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  1. "A trading post that looks like it was built in 1842 and last modernized around 1924. Bonus points to put it on the lakefront with a cargo dock and a row boat that brings in "new shipments" every couple of days during camp."
  2. One problem with Scout camps is that the city soon grows up around them. Council can look for a new site further afield, but then it takes even longer to get there -- much too far for a weekend. After its recent merger, the old Detroit Arera Council has decided not to bother reopening its famous (well, to me - I went there as a kid) D-Bar-A camp. It's hard to get that wilderness experience when you're surrounded by suburbs & developments. Of course, Great Lakes Council blames units camping out of council turf. This bit of circular reasoning will probably result in selling the
  3. For some, it's the destination. For others, the journey. If Scouting is viewed as one large check-off list, then grease the skids to make it as easy as possible. Have Dad counsel all 120 merit badges. Let troop meetings be geared to "achievement" just as in any other school. Merit badges are not just about the requirements. There are hidden lessons involved. By showing individual intiative in seeking a mb, as well as intereacting with total strangers, A Scout is being prepared to interact with the world at large. Mommy & Daddy can't interview for a good job for you, ask fo
  4. Recognition by rewards is truly important. Going to camporee or Klondife -- make sure every participating Scout gets a temporary patch to dangle from the shirt button (even if a button needs to be sewn on). Troop wins a competition - a ribbon to hang from the troop flag. A Scout wins the baking contest -- that's worth a medal. Finished a community service project - a picture and write-up in the local paper. All of these will motivate most
  5. First, make sure you're on their approved email lists. Otherwise, your email is sent out to the aether by their spam filters Too many emails are of the FYI form. Ask for a commitment or ask a question in the email header. At least state "RSVP is needed for xxxx - please reply"
  6. Programs that allow others to depend on you, and that allow you to show you can be depended on build character. In team sports this is handling your assigned position adequately. In Scouting, character develops out of becoming PL, SPL, other POR, where the duties of the position aren't fluffed over (needs to be boy-lead)or ignored or over-looked, and where failure is allowed as long as not life-threatening. Training for these responsibilities is all important, as is shunting aside the helicopter parents (this includes no troop merit badges at troop meetings, no parents as son's own
  7. "kids tended to engage in more hobbies and such on their own." we don't need no stinkin hobbies. We have Gameboy and Xbox and six foot flatscreens with 102 cable channels. And that is (sometimes) our competition
  8. Some merit badges are (now) too big for a troop to sponsor, let alone the individual Scout. That may be one reason they don't bother. Your district needs to have brought in poles and spars at each quarterly camporee for those who want to build towers and monkey bridges
  9. Not every merit badge is meant to appeal to every Scout. Scouting is about more than merit badges, anyway. There's selling popcorn, for instance. Your taster or intro idea sounds fine. One way to possibly enhance it might be to have an actual merit badge counselor come to the troop meeting and speak on his badge subject (without signing off on any requirements). Another idea would be to have a Scout who has already earned that badge bring in his badge's projects for show and tell. He could explain how earning that mb has enhanced his life Summer camps offer way too many merit
  10. I've read that if you peel the bark off, they won't rot
  11. A district in South Florida used to get cut trees donated to them by road crews removing invsive species. Don't how where/how they stored the poles, but they used a flatbed trailer to bring the poles to district camporees. Their website is no longer up. Other than that, if you could find someone doing forest or woodlot thinning (timber stand improvement), you'd be all set. Put the word out to your local Forest Service, state foresters, urban foresters, Soil & Water Conservation agencies, county parks & recreation groups. I imagine a school bus would be the most practical fo
  12. In the real world, leadership is over-rated. The person in charge may be a leader or a manager or an administrator. All can still be good citizens. A leader takes care of his people, an administrator has no problem laying them off, a manager is somewhere in the middle. Social problems arise because contemporary companies say they have "leadership" when they don't even have good managers. Administrators and managers can be created. WWII proved that when the military turned out 90-day wonders by the dozens. Not every one of them became a Patton, nor did they need to.
  13. biggest difference in urban walking and country walking: city walking is mostly level ground, so 20 miles would be 20 miles. Hiking trails have a lot of hills and dips, so 20 miles on the map may be, more or less, 30 miles of walking as measured by a tape laid on the ground. This is one reason it can take most of the day to hike 6 to 8 miles at Philmont with its even steeper ground
  14. Someone told someone else who learned of it while visiting National that the requirements will be released Jan. 30. Any Nationalists here to confirm or deny? The AWS (American Welding Society) is gung-ho on this merit badge. They apparently taught/counseled the first prototype class -- looked like MIG or TIG
  15. I have always viewed Scoutcraft to mean the woodcraft or campcraft part of Scouting. Nothing wrong with many of the camping methods of 1916 if approached with a modern frame of mind. Being able to do more with less is almost always spitually satisfying: http://www.olympicwanderer.com/2010/09/overpacked-and-under-prepared/
  16. When you need a break, I believe you would enjoy the article "Overpacked and under-prepared" at olympicwanderer.com
  17. where's the pictures? I learn better when lots of graphics are included.
  18. "What rain suits do your Scouts typically use? " Wearer's choice. I still see a lot of Frogg Togs. If a light rain, many choose to just get wet "Good to hear of a troop going light and off-trail apparently (even if you do look like old men with your canes)." Ha-ha!
  19. Wow, that is one lotta work! I did look for, and did not see, any mention of Ray Jardine - one of the early populizers of modern lightweight camping. Nylon hiking shirts are fine until it's time to cook - flames, sparks and all. Melting nylon sticks to the skin as it burns. Grey lenses are great for urban/suburban sunglasses as they don't distort colors - a necessary feature for recognizing the colors of traffic lights and road signs. Out on the trail we use yellow or amber lenses; these are better at blocking blue light, and are more useful in low light conditions. Pola
  20. there needs to be better methods of removing an mbc who allows mb candidates to slide thru. This would also apply to service groups who put on a faulty mb university. Where's the Inspector General? National needs to decide which merit badges can be taught en masse, and which can't (or parts thereof). And also which should take more than a day -- allowing for contemplation and insight. It's tough to get all the volunteers that are needed (Duh!). We need to work with what we have. Maybe National could provide a better set of curriculum guidelines for the instructor.
  21. "I just had a call from a mom who is pulling her son out of the Troop because he has been setting fires in their backyard. She is afraid he will soon set their house on fire" Did the Mother say how large the fires were? Son may have just been practicing his Scout requirements. Did he clear the area of other flammables first?
  22. Tampa Florida area Eagle Scout project Many folks answer Boy Scout's call to help needy families at Christmastime Twelve-year-old Joshua Poland issued the orders, and some 15 of his fellow Boy Scouts in Troop 442, along with about 500 beneficiaries, responded. Saturday's Christmas event at Paul & Jerry's Self Storage on County Line Road was called "Give Till It's Gone." The storage company, a donation site for several nonprofit agencies that receive goods beyond their need, parks them, then gives them away quarterly. The items include abandoned items from storage units, ad
  23. a little hokey, but I liked it. Pulled from boyscouttrail.com In spite of the fun and laughter, 13-year-old Frank Wilson was not happy. It was true he had received all the presents he wanted. And he enjoyed the traditional Christmas Eve reunions with relatives for the purpose of exchanging gifts and good wishes. But, Frank was not happy because this was his first Christmas without his brother, Steve, who during the year, had been killed by a reckless driver. Frank missed his brother and the close companionship they had together. Frank said good-bye to his relatives and explained to
  24. Tahawk: I thought Jet-Skis and ATVs were now allowed
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