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Question: What was the highest rank that you earned in the Boy Scouts?
I was only in the Cub Scouts - 23 (28%)
Tenderfoot - 9 (11%)
Second Class - 5 (6.1%)
First Class - 7 (8.5%)
Star - 5 (6.1%)
Life - 15 (18.3%)
Eagle - 14 (17.1%)
Eagle Palms - 4 (4.9%)
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« Reply #20 on: Feb 16, 2009, 08:36AM »

i never became an actual boyscout, i was a cubscout and looking for troops to join.  I went camping with a couple different troops but they all kinda scared the crap out of me so i felt that i dodged a bullet
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« Reply #21 on: Feb 16, 2009, 03:06PM »

I was second class...barely...just enough to be allowed on the canoe trips.

My son (14) just got his Life and just has a couple of merit badges and a project to get Eagle.  He frequently reminds me of my rank...I remind him that he pays no rent...yet.

I would hope that people choose an Eagle project that has a sincere and lasting value...but I understand that at 17 and 11/12s ANY project starts to look good.

We just got back from a trip to Joshua Natl park.  They boys kept finding big horn sheep dropping...which tells you they may have been higher up in the rock than I was comfortable with :-0

Summer of '01 we are going to Philmont.  Our troop has been very fortunate, 04, 06, 08 also...I have to figure out how to go 12 days without a beer and hike 100 miles in flip flops...
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« Reply #22 on: Feb 16, 2009, 03:24PM »

I wish they had the trombone merit badge!  but I guess it all revolves around the bugle!  Pant

Hey John, at least you got to 2nd class!  Some barely even pass tenderfoot!
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« Reply #23 on: Feb 16, 2009, 06:26PM »

I went right trough from Keas (6-8) through cubs to scouts, went to two New Zealand Jamborees but drifted out of it as other things came along later on.

Down in this part of the world we have two organizations, The Scout Association and Girl Guides. And the top awards here are Chief Scout and Queen (or King depending on the reighning monarch) Scout award. Cheif Scout is about the highest award youth members can attain while the queen scout is for rovers who have worked through the system. the  Queen Scout award is to be completed before the age of 21.
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« Reply #24 on: Feb 16, 2009, 07:24PM »

I wish they had the trombone merit badge!  but I guess it all revolves around the bugle!  Pant

Hey John, at least you got to 2nd class!  Some barely even pass tenderfoot!

When I was a Boy Scout (remember, I participated in the 50th Anniversary Exposition!) we had a Music merit badge, and i played 3 tunes on trombone.  I also had to demonstrate how to read treble clef ( :-0 :-0 :-0 ).  The stuff I played would probably not tax a 4th grader, but it got me the merit badge.
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« Reply #25 on: Feb 16, 2009, 07:45PM »

When I was a Boy Scout (remember, I participated in the 50th Anniversary Exposition!) we had a Music merit badge, and i played 3 tunes on trombone.  I also had to demonstrate how to read treble clef ( :-0 :-0 :-0 ).  The stuff I played would probably not tax a 4th grader, but it got me the merit badge.


The music merit badge?  I wish they had a trombone merit badge!  The counselors wouldn't let me use my trombone for a bugle!  I can't believe that!  Don't know
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« Reply #26 on: Feb 16, 2009, 07:52PM »

The music merit badge?  I wish they had a trombone merit badge!  The counselors wouldn't let me use my trombone for a bugle!  I can't believe that!  Don't know

Interesting.  I was permitted to play Taps for my father on my alto trombone (and I asked his Veterans' Organization in advance).
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« Reply #27 on: Feb 16, 2009, 08:00PM »

Interesting.  I was permitted to play Taps for my father on my alto trombone (and I asked his Veterans' Organization in advance).

I guess that some people have different standards than others.  Matter of fact, some people call trombones trumpets and trumpets bugles, so what is the difference?

Served as the troop bugler for a while, and brought my trombone to a hike or 2.  Kinda fun especially when people pass you by and give you weird confused looks.   Confused

They asked me to play reveille on trombone for a cub scout flag raising ceremony.  Well... At least it isn't the end of the world...
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« Reply #28 on: Feb 16, 2009, 08:38PM »

The counselors wouldn't let me use my trombone for a bugle!  I can't believe that!  Don't know
Bugles aren't that hard to play for trombonists are actually kind of fun. Get over it! ;-)
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« Reply #29 on: Feb 16, 2009, 09:51PM »

Bugles aren't that hard to play for trombonists are actually kind of fun. Get over it! ;-)

I guess you are right, but it would be so much cooler with a trombone!   Good!
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« Reply #30 on: Feb 17, 2009, 07:19AM »

While I was only a Cub Scout, my trombone playing son was an Eagle and my tuba playing step-son did everything but his Eagle project.  Just couldn't talk him into doing his project. 
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« Reply #31 on: Feb 17, 2009, 07:38AM »

I came into Scouting a little late (7th grade) and made it to Life before I mustered out.  My first Merit Badge was "Music".
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« Reply #32 on: Feb 17, 2009, 07:54AM »

 I helped my son make a bugle from parts around the shop...cornet bell, a couple of 3B crooks, etc...in Eb with a glow in the dark Kelly 12C...that I cut about 1/4" of the rim to make it shallower.  Works good, more of an English wide throated bugle sound as opposed to the trumpety standard bugle.  No tuning slide...no point, no other Eb bugles to play in tune with and the G (standard) or Bb would be weird in parrallel 3rds or 5ths...


Woulverine, we have a scout that spent a year in Scotland...cool for him (neat uniform!), but unfortunately the rank/award systems are completely different.  He has to redo quite a few things...

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« Reply #33 on: Feb 17, 2009, 09:30AM »

I brought my trombone to Youth Conservation Corps camp in 1976, and played taps for my fellow campers (who thought I was a few bricks short of a load, but then I wasn't the one standing out on the cabin porch in my underwear).  Unfortunately, I had to stop when threatened by U-M forestry students who were ALSO using the camp grounds (Camp Filibert Roth, on the shores of Golden Lake near Iron River MI).
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« Reply #34 on: Feb 17, 2009, 12:47PM »

I had a rather interesting time earning my Eagle. I had the fun time of planning two projects (but only did one). I originally had spent about a year planning a project to build a handicap ramp to the building I had scout meetings in. After I had the plans finished, the people stopped returning phone calls. So with three months until I turned 18, I started a new project. Ended up making picnic tables and some benches (how stereotypical...) for a local school. All of this in the middle of winter in my garage. Not the most fun experience, but looking back it was totally worth it.
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« Reply #35 on: May 08, 2009, 03:36AM »

Eagle Scout w/ two silver palms.  Vigil Honor Member of The Order of the Arrow. Was  Chapter Chief 1980-81, Lodge Chief 1981-82. NESA class of '79. Charter member of "Presidents Chapter" of NESA.
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« Reply #36 on: May 14, 2009, 05:44AM »

I was second class...barely...just enough to be allowed on the canoe trips.

My son (14) just got his Life and just has a couple of merit badges and a project to get Eagle.  He frequently reminds me of my rank...I remind him that he pays no rent...yet.

I would hope that people choose an Eagle project that has a sincere and lasting value...but I understand that at 17 and 11/12s ANY project starts to look good.

We just got back from a trip to Joshua Natl park.  They boys kept finding big horn sheep dropping...which tells you they may have been higher up in the rock than I was comfortable with :-0

Summer of '01 we are going to Philmont.  Our troop has been very fortunate, 04, 06, 08 also...I have to figure out how to go 12 days without a beer and hike 100 miles in flip flops...

hey if Jesus could do it... :D
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« Reply #37 on: May 15, 2009, 01:08PM »

You know what Michael Moore, Donald Rumsfeld and Winton Marcalis have in common? They were all Eagle Scouts.

I was never a boy scout. I was more interested in my personal endeavours than to join any group. However, I have to ask - what is an "Eagle Palm" rank? I saw it on the poll.
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« Reply #38 on: May 15, 2009, 01:56PM »

There are required merit badges and "elective" Merritt badges required for Eagle.

To get an Eagle Palm, you have to do 5 more Merit badges above Eagle.  There are only 3 palms.  Bronz, Gold, Silver, but if you overachieve, you can get two of the same ones.
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« Reply #39 on: Apr 05, 2017, 02:28PM »

my 13-year old is First Class and will hit Star some time this summer.  His old man only made 2nd class but went to Philmont anyway... :D

My radlib brother made Star but quit soon after--it wasn't cool to be with the "little kids".  Now for him it isn't PC...

UPDATE: My son made Eagle in 2013, and is in his Junior Year at Indiana University of PA.
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