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  1. thunderbolt

    Using your dog as a compass

    Naw make the dog pack there own food!
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    Fire ring material

    our local Ace hardware store caried the keystone fireblocks they claimed it to be weather resistant (i'm still not sure on that one) as far as metal fire rings have you contacted any metal fabricaters? you would just need the bar stock and a bender to make the ring. (if they have a plasma cutter you can get designs cut in before it's bent:)
  3. thunderbolt

    Fire ring material

    our local Ace hardware store caried the keystone fireblocks they claimed it to be weather resistant (i'm still not sure on that one) as far as metal fire rings have you contacted any metal fabricaters? you would just need the bar stock and a bender to make the ring. (if they have a plasma cutter you can get designs cut in before it's bent:)
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    Digital & Kindle Fire Resources?

    Yes I use my Kindle Fire a lot and would like to know of any apps. Preferably free as I am a volunteer not a professional scouted.
  5. I have a troop of 5 boys 3 show regularly (different boys randomly) does any one have some advice on team building/trust activities or games for such a small group? what I got from wood badge was for more than two patrols where they competed with each other to build trust and confidence as well as the ever important leadership skills needed to succeed in their lives.
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    small troop patrol leaders training

    Thank you all for the valuable input. This gives me something to work with.
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    small troop patrol leaders training

    The kids showing up is not the problem.(we are in a small town and I know where and what they are doing) . it is finding the teamwork building games that I need help with.
  8. I drive School Bus. on sports trips any parent "volunteers" need to be fingerprinted and a background check before getting on a bus with the team. this seems extream for a small school (100 kids 7th-12th grade). but in this day and age you cannot be to careful. IMHO.
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    Paintball

    You could use a bullet shooting crossbow. It was designed to shoot a hardened clay ball at water foul. The plans are in the book THE CROSSBOW by Sir Ralph Payne-gallwey. ISBN 0-76070-250-0. Making the string should fulfill the one of the archery MB requirements.
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    How many in your unit?

    We currently have 1 Bear, 2 Webelos in the pack. One will crossover march the other in july (By age) the troop has approx 8 boys soon to be 10.
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    WHY the Uniform Pants?

    >>The usual answer is, "well, that's different". No, no it isn't>So I'm leaning towards any OD Green pants within a certain color range. This would legitimize cargo pants, wool trousers, and many hiking shorts. And it might actually get us more uniform in appearance. We could discriminate against faded trousers that are now legal, have an affordable option for the reluctant jeans wearers, and accomodate adults who want something more comfortable and/or dressy than the BSA pants.
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    WHY the Uniform Pants?

    My biggest concern with the zip pant/shorts is has any of you had any sucsess in keeping them inflated when doing the inflate the pants life vest requirement for advancement?(first class 9c) for some reason all the air leaks out of the zippers and the scout sinks. the other thought is how many different styles of pants are there.not to mention the shorts and kilts. is it the style or the color that is important. I think any OD color pant/shorts will work.
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    This thing may work after all!

    Sounds like you have a wonderful patrol in the making and I hope that next months camp out is just as productive.
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    Fire!!

    I make my children start the fire in the morning (We only have wood heat) they beg to not have to!(we started training them when they where for years old!) as for gifts for scouts I have given small pocket knives and I have given flint and steel in a metal box. they have to make there own char cloth. parents were present when gifts where given out so no complaints have been received as of yet;)
  15. does anyone know where i can find affordable backpack parts? the shoulder straps on my pack have degraded, the foam has turned to dust. any info would be nice. thanks
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    spair parts for backpacks

    it is an old pack from when I was a scout in '79. now my son is in need of a pack. it is a "Camp Way" external frame and it is the shoulder strap pads that need replaced (basic strap with pad and with grommets on each end and adjusters in the middle) I tried google on the brand with no hits. what i did find for straps cost more than some of the new packs on the market. go figure.
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    Happinesses

    Happiness is being able to help someone in need. Happiness is also a computer that works all the time at its full speed!!!
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    Q.. on Leave no trace

    So where does urinating on the campfire come from?? I have encountered this one a lot. is there a cure?
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    Merit Badge Sash

    regarding rank patches and pocket sewing shut is there a reason that Velcro is not used since the rank is (in theory) changed on a fairly regular basis? if done in the factory before pocket is sewn on shirt then you don't sew shut. the same can be done for other patches that change (ie.. spl and pl)
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    Happy Pie Day

    Pi r Round cake r square
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    songs around campfire

    I don't know if I am the only one or not but I have a terrible time figuring out tunes. I have all of these song books with lyrics in them and a note to sing it to the tune of sipping cider of the good old duke of york. this is no help for me or the boys who don't know the original song. they can sing Lady Gaga songs but they don't work for camp fire singalongs well. can anyone tell me where I can find the music for a lot of the songs you find in Scouting or the Woodbadge song book? ether sheet music or music files would be nice.
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    Becoming a MB counselor

    Hmmm!Expert = X an unknown quantity + spurt a drip under pressure In my humble opinion if you have the slightest knowledge and are willing to teach boys and there is a badge for it GO HAVE FUN!!!
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    Ribbons on troop flags

    Is there a limit to the number and or age for ribbons on the troop flag? when I took over as SM the flag was already well supplied with ribbons and I just added the new ones as we received them. We now have a new charter rep. who sees them as tacky. so what is the view from the scouting world? I need some differing angles of perspective.
  24. If I look around I might be able to find a tube of elbow grease to go with the bucket of prop wash. I misspoke on an earlier post. It's not spotted owl but roast snipe!!
  25. I might have a bucket of prop wash if you need it!
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