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Holy cow! The Boy Scouts of America have announced a new high adventure base to be opened in the near feature, and only a few years after the latest one, The Summit, opened. Boy, they are really trying to get new youth into the program and retain the current membership for as long as they are able. According to the Bryan On Scouting blog:

Fifty years, to the day, after an Eagle Scout was the first human to set foot on the moon, the Boy Scouts of America will create a permanent high-adventure base there.  Tranquility High Adventure Base — the fifth jewel in BSA’s high-adventure crown — will open July 20, 2019.

The BSA is partnering with NASA, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX to make this sci-fi dream a reality. Thanks to their support, it’ll cost just $24,995 to spend a week at Tranquility. That cost does not include transportation.

This article was posted on April 1st. Yes, it is an Aprils Fool joke, but just think about it if it. What if it would have been true!

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    Being a Boy Scout leader can be serious work. And it can be a lot of fun. Sometimes we can look at ourselves and have a spot of fun at our own expense. That is why I like some of the “special” awards I have seen some councils and troops develop over the years.

    A few years ago our council developed a special award for Scout Leaders, The Nap On Safely Award. After all, naps are serious business! If you need to take one during an afternoon while at camp you want to be sure you are doing it properly and safely. This is so important we took time during one of our roundtables to have a training session for this critical award. Here were some of the subjects covered to earning it:

    Remember the S.L.E.E.P. acronym.
    Safety
    Lifestyle
    Environment
    Enjoyment
    Practice

    Safety: location, equipment, preventative measures .
    Locations: shelters, cots, mats, tables prefer not, chairs, benches.
    Environment: hydration, shade, air conditioning or wind, become one with nature.
    Enjoyment: relax, timing, find your happy place.
    Practice: frequently, consistency, trial and error, repeat, more than 45 minutes is sleeping and not napping.

    Once a Scout Leader completed the training he or she received the patch to hang on the right pocket of their uniform. Does your council have a similar award?

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      leadershipcartoonIt is fun looking around the internet and finding comical views about Scouting. Here are a couple that may make you think you should cut back on your Scouting time. You have been in Scouting too long if…

      You don’t mind losing power to your house for three days.

      You gave your wife a mummy sleeping bag rated for -15 deg F for Christmas, and it was the nicest gift you have given her.

      You bought 10,000 shares of Coleman stock on an inside tip that they are about to release a microwave accessory for their camp stove line of products.

      You can not eat eggs anymore unless they are cooked in a zip-lock bag.

      You were nearly arrested by the airport security because you would not give up your official BSA pocket knife until the security guy said “thank you.”

      You decide to lash together that new deck for your backyard.

      Do you now of any others that should be added to this list?

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        carly-rae-jepsen-call-me-maybeI admit it. Once in awhile I get bored. And when I do strange things sometime happen. Like the other week for example.

        I was listening to the Carly Rae Jepsen song, Call Me Maybe, when other words started popping into my head. For some reason I saw a Boy Scout at summer camp walking up to his merit badge councilor, hand him his blue card and ask, “But here’s my blue card, so sign it maybe?”

        Hmmm. Could this be the start of a campfire song? I soon had pencil and paper out and was writing down words for a new version of the song. A couple lyrics gave me a spot of trouble, but I think I have it. Here is what I came up with:

        Scoutmaster gave me a list,
        Merit badges with a twist
        My hand turned into a fist,
        Nervousness in my way

        Summer camp is coming soon,
        Packed my clothes, shoes, food, and a broom
        What is this feeling of doom?
        Nervousness in my way

        Your stare was holdin’,
        My head, eyes are rolling
        Hot night, wind was blowin’
        Where do I think I’m going, baby?

        Hey, I just met you,
        And this is crazy,
        But here’s my Blue Card,
        So sign it, maybe!
        It’s hard to earn one
        When you are lazy,
        But here’s my Blue Card,
        So sign it, maybe!

        Hey, I just met you,
        And this is crazy,
        But here’s my Blue Card,
        So sign it, maybe!
        And all the other boys,
        Are really lazy,
        But here’s my Blue Card,
        So sign it, maybe!

        You took your time with the crew,
        I did not know what I knew
        You gave all lots to do,
        But still, you’re my councilor
        I beg, and borrow and steal
        My need for this badge is real
        I didn’t know I would feel,
        Like it’s some Indian Lore

        Your stare was holdin’,
        Beads of sweat were showin’
        Hot night, wind was blowin’
        Should I cry like a baby?

        Hey, I just met you,
        And this is crazy,
        But here’s my Blue Card,
        So sign it, maybe!
        It’s hard to earn one
        When you are lazy,
        But here’s my Blue Card,
        So sign it, maybe!

        Hey, I just met you,
        And this is crazy,
        But here’s my Blue Card,
        So sign it, maybe!
        And all the other boys,
        Are really lazy,
        But here’s my Blue Card,
        So sign it, maybe!

        This merit badge I need for Life
        I need it so bad
        I need it so bad
        I need it so, so bad
        This merit badge I need for Life
        I need it so bad
        And you should know that
        I need it so, so bad (bad, bad)

        It’s hard to earn one
        When you are lazy,
        But here’s my Blue Card,
        So sign it, maybe!
        Hey, I just met you,
        And this is crazy,
        But here’s my Blue Card,
        So sign it, maybe!

        And all the other boys,
        Are really lazy,
        But here’s my Blue Card,
        So sign it, maybe!
        This merit badge I need for Life
        I need it so bad
        I need it so bad
        I need it so, so bad
        Tenderfoot, First Class, and Life
        I need it so bad
        And you should know that
        So sign it, maybe!

        Your goal is now to have your Boy Scouts sing this during the evening campfire at summer camp and send me the video!

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          vistaroundtableOne of the things we are doing a bit different this year at the monthly Scenic District Boy Scout roundtable meetings is to break up the meeting, near the half way point, with a game, song, or skit. The goal is to introduce a new game or teach a new song or skit to troop leaders that they may take back to use in their own troops. One month we played one pitch kickball. The next month we played Tip with a frisbee. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves so far.

          Last month I lead the group in one of my favorite campfire songs, Vista. It is a sing-along, repeat after me type of silly song that also has some simple hand gestures. The words are a little hard to follow, and the song gets faster each time. It is a challenge to keep up and do well.

          I was joined by three newly beaded Wood Badgers in leading this song at the roundtable. As you will see, we all had fun, even though one gentleman had a little trouble keeping up with us. Did anyone care? Not a bit. That is part of the fun of the song.

          I would like to thank Dan Kuntz for providing the video for this post to the Melrose Scout Productions Podcast.

          I challenge you to learn the song and use it at your next meeting or campfire. Is your audience able to keep up with you?

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          http://www.melrosetroop68.org/QTmov/VistaRoundtable540.m4v

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            startrekking2000It is time for for the Boy Scouts of Troop 68 to add another skit, or is it a song, to the list of videos on the Melrose Scout Productions Podcast. The video comes from the troop’s Laughs for Lunch Show performed in January 2000. It features the members of the Hazardous Hawk Patrol doing their version of a troop original, Star Trekking: The Next Generation.

            This is a skit that takes a bit of practice. The Hawks did an excellent job of claiming this skit as their own for a couple years. It is also an excellent example of performers really getting into their roles. By the end of the skit the boys (Josh, Alex, Mike, Nathan, Sergio, and Blake) are acting like they are excited, hyper, or something. It is all in good fun and really adds to the song.

            Here are the words to the refrain:
            Star Trekking, across the universe.
            On a ship that splits in two, with Q who’s such a jerk.
            Star Trekking, across the universe.
            Only going forward ’cause Worf has broke reverse.

            Another version of this song can be found at MSPP #54: Star Trekking: The Next Generation. Watch them both and let us know which one you enjoy the most.

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              socratesA scoutmaster took out his phone at the roundtable Tuesday night to show me something that was written many centuries ago about the younger generation, but seemed to be written about many of today’s youth. After reading it I had him email it to me so that I could share it with all of you.

              Socrates wrote. . . “Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt fot authority; they show disrepsect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

              But, Plato in the Republic argued that youth should learn the cardinal virtues of wisdom, bravery, temperance and justice through adversity and adventure, and that young people could learn lessons about virtue best by impelling them into adventurous situations that demanded that virtues be exercised.

              Was Plato talking about Scouting before Scouting existed? Uncanny, isn’t it?

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                wish i was a boy scoutIf you have been involved with the Cub Scout or Boy Scout program for a year or longer you have probably seen a group of Scouts perform the I Wish I Was A Boy Scout skit. Or maybe you have already participated in performing the skit already. Either way, you have discovered that it is a silly skit, easy to learn, and fun to do. It is the type of skit that is easy for newer Scouts to learn. I have discovered that even if the performers get the words or actions wrong it will still be a hilarious skit.

                The video is an oldie but a goody. It is from Boy Scout Troop 68’s Laughs For Lunch Show held in January 2000 at the Melrose High School auditorium. These five older Scouts put a lot into the skit and had a lot of fun with it, as did the audience watching them. It is a short skit, only about three minutes long.

                This video features Alex, Andy, Ben, Chris, and Jesse.

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