Allatoona Aquatics Base will open for day programs June 26th, if we can get the property ready. To that end the Aquatics Base team is having a workday this Saturday, June 13. Adult and/or Scouts BSA-age volunteers are needed to clean out the swim cove and other shoreline areas of driftwood, clean winter leaves and deadfall from pavilions and other key areas throughout the camp.
Volunteers will be divided into small isolated groups and take appropriate precautions. Work groups can start as early as 8:00 AM or as volunteers arrive throughout the morning. Volunteers should bring:
For more information please contact Dalton Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mike Gulledge email@example.com.
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Chapter Meeting (Virtual) Date: June 4th (TONIGHT) Time:6:30 PM(promptly) Location: Virtual via Zoom Topic: Cooking
Hello Fellow Arrowmen,
OA Kennesaw Chapter will once again be holding a virtual Chapter Meeting TONIGHT promptly at 6:30 PM using the Zoom link below. For tonight’s Meeting, we are going to focus on Camp Cooking! We will be focusing on:
General Cooking Methods
The Prep, Planning, & Timing involved with camp cooking
A few alternative cooking methods
A group discussion on some favorite camp meals! (make sure you think of your favorites BEFORE tonight’s meeting)
Is your troop stuck in a “cooking rut”? Do you see the same meals on ever camp out? Let’s all share what we see in our own troops as well as everyone’s favorite meals so everyone can try something new at their next camp out!
After our main instructional meeting, we plan on having a Kahoot Game! As a reminder, it’s easiest to play Kahoot over zoom if you can both SEE the zoom meeting (on a computer or tablet) and then ANSWER the questions from a phone. Computers with multiple monitors setup also works well.
Zoom Meeting Info:
Zoom Meeting Info has been emailed out at 10:30am this morning. If you did not receive this email, be sure to check all our “tabs” (if you use gmail) and spam folders OR use the form on the side of this page to sign up for emails! In the meantime, if you’d like to request the meeting info for tonight’s meeting, please contact OAKennesaw@gmail.com and include your name and unit number.
Kennesaw Chapter Chief
Just a reminder that we will be hosting our Candidate Info Meeting TODAY! If you’re a 2020 OA Candidate and are looking to get your questions answered about what comes next, how to complete your induction, what to do if you registered for a now cancelled induction, and more!
If you already have questions that you want to be sure we cover, please submit them ahead of time if possible via this Google Form!
Where:LIVE STREAM When:Thursday, May 28th, 2020 Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
At this point in time, the second spring induction has officially been cancelled. If you have previously registered for an induction in 2020 that has been cancelled, your registration will automatically be transferred to the next possible induction.
Our OA Kennesaw Chapter Meet & Greet has been re-scheduled for Thursday, May 28th at 7:30 PM. The meeting will be virtual and new candidates AND existing members are encouraged to attend. Stay tuned for and watch your emials for more info to come!
For those who may not have heard, all Spring Inductions have now been officially cancelled.
If Bert Adams & Woodruff are able to open at all this summer, they will need help with setup. Watch for lodge and chapter emails regarding volunteer setup days.
OA Kennesaw has completed the last of our OA Elections for the year. We have rescheduled our Chapter Meet & Greet as a virtual Meet & Greet for Thursday May 28th at 7:30 PM. Although this is more to help explain the next steps in the Induction Process to newly elected candidates, it would still be nice to have several existing OA Members in attendance. Watch for upcoming chapter emails if you are interested in helping be a speaker at the Meet & Greet.
Chapter Meeting (Virtual) Date: May 7th (TONIGHT) Time:6:30 PM(promptly) Location: Virtual via Zoom Topic: How to Pack a Bug Out Bag
Hello Fellow Arrowmen,
OA Kennesaw Chapter will once again be holding a virtual Chapter Meeting TONIGHT. The start time of 6:30 PM seemed to work well, so we will continue that again tonight. This is to make sure that every one who also wants to attend the virtual Roundtable Meeting has time to finish the OA Meeting, have a quick couple minute break, and then get joined to the Roundtable Meeting.
To join the OA Kennesaw Chapter Meeting, please use the info below. As is with last month, we will be using Zoom. For Mays Meeting, we had “Not Another Knot Game” scheduled, however we have found that knots are a particularly hard skill to share via zoom, so we have done some swapping and will instead be doing “How to pack a bug out bag” for tonight. In addition to discussing and sharing what a bug out bag is and what we have in ours, we’d LOVE to see what everyone else puts in theirs!
For tonight’s meeting, if you are able to, please pack a bug out/survival bag and have it with you to share!
Zoom Meeting Info:
Zoom Meeting Info has been emailed out at 9:00am this morning. If you did not receive this email, be sure to check all our “tabs” (if you use gmail) and spam folders OR use the form on the side of this page to sign up for emails! In the meantime, if you’d like to request the meeting info for tonight’s meeting, please contact OAKennesaw@gmail.com and include your name and unit number.
Kennesaw Chapter Chief
Water purification is important because it ensures that the water you are drinking is safe. There are several different contaminants that come from contaminated water, and also several ways to purify water. These will all be discussed here.
Specific Examples of Contaminants
Potentially hazardous species include Legionella, which causes Legionnaires Disease (a type of pneumonia), E. coli which is caused by feces in water, and Enteroviruses, which include polioviruses, echoviruses and coxsackieviruses, which all cause an assortment of diseases
Potentially hazardous parasite species includes Guinea Worms, which causes an assortment of issues like nausea, diarrhea, and fevers before the worm emerges through a blister to repopulate a water source and Schistosomiasis, which is a parasitic snail that messes up your internal organs
Some toxins (defined here as chemicals and metals) are purposely introduced in small amounts to kill bacteria and parasites, but can be toxic in larger doses
Common toxins include chlorine, lead, hydrogen sulfide, and chloride
Other impurities include a large amount of ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates, which are produced by decomposing matter and bacteria, Cholera, which is a disease which is caused by drinking contaminated water and getting diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration.
Identification of Water Source/Type, Red Flags, & What of the above to be concerned about with each
Groundwater is water that is held in the soil or in rock crevices. Groundwater is used by 51% of the total US population and 99% of the rural population. The best way to find groundwater is to look at the topography of the area you are in. The most common contaminants are metals and chemicals. Red Flags for groundwater are if it is by any roads or habitated areas. Groundwater usually looks clear since the ground filters out large particles, but you can’t always see chemicals and metals in the water.
Lakes are formed by surface water runoff build up, and reservoirs are formed by blocking up a river or stream (Fun Fact, there are no natural lakes in Georgia. All are reservoirs). US lakes are used for both recreation and for water sources. Common contaminants are organic ones like algae, chemicals and metals, and occasionally bacteria and parasites. Red flags for lakes and reservoirs are algae blooms, areas with lots of boats and people, and if you can see a film on the water. It is usually also better to collect water for consumption from a deeper part of the lake.
Rivers, Streams and Creeks
Formed by precipitation runoff. Used in the US for both recreation and for water sources. Common contaminants are chemicals, metals, parasites, and bacteria. Red flags are mucky water, visible sewage or drainage pipes, and areas with high numbers of people. As a general rule fast moving water is usually safer.
Rainwater collection is done with some sort of collection system that gathers rainwater in a collection reservoir. These are used for personal use. While some states have laws prohibiting rainwater collection, but Georgia doesn’t. Common contaminants are chemicals from acid rain, bacteria, and parasites. Red flags are film on the water and visible parasites and insect larvae.
Salt water is normally not a safe water source due to the high salt concentration, but by using a process called desalination you can remove the water and make it safe. This is a method that is being used more and more around the world. Contaminants can include excess salt, parasites, and chemicals and metals from drainage and high numbers of people. Red flags can be high numbers of people, shallow murky water, and visible drainage pipes.
Methods of Water Purification & which method is suitable for which type of the above water sources
Boiling water is used for killing parasites and bacteria in the water. If the water is cloudy, then you have to let it settle and filter it through a clean cloth or coffee filter. After that, bring it to a boil then let it cool off. After that it should be safe to drink. This is the overall safest method, and usually the easiest to do in a survival situation.
There are several different chemicals used,but all of them release some form of chlorine or iodine into the water to kill bacteria and parasites. To use, just follow the instructions on the bottle. This is one is good for all types of water sources.
There are several types of filters of different sizes, with some being for personal use and some for attaching to a water source like a hose or sink faucet. The main types of filters are mechanical filters, which use actual filters to filter out large particles and contaminants, biological filters, which use beneficial bacteria to remove chemicals from the water, and chemical filters, which use chemical purification in a portable container. Biological and chemical filters are usually used for home and aquarium filters, and mechanical filters are usually portable. This is one of the most commonly used methods due to you not needing to do much.
Used for desalination, you put salt water into the still, which then evaporates and leaves the salt behind, with the now fresh water flowing into a collection area. This one is really only useful for seawater.
Things to Show
LifestrawBackpacking Stove & Small Pot or Metal Cup
Materials to demonstrate a solar still
Troop filter hose
How about some mini “water purification” cheat sheets that could go in a wallet or be danlger behind the OA name tag.
What if we bought and brought a couple lifestraws to give out as prizes at the end? ($20ish of Chapter Budget)
Chapter Meeting (Virtual) Date: April 2nd Time:6:30 PM(promptly) Location: Virtual via Zoom Topic: Water Purification
Just wanted to give a heads up that we WILL still be holding our OA Kennesaw Chapter Meeting this Thursday virtually. We have bumped the time up a little bit to 6:30 PM. This is to make sure that every one who also wants to attend the virtual Roundtable Meeting has time to finish the OA Meeting, have a quick couple minute break, and then get joined to the Roundtable Meeting.
To join the OA Kennesaw Chapter Meeting, please use the info below. As is the case with many groups lately, we will be using Zoom! For Aprils Meeting, we will be discussion Water Purification! Why it’s necessary, how to do it, and what methods work for what type of water. We will also be discussing our upcoming chapter calendar. So come on out and join us this Thursday at 6:30 PM! Don’t forget, by attending Chapter Meetings, you are helping your unit get closer to earning the OA Unit of Excellence award.
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Due to the current situation and the fact that there are at least a few troops who had to cancel and reschedule their elections and therefore have not had the opportunity to elect scouts, the Meet & Greet has been officially postponed. More information will be sent out via email as the situation progresses.