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About Koda

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  1. I fall into the category of "solo scouter." I've never been married and I have no children of my own. Scouting did so much for me as a youth that I feel an obligation to give back as much as I can. I got back into scouting because I was in a relationship with a mother of 2. At the time her son was just starting wolves and they were in need of a den leader. My relationship with his mother didn't work out but I continued on as his scout leader. She encouraged me to keep a relationship with her children, if fact the kids and I just went out to dinner and a movie yesterday. Now I'm Cubmast
  2. ok, why not... Positions held: ASM SM ADL DL Pack committee Cubmaster (current) Venturing Advisor (current) District Committee (current) Council Program Committee (current) *stepping down as cubmaster in March (son crossing over) Training: New leader essentials/Leader specific (Den leader, Cubmaster, Venturing Advisor, Scoutmaster) Outdoor leader training BALOO POW WOW Wood Badge Commissioner college of science New Leader essentials/leader specific (trainer) Climbing Lead Instructor Training BALOO (course director) Pow Wow (assistant course
  3. It is up to you how your beads are presented. However, this is my view on adult awards. I have den leaders that say "I don't care about leader awards because it's not about me." My response is that it's just as important for the boys to see a leader being recognized for their accomplishments as it is for boy to be recognized for advancement. What kind of message does it send to the boys if they never see adults get anything for the time they put into scouting?
  4. http://www.scouting.org/boyscouts/supplemental/ I believe that is the link your referring to. I stumbled upon this about a month ago, when I was looking for boy scout geocaching resources.
  5. I made a decision to take Powder Horn. I spoke with the Wood Badge course director tonight at a council committee meeting. He understands my reasons for wanting to take Powder Horn instead of being WB staff. Since Venturing Advisor is my primary position I have to do what's best for the crew. There will be other WB courses in the future, I'm confident I'll be on the roster for the next one.
  6. I took WB in '05 and earned my beads this spring. I'm a Venturing Advisor and our district training chairman. I've been asked to be Wood Badge staff for a course next fall. A neighboring council is offering a Powder Horn training on the same weekends as WB. This is the only Powder Horn offered in my state in '07. As a benefit to the Venturing Crew I would like to take Powder Horn, but as a benefit to my district and loyalty to WB I want to be Wood Badge staff. What would be the pros and cons to taking Powder Horn instead of being a Wood Badge staffer?
  7. For those wondering what geocaching is look here: http://www.geocaching.com/faq/ It's awsome fun, if you haven't done it yet try it...you'll probably like it. Geocaching is much more than just looking for lost tupperware in the woods. There is a huge social aspect to caching. You get to know other cachers first by finding their hides and by them finding yours. Then you attend events to meet all these people face to face...there is always something to talk about. Some events are "Mega" events where 500+ geocachers get together for a geocaching convention of sorts. Another type of even
  8. About a year ago I started a crew with a geocaching theme. We are chartered by Michigan Geocaching Organization (MiGO). Currently, we're the only crew to be sponsored by a geocaching organization. (as far as I know) I have been looking for other crews that have geocaching as their theme. I would like to open up some communication so we can share ideas and possably coordinate activities together.(maybe at a mega event) So, are there any other Venturing crews with geocaching as it's theme? if not there should be
  9. I used to be a OWL, a good old OWL, too. But now I'm finished OWLing I don't know what to do. I'm growing old and feable, and I can OWL no more. So, I'm going to work my ticket if I can Back to Gilwell, happy land, I'm going to work my ticket if I can. Owl Patrol C-12-05
  10. My sister and I both had beadings last night at our district recignition dinner. I was happy that I could share the honor with her. We took the course together a year ago, since then we've had a friendly competition to see who could get their ticket done first. (I finished mine first by a week ) ps.- I'm an owl, she's a bear
  11. I just recently found a podcast about Cub Scouting. http://www.cubmasterchris.com/ I've listened to the show a couple of times and I think it's a great resourse for leaders and parents. Does anyone else listen to this show? If so what do you think of it?
  12. Our venturing crew was recently presented with a patch from our chartering organization. This is a great 3"x3" patch showing the CO's logo. We don't want to place it as a temporary patch because it's anything but temporary. It looks best on the right sleve, where a patrol patch on a Boy Scout would go. Is there any official placement for a charter organization's patch?
  13. I havent found much in these forums about geocaching. It's a hobby I just started and I think it would be a great addition to any scout units program. Durring the last couple outings I have been placing caches in the woods and giving each patrol a GPS reciever as a race to see what patrol can find all the caches the fastest. Several caches within 1/4 mile of the campsite keeps them busy for a couple hours (better than capure the flag with less arguing). If your a scout leader that is into the hobby, geocaching is also a way to find some great camping spots on public land. If you want to f
  14. Camp Greilick, Traverse City, Michigan youth 86,87,88,89 staffer 90,91 scouter 97,98,04 Camp Greilick is over 512 acres of beautiful terrain and is situated between Spider, Bass and Rennie Lakes. Not a hugh camp but those that go are very loyal to it. I will be a staffer this year...and a good old staffer too.
  15. Update from original post: I contacted our district executive and we had a meeting with the PTO head, the principal, about their roll in scouting. He was not aware of the responsabilities that the CO had to the pack or what the pack could provide to them in return. He was very glad that I stepped up to open the lines of communication. Now that we are talking I believe that this relationship will grow and both organizations will benefit because of it. Reflecting on this problem I realize that this was a communication breakdown on many levels. This was the first time a DE had met with
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