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  1. 4 points
    Thought I would post a few updates. We have added 12 Scouts since January (8 girls and 4 boys). One of the boys joined with his sister and another joined when the parents learned of us adding girls (that boy’s sisters will join in the fall as they have too many conflicts now). We have 1 more Girl Tiger registration in progress and a couple more possible but we are looking to stop new registrations soon and restart in the fall. Note we did decide to have the Girl Tiger den meeting during the same time/place as the boys. We have separate leaders so they can be segregated. We will monitor to see how this goes vs our other girl only den meeting. By making this change a couple of fraternal twin girls (who were already attending the Boy Tiger den meeting) can join. During our recent B&G all of the girls attended. We do FOS during B&G and our girls den picture was in the council FOS pitch. The Scoutmaster for the Troop we feed was also there (talking about Klondike awards) and gave an enthusiastic speech about why it is great to have girls officially in Scouts. He stated that the Troop plans to add them as soon as possible. All of the families and scouts applauded the new girls after the speech so it seemed to be a great welcome for them. So far, no boy parents have complained or expressed any concern. I’m sure there are some, but they have been silent and have kept their sons in the Pack. PBS may be working on a story regarding girls in Cub Scouts. We are in discussions about having them film a den meeting. We will see if it goes forward. I’m starting to hear negative feedback regarding keeping the girls in separate dens. This is coming from various parents and a few boy den leaders. Not too many yet, but seeing boys and girls segregated is not typical within any local organization in our community and there have been a few comments about “separate but equal”. Other than the slightly mixed Tiger den (same bat time and same bat channel but segregated) we are planning on keeping them separate for the rest of the year. The parents accepted that answer. I see this as a debate over the summer. GSUSA Troops in our school will lose members and leaders. That part is getting a bit ugly. One of the Troop leaders agreed to finish the year but informed GSUSA she was resigning from the Troop along with her daughter and a few other girls. I’ve heard from many other parents who plan to sign up girls this fall, based on rough estimates we think our Pack will be 20-30% girls. Only time will tell. Those are the major updates at this point.
  2. 3 points
    Upstairs has 2 open rooms, down stairs has open area with built in storage that are also for sitting. Has a conference room and a washroom. There is a basement with 3 fairly large closets. This is a Bungelo style house that are common in midtown Memphis.
  3. 3 points
    It really does depend on who leads it. My mother was in GS for years even after my sister aged out. She was the one that was in charge of all the camporee s (100+ Scouts at each one), planned all the weekend trips, activities, etc. I was able to go once when I was young and it was a fantastic experience. I mean there was all these fancy cabins with toasters and stuff, but so many were tent camping as well. And they did low cope just like Boy Scouts do, and a whole bunch of other stuff.
  4. 2 points
    Mash, How long has this been going on? Was he engaged before and you're noticing the withdrawing behavior? Are there any Scouts in your unit who have been closer to him in the past and he's withdrawing from them too? Was there a close friend he had in Scouts that has left Scouts or moved away? Is he withdrawing at school too? Has he suffered a loss recently - death of a grandparent, a friend, a beloved pet? What gives you the idea that he has social anxiety? If he's withdrawing from his closer friends, it may not be that at all. Even people with social anxiety usually have one or two close friends they hang out with, or rely on in social situations. What your describing throws up a different red flag to me - it may be depression caused by a loss of a loved one or some other traumatic event. It's that other traumatic event that worries me. You're describing one of the classic signs of someone who is being abused - physically, emotionally or sexually. If his parents are getting him professional help, that's a big start. For you and your unit, just being a constant and consistent presence is important. And I hate to say it but keep an eye out for how he reacts to individual scouts/leaders. If you notice his reacting more strongly around a specific individual, start watching that person as well - this scout could be being victimized by that person (here's hoping its not someone in your unit).
  5. 1 point
    I earned Eagle 35 years ago and was a brotherhood OA member. I have not been involved in scouting for 35 years but have missed it and reflected on my time in the scouts very often. My girlfriend's 12 year old son just joined a troop and I'm as excited as he is to get involved. I'm here to share my experiences and ask questions about how things have changed in the past 35 years and what to expect as a scouter.
  6. 1 point
    Great article. I've seen another recently that I thought was timely and good. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/opinion/boys-violence-shootings-guns.html I think scouts is the perfect environment to address many of the challenges our scouts face. BSA is going co-ed, but that does not mean we have to dumb down or emasculate the program. IMHO, keep the challenge and keep the out door focus. Use that to define character through each individual's own crucible.
  7. 1 point
    International games ?: Look for Ga-Ga Ball. Invented by an Israeli-American camp in New England. Played at the Jamboree, and our home Troop indoors, with tables turned on their sides to form the play area. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ga-ga look here for more Scout type games: http://www.sendacow.org.uk/lessonsfromafrica/resources/african-childrens-games Remember "Steal the Bacon" ? Here is "Steal the Bacon, Low Fat" : https://www.dropbox.com/s/7780ukvye5ups6p/GamesStealtheBaconLowFat.docx?dl=0 And some of my favorites, "Morley Games", especially Frazleerham. These are designed for action and to be hard to lose at. Cooperation is key... https://issuu.com/ssfs_comm_news/docs/morley_games See you on the trail.
  8. 1 point
    I started to write paragraphs of my and other parents’ experience with GSUSA but I decided I was becoming not Scout like. I’ll just say when we started girls in our Pack my wife, other leaders and I were very protective of GSUSA. After my daughter’s experience and hearing reports of others we have all lost respect for that organization and unless something changes I plan to pull my daughter out (as do others).
  9. 1 point
    Medication is like putting a band aid on it. I feel like if he says “I want you to stay”, etc. may pressure the scout. I know it would pressure me.
  10. 1 point
    Thanks for the updates Eagle1993! It’s kind of fascinating watching this play out in real time.
  11. 1 point
    First of all bless you for caring about this boy. I have a little experience in this area and as bad as it sounds there are positive signs 1) his parents actually care about him (that is rarer than you might think), and 2) if he is getting professional help that is a gigantic step forward. If he is suffering from depression than medications will help a great deal. Nothing "cures" depression, but medications can make the symptoms less severe and less frequent. I would recommend the following as things that can help: 1. Always be positive in your interactions. 2. Let him know that you want him to stay, but if he wants to take some time off he will always be welcome back (boys in this mood tend to have an all or nothing mindset). 3. Try and see if rather than just sitting you can get him to be active, even if only by himself. It might be a first step, and movement has magical properties to help heal. Maybe there is a merit badge he might like to work on (a sense of progress or accomplishment can mean a great deal). Any improvement that comes will be incremental and inconsistent, and you can only be a small part of the solution. His parents and professional help is what will matter the most. Best of luck.
  12. 1 point
    I agree that summer camp is a terrible place to offer book study merit badges (Eagle required or otherwise). When I see camp schedules listing Citizenship in the World MB and Communications MB, I think what a waste. Perhaps one exception might be Environmental Science. That merit badge is rather bookish, but earning it at camp seems to be most effective because of ready access to so many resources. I'd hate trying to earn that one at home.
  13. 1 point
    There is nothing wrong with having anxiety. Successful people can have anxiety. I even had anxiety for few years and I suddenly snapped out of it as I matured. I would try your best to keep him in the troop. There are many things you can do to help this scout. - 1 on 1 (in front of other people of course) with the scout to help him - Have a adult(s) that he feels comfortable with - Make him do things that aren’t obvious that you are doing to make him feel more comfortable. (Ex. Asking him to get something from another scout that he is somewhat comfortable with) I’m sure your council has some resources as well.
  14. 1 point
    I can't thumbs-up your entire post because I think this thread went a little off the rails on the subject of the OP's motivation for starting the thread (which should virtually never be a subject for discussion, in my opinion, and it always leads to trouble.) But I think the quote above captures the essence of the issue, and I agree with it. I think we can, and should, keep the advancement program itself separate from the issue of "local variations" on the program that sometimes make it too "easy," and less often make it more difficult. Quite often the discussions of advancement in this forum throw the baby out with the bathwater, to coin a phrase.
  15. 1 point
    I just finished a unit in my program on mental health. Im sure you already know this, social anxiety is when someone is afraid is talking to others, being in groups, friends, etc. It can either go away after a while, the person seeks help, or they unfortunately live with it. He does need professional help, there’s nothing you can do that may help him. Forcing him / nagging him to do things or involve with others will make him even more distant. He most likely needs therapy to learn coping skills, social skills, and so on. Sidenote, if he does get medication it will not help “cure” his anxiety, only put a relief and temporary help it.
  16. 1 point
    I did a follow up on this and one does NOT have to register as a volunteer, just have a parental permission signed and a photo waiver signed. I checked with our local council and there is such a thing as a Red Cross Club that allows members to register and get ongoing partnership communications with the local chapters. Learning for Life and/or Venturing could easily be set up for this (keep the 16 year age limit in mind). First Aid/CPR/AED instructors can be as young as 16. 18+ year old volunteers who register with ARC get all training for free and are allowed to be deployed to national disaster relief operations anywhere in the US. First Aid/CPR/AED instructors can be as young as 16. Sign up, get the background check, watch the training videos, mark your profile available, you get a call and within 24 hours you are fully immersed in the real world of floods, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, etc. to "help other people at all times." It'll let you know in the first day, whether or not your Eagle rank is for real. My council is looking seriously into partnering with the Red Cross for Blood Drive contacts, Wilderness First Aid, First Aid/CPR/AED, Fire Campaign, Life Saving, etc. In our conversation, a Fire Campaign neighborhood survey would work well as an Eagle Project, "Here's a neighborhood, community, town, etc. we need to know who needs smoke alarms and what kind, knock yourself out." It would take a lot of organizational leadership logistics to pull it off. It's not like a blood drive where all the work is being done by someone else and the Eagle candidate shows up at the end of adult organization and hands out cookies and welcomes people at the door.
  17. 1 point
    Uh, no. Size 12 shoe not tasting too good right now.
  18. 1 point
    You know he posted that in 2003 right?
  19. 1 point
    I was talking to a friend recently who got as far as Star and even though he loved being in scouts he lamented how much he regretted not making a greater effort to go after Eagle. Not to be facetious...but seriously, what would scouting be without advancement...a group of boys just hanging out, occasionally going camping, hiking, fishing, etc., playing dodgeball...where and when would they learn first aid, ecology, pioneering, orienteering, swimming, civics, lifesaving, emergency preparedness, develop personal fitness, healthy family dynamics...the list goes on There are actually scouts who do genuinely want to advance and who are very proactive and diligent in working on rank advancement, however, rather than be applauded for their ambition and willingness to go the extra mile to advance, they're chastised as being overly eager or labeled as being "forced" to advance by mom or dad (which may be true in some cases, but hardly all cases), etc. and labeled as 'paper Eagles' or some other nonsense like that. If a kid wants to just hang out and not do anything towards his advancement, then that's his decision. Conversely those boys who are willing to put in the time, effort and commitment to advancing, shouldn't be denied the opportunity and labeled as someone who isn't in scouts for the right reasons. Being an Eagle does mean something. To me, it really comes down to being willing to put in the additional time, effort and work needed to earn it. This is why so many Life scouts simply don't achieve the rank. They don't go the extra mile to do the project, complete whatever remaining merit badges they need and just decide that they're content with being Life for life, or Star for Life...or 1C for life.
  20. 1 point
    great question I think....and some great responses here too it. My thought...and this is just an initial thought that I recon' could be developed much further....is that no, I don't for a second think that eliminating the stuff would be a good thing. I think the whole concept of advancement and achievement is somewhat a core of the program....but the focus in all of it, IMO, should change from an EXTERNALLY driven one to an INTERNAL FOCUS. Each individual scout should be working on "X" because HE wants to, because he's driven to, for whatever reason is his and on his own pace. Here's where the thought is still developing in my brain....by EXTERNAL, I think I might mean all the adult/program driven stuff. They are working on such and such merit badge because that's what some adult is offering to teach....or because that's what the merit badge fair is offering and they are doing it at that time because that's when the MB fair is.... it has little or nothing to do with the scout individually deciding he wants to work on "xyz" now. I suppose this also extends to scout leader corps too.... they are working on "this" topic in the troop meeting because the PLC chose that....(and that may or may not be something that was steered by an adult) & I do think as others have posted, that pencil whipping leads to empty reward and the scouts feel it.....and also the explain/discuss stuff can be over used for sure. That too, can make it all so empty. Now that he's had some distance and time away from scouts, I think I might ask my son why he was never really interested in the advancement and the patches.... Answers before pretty much explained it...."boring", but I guess I'm not fully understanding what that means to him.
  21. 1 point
    If there was no mbs or advancement then in my opinion, would be basically like a church youth group.
  22. 1 point
    A half-hour north of me, there is one of the oldest Troop cabins in the country. Huntington Beach Troop 1 has been meeting in the same place for a century, and it's a treasure trove of Scouting artifacts. Here is a link to their website's images: https://sites.google.com/site/troop1hb/about-us/inside-the-cabin
  23. 1 point
    I can only speak about the WB'ers in my area. They are so high up on their pedestal they can't see us little folks. Surely not all are like this, but in my area they are rabid, nasty and back-slappingly self-aggrandizing.
  24. 1 point
    Somebodies got to do the jokes and heckles from the back of the room, they aren't writing themselves
  25. 1 point
    Reading the 2016 annual report about income, liabilities and the audit notes are, indeed, interesting. As are the notes from page 17 on the three most important issues facing national and it's finances as of this report.