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  1. If your Boy Scout is aware of his non-typical behaviors and can self advocate, then he may be aware of how others with ASD want/need to be treated. He may recognize triggers in the Cub Scouts and be able to set an example on how to mitigate sensory issues; deal with food sensitivities; and perhaps provide the right kind of feedback to your ASD Cub Scouts to help them fit in. On the other hand, if he has trouble self-advocating; has difficulty making transitions and recovering from change; and finds other ASD individual "irritating", then he may be better off in the den with the neuro-typ
  2. moxieman - Now I know why I get push back when I teach this at our outdoor trainings! People have obviously used different sources for the information. So, does the order really make a difference? Like ScoutNut, I learned to use dunk bags and line drying in Girl Scouts, but see very few Boy Scout units using that method. Does the bleach/sanitizer really evaporate? Or is the rinse after sanitizing necessary to remove any residue?
  3. Previous year's annual reports (with membership statistics) are available here: http://www.scouting.org/About/AnnualReports/PreviousYears.aspx
  4. From the Boy Scout Fieldbook: Washing Dishes in Camp Start a trip with clean utensils, pocketknives, and kitchen gear. Larger groups at base camps or on extended journeys can set up a three-step dishwashing system: Wash potcontains hot water with a few drops of biodegradable soap Cold-rinse potcold water with a sanitizing tablet or a few drops of bleach to kill bacteria Hot-rinse potclear, hot water If each person washes one pot, pan, or cooking utensil in addition to his or her own personal eating gear, the work will be finished in no time. Use hot-pot tongs to
  5. We just ignore Halloween entirely, and have for many years. Some parents in the pack felt Halloween was getting to much emphasis. The school has scaled back on Halloween as well because 1) parents were going overboard with treats/costumes and 2) it was interfering with academics. We just have a regular (semi) peaceful pack meeting that uses the theme for the month. Believe me, they don't miss it.
  6. Are the materials appropriate for donation to Habitat for Humanity or similiar organization, such as this? http://www.homesforourtroops.org/site/PageServer That would eliminate the personal gain question, and still make sure they get used. And maybe the local camp DOES have a use for it. What's wrong with that?
  7. "Aug. 20 is the date that the Search and Rescue merit badge will be available and ready to earn! You should start seeing the pamphlet and patch appear in Scout shops and online very soon." http://scout-wire.org/2012/08/16/scouts-can-start-earning-new-search-and-rescue-merit-badge-aug-20/
  8. "An updated Annual Health and Medical Record will be available to Scouts everywhere Sept. 3. Its use will be mandated by Jan. 1, 2014. The 2012 AHMR revision includes several noticeable changes. In an effort to support the BSAs All Markets Strategy, we have developed a bilingual format. As you know, accurate medical information is vital to keeping Scouts safe and healthy at all Scouting events. This new format will make it easier for councils and volunteers to have a completed AHMRas required for all participants." http://scout-wire.org/2012/08/16/updated-annual-health-and-medical-reco
  9. Unfortunately, I've seen two instances of scouters leaving their spouse for another scouter in the unit/district. In one instance it was really tough on the unit because the innocent spouse was also involved in the unit & the liason caused a rift. Other parents took sides with one party or another. It was not pretty.
  10. The "screen-time" component of the awards can also be done by reading, or by a combination of watching and reading. It doesn't have to be tv - it can be STEM related DVDs or something like the TED Talks: http://www.ted.com/talks. The idea is that the Scout/Venturer learn about a technology topic, and then explore it with the requirements.
  11. Eagle92 - the 35+ Scouts from our troop who went to camp this year filled out over 150 Merit Badge Applications (blue cards), and the Scoutmaster signed every one. :-) The Scouts are responsible for returning the completed cards and if necessary asking for a counselor to finish any partials. Both of our very large camps in our very large council use the blue card system with few problems. Blue cards are another way to help a Scout be responsible for his own advancement.
  12. It would be more likely for a Catholic Church to turn to Little Flowers as an alternative to Girl Scouting. The program is based on Catholic doctrine, and would be a better fit that AHG. http://0307843.netsolhost.com/beholdmain/LFGC_home.htm
  13. If you're looking for higher quality graphics, when you get to Google, click on "Images" in bar across the top. Type in your search text - e.g. "Tiger Cub Badge". When you get your results, in the left-hand frame, below "any size", click on large or medium. This will restrict your results to higher quality images, suitable for enlarging.
  14. I should add. BSA has had PSAs for years, and they've been posted on the National Council web site for some time. Whether or not you *see* a PSA in your area has to do with two things. First, your council has to order them in a format suitable for broadcast (they can't just download the versions on the website & email them to the TV station :-)). Two, the TV station has to agree to run them - for free. BSA doesn't pay for ads & I doubt local councils do either. You're lucky they actually ran them at a time the target audience (young boys & moms) would see them. Often they end
  15. Must have been one of these: http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/Marketing/Recruiting/PSAs_Eng.aspx
  16. I have purchased multiple devices, so I can keep them with separate shirts, but I still keep losing them. I have found these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-Black-RUBBER-PIN-BACKS-FREE-SHIPPING-IN-THE-US-/221074832620?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3379163cec. They are rubber backs to replace the metal gripper backs that come standard on the devices. They eliminate the pain from the pins pressing into your skin.
  17. List of topics: http://www.crventuring.org/Ethics_In_Action/Listing_of_Ethical_Controversies/ Instructions on using: http://www.crventuring.org/Ethics_In_Action/Ethical_Controversy_Instructions/ You may also want to look at the old DELTA materials - this was a Ethics development program that led to the "Ethics in Action" materials that were common about 10 years ago. These are more hands on, experential activities, but I like the materials on reflecting that are part of this program. http://www.pinetreeweb.com/delta-hb.htm Follow the links at the bottom of each page to move on to
  18. 511 Mom: Your Lions became Tigers as of 6/1, so they qualify for the Tiger Cub Summer activity award. Next year, they can earn the Wolf one, etc. Believe it or not, that little tiny line is where you write "picnic" or "hike" or "campout". The form is a fillable PDF. You can type in the boxes and save the form, so the person in your pack (outings chair or committee chair) who is responsible for submitting the form, can fill it out each month, and save it as the summer goes along.
  19. Judo Akido and Tai Chi are approved activities for Scouts. From the Guide to Safe Scouting: "2.Boxing, karate, and related martial artsexcept judo, aikido, and Tai Chiare not authorized activities."
  20. We use these: http://www.stanleytools.com/default.asp?CATEGORY=ZAG+ROLLING+WORK&TYPE=PRODUCT&PARTNUMBER=020800R&SDesc=FatMax%26%23174%3B+4%2Din%2D1+Mobile+Work+Station Utensils & Silverware fit in the partitioned sections on the top. Pots & larger items go in the bin on the bottom. The wheels are heavy duty & roll over rough ground. Handles collapse for storage in the trailer.
  21. The Webelos Den Leader can (and should) recruit parents/Chartered Org members/teachers/others as Activity Badge Counselors. Can you take the den for a group swim at a public pool/swimming beach? Have a couple other parents take Safe Swim Defense online, they could watch the other Scouts & you (or another adult) could work with the boy who missed camp on Aquanaut. It would be a great fun summer outing for the den. Be sure to file a Tour Plan, since it involves water.
  22. What I *have* heard of some units doing, is providing a "flag service" (sort of like a lawn service) for homes & businesses. X times a year on holidays such as Memorial Day, flag day, etc. the unit comes to the subscriber's homes and erects a temporary flag pole, complete w/ U.S. flag. Next day (week?) they come and take it down. See: http://www.colonialflag.com/U_S_Flag_Fundraiser_Kit_s/42.htm
  23. I saw one this morning, and I passed by this thread thinking it was the same product, but it seems to be different. The models I saw had "pads" on the bottom of the feet. http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/484574_10151043069908738_1163694394_n.jpg http://www.livbit.com/article/2011/01/03/wearable-sleeping-bag/ http://www.selkbagusa.com/
  24. An idea to consider - no one says a color guard consists of 3 people (or four if one is calling the commands). You have a pole, a flag and seven Cub Scouts? One carries the flag, and the other six march in rows of two behind him as the guards. When unfolding the flag before raising it (or folding again after lowering), the 'extra' guards stand along the side of the flag with their hands under the flag as it is unfolded/folded. This way the whole den can participate without having to run the flag up and down multiple times.
  25. I too am a Cubmaster. My youngest son will be 23 next week, so I haven't had a son in Scouting for a long time. I also work with a Boy Scout troop. I think attracting young adults who have time and energy to give to Scouting is a great idea.
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