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Double Eagle last won the day on July 26 2020

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    Traveled the world for the government, Scouted in 4 foreign countries and been to international scout centers. 3X Philmont, 1 Natl Jamboree, OA member, and started in 1978.

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  1. With prices like that, I'm banning those specific knives for myself. Crazy prices for museum pieces you would be afraid to use daily. More national mark up to pay for ...
  2. Sounds like a much better eagle project than a bench or ga-ga ball pit. Everything in that sounds like a scout-skill-heavy opportunity. In addition to posting trail signs, often unknown or forgotten landmarks are visible in the burnt areas. I often travel controlled burn areas for landmarks, shed hunting, and historical features to share. What a way to show what Scouting can do and partner with local Forestry officials.
  3. As a district commissioner visiting new units and prospective organizations thinking of chartering units, I often had my bear and wolf granddaughters, in uniform, to accompany me. It was two-fold. I had them that night, and they could get a scout's view of the program. I remember "Scout-o-rama" where any scout and unit came together to show scouting skills. The more public sees the uniform and manner in which it is worn, the better for us. I see every scout as an ambassador to sell our program. No problem with any scout visiting units. The activities is a concern, but the age-appr
  4. This was a topic of discussion last January where our LDS troops folded. Their CO was the church and kept the assets to use in their similar program. I don't see too much of an issue with a civil meeting between the unit and CO. Many times the CO chooses to just let things go as they don't want to store old gear. Event he troop flag, purchased by the CO, has been a long discussion. I'd like to hear what the LDS leaders experienced last January.
  5. Ok, you are talking the Black Eagle Lodge as it was when I was the Edelweiss chapter advisor. Then everything was in Heidelberg Germany. Since you can't get any TAC records with membership, you have to convince the lodge of your actual induction and membership. Any old membership cards like we had in 93 would work. Photos of you with uniform and sash and/or flap, personnel that can vouch for you, the real burden of proof is on you (not hard really). They put the burden on you as there is "stolen valor" within the BSA, and a lot of it mostly with adults. I'm sure you are familiar with the
  6. How about the voyageur sash or plaid items? Fortunate enough to grow up on the Michigan/Canada border, we all had a sash at one time or another. Mine is not the blue or traditional red, but a tan plaid. I couldn't get into the stocking cap mode. I see the NT doesn't carry them anymore or is out of stock. Personally, I think the sash goes with NT as the Black bull goes with Philmont. And how about the red or green plaid items. For those scouts that are first timers, they may want to look around and buy before paying a lot.
  7. Stick to the cub u uniform that works with the program you are delivering. Sounds like the blue is it. There is a reason webelos activity pins are on the right sleeve webelos colors tabs. Save money, deliver the promise and make every scout proud to wear the uniform they have.
  8. To keep this short, yes go fot it. I've seen a ton of Woodbadge patrols go way beyond a hat.
  9. As for the receipts and thought of stealing...invite this ASM to the monthly committee meeting where there should be a treasurer report. I would also recommend the approved monthly treasurer and approved committee meeting minutes be sent to the COR/Institutional Head after each meeting. Many COR/IH won't bother to review it, but is a good practice. David is correct that all property is the chartered organization. If a unit folds the CO gets to decide what to do with the property. We reminded folks of this when we lost our LDS troops in December.
  10. First, you don't nee district of council involvement unless a commissioner can help. There are a few steps before the COR/institutional head ask him to resign or move on. How about an ASM or trusted peer as a medium to address this with him. Many times we aren't in Scouting alone and have trusted peers we can vent to and address issues. Chances are he has a scouting buddy that can be a moderator. This gets it handled at the lowest level. Not a medium or doesn't listen/change, you can have a commissioner take a look and speak with him to get his take on this. The commissioner can make a
  11. I think the question is not if it is allowed, but rather is it practical. I've never camped with a flare in the vicinity. I don't even carry these in my truck. I think it is a bit much to do with the WS MB. There should be some expectation of what is practical. Although burning tires with the black smoke is a great attractant, it isn't practical for that training. I think that is a skill the family could teach outside scouting if the need is there. Sometimes, you have to say "good idea, but not in the scouts".
  12. 5thGenTexan, I hope you don't opt out for that reason. If there is a physical or mental issue with the swimming, there are ways to modify the requirements. I happen to think his lack of swimming is one main reason to keep him in scouts. You may not be able to get him to swim, but peers and trained scouting folks often have proven ways to teach rather than throw him in and see what happens.
  13. During the lockdown and dreaming about hitting the trail, I've had a few conversations with Scouting folks about backpacking towels. I tend to keep two of the shamwow type towels in my pack. They do the job, dry quickly, and soak up quite a bit. I've used traditional cotton towels, but recommend these type of towels for backpacking. Having been to Philmont a few times with a different towel each time, I'm interested in what you use or tell your scouts are best.
  14. Imagine the surprise if you went to camp and found your ex-wife as a leader in an adjacent campsite. If you need to get away, go on staff. That is a longer stay and better yet, go out of council.
  15. Ok you asked. The entire cub uniform from Lion to AOL needs to be reworked. Just last year they changed the wolves from gold to red...why? Lions became the gold rank. Every WEBELO has a tan shirt, but has (you know I'm right) to get a new one as they cross over. Most won't remove cubby stuff as a Scout or Tenderfoot, just buy a different shirt. Lets not talk about each cub rank has its own socks, belt buckle, $15 book, $15 hat, Neckerchief. I'm glad they did away with activity arrowpoints, those were a royal pain. I'm just glad Scouts BSA has one shirt, a neckerchief if the troop
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