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  1. 3 points
    With anxieties...Small steps. Gradual transitions, with no sudden surprises, to build confidence. Become a trained leader. Plan to stay the week if he needs you. Hopefully after 2 or 3 days, he will say I got this Mom.
  2. 2 points
    Go with him! Go with him and make some memories. At camp, don't let him velcro to you, he can go off with the other Scouts but see you back for whenever the adult leaders and youth are in proximity -- meals? (I don't know, I have not been to summer camp yet). But be there, but when you are there he has his own schedule and stuff, and you have your own stuff. Talk to the counselor and the Scoutmaster about it. Your son should be working with his patrol leader and that kid will be the point person for your son at camp, NOT you. I hope that helps! After his first time he may be much more comfortable.
  3. 2 points
    I think a lot a new cross overs are concerned about going to a week long summer camp. My son goes to therapy for anxiety as well and will be going to summer camp. I would first recommend talking with his counselor. Any advice coming from us is not with the full background of knowledge of your son’s situation. The counselor should be able to help. 1) My son will be going on a new scout camp out before summer camp. Just 2 nights away then home. 2) I’m working with my son prepping him for the swim test. He’s close but not quite there. If he doesn’t pass or doesn’t feel comfortable I told him sticking with beginner is fine. 3) I’ve let the leaders know he is anxious about the trip. He isn’t medicated at all, but I thought they should know. 4) I may go later in the week. I really want him to build resilience. Each kid is different so it’s difficult to know what he can take. My father was a scoutmaster for many years and he found that most parents underestimate what their sons can handle.... but I know it’s a tough call. Again, I would highly recommend talking with his counselor to get their input.
  4. 2 points
    Yes indeed, red berets and the colorful rank and patrol patches started circa 72. The pants, shirts and shorts were simplified in design and made of lighter materials. A couple washings and they were like pajamas. Then the Oscar D uniforms appeared in 80. I think they were a moderate improvement over the 72 - 79 era. Except Oscar introduced those abominable epaulets, a completely unnecessary contrivance for scout uniforms.
  5. 2 points
    You can get more flies with honey than with vinegar. I believe Unit Commissioners operate best when they are a friendly face, a mentor, a guide. Not a police officer, an inspector or an enforcer. Unless there is some sort of health or safety issue going on, a soft power approach is going to fix far more units than a confrontational and aggressive approach. Maybe your district or council does things differently than mine. https://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Unit_Commissioner
  6. 1 point
    @ScoutMom45036 welcome to scouter.com .
  7. 1 point
    Sure was. 1980. Here's a start; https://mediafiles.scoutshop.org/m2pdf/BePrepared_Vol_1_No_8.pdf https://www.classb.com/history-of-the-scouts-uniform/ https://www.classb.com/history-of-the-scouts-uniform/
  8. 1 point
    One does not have to read between the lines of the precisely-worded announcement. They are severing Scouting from their faith in every meaningful manner and that is their right. They want their youth to participate in their program, and will not overtly encourage Scouting. With that will be a discontinuation of support and the faith’s dominant presence in the operational and policy-making committees of our organization. We will no longer need to be concerned that our decisions will run afoul of the preferences of the faith’s leadership. I thank them for their past interest in the BSA and wish them well. We will be fine as an organization
  9. 1 point
    There are a few of us here who were scouts in the 60s or even 50s. I joined up in '69 but the big uniform change was in '72 or '73. Something about Oscar de la somethingorother. I don't think I have a Guide to Insignia anymore, but I do have the handbooks. Yes, Knots were worn by adults they were a different colored background than todays versions. The eagle as I recall was a toss up. A lot of adults still wore their Eagle badge, I saw a few from the 40's that were square rather than oval, it was not correct by the strict rules but I never heard of any of the Patch Police having the nerve to call them on it. A lot of our Scoutmasters had spent a few years as grunts, shooting at Nazis in France and Germany, or fighting their way across the Pacific. They didn't put up with much parade ground fluff.
  10. 1 point
    After reviewing this topic, there’s nothing orthy of it being in I&P. It’s going to open discussion program.
  11. 1 point
    I went back and re-read the OP. Was struck that now the 10 year old daughter who was interested in attending with the mother could today join a Pack and be a Scout herself in a year or so.
  12. 1 point
    Oh, my no. You can't even get Medical doctors and nurses to up to full compliance with regular mandatory trainings and a giant cudgel to bash them if they step out of line.😖 And yes, you absolutely do train the janitors and receptionists regarding data safeguarding - at least up to the level of "under no circumstances may you ever do X". A janitor who snaps a selfie with a patient, or a receptionist who tweets "guess who just walked in the door", is going to be in for a world of hurt. 20 minutes of training would be perfectly fine for "don't be an idiot, the medical forms are private and should only be divulged to emergency personnel, etc when absolutely necessary", which BSA has already done in the form of the quoted policy. To actually "make BSA HIPAA compliant" would require treating BSA, its units, and presumably the scouters and scouts, as covered entities, which would turn a scout at a troop meeting saying "Wow, you should have seen how well scoutTom bandaged up scoutJim's finger last weekend!", into a legally actionable statement with mandatory reporting and disciplinary consequences.
  13. 1 point
    "Today, your journey in our Pack ends, but your journey in your Troop begins." Cubs are still Scouts, so I would spend less focus on what kind of scout they are, just defer to describing as what type of unit they are/will be in as a compromise.
  14. 1 point
    if you're boiling water anyway, then it might not be too much of an imposition to just use regular grits and just leave on the pot on to boil a few minutes longer. I like the idea of adding beef jerky (or bacon bits). It might also be good to experiment with other things to add: diced hard cheeses, dry onion flakes, etc.
  15. 1 point
    "No self-respecting southerner eats instant grits." -My Cousin Vinny 😀
  16. 1 point
    We were coming back from an outing last week, stopped for lunch, saw the Girl Scouts were selling cookies nearby so we wandered over and bought some cookies, talked about our recent outing, heard about their projects, and we went on our way. The sky did not open, everyone was pleasant, and we ate several boxes of Samoas before we got back to the church
  17. 1 point
    The biggest problem for adult training is how the focus is on the adults being trained to be the leader, and not how to train the adults to mentor the scouts to lead. For example at SM Specifics, the adult is trained in how to set up an annual program calendar. Instead, it should be how the adults can mentor the scouts to set up the annual program calendar. Seems subtle or semantic, but it isn't.
  18. 1 point
    HIPAA (not "HIPPA") requires that a person's "PMI" (personal medical information) be safeguarded from people who are NOT authorized to view it and can be disclosed ONLY to others who are authorized (in the Law, that means medical providers, insurance companies, etc.). The info can be disclosed only with the written permission of the person (patient). I am not confidant that the BSA, Councils, Lodges, Units, etc have the capability to ensure such safeguarding even if they wanted to.
  19. 1 point
    I like this one. Our pack is doing crossover this Thursday night, I may suggest that to them.
  20. 1 point
    "You are no longer a Cub, you are now a Scout."
  21. 1 point
    You could also maybe change the sentence to say something like, "You are no longer a Cub Scout. Welcome to Scouts BSA," or "Your journey in Cub Scouts has come to an end. Welcome to your new journey in Scouts BSA." It would seem weird, sentence-wise, to say, "You are no longer a Cub Scout; you are now a Scout."
  22. 1 point
    Crazy.... I made some great life long friends at WB. And weather they finished or not would never want to do something like that to one of them..
  23. 1 point
    I did read the topic which is titled Third Bead. It did not address the subject matter which I wish to present. I just commented on a post regarding the olde tyme Wood Badgers and the "elitist" aspect of Wood Badge in the olden days when the courses were far and few in between. Only those "chosen" few were privileged to attend. And still fewer were ever chosen to serve on Staff. Happily, Wood Badge has shed this stigma and it is now being made available to more and more Scouters. This has been a blessing to so many Scout leaders and, more importantly, has helped our youth to have some great Scouting programs. Similarly, I feel that serving on a Wood Badge Staff has somewhat an air of "elitism". You have to be chosen out of several names by one individual and there isn't really any way to ensure that you will ever be chosen, nor is there any way to increase your chances of being chosen. In this sense, the third bead cannot be earned, it is more or less "granted" only to certain individuals. I now ask myself, and any of you who care to read this, is there any possible way to make serving on a Wood Badge Staff less of a "chosen" position. Believe me; I have gone over this in my mind with all the ramifications this encompasses. First, before the flaming begins, I understand the problems of making changes to this well-established system of staffing a Wood Badge course. (1) The CD needs to hand-pick his/her staff, (2) how are you going to ensure quality instructors, (3) it is vital to maintain the integrity and consistency of the course, and (4) let us not forget the value of the third bead and what it represents. Each of these are absolutely valid points (there may be other's I have not listed here) and I do not have a good answer which address all of these issues. However, let me offer this as food for thought. As more and more participants go through the course, more and more courses will be offered. In my council alone, we are at least doubling participants each year. That means more courses will be needed and more staffers must staff these courses. This places quite a burden on each CD (who, remember, currently can only serve in this position once in his/her lifetime) to chose among the hundreds of names which will become available. How can anyone possibly select through a list of hundreds of unknown names and somehow build a staff of quality trainers? Moreover, the current system of building a Wood Badge Staff provides a priceless opportunity for some, while at the same time, precluding others. How many potentially great trainers who have gone through the course never actually get selected to be on Staff? Is it even conceivable to somehow provide a way which ALL participants could be given the opportunity to serve on Staff? I have read many posts from staffers here who highly recommend that if given the opportunity, you should serve on a Wood Badge Staff. I can't help but believe that there are some who read these posts who long to be on a Wood Badge Staff, and yet never get that opportunity. A couple of possibilities come to mind: 1. At the end of the practical course, allow the participants to indicate whether they would be interested in serving on Staff, collect this list, and submit it to the Council. 2. Create some kind of Wood Badge Staff application form which asks some questions that can give a CD some indication of what kind of trainer this person might be. The CD could even possibly interview the applicant (not so brutal as a job interview, but perhaps something which allows a CD to make a better selection). 3. Have regular name submissions on a District level to submit some names for consideration for Wood Badge courses. There should be some requirements like a minimum number of names submitted, names submitted would, of course have to have completed and earned the Wood Badge, things like that. These are just what have come to mind. I am sure there are many issues which would have to be resolved. It is possible that other councils have considered this already. If so, how has it worked? What problems have you encountered? I welcome any constructive comments on issues or difficulties you feel would prevent this kind of staff selection to be developed. Thank you Eagle Pete
  24. 1 point
    Neil, gotta admit, the tone of your e-mail kinda sticks in my craw. Just a hair on the high and mighty side. I don't know if my council applied for a variance, but they do tend to play by the rules. I do know that when COPE came out, our council pointed at our course and National agreed that our course is more difficult. So we do our course and National sends people to us. There are a couple of things from the old course that we've kept in NYLT, too. Doesn't make any difference to me. I'm here for the boys and the fun, not the politics. Vicki (not sweating the small stuff and it's all small stuff)
  25. -1 points
    We have started saying, "You are no longer a Cub Scout. Welcome to our organization which is in no way affiliated with the Girl Scouts of America. Here is your neckerchief. Do you have a preferred pronoun you would like us to use when addressing you?"