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    Boy Scout, Eagle scout, cub scout day camp staff member, Minisino(Firecrafter), Ordeal Member(OA)

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  1. Yes, you heard right. I saw the plans last summer and you could have heard my chin hit the ground. I will write more about this later but right now I am still too mad about the decision to move on this project. I want to finish my day of Thanksgiving on a positive note.
  2. What camp did you say you worked at again? I think a treasure hunt into unknown woods sounds more fun than teaching my classroom of masked students next week. Hmmm...I could make it a field trip! 😁. I just need 30 shovels and a tape measure for social distancing.
  3. Great idea. We start next week and I am heading to the dollar store and see if I can't get a complete set for my classes. I might have to change my curriculum to underwater basket weaving. 😁
  4. Wow, I thought I was only old timer here. Most of the "youngins" I know have never heard of a baker tent(or wall tent). Probably thought it was were the kitchen staff slept. 😁😁
  5. I am a high school math teacher who has used the Canvas platform for several years through our local school corporation. I download all my power point lesson plans, word documents, etc into "my clasroom" and my students can access them when they are absent, when our school goes to all e learning days for snow days(northern Indiana) or more recently when Covid hit back last March. The teacher can also write quizzes/tests that students can take to show mastery on that topic. I also used It for one on one tutor (canvas conference) during E learning where the student and I could hear each other and share a writeable screen( I stopped doing this recently and changed to Skype for Business this last spring due to the fact that many of our students were more familiar with Skype.) It takes some time to learn the platform but once set up it can be a useful tool for online classes. Not sure how students get connected to your page since our IT gurus did all that work in the summer. I am sure I have forgotten a few details but that should give you some ideas of my uses. It seems like there are some Canvas demos online that we saw before the school adopted the program. After adoption, our school IT gurus created training videos that have great tips to make pages work for the teacher. I would only suggest you use this if you plan to use for several years. I would hate to see you invest many hours of set up time and then use it for one event. Just curious how you plan to use the app.
  6. Sorry to hear that. I hope you will get another chance in the future. Thanks for working on the front lines...not an easy job ever but more so this year. Good luck with the certification. I pray you stay safe and healthy.
  7. Hey ItsBrian, Did you ever get to camp this summer?
  8. SSScout, I wish I had thought about writing down the stories earlier this summer. I am just about ready to go back to work(teacher) and I could have used some of my free time for writing stories. Ok, I will try to outline as many stories I can remember now and save the grunt work for winter or summer break. Great suggestion too!
  9. Qwazse, Thanks for the advice. My daughter and wife already roll their eyes and shake their heads at me when I tell one of my dad jokes. I have always had a tendency to tell very bad puns and have always blamed it on my dad's sense of humor. Did not think of it until now that I have been telling them about his "life lessons" too. Great way to memorialize the man he was.
  10. Thanks for the kind words. I inherited all my dad's scouting patches, files, pictures, etc and decided to get them out to see if he had one particular area of scouting he cared about more than others. Found tons of great memories...some that I had forgotten about and some that I had no idea about.😊 One particular item was a container that had 2 hand axes, 2 scout knifes, a whet stone, a metal file, a compass, a roll of twine, a mess kit, a small Coleman stove(coffee pot size), matches, various scout handbooks and a box of skill awards. I had forgotten that he brought this container to EVERY campout, no matter what the agenda for the weekend was going to be about. I never really bothered to look inside during all those years and see what it was. In my opinion he created a multiple skill award box to help any new scouts earn their first skill award. If the scout finished it during that weekend, he probably handed them their skill award at the campout. He wanted to get them hooked on advancement on the very first campout. Crafty old devil. Thanks ALongWalk for helping me make that discovery.
  11. Hey fellow scouts, I am new at starting a topic in this forum so please forgive me if I don't do this correctly. In June, my father died after living to a ripe old age of 80. Dad was an active leader in our troop and after my brothers and I moved on to college he stuck around to help as a leader for other troops and the district. I feel like I should honor his time in scouts in some special way. It got me to thinking that I am sure some of you have seen or participated in some special ceremonies for scouts or scouters who have passed away. I have a few ideas of how to praise him privately(he never liked being praised in public) and give myself some closure as well. I would love to hear any stories you can pass along.
  12. Having been in the program for many years all the way through to Eagle, scouting taught me so many of the items you listed and more. I can't tell you how many times I used my knowledge and/or experiences from my earned merit badges, camping and hiking troop events, and my cub scout camp staff days to complete my current life tasks. The chance to be a responsible youth leader in scouts prepared me to be a good leader and follower in life. That would be the carrot for parents. For the youth side, an active troop promotes itself through the activities they do. The second troop we joined and stayed pushed going to monthly activities. We always did at least one campout or summer camp, hike or district event per month. No exceptions! The adults also found time to set up higher adventures for the experienced youth and either attended Philmont(1970's), several jamborees(1980's - 2000's) or one 4 to 5 day 50 mile canoe/hiking trip during my tenure as a youth. How can you not be attracted to a troop that stays on the move? Sorry about rambling on. I did not make this specific(boy versus girl) but I believe that it should not matter which gender you are trying to bring in. Adventure is fun to all.
  13. On my...I just about wet my pants reading these comments. Oh no...I better not get those senior diaper ads!
  14. Really! That is cool. Might want to make me drop by and see the first aid office. You know... just to make sure I was fully cured. 😁
  15. Congratulations! I would read your friends recommendations and get comfortable with your council physicians orders for various treatments. I bet 75 to 80 % of the injuries are solved with a simple band aid and some comforting words. Not a bad idea to also have a health care officer backup person. It seems like injuries to campers always came in pairs and usually they were in opposite ends of the camp. The back up person can be trained in simple first aid so they can take of any simple problems while you take care of any major first aid cases. We even had a golf cart dedicated for the first aid officer and a portable first aid kit with a bucket containing bottle of bleach and gloves waiting at the door to respond quickly to camp injuries that should not be moved until someone evaluated their condition. Make sure you train your staff on your expectations too. They can be very helpful at clearing spectators from the injury site while you arrive and tend to the injury. I don't envy your position this year with all the virus concerns. I do hope the virus situation will improve in time for the camp season. You might have to include new procedures from the physician about this issue that way if any parents ask you can say you have a plan in place. Good luck and let me know how your summer went. 😁
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