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  1. This was standard breakfast fare for our adult patrol as well back when I was out with the troop often. I'm sure they are still doing it. Most of the time we cooked it up in a dutch oven. The bonus with that was that you could take the lid off the dutch and put it handle side down on a few coals and it would make a nice griddle to warm your tortilla before loading it. It didn't take long for the more observant scouts to see that our breakfast burritos looked more exciting than cold cereal or pancakes. It became a favorite item for them to make as well.
  2. Obviously, the closing of Philmont for the summer left them with a warehouse full of trail food. Here is the info for those interested in stocking up a bit for personal or troop/crew use. http://www.toothoftimetraders.com/2018-Trail-Meals/2021/Dept
  3. @ItsBrian Congrats on the staff position! The six summers I spent on camp staff (many years ago!) were the best. Give it your best effort, make good friends, and have a great time.


    In short, the fire is 25% contained and has affected 36,664 acres. Rains on Sunday slowed it down a bit and gave the firefighters an advantage. However, "fire-weather" is back in play and may cause this thing to continue for a while. People have returned to Cimarron and Philmont, so that is an encouraging sign.

    Neckers back in the "news"

    Well, we Scouters have a quaint habit of making complex the simple....and to our credit, can do the reverse. There is a certain class of folks that have been aptly named over the course of time, "Uniform Police." I suggest trying to avoid that lot! 😆

    Scout BSA Uniform Survey (Girls)

    Knowing the BSA, there will probably be a new iteration of the uniforms every three or four years. I suppose if we don't like what's "new," we can just wear the old stuff we got. Maybe the next one will be better.
  7. Re: the original post, many thanks to @The Latin Scot for your informative posts.This was something that needed to happen for the Mormons. They have a large community and a perceived mission to the world that BSA could no longer be a part of. I'm one of those Christians who thinks the LDS is more than a bit heretical, but I applaud their stand on things I have in common with them, and their desire to put their mission first. I do think that many Mormon youth and adults will continue to participate and support Scouting and I'm glad to share that trail with them. BSA will pay a price, but I suspect the notion is that since the organization is pretty much free and clear of most every taint of discrimination, that corporate and individual donors will make up the difference.

    Deterring thoughts of discrimination w/girls?

    The separated troop thing will eventually be just an option. That was the intent from the start. It was just some thing National wanted to kick this off with to make it palatable. Probably within a year or two, it will be announced that you can have single gender or mixed troops. Why they just didn't put that out from the start is just puzzling to me.
  9. That's some good news. One day I hope to visit that sacred ground.
  10. WAKWIB

    Opportunities, not road blocks.

    My take on a lot of things pertaining to Scouting is that National can roll out chicken poop, and the volunteers make a delightful chicken salad! I'm actually a bit excited and intrigued as to what the future will bring. I'm blessed to be in a Council with some very talented and dedicated Scouters; many of them I have known since we were kids 40 years ago. If big changes are happening, in my opinion and in my area, this is the best time.
  11. WAKWIB

    From National: Official Name

    I think a good deal of the reaction is the general public is driven a bit by how the media presented the story. A lot of the headlines came across to me as being hyped. Of course, that is not unusual and Wednesday was sort of a slow news day, so this was a hot topic starting very early in the morning. Perhaps the general public is just not as immune to this subject as me and were shocked. The topic of coed Scouting has been in play since I first started Scouts 47 years ago. When Exploring went coed there was a lot of speculation that Boy Scouts would soon follow. There were Explorer girls working staff or trekking all over the place at Philmont when I went in 1977. We had a coed Troop from Germany stay a session at the camp I worked at every summer. It's been cussed and discussed amongst Scouters on the Internet since the Internet arrived. Honestly, it is very old news to me and many of my peers in my Council. I'm not saying we all embrace the notion, but nothing that happens going forward will be a surprise. Most of us are curious as to how it will play out, and will participate with the goal of helping boys and girls on the Scouting Trail. Many non-scouts and folks who were in it years ago and didn't keep in touch are going to be surprised and that group will be the real active commenters on social media. My thoughts of late have been along the lines of, "What if Scouts would have gone full coed back in the 70's?" I even find myself thinking it would have worked out just fine. It would have just happened without all the social media blather. I think the membership numbers by 2018, would be pretty close to what the membership numbers of 2018 are anyway. Sure, there would be a reactionary backlash , but over time things would have recovered.
  12. https://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/press-releases/scout-me-in/ New branding and stuff and we seem to be in cahoots with some big PR firms. It appears that National ain't messing around.
  13. WAKWIB

    Camp Sunnen to be Auctioned Off

    I know it has to be depressing to see a old familiar camp fade into history, but I don't see it as a tragic thing. The Greater St. Louis Area Council has 7 other camp properties to serve the youth in their area.
  14. WAKWIB

    Order of the Arrow for Females?

    I totally agree with @Tampa Turtle. It will be relatively simple to incorporate young ladies into the Order. Most likely every Lodge has adult female Brotherhood and Virgil members who can provide oversight. There is nothing really daunting about the Ordeal that a girl can't handle. If she has met the requirement to be elected, she has all the skills and experience to go through the same Ordeal as the boys. The integration of girls into the ceremonies and functions of the Order of the Arrow, Mic-O-Say, or any other Scouting auxiliary thing is just a case of a few adjustments, logistic considerations, and the direct involvement of adult female leaders keeping an eye on things. Since, for the most part, the operations of these types of things rest in the hands of gifted youth and adult volunteers, I anticipate fine results.
  15. WAKWIB

    More gems from Baloo...

    Just follow "the books" and what 100+ years of common Scouting knowledge suggests. In-person training is great but sometimes there is "that one guy" who goes off script with their own theory, or is reading from a defective script.