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Caught a little blurb in the local paper yesterday, off the wire. Byline is Cimarron, NM. Says lightning struck a mountaintop, injuring a group of Scouts as they were hiking. Nine Scouts and two adults, on Baldy Mountain, none were seriously injured but one was airlifted to a Santa Fe hospital for treatment.

 

Hope that wasn't the group that Pete was with......

 

 

Jeff

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How many troops go to the same place the same weekend?

 

A quick google search turned this up when I searched for Philmont Ranch, where they were headed, Which just so conveniently happens to be located near the town of Cimarron, NM. The ranch serves 3000 or so scouts each summer.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philmont_Scout_Ranch

 

Thats a scary high likelyness that it could be their group...

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Philmont scout ranch, is to scouts, the most challenging of all scout camps.

 

I have been in many Scout camps in the Northeast.

Some of these camps are Truely adventure camps, where you could have any number of things happen, from bears, wildfires, etc,etc,

 

This 'accident' doesn't seem to me to be "Out of the Norm' for Boyscouts, who are serious adventurers.

I'm glad to hear that no one was hurt, and I hope a speedy recovery for those who were injured.

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I went to Philmont, Many, Many, Many years ago. It was a blast. It was just to expensive for our troop to afford to go again....

 

 

It really wasn't that rough of an adventure, but when your 12 as long as you have food its all good.

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Proud to claim I was a Life Scout (got in too late to make Eagle before I turned 18 :headpop: ) and also in OA. My scout experience was limited to the local western PA scout camp (Roaring Run) and was o.k., but the OA is where it got "extreme". Loved it beyond words.

 

I've been thinking, I really ought to get back involved with the BSA somehow. Kinda of a pay-it-back sort of thing, I suppose.

 

I'm getting old..... :chillin:

 

Jeff

 

edit: but I refuse to sell doughnuts outside the local WalMart as a fundraiser!

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My Dad and I went to Philmont back in 2001. My brother has been there 3 times, once with my Dad as well and the lateset trip for him was actually last week. He got home Sunday night. Yah, Philmont is a big deal in BSA, but I enjoyed my trip to Atikokan, Ontario to the Northern Tier canoe base much more. ;)

 

I got my Eagle in 2000. Nice to see lots of fellow BSA guys on here!

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Proud to claim I was a Life Scout (got in too late to make Eagle before I turned 18 :headpop: ) and also in OA. My scout experience was limited to the local western PA scout camp (Roaring Run) and was o.k., but the OA is where it got "extreme". Loved it beyond words.

 

I've been thinking, I really ought to get back involved with the BSA somehow. Kinda of a pay-it-back sort of thing, I suppose.

 

I'm getting old..... :chillin:

 

Jeff

 

edit: but I refuse to sell doughnuts outside the local WalMart as a fundraiser!

 

X2 for me. Work, girls and cars diverted my interests.

 

I've got a little boy now, and he starts Cubs in about a month.(Right after school begins.)

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My troop broke up due to a scandal just after I bridged from Webelos. I did make AOL though. I gave back a little when my son joined up by taking the den through Webelos, and then staying on as Assistant SM 'til 1st class was done and Jeeps took over. My back was about finished with sleeping on the ground too. We live near the Silver Moccasin Trails merit badge route and I saw the top of Baden-Powell and Islip Saddle many times. I wish we could have afforded to do Philmont.

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Proud to claim I was a Life Scout (got in too late to make Eagle before I turned 18 :headpop: ) and also in OA. My scout experience was limited to the local western PA scout camp (Roaring Run) and was o.k., but the OA is where it got "extreme". Loved it beyond words.

 

I've been thinking, I really ought to get back involved with the BSA somehow. Kinda of a pay-it-back sort of thing, I suppose.

 

I'm getting old..... :chillin:

 

Jeff

 

edit: but I refuse to sell doughnuts outside the local WalMart as a fundraiser!

 

X2 for me. Work, girls and cars diverted my interests.

 

I've got a little boy now, and he starts Cubs in about a month.(Right after school begins.)

 

X3 for me... X2 on the girls, work and cars thing. i work every monday (truck day) so i couldnt attend meetings.

 

my brother is eagle though. I'm brotherhood in the OA

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Yeah Scouts were a great time for me.

My dad was the Scout master for many years. He NEVER presured me to advance in rank. I never made it past tenderfoot, inspite of getting many merit badges, I did what I wanted and didn't worry about the required ones to advance.

My Dad thought that Camping/hiking and fresh air were more important then the ranks.

I was a Counselor at a Camp in the Adorondaks for a summer, and then again at a camp in NJ for a summer.

Thoses were some of the best times !

My oldest son is 8yrs, once he is old enough to join the boyscouts, I plan to rejoin as an assistant SM or such, and get him involved.

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I did the whole BSA thing, minus the last step. I went from tiger cubs up to attempting my Eagle project twice. First time I was denied by the review board for anti-troop political reasons. Second time my heart wasn't in it. I did manage a troop of 90 kids as SPL for 2.5 yrs though and drafted our troops code of conduct. I had a very positive experience with scouting, and I hope I have boys (when I'm ready) so I can go through scouting a second time.

 

Our troop loved going to Treasure Island in the Delaware River for summer camp, I did that camp 3 or 4 times. We also went to a variety in MD, PA, and VA.

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Proud to claim I was a Life Scout (got in too late to make Eagle before I turned 18 :headpop: ) and also in OA. My scout experience was limited to the local western PA scout camp (Roaring Run) and was o.k., but the OA is where it got "extreme". Loved it beyond words.

 

I've been thinking, I really ought to get back involved with the BSA somehow. Kinda of a pay-it-back sort of thing, I suppose.

 

I'm getting old..... :chillin:

 

Jeff

 

edit: but I refuse to sell doughnuts outside the local WalMart as a fundraiser!

 

X2 for me. Work, girls and cars diverted my interests.

 

I've got a little boy now, and he starts Cubs in about a month.(Right after school begins.)

 

X3 for me... X2 on the girls, work and cars thing. i work every monday (truck day) so i couldnt attend meetings.

 

my brother is eagle though. I'm brotherhood in the OA

 

Work at a grocery store????

 

I actually had the same reason. Mondays were truck day at the supermarket where I worked, and I could go to the meetings, but then I worked 10pm to 4am, and had to go to school at 7a.

 

I made it to the second level of OA, I can't remember what it was called. We had to do some goofy super-primative camping/ slave labor project that was even worse than the one we had to do for OA the first time.

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This blows me away! Had no idea that so many of you guys were former Scouts, OA Members, Eagle Scouts, AND Current Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, and Crew Advisors (Venturing)! No wonder this site is so Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent! I should have caught on to this from the start! :clapping:

 

I am currently serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster for my son's troop going on 5 years. He has finished his Eagle project and needs to submit his final write up and pass his board of review. Almost there. :D

 

Strong supporter just because I had so much FUN as a scout myself. Best thing in the world to get these young guys to put down a video game controller and pick up a backpack, hiking stick, or a paddle. So much out there to experience, if we can just get them away from the electronics once in a while.

 

Again, Heart Lifting to read this thread. Please contribute any time you can to Scouting. Money may be nice, but these young guys really need your time and attention above all. It is so hard to counteract all of the negative role models out there. Definitely a worthwhile cause to support!

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Dog gone it, forgot why I started the reply in the first place. Happens when you get old.

 

As an Older and Wiser Scoutmaster advised me while I was going through Woodbadge Training; "We loose a lot of good scouts to fumes!"

 

Be aware of the following:

 

"Perfumes and Exhaust Fumes!!"

:rotf: :rotf: :rotf: :rotf:

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You guys put me to shame. I went through Cub Scouts all the way, but I quit Boy Scouts after a couple of years. I was a sailing instructor in the summers, taught "marlinspike seamanship" (knot tying, splicing, rigging, all that good stuff) to a whole bunch of people -- and they failed me for my knot tying merit badge because they didn't like the way I tied a bowline (I tied it by the book, then and now).

 

So I quit in a huff, and never went back. But I was post advisor to an Explorer post for a few years, a long time afterwards.

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I learn a lot from my time in the scouts. Went from cubs all the way up to working on Eagle were I strayed from the path due to girls and partying. Ended up in Explorers were girls and partying got me kicked out. Go figure. Tried to get the boy into it when we live in San Diego but his interest was low and they had some very recent bad incidents with some wacko's so I let him stay with sports instead. Still think scouting is a good thing for kid's and will one day volunteer to be a part of it again. :thumbsup:

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Sir Baden-Powell only intended the program to go to "First Class". I think everyone that made it that far shoud pat themselves on the back. On a clear day I can see the mountain named after him from my home.

and they failed me for my knot tying merit badge because they didn't like the way I tied a bowline

I too had arguments over the way a bowline should be tied when I was assistant scoutmaster of our troop. I could tie one behind my back faster than most could do otherwise. The scoutmaster banned me from doing so because he asserted that I must be cheating- "the knot can't be tied that fast". I never did show him my method.

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Sir Baden-Powell only intended the program to go to "First Class". I think everyone that made it that far shoud pat themselves on the back. On a clear day I can see the mountain named after him from my home.
and they failed me for my knot tying merit badge because they didn't like the way I tied a bowline

I too had arguments over the way a bowline should be tied when I was assistant scoutmaster of our troop. I could tie one behind my back faster than most could do otherwise. The scoutmaster banned me from doing so because he asserted that I must be cheating- "the knot can't be tied that fast". I never did show him my method.

 

haha oh the one handed bowline.. i wonder if i can still do it. :dunno: its been years, mom actually showed us that one, then they all wanted to know so she showed the whole troop. who-da-thunk-it? mom also out-shot the male-scoutmasters and assistants with a bow and arrow and rifle :D

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I too had arguments over the way a bowline should be tied when I was assistant scoutmaster of our troop. I could tie one behind my back faster than most could do otherwise. The scoutmaster banned me from doing so because he asserted that I must be cheating- "the knot can't be tied that fast". I never did show him my method.

Your scoutmaster must have been related to mine.

 

It's been a good many years, but I am still of the opinion that if the knot looks like a bowline when finished, it doesn't really make a lot of difference how it got that way. In my case, my sailing instructor was an Englishman who had sailed solo around the world. He definitely knew his stuff, even if my idiot scoutmasters didn't agree with him.

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