Railroading Merit Badge at SLRR Rolling Stock Museum and VRC (2014-01-23)

Tonight Chris took the troop to learn more about Railroading.  We started our trip by heading to the SLRR Rolling Museum (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tropical%20Sands/139/195/21). The location has some great locomotives on display and you can see some interesting work by some of SL’s illustrious train builders, as well as read info about the RL locomotives.

After reading on the history of some famous locomotives we headed to one of the oldest RR Sims in SL. The SLRR VRC (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Anilis/212/50/102).

By earning this badge, Scouts can learn about the history of railroading, its place in modern society, careers in railroading, and hobbies related to railroading.
It was awesome to explore this multi Sim railroad network and appreciate the hard work put into building this SL transportation system as well as the detailed locomotives built in SL.

Scouts gather at camp for tonight’s activity

Scouts exploring the locomotives and the railway map

Scouts admiring one of the big boys!

Scouts testing their locomotive engineer skills at VRC




Mining in Society Merit Badge at Institute Of Quarrying (2014-01-19)

The Mining merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.  It was discontinued after 1937 and successfully resurrected in 2013 after the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) advocated for it for over a decade.

Some of the subject areas a Scout will have to understand are “. . . focus on the importance of mining and its key components of exploration, permitting, extraction, processing, production, safety and reclamation.”

On this lovely night Tucker showed us a video of quarrying and how it is used in the various parts of our daily lives.  Then we headed to the Institute Of Quarrying (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Institute%20Of%20Quarrying/77/78/37) and toured a huge mine.  We concluded the tour by trying to determine hazards at a maintenance building at the mine.  We did not try to play chicken with the big trucks in the mine pit.

Congrats Tucker for successfully leading his first scout troop outing. Great job!

Scouts gather around Tucker for tonight’s meeting

Scouts on a lunch break? No! checking their safety gears before descending to the open pit

Troop supervising the giant machinery working at the quarry

Scouts debating to go for a swim at the bottom of the quarry before heading home

Scouts evaluating their results on the safety test






Graphic Arts Merit Badge at Printer’s Devil Project (2014-01-16)

The field of graphic arts includes many kinds of work in the printing and publishing industries. Graphic arts professionals are involved in the creation of all kinds of printed communication, from business cards to books to billboards. The scope of printing communications is huge.

Tonight Chris took us to Western University 1 Sim to learn at the Printer’s Devil Project (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Western%20University%201/245/150/22).

At that location we learn about the evolution and history of the printing media.  We got to print our own document and we appreciated more how difficult was to print documents in the old days.

Scouts gather around Chris for tonight’s meeting

A busy night at the Printer’s Devil Project with scouts taking turns reading the history of printing

Scouts learning how to use an old printing press. No fingers were hurt

Scouts taking a break from the busy night at the printing press




Archaeology Merit Badge at ROMA (2014-01-12)

Archaeologists are detectives who study how people lived in the past. They figure out what happened, when, how, and why. Using the clues that people left behind, they try to understand how and why human culture has changed through time.

Tonight Eric and Henry did an awesome job taking the troop to be archaeologists at the ROMA sim (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ROMA%20Transtiberim/27/53/28).

The scouts took turns looking for treasures and digging with various tools. All scouts came back to the camp loaded with treasures. Now they have to clear these treasures with the local museums. And the child labor laws were put on hold as the scouts dig for treasures.

It was an awesome archaeology hunt.  Congrats and thanks Eric and Henry on successfully leading the troop!

Scouts arriving at the ROMA sim

Scouts digging for treasures like Indiana Jones

Scout surveying the digging area for safety

Scouts taking a break after hard work on a successful day





Citizenship in SL Merit Badge at the SL Historical Museum and Governor Linden’s Mansion (2014-01-09)

Tonight Chris took the troop to the SL Historical Museum (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Phobos/217/167/33) and then to Governor Linden’s Mansion (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Clementina/176/119/60).

As Scouts fulfill the requirements for this merit badge, they will learn how to become active virtual citizens. Also, aware of and grateful for the contributions of those that came before us.

Second Life is a patchwork of communities that differ from each other and may be governed differently. But regardless of how Sim communities differ, they all have one point in common: Government means self-government within the TOS guidelines. Good virtual citizens help to make decisions about their community and put their talents to make the virtual world a better and more enjoyable place.

The troop gathers around Chris to learn about the history of SL

Scout inspect the original SL avatar

Chris giving a tour of Governor Linden’s mansion to the scouts

Welcome to the two newest scouts to Kawabata Camp!






Comic Book Merit Badge at Metropia Superhero Museum (2014-01-05)

We met at camp in our favorite super hero costumes and ready to learn more about the wonderful world of Comic books and super heroes. Teddy lead the Scout “Justice League” to the Metropia Superhero Museum (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Research%20Island%20Denmark/12/8/26).
We learned the history of some of the superheroes and we all got a chance to make our own costume and a superhero of our own.
It was a well-planned and fun day/night at the Museum. WE pose next to our favorite super heroes in our cool outfits.

Teddy wearing his Grilled Cheese Superhero costume

Scouts arriving at the museum in their favorite superhero costumes


Scouts reading their favorite comic mags




Holiday Break (2013-12-22 thru 2014-01-02)


Personal Management Merit Badge at University Idaho CALS Sim (2013-12-19)

Personal management is about mapping a plan for your life that will involve setting short-range and long-range goals and investigating different ways to reach those goals. Education, training, and experience all help make your goals become a reality. To achieve your goals, you will choose the best path and make a commitment to it, while remaining flexible enough to deal with changes and new opportunities.

Tonight Chris took the troop to the University Idaho CALS Sim (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/University%20Idaho%20CALS/153/32/21) to learn about personal finance management for this brand new SL merit badge.

We used a HUD and picked a career and then made decisions on investment, purchases and various expenses including vacations.

Some scouts were richer than Bill Gates and some were singing in the corner of the sim so see if any other scout could spare a Linden dime.

Scouts gather around Chris during the Christmas season to learn about personal finance management.

Scouts arrive at sim and quickly start learning about personal management

Scouts learn about fiances in a peaceful garden environment. No financial bees stung the scouts

Scouts choosing professions. Sadly Scoutmaster was not there since it is a non-paid position

No! the scouts are not assaulting the bank! They are opening bank accounts

Making car decisions between a 1976 Ford Pinto or a 2011 Dodge Ram. Hmmm hard decisions





Traffic Safety Merit Badge at the Cascade Hall and at the NordKueste Sim (2013-12-15)

Staying safe in traffic wherever you live is getting more difficult all the time, as more and more people take to the road. Earning the Traffic Safety merit badge and will give Scouts some crucial tools to stay safer, when driving a car on a highway, riding a bike across town, or jogging across a busy street.

Teddy gathered the troop tonight at the Cascade Hall and taught us the 4 types road symbol signs used.

After this, we watched a video on the importance of safety belt as well as other safety devices in cars. Then we watched a second video on learning how to make a car as safe as possible for us to drive or ride.

Afterwards, we went to the NordKueste Sim (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nordkueste/159/166/22) and rode our bikes applying our knowledge of traffic safety on the road.

Yes, bicycles also create rush traffic

Scouts use all means of transportation to learn about traffic safety



Snow Sports Merit Badge at Calas Galadhon Park (2013-12-12)

Skiing and snowboarding are the fastest and most thrilling ways to travel on foot in snow country. These sports also provide the physical benefits of fresh air, rhythmic action, and strenuous exercise. Many games and contests give snow sports variety and added rewards.
Since there is more snow on the ground in RL and in SL, we went to a nice relaxing Cross Country skiing.
We also learned the many types of injuries that could occur in cross country skiing as well as learned some basic tips for fast action in case of avalanches.

After the lesson, Chris took the troop on a cross country skiing trip to Calas Galadhon Park (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Calas%20Galadhon/45/232/22).  It was a cold place but thanks to our previous week lesson on Emergency preparedness we brought the right gear for the event.

Scouts gather for the meeting in a cold evening

Scouts arriving at the park and getting their ski gear

Scouts enjoying the night cold air cross country skiing

The troop waiting to make sure all scouts are accounted before heading home





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