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My 21st Century Woodbadge Trail: My Tickets


My first ticket was supposed to be a course teaching scouters how to use Packmaster at the 2008 University of Scouting on Saturday, February 02, 2008 at Washburn University. When I arrived at the University of Scouting there were not enough people to fill both classes so another scouter taught the morning class. They did ask me to teach the ‘scouting on the Internet’ course. Having only two hours to prepare, I did well with the course. Even though I did well, I do not feel I did well enough to count this as a ticket.

My first ticket was a blood drive. I called the local blood bank and talked to a representative. We set a possible date and place. We decided to have it at the Oskaloosa High School on February 8th, 2008. Next, I contacted the school to see if the date was open and filled out the Facility Use Agreement Form. The blood bank representative and I met and she gave me the packet full of fliers and phone numbers of previous donors. I spent many nights on the phone informing people about the blood drive and setting up appointments. On the day of the blood drive I went to the school to help set up, assist with donors, and later help pack up. And yes I gave some blood. We had a very good turn out.

My second ticket was to get Leave No Trace Trainer (LNT) trained on Friday, April 11-13 2008. The plan was we were going to camp outside but since it was cold and snowing, plus this was LNT and not a survival course, we slept in the basement of the mess hall. The training course required 16 hours of training and to present an LNT topic. I chose ‘Be Considerate of Other Visitors’. Since getting trained I have reviewed the guidelines with the boys in our pack, some boys at my church, as well as, encouraged some online friends to get trained themselves.

My third ticket I changed. I was going to create Guidelines for our pack, but because of a lack of time, I chose to get Merit badge Counselor trained. I even got my wife to take the training.  I chose to be a counselor for the district. The merit badges I am a counselor for are Camping, Canoeing, Computers, Electronics, Family Life and Gardening.

My fourth ticket I changed as well. I was going to do an Aerial Map of Camp Jayhawk and have it displayed on the grounds. Again, however, due to a lack of time, I chose to teach Den Chief Training at the University of Scouting on Saturday, November 15, 2008, at the LDS Church. I searched the internet looking for Den Chief training materials, but unfortunately, I found very little there and not what I was looking for. I ended up compiling the data I found on the net and books I already had in order to make a 100 slide PowerPoint presentation. As well as handouts and quiz questions. I ended up with seven boys for the all-day course. At lunch, they did a couple of skits for the adults and had a fun time.

For my fifth ticket, I became a District Trainer. On Saturday, January 17, 2009, I took the Trainer Development Conference (Trainer’s Edge) formerly known as the “Trainer Development Course” also formerly known as “Train the Trainer. Plans are now being made for me to teach a class at the Spring Camporee.

Another Blue and Gold in the History Books


Another year has come and gone again, and everything seemed to go off without a hitch.

We had our blue and gold (yellow) tablecloths and balloons on the tables. Unfortunately, we hadn’t any table decorations made by the scouts this year. We decided not to put up streamers this year. It seemed to take away from the simplicity of our decorations.

Dinner was great. We decided on a pasta dinner with a homemade meat sauce and an Alfredo sauce. The pack paid for the main courses and the garlic bread. Each family, however, contributed $2.00 per person to help with that cost. We have a small pack.  Each den then became responsible for bringing salad side dishes and desserts. It turned out to be a very filling evening.

Our awards ceremony was really nice. Each scout that achieved their rank was awarded their rank during a painted face ceremony. Each scout had lines and symbols placed on their face, using costume face paint, by their leader. Each line and symbol represented a valuable trait in scouting. The scouts thought it was pretty cool. It was a great symbolic ceremony. We also gave out the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies for the winners of the Pinewood Derby which was held on the same day. As well as patches for that event. Finally, we gave out all the certificates from the Father and Son Cake Bake. This year’s cake theme was “America the Beautiful.” Each scout who participated was to design a cake using a line from the song. They looked really neat. Scouts can be so creative. Families were also allowed to bid on their favorite cakes in a silent auction. The winning bids were then placed into the scout’s pack account to be used for camp fees or equipment for camp.

Overall it went very well. We were so proud of the scouts achievements. Despite all the stress and frustration involved in putting together such a big night. We look forward to a strong finish to this scouting year.

Loch Ness? Do you really want to know?


For decades many people from the casual vacationer to the very educated scientist have been trying to get a glimps, and I might add proof, of one of the biggest mysteries of our time.

There have been photographs taken, and proved to be hoaxes. There are a few pieces of evidence that cannot be proven either way. But, what if there was evidence that proved that the Loch Ness monster really exists? What would people do? The human race is incredibly curious. Would we respect the creature and it’s existance? Or, would we exploit it, more than now, and potentially capture, and study it? I would hate to think that the museum exhibit that I have to pay to see is a creature that could still be living and thriving without us.

We built our lives around things we believe in. Where’s the fun in proving the Loch Ness is real? What keeps us coming back for more? If proof is ever found, would we be as excited about it? I think the thrill is in the chase. Everyone has their own idea as to what it looks like. Each story getting more and more spectacular. Some say myths and legends started out as some kind of truth.

Whether it’s real or not, I just like the idea that it could be true. I would kind of hate to prove such a wonderful mystery. Don’t get me wrong though. I would like to know if the Loch Ness monster does exist, but I think I’d rather be left in the dark for now.

What do you think?

IE 8 Revisited


IE 8 Release Candidate 1 did not last long on my computer. I installed it on January 29th and uninstalled it on February 3rd. I don’t work Friday, Saturday or Sunday so for the two days I had it installed I had problems with and DNA Helpdesk. I also had problems with Flash Player on Jefferson County’s web site.

Installation was easy, but there were a couple of questions during the process. 

  • Turn on Suggested Sites
  • Compatibility Setting

The Google problem I had with IE 8 Beta is gone.

I did have an add-ons notice that kept showing up.

Uninstalling was a breeze once you knew where to go. IE 8 is considered an update so you won’t find it in Programs and Features. You will still need to open Programs and Features but then click on ‘View Installed Updates’ in the menu on the left to remove the update.

Super Bowl Sunday


Okay, I have to admit I did not watch the game for the game. I am one of many who watch for the commercials to see what multi-millions gets you these days. I also watch for the entertainment.

First, I would like to congratulate the Steelers. 6 Super Bowls is quite an acheivement. The Cardinals played an awesome game though.

Honestly, I have enjoyed a few of Bruce Springsteen songs, but I have to admit I was dissapointed in his performance. I didn’t think it was very entertaining, but most importantly, I just couldn’t understand him. I can’t say that it wasn’t a good show, but I was looking for the WOW factor when watching one of the most widely watched shows on television. My WOW was out of dissapointment. A little too safe.

However, not all was lost. Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson’s performances were brilliant. Each one flawlessly executed their portion of the show and brought so much emotion to the fans.

That brings me to the #1 reason I watched the Super Bowl. The COMMERCIALS! I always enjoy the Bud Light ads, but this year I added the Doritoes to the list. Even the Coca Cola and Pepsi ads were cute. The commercials however weren’t as cool as past years, but they are always worth watching. Take the poll and tell me what were your favorites.

IE 8


I downloaded IE 8 Beta a few months ago; I liked it but did see a few bugs. It came with an option to emulate IE 7 so I have been using that. I noticed a glitch when I was using Google.

 Today I downloaded IE 8 Release Candidate 1

I am looking forward to using it.