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    Roll or Stuff a tent?

    I always fold and roll my tents.

    Sleeve Pocket Too Small

    Im sure its not just me that has discovered that the sleeve pocket is too small. As I attempt to sew on my por patch, I find that the pocket is too small for the patch. With the bottom of my patch at the absolute bottom of the pocket. The pocket flap lies over the top of the patch. As a unit commissioner, You can not see the words unit without lifting the flap. I have seen very little comment as to this problem in earlier posts. I couldnt help but to notice that the pocket doesnt line up correctly either. Y'all can say what you want about the position of the seam verses the epelet etc. fact is it is either not correct or I got a bum shirt (which I dont think so). What say you all about this sloppy situation.

    Dutch oven cooking in driveway?

    I agree. A wash tub works great.

    Best pocketknife?

    Im with gd98adams on this one. Any true knife wielder knows there are different knives for different purposes. Everyone should have a multitool and a pocket knife at a minimum. As far as a pocket knife goes there is only one that I will recommend and carry myself. It is hands down the best pocket knife available. It is the opinel. It is sold at smoky mountain knife works among others. The opinel is a light weight (wood stock/various choices), locking (twist barrel), single blade that comes in various lengths and a choice of steel (stainless or carbon). The european boy scouts (especially the french) carry it and its the only one I'll carry. No multi blade needed. This knife is truly multi purpose and probably one of the lightest you will ever pick up. Especially if you get the carbon steel. (This is important if you are like me with no hips and have trouble keeping your britches up whether you load down your pockets or not. lol.) The only word of caution is... I prefer the carbon steel for its edge taking and keeping ability but, if you get the carbon steel note that if used improperly the tip will break off easily. See you on the trail, ----RANBOW----

    Scout Camp The Movie

    And he is serious. I suppose we will all be sitting on our hands while waiting for this one too. I would like to at this time give my full support to beavah and his auditioning for a lead role in this one. What say you all? ----RANBOW----
  6. Have to wonder how many of you have seen this film and what your impression of it was. I would like to see it myself but, havent gotten around to ordering it. I also wonder if your boys have or have not taken to the Alex Boye song from the movie that he sang for everyone at jamboree called "born to be a scout" I know they also played it frequently on jamboree radio. I liked the song myself even if it is very generationally modern. (my own personal diplomatic term for all things more recent than my generations taste. lol)


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    Howdy from Texas!

    Congrats on the woodbadge and welcome to the forum. Relax, enjoy and share. We can all learn from one another. As a foot note. You may have to take some of these characters with a grain or two of salt. LOL. You will learn who they are in short order. See you on the trail, ----RANBOW----

    A Gold Star Moment

    Great job by your SPL. This is a good reflection on you and your unit as well as the growth of your youths having demonstrated true leadership ability. Kudos to the mom also for addressing it in a proper respectful manner instead of acting out like an irate fool.( like some would do.)She must have already had a good idea of what might have transpired being familiar with her own child as it were.
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    3D lash to tie three poles together

    Welcome, And thanks for sharing this with us all. This is a cool new lashing and I cant wait to give it a try. It looks like a great way to build a table, bench or rope bed.
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    New to Forum NE Florida Council

    Scoutnut is correct. The information you seek usually becomes available sometime after the first of the year. I feel that you wont be disappointed with CBS. It is a great camp. I have made many memories there as well as the previous camps Schiele and Natomi(the temp camp between Schiele and Bud schiele now used as a camporee area.). You will probably not get too much of a response to emails during this time of the year to questions pertaining to next years camp. Now is the time of the year that everyone is busy with popcorn, scouting for food, and training events for our council and next years camp questions will most likely be back burnered until a later date. Although piedmont council puts on a class act program, the lines of communication can sometimes drag when placed in an order of priority as it does in many councils. After all there are only so many volunteers to go around. lol If you can spare the time and would like a sneak peak at the camp. You could always consider coming up for the weekend of the Eswau Huppeday lodges beaver day usually held in march. Their lodge advisor is David Cody. I could get you an email addy if needed. Not sure what kind of info you are looking for but, If I can help. Im glad to assist. See you on the trail, ----RANBOW----
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    Pack Project

    That sounds like it was a nice project. I must however disagree with the idea that there is no longer a need for teddy bears. Hear me out. Although there may not be enough time left this year to put this project im about to mention into place. perhaps it could be used in years to come. To follow the example of an amazing child from my area named Katie would be an exemplary project. She at about the age of six. All by herself (with parental support but, no prompting) choose to start her own np. It goes like this. Each year she saves her allowance, birthday money, and asks for donations for her cause. She takes said donations and buys bears. Over the past few years it has turned into bears, games, coloring books, ipods, personal dvd player, etc... you name it. These items are then given to those in the childrens hospitals that can not go home for christmas. The kids are not told where the gifts come from. All they know is that when they wake up on christmas morning they have gifts. Santa can find them even if they cant go home so to speak. Its a wonderful way to give back to the community. Over the years this young lady with no prompting from her folks has gone from a few bears at one hospital to dozens of volunteer staff members of her np organizing and providing gifts to hundreds of children in multiple hospitals. read her amazing story for a clearer picture of a potential highly rewarding project for your pack here. http://www.katieskidz.org/ See you on the trail, ----RANBOW----
  13. A compass for an experienced scouter. I will be looking for one. If anyone knows where to get one, leave a link for me please. This past weekend while on a rather great trip I found myself trying to navigate my way through a compass course without my reading glasses. As we become more experienced (aged) we find ourselves putting forth an effort to compensate for the small and slow changes taking place... For example: We tend to get up a bit earlier to compensate for the speed at which we begin to move after a night in a bag on the ground. We get those more and more necessary glasses we need to see as well as we used to. We also tend to be more mindful of what we are putting on our stomach when bedtime becomes closer. While struggling to see the degree marks on my compass I found myself looking for younger scouters to do their good deed and read it to me for verification of my setting before proceeding with each step. I had neglected to "BE Prepared" and left my glasses in my truck. This brought me to the realization that if on a hike and misplaced (I say misplaced because Ive never been lost. lol) or if bushwhacking and my reading glasses were lost or broken, I would have an additional obstacle to overcome. It is for this reason that, as I approach my middle forties I find myself inquiring about a compass with large print markings. Please be kind in y'all's comments. Im sure many of you have been in similar situations. ----RANBOW----
  14. Any of you that has worked with a scout on their first aid requirements has long ago learned the five most common signs of a heart attack. I stumbled upon this article about the top ten signs of a heart attack you might ignore and found it interesting so, I thought I would share. There are some that I have never heard of. Hope you too find this interesting and or educational. --RANBOW-- http://health.msn.com/health-topics/cholesterol/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100265378&gt1=31007 .
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    Sign of the Times (fitness)

    Boys are like Bumbles. I like that. Its soo true. IMO boys, whether they are 12 or 16 will always want to show the others they are tough enough. I dont think this has ever changed from 25 years ago to now. The largest of problems is that often to many time a bag of cheetoes and a tv are being used as a baby sitter.