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  1. OK, so, from the description, they could use their imagination to come up with something like this 1. Use the three six foot poles to build the tripod, with a tripod lashing. The top of the tripod is the fulcrum. 2. Using the two eight foot poles, make the boom with round lashings. 3. Attach the two cross braces (blue) with square or Mark II lashings. All these lashings are in the Scout Handbook. Tie a piece of sturdy rope at the end to attach to the object to be moved. Orient the tripod and the cross braces for maximum stability while moving the
  2. 1. Scout Handbook Woods Tools section has an OK discussion of lashings. The illustrations are inferior, and you have to parse out the meaning from each of the instructions. 2. The Pioneering Merit Badge pamphlet. 1993 version (1998 printing, if you can find it.) Here's a site https://scoutpioneering.com/older-pioneering-merit-badge-pamphlet/ 3. Practice. You tube videos might help. But, you'll find, there is the right way, the wrong way, and the Scout way 😜 4. Even if they do not have the confidence or ability, do not skip the town. Use their time there to go and ask
  3. This is why I am a stickler for paperwork and following all points of BSA policies for activities... I shake my every every year, especially at summer camps, at how many adults just blow off safety provisions... Thunder? Yeah, I heard it, but it sounds really far away, we can continue our activity (smh) Jimmy is a Beginner? That's OK, he can get in the canoe with Johnny the swimmer, who is not an adult (smh) Canoe Trek? Naw, they don't need the three hours of instruction or demonstrate proficiency and recover from a capsize (smh) Class II rapids? Naw, we don't need
  4. Yes, the only thing I think would bring it to a full stop is a Cease and Desist Letter from council...then you are officially no longer under the auspices. I totally agree with you: never let the adult side of things hold a Scout back from advancement...
  5. Nope, no signed Annual Charter Agreement. I'll run one around for signatures, just so our CO is covered. This is the document that binds the BSA to cover the CO with insurance. So, do your registrars issue you a unit charter without having this form completed? http://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Annual-Charter-Agreement-Charter-Organizations-.pdf Ours has for the past five years... Hmmmm
  6. You are most welcome! Want deeper knowledge? Read section starting on page 24... https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf
  7. Ibuprofen is your friend. https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2012/03/ibuprofen-decreases-likelihood-of-altitude-sickness-researchers-find.html
  8. You are right on the money...and sometimes I think that is why we need the "creative destruction" of a Chapter 7.
  9. Absolutely you can double count. Unless the requirements specifically say otherwise. Also, since the project was conservation related, he could use it to fulfill requirements for the Distinguished Conservation Service Award. https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/conservation-and-environment/conservation-awards-and-recognitions/bsa-distinguished-conservation-service-award/
  10. Sounds wonderful! No bugs, fewer other campers, and a good chilly night to sleep 😜 Hope your other outing goes well...
  11. Ours just went through yesterday. We have a charter until 31 Dec 2022! Now, I'll ask if our charter agreement has actually been signed for the year? (Since our unit has unilaterally handled the last four years doing this [coordinating all signatures on the document and delivering it to council], my sense is we will have to do it again this year...)
  12. Our registrar is struggling with the "new" system. It was all supposed to be done electronically. But, in PA, the registrar must verify PA volunteer clearances are up to date for the entire adult roster before approving the recharter. However, the registrar cannot see the "future" roster until she approves it. Catch-22, so they had to go back to all the units and ask for a roster for rechartering, outside the electronic system.
  13. And please, for the love of all that is Scouting, make him pack his own gear! You can go through the Scout Handbook checklist with him to guide him, but please make him pack it. And starting today, after school & homework, have him gather at least about a third of his stuff ... if he waits until the last minute (Friday after school) , there will be problems for both of you. Windy and chilly in your area this weekend. Lows in the high 20's. Hats, gloves, and layers are a must. Don't know if you two are used to those temps. Is his sleeping bag good for that? And a final tric
  14. Still there... https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Inventing.pdf?_gl=1*117uccl*_ga*MTI0MDc0MzQ4LjE2MzQ3Mjk1NDM.*_ga_20G0JHESG4*MTY0MTk2MjM4Ni4zOC4wLjE2NDE5NjIzODYuNjA.&_ga=2.102987464.995562393.1641576145-124074348.1634729543
  15. They could call it Cubela's!! https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en#
  16. Hey, if the Army wanted you to have a Scout unit, they'd have issued you one!! 😛 Keep up the good work. We all need you.
  17. Oh no...all salary and benefits paid out of the funds from the local council. You can see this on any IRS Form 990 for your local council. If you need a link, post your council, and I'll try to put in here.
  18. Or they have no liability, and stay in it to ride the gravy train of a $200K+ salary until the end...
  19. Yup...I try to steer my Scouts towards the aquatics badges, shooting sports badges, climbing, and scuba. All of those are a blast. And lots of "doing."
  20. Must be "officially licensed" tattoos...LOL
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