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  1. Related, a story of preventative measures at a scout camp done by the Job Corps forestry program. Job Corps is the nation’s largest free education and job training program for young adults from ages 16 to 24.
  2. The teenager had been sawing off “widowmakers” for the past half hour — long branches periodically falling to the forest floor of Camp Baker (Oregon). He had just cut off a long one. However, instead of falling to the ground, the branch got caught in the lower tree limbs.... Bell is with the Yachats-based Angell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, which is working to clear an area so an ADA-accessible camp can be built at Camp Baker, considered one of the nation’s premier Boy Scouts of America camps. Job Corps is the nation’s largest free education and job training program for young adults from ages 16 to 24. While Angell works with a variety of trades, the group at Camp Baker are in the forestry program, which takes them to different sites around the region to learn in the field. Here, they’re taking out dying trees, cutting down dangerous branches from the living ones and making the place safe for Scouts. “Absolutely it’s dangerous,” Crunkilton said. “Once in a while they’ll get cuts and scrapes, but nothing major. The main purpose of the program, the main priority, is always safety. We’re teaching them the right way. It’s one of the most dangerous fields out there. Learning how to do it the right way is really important. We teach them all of our industry safety standards. If they’re running a chainsaw up in the tree, they always have two separate tie ins. In the event they cut one, it’s still there. There are always two hands on the saw. Wrap your thumbs.” Very interesting read at source: https://thesiuslawnews.com/article/top-of-their-field
  3. Voting seems to be a common feedback method whether by feet or ballot. Odd that scouts elect their leaders in a troop but adults do not.
  4. RememberSchiff

    Earning Money after Trailer Stolen

    When local Boy Scouts Troop 1204 had its equipment trailer stolen in November, it lost camping supplies such as tents and lanterns and has an estimated value of about $5,000. Mt. Juliet, TN police Sgt. Cory Cook heard about the theft and began to think of ways the department could help the troop replace its trailer and camping equipment. So, he contacted Boy Scout Troop 911 to organize a service project at the department’s firearms training facility, and the scouts were able to collect more than 2,200 pounds of brass ammunition shells. The shells were swapped for cash, and it brought in $2,800 for Troop 911, which donated the proceeds to Troop 1204 to help cover the loss of the trailer. https://www.mtjulietnews.com/news/mt-juliet-police-sergeant-helps-boy-scout-troop-that-had-equipment-trailer-stolen/ Note scouts were outdoors, wearing gloves in photo above. Decline lead removal or other work in areas where lead has collected on surface as that requires special suits and protective gear. ~ RS
  5. RememberSchiff

    On making a graceful transition ...

    Take a break. Scouting will be here with plenty to do, AFTER you fully recover. ~ Rx from RS
  6. Just before Christmas, the Department of the Interior reversed an Obama administration decision and opened the door for a copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the northeast Arrowhead region of Minnesota. ... Northeastern Minnesota is known as the Iron Range and taconite mining is deeply tied to its history. But Twin Metals, the Minneapolis-based company that holds the leases, is planning an underground copper-nickel mine, which has never been tried in the state. Opponents argue that this type of mine is much more toxic and risky than the traditional taconite mines of the Northstar State’s past. The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters states on its website: “It produces giant waste piles that, when exposed to air and water, leach sulfuric acid, heavy metals and sulfates. Sulfide-ore copper mines pollute groundwater, rivers and lakes. In the history of sulfide mining, pollution has never been avoided.” (I recommend viewing Campaign to Save website . Online petition and environmental science material - RS) However, Twin Metals points to the Eagle Mine, which has been operational since 2014, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as the only mine currently producing nickel in the U.S. You can read about that project here. The Twin Metals mining leases are located along the southwest border of the Boundary Waters. The location is critical because the site is north of the Laurentian Divide, meaning that rivers and streams in this watershed flow north. Pollution could have a massive impact on the entire ecosystem, not just the lakes and rivers near the mine. Sources: https://www.outdoorlife.com/what-sportsmen-need-to-know-about-boundary-waters-mine#page-2 4 page science facts handout on impact of Sulfide-Ore Copper mining on Boundary Waters Wilderness Area https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/sites/default/files/public/attachments/stbw_science_fact_sheet.pdf Petition https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/tell-department-interior-and-bureau-land-management-protect-boundary-waters
  7. Reminder: Public comment period ends soon January 22! To summit your comment https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/?mc_cid=796bf110d5&mc_eid=b4ec4c1ca1 https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/CommentPeriod2018
  8. RememberSchiff

    Scouts BSA Girls’ Uniform +

    I think girls here will just wear recycled Boy Scouts of America (over right pocket) shirts.
  9. During the government shutdown, lets help those also who help others at all times in all weather. Semper paratus. https://www.dvidshub.net/image/2833894/coast-guard-rescues-15-sea-scouts-1-adult-capsized-sailboat
  10. RememberSchiff

    What's in a name?

    Locking topic pending Moderator review.
  11. Have you talked to SM's of other nearby troops?
  12. RememberSchiff

    What's in a name?

    In time,folks come to understand those methods are meant to achieve the aims of Scouting. They may argue that some methods are less important than others or not needed at all. " three things that seem to be frequently touted as what young people need for success in life: a formal education, a career path, and a "passion." I hear answers like this mostly from those with a career focus towards life - educators, employers. My older college graduate, entrepreneur son says you need a network, skills, and a passion. His employer is a MIT dropout akin to Jobs, Gates,.Dell, sigh at least Musk graduated. I hope my sons' lives will be balanced and not focused on a career. We need a new generation of involved citizens and when we find one, they get our vote. Consider the Girl Scout who at age 17 raised the minimum marriage age in New Hampshire and now she at 19 is an elected state representative. https://www.boston.com/news/politics/2018/12/04/cassandra-levesque-new-hampshire-state-representative My $0.02
  13. As you may know a kidnapped Wisconsin teenager escaped her captor and the first person she found was a retired child social worker Jeanne Nutter walking her dog Henry. Amazing, how at times, there is just the right person or group of people there at the right time when a need arises. She needed to be in a safe place. Safety, Safety, Safety, ... kids need to be safe...ask questions later, talk softly, few questions...dusk off my Child protection skills... no matter what I did that child was going to be safe - Jeanne Nutter. Scout Salute to Jeanne Nutter.
  14. Maybe @LeCastor and @WisconsinMomma can recruit her? I'd like to think that we scouters are supplying more people like her through Scouting - the Scout Oath and Law, YP, character building, good citizenship,... Ms. Nutter kept her head and followed her training while knowingly putting herself between a fleeing teenager and her kidnapper(s) who murdered both the teen's parents. Very Brave. Well done.
  15. RememberSchiff

    What's in a name?

    Yes. Agree to disagree, even if wrongly identified. " the improvement and continuation of Scouting in whatever form it works best. " or whatever form we have to work with? Thanks, RS @MattR @desertrat @LeCastor @John-in-KC
  16. RememberSchiff

    What's in a name?

    Ok then, we are getting off-topic. Perhaps this topic has run its course.
  17. Richard Smith, 75, known to those on the trail and many in Canton as “Old Scout,” completed the Appalachian Trail hike in what is known as the “AT Flip-Flop.” Instead of hiking from Georgia’s Springer Mountain through to Maine’s Mount Katahdin, he hiked from Harpers Ferry in West Virginia to Maine, took a combination of trains and buses back to Harpers Ferry and completed the hike back to Springer Mountain in December. “Most people start their through-hike at Springer Mountain in Georgia and hike north to Mt. Katahdin. I didn't want to do it that way, because the trail (has) too many people hiking north at the same time. By doing a flip-flop, I avoided the crowds and had much more private time. There were days when I didn't see another person on the trail,” he said. ... Smith said some of his most fond memories are from hiking and camping with his son, who is an Eagle Scout in local Troop 465. “I tell everyone that I got as much out of Boy Scouts as he did. I never was a Boy Scout when I was a kid, but the scouting program has been an important part of my life,” Smith said. ... Hikers older than 70 account for only 2 percent of the through-hikes, while hikers ages 20 – 39 account for 70 percent. More at source https://www.tribuneledgernews.com/ledger/year-old-canton-resident-completes-appalachian-trail/article_88e061c8-15cb-11e9-b991-fbe801aba9ae.html
  18. RememberSchiff

    OA Camping Qualifications

    @Proudeagle welcome to scouter.com
  19. In August, 1935, 30,000 Boy Scouts prepared for the Jamboree in Washington, D.C. President Roosevelt wanted "every nook and cranny of America represented in the Jamboree". Just before the jamboree, Roosevelt issued a Presidential Proclamation canceling the jamboree because of an outbreak of infantile paralysis (Polio). Some Scouts were in route by train when the word came of the Cancellation. Roosevelt had contracted polio earlier in 1921. Five scouts and their ASM from Madera, CA were preparing to leave on the train from Fresno, when the telegram came. “Don’t come to Washington D.C.” Their cross-country Plan B is retold in article: http://www.maderatribune.com/single-post/2019/01/10/Polio-didn’t-stop-Madera-Scouts https://history.oa-bsa.org/node/3143 In 1937, the rescheduled 1935 Jamboree was held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Madera scouts would be there. In 1938, President Roosevelt founded the organization that would later to known as the March of Dimes.
  20. A parent's grief about losing the "Light" in their life. https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Cypress-Boy-Scout-s-legacy-lives-on-through-13524961.php “Scouting should be adventurous without being life threatening,” said father Stephen Knight, who is also an Eagle Scout. “If (the Boy Scouts) follow their own existing policies or improve the policies that they have in place, it could have led to a different result.” As a SM or ASM do you depend for the camp director or ranger to hit the siren or do you monitor weather and make the go call yourself? Have you found yourself and unit alone in seeking shelter? “Start everything with kindness, and the end will be OK.” - Elijah Knight, scout.
  21. RememberSchiff

    Scouting Ireland ,like BSA, abuse, liability, insurance

    The chairwoman of Scouting Ireland’s board Aisling Kelly, a practicing attorney, has resigned after just three months in the position due to work commitments. Adrian Tennant has been selected as her replacement. "The current board has begun to introduce a series of emergency financial measures to deal with the cost of the unfolding abuse scandal, such as funding a victims’ support scheme. The board has suspended a 10 per cent rebate from local groups’ annual membership fees, that previously was paid back by the national office. The rebate had been paid towards providing support for the grassroots levels of the youth organisation. Membership fees in the organisation bring in close to €2 million, based on latest financial filings, meaning the decision could generate around €200,000. The board is also expected to make a decision on whether to increase membership fees in the coming weeks. Scouting Ireland has 40,000 juvenile members, and formed in 2004 following a merger of the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland and the Scout Association of Ireland. The majority of the 317 cases of alleged past abuse related to a period between the 1960s and the 1990s." Source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/chair-of-scouting-ireland-to-leave-role-after-three-months-1.3752642
  22. ...Scouting Ireland now faces similar problems identifying past insurance records required to help indemnify the organisation against the cost of future legal cases....“At the moment there is only one insurer who is willing to insure Scouting Ireland in this country,” Aisling Kelly told the private meeting. The historic documentation for the CBSI was in “much better shape” than records from the SAI, she said. ...The organisation does not have substantial financial reserves. Twice this year its State funding was suspended by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, due to governance concerns following controversy over the flawed handling of the 2016 rape allegation. An ongoing review by Scouting Ireland has identified 317 alleged child sex abuse victims, and 212 alleged abusers. Evidence from the review details abuse that occurred at “all levels within the organisation”, cases where information was “covered up” and alleged perpetrators were permitted to “move from group to group”, Scouting Ireland’s new chairperson Aisling Kelly told a stunned meeting of senior scout leaders on Monday. The organisation has taken a hit in relation to the public, but the national scandal has not eroded the trust between parents and local leaders in Dundalk, he said..... In mid-November the organisation announced the review had identified 108 alleged abuse victims, and 71 alleged perpetrators. Three weeks on and both figures have nearly tripled, as more abuse survivors continue to come forward. The ongoing review found the majority of the alleged abuse occurred between the 1960s and 1990s. Historic abuse scandals have shaken scouting organisations in the United States, Australia and the UK in recent years. If Scouting Ireland is forced to bear the entire cost of lawsuits from past abuse in the SAI itself, the cost is “going to be huge,” McClenaghan said. Scouting Ireland’s approach to the abuse revelations has been to set up a victim- support scheme to provide counselling services to survivors. There is a recognition inside the organisation that if large numbers of alleged abuse victims pursue civil cases against Scouting Ireland, the costs could collapse the organisation. More details at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/scouting-ireland-faces-uncertain-future-in-wake-of-child-sex-abuse-scandal-1.3731670
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    Has Anyone Done Recent Cub Scout Training?

    @AnotherDad welcome to scouter.com
  24. @scotteg83 Was that Camp Hinds, Maine? Source https://www.pressherald.com/2018/08/08/tree-falls-on-unoccupied-cabin-at-scout-camp-in-raymond/
  25. Jan 8, 2019 Update: His parents filed the wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday in State Court in Cobb County where the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America has its headquarters. Knight was crushed by a tree that fell on his tent during a thunderstorm on June 25 at Bert Adams Scout Camp. Knight and about 100 Boy Scouts from his Texas troop were camping at the 1,300-acre Covington camp, which is run by the Council.Representatives at the Council were not immediately available for comment Tuesday. more details at source https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/cobb-county/family-sues-atlanta-boy-scouts-after-son-killed-by-tree-while-camping/901143418