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  1. I forget which requirement it was for, but when I was a Tiger Cub leader, I had a Cub Scout from 1941 visit the meeting. He wasn't from the same pack, but it was still a big hit with the kids. And later, when chatting with someone at Roundtable, I learned that he had been a member of the pack, and I'm sure he would have been happy to come back and tell about what it was like back in the day. For a Boy Scout troop, I would encourage one or more of the scouts to work on Scouting Heritage Merit Badge. One of the requirements is to prepare a history of the unit, and this would be a good time to do it.
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    Condom Distribution at World Jamboree

    I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned three important points: 1. If any scouts are working on Wilderness Survival MB, they should head over to the health tent and pick up some of the free emergency water storage containers. 2. In accordance with the G2SS, I hope someone reminds the scouts that they should not attempt to use these as water balloons and throw them at other people. 3. In accordance with Leave No Trace principles, if any scouts violate #2, they should be reminded to thoroughly clean up all residue after the water balloon fight.
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    From National: Official Name

    My uniforms from 1973 (when I bought new ones for the Jamboree) until 1978 (when I got one that fit for the ECOH) also said "Scout BSA." It's the one thing about the "improved" scouting program that I actually think they got right. I always recall a remark I overheard my Scoutmaster make. My dad was talking to him, and he mentioned something about "that little boy," referring to one of the new scouts. My scoutmaster corrected him, saying, "they're not boys--they're scouts." IMHO, the whole point of what we're doing is turning out adults. They might start out as boys, but if we're doing it right, they'll quickly turn into something else, something which I prefer to call simply a "scout." I don't correct others, as my scoutmaster did, but I think he was right. That kid my dad was referring to wasn't a "little boy." He was a scout, and that's the word I use to describe youth members. Similarly, I don't expect to have any girls in our ranks. We'll still have scouts, some of whom are young women, and some of whom are young men. The "improved" scouting program of the 1970's tried to screw up a lot of things. But this is one that I think they had right, and I'm happy to see the name return. I have more thoughts on this at my blog: http://onetuberadio.com/2018/05/03/girls-in-the-bsa/
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    CSE Letter on GSUSA Infringements

    Our local GSUSA council just sent out a broadcast e-mail, which is also on their website: https://www.girlscoutsrv.org/en/about-girl-scouts/news/2018/girls_center.html Among the allegations: I suspect that #1, if it happened, was the result of the school employee misunderstanding some correct information that was provided. Rumor #3 doesn't make any sense, since there's no mechanism for a local council of the GSUSA to "merge" with the BSA. And I suspect that #2 is absolutely true. Some BSA volunteer asked some GSUSA volunteer to help create a good youth program. Last year, I (a BSA volunteer) was asked to help a GSUSA volunteer create programming. Not only was I asked, but I was happy to do so, and I did. If I do say so myself, it was very good programming, and I think the girls enjoyed it. The GSUSA did absolutely nothing wrong in asking me to do this. And the BSA did absolutely nothing wrong if some volunteer made a similar friendly request.
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    CSE Letter on GSUSA Infringements

    I'm not sure if we're allowed to say cookie. :-)
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    CSE Letter on GSUSA Infringements

    I didn't get all of the details, and it sounds like they were short on details. But when my wife got back from Girl Scout® roundtable (it's not called that, but you get the idea), she was told that they were "not allowed to do anything with the Boy Scouts." The ostensible reason for this was that some Boy Scout literature somewhere used GSUSA® logos or names or something without permission. Supposedly because the Boy Scouts did this, it suddenly became impossible for any GSUSA® unit anywhere in the country to "do anything with" the Boy Scouts. The exact reason for this impossibility was not explained. My wife pointed out that if they aren't present when the Boy Scouts do recruiting, then this will be counterproductive to the GSUSA®. But it's still impossible. So the distinct impression that I got was that they are not happy with the Boy Scouts, and to express this displeasure, they want to make sure that the Boy Scouts don't even dream of using anything that's even remotely their intellectual property. I think the takeaway from this is that we should be careful not to do things like quote famous Girl Scout® leaders. And if we do, they won't be able to "do anything with" us.
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    The Joy of a Used Uniform Item

    She probably a distant relative. My dad was from Indiana.
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    The Joy of a Used Uniform Item

    Here I am in my youth uniform, which I wore to my scoutmaster's 95th birthday party a few years ago (I'm on the left--he's the handsome guy who is seated). Before I get any compliments about being able to fit into my youth uniform, it is a pretty tight fit, I actually got it before my Eagle Court of Honor at age 17-1/2, and I was a bit overweight at the time. I wear this uniform occasionally to show off my bona fides as an old timer. It has my 1973 Jamboree patch. In this picture, I'm also wearing the neckerchief from our council contingent at that jamboree, a vintage neckerchief slide from our council summer camp made of genuine plastic, and a temporary patch from one of our council camps with the council's pre-merger name. I think everything else was current for my position at the time.
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    Scouts and Fixed Blades; New viewpoint

    The schools in my area do NOT have that "safe harbor" rule. However, I'm aware of one case where a student told a teacher that he accidentally had a pocket knife in his backpack. And the teacher wisely told the student to just leave it there until the end of the day. But if the teacher had decided to go by the book, the kid would have been in a lot of trouble. What I've told my kids, and what I've told other scouts to talk to their parents about is this: If they discover that they accidentally have a knife or some other contraband in their possession, then they should go to the teacher and say that they need to call their parents because it is an emergency. They should keep insisting, keep saying that it is an emergency, but not state the nature of the emergency. When they call me, they are instructed to say something along the lines of, "I'm calling about that thing you said I should call about and say it is an emergency." At that point, I would go to school and ask to speak to them privately. I would then take possession of their backpack, jacket, or whatever item was involved, and take it home myself. If I was asked what was going on, I would explain that there had been an emergency, but that it is now resolved. I believe that most teachers and administrators would exercise some common sense if they were told that a kid accidentally had a pocket knife in his jacket. But unfortunately, they are not required to do so, so I've decided to err on the side of caution.
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    Explorers Canoe Derby Down the Mississippi?

    You would have to pay for full access, but this newspaper page seems to talk about the 1963 running: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/43695976/ The Google link contains the following snippet: "21 Scout Teams Race for Winona RED WING, Minn. - A total of 21 Explorer Boy Scout teams, including three from Winona, departed from here at 1:30 Ihis afternoon in the ninth annual 65-mile canoe derby down the Mississippi River to ." Here's more of the text from the page: "21 Scout Teams Race for Winona RED WING, Minn. - A total of 21 Explorer Boy Scout teams, including three from Winona, departed from here at 1:30 Ihis afternoon in the ninth annual 65-mile canoe derby down the Mississippi River to .Winona. The four-man teams are divided into two divisions -- Class A anil Class B. Class A teams consist of Scouts 16 and 17; Class B, 14 and 15. WINONA teams include Post 6, sponsored by Central Methodist Church Men's Club; Troop 11 sponsored by the Cathedral Holy Name Society, and Troop n, sponsored by Knights of Columbus 639. Members of the Post 6 team entered in Class A competition include Gary Schooling. Gary Mahlke, Terry Konipp and D'on Ah- rams. Members of Troop 11 (earn, also in Class A, are Daniel Nixon, Donald Dennis, Craig Zeches and mercial Club. The Class B learn includes John Tidball, Terry Kroening, Jerry Odermann and Matt Odermann ,h: The Class A team consists of Dan Standinger, Richard Deming, Dennis Jacobs and Wayne Bartz Other communities with teams competing are Austin, Rochester, Reel Wing, Pine Island and Zu- brota. THE TEAMS will step at Camp Hok-Si-La near Lake City tonight and will start the second clay of racing from that spot Saturday". By Saturday afternoon the t e a m s should reach the Minneiska pool, near the Whitman Dam, S3 miles from here. The teams will depart from "
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    Home Repairs Merit Badge

    I would recommend having the scout ask at his school, place of worship, etc., whether they need any of those things done. And if they need one more, have them go down to the local thrift store, buy a framed picture, and reinforce the frame. Then, hang it on the wall, or just donate it back. While they're there, they can look for any broken objects made of glass, china or pottery. As a last resort, find one and break it!
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    Citizenship in the Nation Resources

    Yes, Requirement 2 shouldn't be too difficult, no matter where the Scout happens to be. IIRC, the "fedreral facility" requires a "tour," so just going to the post office and buying a stamp probably wouldn't qualify. But if the postmaster is willing to show them around, then it's probably OK. The "national monument" (requirement 2d) doesn't require a personal visit, so they only need to actually visit one location. The easiest, at least where I live, is the "historic landmark" category, since there are over a hundred in one county. They include a number of bridges, so just walking over the bridge would qualify, although I'd probably recommend something a little more interesting. But if the Scout is into bridges, then I'd say go for it!
  13. At my website, I have some information for scouts working on Citizenship in the Nation: http://w0is.com/scouting/CitizNation.html I have explanations of my expectations for the requirements, and also some resources for working on it. I have information on local sites that can be used for requirement 2 (historic sites). Obviously, most of those are only relevant in my area. I'll probably tweak this after I've counseled the merit badge a few times, but if anyone finds it useful, feel free to make use of it. And, of course, constructive criticism is always welcome.
  14. The original question wasn't about the swimmer test. It was about the beginner's test. And if I recall correctly, I don't think the beginner's test gives him any more boating privileges than if he were a non-swimmer. Personally, I think that any kind of a mask is a hindrance to swimming. But if some kid thinks he needs a mask to take the test to advance to "beginner," then I wouldn't worry about it too much. Learning to swim is the most important thing, and he's going to be able to do that only after he becomes a beginner. Whether or not he advances past Tenderfoot, at some point in his life, he's going to be on a boat, walk on a dock, or be in some position where he might unexpectedly find himself in the water. And the way that scouting will help him is by teaching him how to swim. As a practical matter, the BSA beginner test means that he'll be able to go out in 3 feet of water, rather than water up to his knees with the non-swimmers. And he'll have a lot more opportunities to learn how to swim if he has access to the 3 foot deep water. Again, I would encourage him to take off the goggles. But if that's what it takes to get him out in the 3-foot section, then I would make it happen. (I should add that at our council camps, the staff are very zealous that to go into the "beginner" section, you're not allowed to touch the rope, and you have to get your head wet and swim under the rope. They won't even let old codgers like me get away with lifting the rope. So if he's going to make use of his new "beginner" privileges, he's going to have to get his head wet anyway, which means that the problem is self-correcting. After a couple of times of putting on his mask just to go under the rope, he'll discover that it's a lot easier just to hold his breath and do it.)
  15. I was just going by what others said before me. My point is that, IMHO, holding your nose and holding your breath works better than any mask I've ever used. And I don't see how anyone could object to doing that (other than that it makes you look silly, which hasn't stopped me.) :-)
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