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Getting what you want!

Values, Mission, Goals…. at the fore front of my mind right now as I assist a group of new Wood Badgers in the working of their tickets…
Tickets?  In Scouting, if you are not familiar with Wood Badge then this is a foreign concept.  Simply put.. it is working goals to fulfill your mission.
OK.. enough already, we just want to go camping and sell Popcorn!!!  What is it with this Values, Mission stuff?
Well, we are all heading somewhere, right?  We all have an idea of what we want our Scouting units to look like… right?  Well how do you get there?
Enough of the cryptic talk.. lets talk about your vision.
First.. what is it that you believe in?  What makes you tick?  Answer these two questions carefully.  A good personal assessment of your values is an important part in establishing your Vision en route to your mission.  You need to be honest and really know who you are before you can effect others.  So what is important to you?  Faith, Family, Values like those found in the Scout Oath and Law.
Figure this out and write it down.. not just words, but why its important to you?  Write it down.
Now that you have a better understanding of who you are and why its time to find out what you want.  What do you want out of life, your family, your work, Scouting, health, and hobbies?  In short, what do you want our of your life?  You may want to be financially independent, have a richer faith life, loose 10 lbs or become a teacher.  The sky is limit and you and you alone are the only one that can set the course to reach it.
So do you know what you want?  Write it down.  If you are like me, you will have a list of the things that you want.  Things that you want to change, do, get better at, and impact in your life.  Pick 1.. yep, just 1.  Write it down.
Now, lets go get it.  But first.. you need to throw away all obstacles, the first of which is your idea that you cant do it.  What ever you want.. you will have.. if you want it and are willing to work for it.  So write it down and lets go get it!
Make a list of 5 things that you MUST do to get what you wrote down.  Not 4, not 7.. 5 things that will lead you to your want.. Oh and by the way.. lets start calling “your want” “YOUR MISSION”.  Here is an example:
I want to develop a training program for Webelos Scout leaders and Troop Committee’s to increase crossover numbers in our District.  That is the mission.
So 5 things that I need to do to get what I want.
1.  Find out if there is a current plan in place and identify the short falls in the plan.
To do this I will talk with current District advancement chairman and Webelos to Scout transition volunteers to find plan or documentation.
I will do this in the next 30 days, this needs to be completed by June 20th.
2.  Knowing the short falls of the current plan (assuming there is one) I will rewrite the plan with the objective of increasing the crossover percentage by 30%.
To do this I will write a plan that will be distributed to all Packs and Troops in the District.  This plan will outline methods of contacting Packs and Troops within the District, obstacles to over come in the process, and ways to build relationships between units.
I will have the plan complete in the next 60 days.  This goal will be complete by July 20th.
3.  At the August Roundtable, I will present the plan at the Webelos Den Leader break out.  I will distribute copies of the plan at the time and field questions and concerns about the plan.
To ensure a good turn out at the break out I will make contact with Packs through the District emailing system.
This will be completed after the August Roundtable and the emails will go out in the Thundering News Flash in July.
4.  Make contact with Packs that have a low crossover rate and Troops that are not maintaining steady growth.
To complete this goal I will get last years data on troop new Scout registrations and Pack Cross overs.  I will call those units and set up a time to meet with unit leadership to offer assistance in increasing their crossover/ recruiting percentage. 
I will accomplish this by November 2011.
5.  Assess plan and make adjustments to the plan based on Troop and Pack receptive nature and amount of prospective Webelos Scouts that plan on crossing to a Troop.
To do this we will contact Webelos Dens and ask that they fill out Boy Scout applications at time of Troop Visits.  Once a Troop has been identified as the Troop that they are planning on going to, an application will be filled out and reported.
This will be completed by February 2012. 

This simple, measurable, specific outline of 5 goals to reach the mission of developing a training program for Webelos Scout leaders and Troop Committee’s to increase crossover numbers in our District can be accomplished if I work at it and not allow road blocks to stop my progress.  I must be willing to work it to the end.
This outline can be worked for anything in my life.  To lose weight, get healthy, find a deeper understanding of my faith, be a better husband and father, well.. anything.
This is what we Wood Badgers call a Ticket.
It is a great assessment tool and a way to ensure success in anything that you do.  Remember when you are setting your Goals to use the SMART tool.  Specific, measurable, Attainable, relevant, and Time based.  Use it and you will be and do whatever you want.
I promise.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

Categories: blog, Ideals, Leadership, Oath and Law, Patrol Method, Scout Law, Scouting, Skills, training, Values, Webelos to Scout Transition, Wood Badge | Tags: | Leave a comment

Getting the Hammock Ready

Here is a quick video on me getting the Hammock ready for my week up in the Oregon Coast Range for the 2nd session of Wood Badge.
I removed the stock Hennessy suspension from the hammock and replaced them with Whoopie Slings.  This has reduced the weight and the packed room for the entire hammock, I am really happy with this modification.
Check out the video, its just me hanging in the garage.  Took a great nap out there too… ahhh… I love the hammock.

Have a Great Scouting Day!
#100daysofscouting
Reviewed Tickets for the Patrol I am Troop Guide for.
Got gear together for Wood Badge
Did some last minute prep for Camporee this weekend.

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Taking over the Internet!

Recently I got into a discussion with another blogger about numbers, subscriptions, readership etc.  He is all wrapped up in the “numbers thing” and extremely passionate about boosting his ratings, getting more readers, and taking over the internet, ok so I made the last one up, but needless to say he does in fact have a lot of passion for his blog and the numbers it generates.
I on the other hand don’t really monitor the numbers, I just want folks to read the blog and get something out of it.  Entertainment, skills, motivation, whatever it is that I can do to help deliver the promise of Scouting using this wonderful tool called a blog.

Anyway, our little chat prompted me to look at some numbers, in particular the number of subscribers.  Now I am not sure what the accurate numbers are.  Since I moved the blog over to WordPress in March, the amount of readers per post has gone way up and 18 people subscribed to the blog.  The reason I say that I am not sure what the accurate numbers are is because according to Feedburner that has kept stats for me since basically I started is telling me that I have 94 subscribers.  That is to say that 94 (plus 18) folks are getting notified when there is a new post to the blog.
Now I subscribe to a hand full of blogs, mostly Scouting blogs and I enjoy getting an email on the iPhone telling me that a new post is on such and such blog.. I then can quickly preview the post and visit the blog later for the full version (pictures and whatnot).  I really like this feature.
My friend told me he has over 800 subscribers to his blog, hardly what I would call “taking over the Internet”.. but none the less, a great number of people that read his babbling.  So I had to ask myself why great Scouting blogs don’t get that many subscribers.  I know we are getting looked at… after all, we have ways of seeing how many visits, reads, downloads etc.  And oh by the way, since I looked at the numbers.. yeah, we are doing pretty darn good.  I mean just since I moved over to WordPress there have been 5,065 views… not to shabby considering.  And I am not sure who to believe, but since I got a Feedburner account in 2008 we have had 58,947.  I’ll go with that. 
Now, that really does not mean anything to me, because numbers are just numbers.  It is the comments, feedback, and the emails that I receive that really matter, that really means people are reading and either liking or disliking what I write here on the blog.
HAVING SAID ALL OF THAT….
Subscribing to the blog is super easy, and if you are like me you like to get a quick notification of whats new and improved.  So i encourage you to subscribe to the blog.  Simply click the “Sign me up” button over there on the right and you are in.
OK.. here is the real reason… I WANT TO TAKE OVER THE INTERNET!!!! and 94 subscribers are not going to make that happen!!! LOL!  So help us push Scouting to the front page of WordPress!!!  Subscribe to ALL of the Scouting blogs.  There are great blogs out there that I really enjoy.  Many are listed in my Blog roll over there on the right column.  So start with mine.. subscribe.. then move over to the rest and do the same.
Oh, and I don’t want to beg.. but c’mon folks.. leave a comment or two.  I have not developed the skill of reading minds over the Internet.. I got a good handle on Tenderfoot Scouts, but knowing what you all like, dislike, and are thinking is way beyond my skill level.  Leave feedback, comments,voicemail, or drop me an email… all of those options are available right here on the blog.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

PS. #100daysofscouting
Today- Reviewing Tickets for the Buffalo Patrol, attending the Parent/ Staff meeting for the Summer Camp staffers, hanging out with my family.  TADA!

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Buffalo Patrol meeting

Tonight I was invited by the Patrol that I am the Troop Guide for in W1-492-11 for their Patrol meeting between sessions.
They held their meeting at one of the Patrol members place of employment, Coffee Bean International.  It was a neat meeting as they embodied the Scouting Spirit of learning something new.  They acted like Tiger Cubs on a “Go See it”.  It was a lot of fun and informative to learn how coffee goes from raw beans to a wonderful cup of Joe.
They held their meeting in the companies Coffee bar and the coffee was fantastic.
The Buffalo Patrol worked on their menu’s and Patrol presentation and then we held a short “Ticket Work shop” working out some of the kinks in their tickets and getting them focused in the right direction.
I am real happy with the progress the Patrol is making.  They are quickly moving in the direction of a high performance team.
This is a great model for them to take back to their units.  They are seeing first hand (assuming they have not before) what right looks like and how they can make their units better.  I am certain that no matter what level they are coming from, this Wood Badge experience will make them better in their units and as a result they will all leave a lasting impact on Scouting.  It makes me proud to be a part of this legacy building.
I can’t wait for their upcoming second session and assisting in the working of their tickets as a faithful Troop Guide.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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A game with a purpose

You can not escape the Wood Badge experience without hearing “Game with a purpose” at least 100 times and the reason is that all of it is a Game with a purpose.  Scouting is a Game with a purpose and so when you do Scouting you should always play the game.
Young men learn better when they are engaged in play.  The develop teamwork, practice fairness, express a healthy competitive spirit, get physically fit, and above all have fun.
Every game we play in Scouting can be a learn adventure.  A simple game of Sharks and Minos can be a lesson in team work, fair play, and fitness.
Games that require skills and provide a mental challenge are great ways to build the team, test leadership, and communication.
In short, this game that we play has meaning, a purpose.  To support the Aims of Scouting.
Tonight our SPL and JASM had a great game for the troop during their interpatrol competition time.  Straw rockets.  A simple game that required the Patrol leaders to communicate, assign tasks, follow through with the project.  Each Patrol was given a brown paper bag and told to use the contents to move their rocket down a line that was suspended between two chairs.
In the bags were 2 straws, 2 balloons, some tape, and 2 paper clips.
The Patrols went at it.  They had 14 minutes to build their rockets and have them ready to launch.
The Patrols that worked together and stayed focused on the task did well, the patrols that made the choice to mess around did not.  One of the Patrols had a real cool looking rocket and it won.  They worked well together, assigned tasks and proved that working together they could accomplish anything.
The SPL conducted a short reflection of the activity before I did the Scoutmaster Minute on Team work.
I love it when we see the game being played and played well.
Play the game!

By the way, in the picture above are the three of the Scouts in the New Scout Patrol being guided by their SPL in the making of their rocket.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Back on the Grid.. Back from Gilwell

Well its been about a week since the last post.. Gilwell called, and I answered!  I got back last night from a week out on the Oregon Coast for Wood Badge W1-492-11.  It was the first session of the course and my first shot at staffing Scouting’s best training course.
The Staff arrived early on Wednesday morning to set up the site and make preparations for the learners to arrive.  Some great staff bonding time as well as plenty of work.  It is always nice to start off a High performance team.. by passing the forming and storming phases makes getting tasks completed so much easier.
The course participants arrived on Thursday evening and were placed into their respective Dens.  I am proud to note that three of the ASMs from my Troop are on the course and are now fully living the Wood Badge life!
The Troop Guides greeted the arriving participants and took them to registration and then on to their camp sites.  The mood was energetic and everyone seemed ready to jump into the course!  A fantastic cracker barrel followed and then it was off to their tents for a wet night on the Coast.
I don’t remember falling asleep Thursday night.. I think I just past out.  I must have walked 18 miles Thursday night going back and forth from the parking lot to Gilwell Hall and then to camp sites over and over again.. but we kept a smile on the face and sang as much as I could. 
The rest of the session went very well and the weather improved the closer we got to Sunday.  I am the Troop Guide for the Buffalo Patrol.  A great group of dedicated Scouters and some super people.  I am pleased to know them and now count them as friends.  They went through the staged of team development just like they should and by the time they departed on Sunday evening.. they looked and acted like a Patrol that was reaching for the stars!
Wood Badge is a Mountain top experience and many of the participants will find that in the second session!  Many leave Gilwell after the first session happy and motivated to learn more.  We leave them with the skills to move in the direction of the high performance team and skills that will make them better Scouters for their units, husbands and wives, and employees.
For me it was back to Gilwell.  Even though I have gone through the course and worked through staff development, as I tought the Buffalo Patrol, listened to the presentations, and watched the Patrol grow and develop, I reflected on my own Wood Badge experience.  I learned so much more this time, it is incredible. 
This staff experience has solidified in me a true love for the Wood Badge program.
Well I am back on the grid for a week and then its back to Gilwell for the second session of W1-492-11! 

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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The 4 C’s of Leadership

There are many attributes that are common to all that lead.  Business leaders,  Military leaders,Pastors,  Scout Leaders.. you get the point.
Of those attributes there are 4 that all leaders need to have to be effective in their leading toward the High Performance team.  They are competence, Committment, Courage, and Compassion.
Competence because no one wants to follow a knuckle head that does not know what he is doing.  Its that simple, you need to know how to lead and you need to know or at least understand what the task is and how to complete it to get other to follow you.  Now you don’t have to be an expert, but you need to be competent enough to surround yourself with those that do know how and then use their strength to enhance your weakness. 
Committment.  You must be committed to both the task and those that you lead.  If you lack committment, those that follow you will mirror you level and you will never be a high performance team.  You need to be committed enough to get to know how to do the task, that means get educated.  You need to be committed to the needs of those you lead.  You need to be committed to the reason for the task and the desired outcome.  We make commitments daily in leading our families, our Scout units, and working at our jobs.  You know, the jobs that pay for our Scouting hobby.
Courage.  A Scout is Brave.  Sometimes doing the right thing is not the most popular and the leader is always the one that gets either the evil eye or the attitudes when he makes decisions that are not popular.  Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do, so you must be courageous in decision making.  You may not be the most popular, but in the end you will have done the right thing and your team will be better for it.
And Finally, Compassion.  Meeting the needs of those you lead takes a lot of compassion.  You need to know your people and what makes them tick.  To be an effective communicator and leader, you need to be able to dedicate time and energy to getting to know the folks you lead.  This way you can feel what they do and react to why they may be done, up, or somewhere in between.  To be a high performance team you need to understand the needs of the led and they will appreciate you as the leader for it.  Genuine caring leadership is the best way to move to High Performance status.
Well there you go 4 solid attributes of the leader.  Have them and you will be effective, don’t have them and you will have to settle for second best.

Speaking of second best, our Troop worked on Pioneering tonight at the meeting.  They built the Gateway that they are going to assemble at Camporee.  The JASM set a challenge for the patrols, the Patrol that had the best knots would all get an i pad.  The younger guys one and here is their prize!

Yeah, we have a lot of fun in our Troop.  They all had a great laugh and then we closed with Vespers!

Thanks for all the feedback lately.  I really appreciate the comments and emails, keep them coming.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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I Believe

Yesterday I received an email from a fellow named Thom in PA.  I won’t post his email here, but the jest of it was that he challenged the idea that the Boy Scouts of America should be inclusive of all religion.  His argument is that the Boy Scouts started as a Christian organization sighting the writings of Baden Powell on the subject.  He said that what I talked about in Show # 83 about accepting all is not accurate and that Christianity is the only “True” religion.
While I do not want to engage in a debate on religion, I did think it necessary to state where I stand in this issue.. and possibly reinforce the BSA’s stand on religion.
BSA first.
“The Charter and Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America maintain that no boy can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing his obligation to God. Scouting is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. The Boy Scouts of America does not define what constitutes belief in God or the practice of religion. Membership in a religious organization is not required.
Scouting respects the convictions of those who exercise their constitutional freedom to practice religion as individuals without formal membership in organized religious groups. In all cases religious instruction is the responsibility of the parents or guardians of the Scout and the religious institution to which a Scout belongs. It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that the religious organization or institution with which a Scout is connected shall give definitive attention to his religious life.”
We as Scout leaders are to encourage a Scout to explore their faith and recognize their duty to God.  The Scout pledges a “Duty to God” in the Oath, but does not define who or what that God is.  That is up to the individual Scout and his family.
OK, now here is my take.
First of all.. I believe in One God, I believe in his son Jesus Christ who was born of the virgin Mary.  I believe that he was delivered by the Father to take away the sins of the world.  I believe that he was crucified, he died, he was buried, and that he rose from the dead to sit at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge us.  I believe that a church house is not the only place to find and talk to God.  I believe that God has many names, but he is still God.  You may call him God, or Allah,Yahweh, Brahman, Bhagavan, Waheguru, you can call him Tian Zhu, or Shangdi, I don’t care.. he is still God and will answer (in his time) when you call.
I believe that God gave us free will and what we do with that will determine our final destiny.  I do believe in heaven and hell and that when you do whats right you end up in heaven.  I believe in forgiveness and Karma and that both are healthy and both can hurt.  I believe that the Boy Scouts teach young men (and women) to always do whats right.
I believe that no matter what church you call your own, that they all teach basically the same thing and that is the Golden Rule.   “Do unto others as you would have done to you”.  Treat others with compassion, respect, dignity, and love.  I think that the twelve points of the Scout law lead you to the Golden Rule.  Is it a wonder that Reverent is last then?
I don’t think you need religion to teach you that, but since it is there, why not learn from it.
I believe that there are bad people in the world that do bad things, some of them are preachers, teachers, and youth leaders.  Some are politicians and businessmen, all of them excercise that free will that we have been given and all of them will be introduced to karma and will be judged in the end.
I believe that a mans character is precious and should be safeguarded.  It can be given away and never gotten back, but the way to maintain that character is by doing the right thing.. always.  That is what I believe.
I believe that getting out in the wilderness brings me closer to my God.  I know that I have had better talks with him there than in any church.  I am Catholic, and believe what I have learned in the church, but I know that the Church is governed by man.. and that can be a problem sometimes.  I think the church as an institution try to do good things and bring people closer to God, some times it does not seem that way, but the true test is that she has remained for over 2000 years, so something must be right.
I believe that God is who YOU want him, her, or what ever to be.  It is many trails that lead to the same location.
The bottom line Thom in PA… Who are you to judge?  Who are you to tell a young boy that he can not be a Boy Scout because he calls God Allah?  Who are you to exclude a young man because he does not go to your church or he does not prescribe to Christianity?  Who are you to say that the Bible is the only Holy Book?  The Torah had been around long before the Bible.  And what about that Golden Rule?  They have found documentation referring to it dating 1600 years before Christ in Ancient Egypt.
I guess what I am saying is that we are not the ones that need to be defining who God is and what God is.  We all believe, and it is up to the individual to decide what that is.
The BSA does not define God, nor should they.  We have the Oath and the Law and the free will to practice what we preach in that regard.. and you know what.  It all leads to GOOD, and in God’s eyes.. that’s ok.
He told me so.

Have a Blessed Easter everyone.. and a Great Scouting Day!

Categories: blog, Character, Ideals, Oath and Law, respect, Scout Law, Values | Tags: | 2 Comments

Day 73 or 74?

Well I have officially lost count on the #100daysofscouting blog count.  I have been trying to get a good blog post daily, but we all know how that goes.  Life gets in the way and there is always a lot of Scouting to do.
So today I have been putting the final touches on my gear for Wood Badge W1-492-11.  My first shot at being on a Wood Badge Staff.  I must be honest and say that I am excited about the up coming course and hope that I can influence some Scout leaders as much as my Troop guide influenced me.
The printing is done, the supplies gathered, and the knowledge is locked away in the recess’ of my brain.
I worked on the blog today.. you may have noticed a new theme.  I am typically not a fan of the black backgrounds, but for some reason, this theme appealed to me… I still may toy with the background though.. not sure I am stuck on black.  let me know what you think.
Started a page to host the Podcast.. NO I AM NOT LEAVING PTCMedia.. I just wanted to have a place to put the shows that make it easy for those that read the blog to find… Let me know what you think.
So its either day 73 or 74 and the #100daysofscouting is still going strong with many great bloggers.
I was asked today if it was too late to get on the SMMPodcast Blog Roll.. NO!!  Keep them coming!  I want to feature a Blog every week on the podcast.. but I want you to help!  Just call the SMMVoice mail at 503-308-8297 and leave a message.. You will get your blog featured if you call!  We have a great Scouting online community here.. lets share it around.

Well, that’s about enough for now.. I will post more as we get closer to heading out to Wood Badge!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Emergency Preparedness

The BSA has a very good Emergency Preparedness program.  It encourages our Scouts and Adults alike to plan and prepare for an emergency.  You can read more about it at http://www.scouting.org.
One of the important aspects of the Emergency preparedness program that I find valuable is the extension beyond the family and house.  But having your Troop prepared to help the community in such an emergency.  Are you prepared to cook, help in First Aid, and comfort those that are displaced by a natural disaster or emergency?  Having a unit plan for this is a great idea.  Work with other local agencies to provide simple services that will get your Scouts involved and ready to act when the time comes.
But Emergency Preparedness really does start at home.  The company that I work for recently got on board with Emergency Prep plans in the wake of recent hurricanes, tsunamis, acts of terrorism, and the threat of a pandemic influenza.
I found that there were a few good take home drills that go beyond what we have done through Scouting.  I thought I would share a few of those ideas.
First.  Most Scouts and most families for that matter have multiple cell phones.  Our kids have them and we communicate with them either by voice or text.  Now I understand that some emergencies or disasters will knock out cell coverage or emergency agencies will occupy the bulk of cell coverage, but even inJapan, cell communication proved to be reliable and an efficient way of communicating.

So here is a drill that you and your family can do (practice) to aid in your Emergency preparedness.
Texting ‘drill’
Conduct a family drill in which you call all family members and let them know you will be evacuating from work.
Step 1: Input the text messages for HELP and SAFE which you can find at safeamericaprepared.org.
Step 2: Practice returning messages from each family mem­ber and memorize emergency family meeting places.
Step 3: Text a follow-up message. Set a ‘time’ when all should arrive. Explain what should be done if some­one has trouble in traveling to the home/alternative rendezvous site.
Step 4: Complete the drill by having all family members text that they are ‘SAFE’ to return to their routine and review the process later at home–exploring lessons learned.
Another idea in Emergency Prep is the Shelter in Place.  That is to say that you will have to stay in one place, typically your home for an extended period of time.  Are you ready?  Try this.
Shelter in Place
Plan a drill in which you practice how you would remain at home for an extended period of time (without power). Steps that you can consider include the following:
Step 1: Check your family pantry for an inventory of key supplies you’d need to stay at home for one week. These might include potable water, food, medical and sanitation supplies (toilet paper, etc.).
Step 2: Determine how you would cook and/or survive without power for 3-5 days. Make a plan to heat/cool your home–and stay in rooms that are the best insulated as well as best lit.
Step 3: Review procedures to shelter non-family/neighbors that may not have adequate supplies. Discuss how many you can shelter–and any special rules/regulations you might want to enforce.
Step 4: Plan a three-day simple menu to avoid cooking.
Step 5: Consider how you would dispose of waste if you could not take garbage outside your home.
Step 6: Have a communications system (battery radio) tested to make sure it works. Also check flashlights.
Step 7: Pretend that you have to sleep in one room. Have all family members ‘bed down’ and see how to make themselves comfortable.
Step 8: Complete the drill, asking for suggestions of what could make people ‘more comfortable.’ Consider what chores might need to be shared–for adults, teens and children — and explain the value of practice — just like a sport or dance production.
This drill is very much like that which you will find in the Emergency preparedness merit badge.  It is a great idea not just to discuss this plan, but try it.  Not for the full 3 to 5 days.. but at least an hour or two.  Think about how you are going to gather water, wood, and other materials that will add to your comfort and survival.  As Scouts we are prepared, we have stoves, fuel, water purification techniques, and shelter.  We have the knowledge to tie knots, build simple structures that add to the protection of our shelter and of course basic First Aid.  With that knowledge comes confidence that in the event of an emergency, we will be able to react and not panic.
A good plan and solid preparation is your ticket to emergency preparedness.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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