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About xj-boonie

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    Frederick, MD
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    Mechanical Engineer
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    Jeeping, camping, hammocks, beer brewing
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    eagle scout, brotherhood order of the arrow, licensed professional engineer

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  1. Taking 2 crews to Sea Base - how do you all organize the paperwork for efficient check in? Thanks, Mike
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    Sea Base 2019

    Yep - read about that and that 16oz per person is too much for most it seems. Some specific questions: Field Uniform (Class A) or activity uniform (Class C) for Flags and arrival? Scout t-shirt (either troop or sea-base, etc.) on the afternoon in Key West, or not? Best dive booties for those that don't have any and might not use them again? What have you done to encourage scouts and advisors to "unplug"? Worth it to bring own dry bag or just use one provided? Thanks! Mike Troop 1998
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    Sea Base 2019

    Hi, our Troop is sending 2 crews to Sea Base in July 2019, Keys Adventure, and it's the first time our Troop has gone to Sea Base. We've booked air fare and Blue Sky Adventures (easy button). Any tips, hints, do's or don'ts? Thanks! Mike
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    Summer camp - too many adults?

    Barry, With all due respect, this is a request from the camp, as stated in their Brownsea Program letter: "We ask that every Troop with Brownsea Scouts designate a Leader to participate in the program with those Scouts throughout the week." I appreciate your concern, but having been to camp a time or two, the scouts are perfectly fine with finding their way around and are usually better at it than us old timers. Occasionally they need to look at the map the first day, but they seem to remember where everything is from the opening tour better than we do. And while we don't put the adults in a different site (the camp doesn't have that capacity/availability), we have typically had the adult tent(s) as separated as possible.
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    Summer camp - too many adults?

    I think you all who are shouting "do not let new scouters near first year campers" need to chill out. (and aren't cub scout leaders also scouters?) While I understand that cub scouts and scouting usa are different, I don't think one can make the general statement. It's better to decide on a person by person basis. What this adult is going to be doing is exactly what @69RoadRunner says - herding cats and be a general assistant.
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    Summer camp - too many adults?

    That's a good idea. I think he is the Packleader (still is - kinda dual roles right now). I'll talk with the Scoutmaster and see what he thinks.
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    Summer camp - too many adults?

    Thanks for all the quick replies! The camp requires everyone to have taken the new YPT, so I'll be making sure of that. Of the 8, I know that 5 of us (myself included) know our role and let the scouts do their stuff. I've been to summer camp with 2 of them before, and after the first day, the Scouts are typically with their buddies getting to classes and such, while we wonder talking to staff, taking photos of the scouts in class, getting some nap time in, doing some service, etc. 1 adult just transferred over from Cubs and has offered to assist with the new scout program (the camp asks each troop with scouts in the new scout program to volunteer one adult), so he'll be gone from the campsite most of the day with them. 1 adult sigs up for a lot but usually doesn't show up, so I'm not sure how he is in camp. And the last adult is the very definition of a helicopter parent, micro-manger, but was the first one to sign up. Also not an ASM but a committee member. I've had talks with the Scoutmaster but not sure what will happen. If this adult does come with, someone's job wil be to keep them busy and away from the scouts! LOL.
  8. Hi! This will be my third year coordinating and attending summer camp with my Troop (though I took last year off to go to Philmont!). The previous years, we had a smaller group attend (9 + 2 adults in 2015, and 15 + 4 adults in 2016). This summer we are at 30 scouts, and 8 adults, and still have a couple spots open. My question - is this too many adults? I think 6 of the 8 are fully trained ASMs, one will complete his IOLS at camp, and the last one is a committee member. Thanks, Mike
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    New from MD

    Hi. Been involved with scouting for 8 years as an adult (my son from cubs to Life scout now), and all through cubs to boy scouts to Eagle & OA myself as a youth. Currently an assistant scoutmaster helping out with summer camps and high adventure camps. I really enjoy camping and backpacking and am getting into Hammocking.