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  1. knottyfox

    Forum Etiquette

    There are many great points being made in this forum. I do appreciate the responses to this forum. One point stands out to me. I agree, if I am unwilling to look a person in the eye and say something, then I should not type it either! We are all Scouters here. Our common bond is our interests in our Scouts well being. Another crucial point, I feel, is that the adults must enjoy themselves as much as the boys are. I have often stated to my circle of Scouting Buddies that it is very important to keep mom and dad happy. If they are not having a good time, they won't be driving back. That's ok I suppose, except, they won't be driving their son back either. It is hard to deliver the Scouting program to a Scout that is not in attendance! I am pleased to be able to share your thoughts and have you share mine as well! Happy Scouting! Knotty Fox
  2. knottyfox

    Forum Etiquette

    This is all good stuff! My thoughts are that a Scouter with goodness in their heart may be offended and leave the forums. The forums can be a great resource to us and fellow Scouters. I recently sent a friend of mine in search of ideas to Scouter Forums. He felt as though he was being chastised and did not appreciate the suggestion to go to Scouter. Just because it may be acceptable to behave differently on the net, I still feel as though we should visit with one another as though we were face to face. If someone takes offence to a statement and is clear in their reply that they were offended, a quick responce would be in order. In one of the earlier posts in this forum, someone stated the same situation! Kudo's! Wish I was clever enough to think of it myself. I believe that I have benefited greatly from this forum. I hope to better behave myself with replies. Thanks to all for sharing in this forum! Keep them coming!! Knotty Fox (and a good ole fox too!)
  3. knottyfox

    no fire - not scouting - RANT

    Great information being shared in this forum! One snipit of information here. Baden-Powell on patrol size. The Patrol System is the one essential feature in which Scout training differs from that of all other organisations, and where the System is properly applied, it is absolutely bound to bring success. It cannot help itself! The formation of the boys into Patrols of from six to eight and training them as separate units each under its own responsible leader is the key to a good Troop. The Patrol is the unit of Scouting always, whether for work or for play, for discipline or for duty. In one of Baden-Powell's books he speaks of patrol again and states something to the fact that if a patrol is too small, the work load and responsibilities can be over-whelming. If a patrol size is too big, not enough stuff to go around and some of the Scouts, especially the junior Scouts, feel left out and not a part of. I submit this as an insight to one of the questions asked in this forum. I fully support this idea on patrols and know that it works. This is why Jamboree Troops consist of four patrols of eight. The ideas here are not of my writing but a direct quote from Baden-Powell himself. The paragraph above this one is what I recall of what he stated. I do not remember which book it came from. I have a few books to scramble through before I could find it again. Knotty Fox
  4. knottyfox

    ASM Out of Line or Am I?

    I believe opening a tent flap is ok if, you have two deep leadership while doing so and that there is a legitimate reason to do so. Shouldn't outa ever snatch a mans sleeping bag out from under him. I would imagine that this would tee off a fella! Kinda hard to work with the same fella the rest of the day. Had a horrible problem at summer camp a few years back. Three Scouts told me that one of the Scouts was in his tent hurting himself. Grabbed another Adult Leader and went to investigate. After calling him repeatedly there was no reply. The other adult and I opened the tent flap to find this child standing in his tent carving on his arm with his pocket knife. Whoo, to big a problem here! Mom was called to collect her child. The child has issues and they are being addressed by a professional. Knotty Fox
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    no fire - not scouting - RANT

    What a delima to be in! I feel for you having to go through this. I have a non scout related story to share. Although it is not scout related, I feel as though it may be appropriate. Before the story, I would like to say that I feel as though the input here is right on the money! Eamonn is dead on target with his comments. About 9 years ago the pastor of our church was called to pastor a much bigger church in Texas and had to leave on short notice. A new pastor came along and did well. About 2 years into their tenure, the pastor and about 1/2 of the congregation decided to start a new church. What pain this caused! Many of us were left behind wondering what just happened. The transition took one weekend to happen! So, here we are rocking along trying to make things work. My wife and I were very involved in the youth group when this happened. The youth group immediately went away. Several youth ministers came and went making things much worse. So about 7 years ago when my oldest son was 12 and my youngest was 4, my wife and I were faced with a huge problem. What the church needed was folks such as ourselves to make change and rebuild. We decided that our children were growing up too fast and that time was crucial. We ended up moving our letter to another church and have not looked back. End result is that the first church (which we dearly loved)has not improved in 7 years and there is no youth program! The new church is alive and well. Most of the folks that left the church originally and those that have left since have ended up where we are now. I am so glad that we did not waste too much time with a failing effort! My older son is in college now and had a wonderful youth group while he was still a boy! I agree with others that state that you and your wife are the ones that have to make the hard decissions. Seeking wisdom and guidance is a good first move! I would also suggest that if you want to go to the next parent/committee meeting that you let your Committee Chair know ahead of time so that they may put you on the agenda. This may also disarm any surprises. Sorry you have such hard choices to make. Good luck and keep us posted. Knotty Fox
  6. knottyfox

    Eagle Dilemma

    Pray for guidance. Is the SM asking for support and assistance with this issue? What a tough predicument to be in. Please forgive me if I am wrong. I thought the Eagle board was to consist at least 3 and no more than 7 folks, 1 must be from the troop, 1 must represent the council. The remaining can be of the committees choosing, Scouts requests, SM's request, etc. You stated that the troop was not to be represented at the board of review. That doesn't sound right. I am going to spend a few minutes researching this. Been a while since I was involved in an Eagle Board of Review, I could be wrong. Yep, hard for even me to believe, but, I could be wrong! Tee Hee! Knotty Fox
  7. knottyfox

    Forum Etiquette

    emb021, When was the last time I told you that I love you? It has been too long hasn't it? Knotty
  8. knottyfox

    Forum Etiquette

    "Often, someone may state something that is not exactly right, yet their intent is clear and somebody is waiting to pounce!" I stated the above in my original post. The issue of etiquitte or netiquette is a perfect example of what I mean. The intent of the statement is clear and it was pounced on! Its "netiquette", not "netetiquette". How can we have a forum if someone makes typo's! I think we should take knotty out behind the barn and beat him with everythnig we got. Perhaps not, it was typed incorectly twice! I think this is a killin offence. I've been on-line for about 15+ years, so am fairly familiar with the 'problem'. "so am" What's that? Is it a typo or poor grammer? Perhaps this goes against the scout law? "I've been on-line for about 15+ years" So, what's the point. I too have been online a while. Being familiar with the problem and not taking a stand against the problem means what in 15+ years? Perhaps taking a stand against being mean and rude happens after the 16th year, 17th year, 18th year, etc. "And the points that "FScouter" makes is also important to keep in mind." (Not suposed to begin a sentence with "And"!)
  9. knottyfox

    Camp Pranks

    You did not bring it down! Thanks for the post.
  10. knottyfox

    Camp Pranks

    Wingnut, What a wonderful story! I am sorry to hear of your lose. Knotty
  11. Thanks Fred! I just spent my penny.
  12. Thanks Fred! I just spent my penny.
  13. knottyfox

    Camp Pranks

    grampye, I would love to hear them! Please share either in the forum or send me a note. Knotty
  14. knottyfox

    Forum Etiquette

    Eagleinky, That is too funny!!! emb021, "What you are speaking of is something that is called "netiquette" (net etiquette)." No, I speak of etiquette! If I was speaking of netetiquette, I would have stated netetiquette! I am speaking of good manners, being kind to others. I love this stuff! Have fun, blast away, don't get personal! Knotty Fox (This message has been edited by knottyfox)
  15. knottyfox

    Forum Etiquette

    Is it possible to have an entire forum with pleasant conversation where exchanging ideas and experience prevails? Is it necessary to bow out our chests and pound on it stating that I am the Hero to Scouting? So many forums turn ugly or challenging! Why do so many folks find it necessary to brow beat their views to others? Why is it so important to be right on an issue of grammer? Often, someone may state something that is not exactly right, yet their intent is clear and somebody is waiting to pounce! It may be a word that is incorrect or a sentance or maybe a complete statement. How many fantastic Scouters have been lost to these forums due to somebody beating them down? I know of a few. It is not worth getting upset about! Have Fun! Perhaps, we could follow the Scout law when posting replies? Go ahead, Blast away! Don't get personal! I look forward to your replies.
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