Fall is around the corner and, for those who know, some of the best backpacking of the year is approaching. Thinner crowds, leaves changing colors, less bugs and wildlife that is is hurriedly preparing for Winter. But with dropping temperatures, shorter days and quickly changing weather, backpacking in the Fall also comes with more risk. With some pre-planning and foresight on the trail, you can be better prepared so your trip goes off without a hitch.
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Planning for your Trip
Planning for Fall trips requires a few additional steps to your normal prep. For starters, the weather can...
A recent letter from a Barrington scoutmaster to the president of the Boy Scouts of America said the national organization’s policy that discriminates against homosexuals needs to be changed. Boy Scout Troop 2 Scoutmaster Greg Voigt and Barrington Congregational Church UCC Senior Minister Jeffrey Larsen signed the letter which stated in part, “Troop 2 Barrington ......
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, now national president of the Boy Scouts of America, says he took the job because "the country needs Scouting now more than ever," and gave no sign he plans to reopen the group's divisive debates over the role of gays in Scouting. "In Scouting, ......
It’s been some years since most of us lived under the regime of the secret laws of adolescence.
Our Scouts know them pretty well and obey them most of the time. Here’s one section Scouters should review:
SECTION I TALKING TO ADULTS
1. ATTENTION SPAN
a. Maximum attention span of three minutes, no minimum attention span required.
2. ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ASKED BY ADULTS
a. Reaction and “answers” (in order of precedence)
1. Puzzled look and or exasperated eye-roll.
3. Words of one syllable (yes, no).
4.Mumbled, indistinct phrases; I dunno, whaddya mean?, I dintdoit.
3. PENALTIES AND SANCTIONS
Adolescents not observing SECTION I laws are adjudicated “uncool” (ref. SECTION 38,2,a.) and immediately subject to;
a. Group eye-roll and generalized snark...
With recruitment in full-swing, we are continuing our series that will share stories about some of our amazing volunteers with the entire Girl Scouts community. There are 30,000 girls waiting for the chance to be a Girl Scout, so the time is now to build our volunteer force! These exceptional people prove that anyone can be a Girl Scout volunteer: they are young professionals, senior citizens, men, and so much more. And 88% of Girl Scout volunteers believe their lives are better because they volunteer. So what are you waiting for? Volunteer today!For as long as she can remember, Selma Rutledge has worn...
The Cub Scouts of Indian Mills Pack 47 will hold their annual sign ups, for boys going into first grade through fifth grade, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 16 at the Indian Mills Memorial School gymnasium....
Splitting firewood, clearing fallen trees, completing service projects — Scouts use axes in a variety of ways.
And as the responsible adult nearby (I hope!), it’s your job to make sure they use those axes safely.
It’s in that spirit that Scouter Joe contacted me recently. He wondered whether there are BSA restrictions on ax sizes.
The verdict? Find it after the jump.
I have been told for years that Boy Scouts are only allowed to use three-quarters-size or boys’ size ax. Is this true? I have searched and searched but cannot find any reference to ax-size restrictions. Thank you,
Richard Bourlon, the BSA’s health and safety czar, offers this response:
If we go...