RE: [ScoutRadio] Re: Signaling Merit Badge Requirements
Gary and Fred,
Seems to me that we could have both the old and new requirements in a mix to obtain the desired results including some basic climbing and rappelling, but of course we can leave out the HALO jumps!
Many of our Troop’s Scout do these things out of curiosity anyway!
We just need to keep them in line with Guide to Safe Scouting!
Gordon Beattie, W2TTT
Fun with a purpose. But when the requirements start including HALO jumps and rappelling out of perfectly good aircraft with us adults leading the way, then I'm out of here! :-D
73 de Fred K2FRD
At 3:28 PM +0000 5/4/07, Gary Wilson wrote:
>--- In ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com,Fred Stevens K2FRD <k2frd@...> wrote:
>> And we all remember the furor when National announced they were
>dropping the signaling requirement:
>Actually, if you think about it, the First Class Scout requirments
>originally derived from what Baden-Powell determined were essential
>skills for a turn of the century miltary scout to know. Stalking,
>memorization of observations, sketch map making, map and compass,
>campcraft and flag signaling were all derived from this.
>But military technology has moved on. Following the logic to the
>extreme, perhaps our modern First Class Scouts should know the modern
>equivalents used by Rangers and USAF Combat Controllers. That would
>mean adding voice radio procedure, water filters, and GPS to the
>existing skills. Perhaps parachute and helo insertion, using night
>vision goggles, avoiding IED's and calling in precision guided
>munitions using laser designators might be a bit too much. But the
>kids would get a thrill out of it, much as kids in 1907 did with the
>equivalent skills learned from that period.
>Now that's a radical idea, but really no more radical than what kids
>were doing when they first found B-P's "Aids to Scouting" book
>the Boer War and started playing soldier.--
>Gary Wilson, K2GW
>(Also a keen student of Scouting history)
73 and Yours In Scouting de Fred Stevens K2FRD, VO2FS
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