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    • I hate to see you walk away from the CM position, but sometimes saying no is the best choice for all involved, particularly you and your son.  If you do choose this path, understand that the same people that you are having difficulty with (or someone like them) may end up in that position. Maybe your path can including influencing who will take that position and help make the choice a wise one for the youth.
    • Indeed my nic/handle is based on the B-P quote, "No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way." I love the quote because it speaks to how I try to lead youth and adults. 
    • Expanding on the "my sandbox, my rules" approach - insist that the pack will be run according to the BSA materials for the Cub program.  This begins with everyone being trained for not only their position but all of the positions in the pack (aside - new facilitator led Cub leader training came out yesterday, it is scheduled to run 4 hours to cover DL, CM, MC).  Once people know what their job is, and what everyone elses job is, they know what is expected of them and they know why we do things one way and not another.   @HelpfulTracks I assume your handle is referring to the BP quote about leaving tracks.  One of my very favorites - I am big on not reinventing the wheel so I use this quote often to remind my teams to capture their lessons learned "for those coming after".
    • Hi, I know this thread is died out as dinosaurs but I'd like to tell you a little bit about my own experience.

      My wife and I use a Snowpeak canister stove, Evernew 1.9l pot with a cozy, an MLD 850ml mug and two titanium sporks: https://www.amazon.com/Snow-Peak-Giga-Power-Stove/dp/B002T4ODGM
      When the kids (5&6) come along we add two additional sporks, two titanium bowls (https://getawaychief.com/backpacking-mess-kit/) and two titanium double wall mugs.

      We have lightened the load a few ounces by only taking the MLD mug to heat water and drink tea, but neither of us like eating out of freezer bags and the bigger pot allows us to cook everything for two people in one container and is great for boiling water to wash up at night.

      With the kids, the bigger pot is a necessity: https://youtu.be/_wuzCggioeY

      Dinner and breakfast usually work something like this: Boil water in the pot, then add in food and set aside in the cozy. Boil water in the mug to make tea.

      When the tea is done and cooled enough to drink, the food is usually ready to eat.
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