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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. 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.
  2. 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)
  3. Orange County have revamped their High Adventure website (and seemingly added a few new awards. I added a separate topic here:
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Whereabouts in Inyo NF were you? We want specifics. Looks awesome (looks like it was a GREAT Adventure)
  8. 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)
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Apropos of tax deductions and Scouting: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/02/14/tax-time/
  15. 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
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