Re-Introduction, interests, and film cannisters
Jay Thal (jay.thal@TCS.WAP.ORG)
Thu, 22 May 1997 10:58:43 EST
Just rejoining Scouts-L after a year's break, bear with me as I stuble
(no that's stumble, I have a beard so there is no stuble) through the
Jay Thal is my name. Eagle Scout 1955, Silver Explorer 1955, APO, etc.
After a looong hiatus from Scouting (but not camping) my youngest son decided
to join the Scouts in 1989. More on him later. I'm an ASM in Troop 666,
Banneker District, National (USA) Capital Area Council [NCAC]. We meet and
live in the District of Columbia, for those of you who think that DC only
houses monuments, museums, and politicians. I, also, used to be a Buffalo.
Adam Thal, my Scout son, joined Scouting in 1989 at age 15 and stayed
on (read stays on) long after the boy who introduced him to Scouting. Adam
received his Eagle in 1996 at age 22. His Eagle project was a gun turn-in.
Now, for those who spotted the "age 22", let me explain. Adam is disabled,
learning disabled. But, his strengths include persistence, exuberance, and the
friendships of many including fellow Scouts and leaders who learned from, and
taught, him in a mainstream unit. He's been to Sea Base, Matagammon, etc. and
is looking forward to CJ in July. Adam is now in job training, and is excited
about becoming independent, and in July (too) moving into an independent living
unit - Scouting has helped develop that independent spirit.
My Scouting interests still include being active with the Troop, but of
great importance is expanding Scouting Unlimited within NCAC, and not just
supporting Scouts with identified disablities but recruiting boys with
disabilities into Scouting. I believe that the various threads in Scouts-L
that deal with the various manifestations of disabilities whould be woven into
Oh yes, film cannisters: Lorie McGraw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
suggested that I share this suggestion with you, and particularly the Scout
Show/Expo thread (also First Aid). So let me draw you aside and paraphrase
"The Graduate". Seal-A-Meal, Plastic Pouches. ---Rather that film cannisters
which are bulky and not sweat, rain, or whitewater proof, I favor using
seal-A-Meal pouches (pocket sized) for gauze pads, band-aids, antiseptic
packets, quarters. Flattened they fit well into pockets. I also seal matches,
batteries, and film -- but I get into the wet a lot. On a larger scale I seal
multiple patches into larger packs for emergency use; and functionally separate
medications, bandages, and other implements into "bleed bags"; "burn bags";
"break bags", etc. so that you don't have to rummage through larger kit for
what you need. Always have a pair of latex gloves in a sandwich bag. And I
use a "Cascade" type waterproof bag to make a floating first-aid kit.
Enough for now.
Jay Thal <email@example.com>
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