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  1. It would say, "Well, done! Strive to follow the truth you have learned in all your days, and do what you know in your heart to be right. You will carry a burden of pain until you are done with this life. If you seek to bear it alone, it will grow. Find those who lift you up, and help you along your way. You must do this daily. Have faith that, in the life to come, perfect Justice will be done on those who have harmed you."
  2. Loved your post, but don't quite get what you mean with this. Elaborate, please?
  3. We are not your average unit. We try very hard to have women in the program. After about five years of cultivating this culture, we have only two moms who camp with us (ever). One is great in the outdoors and really gets the program...when Scouts run to her with problems, she asks the most important question an adult can …"Did you ask your patrol leader?" The other is not so great in the outdoors. After about three days at Summer Camp, she left. Hot meals prepared for you, daily hot showers available, and flush toilets (yes, even in the campsite), were not enough. She really did not lik
  4. Officially licensed, even 😜 https://tradingpost.classb.com/official-licensed-cat-herder-patrol-patch/
  5. Whoopie Ti Yi Yo, Git Along, Little Kitties!
  6. Understood...and I wrestle with this daily. My wife wishes I would just leave Scouting and start beekeeping and gardening...and start a cat rescue, too (she's a cat-lady‐in-the-making). Things haven't gotten so bad that I'm ready to go so far as the cat rescue thing yet.
  7. OK, I unquit...see how easy that is? Merry Christmas! And WOW, way to kick them while they are down, brother... I regularly talk with Scouters who are carrying loads and loads of straw. Often, since they have dedicated much of their lives to Scouting in one geographical area, they are attached to the local program in meaningful and sentimental ways. And often, they have witnessed decades of poor decision making and mismanagement which has affected them on a personal level. It's not like they are "waiting for a reason to step away." It's just that, finally, one day, there is
  8. We have a 'Trail to Eagle' board with all the Scouts names on it. When they advance in rank, we chant "Change the Board" while they move their name up. Maybe we should change it to 'Trail to First Class.' And let the rest be icing on the cake 😜
  9. SO, do you think the BSA will take any suggestions from these young people? I don't.
  10. ^^^^^This From G2SS: "Parents and youth are strongly encouraged to use these safeguards outside the Scouting program. Registered leaders must follow these guidelines with all Scouting youth outside of Scouting activities." What I do outside of Scouting is none of BSA's business. If my son wishes to have a friend over (with his parents' consent), and my wife is not at home for an hour or so because she is running to the grocery store, we'll be just fine, BSA, thanks... And can you imagine this conversation? "Dad, is it OK if Jimmy comes over after school? We would like to
  11. He met the one criteria most councils, districts, CO's, and units feel forced into: he had a pulse.
  12. I do wish I could get across to all...the loss of the BSA does not mean the loss of Scouting (the program). Please separate the two "entities" in your thinking. Scouting was around before the BSA appeared, and we can continue it just fine if the BSA disappears. Is your loyalty to Scouting, the movement? Or to BSA, the corporation? (Or neither, or both 😜 ??)
  13. I think you may have missed the point... They already ask for the Scout's email in another section... In the section where they want to have info from you (Your Information), as the purchaser of a Gift Membership, it would only go through when entering the Scout parent's email instead of your email. And I go NO email confirmation of the purchase.
  14. OK, so, this is new...I figured out that, if you are purchasing a Gift Membership for someone, you must put in the parent email address in on the section where is says "Your Information" Never had to do that before.
  15. It's lame, that's what it is...don't really know where that came from, but I have a good guess... My old PB card says, "Demonstrate how to fell a standing tree 4 inches or more at the butt..." I recall an old OSHA regulation saying anything more than 6 inches required safety gear, but I cannot find this reference anywhere now. Apparently OSHA applies to felling any standing tree now (https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/standardinterpretations/1998-03-04-0) (maybe ridiculous?) And, you will be hard pressed to find any references in modern BSA literature to youth felling a tree (Fieldbook inc
  16. You are most welcome...it says it was updated October 2020. I had not seen it until very recently...
  17. Moving large logs into position for cutting, and for moving rocks when doing trail work. See requirement 7 in the Paul Bunyan...you would use this to meet the requirement to build the retaining wall or irrigation way. The long prybar (rock bar, crow bar, tamping bar, lots of other names and configurations...) could be used for both logs and rocks. I also have, teach, and use a cant hook (would like to get a Peavy one day) for the logs, but you can't (pun intended) use it for rocks. https://woodmizer.com/us/how-to-choose-a-cant-hook-vs-peavey
  18. Well worth the investment for your woods tools box. https://www.magidglove.com/ellwood-safetyr-4-carbon-steel-toe-guards-702-tg?gclid=Cj0KCQiAzfuNBhCGARIsAD1nu-9EYQhWJytibMWSJT6oIQ3be4SXTMINkJYYZNhEr8IyHkljK_tBRoAaAhhZEALw_wcB
  19. BTW, Here's an awesome Forestry Service resource for axes...mainly for use by adults who want deep knowledge... https://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/php/library_card.php?p_num=1823 2812P
  20. After proper training, practice to proficiency (I don't see this a lot..."one and done" is a really bad idea here), group discipline to maintain the standards, and the behavioral example of adults and older Scouts in proper tool usage. One good practice is to have Scouts look at the pictures in the Scout Handbook and describe what the sawyer is wearing for safety (correct) and the pictured saw technique (which is iffy...hard to tell if the sawyer has the end off the ground or resting on the ground...will potentially bind the saw...page 382 of my early 13th edition) And there are so m
  21. Asking a question is not reading anything into it. If anything was read into the post, it was your supposing the job was delegated. And, it does matter. You and I generally see eye to eye on things, but we may diverge here... The requirement says, "...serve actively in your troop for xxx months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility..." Now, of course, the devil is in the details....what does "actively" mean?? That's a whole other discussion. But, from OP, if a Scout vanishes like flatulence in a zephyr (paraphrasing), this is absolutely a situation that nee
  22. Stay! But, you are there to observe the bigger picture... 1. Who is running the program? Scouts or adults? If Scouts, awesome! If adults, then, on the side ask the SM corps what's the deal? Find a way to help the SM corps put meeting program planning and execution into the hands of the Patrol Leaders Council. At the BEST Scout meetings, the SM is the only adult who says anything, and that is for the SM's Minute at the very end. 2. Are the SM and ASM's keeping a "distant eye" on things, or do the inmates have free reign? SM/ASM should only step in for matters of health and sa
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