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About kjmillig

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    East Asia
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    Education specialist
  1. Without reading what obviously went awry in the middle, back to the OP. I just found out that the troop where I've been the SM since last November is charging about $550 per Scout annually. I about dropped a load when I found out. And the committee is still collecting campsite and activity fees per campout or activities involving a per person fee.
  2. Update: To clarify a bit, I can speak the language pretty well but reading and writing are minimal. So when we're looking for campsites I'm limited on trying to find suitable camping spots online and such. I sent an email to the committee and parents about allowing the boys to do some camping without parents and siblings, and the Scouts not inviting non-registered friends to go camping until they've been to Troop meeting and expressed interest in joining. The CC still liked the idea of allowing a new kid to go camping. She thinks it's a good recruiting tool. This has already happened. We show up at the campsite and the CC's son brought a friend along that I'd never seen before. When I asked if he was planning on joining, she said, "No. He's too busy with school. But he's a friend who really likes camping." I was beside myself. I tried explaining why we needed to go camping without parents and siblings always tagging along. She said the committee had decided some time ago to allow it, probably when I was out with the broken leg, and again thinks it's a great way to recruit new adults and have extra people around in case of emergencies. Concerning getting away from established campgrounds, she sounded like she's afraid of it. She had excuse after excuse why we can't do it. "Near a beach, maybe the Coast Guard will not allow us to stay overnight, and we can't dig a hole for a latrine." "In the mountains we can't camp on private land or dig holes." "It's very difficult to find some land where the owner will let us camp." "Such-and-such a place is very hard to find a place to park cars." ...ad nauseam. I'm trying to have patience, but it's growing thin. If I can't start to see a glimmer of change by the end of the year I may move on and let them continue to enjoy a Mom-run troop of family campers.
  3. WARNING: RANT AHEAD So our troop has a fairly strong willed, although not boisterous or pushy, Committee Chair. She's a Scout parent of our oldest Scout, until recently was an ASM, and has just taken over as CC. Problem is that she thinks she has all the answers and over-guides the troop's Scout leaders who quietly obey since she's the "Mom" and is the main organizer of our small, very new troop that started as an unofficial patrol of Lone Scouts loosely attached to a large troop in another city. I was participating only through emails that first Lone Scout year due to health issues and as we neared time to charter our own troop I was asked to be SM. I agreed, but since then seem to be mostly there just so they can have 2 deep leadership and to have SM Conferences. Most of my suggestions for doing some back-to-basics camping to strengthen Scouting skills is met with polite but firm disinterest by the CC who proceeds to encourage the boys to always camp at well lit organized campsites with electricity, running water, and showers. Again, the obedient children follow the "Troop Mom", and the "Mom Committee". Yes, I know I should put my foot down, but since I'm at a disadvantage with language barriers (we're not in the USA) I'm often at the mercy of the committee and the CC. ​I've considered washing my hands of it and stepping down as SM, but the Scouts really need some guidance to learn how to truly run their troop, be creative on activity planning, and get out of the glamping mentality. Suggestions, please, from those who might have had similar situations.
  4. Been away for a bit during the summer. I originally posted this question after a SM Conference. The rank requirements for 2nd and 1st Class state: Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. Discuss four specific examples (different from those used for Tenderfoot requirement 13 and Second Class requirement 11) of how you have lived the points of the Scout Law in your daily life. As part of the conference I generally select a few points of the Scout Law and Oath for discussion, and upon asking about how he feels he demonstrates his Duty to God, he just said he believes nothing. Since then I've given a couple of SM Minutes about having some sort of belief system, even if it's within one's self. That seems to sink in with them.
  5. More than half of the Scouts in my very small, very new troop do not claim any religious beliefs at all, nor agnostic or atheist. Simply nothing. Most of their parents are semi-practicing Taoist/Buddhist. Since the family does hold a belief in deity, what's a good way to address this with the Scouts in upholding their "duty to god" as stated in the Scout Oath? I'm a Christian, and this is the first time I've worked with Scouts that are not, although I do have some knowledge of Taoist beliefs.
  6. I found out. Since we are in the Far East Council, he's the Boys Life bulk recipient.
  7. Is the Eagle COH an OA event or are you officially representing OA at it? If not, then don't wear the OA sash.
  8. kjmillig

    Spoof Patches

    Yes, Scouting should be fun at appropriate times, and serious at appropriate times. Even before being in the military, I always tried to wear my Scout uniform correctly as a youth, including the old knee socks with garters and flashes. Spoof patches are fun and maybe could be worn temporarily in the appropriate surroundings, but not long term. To me it's an integrity issue. If you agree to the Scout Oath and Law, then you should be agreeing to wear the uniform of the organization correctly. A scout is trustworthy, loyal, ...obedient. If you don't care about wearing it correctly, then what other parts of the Scouting rules are you willing to regularly ignore?
  9. What is BU? It shows up for one individual on our member list.
  10. Page 30 is the reference for the Eagle Scout medal. Page 61 refers to the square knot. But yes, adults may wear the medal on formal Eagle Scout occasions, such as an Eagle Scout CoH.
  11. Parents' involvement to the point of encouragement, helping the Scout set and achieve goals, being active where parents should be active like Committees, transportation, etc. If parents "butt out" completely is sends a message that the parents couldn't care one way or the other about the boy advancing.
  12. We plan to wear it over the collar.
  13. 1. A Committee Chairman who conducted a Scout's Eagle project for him while the Scout went to a school band function, then signed off on everything. The Council never knew because the whole committee went along and thought it was fine. 2. A SM who wanted to sue a ASM to recover summer camp scholarship fees who, for distance and religeous reasons, moved himself and his 2 sons to another troop.
  14. The boys had no problem with it at all. They seemed to like the idea of the usefulness and uniqueness.
  15. Parents should be involved in a boy's Scouting advancement. What matters more to me is the personal initiative of the Scout and how much he really worked to earn the award as opposed to the Scout who is pushed through to be an Eagle in the shortest possible time limit. An immature 13 year old Eagle with 35 merit badges doesn't hold much weight in my book.
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