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    • After reading this thread, I was looking through the old Commissioner Helps for Packs, Troops, and Crews book and noticed number 4, recommending an induction ceremony when someone joins a unit.

    • Thank you everyone for your thoughts! Unfortunately the committee chair is best friends with the CubMaster, so I don't know how far any of us would get on that track. The next closest pack is 3o minutes away. Its doable though. I do have understanding for the situation of the parent. My oldest child has a mental illness and I actually chose to pull him out of scouts halfway through his year as a Bear for the sake of the other scouts. So I get it, I really do. But at some point my sympathy for their situation is greatly overshadowed by my desire for my children to have a positive scouting experience. Again, thanks everyone for your comments! I really appreciate the feedback!! 
    • Barry, I agree with you 100% for once! Not everyone can or should be a leader.
    • When our scouts earn their 1st class, they are eligible to sign off advancement if they take a couple of simple 5 minute training courses. One was writing a legible signature and date.  Yes, that 5 minute course was a reaction. The other was a process for teaching. Basically it was: 1. Give your name, 2. Give the name of the skill you are teaching 3. Explain why and when to use the specific skill, and list the resource references.  4. Teach the skill until the student teaches it back to the teacher.  I learned those 4 simple teaching guidelines at the old pre 21st Century Woodbadge course.  When the Scouts were preparing for their EBOR, I usually suggested reviewing the "whys" of the skills since they couldn't be retested on demonstrating them. Barry
    • RookieMom, you are getting opinions with a lot of years experience behind them shared with you here.  I was a Cubmaster for 10 years.  We operated out of a parochial school, so most of the scouts were from the school, but at least a couple times a year we had families visit our Pack with a boy who was "done".  For whatever reason, their old Pack wasn't a good fit for their son and he now hated being a Cub Scout.  I really felt for those families and tried to go all out making them feel at home.  A lot of those boys ended up joining us and having a blast the rest of their Cub Scout careers.  At least four of them stayed with their new friends and entered our troop.  Three of hose boys are now Eagle Scouts and the fourth is still enjoying his career as a Boy Scout.  I'm not telling you this to toot my horn, but rather to point out that those young men would never have gotten the experiences and benefits of Boy Scouting if their parents hadn't been proactive and found a way to expose their boys to a different experience with Cub Scouting.  Do not pass GO, do not collect $200.  Go find a good pack before your old one ruins all the fun of Cub Scouting for your boys.       
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