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mashmaster last won the day on February 26

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About mashmaster

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  • Birthday 04/09/1967

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    Cedar Park, TX
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    Scout leader in Cedar Park TX, I enjoy woodworking and having fun with the boys watching them grow up everyday.

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  1. The project isn't finished yet, he has one more "feature" at the end of the trail. Also a missing hand rail at the start. He hopes to have it completed by next month. It started as total woods, so the project started as making the trail. The rest was to make the downhill Slopestyle mountain bike course. He built this for a local mountain biking non-profit. The community responded to his fundraising efforts (raised almost $4000, wood prices went up exponentially this year) and calls for help on workdays Before: After (almost complete)
  2. Good luck, glad he is making progress and has an Eagle Coach
  3. Uh, no..... this is stealing the opportunity from the scouts to actually learn from doing the requirements for the merit badge. I am so tired of Merit badges that are just hand waved, Eagle projects that are just a bench, and positions of responsibilty where the scout doesn't actually do anything for six months. My scouts know that I am "a hard grader" but they also know that when I sign of on a requirement, they know it and are proud that they earned it. There are too many people that are awarded merit badges and ranks that they don't deserve.
  4. I don't know the time periods of things. Well, I think the difference would be if a Y camp councilor who your care was in charge of molested you. You were embarrassed but not molested. Sadly, this isn't because lawyers are acting out of order. It is because BSA leaders did horrible things. I have an adult friend who was molested as a scout by his Scoutmaster. I don't know if he is part of the suit, but it isn't something that should have ever happened and has long lasting effects. I don't know what the rules were for the BSA in the 70's. But I distinctly remember as a teenager
  5. I know I am nervous about the outcome.
  6. The square knot, which symbolizes the unity and brotherhood of the movement throughout the world. Even as one cannot undo a reef knot no matter how hard one pulls on it, so, as it expands, the movement remains united. The District/Division Award of Merit is unique is that it is a national award which honors Scouters for their service to youth at the District or Division level over a period of time. The District Award of Merit (DAM) knot is the only one not a square knot. I never knew there was an orientation of it. I need to check my uniform. The symbology of the award i
  7. Understood. Now let's be honest. The scouts and their parents aren't looking at the number of knots on the uniform. That is only something that other leaders will look at. I have plenty of knots and know other leaders with none and with a ton. It doesn't affect me and if that is what people are focusing on, they need a reset.
  8. I would also say, why would you just the overweight leader when you don't know the details and reasons behind it. I am officially "obese" according to BMI number but I run multiple marathons a year. people need to get beyond those first impressions.
  9. In Sea Scouts they recommend two rows of three, That is a very hard decision about which to put on.
  10. Yeah it is hard on my son. Being a small unit 10 active scouts, I am always being pulled this way and that way. I do my best to be fair to all scouts and give them the attention that they need. I am sure I am hardest on my own son because I know what he knows and what he can do. So when he avoids things, I am able to follow up later with "Why did you say XYZ?" . He like many other youth his age get pulled by other activities and gets pulled into those activities and doesn't see the bigger picture. I am also in the position where I don't have a successor yet. I have someone fairly new t
  11. If you measure by numbers nationally then maybe it could be not successful. If I look at the many ships I work with in our region, it is a huge success. Latin, I would be more than happy to discuss what you think is not successful with them but from our prior disagreement about our views on scouting, we will never agree. I have worked closely with scouts in our district, region, and national, they have impressed me greatly. I call that success.
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