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  1. Virtual Campfire

    Yep, that's it. Thanks. I figured there was a trick to it, way to simple for some of us who overthink everything.
  2. Virtual Campfire

    Okay, time for a dumb question. I've been lurking for some time now and recently gotten a bit active, I notice I get that little bell at the top of the forum page that lets me know of things going on that are focused at me. If I get quoted, no problem. When I quote others, I'm sure they get the same bell notification, but how does one get those highlighted names to make notifications appear to just that person. I noticed my name gets highlighted and I get notified, but how do I do it the other way and someone else gets highlighted and notified? I know this should be under the technical section, but this campfire seems to be a bit friendlier of a place to ask dumb questions.
  3. I will not jump the gun, but my son might. If there is an all-male option on the table it will be taken into consideration. If not, the choice will be made for him. As parents, we offered up the Cub Scout program to him because WE thought the idea of a boys' group would be a good thing for him. At least it got him away from his two sisters for a while. He's enjoyed it and continues to want to go back for each meeting and some of the other activities. As the program changes and he matures, that might change. I have no crystal ball at this point. As parents, we will support him in whatever he decides.
  4. If given a choice between multiple options, I believe that my son's choices would be all-male scout camps, co-ed church, and co-ed YMCA type camps. As the only all-male alternative has gone away, it no longer provides a different experience than the other two. At this point, I'm thinking my son would opt for the church's Bible camp. It's outdoors, program focused and all-male off the table and all-male is no longer a choice issue and drops off the options list as it has in all other aspects in today's society. If there were other all-male options out there and it was important to him, it would be a strong consideration. Yes, he's only one boy, but I would assume there are others out there like him, too small in numbers to have any voice in the matter. But as I said, if it's important to him, he'll find his way to find it.
  5. While my son is only at the Cub Scout level, he is enjoying the program as it has been for the past 3 years he has attended. It is a good opportunity for him to build social skills outside of home-schooling. However, with that being said, the co-ed option might be a bit of a problem in that he is out-numbered 2 to 1 with his siblings at home. Now much of that can be easily chalked up to sibling rivalry, but I don't think it is a big draw to continue that experience outside the home. While my wife and I draw the line at blood and bruises, it is still a struggle at times. While it is good for him to socialize in a co-educational environment, it may not be something that he is going to seek out as an activity option. I don't know when or if that will ever change. I'm sure it will, but the timing will be his choice in the long run.
  6. I see it every day in my classroom. In class it's co-ed, but the guys have his strange tendency to migrate to the sports world of all-male teams because it's "cool" to be a guy. Students who have issues of boy/girl (co-ed) outside of class who don't get involved in sports have a tendency to do the old LAN-Gamer gatherings type of activities. The gals who don't do the segregated sports get more involved in the shopping and sleepover types of activities. And for most of the others, they continue to do the co-ed activities outside of class. Taking that one step further beyond the reach of the schools, there's always gang related activity which for the most part are gender segregated, but mostly it's a male issue. With the breakdown of the traditional family, the options for youth are becoming a confusing time for these kids. Nothing scientific about those observations, just a few years of teaching at a high school level.
  7. "Adventure" is what you make out of any life experience. Most aren't planned and not many of them expensive. On our family trip to Yellowstone, it was quite an adventure. They had warned us about the bears and such. But what they didn't say was that at night in certain campgrounds, the buffalo like to bed down for the night among the campsites. We didn't put 2 and 2 together when we felt lucky to find an open campsite. As a matter of fact the campground still had plenty of sites later in the afternoon. I guess that meant there was that much more room for the buffalo. It is unfortunate that my kids are home-schooled, because they would have had a great "show-and-tell" opportunity the next fall. Instead they had settle for taking a ton of pictures and have a story to tell their grandchildren. And I need to add that the wife's adventure was all the beautiful fields of wild flowers. She and the kids insisted I stop every so often so they could go out and identify them because they were different than the ones back home. Whenever someone sees wild animals in the park, a huge temporary parking lot appears along side the road and the question asked is: "What do you see?" Here the wife and kids are knee deep in the beauty of a mountain meadow in full bloom and these people couldn't see it. As I said, adventure is what you make out of any life experience.
  8. Age requirement guidelines

    When it comes to safety, it is assumed that it falls under the category of common sense. The problem with that statement is that it is based on an assumption and that sense is common. And we all know what the true meaning of the word "assume" means. if safety was not an issue, why do organizations like OSHA even exist? How in the world do people who do motivational safety seminars make a living at it? For those who don't think safety is worth knowing as much as possible about it, make sure your insurance policy is up-to-date, have a good lawyer on retention, and keep your cell phone handy with 911 programed at the top of your contacts list.
  9. Age requirement guidelines

    I don't know, I haven't graduated yet.
  10. Wouldn't a girl with any sense, who wants to go to this thing World Jamboree, just join the older co-ed program and avoid the hassle of breaking the glass sealing of an all boys' program first? Sounds a bit weak as an excuse for all the maladies that seem to be going around lately. But then I'm not savvy to all the fine points of how all this works.
  11. Age requirement guidelines

    College of Hard Knocks.
  12. Well, they could have done it at the Centennial year, they could have done it at any time regardless of what is going on at the time and the reaction would be the same, but the coincidental excuse would be the only thing different. And no, they could have probably picked a better time to do it "worse". There's been just about any time from inception until now that the could have done worse. If you were going on a long trip, when would be the best time to have an accident? Well, everyone I've ever talked to never planned on even having one, but it happens. ...and when it does it does it at the worst possible time.
  13. Is it the cause or the symptom? It could just be that the world around them is changing so much so fast that they are making rash decisions in a panic to catch up.
  14. Virtual Campfire

    Maybe he spent too much time around the campfire as a kid.
  15. Or maybe a couple of camps work together to alternate so the kids get more variety of camps to pick from depending on which week they can go. Or the camps alternate boy weeks with girl weeks. I for one don't go back to the same state parks and camp in the same campsite every summer on the same week, (but alas, it's the same family that tags along.) It never occurred to me to even do that. There's got to be alternatives that deviate a bit from the same old story that might be interesting for the kids. A teacher that teaches one grade and does the same field trip every year for 15 years is not the same experience that a student would have if he were to go on the same field trip from first grade through high school even if it was the Smithsonian.