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  1. Virtual coffee is rather tasteless.... Best to provide your own.... Bur seriously, welcome friend.. The virtual logs around our e-campfire are fairly comfortable....
  2. What Eagledad said. Perhaps it is only the COR who has the problem. Impossible to say from our perspective. Perhaps it is time for a switch to another Troop. With the turmoil BSA is going thru right now, in every level and area, your experience may not be an isolated one. Try to allow folks to do the right thing. Smile and wave as you go by. See you on the trail.
  3. Yes in deedy. For easy clean up, rub soap on the OUTSIDE of the pan... ""I SAID THE OUTSIDE>>>>""
  4. Check here: Boy Scout Recruiting in Public Schools: Scouting "Camp Fire" Presentation (inquiry.net) http://inquiry.net/adult/recruiting.htm
  5. When my son Joseph was much younger (he earned his Eagle, and is now a strapping young man of 26), I was helping him one night with his homework, he said to me, "dad, you had it easier than me in school." I said, what do you mean? He replied, "you had alot less history to remember !" I had to agree with him. And so he became interested in the history I had lived thru, that I had actually seen. I have to plead guilty in not asking more questions of my parents and grandparents. The "elders" I grew up with, who knew the world I inherited. My grandparents lived thru the flu epi
  6. There is a profound difference in being able to view the ORIGINAL versus a book picture or even a projected image. Each brush stroke was dealt by a human hand. It was put there by the desire to capture ... what? Something even a photograph can't capture. My dad attended an art school early on, thinking he might be a professional artist. Then the great depression interferred. His friendship with the schools director Henry Hensche, continued and when I went off to summer camp , he and mom visited with Mr. Hensche, I am the beneficiary of that visit, years later, Hensche's portra
  7. Let the PLC discuss what they might want to do, no limitations. Total freedom of ideas. All the HAB and such are ultimately "canned" adventures. Pick a trek. Ask the outfitter. My family ultimately benefitted from my expertise , however limited it is, in seeing possibilities. When dear wife announced she had a job convention to go to in Reno, I took out the maps and Googled AMTRAK time tables and presto, we had a family vacation out to the west coast, and drive back to Murlin. Two BIG weeks. The kids went along, (they had to) but heck wife had three days in Reno, we had th
  8. Hello again. My Troop wishes to know how the contact is to be made? Email? Whats App? PM thru Scouter dot com?
  9. I will mention this to Troop 759 in Ashton Maryland.
  10. Oh the vagaries of today's population. I am a sometimes guide on a local historic trail concerning the Underground Railroad. At one of my "stations" I ask where folks would like to "escape" to. Almost everyone will answer "North". Okay, on the count of three, point NORTH ! 1, 2, 3.... and look at the lack of consensus..... No, one cannot navigate by democracy. The desire to leave one's direction to the mini computer in one's pocket is astounding. My collection of PAPER road maps, (Alexandria Drafting, AAA, etc.) continues to be very useful. Yes, the sun comes up in the eas
  11. Tsk, tsk,,,, You are confusing the thirteenth Scout Law: A Scout Is Hungry. GreenBar Bill testified to this often, as did my Scoutson (he's 6'3" tall now). Nope. Newton sent his four laws of motion to the printer, but the idiot spilled his coffee on the manuscript and so there are now only three "official" Laws of Motion. I do know and thus teach at CSDC Scout Skills, that the fourth Law was, in fact, "You cannot push a rope". Buckminster Fuller knew this, and thus his Tensegrity structures became possible. Math and physics. All other science is subservien
  12. "Stay in our lanes". Hah ! What they mean is ... if you are registered in ScoutBSA, your tickets must apply to ScoutBSA. NOT Cub Scouts, NOT Venture, NOT any where else. I had trouble with that because at the time, I was registered as a ASM, but had been very active with Cub Scout Day Camp (wife was the Director !) and many of my ideas fell in that area initially. There are ways to accommodate this requirement, but I agree with what has been previously mentioned. It should NOT mean it has to apply to ONLY being a Committee Member/chair.... Possible ideas: Recruitment. You'
  13. My guidance as a MBC? **ALWAYS point to the posted requirements and ask the Scout how they have fulfilled them? ***The "Work book pages" are NOT passing the requirements. Those are for the Scout's benefit in PASSING the requirements, but are NOT the passing. Prerequisites are ALWAYS good. The Scout should "Be Prepared" when they come to you. **** Celebrate the accomplishment. ALWAYS mention the good stuff, then encourage the way to make the not-so-good-stuff GOOD. *****Keep yourself available for consultation, but always keep your YP (really AP, yes?) in mind
  14. Yep. Point to the REQUIREMENTS. I can vouch for the same angst in Cub Scouts. Cub Scout Day Camp: "And of course the Cubs will pass the 8 knots...." Sorry, in one fifty minute session, they will LEARN about ropes, cords , the fourth law of motion (You can't push a rope), and MAYBE learn three knots and how to use them. And maybe a few "magic knots" (chain knot, etc. ) It ain't school , people, KiS MiF. AND the parent escorts (Den Walkers !) learn them right along...
  15. well, you know why Bezos named his company "Amazon" , right? Because he couldn't spell Reo Grandy or Missississippiii.
  16. News release: Dateline April 1, 2021, Irving Texas.... The Boy Scouts of America in line with the ongoing simplification and re-organization announced the following Merit Badges would be merged, thus allowing the Scout to earn them easier and quicker: Pet care and Cooking. American Labor and Mining in Society. Family Life and Animal Science. Welding and Fire Safety.
  17. Ditto the above. Slow to load, ads do not release when "close" or "x" or "No Thanks" clicked for 30 or more seconds. AND I have to wind the spring on the back of my laptop more often.....
  18. Well, shucks. Henry Nygard was a good friend of my dad's. He founded SShip 759 in Ashton MD, led a bunch of SScout adventures and became the Council/Region Commodore . It was before my time in Scouts but my more elder Scout friends took cruises around the Chesapeake on various boats, one of which I thought was an ex PT boat. Could be wrong. The local Regatta is named for him: https://seascout.org/stec_event/2019-henry-i-nygard-regatta/
  19. Look for the antique book (I have seen it in reprint) ""Matching Mountains With The Boy Scout Uniform"" by Edward F. Reimer, 1929, E. P. Dutton. Wonderfully evocative. 56 (!) uses for the Scout neckerchief.
  20. Does the name NYGARD (as in Henry) mean anything to you, perchance?
  21. The retention of Scout camps always seem to gravitate around the "cost to keep it up". And the idea is that somehow the camp is limited to only Scout use. Well, promotion and use need to be considered. Is the Council even THINKING outside the Scout box? Rental to Outdoor Conservation schools. Selective logging. Most public school districts (and private school, too) have a nature curriculum. Rent to them, for their programs. Got a nice dining hall ? Church receptions, retreats, wedding receptions (for those desiring a more "natural, simple " affair). Even Philmont is developi
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