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    2nd generation Scout(er) (in the UK) with a 3rd generation current Scout. I love all the outdoor stuff (hiking, backpacking, camping, rock climbing, kayaking) and have since/because I was a Scout. Less interest in the formality. Zero interest in the religious stuff.

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  1. OK, bit of an aside, but I always found the Req's for the Camping MB weird. The Scout can only claim one long term camping trip (up to 6 nights) and needs 20 nights. But no guidance on what a short term camping trip is. 1 night? 2? 3? 4? 5?. What about a Scout who has done multiple long term camps? It seems weird that they can use a one night car camping trip, but no nights at all from that 12 night Philmont expedition because they already had a summer camp counted? Or does it camp for x nights?
  2. NAYLE and Rayado are very different propositions. I honestly think it is a mistake to approach this as a "I want to visit a HA base" instead of a "I want to experience ..... activities offered by a HA base". Philmont base camp is essentially a bunch of tents in a field, fun to see it if you never had for a couple of minutes (or maybe an hour if you go to the store). It is the activities and experiences where it shines. NAYLE is an extension of NYLT, you are going to learn leadership skills. Very classroom based. Rayado is backpacking, in the wilds, walking a long way and seeing remo
  3. It feels so easy to define a mammal. Until you learn about the Duck Billed Platypus.
  4. For those in or around Southern California, or with interest in visiting, I wanted to let you know of a new award we just got approved. The Southern California Historic Trails Triple Crown award is this cool medal: To earn it you have hike and backpack on three historic trails in Southern California, namely and earning the related awards: The Mormon Battalion Award The El Camino Real award The De Anza Trail award and do a little trail maintenance.
  5. We went up Mt San Gorgonio, which is the highest mountain in Southern California, about 11500 ft. Despite planning a 3 day trip the kids decided they wanted to compress it into 2 days: (miles are total/cumulative, not per section, height is altitude not height gained) Day 1: Trailhead (0 miles, 6880 ft) to junction to campsite (about 5.5 miles, 9520 ft). Dumped packs, took daypacks to summit (9.5 miles, 11502 ft) and back to campsite (14.0 miles, 9220 ft). Day 2 Campsite (14.0 miles, 9220 ft) to Trailhead (19.5 miles, 6880 ft) Winds at the summit 30mph gusting to 50mph. Str
  6. There is a ship you can book a trip on in the San Juan islands? https://www.sssodyssey.org/bsa-charters-details Or if you start considering something further south, the Sierra Nevada is awesome. Though backcountry permits have been crazy to get this year. One seemingly long term effect of the pandemic (or maybe the Insta craze) is that EVERYONE wants to get into the backcountry.
  7. I don't think there has ever been one. Why? I can guess at two reasons. First, Philmont charges per Scout not per Crew, so unless your number goes below the minimum for a crew then there is little incentive to add strangers into your crew. Second, there are great options for Scouts to attend Philmont as individuals (OA Trek, Ranch Hands, Conservation Crew etc) where those opportunities don't (I think) exist at the other HA bases (except a single Opkip trip)
  8. Orange County have revamped their High Adventure website (and seemingly added a few new awards. I added a separate topic here:
  9. For those unaware, various councils around the Southwest (Southern California, Nevada, Arizona) in what I think used to be Area 4, have a set of local High Adventure Awards. I had previously mentioned these in and These awards are given for participating in various local High Adventure trips, climbing local mountains and so on. Many of them include additional requirements for trail maintenance or conservation. I don't think other councils have similar programs.
  10. I wanted to highlight that the Orange County Council High Adventure team have recently revamped their website and it is PHENOMENAL! Check it out at https://www.occhat.org/ They have details on their various trainings, a whole interactive searchable section of all the various High Adventure awards from Southern California and the Southwest, trek suggestions etc. I think this site really sets the bar for other councils who mostly, at best, have links to the 4 National High Adventure Bases on their website and nothing else. I really hope this invigo
  11. I wanted to highlight that a cool High Adventure award patch is currently in the semi-final of the Scouts Life Favorite Patch March Madness competition. If you aren't aware of the competition, Scouts Life magazine recently solicited Scouts and Scouters to send in photos of their favorite patches. They then created a little competition to do pairwise voting, aka brackets, where every day you can vote for your favorite patch out of pairs. After a few days the patch from each pair with the most votes moves into the next round, and so on until the final winner. Right now the competition is in the
  12. Whereabouts in Inyo NF were you? We want specifics. Looks awesome (looks like it was a GREAT Adventure)
  13. Agree that Scout Skills are best "taught" in the context of doing real Scouting activities on campouts not so much in isolation. Often a little friendly competition helps. Cooking - have a patrol cooking competition. Define one meal as having to be cooked on the open fire (also teaches firecraft) Knots & Lashings - have a patrol competition for the best campsite gadget - maybe a pot holder for the cooking competition above? Or who can build the biggest tower that will support a Scout. Or can fire a tennis ball the furthest? (Assuming BSA hasn't banned catapults and trebuchets)
  14. Appreciate your tongue in cheek comment here. Though, fwiw, the 1918 flu didn't disappear. It became endemic, albeit it mutated to strains that were less virulent. The genetic markers can be seen in pretty much every years seasonable flu, and when combined with avian flu, in bird flu outbreaks such as in 2009.
  15. Be careful of observer bias here. In our area, the part of the community that doesn't want to wear masks or vaccinate are certainly more vocal. The part of the community that don't want to be around those who don't wear masks or vaccinate is at least equally sizable but will just won't turn up and not say anything. I tend to agree that at the Scouting level we should align with governmental national and local guidance, neither adding nor subtracting anything. Certainly at the Troop level. Even with that I received a lovely nastygram from a parent when I passed on requirements
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