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  1. Fred Phelps is something else. That being said, he's pretty easy to deal with. I think that ignoring him would be the simplist solution, but for various reasons I don't think that's entirely possible. Having been one of Fred's counter-protesters, I can say that he loses steam rather quickly. He doesn't have much groud to stand on, and not many supporters either. You don't need to have a shouting match(I think it's only adding fuel to the fire), only a handful of people opposing him peacefully. If it's in a high visibility area people will quickly join in and Fred's group will eventually
  2. Flavor Flav. And you can't forget his viking horns.
  3. My experience with the engineering service has been limited, but what I know I will share. The engineering service creates plans for many structures (buildings, shelters, climbing towers, etc) present at scout camps. I'm not sure if the plans are any good or if they create plans for anything else, but your council serivce center would probably know.
  4. I apologize, the standard I posted was for council-run family camps. The 2005 standard for Cub and Boy Scout Resident Camps is M-6. Standard M-6: "Written plans for handling major emergencies are reviewed and practiced with camp staff. These plans are kept on file in the camp and council offices, are shared weekly with leaders in camp, and include specific safety measures applicable to the camp location. Plans include safety measure for: Lost or missing persons Limitation on physical activity in high temperatures and high humidity Limitation on physical activity during s
  5. I got out my Camp School binder to check on this. According to the 2005 standards, a written emergency plan is required of all council-organized camps. Standard M7: Written plans for handling emergencies such as floods, storms, tornadoes, fires, accidents, intrusion of unauthorized personnel, lost children, security, sickness and fatality are on hand and have been shared with adult participants. An "as built" drawing or drawings are availible showing all electric, gas, water and sewer systems and lines, with locations of shut-off swithces or valves should service need to be interrupted.
  6. I'm guessing that the few wooded acres in the middle of campus might be causing the problem. Also, the library is under construction so foot traffic is being directed away from one side of the building to the other side which touches the woods. As a student of that university I didn't know that there was a problem with deer attacking people, even though there were seven attacks last year. So much for the education, especially from an institute of higher learning... http://ksdk.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=97452 http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/deer24.html
  7. I learned to deliver babies at National Camping School...
  8. There is a national procedure for this, which I became familiar with a few years ago (a scout died at the camp I was working at) and again Camp School and my time as health officer. I'm not sure if this only applies to distric/council/national events or to troop events as well. IThe procedure and paperwork is found in the 'pink folder,' formally known as a Report of Serious Injury or Fatality (or something like that). This is used for anyone who requires a hospital stay greater than 12 hours or the death of a Scout or Leader. The procedure is to notify the Scout Executive immediately
  9. Having worked at the camp waterfront for a few too many years, I saw a few speedos. They were usually worn by adult leader, but occasionally a scout would wear one. Those scouts tended to be competitive swimmers who were used to them, but some weren't (as a former competitive swimmer, I would occasionally wear one, so it's hard for me to criticize them for it). To be honest, we had more of a problem with boys wearing baggy suits that would fall off. In fact the last time I perused a swimming merit badge pamphlet, all the diagrams featured boys wearing speedos. Although my camp does
  10. In my time as health officer at summer camp, I ran across my share of diabetics. In addition to the things already said, make sure that his diabetes is noted on his health form, along with any medications he might be taking. If his insulin needs to be kept cold, let the health officer know. He or she will probably have a refrigerator to store pharmaceuticals, and in some states (e.g. Wisconsin) law dictates that medications must be stored in the health office. I'd advise calling the camp to find out what the menu is, since adjustments may be needed. It;s been said before, but I can't stre
  11. Having been a camp health officer, this was something that I have a bit of experience in. First and foremost, talk to the your son's physician about the problem and possible treatments (drug-based and non). In addition to using absorbent pads/diapers, one thing our camp physician recommend was to have those boys drink some soup a while before bed, as the salt content usually decreases urination. Likewise, try to have him avoid fluids, especially caffiene and other direutics before bed. Just a note of caution, make sure the fluid restriction does not cause dehydration (a worse problem). Fe
  12. Maybe it's just because I'm an English major and am taught to read into things and analyze them, that I think that the declaration of war is something of a satirical nature. From the way I understand it, he believes that many "conservative Christian pundits" believe that there is a war on Christmas. My guess is that this "war" is the way that some people want to have exclusive references to Christmas removed from public spaces. So why would he want to declare war on Christmas? One possibility is that he is one of the aforementioned pundits, and would like to prevent humilitiation of his fe
  13. Methinks they did include the aforementioned "unless you're a total moron..." clause, worded as "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state..." Last time I checked, all the folks who want to carry guns for personal protection/security did not constitute a "well regulated militia." But if you do feel that it is your civic duty to be part of this militia to defend your state and country, the National Guard is recruiting. And while I've never experinced this firsthand, my impression is that you'd be able to use fully automatic AR-15's, and M16/M4's without even h
  14. Being the current president of crew 477 (one of the two original crews in the corps) I know all of the original members and many of the people that created the idea. Our crew has since drifted away from using the Corps, but I would be happy to give you contact info for those people if you'd like. peace always...
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