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  1. I honestly don't know. The father of one of those six boys was the Webelos DL. He was very on the ball. I'll try to follow and let you know how it turns out.
  2. Within a 5 mile radius we have at least 5 troops. My pack has a history of visiting three or more of them each year. Each is very different. One very structured , one very unstructured, one very new, one very old, one not so new, one very intent on promoting itself.. etc. The program varies from one to another, as does the amount and type (trained vs untrained) of adult leadership. This year I accompanied our Sr. Webelos den leader on these visits. Now, after having thought about it for a few weeks Ive come to the conclusion that it was, at this time, a very unnecessary adventure. Now
  3. Id like to post an update to close out this thread. None of the boys chose to join the particular troop that I was concerned about. I suspect the parents had a lot to do with it. The boys will be joining our local troop (same CO), which if anything is the polar opposite of the first troop. A few days ago I received a phone call from one of the ASMs of the first troop. He wanted to know what our boys thought of his troop? I told him in very plain words that there was great concern about their policy of not allowing adults on trips. Then there was a pause, and a deep breath. The next commen
  4. I always wonder if we look at this in a backwards sense. The energy of the Cub Scout Program is most definitely in the Pack but the strength is in the Den. The Den is what meets with greater frequency. The Den is where the boys (and the parents), make lasting friendships. The Den is where the aims of scouting are brought to the boys in a personal sense. The Den is where they earn (not receive) their advancements and awards. I believe that it is what happens in the Den that keeps the boys excited about Scouting. It is very easy to focus on the CM because we all see what he does. But mayb
  5. I'd like to see ALL the resources of BSA (HQ)focused on the Webelos to Scout transition. Too many boys fall by the wayside during this period and in the year following. There must be a common thread. It's time someone applied the resources to figuring out why all these boys drop out.
  6. A correction to my above posting. I realize that I had the wrong ages noted for the Den Chiefs. But the queston still exsists, even with Den Chiefs that are 12-13-14 and maybe even 15.
  7. I have a large Wolf Den. On one occasion I used Boy Scouts to help teach and demonstrate flag etiquette. It worked out very well, but only because I had a well planned program that lent itself to the possibility of 10 or 11 year olds teaching 7-8 year olds. I was able to productively utilize the two Boy Scouts that came to work with the Wolfs. Unfortunately, I cant visualize just how I would use Den Chiefs on a regular basis. Much of the program simply doesnt lend itself to 10-11 year olds teaching 7-8 year olds. A few months ago I incorporated Denners into my program and the kids
  8. If a Cub Scout Leader, who has been with boys since tiger scouts, moves into boy scouts with the same kids, is it a good idea to assign that person as the ASM for New Scout Patrol? Personally, I think it's a great idea as long as he has a good Troop Guide to work with. What are your thoughts?
  9. Kindergarten age boys are not same as kindergarten age girls. Just ask any day care provider or teacher. To compare the viability of the Girl Scout Daisy program with any BSA program for that age group is simply a bad thing to do. I would argue that making any comparison between Wolves and Bears, and the equivalent Girl Scout Program is also a bad thing to do. Boys behave differently than Girls, especially in a group setting. Given the one hour a week (or every other week) that you might set aside for a den meeting I doubt that any real learning could happen with a group of per Tiger aged boys
  10. Marty, You and I could be in the same Pack. The only difference is that our Cubmaster is not moving on. I envy you! People are funny, they want to be a part of a winning team. When the parents see a positive change in the Pack meetings they will begin to step forward, or at least they will not take a step backward when you ask for help. As they come to realize that youre committed to doing this thing the right way, they will come forward on their own. As for songs, Im the only one in our Pack that does any songs with the kids. To answer your next question, no, I cannot sing, i
  11. Can anyone tell me where I can buy Cub Scout Molds. The Supply division has stopped selling them and I am not having any luck with the various search engines that I use. Thanks!!!
  12. Thanks for the response. I am fully trained and then some....I used to be Buffalo. What I'm trying to do here is find out how common or uncommon this practice is. Are these Scout Leaders just doing a good job, or are they a bit "over the top". Oh yeah, I did leave out a portion of the story. I asked about new adult leaders in the troop and I was told,'we don't take everybody, we conduct interviews', then fill the adult slots as they come available.
  13. I just did a troop visit with my pack's Sr Webelos. The Scoutmaster told us that, with the exception of one trip per year, they do not allow parents to attend any trips. Although I appreciate and understand the thought behind this, it makes me uncomfortable. I would like to here any thoughts on this. Thanks
  14. Like the Nike commercials... JUST DO IT! To quote one of my fellow Wood Badge participants, "It was more fun than a bunch of adults should be allowed to have". The expierance will envigorate you. Spending time with other people who are as committed as you are to bringing the boys the very best they can offer will charge you up, build your confidence as a leader, and in the end help you to be a better leader. Don't be concerned about the tickets. If you're working hard as a leader, than you are probably doing some ticket material right now.
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