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  1. Origin of the Eagle Pledge and Eagle Charges

    It is the Youth that has reached the rank of Eagle Scouts Court of Honor. Therefor in our unit we plan the ECOR per the Scout and his families wishes. Some know what they want included, others have no idea. As a unit we assist the scout with the ECOR. and try our best to plan the COR according to the scouts wishes.
  2. Troop Camping Locations

    Excluding summer camp, our troop usually only travels as a unit about once a year for a camping trip. Those camping trips are mainly the ones that it takes over an hour to get to the camping location or the location is very hard to give parents directions to the site. Most of the sites we camp at are less than a 45 minute drive and we have the parents bring the scouts to the camping site. We do this mainly to not have to wait until 6:30 or later on Friday evening to leave on a camping trip to when all the parents get off work.
  3. Troop Camping Locations

    Most of our has been from knowing people with land available. Only 3 locations are owned by unit leaders and 1 by the grandparents of one of our youth members. Out of these 4 we have yet to camp on any of these 4 properties.
  4. The only camping trips that we do not have fire at is when the area is under a no burn order or during the summer when the temperature is very hot then on a small cooking fire.
  5. With our local councils camporee coming up this weekend and from reading posts on this site for the past few months it has got me to thinking about what type camping locations other Troops use for camping trip. Our Troop usually only camps on scout property at most 2 times a year. One is the upcoming camporee this weekend and another scout property if a council event is scheduled for that location. The second scout property is mainly used cub scout family camping and other district or council activities. We usually camp once a year in the primitive area of a local public campground. Troop has never been charged to camp at this location. In the 13 years I have been with the troop, we have only camped in a state/public campground 3 times. The rest of out troop camping trips have been on private property. Out of all the private property that our Troop has use I know of no cases were the property owner would not allow the Troop to return to the property. Usually the only cost that the scouts have for these camping trips on private property is the cost of the food for the camping trip. What type locations do your units usually use for camping trips.
  6. A camping trip is not complete with out a fire. Adults in our unit do like to burn some wood. A fire does have it uses. Nothing like cooking over a fire, then letting the fire turn into outdoor TV.
  7. Scouts Deciding On Their ES Project

    My son's project was inside the city park playground just a few blocks from our home. The other 3 Eagles from our Troop were: 1) An outdoor class at the Elementary school that he the scout had attended. 2) Covered pavilion at the Church that is the Charter Organization for the Troop that the scout and his family is also a member off.. 3)Moving the location of a flag pole from a Cotton Mill that was being torn down, across the street so that the flag pole was next to a WWII monument that listed all the citizens of the community that died in WWII. One of the other Troops in our area has had several different scouts that built covered Bus stop pavilions in different locations around town so that student do not have to stand out in the rain waiting on the school bus. I have been on several Eagle Boards were the scout came up with their project from just calling the Army Corp of Engineers that are over a local lake.
  8. Camping vs. Sleeping in a Cabin

    My old council scout camp which is still in use by my present council was all cabin camping for summer camp. All but 2 of the cabins were open air due to there not being any chinking between the logs. All each of the cabins had was lights, electrical outlet and cots.
  9. Veteran Unit

    The Troop that I am a member of had over 50 years with no lapses in the charter in the mid 70'. The unit did lapse something in the later 80' or 90' not sure when. I do have an old green' scout shirt from the later 70' that I still ware on occasions that has the yellow 50 years badge below the unit number. With a Council merger years ago our units number did officially change. All the unit numbers from the old Council were changed to 9000's. Our units number officially changed from Troop 9 to Troop 9009 with the merger. When it come to the uniform all the members of the Troop only have the number 9 as the unit number. We have never been question by anyone from the District or Council on this subject.
  10. All Scouting is local.....

    Yes Scouting is a global movement but the core building blocks of Scouting are still based on the local unit.
  11. Pl - Spl For Small Troop

    In our Troops the SPL does function as a TG and the main youth mentor to the PL & APL. We have a ASPL due to the fact to fill the gap and step in if the SPL is not able to attend a Troop meeting or activity. At this time we only 12 active youth in the Troop. 1 that ages out the next 6 months. 2 that will age out in a little over a year. A 15 year old that has not wanted to take any leadership responsibilities within the Troop and 8 brand new scouts. The SPL & ASPL at this time are the two 16 year old that will age out in a little over a year. The 17 is working on his paperwork for approval of his Eagle Project. PL and ASP are both one of the brand new scouts. All the new scouts have just started to bring up the subject of replacing the PL for missing meeting. At this time the SPL has his hand full getting all the new scouts past the pop tart and P&J menu stage for camping trips among other things.
  12. Pl - Spl For Small Troop

    Good Information. Several times in the past our Troop has tried to go from 1 patrol to 2 patrols and usually after several months due to the numbers we have ended back with just 1 patrol. System we have used is the Troop being boy led by SPL, ASPL, PL, and APL. SPL and ASPL plans and runs the scout meeting and most activities for unit outings.. PL and APL responsible for running their patrol during activities set up by the SPL and ASPL.
  13. Scouts + School = ?

    Man I wish I could post that good of an response. He is right you know Brian. I know you will do the right thing.
  14. Scouts + School = ?

    I would inform the teacher that asked you to do the Flag Ceremony about this possible conflict, then go from there. You might be surprised.
  15. Scouts + School = ?

    There is only one person in this world that you can control how they feel and act and that one person is yourself. From reading some of your post in the last few week I get the feeling that you are a Boy Scout because you want to be a Boy Scout. You have to be happy with your own actions because in the long run you are the only one that controls your own self esteem.