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  1. 3 points
    The only thing that can doom Scouting is people who allow themselves to believe that Scouting is doomed. If we embrace the pessimistic idea that Scouting's days are numbered, then sure, it won't last long. But while I may not be able to rescue the perceptions of cynics and fatalists, I can certainly save Scouting in the eyes of the boys in my Den or Troop. I can instill in them the ideals and aims of Scouting, and lead them to believe in the power of this movement, however it may be distorted or warped by reactionaries and so-called 'progressives.' I can motivate them to live the Scout Oath and Law, and learn the lessons and skills embodied in the Scouting movement since the beginning. Scouting is only dead if you let it die. But so long as it lives in me, and in those who believe in it, it can never truly go away. So why give up hope, when you can instead labor to instill hope in the boys you work with? You fear the end of Scouting as you watch the top come crumbling down? Then counteract the collapse by establishing a foundation of bulwarks from the bottom up - build it up in the boys, and they will hold it up in the future. I refuse to subscribe to fatalist ideologies that simply wait to claim "I saw it coming!" when they end comes. Poor fools; they just end up waiting and waiting forever ....
  2. 2 points
    Folks: I've been lurking for a while, and just decided to jump in. I'm liking what I see here. I'm a District Training Chair, a Venturing Advisor, a committee member for the troop and pack. Perhaps more importantly, I'm involved with United Methodist Scouting Ministry. I'll be serving as course director for the UM Scouters' Conference at Philmont Training Center. I'm already learning from y'all, and hope I can contribute to the conversation.
  3. 2 points
    @cocomax, I've been at some camporees where some SMs should have run tent-watch on their unisex units. My crew worked hard, played hard, and slept well. That said, with older scouts, I'm they guy who takes the afternoon naps so that I can walk the grounds an hour before midnight. However, dalliances between venturers were the least of my worries. At that age, the relationships outside of crew life seem to be the most destructive. Scouts Canada is at 63k total 15k in the scout program (age 11-14) http://www.scouts.ca/wp-content/uploads/about/2016-17-SC-AR-en.pdfMore stats covering multiple years here http://yates.ca/sc/history/membership_national.htm
  4. 2 points
    No. Cub Scouts require two-deep adult supervision.
  5. 2 points
    My troop (coed) is lucky enough to have a twin troop in Canada, also coed that we have done a series of exchanges with.. Obviously I can't speak for any other Canadian troops but they do no such thing. At night adults go to bed, simple as that. Same this side of the pond as well. Absolutely no need for there to be any extra stress. Young love occassionally blooms but it's never caused a problem. The boys and the girls are there to do what scouts do and it's never caused us disruption.
  6. 1 point
    There should be two adult trained leaders present at all Cub Scout activities. This den leader is blatantly disregarding the scouts’ safety. You should discuss this with the Cubmaster if the den leader is not responding. If interested, I’d recommend you take the BSA youth protection training and you will quickly see that the den leader is violating it.
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    Quick update. The MB counselor loved Bugleson's composition. Most of the calls were signed off, with four remaining; Officer's Call, Recall, Fire Call, and Call to Quarters (that lower 'C'). So... one more week should do it. This has been a very tough badge. Thanks again to all for your tips and suggestions.
  9. 1 point
    Since I'm the Dr Evil here, I humbly apologise. I don't want to start a new thread on this. But if you want to start a thread on ways that you have motivated scouts I'd be interested in hearing them, you being young and all that. However, the fact that you're even here on this forum means you're way ahead of the curve.
  10. 1 point
    I just feel like it wouldn’t be useful to youth. There would only be a limited time to get a leadership position as a Boy Scout. Then, you would have to spend another 50 dollars on a brand new uniform only 2-3 years in, and then more money on a new book, etc. I feel like it wouldn’t work out well for low income families. To answer your statement, I don’t mind being the old one in the group but I’m starting to get burnt out as a SPL (2nd year), I haven’t been as enthusiasm as I use to, and honestly my quality of work is going down in Scouts. I am done in about 2-3 months so it’ll be all good.
  11. 1 point
    Limiting the troop program to 14 will drive the program to a Webelos III formate. 14 to 15 is the average age and maturity boys are ready to take on real responsibility. It is also the best age for role modeling to young scouts. Without the older scouts, it’s an adult run program not much different from Webelos. And it doesn’t do the scout any good to get pushed to the bottom of another program when he is ready to lead. Venturing is most successful when used as an adventure program, not the “next step” of the scouting program order. Barry
  12. 1 point
    How many transgenders are now infiltrating the collegiate level sports. NCAA is reviewing it's stand as we speak.
  13. 1 point
    We do. The fact some scouts are home-schooled doesn't influence anything as a result. We have public school scouts, and private school scouts too. One could not tell them apart. The schooling choice of the parents has no apparent influence.
  14. 1 point
    I heard President Trump is going to tweet monday that the new BSA Skort factory will be based in a brand new factory in Mt. Hope, West Virginia employing over 500 former coal miners. BSA Chief Scout Executive Michael B. Surbaugh is expected to announce that the new 100% american made Skorts will be available first in the $100 million Scout Store USA following the consolidating of all other council scout stores to a location somewhere in Wright County, Missouri the approximate center of the U.S. population. The new skorts will retail for $159 a pair and offer a lifetime guarantee making them an exceptional value.
  15. 1 point
    While I know there are a few "Scouter-retirees" lurking on this board most of the folks here have active skin in the game and experience in dealing with the actual issues...I do not think your comments amount to much effective feedback because obviously you have volunteered to be disengaged from scouting or, at your admission, really helping out because you have said you basically have better things to do. That is your right but it will irk folks who put in the time and grapple with the issues. Most teacher evaluators have some experience in teaching...if you say what you mean sit in the back of some pack or den meetings, make your observations, and then "improve the profession" face-to-face 'cause every Troop, Pack, and Den are different. And you know every den I was ever in that had a teacher...everyone gave them a lot of slack cause they knew they were really, really busy...but even then every one of those teachers (almost all of them were sponsors of clubs, had 2nd jobs, were pursuing degrees, had other kids) managed to help out now and again.
  16. 1 point
    The change at the Cub Scout level has been in place for 23 days. The details of the change at ages 11-17 have not even been announced yet. I suppose one alternative would be to wait until we see what actually happens rather than drawing all kinds of conclusions based on what any of us thinks will happen. But I realize that in this forum, that's crazy talk.
  17. 1 point
    Let's not jump to conclusions by calling people liars. Their intent may indeed be and have been to keep them completely separate but upon further examination of the plans for implementation, they may end up determining that the final result has to be different. That doesn't make them liars. I often tell my kids we are going to do this or the other but sometimes life happens and we have to change our plans.
  18. 1 point
    I’ve seen several kids hit trees (not scouting) while sledding... luckily no ER visits. If you are not careful you can easily misjudge your speed (and thus length of run at bottom) or your ability to control yourself going straight. My heart goes out to this family and it will make me think twice when I send my kids out sledding without helmets (we’ve never used them for sledding or seen them used).
  19. 1 point
    No plaques for me please. On the other hand if, in my name, you create a $600 campership for scouts or scholarship for scouters' training or even a gas buy-down for parents who transport scouts, I would be truly honored.
  20. 1 point
    This has been a challenge for Bugleson () because he's a trombone player first. He wasn't used to the small mouthpiece, and it has taken him a good six months to get to the point where he can hit that high G with any consistency. Thank you, SSScout, for the recommendations. He ended up playing 'To the Color' for the Court of Honor. He stumbled once, but he's played enough times in public now that he knows to just keep going. He didn't feel comfortable enough with some of the other calls to play them at this venue, but he'll get there. Although he's allowed to use the sheet music when we meet with the MB counselor, I've noticed that the ones he's practiced a lot he can play from memory. There's a YouTube video (isn't there one for everything these days?) that we've been using, too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYEddDubgt0 We bought a used Holton trumpet, and Bugleson was doing what this guy does, with the first and third valves held down, but his MB counselor wanted him to use a real bugle. We've borrowed one for now, but might consider getting our own. He hasn't composed his call yet, and has about five more of the required calls to finish up, but it looks like he should have the merit badge in a couple more weeks. Our Troop was really excited to hear he had to compose something. They want him to come up with an official Troop 368 call and bring the bugle to summer camp. Having them excited about it has made him less worried about his playing and making mistakes. This has, by far, been the hardest of the merit badges for him (though he's only done four others and one partial at this point), but it seems to be well worth it.
  21. 1 point
    You guys are thinking like adults. Remember what it was like to be a boy? OA was special because of the Native American stuff. Take that away and you have yet another service organization but one that wants you to travel hours from home to help. Good luck getting teenagers interested.
  22. 0 points
    Body Positivity Win: ‘Boys’ Life’ Magazine Just Picked A Plus-Sized Boy For Its Annual Sexiest Boy Alive Issue http://www.clickhole.com/article/body-positivity-win-boys-life-magazine-just-picked-7295
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  24. -1 points
    My son IS someone else. It's his program, not mine. I support his interest in the program, not the program itself. He doesn't seem to be having any issues and is excited to go back each time without a hassle. Life is good. If asked for my expertise and I am available, I will offer what I have. So far those kinds of requests have not been forthcoming from the den leaders. Instead they want me to BE a leader. I haven't got the time to make that kind of commitment. I'm from the old philosophy of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." My son is happy which means to him and HIS program, it ain't broken, and my meddling is not warranted. You need to couple this with the discussion you have been having concerning helicopter parents. Is this "involvement" the training ground for future helicopter parents when the boy goes on to Boy Scouts. Next year my son will be in Webelos. I have no idea whether or not there will be an increase or decrease expectation coming my way at that point. I would think it would be ideally a decrease in expectations in light of what others on this thread are calling "boy led" down the road in Boy Scouts. As I have mentioned earlier., my son is home-schooled so all of our parental time is devoted to his education (as well as 2 other daughters). On the other hand what parents do with their kids in off-school hours is up to the parents, not the school. We give out the assignments, they turn them in. That's how the system works. How is it a reflection on the student's learning if the material turned in is a result of the parents and not the student? I see it all the time. That's quite a disservice to the student. Thank you, well said.
  25. -1 points
    LOL! You want a kid? I'll send you one! Catch me on a good day and I'll even cover the cost of shipping. Yes, I have a son in the program. Apology accepted. As I mentioned: My church takes a lot of my "free" time, but the wife and kids are also involved as a family. The wife teaches at the grade school level and I teach at the high school/adult level Sunday School. All our kids are old enough to be enrolled at that time. I volunteer for the local historical society and genealogy club because of my interest in history. One of my daughters volunteers at the historical society along with me, a chip off the old block, I guess. I also do a tad bit of volunteering at the local library archives section. Occasionally one of the school clubs asks me to do some presentations, so that counts I assume. My wife and I (and sometimes the kids) are involved with volunteering at the area Nature Conservancy with their special programming for school, church and community groups of all ages. The same for the local state park that does special nature programming on topics that interest us. I am considering doing a bit of volunteering for the local archaeology society, get my hands dirty for a change. There's not much recently that calls for their expertise. I am a member (not a volunteer) at the local Conservation Club just to get out of the house at least once a month just for myself. The summers are limited for us in that it is the time we focus on home-schooling field trips for our kids on outings that take us out of the area more than an hours drive or so. A lot of my volunteering is on the instructional adult level in that it gives me an opportunity to interact with adults outside of school and church. It's a lot more fun teaching people who want to learn and I don't have to grade their efforts. A lot more relaxed and fun. The fanfare in the national news about all the changes in the BSA has peaked my "interest" so as to look into it a bit. It hasn't affected my son in any way, or at least he hasn't mentioned anything, but if I were to get involved, it would probably be in a position that wouldn't affect my son directly. I don't want him thinking I'm only in it because he is. That way it doesn't show partisanship against the daughters. It would be me volunteering because I have a separate personal interest in it. I thought as a start, and as I learn more about the scouts, I would try the forum. If there were other nature programs out there with similar forums, I'd be on them too as I explore my options.