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    I like mine well-done!

    Our PLC solved this problem by deducting $1 from the Scout(s) who used the tent. The Quartermaster counted the stakes when the tent was returned (tent and stakes are kept together) and if short informed the ASPL.
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    Limits on Camp food costs

    We pretty much duplicate what mich632 does. The the patrols determine what their food budget will be for the campout (usually $10.00). The Patrol Cook does the shopping along with his parents. If he runs over the budgeted amount he has two choices 1. Beg his Patol Mates to fork over additional money or 2. Pay the overage out of his own pocket. They learn fairly quick (parents much slower) to shop wisely.
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    Petition congress

    Ed If the President Elect chooses to swear his oath on bible - he does so because he chooses to. Unless there is a law that I'm not aware of the oath or affirmation that he states is governed by the constitution. Article 2 Section 1 states the following: Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." It says nothing about a bible. Freedom of expression.
  4. At our District's Roundtable this past Tuesday our DE handed out our recharter packages and stated that National had made the following change regarding the joining requirements: He said that 10 year olds can join a Troop regardless of their school grage or AOL status. Has anyone else heard this?
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    Minimum Age for a boy to become a Boy Scout

    This is taken directly from the information provided by our Council: "In May of 2004, the National Executive Board made the following change: To comply with the 2004 National Bylaw changes, boys younger than 10 years old my NOT be registered in the Boy Scout program. But, if they are 10 years old they may join a Troop."
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    Older Scout Summer Camp Attendance

    Do the older boys in your Troop attend summer camp? If not at what age do they generally stop attending? Do you have high adventure trips for the older boys and summer camp for the younger?
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    question about 5th graders...

    Big_Dog I've been Den Leader, Webelos Leader and Cubmaster. I ran the Webelos as one program and mixed Webelos 1's and 2's together. In a nutshell here is how it worked. All first year Webelos earn the Outdoorsman and Fitness in the fall. It is an 18 month rotating program. The badges worked on during year 1 are worked on again in the 3rd year and the badges worked on during the 2nd year are worked on again in the 4th this allows the Webelos the opportunity to earn their Arrow of Light within the 18 month framework. Nothing stops the boys from working on any badges on their own. We believe in having a strong outdoor program for the Webelos with at a minimum of 2 Webelos campouts and as many hikes as possible.
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    Nuts on Knots.

    Most Useful - Tautline Most Often - Tautline Reference - I'm a knot freak and own close to 10 books on knots. I love playing around with the truckers hitch it is such a useful knot. My current favorite is the figure 8 follow-thru. I also like to teach the younger scouts the one hand bowline.
  9. OneHour - What's purdy to one person isn't to the other. I've had mine for several years and paid a lot less than 180.00. If you pay attention to the website you would find plans to build your own (A Scout is Thrifty) which I did for my first version. I liked it so well that I gave it to a friend and bought my current version. And yes you are correct about lightweight gear costing money - it seems that the lighter it weighs the more it cost. I also believe in paying for quality.
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    SC merit badge preseatation

    All merit badges and rank advancements are awarded at the next meeting following the completion of the Merit Badge or BOR. This is usually done in a quiet informal ceremony by the SM during the SM Minute. The fourth step of advancement states that the Scout deserves to receive reognition as as soon as possible. We schedule COH 4 times a year. This is when the Scouts are formally recognized for their achievements during the previous 3 months. We are having our next COH the 1st Saturday in August and the format will be a family picnic/ceremony. This hopefuly gets as many of the Scouts family to attend as possible.
  11. Actually Tarp does not quite explain what it is. Go to http://www.tarptent.com the model that I use is the Squall. Mosquitos are not a problem due to the noseeum netting. No Daddy Longlegs are are a different issue, they personally don't bother me.
  12. I use a tarp when I'm backpacking - total weight less than 24 oz. the particular one I'm using now does not have a bottom which doesn't bother me. I have a Sierra Design sleeping bag rated to 15 degrees which I use primarily for "car camping" and either use a fleece sleeping bag (Target - $10) or a Lafuma summer bag good to about 45 degrees.
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    Permission Slips

    Permission Slips - What's your thoughts. Do you use them? Do you require one for each outing or do you a master permission slip that covers all the outings?
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    RE: Time to Go...

    Welcome Back...missed your words of wisdom. Now if we can get Bob to come back then all is well with the world.
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    Activities outside of meetings

    EagleInKy That sounds like a borderline service project. Why wouldn't you count it? Do all the Scouts have the opportunity to attend? Are the Scout who do attend representing the Troop? I would personally want to give these boys credit for their efforts. They are performing a service to the pack and helping the Troops image at the same time. Win Win.
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    Does the BSA Have a Position on Abortion?

    NJCubScouter Do not take for fact what the gentleman from OK posted concerning pb. I for one believe that the PB discussion is the most relevant thread in a while. firstpusk - my wife will no longer allow me the pleasure of brewing any longer. Says the smell makes her ill. Are you a dark or light fan? Nothing beats a good stout.
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    Activities outside of meetings

    2nd Class requirement 2a "Since joining have participated in five separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), two of which included camping overnight" Yep they do. Sounds as if your program will provide the boys with tons of activities. Keep up the good work.
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    True Religion

    Ronald Reagan's proposed amendment 3/8/83 ``Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to prohibit individual or group prayer in public schools or other public institutions. No person shall be required by the United States or by any State to participate in prayer.'' Article I from the Articles of Amendment United State Constitution "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." To my non-legal mind they pretty much say the same. Show me where there is a Court Decision that prohibits a student/teacher/parent ect. from praying in school. "Neither the fact that the prayer may be denominationally neutral nor the fact that its observances on the part of students is voluntary can serve to free it from the limitations of the Establishment Clause..." "It is neither sacrilegious nor anti-religious to say that each separate government in this country should stay out of the business of writing or sanctioning official prayers and leave that purely religious function to the people themselves and to those the people choose to look to for religious guidance." Justice Black Engel vs. Vitale 1962
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    Does the BSA Have a Position on Abortion?

    Not to picky I'll take whatever is there.
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    Camp question- GTSS and Youth Protection

    Proud Eagle I'm going to make a couple of assumptions. The camp that you are referring to is Camp Crooked Creek and the DE in question would be from the Seneca District. If this is correct have these accomadation requirements been in effect since the start of Summer Camp or were they changed during the third week after Crooked Creek went through the National Camp Inspection during the second week? With all due respect, I have worked with the DE for over 4 years and have found him to be quite helpfull and usually correct on his knowledge of the program and the rules and requlations. Additionally, the Commisioner (sp?) at least during our week at camp blatantly overrode decisions of both the Camp and Program Director. As in past years the staff at this camp was extremely competent, helpfull and a joy to work with.
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    ACLU Re-Defines itself!

    Twocubdad "I had religious reason for not wanting to take organic chemistry -- I didn't have a prayer of passing it." Thanks for the chuckle.
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    Older Scout Summer Camp Attendance

    buffalo2 Thanks for the info. Are they as good as the website shows them to be?
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    True Religion

    I am sorry to say that I have failed to act in a scout-like fashion by allowing myself to be drawn into a mudslinging debate. I would like to apologize to any and all if I have offended them. I would especially like to apologize for my feeble attempt at humor in the posting that was referenced by Jason OK. YIS Paul
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    True Religion

    Packsaddle - thank you I enjoyed the link. Rooster - I realize that the fanatical Christians in question are at the opposite ends of the spectrum than you. However, they do profess to be Christian. The one example that comes to mind would be the Army of God claiming responsibility for the bombings of an Atlanta abortion clinic and gay/lesbian club in 1997. Jason OK - Even though I didn't call you a bigot I said that you came across as one, I'll take it back. No wait - spoke to soon. I found this in another thread "Most Hollywood elites are Jews....Seculare Jews in fact. No, don't turn this into anti-Semitism. MY lord warned against it and I fully support my brothers."