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I'd like to thank Chris from Strategic Tactical for organizing the Feb 2008 get-together. It was held at the Pepper Belly's in Kaysville. We had good food and good company. Everyone had a very good time getting to know each other. Many stories were swapped -- some of them may even have been true! :D :wink:

Here's a photo from my cell phone (sorry - not a high end digital camera):


Going clockwise, starting in the lower-left of the photo are the following: Shaolin, Dustin WJ, Dustin's honey, (not shown - their baby), Chris' honey, roseblood (standing), Chris (Strategic Tactical) & Lucky Head Shot. Not shown: yours truly, holding the cell phone camera.

Although turnout was lower than expected at this event, we had a very good time. Chris even picked up the tab for us. :shock: That was very generous. Don't get used to that... :)
 

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Had a great time, wish other's would have shown up to make it a bigger hit, lol It was nice to meet some new people. Thanks again, Chris.
 

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I was so bummed I couldn't make it. Turns out the guy who worked on the network before I arrived messed it up royally. So, add on more hours to undo the mistakes and redo the work correctly :roll:

So, I was still down in Provo when my phone alarms telling me the meet is in half-an-hour, needless to say, I didn't get back home until around six tonight :x

Hopefully I will make the next one - still mad I missed a free lunch :eek:
 

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Looks like you had about the same size group that we had last week at Cabelas. No photos were taken, but there was packingmama, UTOC-45-44, Mr. Magnum with his wife Kimberly and their son, Skydar, Travis Barney, myself and our two kids.
 

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I tried to be there. I didn't get back from the hills until about 1, though, and by the time I had the scouts home and stuff unpacked, it was too late.

Too bad, too. I had a good story to tell. Not related to firearms at all, much less OC, but still good. What the heck, I'll tell it here.

I'm the Varsity Coach and the Varsity Scout program is, ideally, supposed to be organized and led by the boys themselves with the adult leaders in a "coaching" role. In practice, that's pretty hard because the kids are rarely very good at running their program, and the adults tend to step in to fix things so activities run smoothly, etc.

I've been convinced by the district that if we don't let the boys run their own programs, we're doing them a real disservice. We need to give them the opportunity to learn how to organize, plan and lead. Further, the district representative pointed out that it's not only okay to let them fail (safely, of course), it's the sometimes the best way for them to learn.

So, this was our first campout planned and executed entirely by the boys, with the adults along for the ride and just focused on making sure no one got hurt. Needless to say, we ate a cold dinner well after dark and they all froze all night (we made sure that no one was in danger of hypothermia). The best part was breakfast.

They had planned a breakfast of waffles and eggs. Yes, waffles.

Google tells me that there are non-electric waffle irons, including some that can be used over a campfire, but I've never seen one and I assumed they were bringing Eggo waffles, or similar. Nope, they brought a tupperware container full of batter.

So, they pulled out this semi-frozen container of batter and realized they had no way to turn it into waffles. Being resourceful, they immediately decided they could cook it into pancakes with a skillet or griddle. If only they had a skillet or a griddle.

I decided to relent and offered the griddle I had in my truck, but they not only didn't bring a spatula, they didn't bring any utensils other than plastic spoons. They decided they could maybe use a pocketknife as a spatula, but then realized they had no butter, grease, etc. to put on the griddle to keep the pancakes and eggs from sticking, no condiments of any sort other than a wholly inadequate supply of syrup and no plates to eat on even if they could cook their food (my son had a mess kit, but he was the only one).

Ultimately, we broke camp early and went home because they had no breakfast.

Fortunately, the scouts did have a really good time in spite of the breakfast fiasco, and I anticipate a good post-mortem discussion during our meeting on Tuesday. I also fully expect that for next month's campout, they'll appreciate the fact that cooking and eating tools are both important and don't just appear by magic. You have to bring them, and that means you have to think beforehand about what you might need, and why.
 

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Our car is in the body shop so we are down to 1 car. Wife had to take it to work so I was sitting at home trolling the web.

When/Where is the next one? Maybe closer to SLC 8)
 

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Looks like a lot of fun but being unemployed I didn't have the funds available for a night out but I will be at the next one for sure since I am returning to the security industry I should be able to find employment. I sorry you didn't have a better turn out.....
Stategic tactical YOU ARE MY HERO picking up the tab as you did that is just freakin' awsome.....
Larry
 

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AHHHHHH SHUCKS.. :oops: ..Its was nothin on picking up the tab. It was a lot of fun even with our smaller group. Wish more of you could have been there but we still had fun. Be safe everyone and hope to see you all at the next one. I want to appologize to the people that were there once again for being late.....Had the class going on in Richmond for PW. Take care.....
 

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It was really nice to finally meet some of you in person. And Chris, thanks again for lunch. :D
 

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I concur it was fun to chat and such. I would like to say thanks to Chris for the lunch. I hope to be able to attend the next meet and maybe see some new faces.
 

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swillden, that was HILARIOUS!!!

I'm a Venture Advisor and we would have similar shenanigans if we let the boys plan this stuff themselves. In fact, I'll bet we'd have NO activities AT ALL if we left it up to the boys. Nothing but basketball every time.

Anyhoo, I'm glad you all had a great time. I was unable to attend because I was in a 5-hour rehearsal for The Music Man. I will be there next time!
 

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tapehoser said:
swillden, that was HILARIOUS!!!
I'm really looking forward to see what happens at next month's campout.

tapehoser said:
I'm a Venture Advisor and we would have similar shenanigans if we let the boys plan this stuff themselves. In fact, I'll bet we'd have NO activities AT ALL if we left it up to the boys. Nothing but basketball every time.
We do have to apply some constraints. Within the Varsity program there are five different program areas, each with a boy as the "program manager". We define which weeks are for which program areas, and that defines which boy is in charge. The activity he plans must be within the scope of his area, and we reserve the right to veto. We allow basketball no more than twice per year, and only allow video games for our planning nights (otherwise it'd be Guitar Hero and Rock Band every week).

All in all, I think we have a reasonable mix of activities, but they don't run as smoothly as if the adults planned them. Sometimes that makes them better, but usually it just results in funny stories.

Still, I really do see the value in the approach. The kids are learning to think ahead and plan, and it's an invaluable skill for their adult lives.

After all, maybe they'll end up planning OCDO outings in a decade or so. Hopefully by then the get-togethers will be massive affairs with hundreds of people, speeches from the governor... ;)
 
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