Requirement #18 of the American Mountain Men

18. Must have served as a Booshway for at least two activities of the AMM

This requirement is optional for advancement to Bossloper and mandatory for the Hiveranno degree.

This can be fulfilled with any activity of the AMM, from local party camps, 5-day trips, to a “National” rendezvous. To Booshway a “National” or “Territorial” event the following guidelines from the Standing Rules must be followed. For smaller events, these rules should be used as needed.

A. Duties of the Booshway and the Rendezvous Committee shall include:

  1. Location: The committee shall secure a suitable site for the rendezvous. When possible,
    it should be of historic significance to the fur trade. The National Rendezvous must be
    held in the Rocky Mountains. Permission in writing from the landowner must be
    obtained. Hosting the Nationals Rendezvous will rotate between the five Rocky Mountain
    Brigades. These Brigades are Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah/Southern Idaho, and
    Northern Idaho/Oregon/Washington/Alaska. (Amended 1999)
  2. Date: The membership must be informed when the beginning and end of the rendezvous
    is. If it is on private land, members may not arrive earlier nor stay later than the
    announced times. Rendezvous shall be considered as begun and all rules in effect when
    the first man arrives and ended when the last man leaves.
  3. Insurance: Adequate liability insurance for the event shall be obtained. Contact the Chief
    Clerk or Chief Purser and provide any information required to ensure that proper
    coverage is in place.
  4. Necessities: Sanitation facilities (outhouses, latrines), adequate for the numbers of
    people expected, shall be provided. Water for drinking and washing must be available.
    Enough firewood must be available for the duration of the event.
  5. Livestock: The site should have sufficient feed and water for any livestock that may be
    brought into camp. The water for livestock should either be of a separate source or
    downstream of camp. An area should be designated for picketing horses away from the
    main part of camp.
  6. Shooting: A safe shooting area, outside of camp, should be designated.
  7. Activities: The committee shall arrange for “Rocky Mountain Colleges” (field classes,
    lectures, and other educational activities), covering aspects of mountain man life. Other
    events, stressing education, entertainment, and skills development may also be
  8. Parking: Sufficient parking must be available. If possible, the parking area should be
    located well enough away from the site so that vehicles may not be seen or heard. If the
    distance from parking lot to camp exceeds one mile, provisions should be made (pack
    horses, carts, etc.) for assisting members in transporting their gear into camp.
  9. Guest: If a non-member is invited for the purpose of making a presentation, such as
    giving a talk or demonstration of period skills or information or research, the Rendezvous
    committee shall make all arrangements for that person. An invited speaker, if not in
    possession of appropriate period clothing, should be provided with some. This should be
    done well enough in advance so that necessary adjustments and substitutes may be
    10.Information release: The Booshway shall provide information about the rendezvous to
    the editor of publications at least 4 months in advance. This information shall include the
    following: the dates of the event, a map and written directions to the site, notification if
    water must be brought in or purified, information about livestock feed and water, the type
    of weather that may be expected, the date of the Grand Council meeting, the dates of
    any “open camp” days.
    11.Medallions: If medallions are struck for an event, they should bear at least the following:
    what the event is, i.e., Territorial, National, etc., where the event is held, and the year.
    12.Finance: In the event that funding is requested from the General Fund, a budget for the
    event shall be prepared and approved by the Chief Purser before any expenses are
    incurred. All approved costs relating to the event shall be reimbursed out of the General
    Fund. (Amended May 2005)
    13.First Aid: Consideration shall be given about how to handle medical emergencies and
    how to evacuate injured persons. Basic first aid supplies should be on-hand.

About Gabe the Shootist

I am retired from public service, a trained gunsmith, pump mechanic, an old pipeliner, passable electrician, carpenter, truck driver, amateur blacksmith, proof reader, experienced hunter, shooter, reloader, avid canoeist, Renaissance man, jack of all trades, all around good guy (with the caveat: I won't be insulted, lied to or laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them.).
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