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  1. elitts

    Parent in need of advice

    This would depend on the type of teasing. Friends tease each other. Parents tease their kids, my son even tries to tease me sometimes. When you have a kid on the spectrum who doesn't understand what teasing is, you don't just ban it all, you teach the boys and the child until they understand what works and what hurts feelings.
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    Parent in need of advice

    I understand why "Sped" is offensive as a label applied to a person. But why would "SPED" Accommodation be offensive in the context of "Special Education Accommodation" given that fact that most public schools still have "Special Education" departments, programs and teachers?
  3. I think you got it wrong. The rules as written would mean that TWO adults would need to stand outside monitoring the conversations. 🙄
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    Mini Trailers As Chuckboxes

    This was/is me as well. Chugging along "as many miles as possible" isn't my bag. I'm grudgingly willing to backpack to get someplace cool if needed, but I HATE it. (I'll happily canoe though) It's the actual being outdoors I enjoy, and part of that is eating a decent breakfast and a warm, tasty meal at the end of the day. You might talk me into leaving my seasonings behind in favor of mediocre dehydrated food, but it'll have to be a pretty exceptional destination. Besides, when I did Philmont in 92 my pack was 70-75lbs. Now that so much gear is lighter, you can't tell me to leave the salt/pepper/garlic/parmesean behind when my whole kit weights 50lbs.
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    Tell me about backpacks.

    Alps Mountaineering actually still manufactures (or has manufactured) a line of external frame packs. A couple of the scouts in my troop have bought and use them and are quite happy. I know personally, internal frame packs drive me nuts. In addition to not being able to attach things to the outside, I find them to be extremely warm on my back. Plus, (and this is the biggie) they carry with more pressure on your shoulders than the external ones do; and since I already have neck and back issues, I want every pound possible riding on my hips.
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    Texas Scout dies of heat stroke on backpack

    But this wasn't "a Crew going out on the trail" in the context of a "Trek", it was 3 guys doing a non-programmatic day hike. The "Trek" for the the Intro to Backpacking course didn't start until Wednesday. Therefore the section of the brochure headed with "Adult Leadership on Treks" wasn't applicable. If you can find me a section that discusses "Adult Leadership at Base Camp" you will have something to point to.
  7. This has always been my suspicion as well. Our local council spends a fortune on flying and boarding its staff members all over the country for various conventions, training and what ever else they do. I knew one council staff member fairly well and he was traveling AT LEAST 3-5 days every month; and he was only one of 3 or 4 people with the same job. *I'd probably be less unhappy about that sort of thing if my council wasn't also incredibly inept at anything that resembles administrative work. I've had to submit my Merit Badge councillor forms 5 times in the last 2 years* The solution I'm pushing for is to get my troop to send the portion of our fundraising that had been going to council to our preferred summer camp. (we don't sell much popcorn, we do a couple other fundraisers instead)
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    Texas Scout dies of heat stroke on backpack

    I realize that, but this wasn't a crew going out on the trail on a "Trek". The scouts in the "Intro to Backpacking" were still in the "base camp" portion of the week. They weren't out backpacking over-night, it was just a day-hike. My troop's camp-outs all follow the "Two Deep Leadership" rule, but if one of our patrols wishes to take an hour or two day-hike, they are allowed to as long as they clear it with the SM first. "Two Deep Leadership" has NEVER meant that all scouts will be accompanied by 2 adults at all times; it simply means that the over-all outing has at least 2 adults (one over 21). So as far as I can tell, here are the relevant rules: Two Deep Leadership: Rule met because 2 adults were supervising at base camp; Buddy System: Rule met because the scout wasn't out on a hike by himself; No One on One contact: Rule met because there was an additional scout along with the 15-year old and the 18-year old. The only real issues here that I can see is "Did they get approval from the ranking adult before commencing the hike" and "Should the ranking adult have approved the hike given the weather conditions?"
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    Secret ingredient noncompetition

    Parmesan Cheese - A healthy quantity added to almost everything. Adds some zip to bland things. Successfully added to: Scrambled Eggs, Mashed Potatoes, Mac n Cheese, Au Gratin Potatoes, Hamburger Helper, Spaghetti, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Corn Chowder, Bean Dip, Also, Us 1/3rd Orange Juice instead of water for most recipes that are made from Bisquick. The acid neutralizes any excess baking powder and improves the flavor.
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    Texas Scout dies of heat stroke on backpack

    I just wish the news organizations would actually check out statements that their subjects make and verify or qualify them when they are incorrect. I realize the father thinks it is a policy that there be 2 adults on any hike, but it's incorrect. Yet every news organization is effectively letting that be reported as "the truth" by publishing his statements with no indication as to whether or not it's true.
  11. That's how I did it in 1990 as well. It was a fantastic trip, and my crew certainly looked a whole lot happier than the folks that climbed it with their packs on. Of course, the average pack weight was 60-80lbs back then too, so that might be a little better now. Personally, one of the best memories I have of Baldy was going down to Baldie town by jumping down the side of the mountain into piles of rock. Then, getting to Baldy town, skipped getting a snack and taking a shower. (the first in 5 days of monsoon) I was the first kid into the showers by a good 15 minutes, so it was still hot. That may well still be the best shower I've ever taken.
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    Mini Trailers As Chuckboxes

    Well, there are some scouts for whom cooking on a camp-out isn't just an annoying chore. While learning to do more with less is good, sometimes the ability to have a really good multi dish meal is fun. While I'm certainly capable of dealing with a backcountry trip now and again, it's not my preference. And I felt the same way as a scout. Oddly enough, I was the cook most times then too.
  13. I've always been a fan of the Eureka Timberline tents, particularly with regard to ease of setup and durability, but they are pricey. The last purchase our troop made was of a number of Alps tents. It hasn't gone well so far, but part of that I think is that the scouts have no ownership of them, and care for them accordingly. I will also say, I've had 3 that had minor rips in the fly within the first 4-5 uses. However, Alps didn't bat an eye when we called to let them know and just immediately sent us 3 new ones.
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    weird patrol names

    About 2 months after the 2015 BSA rule change on homosexual leaders, our new scout patrol finally got around to naming themselves. I had to stifle a laugh when their patrol leader announced that they would henceforth be "The Flaming Patrol".
  15. Yup. My project was the restoration of an enclosed playground at my high school that was used for kids during adult education classes. The whole thing was torn out 1 year later to put in some portable classrooms for 2 years while they built a new wing.