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Everything posted by boomerscout

  1. Eagle92: I agree with what you say, and they will do all this once they're in Scouts. The problem seems to be to get them into Scouts in the first place. Let's give them a taste of Scouts, and of (some) council camp programs, with some advance credit to sweeten the deal. camp is just for Webelos; no "big guy" Scout patrols around to tease or annoy them. Four days of one year should not interfere with their other Webelos activities. Guests? they pay for camp. they are told what camp will involve
  2. I do believe I understand your points of view. But, how much skill does it take to sleep in a tent? Council camp runs a four day summer camp for Webelos. Gives them a taste of Scouting, and what they can look forward to (graduating from BB rifles to real firearms, etc). Lots of Mothers & den chiefs in attendance. I think being under canvas should earn some credit. Thirty nights after First Class may take three years. Many will just say to heck with it Requirement 4b: help a Scout or Webelos prepare for a campout. So, why not go the rest of the way with this? Give them a card or c
  3. if your end goal is to go lite, then don't buy any heavy car-camping stuff except for the ice chest & a few chairs. the lite stuff can be used with car camping. a cheap discount store tent will last a year (just) of car camping, by then you should be ready to go lite
  4. camping log to start in Webelos -- helps get more to crossover. rgular summer camp can be used once & up to a max of six days. . High Adventure may be used without limit as long as 50 miler is earned each time. Twelve nights must be sleeping alone. Four nights tent must be no closer than 100 yds from next nearest. cooking for two days won't allow everyone else a chance to cook. cooking for nine people is a lot of work! won't have time for anything else. he will have two kitchen helpers??
  5. my own feelings are that camp mb should be the nature-conservation, the woodcraft (scoutcraft), the really messy or the noisy. Yet my own council camp offers the citizenships, athletics, etc. this is probably to get the older Scouts to keep coming to camp. We suggest the citizenships for January through March. MB counselor likes to have about five at a time at the initial meeting(s) Camp wide field trips cost more than you may believe
  6. when you left after two years--what rank did you achieve?
  7. in the Scouts during first grade? not at age six you weren't-not when you mention your "troop"
  8. the sticker is required by law. all imports are supposed to be marked with country of origin. this used to apply to just manufactured goods, but now includes produce
  9. how do you encourage them to select and plan a "higher adventure" program? by starting 'em off gradual-like. as was already mentioned, they're too young to have much in the way of forward planning skills and experience. We thought some of our Scouts might like to go to Northern Tier. On the other hand, what if they didn't like canoe camping? A drain on the finances then. Part one was to encourage sign-up for swimming and canoeing m.b. at camp to see if they liked aquatics. That fall we scheduled a two day canoe trip on a nearby canoeing stream. Next Spring was another two day -- diff rive
  10. http://www.thedump.scoutscan.com/cfsongbook.pdf
  11. http://usscouts.org/usscouts/songs.asp
  12. GreyEagle's post made me think some of the team games from the TV show Survivor may be appropriate
  13. tents are especially mandatory in state parks. otherwise, when you change your clothes, you may be mooning someone's grandmother wouldn't it be better to carry your bear spray on your hip? seems it would take too long to dig out of a pack
  14. the theory is that since a tent doesn't look like prey, the bear will just pass it by--unless it has smellables in or on it. there may also be the idea that sleeping in a tent-especially one with a floor-isolates you from contact with dried mouse poop (hanta virus)
  15. sleeping under the stars used to be encouraged at Philmont. If a light misting was forecast, the guide book said to just cover yourselves with the tarp or dining fly. Everyone inside a tent was the rule for later years; so, sleeping under the stars wasn't necessarily wrong--depends on the year. On watering the bushes: you don't really want to walk to the trench in the middle of the night. This is when the predators are out; too easy to step on a snake. You don't water in a pit latrine either because of the salts that attract critters. Philmont asks everyone to pee on the rocks (could have
  16. one of your ASMs needs to one-on-one with the disaffected. what do they think of Scouting so far? if they could change two things in the troop, or in Scouting, what would that be? Trying to please everyone all the time is a recipe for disaster.
  17. Local site selected for National Scouting Center Agreement reached for BSA to purchase 10,000 acres in Glen Jean, Mount Hope area By Jackie Ayres Register-Herald Reporter The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday they have entered into a purchase and sales agreement with the Meadow Creek Coal Corporation for more than 10,000 acres of land in the Glen Jean-Mount Hope area to locate a National Scouting Center, which will include a new high-adventure base. BSA chose the Garden Ground Mountain site, in the New River Gorge region, after assessing 80 proposals from 28 states.
  18. from Scouter forum of 6-11-2003: black sash with white stripe or white arrow are from the early, early days of OA.
  19. a year is much too long. by the end of summer camp --at the latest--the newbies should be integrated with their "real" patrols. Even sooner if they pass T'foot earlier going into camp some of the "1st year" will be close to First Class. Keeping them with the babies will be insulting. we try for transitioning the first or second month. Even sooner if they say they're ready to run with the big boys
  20. Scoutleader: I agree with all your sentences except the third. The wealth of this nation seems to have shrunk while its supply of money has increased. I sure don't have any answers.
  21. wealth can always be created. Examples: couple guys go out & find some gold. they sell it to the mint in return for some of the newly produced coinage, couple other guys go over the mountain to cut down some trees on unclaimed land. Town can now replace its straw huts with wooden shacks--town becomes wealthier. Scouts help monastery monks go fishing. They bring back enough fish that people can stop raising turnips in their home garden and have time for other things. Someone else invents the Internet; people use it to educate themselves-town becomes wealthier. The pie can always be made big
  22. I wonder if such merit badges as hiking, cycling, camping, backpacking & survival are going to be done away with? Many times these are done by Scouts alone or with a few buds. If a Scout works on Whitewater, does an adult have to be in the kayak at all times? Patrol cooking will have to be abolished. Scouts could burn their little hands. All cooking will have to be done by Culinary Institute certified chefs. Most of our Scouts go to the same school. If they're caught playing Lazer Tag, would it be deemed a school event? One underlying purpose of Scouting is to teach enjoyable
  23. hammock? if you're bringing a hammoch, then you also need to bring a helmet, elbow & knee pads. Expect a daily sneak attack throwing you out of the hammock. after we clean the latrine, we hang a couple flystrips and a pine scented air freshener
  24. Oh, yuck! It seems as if the presenters of this game were totally inept in its presentation. Looks like no-one in your entire group got the point of it. If we take the troop as a unit, we always have competition within in it as patrol competitions. Yet, we expect the troop as a whole to always hike in the same direction. Maybe you could take the course again, but elsewhere. Wealth is created out of nothing lots of times. An author creates a bestseller out of nothing, inventors create that which hasn't been seen before -- such as the World Wide Web. Even banks create money out of thin air w
  25. perhaps your Scouts would like to read accounts by their peers on the Philmont experience http://www.lns.cornell.edu/~seb/philmont.html (or just google: Philmont selden) for short films on canoeing in the Boundary Waters www.holry.org/essays/promtionalfilms/
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