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berliner last won the day on November 14 2013

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About berliner

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    where I unpack my backpack
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    scouts - no time for a real job o_O (kidding: Broker)
  • Biography
    BSA: ... Arrow of Light
    2nd class (twice), QM, PL, ...
    ASM-Advancement/Committee Secretary/MBC/Scoutmasters Merit Badge with Extra Miler Award/NDCS
    NZS: Cub Leader/Scout Leader/Committee Fundraising/Grant Administration/Scout Group Liason to Civil Defense
  1. berliner

    Who Among Us Wears a Smokey Bear/Campaign hat?

    I love my Smokey I splurged and spent the 120$+ on the hat, pins, strap, shipping ... then got a rain cover from a cowboy store Started making myself a nice press too. My parade hat Very rare in Europe, I took it along to New Zealand as well, where it is still in storage As a Cub and Boy Scouts in the 80s I had the baseball caps, still have them On hikes I wear black or o.d. boobie hats, or watch caps when it gets cold. Oh and my boys told me I am not a Drill Instructor ... just to remind me ... Oh and 7 5/8 on the hat, 13 on boots ... 13 hat size? r u srz
  2. I got the NDCS patch, necker & coffecup And I loved it. Was around 2010 in Heidelberg, Germany with TAC (Trans Atlantic Council) Prepare to lug a big binder home - take an extra (empty) back with you tons of paper But learned a lot, met lots of other scouters from all over, had a great team & time & food ... Makes me want to go again - oh wait someone said every 5 years ???
  3. I cant access the entire fundraising sub forum thingy ... will play around with the new forum software some more, see if I find it ;-)
  4. add: I think it was called "Grand Administration and Fundraising 101" or so I wanted to pass it along to 2 other scouters
  5. Dont quite remember ... something about Grants & Fundraising that I had opend. But I cant find it in searches, nor even open the subforum IYWKIM. If you find it Ill owe you one
  6. Hi All, havent been here in like a year and was looking for a Funraising thread I had started, but I cant get into that area of the forum? I see one post but cant click on it? What happend to all the other topics? Was it closed while I was away, is it a glitch or what? TIA YIS
  7. What I know is the "Hoehenweg" from Ehrwald over Leermoos and back around, goes around the entire valley, I think it was 20k? Maybe 12-13 miles? When I was at Bayern High Adventure Camp we went on a dayhike up the german side of the Zugspitze. Been a loooong time ;-)
  8. berliner

    The campaign hat

    I got the 99$ BSA Official Stetson Smokey Bear from my good ol Scout shop, and I quite like it indeed. I have the official BSA hat device but I wear a gold Fleur de Lis pin instead. Now it is not crushable and it drives me nuts keeping it looking impecable. I bought a raincover from a western/riding sports shop in town here. I use 4 clothes peg to keep it in shape when stored, or get it back in shape. Saw a nice thing online: take 2 wood boards bigger than your hat, cut out just the size of the hat and then you can clamp the brim between the wood and keep that brim looking nice n fresh n sharp. Other ideas?
  9. berliner

    Can I bring my younger son to scout campouts?

    Generally no, but it depends. I agree with Moose to a T - age appropriate is the big issue. Now there is exceptions, it depends on a lot of things. Most activities your son will simply be to young to keep up. With BSA we did take the 5 year old from one of our ASMs to our Klondike Derby during the day, but we found he was to young to even understand the Troops embassy visit for example. In New Zealand the scouts go on a lot of tough hikes, and cubs cant keep up with scouts so no. We do have family camp once a year across all sections + family. Our youngest camper was 2.5 y/o girl, older brother a cub DL and big sister scout PL and dad committee, so no biggie. Our SMs youngest sons would go on hikes with us, but these cubs are tougher than venturers so no comparison LOL You just have to consider alternate activities for the young ones, they tend to need more rest, have a shorter attention span, cant handle big bows or 22s let alone fire or totin chit ...
  10. berliner

    Leaving Tracks for Others to Follow

    Sir, with all due respect: I believe Sir Baden-Powell never attended or passed a BSA Class on "Leave no trace".
  11. berliner

    I'm ashamed....well not really

    COH and parades do require different pants than field pants. Good on you for being thrifty. In New Zealand only for the christmas day parade are black pants and dress shoes requiered, the Kiwis dont have official uniform pants at all. And as long as you dont have an ASM preachin "no jeans" while wearing them ...
  12. berliner

    Obama Care Vs Affordable care act.

    Its quiet on the board but still in the media. Random facts: the US has a higher cost per person for healthcare (before ACA) but a lower life expectancy than most industrialized countries. Somehow the Europeans, Japanese and Commonwealth countries figured out how to make it work at less expense than the US. They might wait longer for a doctor, but pay less and live longer! Germany introduced a parallel private health care system, a bit like the US, and after years it is starting to fail now. State medical has its drawbacks and is getting more expensice as everyting has to keep up with inlfation I think medical service, with all the great research they do in some areas, is still a lil backward and outdated in the US. The big joke in europe at the moment is: The NSA can monitor every computer and cell phone on the planted, but ACA cant set up a functioning web site ... sad but true aye Money for war but cant afford an advil for the poor ....
  13. berliner

    Online Dead Drops

    geocaching.com sounds cool. A lot of us are already on Facebook, have personal & pack/troop pages there. Just stumbled across this the other day http://www.scoutface.org More youth than here it seems, which is good ;-)
  14. berliner

    Uniform Inspections - How do you do it?

    oi, my fav ^o^ in NZ it turned into a game-competition almost: patrol leaders would inspect their den/patrol and points could be earned/lost for the patrol of the year award (a special outing for just one patrol like sailing). Now the Kiwis are a lot more relaxed, so as long as the shirt, necker and slide where there ... not nearly as many patches down under. Class A Parade: Full on shirt (brown button, fully loaded patches, service stars & knot), black pants and black dress shoes Class A (normal, Flags and all) Full on shirt as above, but green scout cargo pants and lets face it at camp we wear boots Class B, actvity - I have a Centenial Uniform with minumum patches like a knot, name. Just basic for any activity. Class C - any scout polo Class D - any scout t shirt ;-) If the scouters lead by example, the kids tend to pick up quickly and show the newbies. For teaching a flag ceremony I had a friend from the USAF come in and they looked sharp. And I heard before: even if I wear a Smokey Bear I am not a bleeep blank bleeeeep blank blank Drill Instructor. At ease. Simple aye
  15. berliner

    hallo (hey) from Holland

    Hallo Nachbar :-) Welcome to the Forum. Most of us here are scouters, as in adult leaders. But a few scouts on this board as well. American version of a water scout would be a sea scout. New Zealand has sea scouts as well. You can learn a lot to back up your captain here, aye :-) greetings from Berlin