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  1. Hi, I am an ASM in a our troop.Last committee meeting we were discussing Weblos recruiting. We have 1 feeder troop with 6 Weblos II. 1 of those boys has special needs, but he has made it through the cub program with all the boys in his den. My question is should we encourage him to go to our district special needs troop or try and get him to stay with the other boys? If he was to stay, I think 1 of his parents would need to acompany him on outings and no hiking/backpacking.Otherwise,I think he would be fine. Some adults feel that may drag down the rest of the boys, and where do you draw the line on inclusion vs. not doing something as a patrol/troop? My concern with our special needs troop is that they are almost all special needs men. I am told that there are some boys, but I have never seen any at camporee (camporees are the only place I have had an interactions with that group)While they seem to be a good group of guys, I dont think it is the same as a "BoYscout troop". I just wanted to get some outside point of views. We havent been in touch with him or his family yet. Kind of wanted to know what to think before we see if he is even interested in continuing in scouting. Thanks Jhubb
  2. Has any one here participated in a Presidential Inauguration‏ ? My Troop (I'm a ASM) has been selected via lottery to participate. I was just wondering what we were in for. The only thing I've heard so far is that traffic will be awful, but we have a commuter train straight to downtown DC,so driving wont be a problem, Thanks
  3. Just wondering what others had in there adult firstaid kit's. I know what BSA says for the boys, but I feel that as a leader we need to carry more than just the basics
  4. I hoping someone can help clarify for me. We have a camping trip this weekend, and most of the leaders and scouts will be leaving on Friday night. Three of the scouts have a basketball game on Saturday and will be leaving for the campout after the game. One of our Assistant Scoutmasters cannot leave on Friday and has volunteered to drive the three Scouts up on Saturday after the game. The Asst. Scoutmaster is 18 years old. Can he drive the scouts to the campout? The Guide to Safe Scouting says in part: 3. An adult leader (at least 21 years of age) must be in charge and accompany the group. 4. The driver must be currently licensed and at least 18 years of age. So, does that mean that an adult leader 21 or older must be in vehicle with the 18 year old and three scouts? Thanks!
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    Am I Over-reacting?

    I dont think your over-reacting. However, in an emotional event, e_mail is Evil. For day to day information and comunications, it works great(dont konw how we got along without it!).But for something that envoles feeling and emotion, there is no substute for the human voice, hopefuly with a face attached. We all tend to say things with the commfort of no direct contact, or we read things into the typed word that arn't there. I dont mean this for just you as the victims parent, you may type the greatest, most well thought out letter in history, but everyone who reads will get somrthing else out of it. You could use this forum as a example. It started out asking about what to do and has spun out to 2 other threads and has encluded terms like "evil eagle scout".Here it's ok ,perhaps even good to get it out of our systems, but we dont have to see the people we argue with here every day(or every scout function).
  6. It is that time of year again. Just a quick question about "steping on toes". Is there a line in the sand when having an open house? We live in a smallish town, 1 feeder pack from the local elementry school.The next town over has the same deal Middelscool gets more complcated. 1 middle school with boys in 3 different toops. I think we should open the open house to all the cub packs in the area, because this scout thing is not a 1 size fits all program. My SM feels that we may hurt the other troops What do you think?
  7. as an add on, there is another boy who has new a stepbrother who is also special need and may want to join the troop. He seems much more problemmatic, but can you say where the line is?
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    Smoking Leaders

    We had this problem in cubs. Strictly speaking, I dont think smoking is alowed at ANY Cubscout/ Boy scout functions. We simply pointed this out to the smoking parents,and asked them to move out of site of the scouts nicley and we never had a problem. If fact, after the first time, the smoking parents were more of the "policy police" than the nonsmoking parents and I think that people were less likely to take offence when it came from a fellow smoker. The key is to remined/point out the policy to peolpe one on one rather than accuse and confront them as a group, and to put in the form of BSA policy not personal feeling and dislikes
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    "old"scout camp

    My first year in Boyscouts was 1984 in the Mason-Dixon council. We went to a scout camp that had 3 totem poles at the entrance and had the trading post connected to the crafts area. I was thinking that this was Sinniqupie in PA.,but this past summer we went and it wasnt it. Does anyone know the name of a BSA summer camp in the MD-PA area that fits the bill? I was just currious. thanks
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    "old"scout camp

    While i was there this summer, I asked the camp director about the trading post and he told me that the one they have now is the original.I am sure that it isnt the same camp I went to my first year
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    Greetings from Southern Maryland

    hello tagguy, nice to have another NCAC scouter here.
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    Webelos and Camporees

    We also have a Weblos woods. It is always a big hit with all the weblos. the scouts have a seperate area that the weblos arnt alowed in after 6:00 pm. that way they are seperate at night and it gives the "scouts" a little break from the "little guys" (some are only 1 or 2 years older but it makes a difference to them). I was with the Weblos last year and I saw a biger push from those "little guys" to be "BOY SCOUTS"after the camp out that wasnt there for all of them before. I belive it is also a requirment for the weblos to do a camp out with Bot scouts to get the arrow of light
  13. I'm new to this forum and i couldnt find any thig close while searching so I will start a new one. Frist of all I'm ASM of my sons troop, we just came up in March from cubs, so I'm pretty new at the ASM thing to. Now for the issue.Last month there was an incendent between two of the scouts on and outing, that was handeled on the scene ,end of story right? NO!That sunday e-mail flew aroun some, parents appolgised,SM thought everything was done. The next meeting parent 1 confronted parent 2 in a loud and verbal abusive way outside the meeting building. Parent 1 decied that they and there son were leaving the troop( not a outcome I would ever want) The next week we met with parent 2, a charter rep, the SM, Unit Commissioner, and myself. We felt that the behavior at the meeting needed to be addressed. Unforunatly, parent 2 felt ganged up on and annouced that they and there scouts would be leaving the troop also. I just wanted to see if anyone had any ideas on how to this should have been handled differently. We lost 3 scouts from 1 patrol and I Hope to never see this kind of thing come up again. thanks for the input. Jhubb
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    Hot Time in California Tonight

    our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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    out of control parent

    sorry about that. in keeping out the names i confused myself. Parent 2 had the bad behavior parent 1 had the son with the tool
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    out of control parent

    Ok more info scout 1 hit scout 2 with a plastic tool no blood,no headache, no request for any first aid. both scouts are First Class the on site leader (scout 1s parent) told him to "knock it off and apologies" SM was working with the other boys in a different area(this was a service project)and didnt know about it till that evening when the e-mails started. the face to face was held at our charter org. church as an organized meeting Beavah, Parent 2 was a commity member(fundraising chair) some of the e-mails that want flying went to our district, the charter, and council. The meeting was sugested by a few district members.
  17. Took the Troop to our District's fall camporee After the boys got set up, I ran off to training.the skies opened up and it rained for 2 hrs.The boys stayed dry but I left my pack out. A direct lesson in what not to do for them! Otherwise a great campout. 1 of our boys qualified to go to the BASS jr. state compition. And yours truly got third place in the scout master contest(a collection of points from the days activites).I dont know the if boys or I was more excited.