Loosewire Helps With A Eagle Scout Project

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  1. loosewire

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    Loosewire knows hows a Eagle Scout projects works.
    The Eagle Scout proposes a project to his scout master.
    The Scout master has to ok the plan.
    The Eagle Scout has to Involve his Family,freinds
    schools mates and community and a detailed plan.
    I was ask a question from a Eagle Scout,how can I
    make my project so It will be remembered. What
    Information would you have given the Eagle Scout.
    My answer later, after hearing a few suggestions.
     
  2. DerStrom8

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    Dang! When I first read the title of this post, I thought you were saying you designed a circuit in Eagle! Then I re-read it and saw what you said :D

    I would suggest creating a community garden. These have been growing quite popular over the past couple of decades, and would be a great way to involve just about everyone in your town or city. That's my idea, anyway :D
    Der Strom
     
  3. loosewire

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    @DerStom8 , You are good, Thats what the Eagle Scout did,that was great..now how about the advise he ask for and got,and he went on to do It. What advise would you give yourself,you already guess the garden.
     
  4. VoodooMojo

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    Join the Order of the Arrow?
     
  5. Wendy

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    I am a member of the Order of DeMolay.
     
  6. VoodooMojo

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    Excellent organization!
    The Catonsville MD chapter is right down the road from my homestead....
    Great group of young men...
     
  7. Wendy

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    Cool. Most teens are good people, they just need a bit of encouragement.

    One of our major recruiting tools is the Rainbow Girls. Wish I had been a DeMolay when I was a teen. Now I work on allowing both sides to have fun, but not too much fun.

    This is a major advantage over the Boy Scouts. An interesting side note, both groups (scouts and DeMolay) were started by Masons. It is one of the reasons a belief in God in part of the charters of both organizations. The scouts have gotten grief over this, I haven't really heard how that worked out.
     
  8. magnet18

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    For my eagle scout project I built a bridge in our town park

    As for the scouts belief in God, it's still standing strong. Officially at least. I know quite a few scouts who have different opinions.
     
  9. Wendy

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    I have no problem with that, it was transfered from the Masonic belief system. The reason for it is simple enough, if you take an oath that involves God it helps if you have some belief in God. Early Masons, the kind that actually worked in stone, build a lot of the Gothic Churches. It left a mark it did.

    Other than joining the Masons what a person believes is their own business, as long as it doesn't hurt someone else.
     
  10. strantor

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    how do you join the masons? I thought it was by invitation only.
     
  11. VoodooMojo

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  12. Wendy

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    Not any more, as a firm policy we do not recruit. If someone asks we do a basic background check to make sure the fox isn't raiding the chicken coop, then welcome the new brother in. 2 B 1 ask 1 , that is the policy. If we see someone we think would be a good fit we will politely ask, once.

    I joined partly because my brother died, and I needed people whom I could trust my back to. I was pretty lonesome. We don't tell on each other, but try to support a downed brother as best we're able. Widow's and orphans of fallen brothers are a priority. We do not put with indecent, immoral, or illegal conduct. We're not saints, but we try to be better than the average sinner.

    We are not a religious order, we do not permit politics or religion to be discussed in lodge, as the idea is to promote friendship and respect. We do not support any religion, which is actually held against us by fundamentalist organizations, as we let any old heathen in (as long as they believe in God and are willing to declare such).

    Masonry has a odd past. The Boston Tea Party is strongly rumored to have perpetrated by a local lodge, but the brothers didn't tell (though the secretary of the lodge did make notes). We are also responsible for the formation of the 1st 3rd party, the Anti Masonic league, due to some alleged shenanigans of a small town where a disgruntled Mason was going to "tell all" and he disappeared under some very bad circumstances (I tend to believe he met a bad end). The cover up that followed was more instinctual than thought out, but it created such revulsion that is still exists today.

    This is not the norm however. During the turn of the 17th century there was no radio, telephone, or any other media except books and radio. Masonry tended to be a strong supporter of the sciences and social media (IE, politics), so it was logical the local guys (especially those with money and nothing better to do) would join the local lodge and hang out together. At one time it was quite the social circle, the original Old Men's club, complete with whiskey and cigars. Women need not apply, though some have become Masons due to extenuating circumstance (such as sneaking in and seeing a lodge in session). Much as we would like to wring their necks sometimes, the women are safe. Matter of fact, they got revenge by forming their own offshoot of Masonry, which is the Order of the Eastern Star. They then drag their husbands to their meetings, where they rule, and get even in various and sundry ways for having the nerve to not invite them to our meetings. As you can tell, I am not a member of OES, but I suspect payback is coming for my impartial and truthful statements.

    The events that formed the Anti-Masonic League were a strong wake up call, and many rules and admonitions were put in place to try preventing something like that happening again. Shriner's, Scottish Rite, Commandery, and other Masonic organizations try to support charitable organizations such as the Shriner's Hospital for kids and the Scottish Rite Hospitals, both of which treat kids for free. I give blood twice a year (and will do so as long as they will let me) for the kids, blood is freaking expensive. The basic lodge is referred to as a Blue Lodge, and is the spring board to the other groups I mentioned. Yes, that old fat guy driving the funny little go cart and wearing the fez (who is a Shriner) really is a Mason.

    If you have any questions ask, and I will do my best to answer. One of the best kept secrets we have is how few secrets we actually have. If I get a question I'll start a new thread and carry on from there.

    There are other members here at AAC who are Masons, but have chosen not to declare themselves. They usually announce themselves to me via PM, but I respect their right to privacy. I will state unabashedly they they will get special treatment from me as to their questions, it's what we do after all. :D
     
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  13. shortbus

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    @Bill - was DeMolay not offered in your area growing up? I'm 63 and it was here in Ohio.

    Is DeMolay named after Jacques DeMolay?
     
  14. Wendy

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    Yes, it was not available as far as I know. My Dad was always ambiguous about God, so he would not have been a Mason. I doubt if it were available I would have been allowed to join, which is a shame. Almost every small town in the USA has a lodge though.

    Yes, it was named after Jacques DeMolay. The Friday the 13th superstition came from the day King Louis of France arrested every Knights Templare he could get his hands on. The leader of the organization (the last one as a matter of fact) was Jacques DeMolay, and rather than offer up more of his men he accepted torture and burning at the stake, allowing a goodly number to escape to Scotland and England, where they helped form the Masonic order.

    The reason the king did this is the Knight's Templar were the first organization that invented Travelers Cheques and escorted pilgrims through Palestine (for a fee of course). Even though the knights were technically monks (typically the second son's of nobles) and took vows of poverty the organization became extremely wealthy, enough so that the king wanted to confiscate their money and property. I suspect the French people, while going overboard, had good reasons to eliminate their royalty, they were a diseased and perverted bunch.

    I have mixed feelings about the history and the myths. The fact is the Crusades were major horror fests. They emptied out the prisons to fill the ranks of the cannon fodder, and there were cases of cannibalism for the sole purpose of intimidation. Many Islamists record this as if it happened yesterday to justify their actions, instead of 700 years or more ago. I'm sure that many of the Knights were fine upstanding people, but I'm equally sure many of them weren't.
     
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