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  1. 1 point
    Insulting moderators has a way of backfiring, so to speak. Change your tone and we'll let you back to the campfire.
  2. 1 point
    BSA policy has never prohibited using hours helping with an Eagle project being used towards advancement as well. The only guideline from the Guide to Advancement is this, from section 4.2.3.6 So while it's encouraged to pose these questions to Scouts and discuss these ideals with them, there is NO REQUIREMENT prohibiting nor demanding the same. This article also addresses the issue in the last part of the Q & A: https://scoutingmagazine.org/2017/02/ok-complete-two-advancement-requirements-one-activity/
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    Because when I was a kid, I couldn't wait to get a spoonful of crushed condensed tomatoes! Almost as exciting as helping dad open cans of motor oil.
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    YOU GOT GIRL SCOUT CAMPS IN YOUR AREA?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! 😁 Seriously though, in my neck of the woods, GSUSA have been closing down camps left and right. There are a handful of GS camps in the entire state. My BSA council alone has 5 camps.
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    That's a bummer! Our Cub Scout pack did the same thing. The local Girl Scout camps are here are awesome. Great size for a pack camping trip too.
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    I'll agree that words without actions mean little. And yet names do matter. I'll certainly admit that names (like uniforms) matter much more to some people than to other people. But a name, like a uniform, is a symbol of belonging. To be a "scout" (or a "guide" which is historically a synonym for a female scout) is to feel a kinship to all the other scouts/guides around the world in the movement started by Baden-Powell. A different name like "pioneer" or "young pioneer" would have very very different connotations.
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    As a Conditional Scouter, I don’t know why this silliness is so hard for new scouters. Scouts of the troop age can see through adults’ words and wording. What they want from adults is respect. Respect your Scouts as adults, they will respect your experience of life and wisdom. Barry
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    I took a crew to MOHAB in 2018. It was a great trip. I have also done Philmont and of the two trips MOHAB is better. The picture below is of our last campsite on the trail. My email is petey9145@gmail.com . I highly recommend this trip and if you have any questions just ask.
  9. 1 point
    What's wrong with a boy thinking of himself as a boy, or a girl thinking of herself as a girl? They don't become genderless when the Scout meeting begins.
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    As a DL for a female den, I try to never use gender terms. My girls are "scouts." If I start to say, "hey girls" I quickly correct myself and call them "scouts." Using gender terms is a crutch I, as an adult leader, need to learn to overcome. No reason for either boys or girls to think of themselves - or to hear others refer them - as anything other than a scout.
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    Thank you for all of the comments. Of course she has not volunteered, though I hear "when I was a leader" quite often. I am a fan of all of the recommendations. We are going to have a sit down and chat very soon. For the discrepancies I think I may just say, "here are the requirements, do you feel as though you completed this?" Yes, sign and move on/no, when would you like to do this? If mom jumps in to remind him, I will go back and ask him again if he feels like he completed the requirements. For the requirements that are not signed off, I will remind them again that I need to sign and to please come to me for any items completed at home so I can do it. It really is a shame to want to rush your kiddo through a program like this. Yeah, you can rush and get done with the minimum requirements but it overlooks the spirit of the program.
  12. 1 point
    My gracious. I dread the possibility that a person like this might actually be a Den Leader working with children.
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    Probably the majority of packs use a school year calendar. Our pack does, as do all the surrounding packs. They have 3 or 4 pack wide activities during the summer, in addition to CSDC, (bowling, movie night, etc.) but no den meetings or pack meeting. I am not aware of any troop in my area that does not use the calendar year. While we do have Scouts who miss things during the summer due to family vacations, we have a full slate all summer long, including week long summer camps both in and out of state.
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    This seems a little cross-wise and similar to things I encounter from folks now and then. A common confusion. Two deep leadership is where we want two adults with the Scouts in case of issues. The adults don't need to be joined at the hip, but within the same general nearby area. And like you pointed out, they both don't need to be registered scouters. Youth Protection is where there is no one-on-one contact between non-related scout and adult. We had a visiting parent accuse our troop of two deep/YPT violation because they were left alone within the same room as the scouts while the nearest other scouter was in the next room. This of course was not a YPT issue. It was, however, a poor judgement call in not being with the parent in case they had questions while they observed their kid interacting with the troop. I had been sitting and talking with them when I was called away by the SM who stayed with them when I left. I had assumed he realized that a good practice was to keep a scouter with the visiting adults in case of questions. As it was, the parent didn't want their child with our troop. They were experts because their older child had obtain Eagle rank the year before in another troop and knew we were violating YPT and we should be thankful they didn't turn us in. I was thankful. Thankful they didn't choose our troop.
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    Congratulations to Zach on his Iowa state senate win. Regardless of what anyone thinks of his politics, it's great to see an Eagle Scout rising in public service.
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    I see three choices... 1) You can accept the requirements as "passed" and note for the parent and the Scout that "A Scout is Trustworthy" . I have often found that if the Scout says he passed the requirement, then he has passed the requirement. If not, ask him would he like to pass it NOW ? 2) Suggest, if in your judgement (as Webelos DL, yes?) the Scout has not quite fulfilled the requirements as listed (age, skill, attendance, etc.), do not sign off. While addressing THE SCOUT (!) not the parent, (because it is the Scout who must pass the requirements, yes?) ask about the discrepencies, smile and ask "when would you like to pass these requirements? Maybe today or... ? " 3) Note for the Scout (with the parent present) the age and other requirements for Boy Scout joining (listed in the book !) . Review these without ire or judgement. Note that Scouting is available for all youth and here are the local Scout Troops, Johnny Scout can join any he wishes. Wish them well. Do not do any of these things without BOTH the Scout and the parent(s) present. And, if possible, a second, silent, unattached, adult witness.... Drama is not necessary nor warranted. Stay on an even keel, do not allow yourself to be drawn into a shouting match or a blame game or a "my son is..." type of thing. Make it a point to include the Scout in all discussions. Do not ask the parent what THEY want, but pointedly ask the Scout what HE wants. This may well be one of the first times the Scout has actually been asked what HE wants... See you on the trail.
  17. 0 points
    I'm going to go slightly off topic but since this is on Page 8, what the heck! In our area, our Boy Scout Troop would often rent sites at Girl Scout camps. But since the BSA has allowed girl membership, the Girl Scout camps do not want the BSA around. That probably makes sense, except, they are losing the rental money! It's a little bit too bad because all camps need money to keep running.
  18. 0 points
    How about cans of tomato paste? Small and cheap enough for each Scout?
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