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  1. I plan on attending Wood Badge training in the spring. I have some ideas of projects I would like to complete for our district and council. Can these be part of my ticket? Or do others decide what my projects will be?
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    Stop the Insanity!

    Scouting costs money, as does any other worthwhile endeavor. That's life. I also believe it is great to set up "scholarships" for those that cannot afford it. And I also think that a uniform is very important, but should not be the reason a kid does not participate. If it takes a year to get the uniform, so be it.
  3. No success stories here. Every month I give a training update to all the Pack leaders. Where, when, what of upcoming training, and recap of the recent training I went to. Every month I am the only one who goes. Then DL quit because they don't know what to do. I am the Pack Trainer and it is very discouraging. The Cubmaster is no help either, and I've been told to quiet down or else. Arrgghhh! Grumpy
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    Boy Scout Blogger!

    Oh, and I almost forgot..... Nice blog, good job. The Grumpster
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    Stop the Insanity!

    I think I liked most of the new stuff in the catalog. Some of the prices are high, but I don't have the same issues with quality or fit that others seem to have. I like the new action shirt, but don't see the need for some of the new stuff, will be able to buy it at a large savings a year from now. LOL. I would love to have a Jac-Shirt, but won't pay those prices. Looks like I will be buying one from Bemidji since it is only $119, is 100% wool, and is 30 oz. rather than the 18 oz. that today's official one seems to be. (http://www.bemidjiwoolenmills.com/details.php?id=voyscout) My biggest complaint is that there is no on-line shopping. Hops_Scout is wrong about the cost. The savings in retail overhead is leveraged against the initial cost of development, which is capitalized over 48 months. Customer pays the shipping, while today's transportation costs are eaten by BSA. Everyone wins. Oh, and I can buy my Bemidji BSA Jac-Shirt on-line.
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    Boy Scout Blogger!

    Eamonn, When you are tired of the cold, think of Arizona. We would love to have you here, and would love to have your experience in our district. Hint: Seek out the Firebird District when you are out here looking for a ranch to retire in. LOL.
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    Jehovah witness and scouting

    Yes, what I know of JW is that the ideals of Scouting would very much be outside their belief structure.
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    Are you proud to be a Arrowman?

    Very proud to be in OA. What a great concept and program. Was in Michigamea 110, now in Wipila Wiki 432. Some of my best memories from 25 years ago was in Michigamea Lodge 110 and the Order of the Arrow. I wish I had more time to give.
  9. I also miss Bob and his offerings. I do not miss the bantering back and forth that sometimes came out of it. He had a lot to offer and hope he comes back. There are others I wouldn't mind seeing the last of..... Grump
  10. My son is a wolf cub. We are both new to Cub Scouting. I understand that electives are made up of multiple elective requirements. And arrow points are earned for each time a cub scout earns 10 elective REQUIREMENTS, not electives. Right? And it appears a Wolf Cub Scout may work on the elective requirements before he earns his Wolf badge, but may not be awarded the arrow points until after he earns the Wolf badge. Right? Does completing an elective (completing each elective requirement for that elective) signify anything? Thanks for your help.
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    Wolf electives and arrow points clarification

    TwoCubDad says "As a Wolf, if you complete all six of the remaining requirments, one of them counts toward completing the Achivement and the other five count as electives" Wow, I did not know this. Where will I find this information? Thanks for your help.
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    Wolf electives and arrow points clarification

    NWScouter says "all wolf and bear requirements not used for the badge-- are considered elective requirements too." I believe that is true for Bear, but not Wolf.
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    Getting the rank books to den meetings

    Pamchuckm listed links for a spreadsheet that will help track advancement for Cub Scouts. It's a great tool, but those links appear to be outdated. Here is a link to the source of those spreadsheets, and they keep them current. http://www.geocities.com/cybercubber/cub-tracker.html Good luck. Grump
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    Help - knife safety uestion

    "I used it to cut a girth off a downed horse before on a trail ride" Mmmm, Maybe I could use one to cut some girth from myself......
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    Proof of earned awards.

    I received the Pope Pious back in 1979 (I think), also in the Chicago Archdiocese. While I do have the medal, I have no paperwork to back it up. Anyway, I just bought a new uniform, so I went to buy the patches for it recently at the Scout shop. The purple knots were there to buy, nobody ever asked to see anything. So I believe many of the knots are on the honor system, as they are NOT the award themselves, they just represent the award. To actually get the medal, you will have a tougher road. Also, the experience of earning the emblem was pretty special, and I still remember the counselors name. As it turns out, he is still doing the counselor work today, all these years later, in Calumet City, IL. If I needed, I would ask him for documentation. But I don't think I will worry about it. I also received the Bronze Bighorn award (Explorers), but have no paperwork for that either. I will be trying to get that from the Calumet Council.
  16. Can any of you help me find more information on the National Camping Schools, when and where they will be held in the coming spring? Last graduated in 1980 (Aquatics) and want to take it this coming spring (shooting sports). Thanks for the help.
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    Help - knife safety uestion

    I am amazed at how many folks think that a Cub Scout may not earn his Whittlin Chip before Bear rank, and that a Cub Scout who is Bear MUST earn the Whittlin Chip. I am also amazed at folks who say "It was uncomfortable to confront the father when he, himself, was wearing a knife" or "As a parent, I would have been VERY concerned and nervous during this outing". Why would that make anyone uncomfortable, concerned, or nervous. If the knife was concealed, all would be comfortable and at ease. A knife cannot hurt anyone while in it's sheath. If he had been cleaning his nails with it, I would have had a problem with it. Now, that being said, it is kind of crazy for a Tiger Cub to have a sheath knife on his belt. What is that parent thinking? Maybe it was a pencil holder?
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    The Antique Axe.

    Great post, Eamonn. I real joy to read. Thank you.
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    Moving a Pack to a New Charter (sort of)

    All you folks have been posting messages thinking this private school should change. While I agree it sounds strange to me, and very "unscoutlike", it is their private school, and private charter to do as they please. Besides, you are asking to overturn a way these folks in South Carolina have acted and feel for a hundred years. You think that's going to change now? Just having blacks in the school is a big step. Back to the subject at hand. The current CO owns all of the Pack equipment in addition to the unit number. They must release the assets.
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    "Do one of the following" - who chooses?

    Yes FScouter, you should find that guide. I am not sure, but I think it says something to the effect of "The counselor and scout will together decide which projects will be done". The MB counselors are giving their time. They should be able to dictate where and when the counseling takes place, and if there are options he cannot do, then he cannot do those options. I would ask you to reference the BSA publication that does not give him that prerogative.
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    Share Your Web Site

    We are a brand new Pack, and are very proud of the website one of our Cub's parents made for us. http://www.pack360.org
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    "Do one of the following" - who chooses?

    Although I agree that the Scout chooses, Hunt is correct that there are some counselors that may be limited, and may not have the expertise to allow any of the "do 3 or the following" scenarios. They may only be able to offer five out of the six options, and they may be one of the only counselors in the area.
  23. What is the best product to use to waterproof leather hiking boots. My old Danner's are still doing the job, but I want to get them ready for this weekend's trip, expecting all 3 days of rain. I haven't treated them in quite a few years since it rarely rains here in Phoenix.
  24. Actually, if using Sno-seal, and you think you need to use an oven, heat it up, then turn it off before you but the boots in there. Oaky, the weekend is over, and I am now dried out. The stuff worked great, and I won't be going back to Sno-seal anytime soon. Easy to go on, no mess, can polish right over it. Best news is that the boot stayed dry in VERY WET weather.