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#1 boyscout862 ONLINE  

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Posted June 29, 2013 - 06:19 PM

We started our Wilderness Survival Campout this morning. My son and I brought 2 trailer loads of birch trees for the boys to work with. They are required to build survival shelters and spend a night in them. I had 4 boys that I've been working with since last October and 3 new boys. The shelters were built first, and then we worked on fire starting by magnesium firestartes, potassium permanganate and glycerin, and a magnifying glass.

The boys said they were having a great time. My son, who is an Eagle, did much of the teaching. They will now spend the night in the shelters and we will hope that there is no rain. I'm not camping because of my back. It was a good day.

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Posted June 29, 2013 - 07:29 PM

That looks like a good time! I hope it isn't going to rain there like it has here today. It will be a wet night for them if it does. 


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Posted June 29, 2013 - 07:38 PM

Rick, THANK YOU :worshippy1: for taking the time to spend with your troop. It is so important to teach these young kids the things that the Boy Scouts have to offer.

 

Looks like everyone is having a great time !! :thumbs:


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Posted June 29, 2013 - 07:57 PM

Looks like everyone is having a good time! :thumbs:   Hope you get some good weather too.  I don't think I could camp any more either.  I get down and wouldn't be able to get back up, they would have to bring in a crane! :rolling:  Are they going to have ghost story’s by the campfire?


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Posted June 29, 2013 - 08:36 PM

Nice job.  They look like they are enjoying it, that is the best part.  

 

I would like to say that we did ours in the woods and got our own materials.   ...........just saying...........lol........... :poke:

 

I'm glad some are still interested in Scouting.


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Posted June 29, 2013 - 08:41 PM

That's great working with the young ones good things to know if needed and gives them some hands on skills .Personally I will be at the Holiday inn express, I like my hot shower in the morning :rolling:


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Posted June 29, 2013 - 09:21 PM

That's a great thing you're doing!  Thanks for sharing.  I understand the back issue & camping.  Camping is about the hardest thing on ones back, & that's without having back issues!


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Posted June 29, 2013 - 09:33 PM

looks like the boys are having a good time

scouting is a great 

the boys learn a lot

 

we have to use what is at the park we use

 

have a board of review tomorrow

 

keep up the great work with the boys - the knowledge they learn in scouting nobody can take that from them

 

from a ASM


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 04:48 AM

No more camping for me. Too many years in the Marines.


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 05:29 AM

No more camping for me. Too many years in the Marines.

The military always seemed to take the fun out of camping. The property and the building belong to our Troop. I brought the sapplings to save the Troops little woods and to clear along my driveway.

 

I joined Boy Scouts 51 years ago. I took 29 years off with the Army and then came back to Scouts when my son joined Tiger Cubs. It keeps me a little younger. What we teach and build is what's left when we're gone. Thanks to all, Rick


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