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About MikeS72

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    Scouting, reading, memorabilia collection
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    Eagle Scout 1971; Woodbadge MT-14 1972; Woodbadge Staff SC-1 1974; Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor 1972; Cub Scout Den Leader; Assistant Scoutmaster; Assistant District Commissioner

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  1. I was thinking more Dolphins 😋
  2. I both got an e-mail from Scouting Wire and saw it on multiple Scout related Facebook pages.
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    Voice of the Scout surveys

    Actually, building the latrine was one of the first things we had to do at the start of my week long Wood Badge course back in '72! Didn't even count toward my ticket!!🤣 We usually end up sharing a campsite, since we generally take a dozen or so to camp. We then switch off days with the other troop being responsible for cleaning the shower room.
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    Voice of the Scout surveys

    Well, we are both Floridian's, but it looks like you are just north of me, in North Florida Council. I am in Central Florida Council, and was referring to the set up at Camp La-No-Che. We were at Woodruff in July of 18. That was the camp that labeled the adult showers as for both adult and for female youth. There were quite a few of them in the block we used, so there were no issues (also, if I remember correctly, there were no female units that used that particular shower block) Daniel Boone had a shower house with 18 individual rooms; I think that the fact that they all had locking doors is why there was no male/female distinction made.
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    Voice of the Scout surveys

    In many cases I would agree; fortunately, not in all cases.
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    Voice of the Scout surveys

    I agree with the 'don't wait until the last minute' thing, and what it does to those of us who have to stand in front of a room full of parents and or Scouters and explain that we are not the ones to be throwing stones at when these things are announced just before taking effect. My DC and I were on the way to a meeting at the council office this past Sunday, and were in agreement that if there absolutely has to be a fee increase, it should wait until re-charter time NEXT year. I do at times wish there was something better than popcorn to raise funding that helps both the troop and the council. I know how tough it is to ask someone to throw down $30 for a bag of popcorn, and still keep a straight face. I also do see the direct results that some of that money that makes it to the council, in the form of camp improvements, scholarships, etc; so I and my Scout get out there and sell as much as possible. I have been to many camps that need to do better with restrooms/showers, not just for female Scouts, but just in general. This summer's out of state camp had shower rooms that were a considerable walk from the campsite, and nothing designating male/female usage, despite several girl troops being in camp that week. Last summer, we were in a camp that also had very large shower blocks shared by several campsites. They had put up signs on the row of adult only showers designating them as for both adults and female youth. Our local council camp (and based on some of your posts, @Jackdaws, I believe we are in the same council) has restroom/shower facilities in each campsite, so if we have a female unit in camp, they already have their own showers. Granted, it is limited to 2 showers, 2 toilets, and 2 urinals in each site, but most other camps I have been to, troops would love to have that available. As to anyone reading the surveys, I have to believe that someone does. I know that I go online and read the comments in surveys submitted by school staff after they attend training. I want to know if they feel my instructors are doing a good job, and if they feel that there are any changes we need to look at before the next session.
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    "pitch a fit" induction

    Sound advice, although the situation being referred to took place 14 years ago. 😀
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    Not yet, unless it came out today, in which case I will not see it until I get home late this evening. (I cannot access home e-mail account on a work computer) Any hints as to what they are asking about?? We have been anticipating something in the way of tightening up on AIA. I am in Tipisa Lodge, Central Florida Council, by the way, and celebrated the 50th anniversary of my Ordeal ceremony while at summer camp this year.
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    Webelos Camporee (Webelosree)

    We do this type activity on both the district and council levels. We have a district led Webelos Woods in November, and a council led Webelos to Scout Transition weekend in December.
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    Old Scoutmaster patch

    Would these be the ones you are referring to? The plain green and silver was the standard SM patch; the second version with the mylar threads showed that the SM was fully trained. Still have both, first worn in 1975.
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    The Frugal Camp Menu

    My nephew loves those flavors, especially the strawberries and cream. Tear the top off of the pack, pour in a little water (straight from the water bottle), stir and eat. Great when you want to get going quickly when backpacking or on the river. Some dried fruit, some hard cheese, and off we go.
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    Teaching basic overnight camp comfort - Suggestions?

    These I have seen some of them carry. To some of them, anything below 70 is like an arctic expedition.
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    Teaching basic overnight camp comfort - Suggestions?

    I doubt any of my scouts own those items here in chilly, chilly, Florida.😀
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    gettysburg trail award

    I am pretty sure that it was around when I took the troop there in the mid-70's.