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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. Whereabouts in Inyo NF were you? We want specifics. Looks awesome (looks like it was a GREAT Adventure)
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. That is a tough one to crack. I think the answer lies somewhere in the high expectations for youth to actually do adventurous, grown up stuff without parental/adult supervision and leadership. I'm not a big sports person but my impression is that there isn't anywhere near so much of that. I'm speaking as a latch-key generation kid, we were pretty free range and if we wanted to do anything we had to organize it ourselves. I vividly remember my youth scout camps where we would always do a night hike - we'd leave camp at around 11pm and hike until dawn, the adults would arrange meeting spots ever
  6. Additionally, there are example(s) of existing public health initiatives that have leveraged Scouting. The ScoutStrong Presidential Lifestyle Award promotes physical activity and healthy eating. The American Heart Association seem to have had a collaboration to provide instruction at Cub Scout Camps. The 50 year anniversary EPA award encourages Scouts to volunteer in Public Health related service projects. Girl Scouts have a program on SNAP (Scouting Nutrition & Physical Activity Program) to promote healthier living.
  7. Some other useful literature: Asensio-Ramon J, Álvarez-Hernández JF, Aguilar-Parra JM, et al. The Influence of the Scout Movement as a Free Time Option on Improving Academic Performance, Self-Esteem and Social Skills in Adolescents. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(14):5215. Published 2020 Jul 19. doi:10.3390/ijerph17145215 also Dibben C, Playford C, Mitchell R Be(ing) prepared: Guide and Scout participation, childhood social position and mental health at age 50—a prospective birth cohort study J Epidemiol Community Health 2017;71:275-281. and a news report on the
  8. Apropos of tax deductions and Scouting: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/02/14/tax-time/
  9. I'm much more positive on your suggestion here. To answer some of the basic questions here: Is there enough here to write a paper for a school/university class? Yes Does/can Scouting have a positive influence on public health? Yes, albeit hard to measure and probably not super significant given the scale of Scouting relative to the population. Could public policy changes enable Scouting to be more effective at improving public health? Yes, though likely a hard sell given 1) it isn't a primary goal of Scouting, but an incidental effect; its hard to measure, the effect is small, a
  10. I'm not sure how useful this is as essentially pure personal and biased opinion, rather than quantitative fact. However.... My father was a Scout in late 1940's/early 1050's Bristol, in the UK. You may not know much about Bristol, but it is, and was, a major port. It also was the location for the Bristol Aircraft factory. As a result, the center of the city was pretty much leveled by German bombing. The city was essentially an urban mess, with a lot of poverty and crime. My father credited Scouting with essentially putting him on the proverbial "straight and narrow" by creatin
  11. Wondering if anyone ever got any numbers on how many Scouts (ever, average per year) earn this award? I recently saw some reports on a local-ish Scout who earned the Albert Einstein Supernova award and the article said he was the 13th Scout ever to earn it. Anyway I doubt numbers are anywhere near as low, but it would be fascinating to know a ballpark.
  12. A little off topic but we should start a thread of old scouting memorabilia we have collected, and any stories around them.
  13. For car camping and a desire to keep things cold I would splash out for the Yeti Rambler. Hydro flask work fine too. If clipping into a belt I’d prefer just a smaller plastic bottle and plan to refill regularly but I don’t like the weight pulling down on my pants. For backpacking I like to use a bladder as I like to have ready access and I find getting water bottles out of the side pockets to be awkward enough that I don’t drink regularly. Avoid putting anything other than water (no drink powders) in the bladders. I will sometimes supplement the bladder with 1-2 Smart water bottles
  14. We did not unfortunately, and I don't think our other crew did. The furthest south we got was North Fork Urraca. She must have spent time with another equally awesome and cheerful crew 🙂 I hope your daughter had an amazing summer. It must be so much fun to staff there. Oh how I wish I were 18 again!
  15. Absolutely. We always got 2-3 miles under our feet before breakfast. Pocket snacks were a must for the boys. We only had one hot breakfast, that was more of a brunch. On our penultimate day, we’d come down from Black Mountain camp to North Fork Uraca camp. About 3 miles and almost 50 river crossings. We only had a few miles left to hike and we were leaving a water source so stopped for enough time to filter water and cook.
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