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  1. yes the oils preserve the bark, that's why can sometimes find a down birch tree that looks whole yet when you pick it up it falls apart as the trunk wood has already rotted out also look for paper birch, bark peels off in flakes that's paper thin, makes great flash tinder, harder to find, but some parks plant paper birch as ornamental trees, can peel some off without harming the tree
  2. If you look up kinds of plants most botanical reference sites equate kinds with types which is just general category open to interpretation scout requirements are usually quite general
  3. You may be over thinking “kinds” of plants i equate “kinds” with types more general than species evergreens conifors btoadleaf flowering moss algae fern etc even veteran outdoor folks generally dont learn 10 species at a time 1-3 new species per year would be more like it
  4. disagree with the skills mastery aspect for leaders, first what exactly is mastery, to me mastery of a skill set takes many years, decades of practice, a good leader can learn and lead, without being a master of such task, if we relied on those who mastered a task, there would be a very limited group of people to turn to for guidance. to me a master of a skill set is one that lives by the skill set on a daily basis not a weekend recreational warrior as most of us are. I have spent decades in the woods, +10 years as almost a minimalist, wouldn't consider myself a master of any skill set, experienced yes, master? heck no. yet 4 years in scouts I am learning the scout ways which is different, much different than my solo experiences in the woods
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    #Trashtag Challenge cleanup

    then they should promote it as such and leave the kids out of it, instead its just another pat yourself on the back promo
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    #Trashtag Challenge cleanup

    such marketing should be left up to the org and leadership to coordinate behind the scenes not for the scouts to feed their ego, look what I do. task should be performed for its own merit not for acknowledgement.
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    Walking Stick issue - Am I overreacting?

    let them be kids, its natural, monitor them from a distance, when it reaches a certain point, then break it up and say that's enough, I generally give them a warning, when they ignore the warning and continue that's when I take sticks away, and 99% of the time after I take the stick away they are out on the hunt for replacement sticks
  8. for youth not enough practice time at skills, spending 1 meeting on a skill then waiting months, or year for next step is way too long between skill sets, too many variances in kids, skill set can be introduced as a group, but needs to be worked on continuously on a more personal level, for the adults, interest, I don't mind lack of knowledge, we are all learning, I do mind lack of interest in the subject at hand, many parents see scouts as just another after school activity, just more arts and crafts projects to do. love for the outdoors and outdoors skill sets starts at home.
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    #Trashtag Challenge cleanup

    disagree with such a tactic scouts and everyone should be doing such tasks because its the right thing to do, not for additional attention or recognition its ok for orgs to promote such programs, but leave such marketing out of the kids such things will just give the impression that things are not worth doing if they don't get enough likes, responses
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    Tell me about backpacks.

    if your pack has a brand name, search online and send them an email concerning repair of the bag, even if a manufacturer does not have a lifetime warranty many times they will try to repair it or give you credit on a replacement, also if your frame is a common size they sell replacement bags without the frame,
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    also if your pack does pinewood derby, the wheels come in little tubes that make great first aid kit containers
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    first aid kits for cubs are pretty basic, we discuss first aid, and provide 2 bandaids and 2 alchohol wipes in a small ziplock bags for our den of 15 I basically pulled the bandaids and wipes from my current kits, at dollar store 1 box of bandaids and 1 box of wipes should be enough for most dens, also as others mentioned can have someone come in and discuss it, many police/fire departments will send someone out for such, also some hospitals have such programs, and red cross has numerous programs like that you can also reach out to parents see if any parents are involved in such, or know someone willing to come in for a lesson
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    All Day Webelos/AOL Activity Days

    depending on how large your den is, difficult to get most to attend an all day Saturday event most likely you will have to repeat the activities for those that couldn't make it all day outdoor activities are great but shouldn't be the method for requirements, as for monthly meetings, that would actually make it difficult for those with busy schedules, if someone misses 1 meetings its then 2 months between meetings more frequent meetings is more opportunities, easy to make up a missed weekly meeting, not so easy to make up a missed monthly meeting
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    Just got 1 girl

    parents are always encouraged to pursue the requirements with their kids, that is different than lone scout program there are technicalities BSA has not worked through, as you mentioned no gender mixing of dens, also 2 scout leaders in attendance, 1 has to be a female leader for female scouts, as idiotic as it sounds bsa has not included a provision in YPT for when that leader is a father of the female scout, for your discretion, in my communication with council and bsa texas, while technicalities are against written rules, bsa does not care, and is leaving it up to individuals discretion on how to handle such scenarios.
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    Candle Lanterns

    a good alternative to candles and flashlights is solar powered lights, I use a luci solar light all the time, full charge lasts me for a week of camping, only time it ran low is when I left it on during the day, still wasn't a problem just left it out in the sun and was charged when I got back. on a rainy trip once we also used the lantern as a makeshift campfire, where scouts did skits around the lantern, worked great. also works better than a flashlight when out doing tasks as it lights up an area, not just spot its pointed to. solar light should be part of everyones gear kit