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August RT - Sports 0 M. Strong Troop 410 to talk about scouts favorite outingSport programEffective AdvancementOpen Forum
by M. Strong
Monday, July 21, 2014
July Roundtable - Shooting 0 M. Strong July Roundtable - Shooting
by M. Strong
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Information on Ft Mifflin near Philadelphia 0 M. Strong ***New Daytime Scout Program*** – Enjoy a full day at Fort Mifflin including tour, uniform and weapons demonstration, activities and time to explore the Fort’s unique natural environment.  See below for details! History Nights at Fort Mifflin Spend the night in a National Historic Landmark!  Your troop will have an authentic and historic experience sure to be remembered for a lifetime.  Sleep in barracks used by centuries of soldiers, explore the casemates, raise the spectacular Fort Miffln flag, experience a Ghost Tour, explore the High Battery area, Nature Trail and MORE! Your stay includes scheduled activities and plenty of free time to work toward a patch or badge under the direction of your own troop leaders (Fort Mifflin patches available for purchase in the gift shop).  This is what troop leaders that have stayed at Fort Mifflin have said about the program: “I never even knew this place existed and now I’m going to be a regular visitor.” “Never have I nor my son had such an experience. The soldiers, the cannon and the activities - I never knew learning history could be so fun.” “Way to go Fort Mifflin. It has been a week since we had our overnight program at Fort Mifflin and our entire troop can’t stop talking about their experiences. What is really interesting is that the adults who went along probably learned as much as the scouts. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. We’ll be back!” Program Length and Availability Scout overnights generally begin at 4:00 pm and end at 4:00 pm the next day. Stay as short or long as you like in that time. Programs are tailored to your schedule. The Scout Overnight Program is available year-round, but weekends in the months of April, May, October and November are very popular. Contact us as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment! Group Size We require a minimum of 25 participants for overnnight programs.  Call for special arrangements for weekday camping during the Summer or Spring Break.  Day Trips can be scheduled for groups of 20 or more. Housing Your troop can stay in any of the designated restored historic buildings (Enlisted Barracks, the Casemates or the Officers Quarters), but the size of the troop will be a factor due to the limited size of these buildings. Most buildings are heated and air conditioned (except the Casemates) and many have working fireplaces in them (except the Officer Quarters.) Alternately, you may pitch a tent and sleep under the stars on the Parade Ground, up on the Parapet or in the picnic area.  Bathroom facilities for boys and girls are located inside the fort (no showers) Food Your troop is responsible for providing your own food, unless you would like us to prepare your breakfast ($6 per person). We allow cooking over open fire pits (dug by your group and returned to their original condition) You are responsible for the safety of the scouts at all times. A waiver/release will be provided upon your arrival. Fees $25 per person, per night.  A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to reserve your space.  We accept cash, credit cards, money orders and checks (Payable to “Fort Mifflin on the Delaware”)  History Overnights at Fort Mifflin include: Overnight stay, personal guided tour of the Fort with Uniform and Weapons Demonstration in the company of a Revolutionary or Civil War “soldier”Plenty of time for individual and small group explorationAccess to Nature Trails and riverfront High Battery AreaAmple free parking Enhance your experience with these additional options: Breakfast – $6 per person (hot & cold cereal, milk, juice, pancakes, sausage, hot chocolate and plenty of coffee for the grown-ups!)Fort Ghost Tour – $5 per person, minimum of 20 peopleCannon Demonstration – $30Charcoal Grills – Reserve in advance, $10 cleaning fee applies (bring your own charcoal) SUGGESTED PERSONAL ITEMS TO BRING: Comfortable bedding, including pillow (an air mattress is a good idea.)Drinking Water (we only have non-potable water.)Your Favorite SnacksFlash LightYour own tent and/or cot (if you plan to sleep outside.)Warm clothing in the cooler months and rain gear if it has rained in the last 24 hours, especially boots and extra socks.) A Fort Mifflin staff member is on-site 24 hours a day. ** NEW**  Scout Troop Day Trip Day Trips are also available, Monday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, throughout the year (even when Fort Mifflin is closed to the general public.) When your troop arrives you are met by your own personal Uniformed Interpretive Guide who will assist you in conducting a the Fort Mifflin flag raising ceremony. Your troop enjoys a tour of the Fort and uniform and weapons demonstration (additional charge for cannon demonstration – see above.) and the opportunity to explore the area for the day.  Your troop will be assigned to a designated area within the Fort that includes a fireplace for cooking.  Grills are available for a $10 cleaning charge (reserve in advance, bring your own charcoal.)  $10 per person.  $50 deposit required to reserve your date. (Eagle Scout Projects and Volunteer Group efforts are welcome and greatly appreciated.) To book a scout program – contact the Fort at 215.685.4167
by M. Strong
Sunday, June 22, 2014
June Cub Roundtable Handouts 0 S. Richman June Cub Roundtable Handouts
by S. Richman
Saturday, June 14, 2014
June Boy Scout Program theme: Hiking 0 M. Strong Hiking is the roundtable theme for June to be done by the troops in July, posted are some files for the SPL and PL council to possibly look at for program developmentIn Scouting
by M. Strong
Sunday, June 01, 2014
Excellent answer from Ask Andy on Tenderfoot fitness requirements 0 M. Strong Dear Andy, We have an 11 year-old Scout who just recently crossed over into our troop. While starting work on his Tenderfoot fitness requirement (10a), he couldn’t do a single pull-up. After 30 days (for 10b) he still couldn’t do a single one. Neither can most of the other new Scouts. In my opinion, improvement over “zero” is one. This Scout’s father is a new troop volunteer and a personal friend. He says his son can’t do a pull-up and will never be able to do a pull-up, period! Surprisingly, his son is a football player. In his dad’s opinion, improvement from zero can be as little as an inch movement. I’ve never heard of one thirty-sixth of a pull-up, or just lifting your chest barely off the ground counting as a push-up. But if I’m taking this the wrong way, please let me know. Thanks! (Dave) Thanks for taking the time to write about an important issue…one that’s arisen before on several occasions. Rather than my offering an “opinion,” I’ve taken the time to consult with the BSA’s National Advancement Team Leader (he and I have done this before, on other advancement-related issues, and his viewpoint is not only impeccable, it’s official). Here’s what he has to say (with some slight paraphrasing by me)… “Tenderfoot req. 10a-b has been debated at the national level over a considerable period of time; the requirement language has been retained intentionally. Here’s why… “When the BSA writes requirements—especially for the first three Boy Scout ranks—we take into consideration not just what we’re trying to accomplish with an individual requirement and its sub-parts, but also the effect of the requirement language on sustaining boys for Scouting’s long-haul. “For all youth members, the BSA’s primary goal is general personal growth, with physical fitness a part of this goal. To achieve well-rounded personal growth, we need to keep youth involved for the long term. If our Tenderfoot physical fitness requirement drives boys away early in their Boy Scouting experience, we not only end up with no contributions to fitness, but zero accomplishment toward our overall goal. “Tenderfoot req. 10a-b has two parts. The first is ‘practice;’ the second, ‘improvement.’ This requirement says, ‘…practicing for 30 days.’ If the Scout doesn’t practice, then he hasn’t fulfilled the requirement. The second part says, ‘improvement;’ however, it purposefully doesn’t specify how much improvement. Any level of improvement is acceptable, so long as it occurs as a result of having practiced for at least the specified time.” So yes, this means that, a partial pull-up, so long as the Scout has been trying and practicing for at least 30 days, is considered improvement. So is a partial sit-up or push-up. The idea is practice to improve, and so long as both of these have happened, it’s okay. This is where the new-Scout’s Scoutmaster becomes invaluable to this boy’s growth, both now and throughout his Boy Scouting experience. You, as Scoutmaster, are—as Baden-Powell put it—the Scout’s “big brother” or “kindly uncle.” You’re not an “examiner” or “tester” so much as you’re a friendly encourager who’s taken a personal interest in this new boy in the troop you serve. Here’s how it goes… “Wally Webelos” joins the troop, earns his Scout badge in his first conference with you, and then begins work toward Tenderfoot—his first Boy Scout rank. You help him get started with a few of the requirements and keep a watchful eye so that, between his Patrol Leader and Troop Guide, he begins accomplishing other requirements. You decide to reserve req. 10a-b for yourself, so you’re there when he does his “first time” best for the five parts of req. 10a. Then you have a conversation with him about how he’s going to practice so that he can improve in each of these a month from now. Wally’s not so sure, so you give him some ideas on how to train and practice. Then you let him go. A week goes by; it’s the next troop meeting. “Hi, Wally!” you ask, “How’re you doing with your practicing?” He gives you an update, and maybe shows you a couple of the exercises he’s doing. You congratulate and encourage him. The following week, you check with him again, and the following week as well, each time asking him how he’s doing on improving over his “day one” results, and maybe even asking him to demonstrate a couple of them. In other words, you not only let him know you care, but you show your caring through coaching and encouragement. At the 30-day mark, or thereabouts, you ask Wally if he’s ready to see how his practicing has helped him. He repeats the five parts. Wow! He can do three more sit-ups than he could a month ago! And his standing long jump is just a little longer this time. His time on the quarter-mile is faster, even if only by a few seconds. But his push-ups are a problem. Try as he might, he can’t do even one more complete push-up than the first time. But you notice that, at least he can get his body off the ground one more time than before, even if he can’t get his arms completely straight under himself. “Hey, you’ve improved, Wally!” you tell him, ’cause he has. The same happens with the pull-ups. Wally can’t add one more full pull-up to what he did the first time, but at least his elbows bend as his face, not surprisingly, gets red as a fresh tomato. He’s improved! Maybe not to the standards of an Olympic athlete, but Scouting’s goal isn’t to produce Olympic athletes, so it’s okay because he did practice and did his level best to improve, if only slightly in some areas. You congratulate Wally, and sign his handbook for 10b. You tell him he’ll be a Tenderfoot very soon and, by the way, maybe he’d like to keep practicing and set some personal goals on these five fitness measures for himself? Wally gets the message. He learns that stuff like this doesn’t happen overnight, but discovers that it feels good to improve and get it noticed by someone who’s newly important in his life. Congratulations, Mister Scoutmaster! You’re beginning to make a real difference in the life of a boy—a difference that may last him a lifetime! Here’s a secret I’ve learned along the Scouting trail… We may remember a couple of the teachers that we had as a boy, and we may even remember a particular pastor or priest or rabbi, but we hardly ever forget our first Scoutmaster! (I recently received a letter from the now-father of a Scout himself. He wrote to tell me he remembered how, when he was a Scout some 50 years ago, I’d made a difference in his life that stuck with him for a half-century. I can’t think of a “paycheck” bigger or better than that! Can you?
by M. Strong
Thursday, May 22, 2014
New Swimming merit badge requirements 0 M. Strong A Scout can use the old or new requirements through 2014New Swimming merit badge requirements Requirements 1. Do the following: a. Explain to your counselor how Scouting’s Safe Swim Defense plan anticipates, helps prevent and mitigate, and provides responses to likely hazards you may encounter during swimming activities. b. Discuss the prevention and treatment of health concerns that could occur while swimming, including hypothermia, dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, muscle cramps, hyperventilation, spinal injury, stings and bites, and cuts and scrapes. 2. Before doing the following requirements, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test: Jump feet first into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating. 3. Swim continuously for 150 yards using the following strokes in good form and in a strong manner: front crawl or trudgen for 25 yards, back crawl for 25 yards, sidestroke for 25 yards, breaststroke for 25 yards, and elementary backstroke for 50 yards. 4. Do the following: a. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim. b. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water. 5. Do the following: a.   Float faceup in a resting position for at least one minute. b.   Demonstrate survival floating for at least five minutes. c.   While wearing a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jacket, demonstrate the HELP and huddle positions. Explain their purposes. d.   Explain why swimming or survival floating will hasten the onset of hypothermia in cold water. 6. In water over your head, but not to exceed 10 feet, do each of the following: a.   Use the feet first method of surface diving and bring an object up from the bottom. b.   Do a headfirst surface dive (pike or tuck), and bring the object up again. c.   Do a headfirst surface dive to a depth of at least 5 feet and swim underwater for three strokes. Come to the surface, take a breath, and repeat the sequence twice. 7. Following the guidelines set in the BSA Safe Swim Defense, in water at least 7 feet deep*, show a standing headfirst dive from a dock or pool deck. Show a long shallow dive, also from the dock or pool deck. *If your state, city, or local community requires a water depth greater than 7 feet, it is important to abide by that mandate. 8. Explain the health benefits of regular aerobic exercise, and discuss why swimming is favored as both fitness and therapeutic exercise.
by M. Strong
Monday, May 19, 2014
Cub Annual Planning Steps 0 S. Richman Cub Annual Planning Steps
by S. Richman
Sunday, May 18, 2014
May 2014 Cub roundtable Notes 0 S. Richman May 2014 Cub roundtable Notes
by S. Richman
Sunday, May 18, 2014
May BS Rountable Program Theme: Mechanics 0 M. Strong Some files for next months meeting
by M. Strong
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
April 2014 Cub Roundtable Handout 0 Z. District Attached are the April Cub Rt notes.
by Z. District
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Orienteering 3 0 M. Strong Orienteering 3
by M. Strong
Saturday, March 22, 2014
orienteering 2nd email 0 M. Strong orienteering 2nd email
by M. Strong
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Orienteering Aprils roundtable theme 0 M. Strong Orienteering Aprils roundtable theme
by M. Strong
Saturday, March 22, 2014
March 2014 Cub Roundtable Handout 0 Z. District Attached is the March Cub RT handout
by Z. District
Monday, March 17, 2014
March Roundtable handouts 0 M. Strong This months theme is environment, attached are some good files on local areas
by M. Strong
Saturday, March 08, 2014
March Roundtable handouts 0 M. Strong This months theme is environment, attached are some good files on local areas
by M. Strong
Saturday, March 08, 2014
March Roundtable handouts 0 M. Strong This months theme is environment, attached are some good files on local areas
by M. Strong
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Big Schloss 0 M. Strong Big Schloss is 130 miles away from Waldorf within the GW national forest it is a great medium difficulty hike with good water and camping options
by M. Strong
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Big Schloss 0 M. Strong Big Schloss is an excellent medium level difficulty ckt hike in the GW national forest. It is about 130 miles out to wolf gap park, or to an undefined parking area on the big schloss trail
by M. Strong
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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