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Everything posted by clemlaw

  1. If there's a YMCA in Eau Claire, that might be a good choice. If you decide to stay at "Fred C.", you would take I-94 a bit further west, and get off in Hudson (the last exit before Minnesota), and the camp is about 15-20 miles north of the freeway. Then, you would probably want to cut over to I-35 and take that north to Duluth. It would probably be almost the same mileage as your route through Rice Lake. Fred C. Anderson has cabins with bunks and a full kitchen, and also has more rustic cabins where you would just sleep on the floor. I think those have a two-burner stove, but no
  2. I'm not sure exactly what your route is from Eau Claire to Rice Lake, but it probably puts you not too far from Fred C. Anderson Scout Camp: http://www.nsbsa.org/Camping/Facilities/FredCAndersen/Default.aspx I have seen out-of-council units pull in for an overnight on the way to somewhere else, so it wouldn't be the first time. They do have cabins as well as camp sites. Edited to add: If you definitely need to go through Rice Lake, that's not a good choice, since it would add close to 100 miles to your drive. But if you're coming on Interstate 94, you're going to northern
  3. IMHO, it is ambiguous, and probably intentionally so. That sentence might relate to the first sentence, in which case it is implicitly saying "you may not use more than a week" to satisfy the 20 nights. But that's not what it says. In a sense, it's surplussage, since it permits something that the preceeding sentence doesn't prohibit. It really makes more sense to group it with the final sentence. If read this way, then the whole paragraph says that up to seven of the nights may be in an already pitched tent, but by jove, the other 13 nights need to be in a tent that you pitched yo
  4. >>>>I don't want to embarrass a scout, his family or me while conducting this MB class.
  5. To avoid confusion, it's best to be careful about the language you use. Cub Scouts "are" Tigers, Wolves, Bears, or Webelos based upon their grade level. If they are in first grade (e.g., graduated from kindergarten), then they are Tigers. If they are in second grade (e.g., graduated from first grade), then they are Wolves, etc. At some point during that year, they will "earn" a particular "badge". So, for example, the first graders _are_ Tigers. In the spring of that year, they will _earn the Tiger badge_. The continue to be Tigers until that summer, at which point they become W
  6. >>>>>>But for treatment consent? Nope, not an issue, and won't do yeh a lick of good unless it's a full health care power of attorney or equivalent document.
  7. >>>>The requirements are pretty basic so I just don't see it as a huge accomplishment anymore.
  8. Ah, read the instructions. Why didn't I think of that!
  9. Let me reiterate SP's original question: >>>>What are likely ways of acquiring enough experience with those to use them in a Cub Scout outing?
  10. Nope, it was "Growing Together" (at least in Idaho). Here's my card (I was red "O"): http://www.w0is.com/miscpages/1973JamboreeWideGame.pdf The handshake patch shown above was, indeed, what I got for completing that card. I have seen them on e-Bay. (I was quite disappointed, since they were going for about $5.95, which dashed my hopes of this patch financing my retirement.) I vaguely recall also filling out the flag with various stripes, although I didn't finish that. I don't remember what the reward was for finishing that. IIRC, I was the one of only a few in my troop to g
  11. If this is the first camping experience for some of the Scouts, then I would recommend doing it closer to the car. First of all, some of them might not even own a real backpack. And even if they do, that might be a long ways for the first time, especially if they need to carry tents, food, cooking equipment, etc. If you want them out of sight of the cars, many state parks around here have "cart" sites, where you park in a parking lot, and they have a cart to haul your gear a few hundred yards back into the wilderness. Ease them into it. If their first camping experience is negativ
  12. Here are the ones that I ordered: --see below And here's a hectograph pencil, which I haven't tried: --see below As you can see, these are still on the market because they are used in the tattoo industry. They are used to trace the designs on paper and then transfer to the skin, as a template for the design. So another alternative might be to go to a local tattoo parlor and see if they will sell you one, a tactic I didn't try. It might be fun to go in uniform. I bet they don't get too many people coming in wearing BSA uniforms. Edited to add: Those links did
  13. Congratulations, Hillis! As noted above, it's one of the most important positions in Scouting. As a youth, I served as Lodge Secretary, and I was always in awe of the Scouts who served as Chiefs, from Chapter, all the way up to National. I took care of some of the irksome tasks, but they all excelled at the weighty responsibilities.
  14. >>>Our camp has gone to leaving the tents up year round.
  15. He'll probably have to do what I did after forgetting so much stuff after almost 30 years: Find the correct person to contact in my new lodge, find out where to send in my dues, go to the Fall Fellowship, and buy a copy of the OA Handbook. IIRC, that book doesn't actually contain the admonition. But by using the __th word on page __ of that book, you can access the national website where it is found. Yes, that procedure is a lot more complicated, but it's a good way to ease back into things. I actually ran into two people I knew back in the day, along with a bunch of new faces.
  16. I think it mostly means dressed appropriately for the weather and activity, so it will vary depending on the time of year and where they're going camping. Assuming that it's appropriate for the weather, their uniform would be the best choice. As far as the exact equipment, IMHO, you have a lot of discretion. Some kids will not yet own an ideal collection of equipment. When I was a Scout about a hundred years ago, it wasn't uncommon for a new tenderfoot to show up with all of his stuff packed in a suitcase. It's not an ideal way to go, but if you're close to the car, there's really
  17. We needed somehting for the Tiger Cubs to do last night, so I decided that they could do some printing with a hectograph. For those who have never heard of it, a hectograph is a pan filled with gelatine. An inked sheet of paper (using old mimeograph masters, which are available on Amazon) is placed on the surface so that the ink transfers to the gelatine. It is removed, and blank sheets are then placed on the gelatine. When those sheets are removed, they have a copy of the original! "Hecto" means one hundred, and in theory, a hundred copies can be made. A dozen is quite easy, and if
  18. Yes, I realize they have staff to pay. In fact, all of the staff I've seen at day camps has been great, so they're definitely worth whatever they're getting paid. I guess my main grumble is the fact that adults pay $90. I understand they have to eat, and they take up floor space in the cabins. But it seems to me that there ought to be a lower price for adults, which would basically cover these costs. After I posted above, I realize that the program runs until 3 PM on Sunday, so it looks like it's basically two full days of activities. By all accounts from others in our Pack,
  19. I'm an Eagle Scout, but my wife is in charge of putting up and taking down our family tent. Tents have gotten much more complicated since I was a Scout, and she's better at reading directions than I am. If she's not around, then I use the "pup tent" that gets set up in an intuitive manner, using straight poles, rope, taut line hitches, tent stakes, and other things that I can figure out on my own.
  20. Yeah, that's the problem. Terminology is not used consistently. Here's what this particular $90 per person program consists of (from my memory of what the flyer said, plus observations from other leaders in our pack): Show up at 6:00 PM on Friday. I don't recall whether they feed you on Friday night. Some activities (e.g., campfire) on Friday night. Sleep in Cabin with antsy hyperactive Cub Scouts, most of whom don't want to go to sleep. On Saturday, big program with swimming, boat rides, BB guns, archery, etc., etc., etc. Sleep in Cabin with exhausted Cub Scouts who actually fall
  21. Well, it looks like my family holds the scouter.com record for the most serious Scouting-related injury. This incident must have taken place in about 1969 or 1970, and it involved my older brother. I must have been in about third or fourth grade. About all I remember is having a babysitter brought in on short notice while my parents disappeared for most of the next couple of days, and later reading Humpty Dumpty magazines purchased from the hospital gift shop, where we spent a lot of time over the coming days. This was during a winter camp, and apparently all of the Scouts were jumping
  22. Yes, I'm aware of that. And before anyone says so, I'm aware that shooting bigfoot is not an authorized activity for Cub Scouts. That comment was what is sometimes known as a "joke". My son actually already has both the Archery and BB Gun belt loops, which he earned last year as a Kindergartner. (Yes, that is possible in our Council as he was a "Lion Cub" in a pilot program.) That's part of why there is such sticker shock for me. These were earned at a Council day camp, which included many (but not all) of the resident camp programs, and it's held in the same places, probably b
  23. Actually, I believe that Bill Gates was a Boy Scout, and earned the rank of Life Scout. Presumably, he didn't make Eagle because he was wasting all of his time tinkering with some newfangled "computer" out in the garage. If someone spends a lot of time serving youth, I doubt if their motivation in doing so is to get a small medal. Similarly, if someone gets out the checkbook and writes a large check to the BSA, I doubt if some little medal is part of their motivation. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that Bill Gates had never even heard of the "Silver Beaver" award until after he ha
  24. As usual, I got off onto a tangent, and didn't answer the original question. Back in my day, there were quite a few kids in Scouts just because it was the thing to do, and the parents remotely thought that Scouting was a good thing to do. It was just one good activity among many. Many kids were also involved in sports, and during various sports seasons, some of the Scouts came to the Troop meeting late in their sports uniform. Others were involved in band, etc., etc. So there were a lot more scouts, but most of them didn't really have any intention of making Eagle. It was s
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