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:
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Shooting: A safe shooting area, outside of camp, should be designated.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.