Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: New Scoutmaster Survival Kit (long, part 2)
Re: New Scoutmaster Survival Kit (long, part 2)
Thu, 18 Feb 1999 22:16:22 -0600
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6. An Official whistle with a red, white and blue lanyard (reference
"The Scoutmaster" by Norman Rockwell)
(#00909 for the whistle; the lanyard would have to be put together by
the Scoutmaster; the kit is #17426, but in the catalog I don't see any
blue, so red, white and blue lace need to be included: Red (#V7020RE),
White (#V7020WH), Royal Blue (#V7020RO) ; also , the Craftstrip braiding
project book is needed so that the new Scoutmaster knows how to put his
or her lanyard together on one of those evenings!)
7. Two tins, one containing Tylenol (tm) and the other Bayer (tm)
I suggested the aspirin not just for headaches, but for those older
among us that must use an aspirin regimen as part of their health (like
me). Some Scouters don't like taking the Tylenol (tm) products, so...
I would put them in the waterproof matchbox with the ring....(#01030)
8. One of those small BSA sewing kits and an extra Scoutmaster patch
(#1006 for the sewing kit; the Scoutmaster Patch is #0423)
9. A recycled papered notepad with a different Skill of Leadership on
each page (The BSA hasn't developed this yet.)
10. Two cans of Boost (tm) and two Boost Bars (tm) or something similar
(someone asked me what was "Boost(tm). As far as I know, the product is
made of minerals and chemicals along with some flavorings to provide
additional nutrition for "active people" (like Scoutmasters). I have
never tried it, but it's made right here in Evansville, Indiana. I
guess I should try some...the bars are about the same...)
11. Two of those BSA "emergency blankets* because there's ALWAYS that
one Scout that fail to "be prepared" and will freeze otherwise! (#01450
is the smaller hand-held version; #1449 is the larger, all weather
12. Two rolls of duct tape - tan/brown and silver *
13. Scoutmaster's and Boy Scout Handbooks (#33229 for the Scouts';
#33002 for the Scoutmasters')
Doug Gentry added:
14. Analgesic (Tylenol, Advil, etc. - not aspirin)
Chaplain Charlie (Charlie Morrison) added:
15. A laminated card with the with the 11 "learnable and teachable"
leadership skills of Scouting. (I have one given to us by Rick Hyman,
our Wood Badge SM)
16. Another laminated card which contains the 13th point of the Law for
Scouters -- "A Scouter is PATIENT".
17. Another laminated card which contains the words "Get More
and Ron Raab-Long added something else important:
18. You forgot the TUMS (tm) that we'll all need after sampling a 2nd
Classer's favorite Chili recipe.
Ron Fox added:
19. /20. I'd put two Assistant Scoutmaster's patches in there, plus a
piece of rope to tie the adult up with until you were done sewing it on
(Assistant Scoutmaster patches are #00424; a 50' foot piece of poly line
is #1145 and the 1/8 nylon line is #1409 for 100', enough to tie all of
the Assistant Scoutmasters and even a Junior Assistant Scoutmasters!)
21./22. In all seriousness, I always have both youth and adult
registration forms with me.
23. Either the men's or ladies' nylon wallet to put all of those cards
and things inside (the men's #9802; the women's #9801) and
24. A Universal pin (#00090) to wear at other times to remind him or
her of their important role.
Joe Ray Hawkins had a lot of great items to add to this list:
25. A copy of "Woods Wisdom" (#34308), if the Troop has not already
shown him where their copy is.
26. A throw away poncho* (ala $0.99 at Wal-Mart) also for the boy that
27. A couple of 9x12 drop cloths*... also $1 - just to be prepared
(after all, he has to be.)
28. Mole Skin *- so he does not have to ask for the Troop first aid kit
after the first hike.
29. His own small first aid kit (#01092) - for when the patrols do not
30. A little "black book" so he can store the laminated cards, and keep
the home numbers of the 'Leadership Corps' and the boys handy - if
needed. With room for Stars (or X's) beside the parents names...!
To which Dee LaRock added:
31. Pocket calendar w/all training dates placed in it. Most of these
have a "notes" listing in the back. Put the phone numbers of roundtable
leaders, etc. in their. We want these new leaders to get more
training...let's make sure they know who, when and where!
Did you know that the BSA produces a Program Notebook for Boy Scout
Leaders?? Yeah...I've got one here in my hand from the 86-87 program
year, and they are produced each year!! The stock number is #26-002-yr
(where the "year" is the year of the calendar!) This booklet has space
for listing key leaders, youth and adult, with their name, address and
phone numbers; calendars to where you can add training and camping dates
and just about anything in between; Troop meeting and activity notes and
with a little bit of "smarts", you can put slits in the back cover of
the booklet and insert all of those lamenated cards in there (I did with
this one; I'll post later on and tell you how I did it!
The only thing that this booket doesn't have is a page where you can
list ALL of the youth members of your Troop and their phone numbers; but
then, your Senior Patrol Leader has a similar type booklet available to
him that has space for that kind of information!
The Program booklet fits into a back or shirt pocket.
Joe Ray continued:
32. A portable file* - to file the permission slips, med forms, permits
- et al when traveling.
33. A small roadside emergency kit* for the same trips.
34. His/her own personal - official metal mirror. (How about a complete
groomer's kit, which has included in it one of those metal
35. A small, quality flashlight, with extra batteries. (The mini-mag
light with the BSA logo on it (#01299)); He is new- someone will
borrow his and burn down the batteries... he'll need a backup (okay;
36. A camera* - if you can afford it. You won't believe all he sees-
this would give him the chance to document it (get one of those Kodak
"disposable" cameras, which has built-in flash and when he or she is
done with it, they give the entire thing to their developer and you'll
get your photos back...and do a good turn for the ecology too!!)
Marc Godbout added the following:
(he wanted to give the new Scoutmaster a new Suburban or mini-van; but
in all except those chartered to organizations in Beverly Hills,
California, I don't think it would be possible....but I've got to admit:
that would be a GREAT MOVITATIONAL TOOL to get more
37. Wide-brimmed hat (#637) and adult Universal Hat Pin (#50150) (I
like the new felt ones - don't really care for Smokeys) to make us
recognizable amongst the masses on summer camp opening day. I actually
had one parent mention that she couldn't find me because I wasn't
wearing my usual felt hat. ( I would place a colorful hatring around
38. Packets of instant coffee - I'm surprised Mike didn't include that
one. (to which Charlie Morrison added...) Mike would never drink instant
And Pete Gerlach added:
Nah, "Singles" instead - they're a tea bag, but w/the magic bean
instead. Almost as fast as instant, you can make 1 cup, & it's real
And no, I didn't think of the coffee, Marc....silly me; I thought about
the cup, but I didn't think of the contents of the cup; and as I've been
reminded frequently when we talk about that "golden drink" from beans,
there are Scouters whom for religious or health reasons (or both) cannot
drink caffinated drinks (coffee, tea, sodas with the chemical in it), so
I don't think its a good idea to include packets of coffee in the
"official kit". Better to include the cup so that the new Scoutmaster
can use it for his or her OWN "outdoor drink of choice".
39. Leatherman or similar pocket multi-tool (#1090).
40. A book of fund-raising ideas to pay for the replacement
An estimate of all 40 items would run a new Scoutmaster (or his or her
Troop) somewhere in the neighborhood of $300. The average Scoutmaster,
according to a BSA study about five years back, stays in office about 3
years (2 years, seven months).
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502)
(settummanque, the blackeagle)
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Michael R. Trotochaud
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Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 22, East Haddam, Conn.
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Delta Sigma Chapter, Alpha Phi Omega
SM Troop 98
SA Troop 412
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 49
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Patrick L Hamilton wrote:
> Hello, All---
> About a year ago (maybe as much as two years ago?) there was
> a discussion thread on what should be in a "Survival Kit" that
> was to be presented to a new Scoutmaster (I think he was bridging
> up from a Cub Scout Pack). A number of people contributed ideas
> for this "Survival Kit" and I was wondering if anyone kept a copy
> or used it for their Scoutmaster. I could go back through all of
> the Scouts-L archive files, but I'm running short on time before
> I'll need it.
> If anyone has a copy of this, could you please re-post it to
> the list, or reply to me privately?
> Thanks in advance!
> Pat Hamilton, Columbia, MD
> National Pike District
> Baltimore Area Council
> Bobwhite, NE-CS-52