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Our Mission
Our Principals:
Our Creed:
Venture Crew 369:
Calendar of Events:
Scout Sunday
Lords & Ladies
Crew Finances
Wavelength Disk Drives
Venturing Silver V Training Course
District Awrd Nominations
Venturing at Pow Wow a Huge Success
America Support Boy Scout Values
Quote of the Month Dreams
5th Best Scouting Web Site in the World!
Diversity in CIS
Scout Sunday
A New Job
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Scout Sunday!
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(C) Sun Feb 25 19:49:46 EST 2001 Venturing Crew 369

Our Principals

    1) Honor before all else. 
    2) The difference between a winner and a loser is that the winner tried one more time. 
    3) K.I.S.M.I.F. 
    4) Y.C.D.B.S.O.Y.A. 

Our Web Page:

http://www.venturingbsa.com

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Our Creed

Exploring: Enthusiasm, Energy, & Excellence 


Venturing Crew 369

Venturing Crew 369 was chartered on December 31, 1994 to the Reformation Luthern Church. 

Venturing Crew 369 specializes in UNIX for Programmers while emphasizing a deep theme of Engineering Computer Information & Science;

Membership in Venturing Crew 369 is open to young men and women between the ages of 14 [and in high school] and not yet 20.  Annual Membership fees are $25.00. 

Calendar of Events:


Knight's Night Out 03/24/01
Campout 03/23-25/01
Adventure Articles are due. 03/24/01
Campout 04/27-29/01
Knight's Night Out 04/21/01
Adventure Articles are due. 04/21/01
Adventure Articles are due. 05/26/01
Campout 06/15-17/01
Knight's Night Out 06/23/01
Adventure Articles are due. 06/23/01
Summer Camp $175.00 07/1-7/01
Knight's Night Out 07/28/01
Adventure Articles are due. 07/28/01
Campout 08/17-19/01
Knight's Night Out 08/25/01
Adventure Articles are due. 08/25/01
Open House 09/11/01
Knight's Night Out 09/22/01
Adventure Articles are due. 09/22/01
Book Binding Campout 09/28-30/01
Campout 10/26-28/01
Adventure Articles are due. 10/28/01
VOA Elections and Banquet 11/02/01
Adventure Articles are due. 11/24/01
Christmas Party 12/18/01
Adventure Articles are due. 12/22/01

Scout Sunday

James D. Corder Adult

369, and Scouting units around America, have been celebrating the creation of Boy Scouts of America on the first weekend of February since 1910. 2001 marks the 39th year for 369 and the Reformation Lutheran Church to honor this celebration. Scout Sunday actually begins Saturday evening for a pot-luck-dinner with the Pack 369, Troop 369, Crew 369, honored guests, and Church dignitaries. There is always more than enough food to go around.

369's bi annual Court-of-Honor is held after dinner honoring Scouts and Scouters that have advanced in the past six months. Scouts receive their merit badges and ranks. While, Crew members receive their Honor Cords, Badge of Office, Quality Unit Awards, and Applets of Excellence. All Scouts and Scouters receive their year pins. Congratulations 369!


Lords & Ladies

James D. Corder Adult

Members of 369 are expected to write articles for this newsletter, create web pages for http://www.venturingbsa.com, vote on sites nominated for the Scouting The Web Award, and of course program attendance. Each activity is weighted and scored. Members are expected to maintain at least an 80%. Those youth that are willing to step up and achieve their responsibilities for 12 consecutive months get to carry the title Lord or Lady. Moreover, as long as they maintain their scores they are given the privilege to wear black applets. I would like to congratulate, Lady Heather Ward and Lord Neil Coplin for dedicating a year for this achievement!


February
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KBytes  2,476,887  
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Visits     18,994  
Pages      64,009  
Files     219,632  
Hits      250,097  
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Past 12 Months
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KBytes  28,566,409  
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Visits     218,546  
Pages    1,003,965  
Files    2,498,005  
Hits     2,777,000   
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Crew Finances

    Topic Need On-Hand
  • The Adventure $95,000 $0.00
  • General Fund $3,000 $7,064.38
  • Membership $500 $0.00
  • Camping Fund $5,500 $0.00
  • Trailer Fund $3,800 $0.00
  • Grand Total $7,064.38
  • In the Bank $6,575.00
  • Cash on Hand $489.38

  • Up-an-Coming Crew Expenses
  • 12/01/01 Crew Charter $30.00
  • 12/01/01 Crew Insurance $375.00
  • 12/31/01 Registration $1,875.00

Wavelength Disk Drives

Michael Sheakoski Youth

In the world of computing, almost all of us at one time or another have dealt with sharing data.If you are surfing the web, the server you are viewing pages on is also feeding them to several other people at the same time.In the corporate environment, several hundred users may be sharing a central database.The most common way information is shared today is from a central source such as a server using hard drive, solid state, tape or optical media to store data.The biggest problem we encounter when using this method is the lag that occurs from many people simultaneously trying to access different data from the same source.If 1000 people are looking up records from a shared database at the same time, the read heads can only read a couple records at a time causing everyone to wait.

Introducing the solution: Wavelength Disk Drives (WDD).We have all heard about fibre-optic networks.Data can be sent from one point to another across the network at light speed.Now imagine a 5000 mile long stretch of fibre-optic cable going around in a giant circle.Data packets are constantly zipping around at blazing fast speeds, the wavelengths are similar to tracks on a disk drive and the routers act as read/write heads.The advantage of this is that an extremely large number of users can tap into this "giant hard drive" and access the same data on a network without creating a massive performance bottleneck.

This is yet another significant step in the rapidly growing field of file sharing.The part that intrigues me the most about WDD is the fact that the information isn't resting in a specific physical location.It is constantly revolving around a cable, never in the same place at the same time.If this technology takes off, it could spawn a whole new style of computing in addition to file sharing across networks.For example, you could plug your terminal or portable device into the wall and it would connect to a WDD service spanning across the globe containing an operating system, downloadable programs and your saved data.It would always have the most up-to-date software loaded and you can access your documents from anywhere in the world.

If you would like more information on this technology please go to http://www.canet3.net/library/papers/wavelengthdiskdrives.html


Venturing Silver V Training Course

The Scouter

Here is an opportunity for ALL Venturers and their Advisors throughout the council. It is our second annual training course, covering all of the basic venturing training plus lots of fun and fellowship! some of the specialized training includes: youth protection, Range Award skills, Silver Award skills and leadership training.

Silver V will be held at Chief Logan Scout Reservation, near Chillicothe. It will run from Friday, March 16th until Saturday, March 17th. On Friday we will start at 8:00 p.m. and end on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. All participants will have a choice to stay over Saturday night the 17th. However if you do stay over you will have to supply your own food for the extra meals.

The cost is only $12 for the event. It covers cracker barrel on Friday night, two meals on Saturday, a cool patch, and all of the programs materials needed. There is NO extra cost for those that wish to stay over until Sunday the 18th.

Participants will need to bring their own tents to stay in. If there is a problem, with that please contact Becky Wasmer, VOA President, to make alternate arrangements. Becky can be reached at (740) 682-3924. Reservations need to be made no later than March 9th. Come out and enjoy the weekend of training and fun! Call Lorrie Remy at (614) 436-7200 to have a registration form faxed to you.


District Awrd Nominations

The Scouter

http://www.venturingbsa.com

The 2001 Volunteer Recognition Dinner will be held on April 7, 2001 at Camp Lazarus. The deadline to submit nominations forms will be March 6,2001 at Roundtable. Please stop by Roundtable to pick up your New Nomination Forms (They were redesigned, and only new ones will be accepted), contact Roy Case 235-7026. For more information on the dinner please call Karen Lewis at 864-0894.


Venturing at Pow Wow a Huge Success

The Scouter

The Venturing presence was felt strongly at the Simon Kenton Council Pow Wow 2001. A total of ten courses were taught specifically for Venturing Advisors, adding to their growing knowledge of the program. These courses covered all aspects of Venturing from recruitment to advancement to high adventure, and include many Boy Scout leaders who wished to know more about Venturing. Also taught were courses designed to give program ideas to Crews in each of the different areas of Venturing.

The council Venturing Officers Association taught these new and updated courses. EAch of the officers taught a class with the aid of an adult advisor. In addition to these classes, the VOA also put together and ran a display booth in the midway (front and center). This booth let new leaders learn about Venturing as well as helping to inform experienced leaders.

But the Pow Wow wasn't just all work and no fun. The officers and advisors also got to look around the Pow Wow and even take a class or two. Others even decided to take the time to help at other booths and behind the scenes of the Pow Wow. This was a great way for Venturing to be promoted to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts leaders. If you have ideas for courses or ways to share information next year, please let any of the VOA officers know.


America Support Boy Scout Values

BSA National Office

By standing firm on traditional values, the Boy Scouts of America has become a target of gay activists. They have targeted national corporations, foundations, and United Ways, which have traditionally supported our programs to serve underprivileged youth.

Amid much of the rhetoric, independent research provides a perspective of Americans' attitudes towards the BSA and its values.

A January 2001 survey by Rasmussen Research revealed that 75% of American adults continue to have a "favorable" opinion of the Boy Scouts. In addition, findings from sources such as the Gallup/CNJ/USA Today Poll, Zogby International, and Princeton Survey Research Associates/Newsweek,...

The following are statistics from studies since the Supreme Court's June 2000 decision. 70% of adult Americans say their opinion of the Boy Scouts of America has either not change or has improved since learning that the group does not allow homosexual members. (Rasmussen Research January 29, 2001 sample size = 869) 68% of likely voters agree that the Boy Scouts should have the right to set their own rules and dismiss Scout leaders for being homosexual or other rules violations. (Zogby International American Values Poll, January 8, 2001, Sample size - 1005) 64% of adult Americans think the Boy Scouts of America should not be required to allow openly gay adults to serve as Boy Scout Leaders. (Gallup Organization, June 29, 2000, Sample Size = 1,021) 56% of Adults agree with the Supreme court decision that "the Boy Scouts of America have a constitutional right to block gay men from becoming Troop leaders." (Princeton Survey Research Associates, July 1, 2000, Sample size - 752)


Quote of the Month Dreams

Unknown

A goal is simply a dream taken seriously Therefore, if you let someone steal your dreams, you are a bigger looser than they are!


5th Best Scouting Web Site in the World!

Jonathan Hogue Adult

Venturing Crew 369's web site (http://www.venturingbsa.com) was voted 5th best Scouting web site in the world by new.topsiltelists.com. 369's web pages serves as a training tool for youth, and an information resource for Scouts and Scouters world wide. 369's site receives over two million hits per year, and the site is an awesome attribute to the Crew. Moreover, 369 is the host of the prestigious "Scouting the Web Award," (S.T.W.A.) sought after by Scouting web sites world wide. The S.T.W.A. recognizes web masters for attracting youth to scouting, providing scouting information, and showing technological excellence. 369 host an on-line King James Bible with One Year Reading Plans, information on the Venturing program, On-line copies of The Adventure, the Crews monthly international newsletter, photos of Crew members in action, and organizational information.


Diversity in CIS

Nathan C. Lee Age 18

As a student at The Ohio State University, I am constantly bombarded with the University mission of creating an environment not only embracing diversity, but also trying to promote it among the student body and staff. It supports the idea that a person can learn more and become a more rounded and thus better individual by experiencing different viewpoints and working with many different people from different backgrounds. Studies have shown that students will come out of school with a better and more complete grasp of their studies if they studied in a diverse environment than had they studied in one where everyone was "just like them." OSU stresses that they take an active stance to increase the variety in sex, race, nationality, physical abilities, economic background, religion, and sexual orientation to create a better learning environment.

Of course, not only am I a student at OSU, but I'm in the Department of Computer and Information Science, a department not always known for its diverse base of students. Based on anecdotal evidence, I can see when I walk into my Computer Science classes, most of the students come from two or three ethnic groups, and 90% of them are men. I can look hard, but finding any notable population of Computer Science of students who are Black, Female, Hispanic or Native American is a near impossibility.

There are initiatives and programs trying to bring women and minority groups into the field, but it's a slow process, and due to the unfortunate reality of lower grades, academic preparation, and college attendance of students in low-income areas who tend to be Black or Hispanic, it makes it difficult for those few who want to get in to get into the competitive department.

But this brings to light another problem: many of the students the department is lacking don't even want to get into it. It's simply not fashionable for some of the cultures, and those that do want to be in it are often put off by the fact that they WOULD be a minority in the classes.

The University is working hard. Corporate sponsors and scholarships are working hard. Interest Groups are working hard. Now the female and minority students need to be able to see themselves in the field. They need to see people that are in the field they can respect. There are stereotypes we are all familiar with for Computer Scientists, and these are objectionable for many of these people. The barriers are mostly imaginary, thank Goodness, and everyone has the ability. Everyone has to do their little part to tear down stereotypes and promote diversity in this field. Tell your children, tell your University, tell your High School, tell your Bosses. It's slow going, but the end will bring success and perhaps a bit of good old-fashioned justice to this young field. For more information on the OSU Diversity initiative, please visit http://www.osu.edu/diversity/ For the OSU Dept. of Computer and Information Science Diversity web page http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/diversity/


Scout Sunday

Heather Ward Age 19

The first Sunday of February Scouting groups around the country, including Venturing Crew 369 celebrated Scout Sunday. In honor of the day BSA was founded in 1910. The event serves a dual purpose. To honor Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the worldwide Scouting movement who's birthday is on February 22, 1857. And, Scout Sunday also gives 369 the change to show church members, 369's sponsor, how much we appreciate their support. In this spirit, we attended services at our sponsoring institution, the Reformation Lutheran Church. I was privileged in that I was able to participate in the service through a reading. But the thing that I really enjoyed about Scout Sunday was getting to talk to the members of the congregation. We are truly blessed to have such a supportive sponsoring church.


A New Job

Aaron Croyle Age 19

I would just like to take a moment and say thank you to Crew 369. Without the Crew I would not have the knowledge, skills, or the contacts to have gotten this job. I now work for Steve Romig, Head of Network Security at The Ohio State University. My duties primarily include responding to network security incidents such as port scanning, denial of service attacks, and break-ins. My primary tools for completing this task are network flow logs, these are the reports generated by the cisco routers saying where every packet of data has come from and gone to through the University. This may seem like an incredible amount of data, and indeed it is. During a massive port scan the compressed log for just 15 min. can be over 20 megs, and this is after a filter has been applied to get only the traffic coming from the box initiating the scan. From there we scroll through the file looking for long connections, then look at the ports the connection happened between to figure out what was taking place. Once we have enough information, we decide how to handle the offender, it may be that the box was hacked and needs to be cleaned up, we may pay an educational visit to the offender (if it was a student), or inform the authorities depending on the severity of the offence.

Thanks again to the Crew for giving me this opportunity.


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