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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 have done the first verse many times, second a few; don't think I have ever done 3 or 4.
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    Activity Differentiation

    From the WRFA section on scouting.org: Wilderness first aid, or “WFA”, is a generic term that commonly refers to any training course that focuses on prevention, assessment, and treatment for an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. This is defined as being an hour or more away from advanced care. WFA courses are intended for anyone planning a remote high adventure, from lay responders to medical professionals. As a WRFA instructor, this definition is part of the opening segment of the 16 hour course. When my unit is backpacking or kayaking we are rarely more than an hour away from advanced care, but still have 3 WRFA certified leaders with us at all times.
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    Protect Yourself Rules - New Training

    Not a complete replacement of Cyber Chip, but an alternative that can be done in place of Cyber Chip. If it is used in place of Cyber Chip, it cannot count as one of the elective adventures for rank advancement.
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    BSA retroactively bestows 4 Eagle Palms to Scout

    Ah, but was he faster, or just better at tripping someone than his buddy was??😁
  5. I carry a Pocket Rocket 2 kit, that comes with the burner itself, a 3/4 liter anodized al pot, measuring cup, and pot lifter. I added a stabilizing base for the canister. Not only does it boil water really fast, but is designed to hold a 4 oz. fuel canister along with the stove, lifter and an igniter. A little more expensive that some ot the alternatives, but being solid and reliable is more important. As you stated earlier, don't want to have to keep replacing a stove, especially one that dies in the middle of a trek.
  6. I have multiple tents, depending on what type of camping we are doing. When camping with the pack, or something like camporee with the troop, where size and weight are not an issue, I use a Coleman Flatwoods II tent. I like it because it is more than big enough for comfort, with a 10x10 footprint and a 6" center height. It is relatively easy to set up, I can do it by myself in about 10 - 15 minutes. For the size, it is not particularly heavy, at just under 15 lbs.
  7. Been there, done that! I raised and lower the flag at my high school, some 50 years ago. this was on a military base, with all weather flags that flew regardless of rain, snow or sleet. On one occasion, it was very cold, windy, and sleeting. I sprinted out, ran the flag up the pole, and sprinted back inside. Not long afterward, I was called up to the office, only to find the Military Police there, wanting to know why the flag was flying upside down. One of my more embarrassing moments at that school. I was also sent out the way I was, no jacket on, to correct it.
  8. The other thing to remember when retiring flags, particularly with younger scouts, is the hazard presented by melting and dripping synthetic fabrics.
  9. There is a nice article in the Bryan on Scouting blog about this subject. https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2014/09/08/retiring-worn-out-american-flags/ There is also a link to a script very similar to one we used a few years ago at Cub Day Camp. http://usscouts.org/ceremony/flagret1.asp
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    First Women

    Correct! Both of these young ladies are part of a Venture Crew, and were already very active in the council, both with their crew and at the council camp.
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    First Women

    Tipisa 326 inducted its first female youth members back during the first weekend in February (with the CSE in attendance). This past weekend two of those new members were elected as the first female officers in the lodge.
  12. I was a 20 year old ASM when that program began, and a 26 year old SM when it was abandoned. While the IPS did not require camping, cooking, swimming, etc., we did not change the way we conducted our outdoor program. We continued to camp, hike, backpack, just as we had always done. I cannot remember any of my scouts saying that they were no longer going to participate in those activities just because the book no longer required them. I am sure that there were a lot of troops that were adversely affected, or we would never have seen things brought back, but I am also sure that there were a lot of troops that continued to operate just the way they always had, just a few less things to sign off on the old tri-fold rank advancement cards.
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    How to increase usage of Patrol Method

    Just make sure that none of your new scouts are named Boris or Natasha (or have a thing for 'squirrel and moose'!
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    What constitutes an "Eagle Factory"?

    Those of us who have coached or officiated girls know this to be fact. The only time I had to issue a red card in a soccer match was to a girl on a U18 premier team. Whistle was blown for a foul before she even hit the ground, yet she jumped up and kicked the other player square in the chest. (as an aside, after the match the girls on her team thanked me for sending her off, as this seemed to be typical behavior for her)
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    Hello from Eastern Washington

    I went from being a 17 year old JASM to an 18 year old ASM in 1971. At that time I was old enough to be drafted and go to Vietnam. I was old enough to vote in my first presidential election the following year. I was old enough to be invited to attend Woodbadge, when the age dropped from 21 to 18 the following year I was old enough at 20 to be invited to serve on Woodbadge staff. At 20 you are old enough to vote, to serve in the military, to do anything any other adult in the country can do (other than be president, but who wants that), but as of last year you do not count as part of 2 deep until you are 21. We have had 18 - 20 year old ASM's as long as I can remember, and they were no different than any other leader. To me, and most of the scouters I know, there is no realistic or logical reason for that to have changed.