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The Latin Scot

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The Latin Scot last won the day on July 22 2020

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About The Latin Scot

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    Part Hispanic + Part Scots = me!
  • Birthday 12/05/1983

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    South Orange County, CA
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    Teacher, Child Development Specialist, private tutor
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    Arts and literature, heraldry, history, music, anything that can be done in the great indoors. Tolkien expert, Star Wars geek, history buff, music lover, hobby naturalist, and more. Also the most ardent supporter of proper uniforming you are ever likely to meet.
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    Unit & Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Eagle Scout, and Religious Emblems Coordinator for a new LDS unit. Always looking for and open to new ideas and helpful suggestions!

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  1. What fun! I have taught at University of Scouting for the past few years, and it has been one of my favorite experiences in Scouting! Of course, that might be due to the fact that I get to teach all the leader-specific training courses for new Den Leaders and Cubmasters, which (as everybody knows) are the most delightful and exciting of all UofS classes! I LOVE training new leaders, especially new Den Leaders, who are usually the least-experienced and most-nervous Scouters there. Giving them the tools, resources, and confidence they need to get out there and make the most of their Scouting exp
  2. Sure, here is the page so far. It's a work in progress, but you should have seen it before I started repairing it. 😵
  3. So this site has a rather convoluted explanation of the award's symbolism that I don't entirely understand, but among other things, it claims Not sure how accurate this is, and there is a notable lack of reference material and source information, but it's interesting nonetheless. I have never heard of dark blue council flags before.
  4. Unfortunately our council is too large and too cheap to makes plaques viable I guess. I got the certificate and small medal in the shape of our council (they have been awarding these for a long time). Nothing too fancy, though I like being able to wear the medal with my uniform, something I couldn't do with the plaque. ☺️
  5. As part of my "thank you" to my district for awarding me the DofM this past weekend, I have been going through our district website and cleaning up a lot of old junk while refining much of the information put there a long time ago by Scouters who didn't seem to quite know what they were doing with the information they had. Part of this is adding new little blurbs about each of the awards adults can achieve on our awards page, but sadly I have yet found but very little history about the DofM itself. So far all I have written is this: Does anybody have any more information I can add to
  6. Perhaps it's merely another personal, sartorial idiosyncrasy, but I like contrasting textures and materials when I dress, and mixing the different fabric options available allows me to add a personal touch to my ensemble while still maintaining complete conformity to uniform policy and regulation. My shirts are long sleeved, but generally I have them rolled all the way up, and of course my bottoms are all switch-backs for the rare occasion on which I desire or need long pants (although the poor zip-away bottoms are a few shades darker than the shorts themselves since they only see a tithe of t
  7. And thank YOU for such kind words! I hardly feel deserving of them, but I pray I will continue to share as much with others as has been shared with me over the years, only tenfold so!
  8. Sometimes it seems there's little one can do to avoid recognition. Exactly one year after ensuring my mom finally earned the District Award of Merit, it seems this month I am going to receive the same.  And I haven't done a fraction of the good she did during her 30+ years of Scouting - so much catching up to do! 😵

    1. hikeoholic

      hikeoholic

      Congratulations! 

    2. KYScouter

      KYScouter

      Congratulations!

  9. Reading through this article makes it obvious the journalist knows precious little about our religion; however, regardless of the writer's ignorance the simple fact is that the increasing ubiquity of these cases means nothing but trouble for the BSA. I have no doubt but that the church will weather these accusations as well as ever (we've endured far more calamitous calumny than this before), but BSA national? They have had their backs to the wall for too long already, and these cases will do far more damage to Scouting than they will to the church. My heart goes out to the innumerable vi
  10. I have struggled all evening over whether or not to post this, but my heart tells me I must, and so, having learned never to doubt my heart when it speaks so clearly, here are my thoughts. I actually and truly believe this is one of the saddest changes and toughest blows yet to this generation of young boys who are struggling to grow up in today's increasingly identity-challenged society. The entire purpose of the magazine's creation was to give boys - future men - a monthly collection of stories, articles, selections and even advertisements tailored specifically to the interests of boys
  11. I have seen them in person at our local Scout Shop. The material is a nice lightweight fabric (here in southern California, we invariably prefer the light-weight materials that wick away sweat and keep us cool during our perpetual summer (last week it hit 89 degrees outside!), and the design is simple, plain, and unobtrusive. Those with an eye towards simplicity will appreciate it. It's very straight-forward, and as has been mentioned here, it seems they have eliminated all the bells and whistles of some earlier designs. I myself like all the extra pockets and flaps and buttons on earlier
  12. There was a great article on just this topic here: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/18/good-turns-during-the-coronavirus-acts-of-scouting-service-you-can-do-from-home/ And more! https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/11/19/why-this-cub-scout-den-does-a-service-project-once-a-month-every-month/ https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/09/16/in-face-shield-service-project-clear-proof-that-when-things-are-bad-scouts-step-up/ https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/09/16/in-face-shield-service-project-clear-proof-that-when-things-are-bad-scouts-step-up/ https://blog
  13. I don't think I shared this before, but I am the Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner in our district, and I have kept a page up with all the latest information about BSA regulations and den/pack ideas for use during a COVID lock-down. Some information is specific to my council, but hopefully some of the information might prove useful to somebody here: https://www.saddlebackdistrict.org/node/2612
  14. I will admit, the only time I ever did any kind of face painting with my Webelos den was at my first AofL ceremony, and only because I was new, unsure of what I was doing, and cajoled into it begrudgingly by a domineering parent. After that, I asked the kids what they thought of the face-painting tradition. Most were apathetic, two were downright uncomfortable with it, and one was actually afraid and nervous about it, the poor little guy. So I just axed the whole thing! And I never missed it. I HATED face paint of ALL kinds as a kid - and still do (I don't know how the ladies do it every day),
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