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    Camps Where SCOUTS Cook Meals

    Mess halls proliferate at BSA summer camps...but that wasn't always the case. At one point, BSA summer camps fostered scouting goals like independence, self-reliance. They trusted scouts to do things for themselves and they let scouts learn by doing. One of the ways they did that was by letting scouts cook their own meals: a practice referred to as "patrol cooking". You can read a bit more about patrol cooking here (https://www.summitbsa.org/patrol-style-cooking-not-your-typical-summer-camp-meal/). Fortunately, there do still exist a handful of outposts where scouts are allowed to have meaningful camp experiences that help them grow into competent, confident young men. An example of this type of outpost is the summer camp where genuine patrol cooking can be done.... Camps that allow patrol cooking include.... Camp Liberty, Heritage Scout Reservation (PA) Rickenbacker Side, Bear Creek Scout Reservation (TX) Camp Dietler, Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch (CO) Camp Waubeeka, Curtis Read Scout Reservation (NY) Camp Freeland Leslie (WI) Soaring Eagle Boy Scout Camp, Ben Delatour Scout Ranch (CO) Camp Marriott, Goshen Scout Reservation (VA) Do you know of another summer camp where patrol cooking lives? Please tell me about it!
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    Bear encounters UT, AZ

    Those stories about bears coming into camp absolutely terrify me. I can't imagine how people who've lived the experience deal with it....
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    Polish or Patina?

    Depends. Are you the kind of guy who will buy Clairol hair colorings as you get older, or the kind who prefers to wear his distinguished looking silver highlights with pride? Either answer might be right for different people.
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    Camps Where SCOUTS Cook Meals

    What?!?! Your summer camp doesn't have coffee trucks? Ours does...
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    Troop Trailer Stolen

    Police recovered the scouts' stolen trailer... https://fox4kc.com/2019/06/20/fox4-viewers-lead-police-to-stolen-northland-boy-scout-troops-trailer-filled-with-camping-equipment/
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    Opening Scout Camps to commercial camping

    Well, if you're not saying it, then I will say it. This is a BAD idea.
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    STEM Nova Awards for Cub Scouts

    If it's been more than a year since you last explored the idea of using BSA's STEM-Nova program to build science and technology activities into your pack's program, then you might want to take a fresh look. There have been quite a few updates to the entire STEM-Nova program, including some new awards for Cub Scouts that might not be on your radar. About STEM-Nova The Nova awards inspire curiosity about the sciences that make up our natural world. For Cub Scouts, the awards are intended for Wolf, Bear and Webelos scouts (not Tigers). Requirements Most Nova awards are straightforward for Cub Scouts and can be easily finished as a single-day activity. Award requirements vary, but generally, each award will require: Watching or reading about the sciences that comprise an award. Completing one or more related advantures, depending on grade level. Investigating an aspect of the science. Usually, doing some kind of experiment. Go see it: A field trip is typically part of each Nova award. Changes to the STEM-Nova Program Affecting Cubs When the Nova program was initially rolled out in 2011, it included four awards for Cub Scouts: Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go! (corresponding to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, respectively). The program continues to evolve and several new Nova awards have been added to the program, particularly in the past year. As of May 2019, there are now 10 Nova awards that Cub Scouts can earn. The newer awards, which many scouters may be unaware of, are: Down and Dirty - introduces Cub Scouts to the Earth sciences disciplines, including geology, weather, and oceanography. Nova Wild - Learn about wildlife, threats to their existence, and ways efforts to conserve wildlife, their habitats, and natural resources on which their lives depend. Out of This World - Explore the vast expanses of space as you learn about planets, galaxies, and the vast potential of space exploration and astronomy. Uncovering the Past - Grab your whip and fedora as you put Indiana Jones to shame, exploring the relics of the past. Learn about Archaeology, Anthropology, and whether or not Jurassic Park is ever likely to become reality. Cub Scouts Can Code - Its an ever-increasingly digital world we live in. Will you be one of the people bypassed by technology, or one of the people who makes it happen? Learn how machine logic works as you investigate how to program devices yourself. Fearful Symmetry - Patterns, balance and meaning, in nature and in human creation. What does it all mean? Can we create it or do we simply observe it? Info about STEM Nova awards for Cub Scouts: https://www.scouting.org/stem-nova-awards/awards/cub-scout/
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    Got acronyms?

    People on these forums use 1,001 different abbreviations and acronyms. Many are common across scouting. Some are just invented on the spot and assumed to be understandable (but rarely are). BSA publishes a list of common scouting acronyms. The list is here: https://www.scouting.org/resources/los/abbreviations/ As I read through the list, it is obvious that the folks compiling the list missed many, many very common acronyms. Here's my quick and dirty list of additional acronyms.... AC - Advancement Chair BL - Boys Life BOR - Board of Review CC - Committee Chair CM - Cubmaster CO - Charter Organization EBOR - Eagle Board of Review G2SS - Guide to Safe Scouting ILST - Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops JTE - Journey to Excellence LDS - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints MB - merit badge MBU - Merit Badge University NAYLE - National Advenced Youth Leadership Experience NSJ - National Scout Jamboree OE - Outdoor Ethics QM - Quartermaster SM - Scoutmaster SS - Sea Scouts WSJ - World Scout Jamboree YPT - Youth Protection Training Got more acronyms that BSA and me overlooked???
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    Lightweight Rain Jackets

    I see where you're coming from. Yeah, for a whole summer, it's probably wiser to just bite the bullet on up-front costs and go for a nice REI jacket.
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    Duty to God question

    2 Points Just 2 points I'd like to make: 1. The Board of Review is *not* to re-test a scout. 2. If a person on the Board of Review is unreasonable, stubborn, or biased against a Scout, the BOR Chair person has an obligation to dismiss that adult from the BOR. (like every adult scouter, Committee members have an over-arching duty to enable scouts to succeed, not to put up obstacles to them). Why do I say that.... Point 1: See Guide to Advancement, section 8.0.1.1: 8.0.1.1 Not a Retest or “Examination” Though one reason for a board of review is to help ensure the Scout did what was supposed to have been done to meet the requirements, it shall become neither a retest or “examination,” nor a challenge of the Scout’s knowledge. In most cases it should, instead, be a celebration of accomplishment. Remember, it is more about the journey. A badge recognizes what a Scout has done toward achieving the primary goal of personal growth. See “Personal Growth Is the Primary Goal,” 2.0.0.3. It is thus more about the learning experience than it is about the specific skills learned. See also “Mechanics of Advancement in Scouts BSA,” 4.2.0.0. A Scout must not be rejected at a board of review for reasons unrelated to advancement requirements. For example, the Scout must not be rejected for not bringing a Scouts BSA Handbook or being tardy for a board of review, but the reason for the tardiness may certainly be a topic for discussion. Point 2: See Guide to Advancement, section 8.0.1.0: ...Board members who cannot be fair and impartial should recuse themselves."
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    Lightweight Rain Jackets

    I think you're a little hard on the Frog Toggs....I've had them hold up well for extended outdoor excursions and they're still willing to be dried up and folded for next time. An REI rain jacket is unquestionably more durable, but it's also many times the price of Frog Toggs. For the "in case I get caught in the rain" problem, I just pack one of those flimsy plastic Wal-Mart ponchos that have a Rollback price of 97 cents. Now *that* is the solution that's only going to serve your for the half hour downpour!
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    Camps Where SCOUTS Cook Meals

    Hmmm. I'd like to see real data on that because it sounds completely upside down. A commissary window should be many times cheaper for the camp than a mess hall. After all, a commissary can be run on a much smaller staff, requires a simpler facility (essentially a small warehouse vs. a fully equipped kitchen), lower energy costs (no stoves or ovens), and less complexity (no need for prep lines, dishwashing areas, or serving facilities/staff). It's very hard to imagine a scenario in which even the best-run mess hall is genuinely more economical than the worst-run commissary... But if you really have credible info to the contrary, I'm happy to be convinced otherwise.
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    Duty to God question

    Hmmm. That makes me lie awake at night wondering, how are we, as scoutmasters, supposed to determine whether the dyslexic scout is fullfilling his Duty to Dog? It's a Ruff question!
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    Camps Where SCOUTS Cook Meals

    That's fine if that's really what the BOYS want....but in too many troops, the adults never even presented the option and the boys don't realize they COULD opt to cook.
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    Camps Where SCOUTS Cook Meals

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  16. Good attitude! There's no such thing as too much vigilance when it comes to supervising swim activities. It's good that BSA provides the Safe Swim Defense training, but it's really nothing more than an awareness course and it needs to be taken to heart by all supervising adults. I think this is an area where unit leadership should be encouraged to improve their "qualified supervision" level: take the Aquatics Supervision: Swimming and Water Rescue course, take the BSA Lifeguard course (or similar courses from YMCA, Red Cross, or other organizations). I would also urge adults not to allow themselves to be distracted when they are tasked with supervising kids: that means no cell phones, no texting, no reading magazines, etc. while "on duty". A few points for pause... Most young kids who drown have a distracted/non-observant parent within 200 feet of them. Boys drown 5 times more often than girls. African-American kids are 5 to 10 times more likely to drown than white kids. Even if you do rescue a drowning victim, if he or she has stopped breathing and needs CPR, he or she will likely have permanent brain damage (seconds count) More facts about drownings are available at the CDC web site: https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/water-safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html
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    Be Prepared

    The Governor of Maine will be recognizing the scouts involved in this rescue during a ceremony tomorrow morning. https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/06/19/maine-governor-recognize-mass-boy-scouts-who-saved-two-canoers/w7ueUD5i1IWtPNxo0HTveK/story.html
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    Be Prepared

    Good thing scouting teaches emergency preparedness! A troop camping in the Allagash Wilderness area of Maine found out why when they suddenly found themselves needing to rescue two men whose canoes had capsized on the lake. Thanks to the scouts, both men are safe...and so is their dog, even though he nearly drowned the two men in an effort to save his own furry skin... Here's the story: https://kstp.com/national/boy-scouts-rescue-brothers-canoes-capsized-maine/5378861/ My takeaway: What we teach the boys matters.
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    Sea Shell necklace

    Sounds like a nice memento though. I might wear it with my Class B or my official scout camp Hawaiian shirt.
  20. A scoutmaster and his son were driving in rush hour traffic when an inconsiderate driver cut them off in traffic. The scoutmaster leaned on the horn with all his might, but not so much as a peep or sigh was heard. The scoutmaster pulled over, popped the hood, and fiddled with the wires for a few minutes. "Were you able to fix the horn?" his son asked. "Yep," the scoutmaster replied, "Beep repaired."
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    Troop Trailer Stolen

    Ya gotta wonder about the moral depravity of someone who would steal from scouts. Sadly, I gotta agree with the folks who recommend the tire boots. It's cheap insurance....this little guy can be had as cheap as $50 on Amazon or buy it in person at a local tool emporium...
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    Got acronyms?

    These are definitely used, but not always the same way by everyone. I looked up "SWAG" in the urban dictionary only to be confused by several definitions. Knowing what a cultured gentleman you are, I'm sure the definition you intended was: "A slang word originating from Shakespeare's use of the word "swaggering" in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." "What hempen home-spuns have we swaggering here, / So near the cradle of the fairy queen?"
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    Eagle Workbook questions

    It's okay to "want it typed" and to encourage scouts to do so. It is unacceptable to have a rule or policy about it. Such local rules violate the principal of "No More, No Less." Good adult scouters enable scouts to succeed. They never set up roadblocks or impediments.
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    STEM Nova Awards for Cub Scouts

    Just thought I'd point out that the Supernova medals are considerably more achievable at the Cub level than they are at the Scout or Venturer levels. (By that, I mean that parents are more likely to be able to competently guide and advise their kids than they will when the subjects get more involved and the requirements more intensive).
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    Policy on going through scout totes

    Most scoutmasters wouldn't let themselves get into this situation. That's because they would be "Trained" leaders who know about youth leadership and the patrol method and the importance of open, honest, communication in any leadership role. "Contraband" should be defined only based on established policies of the camp, the established policies of the troop, and solutions to problems discussed and agreed upon by the SPL-led PLC. If scoutmasters see an issue that is not an imminent life and death situation, they should raise the issue with the SPL (explaining any valid rationale for the issue, --- like health or policy violations, etc.) and suggest he consult with his PLC to find a suitable solution. When the boys solve their own problems, the scoutmaster doesn't run the risk of appearing untrustworthy or disrespecting any individual scout. It also means that parents don't have any justification for their knee-jerk reactions to situations they never witnessed themselves and only heard about 2nd or 30th hand from their scout...
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