User:Bluescifiworm

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Why Bluescifiworm?

The tag bluescifiworm has a bit of a history behind it. Originally, I picked it because it was unique (You know how hard it is to come up with something no one else has used as a online tag?). I chose it because of the following reasons.

  1. I like the color blue.
  2. I love reading scifi books, specifically, Star Trek, Star Wars, Honor Harrington series (by David Weber), and Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series.
  3. I'm a bit of a bookworm. Well, maybe a lot of a bookworm ;)

A bit of background

My name is Cailin. In May of 2012, I completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Tarleton State University in Horticulture and Landscape Management with a Business Administration minor. I also hold an Associate of Science in Graphic Design. Some may ask... "Why change fields?" Well, the answer for that is a tad bit complex. At the time I was working on my AS, Graphic Design was a highly sought-after skill, and I found myself to be reasonably skilled with it. It is difficult, however, to find a job when people are starting to be able to do this kind of work for themselves. I spent over a year looking without much success. I then moved around a bit, finally ending up in Texas during the late summer of 2006. I did find some work, but it wasn't what I was really wanting, or what made good use of my skills. After that, I spent 6 months in AmeriCorps and then 8 months working for the IRS, before I decided to go back to school. My stint in AmeriCorps had rekindled my love for the outdoors that I'd had growing up.

Pathfinders

I was in Pathfinders from 1998 to about 2005. In that time, I was active in two clubs - Merrimack Valley (Manchester) and then Portsmouth Living Waters. I started Pathfinders in Merrimack Valley when Pathfinders still had the green pants and skirts. It was a BIG change uniform wise to go from green and khaki to black and khaki, but I have to admit, it looks a lot sharper, and we look less like Boy Scouts. That is not to say, however, that I dislike Boy Scouts as an organization. I think they are a wonderful group of people, and when I was younger, I had the opportunity to interact with quite a few. The summer camp I went to for physically challenged kids was on a Boy Scout reservation.

During my time in Pathfinders, I completed many honors, and 3 classes (now called Investiture Achievements) and began work on my Master Guide requirements as well as completing the full four years of the TLT (Teen Leadership Training) program. In 2004, I had the opportunity to travel to the 2004 "Faith on Fire" International Pathfinder Camporee in Oskkosh, WI. with the Portsmouth Living Waters. That was something I will never forget. I thought I would have to start my Master Guide over again when I returned to Pathfindering after a 6-year absence (in 2012), but I worked closely with others in my local club to complete the remaining requirements.

I completed my Master Guide in May of 2013 and was invested on June 1st, 2013. I'm so glad to have it finally finished. It was a long time coming. But, with the encouragement and help of many people, I have finally completed it. Master Guide is roughly equivalent to Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts.

More recently, I've been an active member of the staff for the Central NH Flames Pathfinders, which is part of the Northern New England Conference. I've taught Explorer and Guide, as well as Pioneer and Navigator - the two classes developed by the Florida Conference. These two classes are not officially recognized by the NAD, but I find that they provide engagement for older Pathfinders.

In the last couple of years, I have served as the Secretary for the Central NH Flames. I developed an attendance tracking system using Google Docs and Forms, and I also developed a series of binders for the instructors for each of the classes. These binders contain not only the books for each class but also honors and other reference materials - which provide the instructor with many of the resources they need all in one place. All of these resources are available online - I merely compiled them.

Investiture Achievement

Navigator advance.png Pioneer advanced.pngVoyager Ribbon.jpegRanger Ribbon.jpeg Explorer Ribbon.jpegCompanion Ribbon.jpegFriend Ribbon.jpeg

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Strip invest friend.jpg Strip invest companion.jpg Strip invest explorer.jpg Strip invest ranger.jpg

Strip invest voyager.jpg Strip invest guide.jpg Pioneer tab.png Navigator tab.png


Completed Honors

Vocational [Technichian Master]

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Accounting AY Honor.png Artificial Intelligence AY Honor.png Blacksmithing AY Honor.png Bookbinding AY Honor.png

Bookkeeping AY Honor.png Business AY Honor.png Computers Advanced AY Honor.png Fire Safety AY Honor.png

Forestry AY Honor.png House Painting - Interior AY Honor.png Internet Advanced AY Honor.png Masonry AY Honor.png

Printing AY Honor.png Social Media AY Honor.png Teaching AY Honor.png Video AY Honor.png

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Household Arts [Homemaking Master]

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Baking AY Honor.png Basic Sewing AY Honor.png Cooking Advanced AY Honor.png Dressmaking Advanced AY Honor.png

Food Canning AY Honor.png Food Drying AY Honor.png Housekeeping AY Honor.png Laundering AY Honor.png

Nutrition AY Honor.png Pizza Maker AY Honor.png Quilting AY Honor.png

Nature [Naturalist Master] [Zoology Master]

Naturalist Master Award.png Zoologist Master Award.png

Alternative Fuels AY Honor.png Amphibians AY Honor.png Cats Advanced AY Honor.png Coral Reefs AY Honor.png

Dogs AY Honor.png Edible Wild Plants AY Honor.png Endangered Species AY Honor.png Ferns AY Honor.png

Flowers Advanced AY Honor.png Fungi AY Honor.png Herbs AY Honor.png House Plants AY Honor.png

Insects Advanced AY Honor.png Lichens Liverworts and Mosses AY Honor.png Livestock AY Honor.png Mammals AY Honor.png

Maple Sugar AY Honor.png Moths and Butterflies AY Honor.png Odonates Advanced AY Honor.png Raptors AY Honor.png

Rocks and Minerals AY Honor.png Seeds AY Honor.png Shells AY Honor.png Shrubs AY Honor.png

Soils AY Honor.png Spiders AY Honor.png Stars AY Honor.png Taiga Honor AY Honor.png

Temperate Deciduous Forests AY Honor.png Trees Advanced AY Honor.png Water Science AY Honor.png

Recreation [Recreation Master][Wilderness Master]

Recreation Master Award.png Wilderness Master Award.png

Basic Water Safety AY Honor.png Basketball AY Honor.png Camp Craft AY Honor.png Camp Safety Advanced AY Honor.png

Camping Skills I AY Honor.png Camping Skills II AY Honor.png Camping Skills III AY Honor.png Camping Skills IV AY Honor.png

Cold Weather Survival AY Honor.png Drilling and Marching Advanced AY Honor.png Fire Building AY Honor.png Geocaching AY Honor.png

Gold Prospecting AY Honor.png Hiking AY Honor.png Knot Tying AY Honor.png Orienteering AY Honor.png

Outdoor Leadership AY Honor.png Softball AY Honor.png Wilderness Living AY Honor.png Winter Camping AY Honor.png

Arts, Crafts & Hobbies [Artisan Master]

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Block Printing AY Honor.png Bridges AY Honor.png Cake Decorating AY Honor.png Candle Making AY Honor.png

Cardmaking AY Honor.png Currency AY Honor.png Decoupage AY Honor.png Digital Photography AY Honor.png

Drawing Advanced AY Honor.png Duct Tape AY Honor.png Feltcraft AY Honor.png Flower Arrangement AY Honor.png

Gift Wrapping AY Honor.png Glass Etching AY Honor.png Glass Painting AY Honor.png Leathercraft AY Honor.png

Model Cars AY Honor.png Model Rocketry AY Honor.png Native American Lore AY Honor.png Origami AY Honor.png

Painting Advanced AY Honor.png Pinewood Derby AY Honor.png Pin Trading AY Honor.png String Art AY Honor.png

Tie-Dye AY Honor.png

Spiritual Growth, Outreach & Heritage [Spiritual Growth and Ministries Master]

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Adventist Heritage AY Honor.png Adventurer for Christ Advanced AY Honor.png Bible Marking AY Honor.png Child Care AY Honor.png

Christian Citizenship AY Honor.png Christian Drama AY Honor.png Christian Grooming and Manners AY Honor.png Christian Storytelling AY Honor.png

Cultural Diversity AY Honor.png Family Life AY Honor.png Feeding Ministries AY Honor.png Outdated Flags AY Honor.png

Gods Messenger AY Honor.png Hymns AY Honor.png Literature Evangelism AY Honor.png Personal Evangelism AY Honor.png

Sanctuary AY Honor.png Temperance AY Honor.png Tutoring AY Honor.png

Health and Science

Basic Rescue AY Honor.png Brain and Behavior AY Honor.png Chemistry AY Honor.png CPR AY Honor.png

First Aid Basic AY Honor.png First Aid Standard AY Honor.png First Aid Advanced AY Honor.png Health and Healing AY Honor.png

Heart and Circulation AY Honor.png Oral Hygiene AY Honor.png Red Alert AY Honor.png Viruses AY Honor.png

Outdoor Industries

Agriculture AY Honor.png Flower Culture AY Honor.png Gardening AY Honor.png Small Fruit Growing AY Honor.png

Honors I have Taught

Alternative Fuels AY Honor.png Basic Rescue AY Honor.png Basic Sewing AY Honor.png Camp Craft AY Honor.png

Camp Safety AY Honor.png Camp Safety Advanced AY Honor.png Camping Skills II AY Honor.png Camping Skills III AY Honor.png

Camping Skills IV AY Honor.png Christian Grooming and Manners AY Honor.png Cooking AY Honor.png Cooking Advanced AY Honor.png

Family Life AY Honor.png Ferns AY Honor.png First Aid Basic AY Honor.png First Aid Standard AY Honor.png

First Aid Advanced AY Honor.png Outdated Flags AY Honor.png Flower Arrangement AY Honor.png Gift Wrapping AY Honor.png

Knot Tying AY Honor.png Literature Evangelism AY Honor.png Nutrition AY Honor.png Nutrition Advanced AY Honor.png

Red Alert AY Honor.png Stars AY Honor.png Teaching AY Honor.png Water Science AY Honor.png

Then, and Now

I won't bore you with all the details, but I think this degree will be of much more use to me. I've recently returned to the East Coast, and gotten involved in Pathfinders again... and it feels almost like I never left. That to me is one of the most wonderful feelings in the world... to be welcomed back by friends you haven't seen in well over half a decade, and it's like you never left.

One of the things that I'm really looking forward to is sharing my knowledge here on the wiki for other Pathfinders, staff, and Master Guides. I feel that is how I can minister in my own right.

Messages

If you need to contact me with a question or comment, please do so here on the Discussion Section of my User Page, or leave a comment on the Talk page of the Honor or IA class I've been working on. You can check this by looking at my current list of projects here on this page, or checking the edit history of any Honor page. I do try to watch pages I work on frequently.

Important Notes

Basic Rescue[1] , CPR[2], and Red Alert [3] were moved from Outreach [now Spiritual Growth and Ministries, and Outreach] to the Health and Science category. They now have a purple background instead of dark blue, though many Pathfinders (including me!) have the older patches from before the change went into effect. The Spiritual Growth and Ministries Master Award[4] has replaced the Witnessing Master Award.

Honors/IA I am currently working on editing

I try to keep this list current