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Liz

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  1. Lisabob -- I am more than willing to cook in the kitchen if they would allow me to, but they won't. I even have a current Food Handler's permit. So any relevant laws should be satisfied. But the Council regulations prohibit it. And I know the poor kid willing to eat salad all week is going to be miserable. I can live on salad all week myself, but my idea of a salad includes things like grilled chicken and hard boiled eggs! If my son's willing to live off canned chili for the week, he can probably do that, but I won't be able to go without full access to a kitchen. I am 7 mo
  2. You're right that they don't need an RV. They just need refrigeration and a stove. A camp stove would be fine... frankly what I have in the RV really isn't much more than that, anyway. If they would allow me a reasonable space in a fridge (which they don't have) and a camp stove, that would be fine. I even talked to the food services director about this yesterday, but he just reiterated that space is very limited and didn't address my camp stove request at all. So the problem is that I'm fairly certain they won't allow a camp stove, either. Plus, scheduled camp activities run right up to
  3. It's really too late to try to arrange for the entire troop to cook at their campsite... even if they'd be allowed, which I doubt. They do have one day where they prepare meals at the campsite, but the food provided for the kids to cook is still full of gluten. I will call the CE tomorrow and see if there's anything else that can be done. It's true that a lot of foods don't require refrigeration, but they do require preparation. If they would allow for access to kitchen facilities we could do it with minimal refrigeration. I am not sure eating nothing but canned chili three times a day f
  4. Ok, so here's the situation: Our troop is scheduled to go to a local Council-run summer camp this Sunday (July 4). We have two boys in our troop (one is my son) who cannot eat wheat or gluten. My son also cannot eat dairy. In addition, I cannot eat gluten either and I had planned to volunteer as an adult leader at camp this year. The camp policy on special diets is as follows: Food Service: Our goal is to give you a well-balanced menu with high quality food. Persons with special menu needs may visit the council web site at www.cpcbsa.org in early May to view a copy of the camp menu
  5. This is great! Our troop has had the Red Cross come out and do a certification course for CPR, First Aid, AED, Child CPR, and Infant CPR. It was a great experience. We had some parents and siblings join us, too. The first time I took a CPR class, we were told that if we were doing CPR, the victim was already dead... we shouldn't ever feel bad about hurting them or "failing to save" them -- but rather feel great if we were able to bring them back to life.
  6. I just want to thank everyone for the input. It really helps.
  7. 1) Pumpkin 2) Um... all other pies tie for 2nd place. I like pie.
  8. Scoutnut: The law around here rarely protects children. One of the other families in the troop had a restraining order against the father for three years based on spousal abuse and child abuse and still the father had the right to unsupervised access to his children; the only thing that would have prevented him from coming on Scout activities would have been the presence of the mother because he couldn't be within a certain distance of her at any time. That mother has tried to get supervised visitation several times in the court and failed every time. In the case in question, howeve
  9. The mom allows visitation and has left the troop involvement decision up to the Scoutmaster. You are right that she doesn't want to go to court, but she's not using the Troop to keep him away from her kids; the kids visit with him occasionally already, including overnight visits... pretty much as often as he invites them, which recently has been a handful of times per year. She is primarily concerned with making sure the Scoutmaster is aware of the issues and can make an informed choice as to whether to allow him to come along and what level of supervision he needs to provide. This partic
  10. Thank you, folks. This is really helpful. The more I think about it, the more I think a policy DOES need to be in place. These are not the only boys in the troop with non-custodial parents of questionable character. For the family in question, the absent father has not requested to attend a specific campout yet; just expressed his desire to the mother and to the boys that he wishes to do so "sometime soon." He also does not have a specific visitation schedule in place but does still have the right to visit his children, because that's the way the law works. Any other comments ar
  11. By the way, just for clarification, I am NOT the Scoutmaster, but the Scoutmaster has asked my opinion on the matter.
  12. Thank you... So, do you normally require background checks of all parents who want to tag along on a campout? The non-custodial parent is not asking (at this point) to be an ongoing volunteer. If you do not require a background check of all parents, do you make an exception for this one? Most likely this parent will not know that this is not normally required of every parent. Both the custodial parent and the step-parent in the family have had background checks because they are troop volunteers. Alternatively, do you institute a new policy that all parents need to have backgrou
  13. Hi, folks! I haven't been on for a while, but I've missed you all. I have had a few questions come up lately and it suddenly occurred to me that you folks would be a good resource to ask. I'll try to keep this as general as I can rather than get into the specifics of our situation. Maybe some of you have run into this before. Let's say the non-custodial parent of some of the boys in your Boy Scout troop suddenly decides he (or she) wants to join your troop on a camp-out. The custodial parent has some reservations due to the character of the non-custodial parent. Concerns inclu
  14. Thank you so much for all your help in this, folks! I'm trying to stay out of the way and let the boys do the organizing, but I feel I need to know what's going on so I can help steer a little when absolutely necessary (or, preferably, when ASKED). I will let the boys know about the interest inventory. Our DE has been unusually un-helpful in other areas, so that is a bit of a last resort as far as I'm concerned. If the boys would like us to, we might be able to just pick one up from the front desk at the local council office. -Liz
  15. So, the boys will need to approach a potential CO -- perhaps the one who charters our Boy- and Cub- scout troops. If they get turned down (they're not the friendliest CO around), I think I'll encourage them to try my church. It's further away from the neighborhood where our boys live, but I don't see any reason why they'd have to actually drive over there very often. Thanks for the help, folks. -Liz
  16. Not to get off the topic of the competency level of the folks at National or anything... but... I think I have enough of an understanding now to kind of understand. The boys are really serious about forming the Venturing Crew. 3 of the 4 most active boys in my son's patrol will turn 18 sometime within the next 8 months. My son's only 15. They are putting this together themselves, and seeking out adult leaders. My son asked me and my husband (on behalf of the other boys) last night to be adult leaders in the crew. I look forward to assisting them in a truly boy-run program, unlike how thei
  17. Hello, knowledgeable folks! My son is 15, Star rank, and is the youngest member in his very active BSA patrol. All the other boys currently in his patrol will be turning 18 sometime within the next 12 months. They have been together for many years, and now are talking about starting a Venturing Crew (partly to seek new adventures, partly to buy some time since you can be a "youth" in Venturing through age 20). But I and my son are both a bit confused about how all this works. We have some questions. - What is the difference between a "Venturing Crew" and a "Venturing Patrol?" - Is
  18. This story is much more detailed and more interesting than the version I posted at the start of the thread: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,518417,00.html I understand the attraction of back-country solo hiking, and perhaps there are situations (when carrying a locator beacon) when the benefit outweighs the risk. I am not convinced that this was one of those situations, given the conditions and how remote this hike apparently was. Situations like Gern describes, where there are multiple solo (and paired) hikers along the same trail, would mitigate the risk quite a lot; if you fel
  19. I realize that he wasn't obligated to obey the Scout rules on a solo trip. I also realize that a buddy probably would not have kept him from getting lost. But it was a big risk to take -- he's fortunate that he didn't get hurt or sick and need his buddy. I try to teach my sons that the things they learn in Scouting are lessons that are designed to apply to life in general. I would not approve of my son, 17 yr old Eagle Scout or not, going on a hike alone. Buddy System is the first thing they learn as Tenderfoots. I just wonder why this boy didn't take that lesson to heart. Is there somet
  20. Interesting story about a Scout: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090428/ap_on_re_us/us_missing_hiker Not to diminish this young man's survival skills, but shouldn't he have known better than to go on a hike in the wilderness without a buddy in the first place? -Liz
  21. All I have to say is "Ditto" what Lisabob said. -Liz
  22. Perhaps the problem with the uniform is that the fund raiser was at a local hardware chain. It might be seen as promoting the chain. If you were making and selling burgers-n-dogs in a public park it might be different? -Liz
  23. I function as the webmaster for our troop. I keep our calendar in iCal and broadcast it to the web via MobileMe. This calendar is linked to the troop website, and it's available for parents and kids to view online or subscribe to. There aren't enough specifics on the calendar to warrant password-protecting it, but that could be done if necessary. In reality, only one or two families EVER look at the website or the online calendar. But it's no trouble for me to keep it going. Our technophobic Scoutmaster hands out lists of upcoming events every once in a while, and I put it into iCal for p
  24. Closing the visit to the press could have been for any number of reasons. I'm not sure it helps to speculate on the reasons; perhaps we'll find out at some point. At any rate, I did catch the MSNBC coverage of latino outreach by BSA online. They actually had two segments available on the website; one they aired on TV and another longer one where they had more of the Scout Executive's interview. For interested parties, I recommend getting online and viewing it. I don't know if it will still be available later, but it's there now. -Liz
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