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  1. Rich, I just sent you a PM, but in case you do not get the message, I figured I would post here as well. I would love a copy of the plans for the Patrol Box. The current design that our Troop uses cannot be carried by less than 4 new scouts. Needless to say, the last Scoutmaster that designed them severly over engineered them. Please send it to the email address I sent in the PM. Thanks, Kurt Bimler ASM - Troop 111, Elgin Webmaster - Shabbona District - Three Fires Council
  2. Being a former Cubmaster of a Pack "in transition" there was always something that needed to be done, and limited resourced to get it done. That took away a lot of time from my son. One of the things that I worked hard to do early on was getting a solid group of parents and Den Leaders that understood the program and would "run with it" in my absence. When my son became a Webelos, there were 4 kids in his den. My wife was their den leader, so by default, I was the de facto den leader as well. Knowing that the other dens were running smoothly, and when I planned a Pack campout there wo
  3. Daddy_O, Don't confuse Cub Scout rank badges with Boy Scout rank Badges. Cub Scouts is an age based system. The emblem on the hat of a cub scout is not the rank the scout has earned, but rather a representation of the program level they are assigned due to his age (or grade in school). A Wolf becomes a Bear when 2nd grade is over (or June 1st according to ScoutNet), not when they have earned their Bear badge. A Star Scout becomes a Life Scout after all of the requirements have been completed. Even if it takes 5 years. As for the reason for multiple hats? National i$ th
  4. My son and the rest of the new scout patrol were working on their flag and yell the other night. Don't know how the Wolf patrol came up with it, but their yell is "We like pie!"
  5. I like all of the ideas. As I figured, there would be a lot of different ways to do the planning. Our troop is small, and we solicit input from any scout that has an idea for something that they would like to do. The concern with the Webelos recruitment, is one more of the impression that it gives the parents. When sitting around a camp fire in late October with the parents, and a Webelos Mom asks what is planned for the next few months, it is hard to answer "I don't know, because it has not yet been planned." For those that understand the way our Troop operates, this answer may not
  6. How far in advance does your Troop plan its calendar, and more importantly, when is it planned? Currently, the troop that my son just joined only plans about 6 months in advance, and tonight it just set the dates for the activities through November. In October (or November) at the monthly PLC meeting, they will December - May. In my eyes, this is nuts. The PLC has decided to plan a campout to recruit Webelos in October, but the Troop will not even be able to provide the new scouts & parents with a calendar of upcoming events, because the calendar has not even been planed. Plea
  7. More great info. I love this place. Lisabob - Thanks for asking you son. Sometimes I miss the obvious. Now to track down some more of those 3rd and 4th year scouts that are still active in a Troop to get their feedback. John - I understood your first post. I like seeing the progression, and how one will feed the other. Now to run off to the store to return the Nuclear Science and Composite Materials books...just kidding.
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    F*!^$ ... sorry, that was a different thread...
  9. Thanks everybody for the suggestions. If anybody has anything else to add, I am listening. John - thanks for the specifics details on how the Swimming, Camping & First Aid badges fit directly into the requirements of T-2-1. mn_scout - I like the idea of bringing it up at the 'Scout' level conference with the new boys. They should have their conference tomorrow night with the Scoutmaster, so it will be interesting to see if it is discussed.
  10. We recently added 3 brand new scouts to our Troop. I am also new to this branch of the program. I understand that a majority of the new scout advancement will be geared toward reaching 1st Class. However, are there any particular Merit Badges that should be "suggested" to them to begin working on? I would think Camping would be a good start (as they will hopefully be doing a lot of it), but are there any others that may be considered the "standard" starting badges that will also fit into the work they are doing toward 1st Class?
  11. 5 years is a long time - for both the scout and the adult. My son just bridged over to Boy Scouts yesterday. I was the Cubmaster/Assistant Cubmaster of the Pack for 4 of the 5 years, and a very active parent in his Tiger Den (the original den leader wanted to quit before she ever started). My wife was his den leader from Wolf through Webelos II. I helped her as much as possible, while still leading the pack. Also in those 5 years, the entire Pack committee went through a transition, there were problems with one of the other Den Leaders which led to her dismissal from the Pack,
  12. 2 "half uniforms" - complete from the waist up (so far). 1 shirt with the Cub Master POR. 1 shirt that was just purchased for Troop Committee POR. 1 Uniform with District Committee POR (still to be purchased) I just finished up my "Cub Master" role with my son's Pack this past Sunday, so the Cubmaster Shirt will be officially "retired" (and it needs it after 4.5 years of hard use). The Pack Committee considered the scout pants "optional" (which is a different discussion all together) so I never purchased them. Still have to purchase the "bottom half" of the "Troop" unifor
  13. Facebook has been a good way for me to catch up on a lot of High School and even a few College friends that I had not seen/heard from in many years. That said, I try to limit my friends to those that I was actually friends with (physically or virtually). I have gotten a lot of requests from people that I knew in high school (but in name only). Would I accept a request from one of the scouts in my sons Troop? Sure. Would I initiate it? I don't think so, though I have never really thought about it. For a lot of kids, Facebook is nothing more than a giant popularity contest, and being
  14. "They don't need it as a requirement, but all four have odd numbers of electives. Bears can use extra requirements as electives." ...as long as they did not use achievement #6 as one of the 12 achievements required to earn their Bear badge.
  15. There is nothing in the insignia guide that will tell you in what order to arrange the knots, or the required placement for fewer than 3 knots (other than they are placed above the left pocket flap). I would give you "chapter and verse" but I don't carry my insignia guide to work with me most days. Most commonly I think you will see 2 knots centered over the pocket flap. One of the leaders that would come in contact with from time to time did not center his 2 knots, and if anybody asked about it would just tell people either "I hate to sew, and this way when I earn my 3rd, I don't hav
  16. "When it comes up in discussion, 'sheath' knives are not allowed in Cubs. Boy Scouts? another time... " I am sure that this is one of those things that appears every time knife safety gets discussed, but can you tell me where this comes from? Is this a Pack rule? I just did a quick scan of the G2SS and did not find this rule, but I will admit that I may have over looked it.
  17. I have been awarded 4 knots (soon to be 5). AOL Youth Religious Cub Scouter DAM Cub Master (to be awarded in February) Currently, I wear 3 (AOL, YR, CS). I have been asked many times by new cub scouts and even a handful of leaders what that "purple knot" is for. It gives me a great opportunity to discuss the program, my faith, and the "Duty to God" portion of the Cub Scout Promise. On my District shirt, which was just purchased, I still have to sew on the patches. I know that my DAM knot will be worn. I have not decided yet if any of the other knots will be displ
  18. I also find it ironic that 2 different councils, with the same initials would be right next to each other numerically, and have a nearly identical URL. I wonder how many times members end up at the incorrect site when typing the address in from memory (.org vs .com).
  19. Can you hear me now??? Ohio_Scouter - thanks for making me think I missed my Wednesday committee meeting (9/27/07 ?!?!?!?)...
  20. Thanks for all of the great ideas! The pack was on an OA dancer string of 6 or 7 years in a row. The leadership, and many of the scouts were getting tired of seeing the same basic show every year, so they changed the entertainment 3 or 4 years ago. From what I heard, there was very little scout involvement when it came to entertainment (all but one year was "before my time", so I don't know really how much they were involved). Two years ago when I became Cubmaster, at my urging, the scouts/leaders provided the entertainment. Sort of going "old school" the way I remembered the Bl
  21. Though I am not actually in charge of the planning of this year's B&G dinner, I was asked to post a message here looking for ideas... Specifically, our pack is looking for ideas for Professional entertainment (much to my opposition). Our pack is based in the Chicago area (actually the Far west subburb of Elgin), so if anybody has ideas for reasonably priced "professional" entertainment, please let me know. Thanks, Kurt Bimler Cubmaster - Pack 2 Elgin Webmaster - www.shabbona.org (TFC - District 2)
  22. I just checked, all still out of stock until 7/27 - 8/1... for what that is worth.
  23. Ed, You beat me to it...I knew that I should have hit the "post" button before grabbing another cup of coffee. Kurt
  24. fishnbass2, Welcome to the Forum. I do not know where you are from, but I would assume the local public library would have an internet connection that could be used to take the training. However, I would agree with John-in-KC that the first time it is best to take it "live", if for no other reason than the extra discussion that takes place. The BSA tries to use real life examples as part of the training, but nothing beats a group of people comming up with their own examples. SWScouter, you said, "There is information that is local in nature with the training and so you need t
  25. I do not have the book handy to confirm, but I do believe the "yard stick" ceremony is in the "Cub Scout Ceremonies for Dens & Packs" book available at your local scout store. A CC at one of the local packs did a great job with it. Instead of just marking the yard stick, it was scored on the back side. After each part of the "speach", like with the adding machine tape, he would break off part of the yard stick. At one point, instead of just breaking of a part by hand, he would slap the yardstick on a table, breaking off a part with a loud "crack!". Interesting effect that brou
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