Re: New Merit Badge
Frank Roessler (fressler@VAX1.MANKATO.MSUS.EDU)
Mon, 21 Oct 1996 17:20:48 -0600
On Wed, 16 Oct 1996 "Thomas C. Stoddard" wrote:
back in 1984, John Sexton (may he rest in peace) and
myself drew up a proposal for just such a merit badge. It involved a bit more
than just sewing, but did cover such.
This reminds me of the time we (several summer camp staffers) started the
development of our proposed new MB: The Art and History of Sleeping MB.
We included research into ancient sleeping surfaces, and why they improved
(rocks don't make good pillows). We experimented with the all-time
favorite portable sleeping surface, the hammock (take a replacement cot
bottom, before it gets used to the repair old cots, "borrow" two cot ends,
3/8" rope, and string the contraption between two convenient trees). We
even investigated the convenience of picnic tables: the benches are too
narrow, but the tops can make a great platform for between MB session naps.
And all this was done in our "free time" at camp (is this statement an
Unfortunately, our supreme ethical and intellectual guidance, the camp
director, didn't receive our suggestion very enthusiastically. We
thereafter kept the project as a secret staff ritual, including only those
staffers who have actually been in the council office less than 3 times.
Also unfortunately, I'm no longer eligible for this ritual. It seems I've
managed to find the council office more often in recent years. Someday I
might even (shudder) not be able to side-step the SM patch (I love being
ASM, most of the power with not all the responsibility (hah!)).
If all the Coke ever produced were to erupt from "Old Faithful" at its
normal rate of 15,000 gallons per hour, the geyser would flow continually
for more than 1,685 years.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City