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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. What Malraux said. RTC would earn the Commish Arrow, etc. I have not heard of a Scouter Training Award for RTC or RTCStaff either.
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    Baloo Training

    Wow, just getting caught up with my 'net stuff. We just had our combo IOLS/BALOO course up near Harpers Ferry, this past 17-18 May also ! Well attended, rained on, campfire was both outdoor and under cover.... All good reviews. The BALOOvians came away with the BALOO cert (they all had the online stuff done !) AND the SMS stuff , so when the time comes, they will not need to take IOLS again ! Only the indoor SMS material. Every Council/District training committee needs to consider, the BALOO and IOLS curriculum are VERY similar. Almost identical. Why not combine them , with some Cub philosophy sections as necessary. It works for us.... I only wish "they" had approved the idea of the SMS folks receiving the BALOO cert too. Why couldn't a ASM accompany a Cub Pack camping?
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    The liability of being a Boy Scout Leader

    The three words no Scoutmaster wants to hear: "HEY ! WATCH THIS ! ! " The three words we hope to hear: " I'm a Scout."
  4. Oh, it is possible. Take the calendar and mark the days necessary, scheduling is a real skill inherent in getting things done. Once upon a time, there was a fairly new Scout Troop that was very active, hiking, camping, going places. The Scouts made rank along the way, but they were more concerned with DOING Scouting, altho the Scouts didn't call it that at the time, rather than passing requirements. That sort of happened automatically. The dads all helped, Merit Badges? Oh yeah, those.... A new kid joined. His dad was "regular" Navy, an officer. The new kid announced, publically (!), that he would be Eagle by a certain date, he had done the math, and added some time for "adjustments" and there it was.... The older Scouts soon realized, he could then become the first Eagle of the Troop . How is this possible? The older Scouts got together and started finding MBCounselors, planning events to help satisfy the upper rank requirements. The "new" kid, now an active Scout, found that often (as we all know), "life happens after you make plans". He eventually became the THIRD Eagle Scout of the Troop.....
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    Yep. Times change. I was my Patrol's treasurer for a time. I had a Tobacco pouch (zippered, leather, rubber lined, perfect for the task) to keep our money in. I collected money for camp food, camp fees, Scout dues (!) which I had to pass on to the Troop Treasurer. At age 12-13, 14, I had a book where I wrote all this down, and had to report to my Patrol, at our weekly meetings (!) as to who had paid what to whom. I might have anywhere from $5. to almost $100. in that pouch at any given time.... Any time we have an App, a Computer connection, a pass thru, a non-paper transaction (yeah, even Scouter.com) somebody somewhere is skimming some fee off the top and gaining some monetary emolument. Ya wanna know why your medical treatments are so high? Ask your Medical Care Provider (not necessarily a doctor!) how many staff are in that office. How many computers. Certainly, MRI's and EEGs and Sonigrams save lives, all well and wonderful, but how has your life been improved with all the rest? We do pay for the "convenience". My parent's pediatrician (for me) had ONE nurse. Just the Doc and the Nurse. Paper files and notes. Our lives depend on ENIAC, Colossus, Mr. Gates and company. I am reminded that you can make a million dollars by selling 20,000,000 pencils for a nickel a piece, or ONE pencil for $1,000,000. Depends on your selling ability. "Office Space" comes to mind....
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    The liability of being a Boy Scout Leader

    Case one: When I coached my daughter's soccer team (4th 5th graders), we always had water available on the side lines. I soon (after the second game!) realized the girls were NOT availing themselves of the water, even in the mandatory time outs our league required. So I required: Before the first and every other kick off, EVERYONE sat down and drank one cup of water. Then I gave'm the coach's peptalk and technique talk. Then they ran out and played. I noticed an immediate increase in hustle and we even started winning a few. Case two: At the NatJam in 2005, it was hot and dry in A.P.Hill . As Chaplains, we were supposed to be sensitive to Scout discomfort, heat prostration being a very real possibility. I was doing duty in our Chaplain Desk Tent, with another Chaplain. Some Scouts came up and asked for some water, my partner chastised them for not carrying their own canteen and was about to turn them away. I spoke up and said, yeah , but A Scout is Kind, come on in, and pointed to our orange Igloo water barrel. My partner looked askance at my interruption, but held his tongue. We turned away no one else during our shift. Case three: Way back when.... My Scout buddy and I took off from our troop campout to scale Maryland Heights above Harpers Ferry. We came "prepared", I had my "standard issue" AL. BSA two quart canteen , my buddy Paul had a one quart, both started out full, and some snacks. Our Troop leaders (Mssrs. Leaman and Atwell) knew where we were going and we had a map. "be back in time for dinner clean up !" It would be about 7 miles round trip as I recall (boy, could an unescorted pair of Scouts do that today? ). Our canteens were empty when we returned, I remember being very thirsty when we regained the camp. Case five: Cub Scout Day Camp. We actually had a Cub REFUSE to drink water that was not FLAVORED or SWEET! My CSDCDirector wife had to send for the Cub's parents to come and pick up their urchin after he refused to drink any ordinary water. Coke? Gator Aid? Sprite? The parents said that was OKAY with them, but since the Camp would not provide the sugary drink, it was stipulated the Parent either had to be there with the Cub to provide same, or the Cub could not attend. Guess which happened?
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    Worst things you seen taken to summer camp

    Now that is a very good reason to my mind.
  8. Rickmay: Welcome to the virtual campfire. Rollover an e-log and set a spell. Woodbadge should be a desire, for sure, but get some "regular" Scout time and training under your shoulder straps first. I really like PPj's list. It is more specific than I have seen before. When you get to WB, they will ask you to design some projects to accomplish, using the training and ideas you have garnered. You should have the time and experience behind you to see what can and needs to be done. Therefore, get your "Leader Specific" training completed, whatever you see your role in Scouting to be. In the mean time, any excuse to go camping, eh? See you on the trail.
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    Worst things you seen taken to summer camp

    Scout brought NO Scout uniform to Scout camp. He brought a junior Marine BDU suit, thinking he would wear this all week. He was slated to be the SPL for the week! His dad was ex-Marine nd obviously the kid adored his dad. We had a long sitdown with him, was he a Scout or a Marine? We managed to borrow enough Scout uniform parts for him and he came to understand the difference between between being a Scout and being a Marine.... He came to be a very able SPL. When his dad found out he was very surprised, disappointed and proud, all at the same time.
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    Trailer Recommendation

    Thanks for the agreement. Problem is, a Trailer has many more of the troubles you allude to. Ownership: A private person, long term "loan" of use? CO ownership? Some sort of Troop Association ownership? Who pays/owns the tags and insurance? Maintenance, new tires brakes, etc.? A shed just SITS there. Repair/replace the roof every ten, twenty years. Coat of paint to match (Scout service project !) . When I was a Scout, each Patrol had their own gear, there was NO "Troop" gear. The Patrol Quartermaster had charge of the Patrol Gear (his basement, garage corner...). How things have changed.....
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Well, you should remember, the GS used to bake the cookies themselves. Corporate come down, health department lean on, bureaucratic bust, and here we are: GSCookies sell off knock off copy of. Dutch Oven Brownies? Now there's a cookie name....
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    Trailer Recommendation

    I might suggest investing in a SHED rather than a trailer. I read and agree, the trailer size seems to drive the gear collection. This is known as a corollary to the Peter Principle, viz, "The stuff collected will increase to fill the space available." With a shed, properly shelved, your gear can be easily organized, cleaned, inventoried and collected AS NEEDED (!) for a trip/hike/expedition. Cars/vans/SUVs/station wagons(remember those?) can be loaded as required and unloaded when returned. The QM need not worry about who has what, because he/she sees it being reshelved. Sheds are harder (if not impossible) to steal. They can be heavily locked. Made weatherproof. No large insurance. No need for title or tags. Bought once, set up and admired. No worry about whose driveway can we use. Of course, you do need a spot , hopefully the CO can afford to let the Pack/Troop set it up on the back of the parking lot, out of the way....
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    What color is your Class B ?

    Pish posh. The last time I went shopping for rain gear, about 8 years ago now, (I wanted an over the pack poncho), all I could find were dark green, black, dark blue. I reasoned, in the rain, cloudy day gloom, I wanted bright , cheery colors, if only so folks could see me coming ! Even if I couldn't see them (because of their dark, gloomy colors). Nope. None to be had. I kept looking. I found a bright yellow rain coat, over the hips length, and bought that, AND a dark blue extra large poncho. When I was a motorcycle rider, I went to a boating shop and bought a full rain suit, bright yellow. Helly Hansen. I wanted to be SEEN on my cycle. Some years ago, our local county police changed their uniforms from a nice light brown to BLACK. Even their raincoats are BLACK. When they are on traffic duty, they have to put on a reflective vest. They used to have BRIGHT orange rain coats, easily visible, with reflective stripes on them. I asked my cop friend , why the change? And he said the higher ups gave various reasons: They didn't want the police to be confused with the State Troopers (also light brown) , they didn't like the comparison with the Nazi Brown Shirts (??), they saw the black as more "authoritative", they thought it was more "Tac" as in "tactical". More invisible at night when they are chasing the bad guys.... Few officers I spoke to liked the black at first. I do not know the present opinion. Scouts can blend in, be less ostentatious, sure, but the necker needs to stand out so one can find his buds in the crowd.
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    Traditionally American camp fire dishes

    First, one needs an appetite. Hike, row, canoe some class threes and fours . . . Leave someone in camp to cook the meal for you, because when you get back from the climb up Mt. Sugarloaf, you may not feel up to cooking the repast Cambridge is thinking of here. Good hardwood, burned down to a thick layer of coals. Dutch Oven Brownies, include the chopped walnuts and chocolate chips. Hamburgers, held in a grill basket, not on a frying pan, hold over the coals. Carrot sticks, celery sticks, potatoes rolled up in Aluminium sheets, laid on the coals and turned about every 15 minutes so they cook evenly. Butter for the veggies. Please note, I did not put the hamburger in the foil. The "patties" therefore need to be very firm. The smoke and burnt edges are desired. Ice tea, ice coffee. If you can get ice. TANG, if you can find it..... Please note I mentioned the titular dessert first. Most important. Exact recipes on line available. Oh, if it is especially meant to be an "American" forth of July picnic, you need Watermelon, preferably a "Gator Melon", which is long , cylindrical, not spherical, with SEEDS. Potato Salad, too, is called for. Cut up Idaho Russett Potatoes into 1" cubes, about, boil until not quite done. Run lots of cold water over them to stop the cooking, and cool them. Sliver some carrots and a bit of onion and celery (ratio Potato 10, carrot 1/2, celery 1/4, onion 1/4) , mix with hands, then glob in real Mayonaise until you like the way it looks. Let sit in your 'fridge over night for best taste. Let me know when dinner is scheduled, so I can book my flight....
  15. Best Scout theme, Best Movie theme, Most realistic model, Most Likely to Be Copied By Others Next Year,,,,