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For a change, some good news about scouting in the newspaper.
1 posted on 01/22/2006 6:30:57 PM PST by Coleus
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A rainy weekend campout in Mahwah ended my scouting participation just as I was leaving the Webelos.

I figured out that I only like nice hotels while traveling!
2 posted on 01/22/2006 6:39:14 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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The one year our troop went on a Klondike Derby, it was in single digits at night, and we had to dig through a foot of snow to pitch our tents. Melted the soles of my boots warming mt feet in front of the campfire. Froze my keister off. But I still have the patch to show I made it out alive. It was like being a member of the friggin' Donner Party.


3 posted on 01/22/2006 6:39:21 PM PST by Viking2002 (Allah FUBAR!)
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5 posted on 01/23/2006 6:07:59 PM PST by Coleus (IMHO, The IVF procedure is immoral & kills many embryos/children and should be outlawed)
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For the 1st time in 6 years, I am not running our District's Klondike Camporee. Our schedule was like this: Friday night: Troops that are camping overnight arrive after 6 PM, get set up, come into lodge and register and eat up cracker barrel goodies. Saturday: 6:30 AM to 7:45 AM - Troops that camped overnight get to buy breakfast for $2 a head. Pancakes, eggs, cocoa. Coffee for adults. 7:45 - 8:00 AM Sled inspection and judging. 8:00 - 8:15 AM Opening Prayer, Flag Raising, Welcome, Staff Introduction, Presentation of the Day's Agenda. 8:15 - 8:25 AM Klondike Stampede; drag race of all 25 sleds present across camporee field. Staff pretends to be able to determine who won, placed, and showed. 8:30 AM - Noon Troops use map and compass to find their first skill station, then proceed clockwise around 1.25 mile loop to the other 5 in turn. Troops that go to wrong initial station are turned away and told to recheck their maps. Skill stations include saw cookies (sawing through 10" log twice with two-man crosscut saw), map and compass (find target buried in snow using compass and bearings), patrol snowshoes (4 or 5 patrol members get on two 2 x 6's and tramp around a course in step), blindfold tent raising (put up tent, all blindfolded except one, and the one can't touch anything or anyone), and other such things. Contestants are judged on competence, teamwork, and leadership and get "gold" nuggets based on their scores. Noon to 1:15 - Lunch and auction. REI gives us a bunch of prizes ranging from LED lights to packs, tents, and coats. The big stuff is usually returns that they can't resell for full price (busted packaging, minor cosmetic blemishes, etc.). We also have some goodies that we just flat out sell. 1:30 to 2:00 Stand down, everyone relaxes, program staff gets set up for Klondike Derby. 2:00 - 4:30 Klondike Derby starts - Patrol sleds start one at a time staggered 5 minutes. There are 3 stations they stop at to get timed doing tasks such as boiling a cup of water in the snow. They are judged on competence, leadership, and teamwork, but this time they get penalty points if they fail to show them; each point is 10 seconds added to their time (30 point maximum). 4:30 - 5:00 Light up 7' tall pile of oak in the parking lot that a few adults cut down out in the woods while the kids were running the Derby. Hand out leftover food and hot cocoa. Everyone gathers around as sun goes down. 5:00 - 5:30 Hand out ribbons (1st, 2nd, and 3rd for Stampede, Skill Stations, and Derby). Award travelling banner (embroidered, fringed, very nice) to Derby winner; it has trailers that winning Troops get to sew their Troop number onto permanently. 5:30 Troops may go home. Dutch Oven competition presents their contents for judging. After judging, everyone who sticks around gets to eat; this is dubbed the Winter Feast. It's in the lodge and we have a fire going in the fireplace. Ribbons are given out to winners for Breakfast, Dinner, and Desserts. 1:00 AM Sunday; I get home after my wife and I clean the kitchen, pack up all our gear and extra food that will be returned, etc., into our vans.
6 posted on 01/25/2006 12:11:53 PM PST by RonF
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For the 1st time in 6 years, I am *not* running our District's Klondike Camporee. Our schedule was like this:

Friday night: Troops that are camping overnight arrive after 6 PM, get set up, come into lodge and register and eat up cracker barrel goodies.

Saturday:

6:30 AM to 7:45 AM - Troops that camped overnight get to buy breakfast for $2 a head. Pancakes, eggs, cocoa. Coffee for adults.

7:45 - 8:00 AM Sled inspection and judging.

8:00 - 8:15 AM Opening Prayer, Flag Raising, Welcome, Staff Introduction, Presentation of the Day's Agenda.

8:15 - 8:25 AM Klondike Stampede; drag race of all 25 sleds present across camporee field. Staff pretends to be able to determine who won, placed, and showed.

8:30 AM - Noon Troops use map and compass to find their first skill station, then proceed clockwise around 1.25 mile loop to the other 5 in turn. Troops that go to wrong initial station are turned away and told to recheck their maps. Skill stations include saw cookies (sawing through 10" log twice with two-man crosscut saw), map and compass (find target buried in snow using compass and bearings), patrol snowshoes (4 or 5 patrol members get on two 2 x 6's and tramp around a course in step), blindfold tent raising (put up tent, all blindfolded except one, and the one can't touch anything or anyone), and other such things. Contestants are judged on competence, teamwork, and leadership and get "gold" nuggets based on their scores.

Noon to 1:15 - Lunch and auction. REI gives us a bunch of prizes ranging from LED lights to packs, tents, and coats. The big stuff is usually returns that they can't resell for full price (busted packaging, minor cosmetic blemishes, etc.). We also have some goodies that we just flat out sell.

1:30 to 2:00 Stand down, everyone relaxes, program staff gets set up for Klondike Derby.

2:00 - 4:30 Klondike Derby starts - Patrol sleds start one at a time staggered 5 minutes. There are 3 stations they stop at to get timed doing tasks such as boiling a cup of water in the snow. They are judged on competence, leadership, and teamwork, but this time they get penalty points if they fail to show them; each point is 10 seconds added to their time (30 point maximum).

4:30 - 5:00 Light up 7' tall pile of oak in the parking lot that a few adults cut down out in the woods while the kids were running the Derby. Hand out leftover food and hot cocoa. Everyone gathers around as sun goes down.

5:00 - 5:30 Hand out ribbons (1st, 2nd, and 3rd for Stampede, Skill Stations, and Derby). Award travelling banner (embroidered, fringed, very nice) to Derby winner; it has trailers that winning Troops get to sew their Troop number onto permanently.

5:30 Troops may go home. Dutch Oven competition presents their contents for judging. After judging, everyone who sticks around gets to eat; this is dubbed the Winter Feast. It's in the lodge and we have a fire going in the fireplace. Ribbons are given out to winners for Breakfast, Dinner, and Desserts.

1:00 AM Sunday; I get home after my wife and I clean the kitchen, pack up all our gear and extra food that will be returned, etc., into our vans.


7 posted on 01/25/2006 12:28:35 PM PST by RonF
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