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    On one hand, IMHO, he who does the work deserves the recognition. On the other, https://oa-bsa.org/resources/ucl-support/ttr/ttr-adviser So, there is this gap between 18-20 that doesn't come with a patch. Go figure. He should ask his lodge chief for an official title ... maybe a local NA name for "he who guides between".
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    "As the Unit Commish, I once sat in on a PLC meeting. The SM was making suggestions for activities, trips, places to camp.... The calendar was on the table , between the SPL ( a new one) and the three Patrol Leaders. The SM kept saying, "Well, what do you think?" and the Scouts were looking at each other.... Finally, the SPL looked at the SM and said, " You mean I can make that decision?" The SM nodded vigorously and said, "DUHHHH ?? " . After that, the four Scouts had fun figuring out the monthly themes and camping weekends and writing it down on the calendar.
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    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/02/25/how-to-turn-boys-into-honorable-men-these-six-steps-are-start.html ”Welcome to the lost boy generation. Only a few have shot up schools, but too many are failing out of them.” 1 - Help Them Choose and Chase an Ideal 2. Don’t Save Them from Fear 3. Be a Good Guide 4. Let Them Run the Gauntlet 5. Introduce a Code 6. Let Them Go Anything there sound familiar to y'all?
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    Scoutx (the x is for the shared chromosome.)
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    They do exist .. at least 1... http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/news/2018/02/01/visalias-all-girl-cub-scout-pack-blazes-new-trails/1086714001/
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    Apparently not. For example, I can't understand for the life of me why anyone would oppose closing the background-check loopholes such as gun shows and Internet sales. I would think that any rational person would want to make sure that everyone gets checked out before they can buy a gun.
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    I carried a Z-Packs Arc Blast 60L pack that weighed 19.6 oz... about 1 Lb 4 oz... empty. We had a scout that spoke up as we were checking in to catch the bus to start our trek that he didn't have long pants for the conservation project. Yes, we had ID this in our shakedown hikes, our "bring your gear to the scout hut" shakedown, and the Philmont Ranger's shakedown... but the dude didn't want to take long pants, so he ignored it all. UNTIL his dad asked him on the walk from tent city to the bus pickup point which pair he had chosen (since dad had bought him 2 or 3 rather pricey new pair of pants to choose from). Of course, we were to be on the bus in 15 minutes, but his dad took off, dragging him to TToT to buy ANOTHER pair of pants (which the son wore for conservation, then Dad returned to TToT after the trek). Because our little delinquent was supposed to fill water bottles during that time I ended up covering that... and missed the chance to weigh my fully loaded pack. At least I'm not bitter about it. lol Anyhow, based on my spreadsheet of actual gear weights that I put together before leaving for the trek I was at 18.5 Lb before food and water. 25 Lb with 3.7 liters of water and I estimated around 36 Lb when we left base camp with 4 full days of Philfood (the most food we would carry on the trek). That includes all of our crew water filtration and crew water storage gear: Platypus 4L dirty water bag Platypus 4L clean water bag Sawyer cleaning plunger Platypus GravityWorks filter & hoses MSR Dromlite 6L bag MSR Dromedary 10L bag If we we knew we had easy water along the trail on any given day I would only carry 2 - 2.7 L of water. Especially on the days before resupply I was down around 28 Lb. I would have liked to have been lighter, but that weight worked OK for me. More info on our complete gear lists is available here: http://gear-report.com/best-budget-backpacking-gear-philmont-boy-scouts http://gear-report.com/best-budget-backpacking-gear-philmont-boy-scouts
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    At Our summer camp we have several High Adventure courses, one is very awesome and its called L.O.S.T. Lake Ouachita Summer Trek The LOST program is a staple of the Ozark Venture Base. Are you ready for 5 days of adventure and paddling the waters of Arkansas in a single-person touring kayak? Lake Ouachita is dotted with islands, shoals, gravel bars and cliffs. Opportunities on this week-long wilderness adventure include snorkeling, GPS navigation, hiking, world-class fishing, exploring, lakeside camping, deep-water soloing and much more! This program is perfect for troops, crews, and ships as well as individuals. After check-in and health re-check at Kia Kima Scout Reservation, LOST participants will meet their trek guides and immediately begin a gear shakedown and equipment introduction. Participants will then load up into vehicles and head to the off-site staging area to begin their five day adventure, so it is imperative that everyone comes prepared with their gear separate from the rest of the troop or crew. The group will not return to camp until Friday evening for the closing campfire. All participants in the LOST program must be able to pass the BSA Swimmer Test, be physically fit and be proficient in basic boating skills. This program will provide instruction in touring kayak skills, extremely light gear camping, trek planning, wilderness camping, and open water navigation. LOST will prove to be a unique adventure comparable to programs such as Northern Tier. Space is limited to just 8 participants per week. So, are you ready to go paddling?
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    Our CO has made it clear they want us to be as close to coed as possible. So, we are planning to run parallel troops with new female leaders and all girls patrols but shared meetings and outings. Our IH has volunteered to run interference with the council if needed but it looks like this model is emerging as an official model. http://www.northernstarbsa.org/programs-for-girls
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    This is a google maps screencapture of my old scout hut. It was there many years before I was there, and it's still there. No idea when it was built but I'm guessing the 50's. It looks boarded up now but in the 70's and 80's I had such a great time there. I wonder if my picture is still hanging on the wall in there.
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    wow, that's really hitting the jackpot. That really should be fun for the scouts...ESPECIALLY if the adults get out of the way and let them set it up and furnish the place.... That's the only problem I can imagine with a place that nice.... very unlikely that the adults are going to let the scouts own it, and do what they do.... unlikely that the SPL and PL's will be given a key to the door....
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    New here....loved the thread so far. I think Oregon (and west coast in general) is an anomaly. You won't see this prevalence of co-ed'ing east of Nevada. I bet 5:1 boys:girls weeks on the eastern scout camps.
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    Welcome! And thanks for all that you do for the youth. I used to pull stuff like this on my crew treasurer all the time. It really irritated her. Oddly, what didn't irritate her was when I left her in pitch dark in a cavern. (To my credit, I came back as soon as I realized I had misplaced her.) Tell your WDL: respect whoever's doing the work. Treasury issue, treasurer's rules. If it keeps pack $ safe, support it. Have the CC doc 5% from his end-of-year bonus. Tell your treasurer: it's scary being left in pitch dark in a cavern. If she actually deposited the funds, she is complicit in all that "co-mingling", such as it is. Have the CC doc 5% from her end-of-year bonus. Instruct her next time to return the deposit with a check for the WDL's expenses, asking him to sign it back to the unit along with his deposit. Ask him to do it as a favor to her to help make reconciling the checkbook and any future audits straightforward. Remind everyone that you work for smiles. And your WDL and Treasurer your year-end bonus better be the two of them together with their boys ... the lot of them with ear-to-ear grins. Payment in advance always welcome.
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    I hate the term "boy led" because it's too often used as an absolute "We're Boy Led !!" and quickly followed with a slight or knock against other troops or other leaders. Using the term "Boy Led" seems to lower scouter debates to almost a base level at times. IMHO, this happens so much that I'd almost like to see the term gone. I love the term "boy led" because it's an idea, great for training and creating a quick image. But keep it to training and as an ideal It's an end-goal that is not achievable, but that we should continually strive for as mentors to our youth. It's in working toward that goal of "boy led" that we see growth in our scouts. I say that it's not achievable because Youth leaders are chosen by other youth. It's an intentionally imperfect process. Youth leaders are not chosen because they already have perfected leadership skills, but rather so they can learn and grow those skills. Adult leaders ... (perhaps another term that should be re-placed ... Mentor? Coach?) ... is to continually look for the next small opportunity to help our scouts develop their skills, character and confidence. So we as adult leaders need to help the troop succeed enough (being active, camping, etc) so that the scouts have a great time, build friendships and keep coming. But at the same time we back down quickly so the scouts learn and grow. How does our troop run? ... Mixed. When ever possible, we try to help the scouts realize this is their experience, not ours. Anytime they show leadership or ownership, we try to quickly step back and become silent. We try to avoid interjecting even just a little if the scouts are showing ownership and energy. It yields imperfect, but always interesting results. Do boys do planning? ... This is where our troop shines. I've always been proud of our scoutmaster as he would meet with the SPL (and the SPL's dad) the night before and coach the SPL through the planning session. The SPL would fully run the planning session and the SM would sit off in the corner and only interject if asked. It's not always been exactly the same, but it started with a review of the past year, then laying out new goals (voting on them to choose), then laying out ideas for camps and activities (then voting on them to choose), then laying out the calendar in detail. Usually, the SM and SPL would have already marked up the base calendar with holidays, special school dates, elections, troop mtgs, PLC meetings, etc, district camp dates (so the troop knows the dates), OA dates. Sometimes those dates would be kept and sometimes the troop would choose to change the dates. ... By the time the scouts are done, we have calendar for 18 months out. And between each session was food and games. Sometimes a team building game. ... Best planning sessions were done as a planning camp out. ... Usually anyone in the troop was invited to attend, but the active talkers were the PLC official members. Often we'd get half the troop as the scouts had fun doing the planning. The SPL would encourage people to feed comments through the PL. Never worked perfect, but it worked enough. My opinion is the SPL grew significant skills and confidence through their first planning session. The prep and the confidence leading it really helped them become stronger leaders.
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    @OldEagle83, that's an admirable thing you are doing for your girlfriend's son. Similarly, I initially volunteered for my son. Now I kinda view all of the boys as mine. I do it for all of them Thank you in advance for all that you will do and welcome to the forum!
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    True, and I have no problem with this. Unfortunately, BSA doesn't allow too many responsibilities to be placed on the Scout either, which is why I sadly just called it quits as Advancement Chair for my Troop after over a decade and 50 Eagles. Far too many parents earning Eagle. When I realized I was ready to tell a couple of parents the Scout store product ID# for an Eagle medal and just go to Council to buy one to save everyone time and paperwork, I knew it was time for me to leave.
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    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.
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    Are you KIDDING ME?!? Any pack in this country would give their right arm (right den?) to have a community leader as generous and loyal to Scouting as that man! I dare say the fact that he is a former pack member himself makes the whole thing sound too good to possibly be true; what a FABULOUS friend and opportunity you have - wow I am already envious (forgive me!). There is no rule whatsoever that states only pack leaders can hand out awards - in fact this kind of community involvement should be the ideal of every Scouting unit. As it turns out, hosting community and civic leaders at Scouting ceremonies seems to have been a common occurrence in the first half of the last century, though in the latter decades Scouting units unfortunately became more insular and less bold in getting local leaders involved. But think of the benefits! It gets the community involved in Scouting and their young people's lives, it makes local leaders aware of the program and more likely to involve it in its growth and development, and it gives the boys a well-earned and legitimate understanding that, even as youth, they are important players in their community and their nation. You go to your committee and tell them this kind of opportunity is absolutely heaven-sent and can only do good for your program. And besides even all that - your mayor sounds like one ardent supporter of the pack who more than deserves to participate in your ceremonies, at any level. You are extraordinarily fortunate to have him.
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    I had a den leader that was a mom and was better than some of the dads!
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    It's gonna be a free for all. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes... The dead rising from the grave!.... dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
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    Did I miss something? A Scoutnis Trustworthy. If he lying repeatedly he has not met the litmus test. SM has a conference with the young man and set up ways he can demonstrate over time that he is concretely earning trust back. Until then he's not lived the Law. Done! How is this complicated or unclear?
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    Mashmaster, this type of thing just plain sucks. You try and do the right thing and then someone dumps on you. You sound like you're not happy with it and that's a sign that you're doing the right thing. My guess is you're replaying everything that happened and checking your actions. Honestly, you are the keeper of the flame. You set the standard and everyone else will appreciate it and respect you for doing it. I'm just going to blather on so you know you aren't alone. I had to talk to parents a couple of times (reference: weed at summer camp) and once or twice we'd get into this discussion where we just didn't agree on what's right and I just wanted to end it. So the parent would say something along the lines of it's not that big a deal, lots of kids do this. Then I would say, but not in my troop, your son is the only one doing it. That pretty much ends the discussion and the family leaves the troop. It's when the parent tells you that you have to apologize that you know it's over. For me, when I get to the point that I'm telling a scout he has some work to do, I've spent some time thinking about it and replaying what happened to make sure I'm being reasonable. I've apologized to lots of scouts for getting mad or going to far or just having a bad day and taking it out on them so I know when I've made a mistake. Finally, and most importantly, this will pass and you'll have a good day where a parent or scout thanks you.
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    Forward your offending committee members this video from BSA National "Guardians of the Gate"