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  1. The composites merit bade is not about plywood. Composites are a combination of plastic resin and a fiber reinforcement. The badge is about things like fiberglass, kevlar and carbon fiber. Developing the merit badge was funded by a gift from the M.C. Gill Corporation. SR540Beaver, if you could get Lazy Boy to fund it we might get a reclining merit badge.
  2. Things are just to quiet in this forum. This country does not have an offical language. The Constitution does not specify what language free speach must be in. Singing the national anthem in Spanish will not prevent anyone from learning English. I would much rather hear the national anthem in Spanish or Navaho or any other language than not hear it at all. Spanish Anthem Creating Controversy Angela Word, KFOX Associate Producer POSTED: 7:17 pm MDT April 28, 2006 April 28, 2006 -- You may not think of the national anthem as controversial, but a new rendition
  3. I'm struggling with the same issues. As I see it a troop can lose its older boys two ways. The first is to not let them participate in age appropriate activities. My sons troop lost most of it's older boys a few years ago because the boys felt they couldn't have fun with the troop. The other way is to have all the older boys join a separate venturing crew. I am trying a middle ground. When my son's crew formed a few months ago and I agreed to be advisor I made it clear that if they wanted to use the building and the troop gear, they needed to help plan and participate in troop
  4. Trevorum, Kaji Interesting discussion. In this county we make accommodations for the minority all the time. The Americans with Disabilities act requires reasonable accommodation in the workplace. In some parts of the country government documents are available in languages other than English. School cafeterias serve fish on Fridays during Lent for those who prefer not to eat meat. We dont however close government offices on every religious holiday. As Trevorum has said it depends on the specific issue. Exactly when and were the line is drawn will take someone wiser than me to decide.
  5. Dan, There are Scientology Charter Organizations. It struck me toward the end the World War II that I never would have gotten through the war alive had it not been for the training I had had in scouting. Of all the various information which became important to me, such as photography, wood lore, signaling and many other subjects, the basis of it was laid in scouting. I am very indebted to a great many, very fine men who gave their time and attention to a restless, boisterous and extremely active boy and teenager L. Ron Hubbard, Founder, Church of Scientology I'm not a Sc
  6. What music can you and the scouts in your vehicle agree on when on your way to a campout? On a recent trip I let the boys pick CDs on the way to the campout and I picked them on the way back. I discovered that I hate Weird Al. I dont care for Nirvana or AC/DC. Greenday is not too bad. The boys thought Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pink Floyd, The Who and the Grateful Dead were all right. Any ideas? What about lyrics that are not appropriate? How do you know with out previewing the CD what is there? How can you understand what is there?
  7. What? Christmas displays are illegal? I seem to recall some just a few months ago. Its great that we are all allowed to practice what ever religion (or none) that we want and openly celebrate the holidays. Its also great that we dont have to pay taxes to support others religions. If we lived in the society that LongHaul advocates it wouldnt be long before some demagogue, wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross, would whip up 51% of a community and get them to declare a native born, white, fundamentalist Christian, republican only area. Democracy must be more than simply majority vote
  8. LongHaul, Your post makes no sense. You want to tell people where they can live, what religion to practice, what they can wear and when they can open their business and then you say you should respect others views. Which is it?
  9. I dont know what disturbs me more, the continuing revelations of government abuse of rights or the lack of public reaction. What makes anyone think that the government wont want to continually expand its powers? The steps taken so far have been small. The patriot act; wiretapping with out a warrant; and watching antiwar protesters, environmental groups and religious organizations are all small step toward restricting freedom. Once these are accepted what is next? Th following is from yesterday's Washington Post FBI Took Photos of Antiwar Activists in 2002 By Dan Eggen Washi
  10. It is clear to me that our founding fathers meant to protect the minority against the will of the majority. That is why we have a republic not a democracy. As James Madison said when discussing democracy in the Federalist Papers "there is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or the obnoxious individual." John Adams said "It is...as necessary to defend an individual against the majority in a democracy as against the king in a monarchy." Thomas Jefferson said, "The minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppr
  11. Rooster, Are saying that there should be no protection of the minority from the tyranny of the majority? If the majority passes a law requiring students to recite the pledge of allegiance even if it violated their religious beliefs is that right? Can ministers be prohibited from serving in a state legislature if it is the will of the majority? School segregation was once popular. Should it therefore been legal? If a municipality bans baptism on public property should the minority who wishes to use the property for that purpose be forced to elect new representatives? These ar
  12. UK: http://www.escouts.org.uk/forum/ US: http://www.scouter.com/forums/
  13. In the UK you need a license for your pet fish.
  14. What about the important things? I understand that duct tape is called gaffer tape in the UK.
  15. While I think the public concern over security at the ports is overdone and is being stirred up for political ends, I also think that the Bush administration is getting what it deserves. They whipped up public support for the invasion of Iran by implying a connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 attacks. Now they see no problem with dealing with a county with strong ties to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. Public statements by our president continually emphasize that we are at war with terror and that he has been given extraordinary power to limit freedom in this country. If this is
  16. Backpacker, I checked the USDA web site. The most recent information I could find was from 1997. At that time about 1% of all agricultural land was foreign owned. Maine had the most foreign owned acreage. That was nearly all forest owned by Canadian and French companies.
  17. All politicians should be required to complete the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge before taking office. Requirement 7 would help some of them. "Name the three branches of our federal government and explain to your counselor their functions. Explain how citizens are involved in each branch. For each branch of government, explain the importance of the system of checks and balances."
  18. Fgoodwin Article III clearly grants the Congress the right to establish courts with special jurisdictions such as granting wire taps and to some extent limiting what cases the SCOTUS can hear. It does not grant Congress the right to violate the Fifth Amendment: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice
  19. If the troop owns a tent that takes several scouts and leaders to pitch
  20. Last night the boys were told that there will be a new first class requirement starting in January. They will have to discuss scouting with a friend and invite him to a meeting. Some of the boys pointed out that they have already met this requirement. In fact 3 or four of them had got a friend to join scouts. Can they be signed off on the requirement in January or will they have to repeat it?
  21. Does anyone know when the Composites Merit Badge book will be available? My son is eager to work on it. Was anyone at the Cherry Valley Scout camp when they made surfboards for one of the requirements? It sounds like a great time.
  22. I'm not a lawyer, I didn't even sleep at a Holiday Inn last night, but this sounds like a violation of Section 9525 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by Section 901 of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The act states "... no public elementary school, public secondary school, local educational agency, or State educational agency that has a designated open forum or a limited public forum and that receives funds made available through the Department shall deny equal access or a fair opportunity to meet to, or discriminate against, any group officially af
  23. Boy Scout Injured While Sledding Jul. 18, 2005 PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A 12-year-old Spanish Fork Boy Scout was injured while sledding down a snow field near Mount Nebo and was carried out by rescuers. Utah County sheriff's officers says the youth had cuts on his head and face and some of his teeth were broken in the accident just before one p.m. Saturday. The accident happened at ten-thousand, 700 feet in the Wolf Pass area. After the boy was transported out by horseback, a Juab County ambulance took him to Mountain View Hospital in Payson. Sheriff's Sergeant Tom Hodgso
  24. Have a Webelos night in the late fall or early winter. Invite the Webelos in your area to attend a troop meeting. Have your scouts plan activities that the cub scouts can participate and will enjoy. Scout games, outdoor cooking (desert), a square knot tying race, skits, or whatever your boys think is fun and the Webelos can do. Try to coordinate with the AOL requirements. While this is going on have one or two scouters take the adults aside and tell them about Boy Scouts and your troop. What activities do you participate in every year? What are your fund raisers? Explain the dif
  25. There is certainly enough anticdodal evidence that there is a problem that a study should be done to either prove or disprove the idea that LDS Scouts get lost and killed more. The stories posted above and below show a gross lack of adult supervision and a disregard of the g2ss. Two more stories: On Friday, August 6, 2004 , Martin Lind, age 14, took a 40-foot tumbling fall while hiking in Zion National Park . The boy suffered numerous but not life threatening injuries. He is from Orem , Utah , and was hiking with a Boy Scout Troop. At 11:30 a.m. a national park owl researcher work
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