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  1. What a summer to forget. Northern Tier High Adventure Due to extreme safety hazards posed by wildfire activity in the Atikaki Provincial Park and Woodland Caribou Park, including a large fire near our canoe cache on Scout Lake, we have regretfully suspended program for the rest of this summer from our Bissett, Manitoba base. The twenty crews with arrival dates through the end of this summer are being, or have been, contacted and offered a similar trek experience at our Atikokan facility during their originally scheduled dates. Since July 14, our Bissett team has been working with local officials and closely monitoring a fire that originated from a lightning strike northwest of Bissett and southwest of our canoe cache. On July 18th, the fire increased in size to the point where the fire management team advised us to move all crews out of the area. By 6:30 PM on the 18th, all of our crews who were canoeing in the parks had successfully exited and are either headed home or pursuing other adventures in areas not threatened by the fire. Most of our Bissett staff are moving to our Atikokan base to continue to provide program for crews there. Bissett Director Sean Ferrier and John Ness will continue to remain at the Bissett base to provide support as our facility transitions to house the firefighters who have been called in to battle the blaze. As always, the health and safety of our youth, leaders, and staff are paramount. We are extremely proud of the superb manner our staff, youth, and leaders conducted themselves in this unexpected situation; they truly exemplified the best of Scouting’s ideals. We regret any inconvenience to crews and will work diligently to ensure that all affected crews enjoy an alternative high adventure experience this summer. John Van Dreese Leslie Thibodeaux General Manager Director of Program
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    Swimming Requirements for Rank

    As a family of lifeguards and swim teachers, I am very concerned about aquatics safety. Does the committee chair know about this? If he does and doesn't care, I would call the District Commissioner and express your concerns.
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    Swimming Requirements for Rank

    That is dangerous. First off they shouldn't get signed off on that requirement unless they pass the test. What lesson are we teaching them But more importantly, what happens in a water situation where the scout goes into the water and can't swim safely? I would say something in my opinion
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    Tigers Can No Longer Shoot BB Guns.

    Great news! Now let's get these well meaning individuals to see the light on wagons and wheel barrows!
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    Advancement question

    My son who feel disenfranchised with Boy Scouts surprised me tonight after attending his second Sea Scout meeting. He proudly tells me he is the Media Specialist for the Ship. And starts listing off all the activities he signed up for tonight. It made me smile, hopefully he has found his new happy place. Anyway, he is a Star rank now. I understand that he can still advance for Life and Eagle while a Sea Scout. Does he have to be dual enrolled in a Boy Scout troop as well? Or can the skipper just sign everything like a Scoutmaster? I think single enrollment is ok.
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    Advancement question

    Thanks, I hope so too. But right now advancement and merit badges are dirty words to him. In his words "Dad, I soldered that kit for fun not a merit badge. Why do I need someone to sign a card when I don't care about that?" . I shut up at that point other than to tell him to document what he does in case he wants credit for it at a later time. Google sheets are a gift. He is just turning 14 so, he may think differently later on.
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    Advancement question

    Thanks, that is what I thought.
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    Who is headed to NOAC 2018?

    LOL, except that you need to be 14 to use a wheelbarrow...... No regalia, no wheelbarrows.....Soon only full Class A's 100% of the time, with BSA socks and underwear....
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    Tigers Can No Longer Shoot BB Guns.

    What is the Multigun Airsoft Experience?
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    Tigers Can No Longer Shoot BB Guns.

    booo! Now, most Tigers can't cock the gun correctly but with assistance they think it is the greatest day of their life.
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    Only six months till girls in Scouts BSA.

    Our CO has approved the creation of a troop and appointed the new SM to take the position once the troop can be chartered. They have also approved the starting to advertise to the outside world to talk with them about joining, And they have scheduled a multiple troop campout with fun activities(shooting, climbing, paddleboarding) in December to any potential scout boy or girl that wants to come check it out. So I think they are pretty well prepared, but it will be interesting to see the transition. Most of the new leadership are Girl Scout leaders that liked the Boy Scout program better. There will be a culture shock for them IMHO. Some have sons in our troop so they are accustomed to it, but others aren't.
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    Our Sea Base Sea Exploring Report

    It also limits the access to scouts that want the once in a lifetime experience. That adventure is one of the hardest to get I have heard.
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    Our Sea Base Sea Exploring Report

    You got lucky to get that one. Most crews only get the coral reef adventure which is limited to 8 people on a 42' sloop.
  14. The quiz is actually much more difficult than I expected. many in my class didn't pass.
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    Our Sea Base Sea Exploring Report

    WOW your boat was massive compared to ours.
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    Our Sea Base Sea Exploring Report

    Welcome home.
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    Miscellaneous Uniform Gripes

    We had a patrol last year that made a patrol flag that was a triangle on top of a square mounted to a stick. It was all white and when we first say it, all of the adults immediately thought it looked like a kkk cape? We had the quickly work with the patrol leader to change the color and shape some before going to camporee the next week. They were completely oblivious to what it looked like. Sometimes, adult leadership is needed to coach them a little 🙂
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    Would you say anything

    Well if he isn't a registered leader, he can't go to most summer camps. And the Scoutmaster should not allow him to camp with the troop until he proves he can act like an adult. Well if he isn't a registered leader, he can't go to most summer camps. And the Scoutmaster should not allow him to camp with the troop until he proves he can act like an adult.
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    Would you say anything

    That behaviour is ridiculous from the adult. Personally, we had a similar experience from and ASM. I asked him to step down as ASM because that behaviour is never ok in my book. We are there to build the boys up not tear them down.
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    Miscellaneous Uniform Gripes

    Agreed, we were very happy they had no idea but it was one of those items that was a teaching moment.
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    Summer Camp Merit Badge Questions

    Just because the camp says they did something doesn't mean you sign off on it. The troop should verify they did the requirement. For instance, we had a scout with a broken arm ear the swimming merit badge at camp. Not even physically possible so you need to verify what they did. In fact, most boys if you ask them what they did for a requirement will be more than happy to only take credit for what they did. A camp advancement sheet does not necessarily equal the signing of a blue card or book. That is your role. Be prepared that the boys will be totally cool with only getting signed off on what they did, but the helicopter parents will fight you on it. You are denying the boy anything, you are working with him to do the right thing.
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    Best Webelos Camp?

    Our district does a Webelos Extreme camp every summer which is run similar to a boy scout camp and a Webelos winter camp. But having Webelos only campout can be fun to setup yourselves.
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    NATIONAL POLICY: AOL and Crossover Ceremonies

    I would rather them protest the solution by reaching out to work with the executive committee to help come to a compromise rather than quit.
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    No Life Jackets for Sea Base Sailing?

    At Seabase on the 41' sailboat we did not wear vests. In all sailing that I have done with Sea Scouts which is limited and been on smaller boats, we have worn them exclusively. I own my own life vest that fits me well and is comfortable. that is key.
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    NATIONAL POLICY: AOL and Crossover Ceremonies

    Frankly, I am disappointed about not being able to use regailia for Arrow of Light ceremonies and probably more in the future. But to me that isn't the purpose and reason we are in OA. It is a tool that OA currently uses to help serve its purpose but it isn't the purpose. I would think that most people with Native American decent would not have problems with how OA uses the themes but I am sure there are those that dislike it. I am also sure that some ceremony teams disrespect native american cultures which is sad. I would be much more disappointed if a large group of Arrowmen dropped their sashed because of regalia alone, it would send the message to me that they are not in OA for the right reasons. Just my opinion which I am sure many will disagree with.
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