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  1. My 13 year old went. After a day or two he learned there were patch traders and patch Pirates. I'd rather planners prevent him having to learn that lesson the hard way, but, c'est la vie. He seemed to handle it OK, though the lack of PODs frustrated him and cost him hours on the couple of days he wanted the patch. Why not just make them participants patches? You do some themed activity that day and you get that patch. And if you visit the merit badge midway you get that participation patch. Getting sets of the PODs out through scoutstuff is a good solution - after the fact. Hop
  2. Welcome Radio, The fact that you wanted to ask the question and found a great place to ask it speaks wonderfully of you! It seems like you have a good handle on this and have already read several good paths toward the future. Emb021 and BadenP, seems like you guys are arguing the spirit vs letter of the law. Obviously, you're going to find it hard to reach closure. Isn't it obvious? The rule is clear, but will be enacted at the unit level so it's going to be handled differently by individual groups. My inclination would be to try to get it to work for the young adults
  3. bakerjw, For "official" documentation, you really don't need to look beyond page 6 in the Wolf Handbook (I use the '03 edition). The section entitled "The Arrow Point Trail" clearly separates Achievements from Electives. They're defined differently, and given discrete purposes. Additionally, they're described as being parts of different "Trails" (Wolf and Arrow Point). I know there are Packs that stretch and interpret the lack of specific denial of "Achiements = Electives" (in order to award additional arrow points?). I don't honestly see how you can read that as the intent of
  4. If you ship books to Roger through the US Postal Service remember to ask for the "book rate" -- a less expensive post, for books, CDs, etc. Each box is limited to 15 lbs. jd
  5. Again, Thank You for your efforts, Roger. Wish your Mom Well for us! If anyone's council uses the "participation segment" program for use with the red vests -- use the "book" segment as a thank you/recognition of particpation for a book drive. FYI, it's not just "books" that is being overlooked with these poor kids. http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/04/25/katrina.schildren.ap/index.html jd
  6. My apologies if I've muddied the waters with my June 1 comment. It's a standing policy with my council and I never thought to research it for accuracy (trusting the Service Center . . . Hmmmmm ...). Anyway, I can't find any documentation for the specific date, though my guess is that ScoutNut has explained my Council's policy. BTW, our Pack awards Bobcat in November. Another problem that I can't convince others of, . . . but perhaps this new June 1, 2006 policy will change our patterns a bit. jd
  7. SpongeBob, WELCOME!!! Bobcat requirements are in the Tiger handbook so that your boys can practice -- they cannot officially earn Bobcat until June 1 as they enter their Wolf year. OF COURSE, on this particular upcoming June 1 that will change and the new Tigers can earn Bobcat immediately, just like your new Wolves. jd
  8. I'm with Kahuna. The only thing I'd add is that it's very easy to help others make you look foolish -- especially for large organizations that achieve ICON status >> BSA, MLB, NFL, RNC, Fortune 100 companies, etc.. BSA did just that. It's not helpful when the only BSA participation in the program was a written "no comment" that had a vocabulary error (mistaking "respectively" for "respectfully") and charging $150 for the use of a BSA photo of Mr. Shields (assuming P/T are telling the truth about the fee.) On the whole, a serious non-event with more cursing than you'd hear
  9. Thanks for the heads up, Merlyn. I'll definitely be taping it. I think getting defensive about it, before it even airs, shows a bit of shortsightedness on our part. True, Penn and Teller are terribly irreverent concerning their program topics, but I haven't seen them lie yet -- though I've only seen a few shows. Many Americans are uncomfortable with our organizational stances -- it won't take much work on Penn and Teller's part to separate our present from our past -- in the eyes of their typical viewing audience. I guess, the important questions are: Does it matter or
  10. Well played, Trev! Eamonn, the notebook style CD holder works well for organization, saves TONS of space, is more portable, and looks better if they have to be stored in view. Even better, for functional CDs like training, etc. buy packs of CD pages (4 or 8 CDs to the page) that can be put in all your training ringbinders - so the CD is stored with the associated print material. jd
  11. Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made except by a steady, long continued process. - Phillips Brooks
  12. . . . second printing of 2005 C S Leader Book . . . ... either that, or a very helpful Frontiersman is pulling my Illini leg all the way to Oklahoma ... jd
  13. LyndaJ, I agree with your thinking. How does a Scouter go about getting MB regs changed. I'm not a bug person, nor a designer of MBs -- there might be a reason for this activity being part of the requirements. jd
  14. Again, I'd encourage the parents and Cubs to show growth. There really isn't a limit per se - so your "only twice" limit is arbitrary (even thought I get the thinking behind it). Adding "show growth" is arbitrary, as well, I'll admit, but I hope you can see some advantages and the motivation for parents and kids to stretch their efforts. A parent who wants to count the reading elective each night is just missing the whole point of the elective program and needs to be spoken with now so their behavior improves before they get to the other ranks. Besides, you won't discourage their read
  15. Beagle Scout, WELCOME!!! Thanks for the heads up! It always cracks me up that we get the info here at Scouter before the crowd at the Service Center and the Training Committee . . . jd
  16. Hey, Eamonn, By changing roles, you've left a hole. They can't (read that: "aren't willing to") fill the hole, so they blame you for it being there. Seems fairly typical for a variety of organizations -- especially volunteer-based groups. Don't lose sleep over it -- and try not to share their angst. This is definitely their problem, not yours. Worry about SWMBO's problems -- THOSE are yours!!! Sounds like the ship is going gang-bustas -- Congratulations!!! (Which by the way should be the only word coming out of your DE and DVC's mouths -- with the possible exception of "T
  17. Tmonahan, Welcome! I cannot find a limit to Electives Earned for any Cub level, but there are only 50 Electives listed in the Tiger handbook. 100 seems like a lot to me, but Cubs are allowed credit for repeating Electives. It's not stated specifically in the Tiger book, but it is mentioned in the other handbooks that repeated Electives are acceptable when the Cub shows growth with that activity -- building a more complicated model; or adding paint to the next one; or perhaps including a background scene. Repeating the same task at the same level isn't, IMHO, worthy of an additional E
  18. Roger, Here's another avenue that might be of help. . . http://bookbank.firstbook.org/nbb/get/nbbhome-ver2.asp jd
  19. The will of the people is important when it comes to the selection of leadership (though, even there, it isn't the only tool) but is, truly, only one factor in the legislation and governance of any democracy -- particularly a representative one such as ours. History shows the majority isn't trustworthy enough to be the final arbiter of law. Christian Nation? I don't think there's a very large number of Americans who would like to see the USA be a Democratic Theocracy. I think the trouble is in using the label (gee, that's surprising, jd! ). If the question is about Christianity an
  20. BelieveinScouts, WELCOME!! Lot's of great advice above, so I'll try not to repeat anything -- I just want to point out that it IS great advice and worth following!! Some random thoughts: You won't have to pay too much atttention to the Pack's monthly themes, but you should be expected to give a short demonstration at each Pack Meeting focused on one of the activity pins you worked on that month. Set the best example for the younger Cubs! Check out YMCA for Aquanaut. Read, then re-read your Webelos Scout Handbook -- If you know it well, you'll be better pre
  21. Roger, We're putting together a local unit effort but it will be weeks before you get our books. In the meantime, here's an "out of the box" suggestion. I'm sure you've heard of Scholastic Book Club (and it's competitors -- Troll, etc.) I don't know if they've put together any effort yet, but perhaps (with a little nudge) they can put together a simple plan where teachers across the country can donate their Club Points for books to be sent to LA - maybe directly to the State Board of Ed or more locally to schools, etc. Might be worth a phone call or two . . . To every one el
  22. Bobanon, WELCOME!!! IMHO, Eamonn is worth listening to. This is an area where various Scouters hold terribly passionate beliefs - some of them, seemingly contradictory. I think the simpler we keep it the better. Take a look at an adult app. -- if you can sign it, you are welcome (officially, that is). On a practical level, for better or worse, many Scouters will welcome you and never ask/think about your faith. jd(This message has been edited by johndaigler)
  23. great answer, funscout. It's completely up to the individual Cub family. Now, I've heard that might change, but . . . jd
  24. HI, funscout, I'm not sure about the family selling after the program is over. Seems inappropriate -- certainly the popcorn is not intended to be resold once it has been sold to parents, etc. I'm just not sure if it's a big deal. To be honest, once those parents pay for it, I might be of the opinion that it's their problem, not the Pack's. As far as whether the popcorn is sold by the Cub or the family, that definitely is a non-issue. This particular amount seems tremendous, but after you get past the dollar figure, this (parent involvement, not parent reselling) is how the progra
  25. PWD -- Not your father's Oldsmobile!! (at least, it's not supposed to be! )
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