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    ECOH Ideas/Tips/Suggestions

    Aside from my son's own (another time), the best/most memorable ECoH was done thusly: Two brothers, each earned and passed the EBoR separately, but the earlier waited for his brother. The Troop had camped on the back acreage of these Scouts' grandparents farm. They had their ECoH back there. Folks had to park and walk in about 500 yards, bring their own camp chair. The Patrol/Troop cooked camp food, and served it up back there after the "official" ceremony and pinning the Eagle and speeches etc. , all done out in the woods next to a campfire. When the festivities were done, the crowd departed, the Scouts , nascent Eagles and buds, stayed and camped one last time..... ItsBrian, don't forget the cole slaw with your BBQ....
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    School Newspaper

    Ach du lieber…. apologies for too many ppppps...
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    School Newspaper

    Activities? Volunteering at the County Park Archeology site? Helping at the Animal Shelter? Acolyte at the Cathedral? Candy Stripper(do we still have that?) ? Key Club? Circle R? Lions? Food Pantry? Scouts? What defines an "activity". I would argue that video games of ANY type are not an "activity".
  4. Fred8033 says it best... As a MBCounselor (Bugling mostly), I always list the correctly completed elements, and note the "Incomplete" areas. The Scouts that can't even make a noise on their horn often are chagrined but nod in acknowledgement at this. I give them my cards and contact info and SOMETIMES they call back to complete it with me. Once they leave my company, I have no control over what they do about the incompleteness of that card. Could someone else sign off on the rest of the requirements? Absolutely. "A Scout is Trustworthy". A MBC should be also.... "" Needs #4"" to me means the Scout has fulfilled everything else, he needs #4. If the Scout came to me, I would certainly review the other requirements, but he needs #4.
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    What would you do?

    Fire stories.... OA is in charge of the Camporee campfire and program.... The campfire site is a nice one, open field, slight hillside for folks to sit on... The OA Scouts decide that this will be a "memorable " event, and manage to collect enough cargo pallets (seasoned oak) to amass and pile up two (2) pyres, each about twelve (12) feet tall and twelve feet across, 50 feet apart. The intention is the "stage" for the skits will be WELL LIT between the two fires. ( if not well baked). When I walk by about 3pm, I see this and smell the evocative aroma of JP4... and note NO water buckets or tools present. I have an "AH NO ! " moment and go to seek the Camporee SM. When he views the scene, he nods and says to me, " I was expecting this." He knew the OA Chapter Chief. By 6pm, one pile is torn completely down and hauled away to the parking lot. The other pile is brought down to about 5 feet tall and only one pallet wide... Each Troop at the Camporee is required to provide one 5 gallon water supply, cooler jug or otherwise, so we end up with twenty or so jugs/buckets behind the campfire.... It was a nice campfire....
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    Troop/Patrol dining flys

    Back when I was working on my Stegasaurus Husbandry Merit Badge.... Our Troop made our own light weight tarps. The older Scouts took'em to Philmont and they made an impression there. On of our dads had access to some really heavy duty Milspec duck tape. That, and some 6 or 8 mil black plastic sheet (10 feet wide) and a grommet setting kit and voila, on the rec room floor of Mr. Coomb's house we made our own tarps. Much lighter than the BSA canvas ones. You had to be careful not to drag them across the ground or step on them (yes, they could easily be "holed"), but they were very serviceable for one or two seasons, after which they became ground clothes for another season or two, after which they were recycled (garden drags, tractor covers, weed preventors, brick walk base, etc. ). We didn't know the word "recycle". only re-use.... !0 x 10, duck tape around the edges, one strip on each side (double thick), grommets on the corners, two feet apart on the edge, maybe one in a reinforced area in the middle if you wanted an "Explorer" style tent. Now, back then, you dealt with mosquitoes and bugs by "OFF" and "6-12" and burrowing into your sleeping bag at night, I knew no one with the luxury of "squito netting. We might (might!) bring some collapsible aluminum poles, but more likely find/cut poles at the campsite. The problem being, the older Scouts had to instruct the younger ones to NOT cut up the nice straight poles they found leaning up against the tree for fire wood ("but they're just the right size!") because SOMEONE had thoughtfully left those poles there for tent/fly setting.
  7. "Dog bites man, B section local 3rd page... Man bites dog, Food/Cuisine section, first page above the fold … " My mom was a reporter for the old Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe. A woman reporter? Yep, until she married.... Check it before it goes to the compositor. Not any more, just get it out and fill the band width....
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    Cub Scout takes knee during pledge

    Well, another entry for the Faith and Chaplaincy sub quasi forum.... a discussion of the religious implications of the recitation of the PoA… Maybe not here in Scouts? Maybe so? As the token Quaker Chaplain here, I can certainly speak to that issue, but do we want that here?
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    Cub Scout takes knee during pledge

    I favor the "other" MAGA ::: Make America Grate Again... Support the Parmigiana Initiative … Bon giorno ... Seriously, the original episode has much to discuss. Scouts leading a city council opening ceremony, good. Poorly uniformed, not so good. "Taking a knee" to protest something, very American in my opinion. But was the venue appropriate for this? Maybe not. Maybe speak to the CCouncil about their (lack of or need for or present) policies to combat racism or prejudice? better.
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    My new Scout's going to camp but freaking out

    Independence.... Every kid goes thru some homesickness, to one degree or another, sometime. It may not be at camp, the grown adult may not remember it or acknowledge it, but it was there. Your Scout needs understanding and folks to acknowledge and accept his feelings, his reticence. He needs to join with and get to know the Scouts in his Troop and to be reassured that, yeah, he is feeling low and lonely and misses … mom? Dad? but it will get better. Sometimes all it takes is another kid to say "yeah, I felt like that, but it does get better." Dealing with separation anxiety is tough. Your boy must eventually learn and accept that 1) you and his home will be there when he gets back from wherever he goes. You WILL be there. 2) The divorce was NOT his fault, regardless of anything else he may have heard or decided. 3) Metaphorically, the world is his, he can take it in as slow or as fast as he wishes. Fire burns, ice chills, the world reacts accordingly, it doesn't care who one is or where one comes from. And Mom (Dad?) will be there when he gets back.... As he gains in life skills (doing his own laundry, cooking, putting stuff away so it will be there when he wants it the next time...) and Scouting will definitely help in this, he will come to realize he needs mom for other stuff, and the tent he set up and slept in is just temporary fun, another experience to experience and have fun with. Should you become a Scout Leader? Absolutely, and help the other Scouts over their humps, just as the other Scouters will (I hope and expect!) help your boy over his. Repeat after me: "Why don't you go ask your Patrol Leader?" Find a book by Eric Sloane, "Diary of an Early American Boy". If your young Scout is a reader, I think he would enjoy it. If he likes doing with his hands, find "A Reverence for Wood" by Mr. Sloane. Your boy may well become a Troop Instructor. See you on the trail.
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    Leadership Disagreements

    ""Aye, they be more like guidelines than rules....' And we have had those guidelines for more than 100 years.... I favor consensus, which depends firstly on good, continuous communication (do we need the cinematic reference for that?) Consensus depends on respect, overall knowledge, being open to suggestions from others, and a willingness to accept help (not just insistence on doing things alone). The BSA Scouting program is fairly flexible as to how it can be carried out. Rank requirements? Stuff like that? Adapting, yes. Changing, no. Where do we always camp ? The spring canoe trip? The winter ski trip? Personal relations are another thing. I always refer back to the Scout Promise and Law. After that, maybe the Sermon on the Mount. No, I guess that should come first, THEN the Scout Promise and Law. Maybe the "Golden Rule" should be third.... Tradition? A good place to start. Mr. Stabler ALWAYS planted his acre of sweet corn for the Hospital Supper a certain number of days before the supper, so the corn could be picked just in time for eatin'. Sorry, Mr. Stabler passed on about fifteen years ago, so much for THAT tradition, now they have to go to the Eastern Shore for good sweet corn. But the Lions Club still collects it and shucks it at 6am so it can be boiled at 10am....... Give the Scouts tradition. Let them move on from that.
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    Solutions to letters falling off?

    I like the idea of the sew on embroidered strip. Scoutshop is on the ball there. I had not heard of that fix.
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    What is the proper term now?

    Various vague Valkyries indeed....." Spear and magic helmet...…"
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    Solutions to letters falling off?

    Yep. Failure to Communicate (in glue). I have been told that if you return it to the local Scoutshop, they will replace it with a new shirt. I've not tried this, as my shirts are all old enough to have sewn on "BSA " patches... Another possibility:: at our local shopping mall, there is a custom embroidery shop. I have often been tempted to go there and have'm embroider some Scout stuff on a heavy green shirt I have... If the Scoutshop won't exchange, you might consider that.
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    Back in the day, everyone in my Patrol had a specialty. One Scout cooked bacon especially well. Another, flipped pancakes better than anyone else. My specialty was Mixing Drinks (!) Tang, Dehydrated dry milk, cocoa, that sort of thing.... Here are the basics: *(( The true author of this article is unknown. It is here copied from the COME HOSTELING newsletter, Sept. 1980, of the Potomac Area Council of the American Youth Hostels, who received it from Dick Schwanke, Senior PAC Staff Trainer, who read it in the APPALACHIAN HIKER by Ed Garvey, who got it from the Potomac Appalachian Trail Conference Bulletin, which quoted it from THE RAMBLER of the Wasatch Mountain Club of Salt Lake City, which reportedly cribbed it from the I.A.C. News of Idaho Falls, which reported it from the 1966 PEAKS & TRAILS. I offer it here for your enjoyment and inspiration. Note that some of the ingredients are a bit dated. Adjust as necessary. Enjoy!)) "Courageous Cookery" by John Echo* Once the convert backpacker or cycle camper has accepted the subtle gustatory nuances associated with sustained operations beyond the chrome, he should try the advantages of ultra fringe living so that he will realize what he is paying for his nested pots and pretty pans carried so diligently and brought home so dirty after every "wilderness experience". The following system works. It is dependable and functional. It works on the big rock. It even works when the weather has gone to hell, you are wet and cold and the wind is blowing down the back of your hairy neck. It is not for the timid. It consists of a stove, a six inch sauce pan, a plastic cup and a soup spoon. If you insist on a metal cup, you must never fail to mutter "I'm having fun, I'm having fun", every time you spill the soup on your sleeping bag. Breakfast: Instant wheat cereal-- sugar and powdered milk added-- ready two minutes after water boils. Eat from pot. Do not wash pot. Add water, boil, and add powdered eggs and ham. You'll never taste the cereal anyway. In three minutes, eat eggs. Do not wash pot. Add water or snow and boil for tea. Do not wash pot. Most of the residue eggs will come off in the tea water. Make it strong and add sugar. Tastes like tea. Do not wash pot. With reasonable technique, it should be clean. Pack pot in rucksack and enjoy last cup of tea while others are dirtying entire series of nested cookware. Lunch: Boil pot of tea. Have snack of rye bread, cheese and dried beef Continue journey in 10 minutes if necessary. Dinner: Boil pot of water, add Wylers dried vegetable soup and beef bar. Eat from pot. Do not wash pot. Add water and potatoes from dry potatoe powder. Add gravy mix to taste. Eat potatoes from pot. Do not wash pot. Add water and boil for tea. Fortuitous fish or meat can be cooked easily. You do not need oil or fat. Put half inch of water in pot. Add cleaned and salted fish. Do not let water boil away. Eat from pot when done. Process can be done rapidly. Fish can even be browned somewhat by a masterful hand. Do not change menu. Variation only recedes from the optimum. Beginners may be allowed to wash pot once a day for three consecutive days only. It is obvious that burning or sticking food destroys the beauty of the technique. If you insist on carrying a heavier pack, make up the weight you save with extra food. Stay three days longer.
  16. It is a sad comment on society that we often forget to remind each other what's important. I worked for the county transit authority. When I retired, my job title was "Transit Coordinator", for lack of a better description, I was a "street supervisor", my office was a Jeep Cherokee... One morning, I was stationed at the Big Transit Station. Lots of activity, bus routes coming and going. A driver (call him Tom) came up to me and said he wanted to show me something, so I walked down to his stop. He pointed to the right mirror and said he had brushed a street sign with it, and wanted to report it. I looked at the mirror and saw some scratch marks on the outside, I asked Tom about the street sign, was it damaged? He said no. Nothing broken, I told him "no damage, no accident. Don't worry about it". He thanked me and went back to work. After thinking about it, I decided to write a "compliment" on Tom. Here was something he didn't have to do, he could've said nothing, no one would have been the wiser, but he had hit a stationary object and here he was reporting it to me. I wrote a "incident" report that way, complimenting Tom for his honesty, and passed it on to his supervisor. The supervisor came to me and chastised me for reporting on nothing that was anything out of the ordinary, that Tom was required to report such things. This was not worthy of a compliment, it was not over and above Tom's "expected" duties. Yes, I had done the right thing in not treating it as a full scale accident, necessitating hours of paperwork and lost service, but it was still not worth a "compliment". Overt honesty not worthy of a compliment? That supervisor had just lost most of my previous admiration for him. From that day on, I looked for things to "thank people for". Every time I served as the Desk, the task assigner, I made it a point to fill out "compliments" on all my "Stand By" drivers and Extra Board drivers. I noted when they volunteered, when they mentioned things that needed to be done (that I could assign them to do !) and sonofagun, I started having more available drivers. I remember one man, he had a family, he was a part time postal carrier. Evenings, he would report to the depot in his USPS uniform, as he signed in, he would strip off his USPS uniform shirt, throw on his Bus Driver shirt and be out the door in minutes with his Bus Assignment in his pocket. I tried to save an "easy" run for him.... And the other Supers (not the first I mentioned) noted that these were good things to have in the employees file for when work reviews came up. Last time I checked, my USPS driver is now a "Transit Coordinator".
  17. I was once reminded by another teacher that the best way to modify behavior was to "catch'em good", in other words it is better to compliment to good stuff rather than punish the bad....
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    Selling Camp Cards

    Yep, "it depends". Each Council sells a different CampCard. Here in Murlin, the Unit in effect BUYS the campcards (at $2.50 each) and sells them for $5. The headline discount is "$5. off at Safeway, " and discounts at Jersey Mikes, Harris Teeter, etc. The unit can do what they want with their share. I have heard tell that in some councils, the Unit share is "automatically" credited to the Scout's summer camp bill, hence the name "CAMPcard". The Unit in essence never sees the money, it is divvied between the Council and the Scout.
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    Hawai'i Council Merger

    They may not lose all of them precipitously. . Here abouts, many LDS folks are inquiring about remaining Scouts in non-LDS Troops..... Keep the door open.....
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    Youth Protection Clarification Question

    Refer to the previous scenarios.... If an adult Scouter disregards the YPT rules/guidelines, he/she will (at best) have their BSA membership withdrawn, at worst, they risk legal problems, arrest etc. Not to mention the social (?) results (?). If some Scouts choose to meet separately, at the Panera, out in a park, on the dock at summer camp.... what can the folks at Irving do? How can anyone REQUIRE and ENFORCE adult presence at a "bunch of Scout's " gathering ?
  21. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/759:_Boy_Scouts_of_Harlem and https://www.amazon.com/759-Scouts-Harlem-Keith-Dozier/dp/B01CKN39KM
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    Youth Protection Clarification Question

    Yep, Youth protection is also intended to be Adult Protection, yes? So how do we "require" our Scouts to ONLY meet within eyesight and/or earshot of two or more registered and YPT certified Scouters, at least one of which must be of the female persuasion if we are talking about girl ScoutsBSA? What is to prevent young Patrol Leader Indiana Jones of the Crystal Skull Patrol from asking his Scout Buds to flash mob at the Panera ? And ask Marion to attend with her "additional" Troop?
  23. Kids: As the Scoutskills pavilion leader at CSDC, My observation is that many kids of the age 6, 7, 8, 9 have very little dexterity. They have problems with over/under, left/right, transposing, copying a sample. Coiling a rope. Holding a compass flat. A paper map ? I tend to see this as a lack of play with blocks, small toys, big toys. I see parents giving their kids iPads, tablets, even schmart phones to "play with" . The young kids often are not encouraged to manipulate their world PHYSICALLY. I often ended up standing behind the Cub and holding their hands "just so" , teaching my Scout assistants to do the same, "don't be shy"... The Den Walkers sometimes would compliment me on my willingness to "get personal" with the Cubs, as if they were reticent to do so. Please note, we were in a very public venue, out in the open, surrounded by many people. Youth Protection concerns? Not to me. Cub permission to DO stuff? That was my concern. And I have noticed the same problems with older Scouts, an inability to manipulate, as if (1) they never had the chance to practice such , and (2) seemingly have the idea they don't have PERMISSION to DO stuff. Adults: When I help with SMS and IOLS, I am impressed with the need to get the adult Scouters to HAVE FUN in being Scouters.
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    Youth Protection Clarification Question

    Here's another scenario.... The Patrol Leader tells his Patrol, to heck with this, meet me at the Starbucks….. Parents drop off, (or the Scouts walk/bike) come back two hours later.....
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    Youth Protection Clarification Question

    A YPTrained and registered BSA Scouter, an adult parent with YP cert, in the parent's home, with many Scouts in the rec room planning adventures..... The Adults are upstairs visiting over herbal tea and crumpets. I say no violation. Cancel the Scout911 call. I also recommend the Scout Parent register as a MBCounselor. Every Troop/District needs more. Pick a couple of subjects you are interested in , have skill in.... Ya can't go wrong.... You fill out three pieces of paper, take some online training (YPT, This Is Scouting, MBCounselor ) and then you can schedule your MB's as you will: Whenever they call me, on a particular weekend, in the District's "MB College". Easy.