Help for 'disappearing slides'
[Editor's note: In the January-February issue, Scouter Chuck Jakab asked for suggestions from readers on how to keep neckerchief slides from falling off, which happens frequently, "especially when the boys are active." Below are examples of solutions cited most often by the more than 200 readers who responded with suggestions.]
...Place a rubber band on the neckerchief underneath the slide. The additional friction keeps the slide in place. I've used this method for 11 years as a leader and haven't lost a slide yet....
...Use a safety pin to fasten the back of the slide to one end of the neckerchief, in a way that the pin does not show. This way, the other end of the neckerchief can slide in and out, preserving the roll of the neckerchief for next time.
...After putting on the slide, put on a chenille-type ponytail band. They are about 1/4 inch thick, and twisted once is a tight hold...You can buy them in multicolored packs to get one to match the neckerchief color.
Use sunglasses in winter
The cover and photos for "A Not So Little Cabin in the Woods" in the November-December 2004 issue show Scouts in sunny, high-elevation, winter conditions without sunglasses.
Sunglasses are an important piece of equipment for any outing, to reduce eye fatigue and even to provide some protection from injuries. In snow conditions, sunglasses are critical to eliminate the possibility of snow blindness.
All activities require specific gear. Troop leaders can assist parents and reduce the possibility of a Scout forgetting something by maintaining a master list of equipment for each activity and giving a copy to every Scout prior to each trip....
Also, [to prepare for a high adventure activity] troops can gain knowledge and skills by participating in specialized training courses, such as, for winter camping, avalanche safety, winter survival, outdoor emergency care, and basic mountaineering.
Thank you for the tip. Sunglasses are important, as noted in the "Gearing Up" chapter of the latest edition of the BSA Fieldbook (BSA No. 33104), which advises: "For travels across snowfields, in deserts, and on open water, wear sunglasses for your comfort and safety."
The Fieldbook's companion Web site, www.bsafieldbook.org, lists resources for specific activities like ski touring and showshoeing. Sources include current books and links to recognized organizations that provide information and training opportunities.
New Cub Scout 'hats' are a hit
I think the special Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Eagle hats worn by the Cub Scouts on the cover of your January-February 2005 issue are great. I would like to get them for our blue and gold banquet. Can you tell me where to find ordering information?
The colorful "Foam Visor Kits" are among the new items in the 2005 BSA Supply Division catalog. Information is also available online at www.scoutstuff.org/items/ww17881/index.html. Buy or order the kits at local Scout shops, council service centers, or by phone, (800) 323-0732.
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