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  1. Our Troop has gone to DC twice. Both times we stayed at Greenbelt Park. They have a scout loop which we really liked. They charge $2 per head per night. It is located about 2 miles from the Metro line, which is the recommended mode to get into DC. While there the first time we took the bus tour of the city and Arlington Cemetery. In 2006 it was $26 a head and the boys really enjoyed it. In 2008 we went to the Goddard Space Center, which was free, and the boys enjoyed that also. We did all of our shopping there except for the first night meal and breakfast. There are several groce
  2. I have lived in GA for 9 years now. When I moved here everyone told me to just get used to orange clothes because you can't get the clay stain out. Well I proved them wrong. I use Clorox strain remover. Not sure about the correct name but it is Clorox. It comes in a blue spray bottle. Be sure to spray your clothes really well as soon as you take them off and if possible, wash them within a few hours. Good luck.
  3. I spoke to the DE, the Unit Commissioner and the person in charge of entering and printing the cards. They all gave me the same story. I didn''t buy it either but what could I do. Is there someone in a higher position to talk to?
  4. Our recharter was changed from April to January last year. We cooperated and returned it to the office in a timely manner. Four months later when I called the Council office looking for our membership cards I was told they couldn''t print them until ALL the units had rechartered. Apparently there was one unit that had not finished their paperwork and they were holding up the entire council. We had to wait until June to get our cards, 6 months after recharter!!!
  5. Our Troop has the same rule. One end of the stick must be on the ground. They get 3 warning and then they loose the stick. The warning would be given because of misuse that would cause harm to another scout. Several of our ASM have spent hours in the Emerg. Room and really don't want to have to do that again!
  6. I agree with BrentAllen. I sewed my husbands and my sons pants this way and it worked great. At first I just basted them to see how it looked and felt to them. Then I went back and double stiched them since they seemed to pull out the basting very quickly when they knelt down. I really like these new pants as do my guys.
  7. "Some of the scouts have opt'd not to go on the scheduled events and have taken hikes or cycle rides required by the MB under the guidence of the MBC." I would question their reason for 'opting out'. I would give them credit for the merit badge work but not for the camping or plant identification, etc. In our Troop, if a boy or patrol wants to do a hike or other mb requirement seperate from the Troop, he needs to get permission from the SM before hand. He can come into a meeting and state that he did a 10 mile hike with his family and wants credit for it.
  8. In our Troop, the boys are allowed to use their scout account for anything scout related. One rule is that their yearly activity fee must be paid first, either by using the account or some other method. We have withdrawal slips that they fill out and they must have it approved by the Scoutmaster. We made one exception to this rule. We had a boy who could not swim and we allowed him to take swimming lessons with his scout money. He learned how to swim and passed his BSA swim test for camp this summer. He is our top popcorn seller and is always willing to help pay for uniforms for those boy
  9. The way we do it in our Troop is that each boy is responsible for signing their MB book out and back in. The librian is responsible for keeping the library in order and letting the proper adult know when additional books need to be purchased. When a boy receives a MB, the librarian checks to see that the MB book has been returned. If it has not the scout has one week to return it or pay for it. Each boy (and parent)is told when they sign out their first book that if they do not return a book, they are responsible for the cost to replace it. So far this has worked most of the time.
  10. Our district has always done it this way. I never really thought about it until now. It makes it easier for them not to deal with open cases. Yes, it is a pain to have to pay for the extra popcorn and than try to get rid of it. I have found that contacting the other Troops in the area at the end of sale and letting them know what I will have extra, that we can usually work out a deal. Also, we use any left over as 'gifts' for people who have donated supplies or time to the Troop when they don't have boys involved in scouting.
  11. Have you tried the Lodge. If I understand what you are looking for, I saw them at our local Lodge outlet just last week.
  12. Thanks for all your responses. Let me say that I wasn't expecting him to leave as a boy and come back as a leader but I did expect some stories or even complaints about the way things were done. All I got was how they walked in circles around the camp to imitate a backpacking trip and that all the food, etc was at the site when they got to their 'campsite'. Or that the boys were burning ant hills by spraying bugspray and lighting it with a lighter. I was always told that aerasol were not allowed and I have to wonder where the 'leader' was when they were playing with fire. BTW they did man
  13. My son recently took the week long JLT course. We wanted him to go because we felt he would learn skills that he can use his whole life and it would also benefit the Troop since he was the first one to attend. We have a relatively small Troop. There are about 22 boys registered but only 10-12 active. It is about 6 years old and started as a boy run troop - sort of. The SM is great but sometimes forgets the boy-run part - he's getting better at it. Anyway, back to my son. I was hoping that he would come back from JLT and have some great ideas to help the Troop. He was elected
  14. Check ebay. I usually find some good prices there. My last pair was only $5.00.
  15. Andrew, Thanks for the info on Camp Ben Hawkins. Yes, the AC is nice but it was REALLY crowded this year. Not much they can do about the crowds though. Wonder if a different week would be better?
  16. Our troop has gone to Camp Rainey Mountain for the past 6 years. It usually lives up to it's name and rains the whole week. This year we were lucky and it only rained on Sunday. It's a great camp but I think the boys are getting tired of the same place year after year, that's why their looking for someplace else to go. They would prefer a place with a pool but it's not a requirement. Someplace in the mountains where it's cool is important though.
  17. Thanks SemperParatus. Thatlooks like the place he was talking about. Does anyone else have any camps they would recommend in the Southeast?
  18. Our troop is looking for a new summer camp to attend next year. While dropping my son off at NYLT yesterday, one of the adults recommended Sky Mountain in Tenn. I am having trouble finding more information about this camp. Can anyone help me? Is the name correct? Where in Tenn. is it located? Do you know the name of the council? Thanks for your help.
  19. I think this is a great idea, especially for a group like ours. My only concern is Copyright restrictions. I don't think you can legally charge someone to see a movie but what if you asked for a donation?
  20. I agree with COMMON SENSE. If we tell the boys what to pack, what are they learning. They need to think about where they are going and what they will need to survive. They need to be taught to check the weather, think about the activities, prepare for any situation. We have had boys show up for a weekend campout in shorts and a tee shirt with a light jacket and it went down to 30 degrees at night. Luckily some of the other boys were more prepared and there were enough warm clothing to go around. One comment that bothered me was - a boy can always share a tent with another boy. W
  21. Our district recently held a Spring Round Up in which they went to the 5th and 6th grades and recruited boys in the Troops. They (the DE's) did sign up one 5th grade boy to our troop who was never a Cub Scout. Since this was done by the District our Troop thought it was OK for him to join us. I don't know his age or DOB. Should we contact our DE about this?
  22. "It is (or should be) up to the Troop's Patrol Leaders, during the course of their Patrol Leader Conferences & led by the Senior Patrol Leader, to decide what they want to do & where they want to go. After that, the Scoutmaster lets the Committee know & the Committee then makes sure it happens" ScoutNut: Are you saying that the Committee - not the boys - make the arrangements for trips and activities? When we plan an activity, our boys are responsible for finding out costs, making reservations, etc. There is always an adult working with them so they can ask questions or if
  23. I agree is braveboy337. If the boy has earned the merit badge then the book should be returned. If it isn't then he should pay for it.
  24. How can you offer High Adventure to them if they don't come to the meetings to hear about it? And if they do come, they don't want to do the planning that goes along with it.
  25. I agree with SR540Beaver. We have a few boys like ps56k described, one in particular who I have only seen once in the past 2 years. He stays on the roster because our SM doesn't want to discourage him. He wants him to feel that he can come back anytime. His dues hasn't been paid in 2 years! I tried to explain that this is a bad example for the younger boys. What they see is that they can not participate but still get their Eagle. We have another boy who hasn't been to more then 3 meetings in the past 8 months and has never camped out with us but has just completed all his MB's and
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