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  2. fred8033

    Merit badge sash

    Rules and procedures never can address all cases though back of the sash is a reasonable solution and explicitly stated. From all the uniforming violations I've seen, I think the best answer is make it look sharp and clean. Sashes have been sewed double wide and lengthened. Or use the back. As long as it looks sharp and respectable, no one should complain.
  3. MattR

    A tale of two scouts

    Scout 1). How about starting with a duty roster? Everyone needs a job so she has to decide. She should also not give herself a job unless she's short scouts. It seems to me that scouts have a lot of trouble delegating because they don't want to rock the boat. We're all friends and nobody tells anyone what to do so I can't mess that up because then I won't have friends. Talk to her about servant leadership. It's not the evil boss. There's a time to play and a time to get work done. One of her jobs is to help her patrol get the work done faster so they can play more. She's not telling others what to do so much as helping them get back to having fun. Scout 2). He did briefly pull his weight, so take that as a win even if he's looking to you for approval. Do that a couple of times and then work with his PL to take over your job. It sounds like just maybe this scout knows he's not making friends but doesn't understand how this works. As ridiculous as that sounds think of it from his view. He may never have pulled his weight before. He may only have people tell him how much he's screwed up. Some kids just don't know.
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  5. Treflienne

    Adult led and youth led

    Not quite the question you are asking -- but one benefit to a kid of seeking out a troop is to find that patrol of kids with common interests -- if he hasn't already found one on his own.
  6. David CO

    Adult led and youth led

    I would argue that the main con is the pros.
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  8. Kudu

    Adult led and youth led

    Thanks to @RememberSchiff @Sentinel947 @Eagle94-A1 @desertrat77 @willray and @DuctTapefor the warm welcome back. 😎 This summer I do hope to participate in a few threads like this, but with the goal of learning how to make short "explainer" graphs and videos for Free Range kids. What would be the pros and cons of joining a "Troop," if you are a Lone Patrol of kids encouraged by your parents to seek adventure on your own? Thanks again! Yours at 300 feet, Kudu Kudu.Net
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  10. Thunderbird

    Merit badge sash

    Also: "Scouts may wear only one merit badge sash at a time. A merit badge sash is never worn on the belt" and "Temporary patches may only be worn on the back of the sash. The merit badge sash and the Order of the Arrow sash may not be worn at the same time".
  11. Cleveland Rocks

    Merit badge sash

    There is an answer. Guide to Awards and Insignia, page 35: "Merit Badges may be worn on the front and back of the sash." https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33066/33066_Scouts_BSA_Insignia_WEB.pdf
  12. I see BSA Trade marked "Scout Life" GSUSA VS BSA trademark lawsuit news: https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/scout-me-out-girl-scouts-challenge-boy-79741/ "Another issue to consider is if BSA is offering its services to girls, can it also use the term GIRL in connection with SCOUT, SCOUTS or SCOUTING?"
  13. All-girl Scouts BSA Troop Wins Top Awards At Camporee https://signalscv.com/2019/05/all-girl-scouts-bsa-troop-wins-top-awards-at-camporee/
  14. desertrat77

    Merit badge sash

    @Samuel, many moons ago, I recall scouts could sew MBs on the front and back. Once the sash is full, I'm not sure. I've seen photos of hybrid sashes, two or perhaps more tailored together. I don't think there is a right answer given the rarity of the situation. Truly unchartered territory....
  15. Sentinel947

    Interesting observation - rank advancement

    Hey @Kudu! You should stop by more often! We miss hearing from you. I hope you are doing well!
  16. Samuel

    Merit badge sash

    https://scoutingmagazine.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-merit-badge-sashes/ I read this but stick confused. A scout with 100+ merit badges, can he attach the patches in the front and back of the sash? Or Extend the sash lengthwise and attach the patches only to the front of the sash? Or Any suggestions? Regards Sam
  17. ItsBrian

    Best comfort items & traditions for summer camp

    I’m late, but that made me think. When I staffed a summer camp, I preferred my Nike running shoes over my Columbia boots. I tried to wear my running shoes since they were more comfortable for me. I had to wear BSA socks, so socks didn’t make a difference. I only wore the boots when it rained heavily and was muddy. Let’s see what I prefer this year when I go back.
  18. desertrat77

    Interesting observation - rank advancement

    @Kudu, good to see you!
  19. desertrat77

    Best comfort items & traditions for summer camp

    @Olaf, welcome to Scouter.com!
  20. Very proud, indeed! 😎 Kudu Flaming Fry Pan Patrol
  21. Olaf

    Best comfort items & traditions for summer camp

    Hi ! The first thing I remember until now is a card game based on GWENT fully made by my friend . Instead of heroes, he put us there, our descriptions, quotes and pictures which he drew It was great fun throughout the all summer camp .I highly recommend making cards with your own hands Just like you I realy like to wear good socks . Many choose socks inaccurately they take ordinary because they can be destroyed . But the important thing is that you need to find those that will not be destroyed and are adapted to the expeditions It seems to me that taking a hammock is a good idea if only there is one which is the right size .Usually during the day, which is often exhausting at the camp it is worth taking a rest for a moment with a good book and some drink is really nice
  22. Cambridgeskip

    A tale of two scouts

    So last weekend I was on camp with my merry band of men and women and by the end of it two particular scouts had caught my attention, both for very different reasons. Both present things that need a little attention, and I have my ideas about what to do with both of them, but I thought I would see what the collective wisdom of this esteemed forum would through up. In both cases I was already aware of the issues but a weekend on camp really shone a light on them. Just as a reminder our scout section in the UK runs 10-14 year olds so the troop is generally younger, worth remembering for dealing with things! Scout number 1. 13 year old, female patrol leader. Quietly spoken. Genuinely nice kid. Been all the way through from a 6 year old beaver. Got made a PL at Easter on the recommendation of the PLs council. She's very competent, can look after herself, knows what she and everyone else needs to be doing. Has an absolute heart of gold. Trouble is that she find telling other people what to do very difficult. She's not making the classic new PL mistake of thinking that she needs to do it all herself, she knows she shouldn't be, it's just that she has told me she finds it awkward telling other people what they should be doing.I have some ideas about how to help her do that (bearing in mind she's a 13 year old and not a cadet at Sandhurst!) but thought I'd forage elsewhere.Scout number 2. Also 13 years old, but there the similarity ends. He's the total polar opposite of scout 1. Came into scouts aged 12, quite a gob on him. His problem is he's very much "me, me, me." He wants to do everything, but doesn't want to put the work in. On camp it was him doing the moaning when they were walking up from the station to the campsite, him that kept dodging his chores, him that had to be told multiple times by his PL and by me to do anything. Basically zero work ethic, zero team ethic. And the problem is we're now in a viscious circle, because he's annoyed the other kids and he's starting to get pushed out the gang. I tried having a word in his shell, explaining that he was winding up the other kids, but it didn't seem to sink in. When he did (briefly) pull his weight, he looked at me for approval, not the rest of the troop. He kind of missed the point.Again, I have some ideas on how to tackle this but thought I'd see what you chaps think as well.Actually one similarity between them, scout 1's dad is group treasurer, scout 2's mum is a troop assistant (essentially a regular parent helper).
  23. jjlash

    Baloo Training

    Though IOLS and BALOO cover many similar topics, if they are done properly they are not almost identical. They are (should be) very different in the depth of the information and in the approach. BALOO is training for Cub Scout adults to plan and carry out a pack/family campout. While IOLS is about the Scout leaders being able to guide their Scouts in planning and carrying out a patrol campout. Part of the learning for Scout leaders should be for them to have an experience similar to what their new Scouts will have - being part of a patrol, with people you may or may not know, learning the new skills (and maybe struggling with them a bit), choosing their own campsite, setting up camp, planning and preparing their own meals, doing all this under the "supervision" of a Troop Guide. AND - the level of camping skills and the camping rules are quite different between Cubs and Scouts. In my council, we run IOLS and BALOO concurrently but the only thing we overlap is campfire program and cracker barrel.
  24. scoutldr

    Snake bites victimize parents as much as campers

    Maybe we should let Amazon stock the drugs. Seems like they can deliver within 2 hrs for a nominal fee. Just send it by drone.
  25. Liz

    Baloo Training

    Well, I made it, and they didn't make any noise about turning me away! LOL! They actually had a fair amount of combined training. We spent the morning and through lunch with the people there for IOLS and then broke out into separate groups for the afternoon. My understanding is the SMS training (which I've already had) began the evening before. It was held at the hosting district's Camporee. I can't say I learned a lot I didn't already know, but what do you do? I do understand why it's important to ensure someone on every campout knows how to put together a first aid kit at least.
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    • Rules and procedures never can address all cases though back of the sash is a reasonable solution and explicitly stated.   From all the uniforming violations I've seen, I think the best answer is make it look sharp and clean.  Sashes have been sewed double wide and lengthened.  Or use the back.  As long as it looks sharp and respectable, no one should complain.  
    • Scout 1). How about starting with a duty roster? Everyone needs a job so she has to decide. She should also not give herself a job unless she's short scouts. It seems to me that scouts have a lot of trouble delegating because they don't want to rock the boat. We're all friends and nobody tells anyone what to do so I can't mess that up because then I won't have friends. Talk to her about servant leadership. It's not the evil boss. There's a time to play and a time to get work done. One of her jobs is to help her patrol get the work done faster so they can play more. She's not telling others what to do so much as helping them get back to having fun. Scout 2). He did briefly pull his weight, so take that as a win even if he's looking to you for approval. Do that a couple of times and then work with his PL to take over your job. It sounds like just maybe this scout knows he's not making friends but doesn't understand how this works. As ridiculous as that sounds think of it from his view. He may never have pulled his weight before. He may only have people tell him how much he's screwed up. Some kids just don't know.
    • Not quite the question you are asking -- but one benefit to a kid of seeking out a troop is to find that patrol of kids with common interests -- if he hasn't already found one on his own. 
    • I would argue that the main con is the pros.
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