Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


jjlash last won the day on November 22 2018

jjlash had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

84 Excellent

About jjlash

  • Rank
    Senior Member

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Eastern Iowa

Recent Profile Visitors

864 profile views
  1. jjlash

    Uniform for parade 90 degrees

    Sorry - I dont understand the question. Why wouldn't they be allowed to be in shorts? As long as they are in uniform and looking sharp I dont care. In fact - at 90 degrees I would expect my Scouts to be in uniform shorts.
  2. jjlash

    Working With Others

    Expanding on the "my sandbox, my rules" approach - insist that the pack will be run according to the BSA materials for the Cub program. This begins with everyone being trained for not only their position but all of the positions in the pack (aside - new facilitator led Cub leader training came out yesterday, it is scheduled to run 4 hours to cover DL, CM, MC). Once people know what their job is, and what everyone elses job is, they know what is expected of them and they know why we do things one way and not another. @HelpfulTracks I assume your handle is referring to the BP quote about leaving tracks. One of my very favorites - I am big on not reinventing the wheel so I use this quote often to remind my teams to capture their lessons learned "for those coming after".
  3. jjlash

    Not Quite Prepared for Philmont

    The thing I seem to forget and am therefore destined to relearn on every trek is that the Scouts have different priorities than the adults. We want them to be physically prepared because we fear that we are not. We want them to learn the map/compass skills so we are not embarrassed when ranger asks them to orient the map. We want them to practice hanging bear bags so it doesnt take 2 hours for the first few nights. They dont care about any of those things - they are young and athletic and will not feel the pain, they dont mind learning the map skills again, they seem to enjoy the fellowship of trying to get the food hung. Let them struggle. To bring on storming. So they can work through the issues. And be stronger for it.
  4. Also - so that it has been said....You do know that alcohol stoves are specifically addressed in the G2SS, right?
  5. jjlash

    Baloo Training

    Though IOLS and BALOO cover many similar topics, if they are done properly they are not almost identical. They are (should be) very different in the depth of the information and in the approach. BALOO is training for Cub Scout adults to plan and carry out a pack/family campout. While IOLS is about the Scout leaders being able to guide their Scouts in planning and carrying out a patrol campout. Part of the learning for Scout leaders should be for them to have an experience similar to what their new Scouts will have - being part of a patrol, with people you may or may not know, learning the new skills (and maybe struggling with them a bit), choosing their own campsite, setting up camp, planning and preparing their own meals, doing all this under the "supervision" of a Troop Guide. AND - the level of camping skills and the camping rules are quite different between Cubs and Scouts. In my council, we run IOLS and BALOO concurrently but the only thing we overlap is campfire program and cracker barrel.
  6. jjlash

    Northern Tier- Tips and Tricks

    Have fun with NTIER. We always self-outfit but my son worked at NTIER one summer and loved it. Had some great stories about the crews he took out. Yes, the crew FAK go in its own dry bag. Everyone knows who carries it during the day. We use Philmont-style food hangs and FAK always goes in the oops bag. Yes, Helinox. Last Philmont trek I weighted my Helinox against my stadium chair (not Crazy Creek brand so YMMV) and they were within an ounce or two. The Helinox is way more comfortable but - is less convenient to setup/pack up so I didnt get it out for really short stops. Dont really have that issue canoeing compared to backpacking. Thanks - we are going to Mudro / Fourtown area this year. None of us has ever been there so looking forward to the new sights.
  7. jjlash

    Northern Tier- Tips and Tricks

    Are you actually going through NTIER or going on your own (with or without an outfitter)? I purchase maps (used both Fischer and Mackenzie) rather than print my own so no worries about them getting wet, but I do use a map case to keep them all together and to clip the case to the thwart. First Aid kits are all DIY - basic "boo boo" stuff, gauze, ace wrap, dont recall what else off hand. One thing that is always in my kit if we're fishing - small side cutters to cut off an embedded hook. Never used gloves. I usually get a blister on a couple of fingers at the start of the trip. Wrap a strip of duct tape around for a couple of days takes care of it. Some folks like a stadium chair for the canoe. The ones I tried didnt strap to the seats well so they were a hassle when portaging. But I do like a chair with a back for sitting around camp. Going to take my Equinox Ground Chair this year. I put a dot of velcro on the thwart and the mate on my compass so I can have it out in front of me all the time. If I take a GPS, I mount it to the thwart too. Favorite lakes / portages....Hm. I really like the stretch NE out of Snowbank then down to Jordan and Ima and on down to Thomas. The portage out of Ima starts in a crack in the rock face, and the "river" between Ima/Hatchet/Thomas lakes is really pretty when the lily pads are in bloom. There is a great campsite on the SSW part of Ima, on the portage into Alworth Lk, it is large with big pines and nobody else around. I really like Vera lake, it is small and quiet (only a couple of campsites) and very scenic. The portages in and out were probably the toughest Ive done. Robbins Island is really neat to explore - still a few remnants of Dorthy Molter's old lodge.
  8. Sloppy reporting (re: the name of both organizations) aside - This decision demonstrates why the argument "If Girl Scouts dont do things that girls want to do, then change the Girl Scouts" is not a solution. I am very sorry that the adults involved were more concerned about the business of scouting than about the purpose of scouting.
  9. jjlash

    Orieneering Course 4a First Class

    I do that requirement for my Troop about once a year. The thing that I always make sure to cover is - an orienteering course is not the same as a compass course. Orienteering is a race against other competitors, or in the simple case against the clock. To do this well the Scouts need to learn how to navigate with map and compass well enough to do it on their own. Then they can do it as an orienteering course. As for layout out the course it is pretty straight forward. I pretty much do what qwazse suggested - use a mapping app to lay out a course around the park of the right distance. I'll print the map (both with and without the distances/angles) and go to the park. I'll walk the course to make sure the landmarks are valid, and measure the distances/angles in person. Once Ive got it all worked out and saved all I have to do is arrive a bit early to place the flags.
  10. jjlash


    Again - wow. The article I found was unsettling from a privacy perspective. This one is unsettling from a human being perspective - the quote that jumped out at me (because Ive been seen similar references in other places recently) is “changes friendships and makes them more transactional” .
  11. jjlash


    I've heard of Venmo but never looked into it until I read this thread. Quickly found this piece about the app/service. Wow - unsettling https://www.wired.com/story/venmo-alternatives/
  12. jjlash

    Skit in Underwear - JCPenny

    Not really a source that answers their question for "rules" and "pages" but instruction on campfire planning usually includes a list of things to stay away from. I dont find it in the IOLS syllabus, from the BALOO syllabus: I would put this under "bathroom humor". The last statement is the one that I would use.
  13. jjlash

    Skit in Underwear - JCPenny

    See also Scout Law #5. A Scout is Courteous (i.e. is not offensive)
  14. I may be biased - just as the people who had a great WB experience are biased - but yes. For me Philmont Leadership Challenge was a much more valuable leadership experience than WB. I think partly because I attended PLC after having staffed 4 WB courses so I was beginning to truly understand and live the WB lessons. And partly because I am a tactile learner and WB is so much lecture. I believe (in hind sight) if I had stopped after attending WB I would have learned some methods for project planning and not much more. Each time I staffed I gained a better and deeper understanding of the concepts. It wasnt until PLC that I was really able to wrap my head around "servant" leadership as opposed to a non-servant style. Not because the concept is difficult but because WB does a terrible job with that topic. (as an aside - recruiting is under way right now for the 2019 PLC courses. message me if you are interested or have questions)
  15. jjlash

    Anyone want to read a draft of my article?

    Thank you for sharing this Karen, it provides good general info for those of us who do not have much experience dealing with truly challenging youth. I have passed it along to someone in my council who is creating a training session on dealing with kids with these abilities and challenges (also as part of her ticket). I have a couple of really minor style things to point out if you would like them: * On the list of "DO"s each item is capitalized. On the list of "DON'T"s none of the items are capitalized. * You have many places where Scout is capitalized and a few places where it is not. Same for "Unit" * The middle couple paragraphs in the section "Things To Watch Out For" are not really things to watch out for but would make a really nice overview or introduction. * There is at least one instance of "Boy Scouts" Thanks again for creating this and sharing it beyond your council. Jay