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jjlash last won the day on October 29 2016

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  1. THe "Unread Content" link and the "Show unread since last visit" dont seem to be working. Both show me no new messages, but if I set the filter for "last 3 days" it shows me messages with activity that is minutes/hours old - much more recent than my last true visit. It could be because I leave the tab open and Chrome does something to make the site think Im "visiting". If so - that is new behavior since the update.
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    Is WFA worth it?

    The curriculum is standardized (available here: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/training/wilderness-fa/). I have taken it through both ARC and ECSI and their courses both (mostly) follow that document. The delivery can vary significantly due to instructors though. One time we mostly sat at the table and talked through everything - very minimal hands-on practice. Another time it was put on by a Crew who specializes in wilderness medicine. Most everything was a hands-on scenario.
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    You CAN Take it with you . . .

    Hardback copy of one of the Harry Potter novels - on a one-night backpacking trip.
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    No - you're supposed to round up the whole Troop and get someplace safe. At our camp we now have concrete, wind-rated storm shelters near each campsite. Prior to building these, the rule was "hit the ditch". In fact, I would never go to our dining hall for a severe storm because it has high ceilings and lots of glass.
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    High adventure photos

    Looks like an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing!
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    Obsolete Parches/Belt Loops

    Maybe take them to a roundtable and let folks take what they want. There are likely some collectors in the council - probably someone at the office can put you in touch. Check with someone from the OA lodge. This also seems like a good opportunity to bump this thread:
  7. After SM minute and recap of upcoming dates, we say the outdoor code then retire flags and dismiss.
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    Philmont Announcement - March 27

    Humor aside - maybe I should have elaborated for those who maybe dont understand the significance.... Traning center weeks 3 and 4 were scheduled for LDS leaders / sessions only. Late last year the church announced that they were discontinuing their annual conference on Scouting at PTC (https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900004968/lds-church-discontinues-its-annual-leadership-conferences-at-philmont-scout-ranch.html). This left the entire PTC empty for those two weeks except for a session of Leadership Challenge being held at Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp.
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    Philmont Announcement - March 27

    I was only half listening but yes - it is through PTC, not through camping HQ, and it sounded like no training course is required. And did anyone notice the dates....June 23 - July 7. Weeks 3 and 4. The weeks that were traditionally LDS weeks but quite suddenly became empty weeks this year. No surprise that they are trying something to recoup that lost income.
  10. Paying it forward.... I've got a bunch of books accumulated over the years that are looking for a new home. Mix and match however you want. Im just looking for a couple bucks to cover shipping. https://photos.app.goo.gl/EthHY7Ql1Kr8fMEA3
  11. A buddy of mine also attended in Sept 2017. I attended in Sept 2015 - one of the best things Ive done in Scouting.
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    Supplemental Training for Youth Leaders

    I like that order better too - Simon Sinek would be proud ;-)
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    Supplemental Training for Youth Leaders

    Along the lines of what @ParkMan said. Cover the "what" and "why" rather than the "how". Why do we put things online (several reasons) and what should be put online to accomplish the desired "why". The "how" will be different for different units and most youth can figure that out very quickly when they understand what they need to accomplish.
  14. Yep, that is the one. Done mostly at Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp with a hike and overnight at Zastrow. Uses geocaching, low COPE (challenge events), wilderness first aid and SAR activities as context to practice WB leadership skills.
  15. Anyone going to PLC or SLC this year? I see there are two sessions at Philmont (July and Sept), one at Summit (July) this season. Has anyone attended recently? What was your impression?