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    Why do LDS Scouts get lost/killed more often?

    Interesting discussion. Has any analysis been done? What sort of numbers are available for analysis? I did a simple 2x2 table using the above-cited 5 LDS scouts among the 8 deaths in BSA. This means that the odds ratio death of LDS scouts is 14.36(!). With more data, obviously, a more detailed analysis could be done, such an analysis would be able to factor in geography and other variables.
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    Blood Drive for Eagle Project

    My suggestion, SPLT15, is that you consider spending as much time looking for another project as you have defending this (probably unworthy) one.
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    personal tents vs troop tents

    Got it, thanks!
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    personal tents vs troop tents

    I just knew this topic had to have been addressed earlier. But I spent an hour messing around with the search function and I could not find my answer. The search refused to limit my search to camping and pulled up irrelevant threads from all of the different forums. After an hour I gave up and posted the question again. I'm in Fulton. Stressbaby.
  5. We have a new scout troop, one year old. Another troop that was folding generously donated their tents to us. They are adequate for all of our needs. Our trouble is that some scouts want to take their own personal tents camping. One scout has a one-man backpacking tent that he wants to use. Two others (both sons of the CC) want to take their own 2-man tents. My position is that if the boys want to use their own tents, then they can go camping with their family or friends outside of scouts. For troop activities, the troop tents should be used. This creates a sense of ownership of the troop equipment, prevents squabbles about choosing tent-mates, and prevents hard feelings among the boys who can't afford their own tents. Am I all wet? Does anyone have any experience with this issue?
  6. It seems to me that the medical reviews done at our summer camp are a flagrant violation of the new HIPPA regulations (Health Information Privacy and Portability Act). Does anyone know whether Boy Scouts are exempt from HIPPA rules? If not, what steps must be taken to come into compliance with regard to the medical review at summer camp? Stressbaby
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    Need PWD Track/Timer/Software Reccommedations

    I'll make a plug for the Raceview software. We built a new 6 lane track last year and ran the District PWD race with Raceview. We connected a projector and showed the races and results on a screen as we went along. It went fine and we had no problems with the software. Stressbaby
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    OA may be a nice organization, but...

    I have to say that IMHO, one of the reasons for the ineffectiveness of OA in our area is the fact that the older scouts are divided, or are dividing their time, between OA and Mic-O-Say. SB
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    First class cooking requirement?

    I don't think this requirement is inconsistent with the patrol method but it does create problems on the duty roster for a campout. When one of our boys needs to complete 4e for first class, he brings this up at the patrol meeting when the boys complete the duty roster. If he and an assistant are cook and fire for the entire campout, the rest of the boys are stuck with KP all weekend. So far it hasn't been a problem with our new troop, but I wonder whether it could be and what solutions are out there. Stressbaby
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    OA may be a nice organization, but...

    Mic-O-Say is quite popular in our area. Many older boys spend as much time in Mic-O-Say activities as they do in OA. I'm sure someone will subsequently post more information than I will (and probably correct me in the process) but my understanding is that Mic-O-Say developed as an alternative to OA. At some point along the way, in the 70's or 80's if my memory is correct, BSA officially associated with OA to the official exclusion of Mic-O-Say. Mic-O-Say's growth slowed thereafter, leaving it a local or regional program. I am not in Mic-O-Say, but an adult I met at my Brotherhood Honor weekend told me that the emphasis in Mic-O-Say is more on personal growth and development, whereas in OA the emphasis is more on service. My $0.02. Stressbaby
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    Air mattresses?

    I don't have any problem with air mattresses whatsoever. In our area sleeping on a pad seems to be a macho thing for the adults. The thinking goes, "the boys don't seem to have a problem with pads, so why should the adults?" However, every adult with whom I have discussed this admits to sleeping poorly on a pad on the ground. And once they give up the pad for an air mattress or cot, they enjoy the campouts a lot more. I am fortunate enough not to have a back problem (knock wood) but since going to a cot, I no longer come home from campouts exhausted from lack of sleep. In our area, the boys always use cots at summer camp.
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    Passing requirements

    Thanks, Bob White. I don't have the Advancement Committee P & P manual (I'll be getting one), but I do have the Scoutmaster Handbook, and the wording in Chapter 10, on p. 120, "Step 2" is open to a little interpretation. It states that a leader can check off a scout who has "fully mastered a skill at the level expected." OK, so what level of skill mastery should we expect? More specifically, what techniques do Scouters commonly use to test for mastery of a skill?
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    Passing requirements

    What level of mastery of a skill do forum members require before signing a scout off on a requirement? Asked another way, how do members of this forum test and sign off boys on requirements? Must they simply do the task in a group skill instruction session? Must they do the task individually? For an adult? For another scout? Must they demonstrate the skill an hour, a day, a week after the instruction session to be passed?
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    Is this some kind of record for First Class?

    My son is in Dr. Beado's new troop. He had "advanced" to within Requirement #8 of First Class within 4 months of joining his old troop. Does he know his stuff? Nope. My wife listened to him complete #5 for 2C: Identify or show evidence of 10 kinds of wild animals. How did he do it? At a patrol meeting he was asked to name 10 different animals. Who asked, then checked him off? The Scoutmaster! Needless to say, the new troop will redo lots of these requirements. This raises the question, which I will post in a new thread: What level of mastery of the material is needed to pass a requirement?
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    Troop without scheduled meetings?

    KoreaScouter - Court of Honor is held at the Saturday night campfire. Families are invited, but I suspect family attendance will be less than desired (I know it won't be first on my wife's list of things to do on Saturday night!) Eisely - Good question. Scoutnut or Bob White, do you know the terms of a charter?
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