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cocomax last won the day on February 3

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    Hiking, Camping, Wood Working, Welding, Metal Casting, Electronics, Computer Programming, Games, Cooking, Reading, Gardening, Composting, Cats, Magic, History
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    First Class scout from the 1970's, worked as a logger for 10 years, programmed computer games in the 1990's, built storage sheds for Lowes for 5 years, worked at a kids science center for 7 years running summer camp programs for them and teaching science classes

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  1. Sad sign of the times

    The news media makes these kids super stars, their name is on the news for a good 2 weeks. If a looser kid that feels like a nobody wants to go out with a bang they know all they have to do is become a mass school shooter. The bigger the body count the higher the "score" in their minds. They will be remembered and that is important to them. The news media loves mass shootings, it drives up their ratings and gives them a chance to berate the NRA, gun owners, the right wing, and pin the blame on Trump. Some kids on SSRI drugs to treat depression can reach the point that they do not care about their own life or the life of people around them because of the effects of the drug and become very dangerous. I can't think of a mass shooter under the age of 25 that was not taking a SSRI drug.
  2. Sunday Morning segment on the BSA

    Do girls want high adventure? If they did venturing would be more popular than it is. How many girls are in venturing? Maybe 70,000 tops. What I keep hearing is girls want their eagle, because the GSUSA gold star award is not as good in their eyes. If girls wanted to go camping and go hiking that is what Girl Scouts would be doing more of. Girl scouts is a girl lead program. They push girl leadership and girls deciding what they want to do. There are 1.8 million Girl Scouts, they must be doing something the girls like.
  3. Our AOL Cub den will be going to a Camporee (and camping with) with our Boy Scout troop and going on a camping trip to Moro Bay this spring. The whole AOL Cub den will be join the troop as new scouts later this spring after cross over, they have already been to 3 troop meetings. I thought this was normal for AOL dens to do stuff with their future troop, I am surprised there are AOL dens not doing so.
  4. Arrow of Light Adventure: Scouting Adventure Complete the following Requirements. Prepare yourself to become a Boy Scout by completing at least a-c below: a. Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain their meanings to your den leader, parent, or guardian. b. Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe for your den leader, parent, or guardian some ways you have shown Scout spirit by conducting yourself according to the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. c. Give the Boy Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain when to use each. d. Describe the First Class Scout badge, and tell what each part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge. e. Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance. In your own words, explain its meaning Visit a Boy Scout troop meeting with your parent or guardian and, if possible, with your den members and leaders. After the meeting, do the following: a. Describe how the Scouts in the troop provide its leadership. b. Describe the four steps of Boy Scout advancement. c. Describe ranks in Boy Scouting and how they are earned. d. Describe what merit badges are and how they are earned. Practice the patrol method in your den for one month by doing the following: a. Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that might be part of a Boy Scout troop. b. Hold an election to choose the patrol leader. c. Develop a patrol name and emblem (if your den does not already have one), as well as a patrol flag and yell. Explain how a patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell create patrol spirit. d. As a patrol, make plans to participate in a Boy Scout troop’s campout or other outdoor activity. With your Webelos den leader, parent, or guardian, participate in a Boy Scout troop’s campout or other outdoor activity. Use the patrol method while on the outing. Do the following: a. Show how to tie a square knot, two half hitches, and a taut-line hitch. Explain how each knot is used. b. Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and fuse the ends of different kinds of rope. Demonstrate your knowledge of the pocketknife safety rules and the pocketknife pledge. If you have not already done so, earn your Whittling Chip card.
  5. In Europe the school system and mothers work very hard to soak young boys in feminine values like accepting responsibility for household chores, being caring, understanding and attentive, and bend to every wish of the woman. This has produced a generation of soft, insecure men, who are out of touch with their masculine nature, identity and strength. This allows them to work really well with co-ed groups without any problems. However here in the USA there are still a large number of men and boys that suffering from toxic masculinity, including myself. There are a bunch of them in the Boy Scouts, boys and old scouters. If the boys don't like what the BSA is doing and get upset about it they will quietly just walk away, go camping with their dad, join sports teams and play video games and let the girls have the Boy Scouts. The boys have no real voice in the BSA other than walking away.
  6. I have been reading a lot of news coming out of Europe, it looks to me Co-Ed scouting works really well in Europe, I see no evidence Co-Ed scouting of being a problem in Europe.
  7. Yes you are correct, Fresno California.
  8. Scouts Honor, I am telling the truth. That was part of my IOLS training last year. They also taught us that we needed prepare food over a tarp, to catch food particles and use window screen to screen the top layer of dust at the camp site to gather up all micro trash. We also learned how to pick up human waste with a zip lock bag as well the toilet paper to pack the human waste out, we can wrap the human waste zip locks with duct tape to hide what is in there so you do not have to look at it. I am not making this up.
  9. As a very experienced scout/scouter that had to take training last year, I can tell you I paid very close attention to the training. The training was a joke, we were being trained about camping by someone who has never camped (other than at wood badge), who made it very clear that if we go camping or hiking we need special soft soled shoes so that we would not compact the ground and injure the worms, hike only in groups of 5 or less, when making a camp fire remove the soil 6 inches deep and set it aside, line the camp fire pit with a space blanket to protect the worms and microbes from heat, add sand that you pack with you, when you break camp pack out the ashes, dirty sand and the space blanket, place the original soil back in place and leave no trace. We had knot tying instructors that could tie a square knot, but not a double half hitch, taunt line, timber hitch, clove hitch or square lashing. . . I paid VERY close attention to my training, it was a real eye opener.
  10. If we end up with girl only troops, well that will be fantastic and I do not see that hurting boy troops at all, I can agree with you on that. I think BSA will do fine if they stick to that plan.
  11. . . . but but sometimes the rumors turn out to be false. . . . right?
  12. Michael B. Surbaugh CES expressed some very anti-co-ed feelings at the national jamboree, he said things like a "single sex program was very important to boys development" and we would NOT be going co-ed. Maybe Michael should step back or step down. . .
  13. Canada has 36,300,000 people, the USA has 323,100,000 people. (Canada's population is 11% of the size of the USA population.) BSA has 2,740,866 young people in the program, Canada has 63,000 young people in their scouting program. 0.8 % of people in the USA are youth members of the BSA 0.17% of people in Canada are youth members of Canada scouts. If BSA were as "successful" as Canada Scouts it would have 549,000 total youth members. Maybe BSA has been doing a lot of things correctly over the past years to have so much higher membership numbers than Canada.
  14. Virtual Campfire

    The boys in our troop keep getting asked if they have any cookies for sell, by their school mates. . . The boys in our troop keep getting asked if they have any cookies for sell, by their school mates. . .
  15. I keeping hearing people say "Girl Scouts is boring", why is Girl Scouts so boring? When I was a scout in the 1970's I do not recall anyone calling the Girl Scouts boring, the Girl Scout camp near our Boy Scout camp was considered a forbidden place of mystery and wonder, the boys back then in my troop and summer camp held the Girl Scouts in a place of very high regard, girls that could be wonderful future wives. Now in the current year, the boys in our troop think the Girl Scouts are cool, we cut and sell Christmas trees with the Girl Scouts we share a scout building with the Girl Scouts.