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Tampa Turtle

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Tampa Turtle last won the day on February 9

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About Tampa Turtle

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  • Birthday 04/01/1962

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    Local Government
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    Science Fiction, Religion, Travelling, Wargames, History.
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    ASM since 2010 (Always a bridesmaid never a bride), Order of the Arrow- Brotherhood.
  1. Job opening at National

    I would like to know WHY that was included? Previous leakers?
  2. New merit badge idea?

    @walk in the woods....Stegasaurus Husbandry? The neighbors complained about all the noise on friday night.
  3. Personal Scouting Goals

    I had to work hard to pass the swim test too. Made me more sympathetic to the youth who struggle and it was good for the boys to see the old guys had challenges too. I too had some Scouting goals....I had to lose weight to participate (my doc holds that annual physical over my head every year ) and doing 60 miles on the AT was a real physical challenge. I am a slow bit consistent hiker (hence the 'Turtle' in the handle) always bringing up the rear. It can be a humbling experience but I believe their is great virtue in humility and it pays off in authenticity when I am out with some of the boys. Another goal for me was to make Scoutmaster training at Woodruff SR. I had to be persistent over a couple of years to get a slot the week I was there but it really benefited me as a Scouter. I am very proud of my training patch, probably as proud as some of my academic or career achievements. It reminds me that some of the "requirements" can be a personal challenge for some boys and it varies by individual --some it is organizational, mental, inter-relational, physical, or phobias. Sorry for ramble @5thGenTexan...Scout On!
  4. Job opening at National

    WOW I work in government and the vague sloppiness of the the primary responsibilities speaks volumes about the Irving dis-organization.
  5. New merit badge idea?

    "WOKE!" MB will start in 2019 (will be fast tracked for Eagle required-rumored to replace Camping in that list). CisMale Scouts outside the state of California may only get Partials, however. \~/
  6. Has your troop ever gone to Disney World?

    Sometimes the Patrols meet up for a movie, a house sleep over, or meet up to eat. I see that as a plus as long as some camping gets done too.
  7. Has your troop ever gone to Disney World?

    I have been in enough Troop photos to know: short newbies to the front, fat old guys to the back. I like my first years to be belly shielding height.
  8. Has your troop ever gone to Disney World?

    Inter-racial parents. Fat Parents Fat Turtles
  9. Has your troop ever gone to Disney World?

    I feel left out only having two boys. I guess you can't be a gay couple either.
  10. Sad sign of the times

    Threat (Social Media) to high school near us in Tampa, arrest made. Son's school announced all classroom doors locked at all times now. I am not going to debate the issue on this forum. As this is a Florida issue I have already made my opinions known to my state and federal representatives. I am surprised at how quick parents have organized in the last 24 hours; I imagine it is more intense further south. It is an election year for many.
  11. We just had an election and a (new?) OA video discusses that if you have no opinion do not turn in a ballot and if you think no one deserves it then by all means turn in a ballot. Then the Lodge representative mentioned the options again. So, at least in our Lodge (good 'ol Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee) progress is being made. (Thanks Gene!)
  12. Sad sign of the times

    If you are the cop school resource officer. I am not so sure about arming teachers...some of my son's teachers seem nuts. Really.
  13. Sad sign of the times

    Nothing new does not equate with doing nothing. Fire Codes were strengthened after Our Lady of the Angels.
  14. L.L.Bean to embed IoT sensors in coats and boots

    Ah man our Troop is still using this on the AT. Sure it is heavy to carry but better than the 60 miles of wire the Scouts carry.