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  1. 47 minutes ago, InquisitiveScouter said:

    If there is one type of boating safety equipment you are unlikely to use until you need it in an emergency, it's pyrotechnic visual distress signals - as in flares, rockets, smoke signals, and other attention getting devices that burn, sputter, smoke or explode.

    The Coast Guard requires most recreational boats 16 feet and larger to carry equipment to signal for assistance an approves two types. Non-pyrotechnic devices are straightforward and include a three-foot-square orange signal flag for day use and for night, an electric light that flashes the international SOS signal 50 to 70 times per minute. (Dye markers and signal mirrors, though useful to attract attention and often carried by boaters, are not Coast-Guard-approved).

    From the stern of a boat, an orange smoke is tested in day light near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge

    In the pyrotechnic category, the regulations are broad and how you fill the requirement for your particular type of boating is fairly flexible. The choices include a variety of red hand-held or aerial flares for day and/or night use, and devices that emit orange smoke for daytime use.

    The Coast Guard sets a 42-month service life and expiration dates are stamped on the devices. The International Maritime Organization approves signals for commercial use on the high seas with a SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea) rating. These devices far exceed Coast Guard standards for luminosity and many boaters use the more expensive SOLAS devices or the added margin of safety they provide.

    If you opt for pyrotechnics, you must carry three devices approved for day and/or night use but beyond that, you have to mix and match what you wish to carry. By far, pyrotechnics are the popular choice and the majority of boaters opt to meet minimum Coast Guard requirements with hand-held flares or gun-launched meteors that are approved for day/night use.

    And knowing what they are and how to use them are Sea Scout rank requirements ūüôā

    If they have a Safety at Sea program near you, take your unit it is a great time.  They get to use flares including the pistol type.  Learn how to use a real firehose, get in survival suits and swim in them, put out fires with fire extinguishers, and a bunch of other fun things.

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  2. 58 minutes ago, 5thGenTexan said:

    My son will a Webelos this year, he is 9.  He can't swim.  I am leaning way towards him not even crossing over when Cub Scouts is finished.  I dont ever see him being able to even pass the 2nd class requirements.

    I would still cross him over and have him work with a private swim instructor in a backyard pool. Many swim instructors are trained in how to work with the non-swimmer and people who have extreme phobia's of water.  It is a good life skill to learn and help him. Privately and discretely handled will help.

  3. 6 hours ago, PACAN said:

    Citizenship in the community (7c) requires 8 hours of service that requires the scout to do the volunteer work for the charitable organization the scout has researched as part of the first two requirements of number 7.  This requirement is not intended for random service projects in multiple areas.   The rank service requirements are better suited for those.

    Agreed, although they could research the local park service as the organization.

  4. Nothing wrong with being extra careful. My son is similar, no shame in that.

    Trash idea is a good one. Other ideas, contact the local park ranger to see if they have a trail that needs some clearing.  He and his family can go as a family and work together on clearing a trail of trash, weeds, and invasive species removal.  And invasive species removal counts as conservation hours too.

  5. On 7/5/2020 at 3:33 PM, mashmaster said:

    On the speaking of Japanese BSA scouts. On ebay i bought a patrol leaders handbook from 1929. I found a name in the book and did some research. I reached out to the family and found out that it was his and they were very happy that I have it and will keep it safe.

    It was owned by Jiro Aratani.  A little google sleuthing got me to this info about Mr. Aratani.  Mr. Aratani was interned in a Japanese relocation camp in WW2.


    And yes, he was a scout in the interment camp. I can't imagine how that worked out.

    My family sadly were is different camps in Europe, but that is a different story.

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  6. 5 minutes ago, qwazse said:

    You and the skipper must confront the behavior directly. List bad behaviors. Explain that they have to stop. Then ask if there's another problem that you don't see that's motivating her to violate protocol.

    Be prepared for it to not go well. But for the sake of those scouts, you need to give it a shot.


  7. 2 minutes ago, FaithfulScouter said:

    Qwase - when you refer to District sign off you do you mean the proposal or fund raising application?  Our District Advancement Chair signs fundraising applications on behalf of the Council.

    The District Advancement chair should sign both places I believe. The fundraising addendum is usually not a big deal, they are looking for reasonable and scout-like fundraising. 

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  8. Yeah, I am not blaming the youth. I can work with the youth.  The Adult doesn't seem to understand our conversations. I wish it was simple tasks like flags or something like that. It is more typically rigging boats or de-rigging boats which is a task that takes time and isn't a ton of fun. 

    I know I am being vague but it is a pattern that I am hoping to get stopped.

  9. I have an adult leader basically an ASM, that only seems to do for their kids and nothing for the general set of kids in the unit.  Usually low communication unless her kids are involved.  She gets them their always a little late so the other kids have had to pick up the slack to get things rolling when it is their responsibility.  She has taken just about every known training so it isn't that.  It just appears to be how they roll.

    Others have noticed what I have perceived for a while, took them longer but they see it. 

    In your experience what is the best way to address this?

  10. 1 hour ago, FaithfulScouter said:

    So you wouldn't allow fund raising dates to be booked until after both the proposal and fund raising application have been signed?

    Congratulations to your son on his project!  Yes, asking volunteers to work in oppressive heat isn't easy.  Good luck to him.

    My understanding from the rules are that fundraising and starting work on the project prior to the district signing off will invalidate the project.

    If it is just putting a hold on a facility, I think that would be ok but no actual fundraising or solicitation until the paperwork is signed.  It shouldn't take too much work to get the paperwork signed.  My son was able to get that done over the course of a week of phone calls, emails, and video conferences.

    Good luck on your son's project as well.

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  11. Yes don't raise until after the District has approved the project and signed the addendum to raise money.

    My son's project is an expensive one $1500 and 50% came from him reaching out to the local mountain bike community as it is a mountain bike trail, the other were mainly my work friends that saw his gofundme page on facebook.

    The great thing about the project has been the great support he has been getting from the mountain bike community, both money and volunteers,  It is a project that they get benefit from and they are putting in their money/labor to support this project that they will be getting benefit from.

    I just wish Summer didn't hit with a vengance, all work has basically stopped until it gets a little cooler.

  12. On the speaking of Japanese BSA scouts. On ebay i bought a patrol leaders handbook from 1929. I found a name in the book and did some research. I reached out to the family and found out that it was his and they were very happy that I have it and will keep it safe.

    It was owned by Jiro Aratani.  A little google sleuthing got me to this info about Mr. Aratani.  Mr. Aratani was interned in a Japanese relocation camp in WW2.

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  13. I talked to my wife who is a swim coach about this and does our swim tests.  She says that most backyard pools aren't big enough to realistically conduct swim tests because on the amount of time spent in the turns.  She suggest finding and open neighborhood pool or YMCA pool to conduct the tests in. You still need to abide by the Covid restrictions for your state so you might need to schedule times to keep it the scouts distanced.

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  14. On 6/29/2020 at 1:26 PM, Momleader said:

    Ideally he should have asked for help from his current troop, and then reached out to the youth in his old troops. He also could have had friends from school and other organizations like youth group or sports teams assist him as well on the work party days. Part of learning to be a leader includes recruitment of helpers for work parties. 

    He did do all of that.  His "Ship" is small, he reached out to them.  Also to the previous troops per the request of the Scoutmaster and to the local mountain biking community.  The mountain bikers have been extremely helpful in supporting him. 

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  15. I think it depends on the project. For my sons project for example, the first half of the project was making a trail which required mainly manual labor (chain saws (for adults), loping shears, rakes, shovels....), the second part for the building of the mountain bike jumps and features, my son came up with an estimated list of materials and the trail designer modified his list because he has domain specific knowledge of what is needed.  So IMHO, if the materials are not the key to the whole project it might be fine.

    For example, if he was building and putting in a playground, it is totally reasonable to order a kit of materials for the equipment because the work is preparing and making the playground area.  If the area was already prepared and the project was order the kit and assemble it, I would say he probably needs to think about how his project could be expanded.

  16. 1 hour ago, scoutldr said:

    "gettting to Eagle as fast as possible"...I find that sad.  Scouting is about the journey, not having something to prove.  Advancement is a by-product of the journey, not the purpose of it.

    I agree, just stating how I have seen it happen in my small sample size.  I do know many boys are equally focused but they are the minority in the boys I have worked with.

  17. So in my experience with a small sample size.  The girls in our Ship are much more goal orientated than the boys and really want to get all the awards and ranks.  That includes them joining a Troop to get Eagle.  They are much more focused on advancement than the boys.  They also seem to have parents that are very focused on their daughters getting to Eagle as fast as possible.  


    That is a small sample size.  YMMV.  I am sure it will be different for each girl.

  18. 4 minutes ago, walk in the woods said:

    Don't know that I'm driving at anything.  I'm just confused.  In August of 2018 you wrote in your "OA Ordeal Question" thread:

    Then in September 2018 in your "Some people have some nerve thread:

    then in your July 2019 thread "Invisible Scouts" thread:

    It just seems like you've had an adversarial relationship with the troop/troops for a while. 

    Well, that Scoutmaster is gone and the other Assistant Scoutmasters came to me with similar complaints.  So it wasn't just me.  In fact the Scoutmaster publicly shamed a boy and the boy quit scouting.   That was one of the last straws for the rest of the troop to see the true metal of the person.

    And yes I have issues when Adults in scouting don't  operate in the best interest of the youth.

  19. 1 hour ago, walk in the woods said:

    Well, you're complaining that members of his former units weren't supporting his project.  Former being the operative word.  Just because one party believes a break up is amicable doesn't imply both parties do.  

    You didn't answer my question though about his shipmates.  Did they show up to work?


    Today was the second workday.  Only two scouts from the former troop and a member from the local Mountain biking community showed up.  If you read what I wrote, it wasn't that the former units were supporting his project.  The Scoutmasters asked him to send them the signup information and didn't send it out.  The Scoutmasters are not the unit, the youth are.

    At the prior work day, there were members from his Ship, Crew, and two prior Troops showed up to work.  I am not sure what you are driving at with this question.   For his Ship, he reached out directly to them, Ships are much much smaller than Troops and he has had multiple members of that unit have supported and been there but even if the entire Ship showed up the number is 10.  The troops he was with are both around 60 scouts.

  20. 1 hour ago, David CO said:

    I've changed my opinion.  Your son is learning how to put up obstacles for scouts.  This sounds like the ideal training for future council/district executives. 

    This message confuses me.  Is it a joke?

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