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  1. I will put on my fireproof neckerchief. In the lightning case they should have picked an alternate route or gone down hill and endured the soaking. To the scuba drowning, I saw no mention of a divemaster with the group, the bigger problem is keeping track of anyone in a murky lake and with beginer divers they will stir up mud/silt from the bottom. Frankly I'dd keep boys that youg restricted to pool diving. BTW a buoyancy control vest is not great safety equipment, it allows you to over weight, if you must surface drop your weight belt. It is also possible he became entangled in fis
  2. I understand the symbolisum when at a funeral, however at Scout camp it comes off as the Flag thats wounded.
  3. Spin off of the drill thread: I grew up watching flag teams tuck the flag kinda under thier left arm and supported by the left forearm.. Now all I see is the flag clutched to the chest with both arms, makes me think of someone carrying a hurt pet.
  4. Wow, here I was annoyed with the couple of gators and golf cart that STAFF were using delivering food, transporting the camp medico or the one handicapped Scout. Why was I annoyed? The noise they made, a couple of electric carts would be both less expensive to opperate nor disturb the soundscape. This camp even has seprate bicycle trails. I never saw a cart opperated near the rules limits so I guess I'll hold my tonge and drink my coffee.
  5. Related to Beavah's post, the water presure around the lungs pushes in and a novice swimmer won't be thinking about trying to alway keep their lungs as inflated as posable and the cold of the water is no help at all. I wonder how much easier it would be to start swimming in warm salt water. Iv e even been tempted to menton to a sinker that swim trunks made from Scuba diving wet suit materal would be a real help. A modified breathing cycle of holding air with short exhale and re-inhale will help. Most of my life I have been a floater but the three years in the Army while not really a s
  6. ""run naked thru the house yelling woo woo ... Yah, hmmm.... Between blubber butts and this comment I really think there should be a rule against threads that leave really bad images in da minds of the readers. Beavah"" It's called Mental Floss.
  7. ""run naked thru the house yelling woo woo ... Yah, hmmm.... Between blubber butts and this comment I really think there should be a rule against threads that leave really bad images in da minds of the readers. Beavah"" It's called Mental Floss.
  8. May I address an area I find not thrifty? All the disposable stuff I see mentioned I'm a big fan of the Lexan fork and spoon, not so much the knife. I have bought them individully at a buck each and as long as you keep them away from hot frypans they will last untill somebody not paying attention throws them away. The answer tho that is let each boy modify his set to suit himself! Fork times to long, file them shorter, need a hole in the handle? Drill it! Buy soup spoons to mod into personalized sporks, I use mine at home everyday. A bid benifet to those of us older with hand iss
  9. Last I knew supply still sells blank patrol patchs. I do like the idea of large patrol patch on the temp patch location, however if somebody had told me I must wear a patrol patch there when I was a kid I'dd a told them to jump, to this day that shirt has my summer camp patch and segments, this was in an era where dangle patchs were rare and looked down on. Now a patrol neckerchief, that idea is a winner! The boys at summer camp want to change their patrol name, I think mostly because the boys that chose it are long gone. Being able to do a neckerchief might appeal to them. Guess I
  10. prairie


    Well this year I finally did give after not for 4/5, I think it was to get the special CSP, not sure what I will do next year though. Last year I did contrubute fifty bucks for gravel for the camp roads which buys a lot of rock as the quarry is close and the camp has a trailer to haul it, told the Ranger he done good.
  11. Since I had a request for pics I will try and get one taken tomarrow, prototype and at least one other to compare it with, maybe with a nice backdrop of evergreens.
  12. This has been some thread to slog though. Some thoughts if I could have my way. COED Cubbing, National might love it as it would pump the membership numbers up big time, why pay for a sitter for Suzy while you take Devon when haveing her join Cubs would be cheaper? My vote, which I don't have, go coed but take the start age back to 2nd grade, both parents and kids are burning out on "Scouting" before they ever take part in the real 11-18 program. A grandfather clause for established Packs so they can stay boy only if they want to, all new Packs will be coed and once any pack is coed i
  13. A thread that covers v-neck vs collars. http://www.scouter.com/forums/viewThread.asp?threadID=265003&p=1
  14. A thread that covers v-neck vs collars. http://www.scouter.com/forums/viewThread.asp?threadID=265003&p=1
  15. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_de_la_Renta The designer of the tan parlor uniform, Oscar de la Renta, apparently well liked by those who never got to wear what it replaced
  16. You don't have to imagine, try it. Please keep in mind, the collar is tucked under for NECKERCHIEF wear. I frequently wear neckers as an adult and tucking under the collar makes it fit much better, I also used to see collars buttoned up to the top like for necktie wear and the necker worn over that, tried it once, never again but I've always had a large neck. PS: I have a ODL that has had the offending collar removed and cloth tape sewn around the neck hole, a big improvement for a polly/cotton shirt.(This message has been edited by prairie)
  17. With BadenP, who ever sewed those uniforms must have done it at cost and with little markup along the way. The overseas/folding cap was great, till you needed protection from the sun, my last year I was given the beret which offered no real improvement in sun protection and you couldn't drape it over your belt. The pants with red piping, wore them age eleven never thought to button them up, thought of them as "band pants" and the piping went with the folding cap! They were still in great shape when I out grew them but as I had just the one pair I was carefull. Also had the short
  18. Another case of the victor writes the history books. Reading about this sapped all the warm fuzzy feeling I had coming home from summer camp. Anybody got a grass roots plan to carry on Bill's work? Or at least remind others of his legacy???
  19. Well ScoutBox, drop the shoulder straps, remove the bathrobe belt, scale down the upper pockets and change the flap to one that suits lodge flaps and you are close to what I made. It's also looks a little longer through the body but thats okay. Gonna be a tough sell at that price point. My first scout shirts had that pleated pocket style, at least it won't look so bad on female Scouters and males carrying extra weight, like me. Now I'm torn between that style and an UN-bellowed version of the CUstyle with buttons. I do prefer the larger GI style buttons but too much stuff is out th
  20. Thanks for the reply, would like to clarfy, I used plain tan/khaki, not a camo pattern blouse, found it at a outdoor sporting goods store that used to be a military surplus store.
  21. I miss those big old tents, my camp seems to have gone to all camper supplied shelter. My first year somehow we didn't rate platforms so did not get the full experance till the 2nd year. Did like the face that they didn't flap in the slightest breeze and damped the sound a little, no zippers to mess with and dirt was swept off the edge for cleanup. Bugs were only a problem my last year, waves of spiders.
  22. Like we needed more options? However a couple of years ago I did make/modify one just for fun. Take one tan colored Army BDU style blouse, yes that is what they are called, strip off the upper pockets and fabricate ODL style ones from them and resew,( I started this project before the anouncement of the CU). Humm, shoulder straps, well I think they are a waste so won't spend effort in adding them, could sew green squares on the shoulders instead. The big job was removing the BDU style covered button system and sewing new buttonholes and tan buttons, didn't have a supply of the ne
  23. Almost any Scouting book published before 1970, some of those books are very information dense, you can't just skim through, you need to stop and think through what you read. I also love the fact that many of those old books were POCKET SIZED!
  24. So far the snap has held up for me and at my size I have tested it, however most of the time I wear a belt, time to find that belt that came with the original switcbacks as that would be better than getting my leather belt wet. I fall between sizes, one pair fits like old style swimtrunks and the next size up is baggy, will upgrade to a button soon, have some salvaged from wore out army BDUs that should work well.
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