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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. What Matt said. True story: At the local University of Scouting one year, I ran across a Scout who wore four medals : I recognized his Eagle, the God and Country, the Ner Tamid, and the Ad Altare Dei... These were the Methodist Church, Jewish and Catholic awards, respectably. As we ate lunch, I said, "you know, I have to ask how you come to wear those three religious awards.?" He said that his mom was Jewish, his dad Catholic and his Troop was sponsored by a Methodist Church. He said that when he asked about earning the awards, his father's priest, his mom's rabbi and the mi
  2. What would I do? Go back and re-read The Jungle Book.....
  3. My condolences to you , the Scoutmaster's family and your Scouts. Choosing a Scoutmaster involves sensitivity, cooperation and luck. Who is moved to be the Scoutmaster is balanced with who CAN be the SM and who approves the naming/selection. Being a Scoutmaster is, I feel, as much a "calling" as it is a "trained" position. It would be nice if one of the Assistant SMs is "moved" to take up the reins. Then too, the Troop Committee and the Charter Org Rep needs to sensitively consider who MIGHT be of the right temperment and experience (if any !) . The COR approves all adult l
  4. Family joke: Two old biddies are "regulars" at a restaurant, but never have anything good to say about the food, even tho they come there every week..... "It's too salty". " They never use any seasoning...." " the green beans are mushy.... overcooked.... the steak is BURNT,,,, it's too raw.... " " Coffee tastes like burnt dishwater.... greasy french fries.... my hamburger is old and undercooked...." ""And the portions are so SMALL...."
  5. "It depends". Schedule several practice camps for your slid together Troop. The Scouts probably won't know each other to begin with. Work with your SM. This is a NEW Troop at a NEW Jamboree, since COVID etc. Scout led. EXPECT alot from your Scouts, they will not disappoint you. Your tents will be given you, your cot will be given you, you will still be living out of a duffle . I would think no real room for a trunk. . Walk everywhere. Get your hiking shoes worked in. Rain shoes, serious hiking boots.... Summit is just that, up and down, alot. Rain gear. Door m
  6. I had to decide under which topic to include this. Training? History? Working with Kids? When do we REALLY start "working with kids".... when they are our kids.... Personally, I can relate to this very item, which I cribbed off a Facebook page (with the author's permission). Growing up, our country home included a 55 gallon drum set on bricks, in which my job was to BURN our trash.... Responsibility.... Nelson R. Block on Youth Training….. Scout buddies – Once again, I present this essay in honor of this day: I have good thoughts when I take out the trash. On
  7. I am sorry I did not see this earlier. Thanks Qwazse for the thinker. In my duty as a Jamboree Chaplain, I would sit in the "Relationships" pavilion (title is changed with the particular Jamboree) and would be available for Scouts to come and at least get THIS checked off for their Jamboree scavenger hunt requirement. I regularly had discussions with Scouts who would open with "oh, I don't get this God stuff." Magi? Wise Guys? Princes? The ultimate question that is never answered in scripture is what did they do AFTER they left their gifts and worship? Our Scout Dist
  8. The rank up (whata term) should be almost automatic, rather than "programmed " in... Boring? Games are fine but the tree ID should happen along the hiking trail. The pioneering/knots and ropes should happen setting up camp. Leadership? Older examples the younger. Skills? Yeah. make 'em games. Map and compass? Find your way around thepark. I really learned about campasses from an old time surveyor. The Troop set up a 100 foot rope marked off in 10 foot sections (A, B, C, etc.)The Scout started at any spot ,followed the directions on the card he chose (110 feet at 75 degrees N, th
  9. Well, it's complicated.... https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/girl-scout-mom-kicked-out-of-rockettes-show-after-being-detected-using-facial-recognition-technology/ar-AA15vsXD?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=f4ed63e7e4e24d08801f63a1a40686b7
  10. Co-mingling the two big Scout programs in America? Is that possible or desirable.? .... What a concept.... http://www.tournamenttroop.org/ https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-wHKK2n/ https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-mrZ5TG/ Oh, the humanity....
  11. Rule the first::: ALWAYS use the same version of your name, everywhere in BSALand. John L. Sullivan, NOT Johnny Sullivan, NOT Sully Sullivan, NOT J.L. Sullivan.... I had to spend a couple hours at Council Office to combine/merge three different accounts I had somehow created in my Scouting Adult career. How did I find out about this? When I applied for attendance at a Scout thing and was told "NO", because I was lacking a course/training I knew I had.... in. a . different. name. Rule the second:::: INSIST ON and keep a solid, card/paper copy of the "graduation" f
  12. I always pay close attention when a story starts out.... "I once had a ...." We once had a DE that honestly admitted to being DE as a mere stepping stone to "something better"""""". I once asked him for some help on an item, and he responded "We have people for that", meaning the District Committee/Scouter volunteers. My immediate thought , being one of those defined "people", was , then why do I have YOU to ask this of? But I didn't say what I thought. He "stepped" to another stone (so to speak) in only a few months.
  13. Teach 'em the CORRECT lyrics.... "" "scuse me, while I kiss this guy...."" = Jimi Hendrix, please call your office......
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