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We Ate All Your Halloween Candy:

This was a classic peice on Jimmy Kuemmel's TV show the other night.
Parents may appreciate the humor. Kids.. not so much!
Happy Halloween to All. Enjoy!


Be Prepared:
Troop Backpacking and Camping Equipment Guide is available here!






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.

Starting Sept. 1, a company you have a business relationship with will need your agreement in writing or electronically to send you robo-calls. They'll probably come up with some crafty ways to trick you into that.
Other things you should know:

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.

Political calls and calls from charities are exempt. However, if the charity hires an outfit that uses prerecorded calls, you can opt out from receiving them as well.

You can sign up for the Do Not Call list online or by calling (888) 382-1222 from the phone number you want to put on the list. That includes cell phones. There's about a month delay before the registration takes effect.

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.

The training is available online at: Link

Be Prepared

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.

Link - ICE does NOT leave your phone vulnerable - Snopes
Link - The Origin of ICE - Wikipedia
Link - ICE - Cell Phone Plan Would Help Rescuers - The Washington Post

11/10 Home-built Backpacking Stove link

Please check out the homemade backpacking stove link on the Patrol Page.
Click Here to go to the Patrol Pages.

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:

The Grilliput is a stainless steel grill that stores compactly so that you can take it just about anywhere. Big enough (9 in x 10 in) to adequately cook for four people. Small enough to carry in your car, chuckbox or picnic basket.

Click Here for details

Troop Activity Consent Form - (click here)

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