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About Gary_Miller

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  1. As and LDS Scouter who has over 30 years of scouting experience working in every type of unit. Its my hope that I can help you succeed in your new Calling as the Bear Den Leader. In order for me to do that you need to understand how I look at callings. When you are called to a position in the church it is no different than someone coming and asking you to volunteer for that position. As that is exactly what happens. In the case of Cub Scout Leaders they are nominated to the Bishopric (Leaders of a LDS Ward, one of these men are usually the COR) by the Primary Presidency (The primary
  2. I buy a box of cookies from every Girls Scout that asks me. I don't by any popcorn no matter who asks. Why? Quality and cost of product.
  3. SMEagle819, "Needless to say, the irate email I received was about the change of plans without notification. I would like some suggestions on a response, as I am having difficulty coming up with something "PC" to say." I would not reply at all. If this parents son was there then they know why it was changed and there is no reason for any further explanation. SMEagle819,"I do admit that I was wrong, and should have sent an email regarding change of plans, and yes that will be worked into my response as well." The only wrong you did was not running this by the SPL and letting him
  4. I suggest that everyone go study the Varsity Team Handbook. I think you will find out its not the Boy Scout program for older boys, its not just sports related, although thats an option. You will find out the program has its own advancement program and much of the program is High Adventure base.
  5. I'm and old school WB'er in fact I attended both BS and CS Train The Trainer courses within a three year period of time. I'm thinking of attending the New course this coming summer only for one reason. So I know whats being taught since the course has change so much. However, the most important thing I learned at BS WB was to sit back in my chair let the youth do all the work and be there to help guide them when needed. I also learned scout skills and inter patrol competition is a good thing it what build strong character in youth. In the end when I really think about my exper
  6. Hence the reason for following the Adult selection guidelines and not just selecting anyone.
  7. How bout we bring this back to the original question and concern. Which has nothing to do with the Indian culture. To summarize the OPs original question. The Lodge is struggling in numbers and participation, and the OP feels that there is a direct correlation between membership numbers/participation and the % of Scoutmasters in the council who are OA members. I don't think there is a correlation. In fact while it is nice to have SMs involved in the order for obvious reasons. SM are usually not the best choice in the type of adult the OA needs. SMs if they are doing their job
  8. T2Eagle, "Gary said its a good what would you do scenario, but we dont have enough information to really develop a good answer for that." I disagree, while we don't have all the information, we have enough to get a good discussion going on what could have been done and what type of equipment to carry with you even on a short hike. Assumptions could be thought out to the point of being able to determine what one may or may not been able to do, based on assumed knowledge, skills and equipment. For example, we can assume that they had no way to light a fire because if they had, t
  9. Give these folks a call. They will have what you want. Company Name "A Scout is Thrifty" Uniform Exchange Contact Person David Patterson Company Address 224 10th Ave So,Nampa, Idaho Postal Code 83651 Telephone Number 208-468-9939 Mobile Number 208-250-1852 Fax Number 208-468-0050
  10. Looks like a good what would you do scenario to give to your scouts. Let them think through and talk about what should or should not have been done, as well as what type of equipment they should have had.
  11. Just have the committee gather all the paper work, after all that what they are there for.
  12. Yea Beav I saw that after I posted, so just waited to see if someone would bring it up. However, if the requirement has been signed off by the SM who's to say it has not been met. I've seen many boys, including Eagle Scouts, who can't do the basic Knots/Hitches. However, they met the requirement at the time they pass it off. Since a BoR can't retest how you going to determine the requirement was met except that its signed off in the book. And if the MB counselor is the one who decides that the badge is completed, the BoR has no buisness questioning other wise. About the only thin
  13. No you have to be registered as the Den Leader to earn those awards. You can how ever earn the Cub Scouter Award.
  14. Twocubdad, "A basic purpose of any BoR is to determine if requirements have been met." Not a purpose of any BoR. Requirements having been met has already been determined by the SM. The purpose of a BoR is: From the "Guide to Advancement 2011". Purpose and Timeliness of Boards of Review After a Scout has completed the requirements for any rank or Eagle Palm, he appears before a board of review. Its purpose is to determine the quality of his experience, decide whether he is qualified to advance and, if so, encourage him to continue the quest for Eagle or the next Palm
  15. Abel, The COR position is the key as they represent their organization and scouting units at the district and council level. However, to be effective and have any credibility they have to be involved all the time not just when something is not going the way they think it should. Its the organizations who charter units and without units there is no council. Without the council the professional staff has no job. It really is that simple and will work. The problem is that most CORs don't understand their responsibility and are just a name on the charter.
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