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  1. Yes! I remember that too. Any Moore?
  2. MY version goes ( and you can try to google it)... "I am a fine musician, I practice everyday, And when you hear me practice, you can hear me play, My TROMBONE, my TROMBONE, I love to play my TROMBONE... RaaH Raah RATARATA RAha RA arRAHH (with appropriate trombone motions, thru eight beats only)) my picolo, my picolo, I love to play my PICOLO... Treeedaleealee treadaledaledalele... etc. Pick up all the instruments you like until everybody in the band is playing in sync, in harmony (suurrre) Caliope... Oompa oompah oompahpah ..Move up and down Bass Drum
  3. "all politics is local" (are local?) Scouting is not going to dissapear any time soon, but as an influence on the young (and wow, I used to be a young), it's influence has been eroded. How? TV and other media has contributed to this decline. Where the child got his skills, interests and values (there's that word again) from the family, now he (and she!) get alot of it from the flash and dash of the litle screen (and the big screen). The parents that ALLOW the screen to be a prime source, without challenge, ("now why did Homer say that?") OR LIMIT ("no, our family does not support the idea
  4. Always try to check back on these entries... Thank you SWS, my info was verbal at the RT, so I will go back and speak to our DE designate ( we are between DEs). I think we'll still sell a little PC, none the less...
  5. Yes, the PC is overpriced. Yes, the effort to sell it may not be worth the return to the Unit. Yes, the original story sounds like unscoutlike coercion. But... The Council and National and the District doesn't sell Christmas wreaths or wash cars or put up flags or direct traffic at the county fair (and that is one Troops fundraiser in our Council). So do they raise the Dues to a "realistic" level, or do we sell some popcorn? I've been of the opinion that if GSA can sell cookies at a price CLOSE to a regular retail price, why can't BSA sell the PC at a closer to regular retail price? We'v
  6. Ah, the blessings of growth. Rejoice in poularity, many Troops around the country are struggling. If you can't deal with Patrols that are semi autonomous from the Troop, perhaps setting off a new Troop could be considered. OOO- OOO! I know! The charter org sponsors TWO Troops! A north end Troop and a south end Troop! WoW! True story: My Cub Pack sponsored a "Join Scouting" night at the elementary school. We invited our Scout Troops to come , they set up a rope bridge and model camp site. We also invited the local Girl Scout Troops to come (seemed only right...). They both declined,
  7. Ah, the blessings of growth. Rejoice in poularity, many Troops around the country are struggling. If you can't deal with Patrols that are semi autonomous from the Troop, perhaps setting off a new Troop could be considered. OOO- OOO! I know! The charter org sponsors TWO Troops! A north end Troop and a south end Troop! WoW! True story: My Cub Pack sponsored a "Join Scouting" night at the elementary school. We invited our Scout Troops to come , they set up a rope bridge and model camp site. We also invited the local Girl Scout Troops to come (seemed only right...). They both declined,
  8. Ah, the blessings of growth. Rejoice in poularity, many Troops around the country are struggling. If you can't deal with Patrols that are semi autonomous from the Troop, perhaps setting off a new Troop could be considered. OOO- OOO! I know! The charter org sponsors TWO Troops! A north end Troop and a south end Troop! WoW! True story: My Cub Pack sponsored a "Join Scouting" night at the elementary school. We invited our Scout Troops to come , they set up a rope bridge and model camp site. We also invited the local Girl Scout Troops to come (seemed only right...). They both declined,
  9. I distinctly remember all the SMs I had in my STroop. We had 5 in the 7 years I was in Scouts. I seem to remember that the 'passing of the flag' occurred at the end of a CoH. It was always the last thing . The retiring SM did all the opening ceremonial stuff and the awards (candles, Scout Promise, Scout Law, etc.). Then some other adult type person ( the CC? the CRep?) came up and said some good things about the retiring SM and the passing of time, etc. The SPL and sometimes some other senior Scouts also came up and thanked the RSM, placques and souvenirs were handed out. Something tearjerki
  10. " I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." =Stephan Grellet=
  11. First, I would make sure the Troop Committee or at least the CC meets with the CO rep and understands WHY the split is desired. Money problems? Irresponsible behavior somehow? Difference of philosophy? Personal insult not perceived? They want a different youth group? Like he said... Part on good terms, as best you can... What Eaglebeader said, and everone else previous. Charter Orgs? Cast around to the Scout parents. The Scout Grandparents. The school principal. The local Radio station. Keep the conversations going and the ears open. Someone will know someone who has heard from so
  12. I like that. It bears repeating... "Have high expectations - scouts will strive to meet them. Have low expectations - they will meet those also." Perhaps this applies to the Adult Leaders also?
  13. I am always amazed how Scouts always fail to seek out the Hostel in a given area. The International Youth Hostel organization was founded back in the 1920s and 30s to foster international travel and friendship by creating inexpensive accomodations. Recently,it was finally admitted that the Youth in the title was misleading, inas much as many of the hostel users were young in spirit only, the name was recast as "Hosteling International". The Washington Hostel is truly downtown, at 1009 11th St. NW. walking distance to almost all the monuments and a Metro stop is nearby for further travel
  14. I have no argument with any of the thoughts presented so far. I think we are all in agreement that it is a good thing to teach our young'ns good from bad, give'm consequences for not doing what we think is "the right thing", understand they will make some bad decisions and forgive'm acordingly. BUT... What is the difference in the TEACHING that leads one person to run into the burning house and perhaps give their life to save another, while someone else sacrefices their life to kill others? The first is universally named a hero, while the second might be called a hero in one cultural co
  15. Thank you. Fuzzy: I think the questions are almost always more important than the answers. I think we (our society) loses sight of why our enemy is like he/she is at our greater peril. If we only want to destroy them, then we lose the possibilty of ultimately convincing them of our friendship (or is that something we really want?). Do we prefer them DEAD or our possibly forgiven FRIENDS? I ask the questions because 1) I do not pretend to fully understand the possible answers and 2)I like to hear the further wisdom of my fellow forumites. You all make me THINK, which leads me to play
  16. Howdy, Prairie. Sit ye down and pass the pipe 'round (metaphoric pipe. I don't smoke. Sometimes wish I did, just for the image). Welcome to the forums. Another wall hanger: "Good work is love made visible" YiS
  17. So... The person who stops to change a strangers tire... The person who dedicates their life to inspiring and helping the poor and sick, using all their resources (to the point of being nearly destitute)... The person who seeks to bring peace to war torn areas, at the cost of his life (remember Tom Fox? and others)... The person who makes billions (with a B)of dollars, by his inventing and organizing skills, who then finances many other people to do many good things (by our own definition of "good")... The father who sleeps less than he should to work at three jobs so his children
  18. Dirt Scouts! I do like that... Must 've seen our Troop after a trip out the AT... YiS, big E...
  19. So is the complaint with the Scout or the MBCounselor? If it is known that some requirements have been slid over, perhaps the problem is not with the Scout, who trusts that the fellow PASSING him is correct. "Oh Doctor, before you remove that appendix of mine, I'd like to ask about that diploma on your wall from the College of Medicine of East Calamarikistan. Is it a good school? My son might like to study there. Oh yes, by the by, what were your scores on the State Boards?" As the Scout Craft fella at CSDay Camp, I can't begin to count the number of WB2s that can't tie a square kno
  20. And the moral compass that Mother Theresa uses is different from the one used by a car bomber how? They both are self sacreficing... How did they each learn their "ethics" so as to be so different?(This message has been edited by SSScout)
  21. Achhh... always with the militarrry stoof... Ye musn't fergit the culinarrry and the literarrry and the atheletic... Dunna fergit yer Haggis... Sum poor laddie 'll be workin' on his cookin' requirrrrement. And the tossin o' the bonny Caber... Then, too, sum prroper rreciting o' apprrroprriate poetry... summat in prrroper dialect... "Twas brillig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble ore the wabe... "ah ye canna git mooch betterrrr than that, canye?
  22. Don't leave out "Champ" in Lake Champlain, "Chessie", spoken of respectfully around the Chesapeake Bay, and there is one mentioned in Lake Baikal in Russia... (We won't mention the Pine Barrens Walker in NJ, or Big foot in Washington state) BoogeyBoogeyBoogey... YiS
  23. And the thirteenth point of the Scout Law is "A Scout is Hungry"... *(( 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 Montain Club of Salt Lake City, which reportedly cribbed it from the I.A.C. News of Idaho Falls, which reported it from the
  24. My, My , My,... Aside from "male role model issues" (or is defining THAT part and parcel with this discussion?) BP in his original program had 8 or 10 boys bunk together in ONE BIG TENT. Adult leaders tented WAAAY over there... Now, usually, we have TWO boys in ONE tent, many times. Adults are NOT permitted to bunk with the boys, unless they are Dad or...?mom? WHAT BOY IN HIS RIGHT MIND would want to bunk with his mom???(please, mom, no offence intended. But "what would the guys think??") So... The adults bunk in their own tents (?one?two?...) WAAAAY over there. And wh
  25. "Tennyson, anyone?", said the literate lobber. Thank you, OGE. I knew it was one o' them poetical fellas. I'm sorry "The Raven" has nothing to do with horse stuff. I'd add that to the poe-tical feedbag. Did BP mention Kipling anywhere? YiS(This message has been edited by SSScout)
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