NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
We Ate All Your Halloween Candy:
This was a classic peice on Jimmy Kuemmel's TV show the other night.
Sign up for the National "Do Not Call" List
We're on the Do Not Call list, but we still get prerecorded calls. Why is this happening? It's terribly annoying. Luckily we came across this post by Herb Weisbaum, aka ConsumerMan at MSNBC, while we were researching another topic. He says you can now opt out of these calls -- and can do it quite simply.
First of all, ConsumerMan says that if you're on the Do Not Call list, prerecorded telemarketing calls are legal only from companies with which you already have a business relationship. He defines that as: "If you bought or rented something from that company within the last 18 months, or simplyinquired about a product or service within the last three months, you've established a business relationship." (Some companies ignore this rule or stretch it to the breaking point. We don't know of any business relationship we've had with the companies that keep calling. Maybe it's time to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.)
How do you get them to stop? Simply hanging up won't do it.
As of last month, the company must give you a way to opt out, like pushing 1. Listen to the instructions at the end of the pitch.
EveryCall says a method to opt out must be provided whether the prerecorded
call reaches a human ear or ends up as a message on your answering machine.
Informational prerecorded calls from a company you have a business relationship
with are allowed. ConsumerMan says that would include calls from an airline
letting you know your flight has been delayed.
Youth Protection Training
Youth Protection Training is available online through the BSA.
Youth Protection Training is required for all leaders and is recommended
for parents (it is a 2 year certification, so if you have taken it in
the past, please check the expiration date) – any parent attending a troop
campout should have YPT.
In Case of Emergency, or ICE, is a program that enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, to identify victims and contact their next of kin to obtain important medical information.
It encourages people to enter emergency contacts in their cell phone address book under the name ICE. The popularity of this program has spread across Europe, and has started to grow into North America.
11/10 Home-built Backpacking Stove link
Please check out the homemade backpacking stove link on
the Patrol Page.
Parents: Scouts may wish to build this lightweight backpacking beauty, but are strongly advised not to do so without parental permission and supervision!
10/22/07 Camping Gear Report
From David Sweet's Camping Blog:
Troop Activity Consent Form - (click here)