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  1. I used one as well. I also learned Fortran 77 using punch cards. How did I get to be so old?
  2. To test it, I mentioned it to my son tonight. And he said that is interesting but I am not going to go back and count up all my nights. I said we could do it together and he said no thanks. I asked him how many nights he thinks he has camped with cubs, troops, ship, crew. He said "a lot".... 🙂
  3. That is how it has been for Sea Scouting for a while. It works out pretty well.
  4. https://www.koat.com/article/los-alamos-boy-scout-dies-in-snowing-accident/35173800 Prayers for his family and friends. 😞
  5. Agreed, pretty simple process. You will need to fill out the BSA application again which is a pain. But your troop will help you with the process
  6. Yeah, Council flags are Blue. I have seen them. We have a big parade every year at the captitol so the flags come out.
  7. I saw this a couple days ago. Great actions by him. I looked to see if he was a scout, didn't find anything. But I did see that he regularly meets with Boy and Girls Scouts.
  8. Hey, come to Central texas and teach us WFA. I will smoke a brisket for you 🙂
  9. Welcome to the DAM club 🙂 I had to say it, I have received it as well. I hope you also got the nice little wood plaque as well.
  10. My condolences to the family and friends
  11. The cost for the First Aid/CPR/AED is cheap. It is the Wilderness First Aid that is expensive. I'd be interested in knowing how much the WFA cert cards cost.
  12. For our Ship and Crew we have the youth get Red Cross First Aid certified and encourage them to get Wilderness First Aid certified as well. The problem is that those are pricey options
  13. Who knows. I certainly expected different answers but I have been in around 20 EBOR for scouts in multiple districts so I don't think it is coaching from a single source. I expected to hear first aid like the answers that you have gotten but got different ones.
  14. I don't think we are ready for opening that can of worms. It seems to me that there is a decent mix now for the required merit badges. I can't say that I can think of any MB that must be there that isn't and ones that exist that shouldn't be there. There are ones that the scouts may not like but they cover and reinforce part of the scout law and oath. When I ask scouts at their EBOR what merit badges they think are the most important ones it surprises me when they say Personal Management or the Citizenship MB's. But this answer happens a lot. I never get the answer of Swimming or
  15. Yeah I heard that as well. Unsure if it means they are revisiting the requirements or if it will exist.
  16. Sadly, at my daughter's school two years ago, there were rapes in areas of the stairwell that were out of camera view. We can't rely on security cameras. The reason I used to tell people in YPT training was that a 12 year old is a horrible witness. Always have another adult at least in ear shot of a conversation with a single scout. YPT protects both the youth and the adult.
  17. I will call our district advancement chair to confirm. Our scout (my Son) has already started the project and has the signatures in the old workbook. Until directed, I will have him continue in his old workbook. Now, if the project of the century ever gets completed it will be a 2021 miracle..... He wants to get it done before he needs another classroom merit badge.
  18. For Scouts that are mid-project, they continue with the old workbook. Is that correct?
  19. For the months from March - June our ship did Zoom meetings and lost scouts. For the months from June - September our Ship sailed every week in single handed boats and stayed stable. The scout that stuck around grew stronger and had to pick up leadership as a team to work together for the positions that were vacated. For the last months from October - now : we have managed to pick up a scout a month to the ship. They told us they like the fact that we are still doing things. Our numbers are small potatoes but for us it is a good thing. I hope y'all can continue scouting to kee
  20. Interesting that the numbers get closer as the scouts are older in that chart. I don't know much about UK scouting. Are there competing programs at the younger ages?
  21. You would need to start by getting your Council Executive on board to complain to National. There is a group of people at National that look at it every year and decide on changes. If you know the person at National that is in charge of the program for the part of scouting you practice, you could email them. I know the Sea Scouting and Venturing person. We have talked in person and on Zoom, and agreed to disagree on some issues and agree on others. Change is slow at BSA.
  22. JTE is just dumb. It doesn't measure the scouting program, it measures the part of scouting that the Scoutmasters hate.
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