This weekend is it for me. After several years of trying to get to Wood Badge, the weekend is finally here. I was able to make my schedule work this time around so starting this Friday through Sunday (then another weekend at the end of the month), I’ll be attending Wood Badge.
Some of my best Scouting friends already wear the beads. They talk highly of the course and have recommended it to me for years.
I know most of you that read this blog have already attended. I’m looking forward to the experience. I’m very fortunate that I can attend with five of my good friends and leaders from my Troop. It should be a good time.
Well, it’s that time of year again. I’ve just returned from another wonderful week at Camp Friedlander. As a result of another week visit, we had to take a hard look at what not only my own boys packed (I took three boys with me), and what to tell the other 60 boys to bring. Yes, we ended up taking 63 total boys to camp.
Before I explain what we told your boys, let me cover the two items we were adamant they NOT bring to camp? The list was short.
No electronics at all, including cell phones
No matches, lighters, or other flammable materials
So, what did we tell them to bring, and from experience, what do the boys need? This list is based on two good days of rain while in camp, and was a Sunday – Saturday camp (6 days, 6 nights), so adjust accordingly:
1 footlocker (wild animal proof) with combination lock (not a key lock because keys get lost or worse, locked inside).
Completed medical form signed by parent or guardian and physician.
Two Summer Scout uniforms which includes shorts and short sleeve shirt and several Scout T-shirts.
At least ten pairs of socks. (Some Scout socks for use with summer uniform). If it rains, which it did, dry socks are hard to come by at the end of the week.
Towels (2) and washcloth
At least five changes of underwear
Swimming trunks, towel, and goggles
Laundry Bag/Trash bag for dirty and wet clothes
Sleeping bag or sheets and blanket
Poncho or raincoat – A MUST
Extra pair of shoes (For wet weather) – A must (can be Croc type shoes, no open toe shoes in camp)
Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste and comb and other personal toiletries
Flashlight/Headlight with extra batteries
Scout Handbook, Merit Badge Books
Notepaper, pencil or pen (Self-addressed envelopes with stamps)
Personal First Aid Kit
Mosquito repellent – roll-on, pump or cream only – No aerosol cans
Canteen, camelback or water bottle
Small backpack to carry around books, crafts, clothing, swim towel, etc.
Money for merit badge crafts, snacks (depending on merit badges and supplies needed, $40-$50 should be sufficient)
We had the same problem this year as we did in all previous years. We had scouts that didn’t put their names on things, they didn’t claim it, we have a huge lost and found pile since returning from camp. If you want the same stuff the scouts took with them returning home, get a permanent marker and put the scout name on EVERYTHING. I can’t stress how important that part is!
Optional things to consider:
Camera and Film (Disposable camera (Waterproof if desired)) write your name on it with indelible ink.
Compass (if needed for specific merit badge requirements)
Pocket -knife with Tot N Chip card (Sheath knives not allowed.)
Fishing pole and Tackle (Do not bring live bait- camp will have available)
Backpack and backpacking tent (if needed for specific merit badge requirement)
Personal cooking utensils (if needed for specific merit badge requirement)
Long-sleeve shirt and long pants (if needed for specific merit badge requirement – Swimming and Life Saving)
Hiking boots (if needed for specific merit badge requirement)
Please read the pre-requisites for the merit badges signed up for. It will tell you what you need to bring. Most popular items are above.
What a weekend, and with the looks of it, it appears I will stay in my Scout uniform most of the week. It started off Saturday morning with the Webelos Geologist Activity Badge.
Most of the Webelos I & Webelos II from the Pack were there, and from the looks of it, with over 80 Webelos there, most of the Webelos in the area attended. They did a great job going over the Geologist Activity Badge requirements and then taking the Scouts out to the spillway to look for fossils. After a couple of days of rain, it made for a muddy morning.
Once the Geologist badge was completed, I rushed home to change uniforms and headed over to JLT with the Troop.
22 Scouts from the Troop where there for an 18-hour leadership and team building lock-in. Based on the responses Sunday morning, I would call it a successful weekend.
I then rushed home, changed uniforms yet again, and headed up to the local YMCA for a Webelos II den meeting. We discussed all of the activity badges and began work of preparing for Arrow of Light just a few short months away.
This evening, the Troop is hosting the Pack meeting with a campfire and skits prepared by the troop. I’ll end the evening with an ASM meeting for the troop to plan the summer campouts. What a crazy week!
I’ll end this week with our Troop meeting and annual Survival Campout.
What’s On Your Throne?
An excellent read…
In The Midst of Dirty Dishes…
A slight deviation from my norm…this headline begged me to go read it. You can guess why. It’s a bit of a shock. I guess you can look at this a few different ways:
- Church goers, because they go to church, don’t feel they need to read the bible. Is that a problem?
- Church goers are going to church for the wrong reasons and either need to stop going, or read the bible more. Why? They shouldn’t park their brain at the door.
If you read the article, and its found here, there are some very interesting tidbits.
36 percent of respondents said that they either engage the Bible "once a week," "once a month," or "a few times a month." Eighteen percent reported rarely or never reading or studying the Bible outside of worship.
Amazing stats to say the least. One third don’t look at a bible more than once a week, if that. One in five rarely or never look at it. One more quick excerpt…
Other findings in the study included 90 percent of respondents agreeing with the statement "I desire to please and honor Jesus in all I do" and 59 percent agreeing with the statement "Throughout the day I find myself thinking about biblical truths."
Really? Three out of every five people agree with “throughout the day I find myself thinking about biblical truths”. Begs the question doesn’t it? If you don’t read it, how do you know what biblical truth is? Wouldn’t you think that if you do think about biblical truth daily, you would be checking it daily for those truths? Yet one in three don’t do that. How can that be?
Interesting to say the least. One could draw another conclusion. Perhaps “church” is not where you’ll find most Christians?
If you read the post from yesterday, you know late afternoon yesterday I unplugged…and after a day, I still stand by my original comment, this is exciting times for me. I wasn’t bombarded by tweets, posts, check-ins. I wasn’t left thinking about negativity I usually encounter in my day because folks try to be clever. It was a very relaxing, productive day. When I wanted to catch up, a quick review of a couple of websites, and watching a couple of news channels, caught me up. I didn’t need any of the social media sites. Yes, I do miss seeing updates from some of my friends. Yes, I miss not being able to read and react to those posts. But for me, as has been said in the past, the signal to noise ratio is extremely low.
Whether you realize it or not, social media is being abused, and it’s sad that its come to this. What should be a great way to stay connected to folks, ends up being abused. You can’t stop it. All you can do is block after the fact or again, make it private which really defeats the purpose.
A couple more recent “social news” events:
A man angry about a compromising Facebook photo of his girlfriend took revenge against the ex-boyfriend who posted it, making a hoax call to police that set off a terrorism scare and got the former beau taken off an airliner at gunpoint, authorities say.
Did you catch that? Because of a compromising Facebook photo…
A North Carolina man was arrested Wednesday and accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama in a series of Twitter messages, including one saying, "The Secret Service is gonna be defenseless once I aim the Assault Rifle at Barack’s Forehead."
Again, did you catch that? “…in a series of Twitter messages…” And this is “social media” how? This is interacting with people how? If it weren’t for “social media”, do you really think we would have heard from these folks? Social media has made it way too easy.
Yes, before you blast, I realize there are hundreds of thousands of posts and these are only a few. But what I find amazing is that between yesterday and today, I’ve found many posts on the abuse of “social media”. My own opinion of course.
Don’t worry…this will be the last of these types of posts. I’ll still chronicle the next few weeks on the lack or withdrawal from social media but for now, I’m glad I unplugged.