Hey young ladies and young
gentlemen you can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades,
business, and future careers as you earn MERIT
There are more than 100 available. Any Boy/Girl Scout may
earn any merit badge at any time. You don't need to have
had rank advancement to be eligible.
* Pick a Subject. Talk to your
Scoutmaster about your interests. Read the requirements of
the merit badges you think might interest you. Pick one to
earn. Your Scoutmaster will give you the name of a person
from a list of counselors. These counselors have special
knowledge in their merit badge subjects and are interested
in helping you.
* Scout Buddy System. You must have
another person with you at each meeting with the merit
badge counselor. This person can be another Scout,
your parents or guardian, a brother or sister or other
relative, or a friend.
* Call the Counselor. Get a signed merit
badge application from your Scoutmaster. Get in touch with
the merit badge counselor and tell him or her that you
want to earn the merit badge. The counselor may ask to
meet you to explain what is expected of you and to start
helping you meet the requirements. You should also discuss
work that you have already started or possibly completed.
* Unless otherwise specified, work for a
requirement can be started at any time. Ask your
counselor to help you learn the things you need to know or
do. You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the
subject. Many troops and school or public libraries have
Factor Tom Casselman told me about some of our members
activates in CA. This caught my attention having been in
a similar involvement in CO years ago.
I owned a
black powder gun shop near Estes Park CO, located on 300 acres of
mountain land, we had a local buckskinner club that held
monthly shoots at this location. Great for business on the
weekends with members buying what they needed for each shoot or
hunting season. In those days our local K-Mart, Wal-Mart
stores sold the muzzle loading rifles and pistols but nothing
for accessories to shoot them - "Buckhorn Rendezvous"
was born. In the early '70s through the late '80s we were
ordering every other day trying to meet the locals needs. This
is another story to be told at a later time.
After a few
years in business a local BSA Scout counselor approached me
about using the store for weekly evening meeting with an Explorer
Group interested in buck-skinning. I provided the store my
friend and BSA Counselor did his thing. Then here comes a
surprise - Girl Scout's wanting to join the group. Short story -
the two groups were joined with their parents and the Greeley
- BSA and Girl Scouts Head Quarters blessings.
months we had a combined group of young folks that would
"shine" at any event taken to.
member had their own hand made clothing.
- A shelter cloth.
- Rifle (CVA provided at a
kit - built with help of parents).
- A hand forged knife.
- Forged fire making
tools & cooking irons.
- Along with additional
accessories made in classes we held on weekends.
Dad even got into the show with trying to keep up to their
kids so they would blend at different outings. There has
always been a smile of pride by all of us and still there today when
we see each other, good times.
Here's a group of North American Frontiersmen in sunny California
doing the same as we had done years before. Thank God that you
folks take the time and effort to do this. This is a very hard
road to take, with more dollars $$$ and time than most would put
for your GREAT CARING of our future generation, I can't say
enough about what it takes and the effort these members are
putting out to run such events.------- WOW
- Waugh the CAMP....
We first started black
powder shooting with the Varsity
team 6444 back in 1987. One of the adult leaders saw a
program on the Disney channel about black powder shooting and
that was enough for us to get going.
We first made a 45
caliber CVA pistol kit and a Thompson Center Hawkin 50
caliber rifle kit. We first fired them at the 1988
Spring Camp-O-Ree. The boys in the group learned to shoot them
safely, which made my job as a leader easy. They also made
lean-tos for shelters. We cooked over open flames, no camp
stoves. I remember the boys feeling very grown up with us
treating them like adults. We also had a few throwing hawks,
so we did a lot of throwing.
The Fall Camp-O-Ree for
1988 was cancelled a month before it was to happen. The
district executive for the Stanford Area Council Boy Scouts
asked us if we could pull off a rendezvous in a months time,
so there would still be a fall event. We said sure and that
was the start of a long history of rendezvousing with the Boy
Scouts in the south San Francisco Bay area.
rendezvous consisted of rifle shooting, tomahawk throwing and
archery. We had 125 attend that event. We did not have an
official patch that year, so one of the leaders and I cut and
stamped 125+ leather strips with the MMR 88 and a stamp of a
The following year we had
some activities added to the event. Rope making, jerky making,
cooking, flint and steel and caber toss were some of events.
Word of mouth was our way of promoting this. When scouts heard
about the event and what they could do, well we had more and
more come each year.
In 1992, we got a call
from another council and they asked if we could do this event
for them also. Of course we could, the only thing different
this time was the scouts were from the San
Jose area and from different parts of the world. We had
boys from England, Israel, Japan, Estonia and a few other
countries. The boys ate it up. The boys learned how to throw
hawks & knives, toss cabers, set traps, do flint and steel
and shoot black
powder rifles. Due to government regulations, the
Japanese could not shoot or even hold a rifle. When 1994 came,
the Japanese scouts were allowed to shoot. That was also the
year that we had scouts from Russia.
Could any of you as old or older than me, imagine that I would
be handing a Russian a loaded rifle? Rendezvous broke down all
Since then we have been
involved in nine International Scout Rendezvous and over
twenty local rendezvous with the scouts from the Stanford area.
We have had scouts from over 15 countries come to the
International event and 5 councils from around the San
Francisco bay come to the local rendezvous. Boys and
girls really enjoy doing all the things that are associated
These events are so much
fun, that when one of our adult leaders had a liver
transplant, the first thing he said to me when I went
to visit him was, "I'm going to make it, so I can go to
rendezvous." We have no problem getting adult help for
these events and the number of scouts signing up has grown
from 125 to over 600 this past fall.
The NAF members that
help with the rendezvous are Glen Koehl, Mark
Hatfield, Jack Swallow and Bill Martinie. I also have
help from scouters in the Bay Area and my daughter and her
No.# 118 - Bob
The amount of effort
is amazing folks, look at the responsibility with caring for
kids from other countries let alone ones from here. Plus all
the activities these kids get to take part in. Bob you and
your crew should be very proud to have such a doings, we're
PROUD your with us, THANK YOU.
young man has talent.
on - light the tender.
camp fire and some good stories are in place.
trade goods are plenty for young eyes.
young lady knows how to get her fire started.
shootin' sport being learned.
some great looking young ladies. Sorry guys.
is good guys, look out she take your coins.
working has always been a scout talent.
knife sheaths and other beaded goods.
is how its done folks.
a great experience for folks of all ages.
that's a proud face and great smile.
did that old coon come from, outer space?
"Merit Badges" that could be earned in such
this link about earning your "Merit Badges" when
attending such activities as shown in this letter from Bob
address is: firstname.lastname@example.org