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  1. ianwilkins

    10 Interesting Factoids About Scouting History

    "With the 2013 Indonesian Education Curriculum in effect, it is compulsory for all Indonesian students to join the scout movement as scouting is officially one of the study units in the curriculum." Thank you Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerakan_Pramuka_Indonesia
  2. If you think I'm posting one of those gigantic trophies... No, not happening! At the end, you'll get a certificate emailed to you with the position your team came in overall. And if you win, eternal pride and glory, obviously. Which you'll obviously accept with suitable humility.
  3. Good day to you all (raises non existent hat in greeting)... I'm running Jambowlree again this year, and it would be great to get some more teams involved from the ten pin bowling motherland Jambowlree is the (unofficial) Worldwide Scout Ten Pin Bowling Competition, Dec '19 - May '20. Entries open to all sections from any country. You'll definitely be taking part in an international competition, check out the website under "global" for maps of where teams have entered from. Lots, basically. Premise is simple... Go bowling Enter your scores Wait See if you've won Ok, it's a tiny bit more complicated than that, like there's a small entry fee ($7) for as many teams as you like, but not much. And there's a blanket badge. Of course. http://www.jambowlree.org http://facebook.com/jambowlree http://twitter.com/jambowlree
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    Burnout - Its Hit Me

    Sounds like you've just taken on more and more until you've finally had to shout ENOUGH! Best thing I ever did as a scout leader was learn to say no. Ok, I'm an advocate of "Say yes more", but also, you do need to say no.
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    Scouter.com Slogan Contest

    Home for the bewildered Scouter.
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    Movies on a campout, a new essential?

    Of course, they got the appropriate licence for public broadcast right? I mean, I kind of get it, it's quite fun to manage to do something out of context like that. But a choice between small fire or a big film, small fire wins.
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    15 Essentials for a Forest Hike

    I'd be tempted to have some snacks, and yes, maybe lunch, but also an emergency snack. This is an individual list right? Because I'd maybe have some group kit rather than individual kit. Why have 5 compasses and maps when you'll be walking as a group? Instead of everyone shelling out for a lifestraw, as a group take some water purification tablets for emergencies. We'd probably have an emergency mobile or two, sealed in a watertight bag. And, of course, your very small backpack...needs to be big enough to fit everything in! Of course, your mileage may vary, and you might be more likely to need more than 2 litres of water in a morning in Texas than you would in a whole day in Blighty. In which case, individual lifestraws make more sense (assuming your route will actually cross any likely water sources). Lists are good!
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    What Have You Learned About Yourself

    When camping in the cold, I can drink tea for England.
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    Messenger of Peace

    I guess the point of it is that it is a worldwide award, that any scout in the world can earn, and so making the point that we're part of something bigger than our patrol/troop/unit/group/district/county/state/country.
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    Safety Rules, Population Growth

    Saw an interesting documentary by an expert in the field of population, Hans Rosling, an very entertaining and informative presenter he was too. If memory serves, as countries "sort themselves out", as women get educated, as health outcomes improve, the birth rate drops dramatically. We are not being replaced by more people in the next generation. There's a "bulge" of people living longer, while in some places more are born than die. As this sorts itself out, population will level off. Basically. But with more examples and said in a much more interesting way. We'll still have to manage 10-11 billion people on the planet though. Of course, when a few generations down the line we're all gender neutral and the estrogen in the water has turned all the men infertile, and we're all living in some Handmaid's Tale dystopia, that should sort population levels out. Well, for those that stay on earth anyway. (dons tin foil hat to stop the government mind control waves)
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    Scout Ambassador James Ketchell

    Hampshire's the county next door to me, I guess he's one of their ambassadors as in "a representative or promoter of a specified activity." and does it internationally, as he's off on his adventures abroad. I guess it's a fairly loose arrangement, him going to see local scouts around the world is a bit of glad-handing and a bit of making the kids go "wow" and serve as an inspiration or open their eyes to possibilities etc I guess. I've always been impressed with Hampshire scouting, way back when we used to hire a big marquee from them that they rented to us on a fairly commercial basis, they'd rock up and put up this clear span 30'x60' marquee, custom trailer, landrovers, the works. Talking to the leader it helped pay for various adventures. A nice bunch. It was Hampshire that organised a scout everest expedition for the centenary in 2007: https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/1428402.scouts-fulfil-10-year-dream-to-conquer-everest/ No mean feat. This year (I think) they had a team ski to the south pole and kite ski back to base. Like you do. https://hsx.org.uk Two of my Explorers, despite not being in the county, have just come back from a Hampshire led expedition to Malawi, not sure what they were doing, some community work, safari, I'll find out when we start again in a week or two. Hats off to them for sure.
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    Back in the day: Boy Scouts and Woodstock

    I caught something on the radio last night while I was in my car, some fella reminiscing. I missed the start, or it wasn't clear, but I think he was there (maaan), and said how food was the big issue, and how the local hotels and restaurants had no business because all the roads were blocked, the army ended up picking up food from the hotels and helicoptering it onto the site. He said they'd get these giant vats of marinated lamb, and he said "yeah, because I was a boy scout, as were my friends with me, we were used to cooking on open fires, we cooked it all up, stews, shish kebabs, every variety we could think of, we started selling it, but then no one had any money, so we were swapping it for cigarettes and dope, or just giving it away" I guess you never know when your scout skills will come in handy.
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    If you want a heavily weighted anglo-centric but international group, there's 1st facebook scout group. It's a bit busy, so for pity's sake don't leave notifications on for it, and it takes a bit of getting used to sometimes, but it can be useful, especially for reaching out to random countries for information or to make contact for international type badgework requirements and so on.
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    2019 World Jamboree

    Am I lost in translation? I think I'm understanding that you're saying that you aren't all parsimonious tee-totallers and prohibitionists? It's ok, I've watched Cheers, The Simpsons, and Family Guy. America is just like all of those shows right? I know some of you must like a drink. The parachute reference though...whoosh, straight over my head that one! I've stepped back...Run free moral soul!
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    2019 World Jamboree

    Are we Europeans being painted as degenerates again? I'd have thought the beer tent that only served Heineken would be bad enough, but zero alcohol Heineken? [shudders] My only experience is at the Spanish National Jamboree which was a dry event with no bar on the Jamboree site. Mind you, the sometimes febrile atmosphere of the 00:30 leaders meetings were feisty enough, let alone adding booze into the mix, it would have been carnage!