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  1. Eamonn, I was the first one done with the ticket in my course, by about 2 weeks, and when I wrote the ticket I thought it would take at least a year to complete. There was some luck involved and things/opportunities came a long to finish faster than anticipated. Also, I took a long time to recover from some surgery and was able to work on my ticket a lot more than others. Having that extra time really helped with the ticket but I'm not sure I would recommend it a method for completion. BTW the injury occurred on a scouting backpacking trip. I'm pretty sure I put enough thought into my
  2. Congratulations, now it's time to apply what you've learned. I recieved mine in February, C-33-04 was my course. I used to be an Owl. Cutter
  3. I am having trouble getting in too. Is it case sensetive or is there a trick. I have tried various ways of typing the admonition.
  4. Congratualtions Having worked with both LDS and non-LDS troops, I think you need to get all of your leadership (youth and adult) through basic training. If you are in the new Northern Star Council, they are offering an LDS frindly, no Sunday camping, Wood Badge course this fall, for those that qualify, and offered an NYLT course that was LDS friendly last summer and may do so again next year. Check with your Bishop and stake on fund raising. What is permitted seems to vary by Ward or Stake. There may be some stake or ward money devoted to setting up a troop since this is the youn
  5. I am registered at the District and Troop level but I only get one card (if I am lucky and keep asking for it). I was told that you get a card for your primary position, district, and that the troop would not be sent one to distribute.
  6. Cutter

    Neckerchief

    From a practical standpoint the neckerchief has few really good uses. It is hot in the summer, gets in the way, woggles are always getting lost and it gets in the food at meals. Some of them are too small to be used for bandages as shown in the handbook. Really, the only thing it has going for it is tradition. I have a whole bunch of them dating back to my youth. The only one I wear is my Wood Badge one with the leather woggle and I don't wear it too often.
  7. I think that cell phones have a use on scouting activities for safety reasons but that the adult leaders are the only ones that should have them. Last year, our troop was on a backpacking trip and I slipped crossing a stream and shatterd my knee and broke the tibia too. One leader had a cell phone and was able to contact search and rescue. While I was prepared to stay on the trail for a couple of days while the troop hiked out, getting a hold of search and rescue was better. This is what the phone was used for and it is a proper use. This summer, I was on NYLT staff and we had a few cell p
  8. I think that cell phones have a use on scouting activities for safety reasons but that the adult leaders are the only ones that should have them. Last year, our troop was on a backpacking trip and I slipped crossing a stream and shatterd my knee and broke the tibia too. One leader had a cell phone and was able to contact search and rescue. While I was prepared to stay on the trail for a couple of days while the troop hiked out, getting a hold of search and rescue was better. This is what the phone was used for and it is a proper use. This summer, I was on NYLT staff and we had a few cell p
  9. When I was a scout we lashed a cross and hung the netting over it. Some even did two, one for each end of the bed. You might even call it a useful camp gadget.
  10. Have fun in camp next week. I spent part of the day on Tuesday at Tomahawk near Rice Lake, WI. It was hot and humid with a few bugs. Be sure to have the scouts drink a lot of water. I'm schedule to go to Many Points in northern MN in a few weeks with the troop. This will be the first time in about 30 years, since I was on staff at Northwoods Reservation in Lupton, MI, that I will spend more than a few days at a summer camp. I'm looking foreward to it.
  11. I was on a NYLT staff earlier this summer and it is not too much to expect that your son should be able to run a meeting. That is covered in the course along with a lot of other leadership material. It may take awhile to implement in a troop particularly if it has a history of being adult run. I believe that adults could get a lot out of the NYLT course too. The course works well with Wood Badge and covers a lot of the same type of material. If you have been through Wood Badge for the 21st Century, the course would be very familiar. The youth staff in our course were fantastic and I high
  12. I'm going to summer camp for the whole week this year for the first time since I was a scout not including when I was on camp staff while in college. I've gone a few times for part of the week but our troop usually has enough adults for coverage. I'm looking forward to it and going with my middle son for his first year. I just received an email from a buddy that I grew up with and he mentioned the first year we were at camp at Northwoods Reservation in MI. It rained much of the time, which, I did not remember. We were Eagle scouts together, he made it before me and we keep in touch by
  13. I believe the Stake may issue callings too. Our district has an ADC that is LDS and works with LDS troops. He has some calling in the young mens organization and his predecessor also had the same position in the Church. Recruitment of LDS unit commissioners is difficult. I tried to recruit some when our district had an open house to recruit unit commissioners and had no luck. One wood badge trained adult told me he would do it if called to. He subsequently was called to a unit leadership position. Over the years I've worked with a number of LDS and Non-LDS leaders and troops. There are
  14. I think privately owned tents work best but some troop equipment is needed. Patrol boxes, stoves, cooking kit, cutlery kit, water coolers, ice chests, dish washing tubs,lanterns, shovels, first aid kits, twine, ax, saw and dining fly would be good for group equipment. Tents just seem to last longer if owned by an individual.
  15. I think if you are car camping they are fine if you have the room. I don't take one personally but I don't have a problem with them if they are willing to carry and take care of them. Backpacking and canoeing are another matter. Again if they can carry them and their share of the gear, I think that is fine but if they after make more portage trips or don't have room for their share of the the equipment it is another story. I personally like to pack light and only take what is needed for the outing.
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