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About SSScout

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    Retired Transit Street Super. Bus driver, Sub teacher. Rough Carpenter.
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    Quaker Jambo Chaplain, canoeing, Historic Trail Guide, RTCommish, Train Bus Drivers for Yearly Meeting Summer Camp.
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    Born young, realized I had to get old, but did not have to grow up.

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  1. He has the rep. I'd loan him money.
  2. SSScout

    Can you not give it 100%?

    It sounds like your Pack and Den are active, involved, "For the Cubs". That is as it should be. But the Cub Den should be the "Gang" the kid (be they boy or girl) wants to hang out with. Camping is great, gets the kid ready for Boy Scouts, but there should be other stuff for the Cub too. Go to the zoo, go to the museum, the Police Station, the dad's work site, that model Railroad, camp out on a ship (Baltimore Harbor has this), visit a County Maintenance Garage, the State Environmental Protection Agency Lab, a newspaper printing plant, the Bus Transit Garage, anywhere that is DIFFERENT than school. Organize a softball league among the area Cub Packs, go to a minor league game, pro soccer game (call for "Scout Discounts"), University Astronomy Observatory or planetarium. The Pleides meteor shower came by this past weekend, given a dark clear sky, look for those opportunities to lay on the ground and just WATCH. MiF, KiS…..
  3. The purpose of goals is to provide an encouragement, a shove to learn and achieve and do. Back in my Scout days, I joined a Troop that went places and hiked and camped and did Scout things. The older Scouts (all boys back then, of course) did the planning and dreaming of going places they had heard of or took the suggestions of the adult leaders, who had "been there and done that" themselves to look at the calendar and meet together to decide things. We had parents and grandparents who would take the time to drive us places, sometimes LEAVE us there (!) to come back in few hours or a day or two (!!). We seemed happy to go along, and we earned rank I guess automatically, as we cooked over fires and played with map and compass, getting lost and then "found". Then a young boy joined, whose dad was career Navy, an officer. This dad came to meetings in dress whites. The Scout announced (announced!) that he would be Eagle in so many years. He had done the math (so many months in each rank). WELL.... Us older Scouts ( I counted myself such by then) realized that might make him the first Eagle in the Troop! We decided we couldn't let that happen, nice as he was. So we got together and worked together. Merit Badges. Time in Leadership. I became my Troop's first Eagle, my buddy Don the second, our young challenger was third, late (by his original schedule) about a year. Calendars are important.
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    Swimming Requirements for Rank

    The Troop and Scoutmaster mentioned need to have their fallacies put before them. The adult leaders are "selling the Scouts a bill of goods". I rather imagine the story about the swim test must hold true for fire safety, cooking, first aid and navigation. We hear of these things at summer camp, where a young Scout may be put in charge of a Skill Station or MB class, but not from a Scoutmaster? . . The false sense of accomplishment will come back to haunt them. Both the Scouts and their Scouters. Trustworthy? What does that really mean? The Troop of my Yooooth took us to a local hotel (1960's) with an indoor pool in the winter. Spring and summer, fall we were ushered to local "rich " folk that let the Scouts swim in their pools. We also had Red Cross lessons in a local Country Club pool, when we were not at Scout Camp. Looking back, I see now it took a fair amount of asking and organizing and scheduling on our parents' part. I guess they thought it was important, being comfortable and safe around the water. Thank you, mom and dad.
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    Committee Meetings

    *sigh* "The work is done by whoever shows up." If the Pack/Troop/Crew is small, folks involved will wear many hats. If the Pack/Troop/ is large, you MAY have enough folks to parcel out the duties and needs, or you may not. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves for WHOM the committee works. The adults? Or.... If decisions need to be made, one must trust the folks that "show up" to make good decisions or else WE have to show up to help with those decisions. Voting? Consensus? Command hierarchy? Communication? We are blessed (some might say....) with email, cellphones, facebook, schmarty phones, how can we not keep in touch if we are out of town? Are there "Assistants" to take over if the "official" is not available? How often on these pages have we heard it said that the SPL needs to assign an ASPL if he can't be there? If the meetings are IMPORTANT, people will come. If they are seen as NOT IMPORTANT, why come? Who decides if it is important? In my experience, it is the "head", the Chair, in Quaker parlance, the Clerk. Their attitude is all important. If that person does not treat the meeting as important, what MUST happen? A good chair makes sure things are "covered". If he/she can't be there, don't cancel the meeting, Lord knows it's hard enough to keep a modern schedule, ask an "assistant" chair to chair the meeting. Make the decisions, Hear the reports. If you are really formal, write the minutes, approve them and "publish" them. Record who is /isn't present. Or not. It's for the Scouts. Will ANY Tenderfoot care who was at the meeting? No. He will only care that there were enough parents to drive him and his buds to the campsite. Make sure the donuts are fresh and the coffee and tea (herb? Decaff?) is hot. Make the decisions. Drive the Scouts. See you on the trail.
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    Troop Meeting Spaces

    Our Friends Meeting (that's Quaker parlance) just opened our newly renovated Community House. The Building Care Committee , for "outside users", settled on the fee of $100. per event if you use the new kitchen, and (I have no idea how they came up with this number), $37.50 per hour for the "big room" and a "sliding scale" for the smaller rooms. We have of late had several renters, all word of mouth, for baby showers, graduation parties, birthday parties, etc. It does sound like they are treating your Troop as an "outside user".
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    Scouting Mentor: James McKellar, 1909-1998

    A very nice remembrance. As we grow older, we tend to remember those that held us in their hearts, if only for a moment. Concerning that last remark, " Scouts get out of it what they put in to it. So put your whole self in and imagine the SELF that's going to come out. " , I have a t-shirt given me by my mom, it reads ""What if the Hokey Pokey is really what it is all about?"" There you go, put "your whole self in and shake it all about...."
  8. ""Character is what one does when one thinks no one is watching.""
  9. Our CSDC theme this year was CSI, seems a little extreme....
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    Need for tree identification

    There are still folks around here that will plant and care for a grove of Black Walnut, "for the grandchildren".... Neighbor planted a grove of Princess Paulownia with the same intention.
  11. ""In the movie "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) starring Errol Flynn and Olivia De Haviland, list and name any and all archery safety rules disobeyed."
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    (CT) Troop 82 installs propeller guards at Camp Sequassen

    Well, what seems like unnecessary NOW becomes "why didn't we think of this before" . It is always so unfortunate when an avoidable death or injury proves the necessity of safety equipment. Bright yellow vests? Rope and belts on window cleaners and roofers? Anti kickback handles on chainsaws? Safety goggle in shop? PFDs? Training? Last week I had a good conversation with a Sea Scout leader friend who also teaches Coast Guard Auxiliary classes. He can tell you stories.... I recently watched an old movie on TCM. "The Solitaire Man " . It concerns a jewel thief and crooked Scotland Yard officer. The final events in the movie occur aboard an early airliner (it's a Handley Page Type 42 !) on route from France to England. The passenger compartment has light switches, windows that can be opened FULLY for ventilation (throw evidence out), cushy plush seats with NO SEAT BELTS, , NO ATTENDANT (only the two pilots), parachutes for the passengers (just in case), the pilot's compartment is unlocked (part of the conflict revolves around the passengers demanding to be taken back to France, and the pilots insisting "that's against regulations"), AND . . a door to the outside that has a simple latch handle so one of the passengers can jump out ("Excuse me, but one of the passengers just committed suicide" says a passenger to the pilot). I think prop guards are certainly appropriate for training, beginners, Scouts. While we're about it, let's close the airplane's windows, triple latch the doors, secure the pilot compartment, keep the lights on, and give the passenger compartment some attendants to help keep track of things. And peanuts. Give out peanuts.
  13. Teach'em the proper word for an "archery lover" :: TOXOPHILITE all Cubs love a fancy word to use. I always had that on the entrance to the Archery Range: "TOXOPHILITES ONLY BEYOND THIS POINT" Be Safe, learn the techniques, have fun, take pride in your skill.
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    inexpensive tomahawks?

    I do not favor throwing them. I would much rather the hatchet remain in the user's hand . That being said, sharp edges do stick better than dull ones. And similarly to Archery Ranges, a WIDE , ALL AROUND safety area is desired. Those tomahawks can bounce off the target stubs and travel a fur piece. "Be careful out there".
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    Hello Everyone

    Ernest fan , too. Grand daughter Julia Seton has a website, and has republished his autobiography. A good read, I enjoy well used English.