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  1. Can you believe a youth leader with a some youth help, built a castle for his group? During WW1, Harry Delos Andrews was stationed as an hospital administrator in Chateau de la Roche in southern France. The posting left a lasting impression. "In the 1920s, one of Andrews’ projects was his Boy Scout-esque troop, which he named the Knights of the Golden Trail (KOGT). The group often camped along the shore of the Little Miami River, which bisects Loveland. The two plots where the group stayed were donated by families of the scouts, who obtained the land through a subscription promotion held by the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper. The KOGT spent so much time on the site that they began to leave their camping gear there, leading Andrews to want to build two stone structures as shelters. Of course, the combination of knights and stone abodes led Andrews to decide that a castle needed to be built." The Knights of the Golden Trail were said to be like a boy scout troop but based on the Ten Commandments and a Knights Code of Chivalry. Andrews refused to sell castle to Elvis Presley, and ultimately willed the castle and its ground to the Knights of the Golden Trail, who maintain it to this day. "Nothing that God ever made on the earth is more awe inspiring and heart warming than the sight of a noble youth just budding into manhood, Any man of high ideals who wishes to help save civilization is invited to become a member of the Knights of the Golden Trail." - Harry Andrews More at sources: http://mentalfloss.com/article/68755/ohios-loveland-castle-was-hand-built-midwestern-medievalist http://www.weirdus.com/states/ohio/personalized_properties/loveland_castle/index.php https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/9795 I could find no current contact information for the Knights of the Golden Trail.
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    Interesting observation - rank advancement

    Oh, I was expressing a gentle reminder to all. Sorry for the confusion I created.
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    Interesting observation - rank advancement

    As a moderator, just a kindly reminder, lets NOT personally attack a minor. Adults are the culprits here. Maybe this discussion while cogent should be moved to Issues & Politics? I think we are saying the same thing, i.e., as far as we know that Council did not cooperate in this but they did not handle it either, except for possibly calling in National at the last minute. I do not know the unit, CO, Council, or Scouters involved. I could find out, but I want to keep my BP down. IMHO, this is another fine mess that a lack of leadership got us into,. My $0.01,
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    Interesting observation - rank advancement

    Perhaps she was wearing her brother's shirt and her SE was out of the loop?
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    2019 World Jamboree

    Measles.... West Virginia and Scout officials are encouraging measles vaccinations for the 45,000 Scouts and leaders expected to attend. West Virginia has not had a confirmed measles case since 2009. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 23 states had 839 total confirmed measles cases as of May 10. The preventable disease was declared eliminated in 2000. The CDC says this is the greatest number of measles cases the country has seen since 1994. “Mass gatherings, like the World Scout Jamboree, create an environment that increases the risk for infectious disease occurrence and transmission due to overcrowded conditions, limited hand hygiene facilities and compromised personal hygiene practices,” state health officer Dr. Cathy Slemp wrote in a May 7 letter to Dr. John Lea, medical director for the Jamboree. She went on to write that measles is so contagious that when one person gets it, up to 90 percent of people in close contact with that person who are not immune will also become infected. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it, Slemp wrote. One in 1,000 people with measles will get brain swelling, which could lead to brain damage, according to the CDC. “The good news is that measles can be prevented with a safe, effected and inexpensive vaccine,” Slemp wrote. All attendees should have received two doses of the measles vaccine or have otherwise met requirements for presumptive immunity before the Jamboree, Slemp wrote. The only exception to the vaccine requirement should be those who medically cannot be vaccinated according to recommendations from the CDC, Slemp wrote. Scott Scheffler, a spokesman for the World Scout Jamboree, said in addition to being screened by Customs and Border agents at entry points to the U.S., participants will be screened by Jamboree health officials with the help of local health department staffs as they enter the Summit Bechtel Reserve. “In the event of an outbreak of any kind, the World Scout Jamboree has plans in place to quarantine patients impacted in order to protect the larger population of participants,” he said. “If any arriving participant shows signs of being sick, they will be examined by a Jamboree doctor before being admitted to the event.” Scheffler said the Jamboree has more than 800 medical staff, including doctors, physician assistants, nurses, EMTs and medics. Scout leaders have worked with local and regional hospitals and the West Virginia National Guard to plan for and make outside resources available to participants, he said. https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/health/ahead-of-scout-jamboree-wv-health-officials-prepare-for-possible/article_d5757cca-2b29-54f7-90cd-de90200f23e6.html
  6. Massachusetts limits jury awards against nonprofits to $20,000. "Bay State attorneys and lawmakers are looking to abolish the charitable immunity limit on cases against nonprofits. New York, New Jersey and the majority of other states have eliminated the cap." https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/05/15/abused-boy-scout-limited-to-20000-award-due-to-archaic-state-law/
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    BB-gun shooting range STOLEN (SD)

    May 15, 2019 Update: An inflatable BB-gun shooting range reported stolen three weeks ago from the Rapid City headquarters of the Black Hills Area Council has been recovered, about five blocks from where it was taken. According to a Rapid City police report, officers were called to the 1100 block of Halley Avenue about 8 a.m. Tuesday after a resident had reported a large item “that seemed out of place in the alleyway behind their residence.” ... Weider said the American Legion has donated money to help pay for a new range, which resembles a inflatable bounce house or jumping castle and provides safe shooting lanes for two shooters and instructors using low-velocity BB-weaponry. Weider had ordered a replacement range from BB-gun manufacturer Daisy. However, the replacement range wouldn’t have arrived until late July, he said. “I’m glad we got it back,” Weider said. “Hopefully, it’s still usable.” More at source: https://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/missing-boy-scout-bb-gun-range-recovered/article_c9680b00-4d60-5883-b8f0-f86c641870ce.html
  8. Something different... An inflatable BB-gun shooting range used by the Black Hills Area Council of Boy Scouts to teach gun safety became the apparent target of thieves late Tuesday night or early Wednesday while it was parked next to the Council’s offices on North Street. A lock on the trailer was broken and a large bag containing the shooting range and a tote containing other accessories, along with supplies of BBs and paper targets, were missing. Two BB rifles also were missing and three other BB rifles were found lying in the grass near the trailer, said Ron Weider, senior district executive for the Black Hills Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said. Weider said the Council purchased the $1,600 shooting range, made for the Boy Scouts by BB gun manufacturer Daisy, through a donation by American Legion Post 71 in Hot Springs. More info including photo of range at source: https://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/boy-scout-bb-gun-shooting-range-stolen-official-says/article_58ba5232-8dd4-5c77-afbf-6d07c1af3c39.html
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    back again

    Thanks for stepping up and speaking out. Your posts here are top scout. RS
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    As an adult, what about my ideas?

    @DoxManDude welcome to scouter.com
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    Interesting observation - rank advancement

    I would like to learn more about how Councils determine and give "transfer" credit for awards from one scouting organization to another, if they do at all. About citizenship. I have met American kids stateside who followed their family heritage and joined foreign Scouting stateside units e.g., Lithuanian, Israeli. I have wondered how many other countries have their own scouts units in the US and if they have Americans in their scout ranks. I wondered if some heads rolled at that NY Council and unit. Maybe we need "instant replay"? When adults make the wrong call, the advancement decision can be reviewed and reversed. Not correcting a "mistake" by adults, "punishes" the larger group of scouters and scouts who follow the rules. My $0.02,
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    Uniform Inspections

    @BakerS welcome to scouter.com
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    Interesting observation - rank advancement

    No and no. The advancement short cut that was being attempted was rejected by National.
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    Interesting observation - rank advancement

    National directly handled that matter, though we do not know the full extent, and kindly remarked. "If you regularly sit in on classes at Columbia University, but aren't matriculated in the school, after auditing a full course load and after the traditional four year college experience, you unfortunately still are not eligible for a Columbia diploma if you were not officially enrolled. " No short cut.
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    Interesting observation - rank advancement

    As I recall, there were similar suppositions in 2012 for the "100th Anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award" https://scoutingmagazine.org/2012/04/eagle-scout-award-celebrates-100th-anniversary/
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    Hello from Eastern Washington

    @mothbyte welcome to scouter.com
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    Combine two skits into one

    @stevejb68 welcome to scouter.com
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    Scout dies hiking Picacho Peak (AZ)

    911 call Source: https://www.azfamily.com/video/call-from-scoutmaster-released-about-boy-scout-death-on-picacho/video_33f34bdc-7740-5534-bfa4-a5addbea1646.html
  19. 16-year-old boy died hiking Picacho Peak with a Boy Scout group on Saturday, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said. The group had water but ran out when they got to the top of the mountain, the Sheriff's Office said. On the hike down, the teen began to exhibit signs of extreme dehydration, officials said. Members of the group called for help and emergency responders attempted to resuscitate the boy but were unsuccessful. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Sheriff's Office. https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-breaking/2019/05/02/sheriffs-office-teen-dies-while-hiking-picacho-peak-boy-scout-group/3654991002/ https://www.abc15.com/news/state/pcso-16-year-old-dies-during-hike-at-picacho-peak-park-on-saturday
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    Scout dies hiking Picacho Peak (AZ)

    Pinal County Sheriff's Dept released report The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says the 16-year-old was hiking the Sunset Vista trail with his Boy Scout troop on April 27 when he collapsed on the way back after reaching the summit. The group was about a mile from the trailhead when the teen passed out and 911 was called at 1:30 p.m. The responding deputy said the park ranger reached the group first and started CPR until firefighters from Avra Valley arrived and took over. A paramedic pronounced the teen deceased just before 2:30 p.m. The group, comprised of six scouts and two scout masters, had started hiking the trail at 8 a.m., the sheriff's office said. The group reached the summit around noon, but by that time the teen had drank the two quarts of water he had brought on the hike. The Sunset Valley trail is 3.1 miles long and starts gradually before increasing in difficulty as it approaches the top of the peak. Steel cables have been installed in parts of the trail to help hikers navigate the steep terrain, and it is not advised people hike the trail in hot weather, according to the Arizona State Parks website. According to the National Weather Service, the high that day was 94 degrees in nearby Tucson. The scout masters refilled the teen's water at the top, and the group turned around. While hiking back, the teen collapsed and was helped up by other scouts. About 100 yards later, the teen collapsed again and did not get up, according to the sheriff's office. Source: https://www.abc15.com/news/region-central-southern-az/pinal-county-releases-report-on-16-year-old-boy-scout-who-died-at-picacho-peak
  21. Before 1920, publishers were known to publish an occasional book for boys and girls, but no publishers had “Children’s Book” departments per se. A few hundred children’s books might be published each year, but the costs for printing illustrated books in color was still high and the market was not well defined. Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, embarked on a nation-wide tour to advocate for better standards in children’s literature. At the time, relatively few kids’ books were published each year—in part because printing color illustrations was expensive—but Matthiews was a firm believer in the importance of children’s literacy. He joined forces with Frederic G. Melcher, the influential editor of Publishers Weekly, and Anne Carroll Moore, the Superintendent of Children’s Works at the New York Public Library to convince the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association to sponsor a “Good Book Week” along with the Boy Scouts of America. His advocacy led to the launch of Children’s Book Week in 1919, an annual celebration of books for little ones. 2019 marked the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week , April 29 – May 5. The 100th Anniversary theme — Read Now ∙ Read Forever – looks to the past, present, and most important, the future of children’s books. http://www.awb.com/dailydose/?p=643 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/festive-felines-and-wayward-rockets-come-life-rare-childrens-books-digitized-library-congress-180972107/ https://everychildareader.net/cbw/
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    Solutions to letters falling off?

    @thomm99 welcome to scouter.com
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    troop meeting structure/rules

    So what are these non-attending scouts doing during the planning session? Are they gathering, checking patrol gear?
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    Thanks, I removed the duplicate post in the Open Discussion Forum. RS
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    First Female Scoutmaster in Virginia in 1911..?

    Found that article you cited very interesting. Here is an excerpt. The Second Annual Report of the BSA enumerated the demographics of Scoutmasters associated with the new youth movement in 1912. A total of 1500 Scoutmasters were enumerated in this document, and among them; 463 were clergymen, 184 were school teachers/superintendents, 150 clerks, and 105 were mechanics. Lower numbers of lawyers, students, and managers were also enumerated. Ms. Timberlake (although a female) fit within school teacher category. The 1911 edition of the Boy Scouts Handbook describes a Scoutmaster as; Obviously, the expectation of the BSA was that men were best suited and were encouraged to become Scoutmasters. The 1913 Scout Master’s Manual in enumerating the duties of the local Scout Commissioner, describes one of the Commissioner’s duties as investigating all applications for Scoutmaster’s certificates (commissions), and ensuring that Scoutmaster commissions are issued to “men (emphasis added) of good character” and who have a good reputation in the community. The manual goes on to describe that “a man may apply for a commission as Scout Master.” A prospective Scoutmaster was required to submit a completed application to the local Scout Commissioner, or in the event that there was no local council (as in the case of much of central Virginia at this time), the application was submitted to Boy Scout headquarters in New York City for consideration by the National Council. However, there doesn’t appear to be an explicit requirement that women were to be barred from consideration as Scoutmasters–although it was certainly implied.