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  1. "Golden Rule" "Messenger of Peace" project. "Good Turn " every day. "If not me, then who, Lord?" https://www.teachingvalues.com/goldenrule.html Shovel a neighbor's snow? And transfer this thread to the Faith and Chaplaincy sub thread....
  2. "Take offs are optional, LANDINGS are mandatory". 3/5 of SCOUT is OUT. That said, I would hope that : 1) The campouts are PLANNED by the Scouts thru their Patrol Leaders' Council , with appropriate adult mentoring and help (appropriat !) 2) all activities, camping foremost, is done within BSA guidelines. Read the Scout Handbook....(""OK, show me where, in your BSHB, it recommends Ramen Noodles for all meals?"") 3) Parents are always welcome to OBSERVE and HELP and COME on activities (sign that volunteer app, pay the dues, take the training, STAND BACK.....) 4) Suit
  3. Morse code. Get a ham radio (do they call'em that in the UK?) into for her to connect with folks around the world. Jamboree On The Air doesn't happen for awhile, officially, but hey, QSL card collecting is a neat thing....
  4. OH ! My favorite story... when Scoutson earned his AOL and crossed into his Troop, we said we would celebrate by buying him a present. Any one thing he wanted... He chose a 5 D cell Maglight. It went on ONE campout. Then, he realized why dad only took little AA pocket lights.... I think he still has it, but it rides in his truck.
  5. Then we have the Scout who told me that the umbrella was insisted upon by his mom.... We were in a drought....
  6. Yep. It happens. The Cub that wanted to build a bird feeder is now driving his own Freightliner. Give him opportunities, not instructions.
  7. Oh, "it " very definitely "depends". I remember one summer camp I attended (back when gas cost less than a buck a gallon, ), the Scout Counselor for Astronomy thought my question about having a night time session was "silly" because it was not part of the requirements...." even when one read "identify in the sky....". As a high school soph , I knew more about the night sky than he did. I remember he was very impressed with my diagram of the moon's phases.... He did sign my card (which was not blue back then).
  8. Welcome to our virtual campfire, SR70.. Sit ye down on an elog and enjoy the fellowship. The answer to your concern, as in much of Scouting, is: "It Depends". The Cubs want ( and appreciate ! ) safe adventure, fun stuff, learn something new, get some bling. The Cubs that are blessed with parent(s) that are involved with them (not just "putting in time") will be the ones who we will want to pick out our Assisted Living Facilities. The others? I will refer you to Harry Chapin's ""Cats In The Cradle""... B&G is meant to be a ""Happy Birthday BSA"" party. It can be most any t
  9. Welcome to the forums, Irratgoat.... First things first. A Scout is.... Obedient. That said, here's my list of stuff important. BSA still gender separates on paper at least. Female Troop and Patrol(s), Male Troop and Patrol(s). That means gender specific PLs and SPLs. There is no mention of gender specific SM (!) but you need gender specific adult attendance... That said, there is no reason the Scouts can't meet and activate together. The SPLs (!S!) should/must cooperate in their planning and (did I hear that word somewhere? ) delegation of duty and such. Only a one Patrol
  10. One must take the stand where the responsibility sits. Many moon ago, I organized and led canoe trips for American Youth Hostels. Our local club would put an ad in the local outdoorsy publication and young adults would come, pay the rental fee, get some instruction, and happily paddle down a stretch of the Monacacy (also known as the Monotony) river. The requirements were prominently displayed in the ad ::: Swimming ability, no alcohol, expectation of getting wet, etc. Once, a pair of young males arrived with a large cooler. When I asked to see the contents, they smilingly opened it to
  11. Head scratcher:::: Are there any "Dirty Jobs" in Scouting Mike might be interested in? Not just latrine digging.....
  12. My faith in the worth of tv has been renewed. Mike Rowe is back with "DIRTY JOBS ". Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe Returns for a New Season on Discovery and discovery+ | Dirty Jobs | Discovery
  13. When I lived in my "Wellbilt" cabin (a package house, built in the 1930's ) , it had a neat "heatorlator " fireplace and I used wood. This is the best tool I ever bought, A "Monster Maul" . You can still find similar, but not the same, today: I remember it was delivered only the head wrapped in newspaper and the delivery label stuck to the wrapped head . Parcel Post ! The mailman dropped it (!) on my porch ! 12 pounds of steel ! Optional rubber grip! Man, did it split bolts....
  14. The three words no Scoutmaster wants to hear: " HEY ! Watch this ! !"
  15. There's an old saw that says before you would judge a man, one should walk a mile in their shoes . Same thing here. The DEI training is meant, however successfully (or not?) , to get us old fogies (and future fogies) to realize the Comptons and Tuksa and Trail of Tears and Rosa Parks and Red Lining and such that we (WE) need to study and realize and acknowledge and accept .... The history that was not taught , not shown. Even the problems that led to BSA's present troubles. However inelegantly, however unneatly. I went thru Diversity training at my work before I retired. Part of my
  16. Absolutely Welcome. Yep, Scout Led is cyclical, counsel, encourage,,,, One of my favorite stories: Once I sat in on a PLC, these Scouts were mostly fairly new, the Troop was "rebuilding" as you mention. The SM (not me) was making suggestions, pointing out maps of trails to hike, noting that Troop Meetings could be for training, Patrol competitions, that sort of thing. Finally, the nascent SPL WOKE UP. He said, "You mean I can make that decision??? " SM (a good man) responded "DUHHH" and the Troop had a good new year..... Pittsburgh? I hope you are considering the GAP and C&
  17. AAAAANNNNND we have learned the lesson : https://www.onlineplaygrounds.co.uk/anti-wrap-swing-chains-swc1-1655.html
  18. Well, yeah, KE still equals 1/2MV squared. Pushing the swing (empty), it was possible to wrap the chain supports around the bar. With a kid in the seat, pumping, never saw that, but that doesn't mean we didn't try ! https://aplusphysics.com/community/index.php?/blogs/entry/929-can-you-really-swing-over-the-bar/
  19. How did we ever get to be adults? Jungle gyms in elementary school , 8 feet high, made of steel galvanized plumbing pipe, held together with bare u-bolts , sharp corners on those bolts. Kickball, softball, MAYBE a catcher's mask. MAYBE a glove. We had a Cub Scout softball league.... I played left field and first base. Asphalt playgrounds, potholes and all. Slide into THAT, dodgeball on a set circle ring, red bouncy ball ("no, Richard, NOT the soccer ball...."). Asphalt under the swing set . JUMP out of the swing, which had ahard, wood seat. Extra momentum when you tr
  20. Waaaay too big. Are these good folks all "volunteer", paid expenses (as many governing boards are), or are any (if not all) paid a stipend or a "retainer", etc.? I imagine some ( I recognize names) are named "Board Member" as sort of a reward/recognition for service, donation, etc.?
  21. Saturday is a good day to feast and express thanks... For food, for raiment, for life, for opportunity, for friendship and fellowship.... We thank thee, oh Lord.
  22. Doesn't include Dentistry ? Isn't that a Health Profession? Why separate after this re-alignment (orthodontia) ?
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