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  1. Is this somehow appropriate to the discussion? Or is all this "local"? ""The United Methodist Church is not leaving Scouting. We are still working with BSA in the bankruptcy. "" https://www.facebook.com/MethodistScouting/
  2. It's hard, but if the older Scouts buy into it, and the parents buy into it, such a camp is well worth while. A google search will yield many examples of Scout Troops "doing" the Appalachian trail, for instance. Way back in my paleo Scout days, our Troop was blessed with dads (and moms!) that totally supported our adventures. Somebody's cousin's uncle knew somebody who owned property up by Germantown MD. The first year, (on "ordinary" weekend campouts), our Troop built a three sided log cabin, cleaned out and capped a spring with good water, dug a privy, dammed the creek for "s
  3. "" In 1936, a year before the Appalachian Trail was completed as one continuous, unbroken footpath, six Boy Scouts from the New York City area followed the route from Maine to Georgia. It was a 121-day odyssey into manhood and its significance as perhaps the first thru-hike of the A.T. wasn't realized until recently by one of the participants."" > > > Yes, the AT was a popular route way back when: https://www.atmuseum.org/1936-boy-scout-thru-hike.html
  4. I would favor a "special" made award. At a Jamboree, we had a big sit down in the arena, but things were delayed. TPTB recognized this, and so OA folks threw Dixie Cup Ice creams out into the crowd. Some of us took this as a "sign". We just happened to have some twine with us, somebody had a marker. PRESTO ! Dixie cup lids became "Jambo Arena Waiting" awards. We made up several dozen . I have mine in the collection. Our Troop once had a particularly strenuous canoe trip once. Because of a faulty map (County Parks provided !) we had to add 5 miles and several hours to the
  5. Yeah. They are not yet old enough for an elapsed auto warranty.
  6. Requirements for Eagle... Scout #1... father and I were good Scouter friends. Sons were in same Cub Pack, joined different Troops, but knew each other, saw each other at events. Scout #1 completed all his requirements, filled out all the forms, workbook etc. well within time limits. Troop OK, District OK, Council said "This is last years form. You must fill out the up-to-date form..." Scout said to hell with this, quit Scouting. Six months later he joins the Air Force. Scout #2. Parents eager for son to "make Eagle". Scout is 15 and a half. Dad asks me to speak at son's CoH,
  7. It is truly amazing that so many of us survived childhood. My best friend and I in fifth grade found and captured a "little brown bat" and managed to sneak it into school and left it in our teacher's desk at close of school. Never did hear the result....
  8. Some sad things: * The adult who tells you "I wish I had finished Eagle" "* The kid who tells you "I wish my (old man/ mom/ granddad) would quit bugging me about ""Eagle"". *** The Scout that tells you about how his Troop goes camping once a month, and his (old man/mom/granddad) never goes or takes them. **** The Scout who hears about the previous Scout and says "Our Troop goes to summer camp. That's it." ***** The adult "leader" who insists that every Scout event (defined as any group of Scouts doing Anything together) MUST have two adult registered leaders....
  9. Being a "registered" Scouter/adult does not mean they are a "Scout Leader". The Pack/Troop can have many "adult registered" and still have many stand back and "I don't have the time" "I don't know anything about this Scout stuff but Susie loves it" "Here's some money, take care of Jake for me" type people. Then too, you can have the "no, no, that's all wrong" type person, too....
  10. Oh, I can relate. I retired from county government service. Our Transit Service was a local creation, the original idea being that the local folks could do a better job "locally" than the bigger multi juridictional agency. I started out as a part time driver. . I got promoted thru the years. One of the people I learned from, I'll call him Dave, had been in it from the beginning. He knew it all, had the responsibility to get things approved and done. I loved working with Dave because he was not afraid to assign jobs (to me, for instance) and express appreciation for one's initiativ
  11. And boy, try and understand the time effort and work that went into THAT. photos, Identify, shape recognition, dentured or not, color, leaf orientation, ,,, A five year old human should be able to identify any English alphabet letter, no matter how it is oriented, sized, type face, slanted, italicized or colored. Same for a Chinese child, but wow.... the pictogram collection there. And the IT folks are having fun making sure the App can differentiate Poison Ivy from Raspberry or Jack in the Pulpit. Back in my pre-retirement days, I was tasked with collecting various destinatio
  12. Cell phones.... True story.... CSDC. I have the Nature Pavilion. On day one, we do "Leave No Trace" (Outdoor Ethics). After passing out the LNT hanger cards (thanks to Protect the Outdoors - Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (lnt.org) and some stories about Unintended Consequences ("I thought I put out the fire", ) I had the Cubs and their buddies each lineup by a corner of the pavilion, and take 200 steps out, turn 90 degrees, walk 50 steps, turn 90 degrees and walk back to the pavilion and on the way, pick up ANYTHING "God didn't put there". After the day, I was (not r
  13. It has always been BSA's policy that so long as the CO follows the basic BSA policies (requirements, YPT etc.) the CO can set other membership requirements. Note the CoJCoLDS example. Some years ago, I helped establish a Troop at a Roman Catholic Church. They openly required that boys and families be Catholic. The Troop was very active for about three years, then gradually dried up and disappeared. We had a Muslim Troop some years ago, they declared anyone could join, realizing that their diet and activiites would be faith driven. Unfortunately, their membership was drawn from a
  14. Never hurts to bring your campcup. Properly secured by cord or carabiner. Might be Seabase mugs available for souveniring....
  15. A Bug's Life (1998) - don't look at the light! - YouTube
  16. Well, there is a way for to avoid "missing working with them"... Jes' sayin' . . . . hint hint . . .
  17. Rules to live by: 1) The work is done by whoever shows up. Show up. 2) Train'em, trust'em, turn'em loose. 3) Ye canst not please everyone all the time. You will have three possible "bosses". Please these three and you will be doing good: a) Your God, however you perceive him/her /it. b) .Someone, somewhere, sometime, will ALWAYS be telling you what to do. A teacher, your spouse, a traffic cop.... At what peril do you NOT please THEM ? c) The fellow who pays you for doing what you do to get paid. Ethical? Legal? Satisfying? Fu
  18. "Good evening, Scouts. I've asked your SPL for some time tonight to present a special event. an opportunity, I guess. First I'd like to introduce Jack Arrowsmith and Jefferson Fletcher here. These Scouts are members of the Order of the Arrow. You may have heard of this piece of Scouting, maybe not. Let me explain a little from my history.... Each of you Scouts know about earning rank and getting awarded stuff for things you do and accomplish. Win the camporee competition? Hike thru Philmont? Canoe Northern Tier? You get a patch and bragging rights, right? Well, the OA is a differ
  19. This is the "latest" from NCAC: Amangamek-wipit lodge Let’s go camping guide (ncacbsa.org)
  20. "" The Boy Scouts of America posthumously awarded Chester County's Evan Bass the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony Monday in Chester. Evan, a Chester County high school student, athlete and dedicated member of Boy Scout Troop 61, died in a tragic ATV accident on April 10, 2020. He was 17. Family , Scouts and Community finished Evan’s Eagle Project. The Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America also presented the Bass family with the Spirit of the Eagle Award, a posthumous award recognizing the achievements of Scouts who lost their lives to “untimely acciden
  21. So how do we address this ? How to email, USPS the camp, how? Texas is a mite fer for me to travel.... Yes, the charcoal chimney works. Newspaper, twigs, hot coals, old Cub books.... The one I use is easily 20 years old. Self tapping screws hold it together now.
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