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  1. I think responsible adults placed in the position to influence our youth understand that smoking is habit forming, causes serious health problems, and leads to experimenting with other substances like marijuana.* How can a responsible adult aware of these facts, seriously believe that smoking in front of the boys is a good idea? How does smoking in front of the boys keep the Scout Oath and Law? To address the original post, I think it is clear. Scout leaders are not the average guy/gal on the street. They are an example to the boys and a huge influence - second only to their paren
  2. It's not about body fuel. It's about bribery. But seriously, snacks are relatively harmless, if kept under control. I do suggest saving them until the end of the meeting. Don't need to add to the already hyper nature of boys during the meeting. How about not providing snacks for EVERY den meeting... just a few. I would also consider trying to go healthy - less sugar. Doesn't mean you need to get out the rice cakes, but I'd avoid candy and soda. Again, the hyper problem. The fact is, boys like to eat and they like activities which involve food. I might cut back, but I woul
  3. Joni (sorry, I misspelled this) May I make one more comment? Don't allow anyone's comments on this forum to make your decision. All the comments on this forum are opinions of Scouters, nothing more. I would take what good you can from it and ignore the rest. Your decisions should be based on sound advise from people you know, what your gut tells you, and your own good sense. Not from a faceless posting by someone who doesn't know you, doesn't know your situation, and who cannot possibly give you sufficient advise on which to base a decision. In my OPINION - and that's all it
  4. Joni4TA May I clarify something? You wrote: I don't know why folks get so nearly rude, and can't seem to believe just because it's not expensive for THEM, maybe it IS for "the other guy" when the other guy says it is. First of all, I apologize if I or someone else replied in a way that seems rude. My intention was certainly not to be rude to you. But let me explain... in your original post you state that "...it is extremely expensive. It costs as much to go to a business management seminar in some cases." Well, I think that I, and perhaps emb021, tied the two stat
  5. Ditto on what emb021 said I am really not understanding where Joni4TA is getting info on Wood Badge. It seems more like myths than actual facts. Can you provide some sources with the details of the costs and courses you are referencing here? National is, in fact, adamant about keeping costs down for Wood Badge. Why on earth would BSA want to promote trainings which are neither affordable nor desirable to attend?!? Eagle Pete
  6. BrentAllen wrote: If politely pointing out your sore lack of knowledge about a subject you speak so often of is a personal attack, so be it. Here, here! Again, if you knew anything about the course, you would know the CD is always the SM. The first half of the first day is spent as part of the Cub Scout program, and at the Blue & Gold lunch, the participants cross over to Troop 1. Now, if the CD is the SM who is there to welcome the new members of Troop 1, it would be pretty hard for him to also be the CM as well. So, no, the CD is not the CM. Another staff member acts as CM
  7. I have been reading through the posts in this thread, trying to determine what point Kudu has been making, and whether he has said anything that could be of benefit to another scouter - whether they chose to take Wood Badge or not. So far, I have found nothing from Kudu in this thread that I can see that could benefit anyone. No matter what our personal opinion is - for or against Wood Badge - if any Scout Leader comes away from the training with something that can help them or their unit, I don't see how bad-mouthing Wood Badge benefits Scouters, BSA, or the boys we serve. I would
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    ABCDE Sounds like you are excited to get your denner started. That's great! Just a few comments The Denner accomplishes a few objectives in your den. First, as has already been mentioned, it introduces Cub Scouts to leadership: a concept that will be much more important as they go on into Boy Scouting. Additionally, having a Denner can really help in your den (if used properly) as a way to keep the boys focused in the den meeting. Sometimes boys respond differently to another boy than to an adult. Have the Denner show the Cub Scout Sign when you want everyone's attention o
  9. ScoutDadof5 I am, by no means, an expert dutch oven cook. I have, however, cooked my share of dinners - mainly for family. Although it may be possible to cook two dishes together in one oven which are complimentary (such as herb chicken and potatoes), you'd be hard pressed to put together an entire meal in only one oven. I have found, for serving 4 or more people (but no more than 10), you will want a minimum of 2 ovens. This will allow for a meat dish and a vegetable dish, cooked simultaneously. You can also, if timed right, pull off a desert like a cobbler, after emptying one o
  10. I couldn't agree with infoscouter more. Plan, Plan, Plan! If necessary, use a Den Planning Sheet to organize the den meeting. I ran across this from USSSP http://www.usscouts.org/profbvr/cub_activities/planning.asp It has a ton of good tips, advise, and ideas for den meetings. Remember to PLAN This little saying, although a clich, is true: "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Eagle Pete
  11. First, you should have an Official Car Inspector. Their job is to determine if the car passes inspection and falls within your "Fair and Reasonable" standards for your race. If the Car Inspector determines that something other than the axles provided in the Official BSA Pinewood Derby car kit has been used and a parent (or boy for that matter) wishes to dispute this, he should be referred to your Pinewood Derby Committee. Once they make a ruling, it is the final word on the matter. (Although the word of the Car Inspector should carry a lot of weight). As to how to inspect the axl
  12. I used to be an Eagle and a good ol Eagle too But now I've finished eagling, and I don't know what to do. I'm growing old and feable and I can eagle no more So I'm going to work my ticket if I can... Back to Gilwell, happy land I'm going to work my ticket if I can! Eagle Pete WE7-589
  13. JeffD wrote: "i know lodge is a good name for cast iron - but are others with similar features a good buy also? for example - Cajun Cookware Seasoned Cast Iron Camp Pot W/ Legs - 4.5 Qt. - $20" As you have seen, Dutch Oven cookware can get pricey. I have never had the funds to invest in a lot of ovens. My first oven was a Lodge and it has served me well. I got a second (both 12 inches) later when I wanted to begin cooking more than one dish at a time. Many recipes are written for 10" - 12" ovens. I find a 12 inch oven makes quite a lot of food for 6 to 8 people. It's about right for
  14. robvio I think John-in-KC provided the major benefits to those in your unit and your direct influence. I would only add this - Every boy deserves a [well] trained leader! Wood Badge offers advanced training for Scout Leaders which they bring back to the troop. I cannot provide a laundry list of benefits which you would then be able to equate to a dollar value. Let me ask you this... Can you place a dollar value on the difference you will make in the life of a boy after going through Wood Badge? If you are considering going at all, then I would submit that you have already as
  15. I am about to open a can of worms here, but isnt that what makes discussion forums fun? I am a member of an LDS unit, and as such, we follow the LDS scouting structure, which is Webelos is a 1 year program, then at age 11, the boy crosses over to the 11 yr old Scouts instead of the traditional Webelos II portion of the Webelos program. At age 12, the boy then joins the regular Boy Scout Troop. I often hear and read about confusion amongst LDS and non-LDS Scouters regarding the LDS Scouting structure. One of the most common questions I get is, How can you [LDS] people get a boy thro
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