 1d. Describe the First Class Scout badge and tell what each part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge. 1e. Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. In your own words, explain what the Outdoor Code means to you. 1f. Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance. In your own words, explain its meaning. After attending at least one Scout troop meeting, do the following: 2a. Describe how the Scouts in the troop provide its leadership. 2b. Describe the four steps of Scout advancement. 2c. Describe the Scouts BSA ranks and how they are earned. 2d. Describe what merit badges are and how they are earned. Patrol 3a. Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that are used in your troop. 3b. Become familiar with your patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell. Explain how these items create patrol spirit. Knots & ropes 4a. Show how to tie a square knot, two half-hitches, and a taut-line hitch. Explain how each knot is used. 4b. Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and fuse the ends of different kinds of rope. Tell what you need to know about pocketknife safety. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide and earn the Cyber Chip Award for your grade.[1] Since joining the troop and while working on Scout rank, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  9. It's allowed, but not recommended. IIRC, my sons' old troop had bylaws that didn't allow for this, except for requirements that were just record keeping--number of camping nights, etc.
  10. perdidochas

    How do I join back into the scouts?

    Find a troop and join it. You can start whenever you want.
  11. perdidochas

    My kids love scouts, but....

    I agree. When they were cubs, I would ask my boys at the beginning of every school year if they wanted to continue with Scouts. When they were Boy Scouts, I would ask them in November (just before rechartering). They both are Eagles.
  12. perdidochas

    Candle Lanterns

    I agree with the luci solar light. I think every Scout leader (and most scouts) should have one in their backpack.
  13. perdidochas

    Candle Lanterns

    I think you're a little behind the times in terms of flashlights. I've been using LED flashlights since my oldest was a Wolf Scout, and he's a 20 year old college sophomore now. The flashlights I use (usually headlamps) take 3 AAA batteries ($0.63 each), and they last at least 24 hours. I don't know for sure, since I only change batteries every year or so. That's about 8 cents per hour. Our troop uses the propane lanterns on trees, attached to our 20 lb propane tanks. Not nearly as expensive as the disposable bottles. I like the idea of candle lanterns, but I would be a bit afraid to use them with younger Scouts. Also, your calculation (and mine) doesn't take into account the amount of light produced.
  14. perdidochas

    BACKPACKING: Breakfast

    The southern alternative to this is grits. (although you shouldn't put freeze-dried fruits in it).
  15. perdidochas

    Are there any female Scout Executives in the US?

    Here at the Gulf Coast Council, we had a female DE for a few years.