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  1. AAAAANNNNND we have learned the lesson : https://www.onlineplaygrounds.co.uk/anti-wrap-swing-chains-swc1-1655.html
  2. 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/
  3. 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
  4. 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.?
  5. 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.
  6. Doesn't include Dentistry ? Isn't that a Health Profession? Why separate after this re-alignment (orthodontia) ?
  7. Well, I'm glad they didn't forget the ketchup....
  8. I'm with Jameso76 in much of this. Nomenclature/definition.... Vespers to me means a set of prayers, a worship service. Are we talking about an outdoor chapel of some design? Does it exist already and needs renovating, embellishment? Or is this totally new construction? The two Scouts need to have a sit down. Perhaps with the church leadership first, then with their respective Scout Leaders. I would hate to think there is some adult dramatics involved (shudder). I would encourage the Scouts and church leadership find enough "project " for the each of them. Perhaps (!)
  9. ..... up to a point At IOLS, I always mention the The Three Words No Scoutmaster Wants To Hear: "" HEY ! WATCH THIS ! ""
  10. Well there ya go. Despite the National Curriculum, All Scouting Is Local. The WB is locally produced and staffed. It is meant to be a "Management" course and a reinforcement of the "Scout Led" (adult mentor-management) idea. The local folks can give it the bad taste, unfortunately. We hope for the "AHA !" moment , not the "OH NO!" or "HO HUM" moment..... One of the courses I attended/staffed had a wonderful older Scouter in attendance. He had an interesting story. He traveled the country attending various WB courses. He said to me he had attended 12 so far, and enjoyed
  11. Congrats... Hoot Hoot. Wood Badge is as much for the adult as for the Scouts they will help... I am sure the folks/Scouts that benefited from your ticket(s) will know to "pass it on". Beading... It is appropriate to celebrate your success, and it is altogether appropriate that YOU decide how it should be done. I know folks that have said, don't need the hoo hah, just send me the regalia. And it is sent. Not a Troop /Pack/Crew person? Then your beading should be where you feel you belong. Roundtable, Camporee, where ever. My friend received his at the District Awa
  12. "" ""Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking."" H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Oh, Kosnoff is a character, all right.... He wants to be known for what he does when he THINKS everyone is watching....
  13. With the turn of the years, autumn again brings thoughts of campfires, wood smoke memories, s'mores, burnt hotdogs, songs and gazing into the embers..... Campfire safety being of utmost importance (I hope and pray you never find yourself saying, "I thought I put it out"), I find myself remembering when I used to heat my modest cabin with wood. I thought I might record some ideas in that vein, (please bear in mind , this is past history.....) therefore: How to Heat with Wood for Free! It is easy to heat your home for free with wood! I have done it for many years
  14. It is all about personal responsibility and past history. Third hand story: Talking to a Scouter friend: He was a Scoutmaster for a time, then dropped back to being Committee Chair as health and age interfered. One time during a Troop meeting, a new fellow came in, and he was directed to my friend, now Com Chair. The new man said he was an Eagle, and had just moved into the area and wanted to get back into Scouting. Friend said great, do you have a kid to join the Troop? man said no, he was single, but wanted to give back, as he was given in his Scouting days. Friend said great, her
  15. ""Blind"" Scouting? https://americanorchestras.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Rethinking-Blind-Auditions.pdf
  16. Right. Now I know why it never moved after I signed it..... So now how do I remove the black sharpie from my compooter screen LRC?
  17. Very true.... But it is a "beginning". It took some YEARS to get the BSA to correct the Friends contact info, but it was accomplished.
  18. Here is the "bottom line" :: https://www.scouting.org/awards/religious-awards/chart/
  19. """ When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck sayin'"Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya"At seven PM, a main hatchway caved in, he said"Fellas, it's been good to know ya""""""""""""
  20. Aha, a "talisman". A horse shoe, rabbits foot, St. Christopher's , Grandmom's handkerchief, Charlemagne's reliquiy, "He chose.... poorly"..... I do not seek to disparage your desire for "protection in battle", not in the least. If there is a protection inherent in the object, certainly that is a reason to claim it. The proof will be in the pudding, yes? Perhaps it would be better not to test that "protection"? Perhaps it would be better to find a way to prevent or avoid battle? B-P's final desire was that Scouting be a way to World Brother/sisterhood. It is all over
  21. Please note the Penn requirement includes any adult , anywhere, (see time defined), school volunteer, school bus driver, sunday school, parish priest, Scout leader from Nevada staying at a Gettysburg campground for more than (?) 2 days, etc.
  22. Already been there, done that: Cost is YOURS, or your agency.... State of Pennsylvania Youth Protection Requirements : Get a Clearance The Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) requires certain individuals to obtain clearances in order to be employed, be a resource parent (foster or adoptive), or be a volunteer with children. The purpose for requiring clearances is to provide employers and those selecting volunteers with information to use as a part of a larger decision-making process when determining whether to hire someone as an employee or select them as a volunteer. Cle
  23. worked for me..... https://nyrej.com/suffolk-county-council-boy-scouts-of-america-to-sell-council-headquarters-in-medford
  24. Cardboard and duck tape. Works for me. I do Woods Tools at IOLS. Most of my knife and axe sheaths are "home made". Cardboard, duck tape, string to tie around the axe heads. I tried making axe sheaths with velcro closures (fancy!) but the glue fell off. Duck Tape and cordage.
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