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Madinet85
True Blue Farmgirl

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Elizabeth
Indiana
USA
94 Posts

Posted - Apr 06 2014 :  12:33:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone completed the intermediate level of the Outstepping badge? There are a ton of fire-towers, caves, and historic locations near me. Photo documenting them all within 100 miles would take years.



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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

942 Posts

Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Apr 06 2014 :  1:36:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How do you even determine the locations within 100 miles? Do you take a map and draw a circle or is there a way to web search it?

If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa

Star - farmgirl sister #1927

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Madinet85
True Blue Farmgirl

94 Posts

Elizabeth
Indiana
USA
94 Posts

Posted - Apr 06 2014 :  2:45:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would assume you'd draw a circle on a map. I live near two separate state/national forestries, a large caving system, and many historical landmarks. It would be a lifes work to see them all.

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Brian
Hound dog enthusiast and customer service

488 Posts

Brian
Moscow ID
USA
488 Posts

Posted - Apr 07 2014 :  11:13:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Howdy folks! Great question. I think we might need to revisit the language on this particular badge a little bit.

This is one of those instances where Elizabeth lives is a "target rich environment" and that's causing some issues. For some of our Sisterhood members that live in more urban spots i'm sure the amount of places to find is much more limited. Do you think we can brainstorm a way to make this work across the board?

My initial thought is that that we set an amount of places to photo document and another line for our Sisterhood members to mention other places within 100 miles that would fit the bill. With everything in life it's not so much that we expect you to find each and every place within the 100 mile radius. It's more that we want you to put effort into earning your badge.

What do you think would be a good number to have folks actually visit and photograph? How many places should members "find?" Keep in mind that this is an Intermediate level so there should be a fair amount of leg work involved.

Since I'm a sci-fi kinda guy I like to think of the merit badge program as a living thing that is always able to adapt and change over time. The wisest evolution occurs with input from as many folks as possible building towards a better system. A little bit cylon and a little bit Tardis. If you don't know what I'm talking about, that's ok, it's awesome for Dr. Who and Battlestar Galactica fans.

If you ever have any questions about existing badges please feel free to email me (brianogle@maryjanesfarm.org).
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churunga
True Blue Farmgirl

3077 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
3077 Posts

Posted - Apr 07 2014 :  11:56:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think it's more like The Prophets but I love Deep Space 9.

Marie, Sister #5142

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
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Madinet85
True Blue Farmgirl

94 Posts

Elizabeth
Indiana
USA
94 Posts

Posted - Apr 07 2014 :  3:27:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I absolutely understand that each badge is meant to stretch us and have us experience knew things, and I agree with that whole heartedly. As for the specific number, I'll have to muse on that a bit. Like, I'd be able to do 20 places fairly easily, and 50 would be doable but a bit more difficult. For example there are around 30 firetowers just near my house in Indiana. Not even getting into old mines and historical places!

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