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  1. Our pack wears uniforms, no class B stuff. Boys can wear dark blue jeans or dockers with their uniform shirts, but after I bought my son the official switchbacks for his b-day, a couple other kids started wearing them. I think one of the hardest things to get over with the official field uniform (at least for some people) is the psychological desire to treat it like a holy relic, keeping it pristine. But once you get it a bit dirty, wash it a few times, re-stitch a couple loose patches and such, I think it takes on the nice worn appearance which bespeaks of outdoor adventure. -Scott
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    Patch crazy

    Basementdweller- I agree. Funny, related incident that occurred just yesterday to me. Two of my daughters (9 & 11) finished their season of playing basketball in a community league. They had a lot of fun, but never once won a game. Nevertheless, home they came with very nice trophies, one each, and not the cheap gold plated plastic kind, but really nice engraved stuff. "What are those for?" I naively asked. "Playing basketball" they naively replied. Scouter earlier quoted "The Incredibles" which jogged my memory of an old Gilbert & Sullivan lyric: "When everybody's somebody, then nobody's anybody." As for the Millennial generation: I've been a manufacturing supervisor for the past 17 years, and can confidently tell you (having just completed annual performance reviews) that its not just the youngsters who expect a high rating and fat raise for performing to expectations. (To be fair, there are some very fine young employees as well-- must have been Scouts!) -Scott
  3. I was reviewing the Scout Leader Uniform Inspection sheet (like a good patch policeman) and I noticed this line: "Cub Scout leaders and female leaders wearing the official uniform shirt or blouse may wear one temporary insignia centered above the Boy Scouts of America strip." (Right Pocket, Temporary Insignia). I assume this is since CS leaders don't wear Jambo patches? -Scott
  4. I really hate to hear of this sort of thing. Recent case in point: We were aiming to get my Tiger den their rank by the B&G dinner this year, but due to very wet weather we couldn't complete our hike in time. One of the parents suggested "Can't we just walk around the block and call it a hike?" No. No we can't. Last weekend the cubs completed their hike, had a ball, and they'll get their rank at the April pack meeting. Hopefully they learned: A-Rank has to be earned (even for Tigers), B-Scouting is fun, C-"Do you Best" applies to den leaders and parents, too. I firmly believe when leaders half-a** Scouting, we shouldn't be surprised when we get a bunch of half-a**ed Scouts. -Scott
  5. This is really appalling. I too was a victim of "Improved Scouting", crossing over from Webelos in 1975. The Scout Troop had no adult supervision and severely declining numbers-- I never went beyond Tenderfoot. My Dad and older brothers had the manuals by GBB. My favorites are still the Scout Masters Hand Book (1967 printing) and the "Fieldbook for Boys and Men" (also 1967)-- I still read them. So much valuable, useful information! Though I never went beyond Tenderfoot in an organized troop, I pored over those old manuals and practiced the skills for years as a kid. (Having a Dad who was a forester helped, too). My old "Improved Scouting" manual got tossed years ago... -Scott
  6. kd7kip

    Patch crazy

    Twocubdad- I agree. I feel Scoutstuff.org bears a fair amount of blame. They're always coming out with new stuff-- patches, t-shirts, hats and numerous trinkets. I think it risks creating an unhealthy sense of consumerism among Scouts. What does it mean when we say a Scout is Thrifty? Also, I think it works against the Uniform Method when you have kids with all the bling, and those who can't afford it don't have it. Alassa- That's a running joke in our pack too: "I washed my hands!" "There's a patch for that!" As I mentioned in another thread, my Tiger cubs don't bother to wear the Immediate Gratification things-- they have them, but after the first couple meetings, they stopped wearing them. (At least if they're going to issue them, they could make them smaller and less ugly!) -Scott(This message has been edited by kd7kip)
  7. Eagle- Yes, after my previous post I did a little research on the web and see that you are correct. I also found that the Cub knots are of relatively recent vintage (80s or so). It will be interesting to see Cub Leaders with keys & training awards. As I said earlier, I'm all for reducing the variety of knots, but certainly support people wearing them (within good taste). -Scott(This message has been edited by kd7kip)
  8. kd7kip

    Patch crazy

    "As I recall, we had activities and projects all the time but you never got a patch or bead. You just did it and was happy to have done it. " Yes, the activity-- the fun, the satisfaction-- was the reward! One of the reasons I hate the Immediate Recognition things (aside from the fact that they're cheap, huge and ugly) is they don't help develop a sense of delayed gratification in the boys. Besides, when you're handing out bling every meeting, a rank badge becomes just another badge. -Scott
  9. This is an old thread, but I can't help but add a few things: -An official jacket for Cub Scouts (something inexpensive but uniform) -Plain green uniform pants (no zip offs, no cargo pockets) but not the dress wool ones-- cotton is fine -Official BSA Sheath-knife (like the old ones) -Modern remakes of some of the old, official BSA gear (such as a modernized "Centennial Yucca Pack" in tan like the old ones but with modern fabric & features), official canteens, mess-kits, etc. Official gear like that fits with the uniform method, I feel. How about fewer: -Patches for everything under the sun. -Branded merchandise for Philmont, Bechtel, etc. -"Apparel" which is non-uniform wear. Do we really need all those t-shirts, hats, etc. A little is fine, but they seem to go overboard sometimes. -Scott
  10. I agree completely that the activities need to fun. To me, that is the absolute essence of Scouting, and is in often marked contrast to the pressures put upon children these days to "succeed" in school and competitive sports. I remember very well when I was a Scout how much I looked forward to each meeting-- it was always the high-point of my week (still is!). I can't really say why the loops/pins are not more popular in our pack. They get promoted in our monthly newsletter, and the parents can easily access the info online. I bring the manual to our den meetings, and make it available to any interested parents. My focus has been to make the advancement activities as fun as possible, and the boys really seem to enjoy them. Also, time is short and the advancement & elective activities provide a very full spectrum of opportunities for "fun with a purpose". Of course, that's part of the genius of the Scouting program: it can be tailored to the needs of the pack, den and individual boys. Supplemental programs, like Academics & Sports or the Cub Scout Family program, provide additional options. -Scott
  11. "That is too bad, many of the belt loops and pin criteria are are being completed while doing the rank and electives." Exactly, so why the redundancy? -Scott
  12. keimel- Thanks for posting the link to that pdf. I'm a little disappointed, I must admit, that they're going to be using the Scouter's Key for CMs, and Scouter's Training Award for Cub trainers, etc. I have always associated the Green knots with Boy Scout programs, and blue/yellow knots with Cub Scouts. I do like the fact that they're consolidating all the Den Leader awards. All in all, I think its a move in the right direction. -Scott
  13. kd7kip

    Patch crazy

    At the risk of opening a can of worms... I was looking at my old Cub Scout uniform from the mid-70s recently, and showed it to my Tiger Cub son. One thing we both noticed was how few patches (in comparison to current uniforms) it had on it. Aside from American Flag, Community Strip, Pack number, Webelos colors and a council patch on the left pocket, there was rank and AoL, and nothing else. I never had a patch vest for overflow, because I didn't have any extra patches! So my question is: When did Scouting become infatuated with patches? Is it a good thing or not? Do you think it excessive? I have my own ideas (expressed elsewhere) but I'd like to hear other's opinions. -Scott
  14. Interesting. Haven't seen this one awarded, but very few loops/pins are awarded in our pack (maybe 5 total since September in a pack of 45 boys). The don't seem very popular-- the boys focus on rank and electives. -Scott
  15. Scouter- Sorry to divert your original thread-- I started by considering knots, but veered off on uniform clutter in general. I was reading through my old "Scoutmaster's Handbook" (1967 edition, the one my dad used to use when my older brothers were Scouts). It indicated that Scouters were not to wear more than five medals or knots on the uniform at a time-- their choice. I wonder when it became permissible to wear more? (Not that I'm against knots, just clutter). -Scott
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