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  1. Bought mine on ebay for $25 and drilled it myself using the instructions from the Wood Badge site. It works but I am no virtuoso on the kudu. I am told the proper method of playing a kudu is the same as a bugle. Having said that, I'll stick to the guitar.
  2. Thanks Eamonn Had the leaderlore link as my standby but was hoping there was something else out there. Definitely will have staff explain the origins of their respective totems. Also, putting together a sheet with the staff totems and will make it a "Who Am I?" game. L
  3. As a TG I had primary responsibility to review, approve and follow up on participant tickets. Having said that, I made it a practice to discuss modifications or changes with the ASM and CD prior to approving. L
  4. This is referenced in the new Staff Guide but nowhere to be found. Anyone seen such a document or have a custom one they can share? Prior courses in our Council seem to have only presented samples. Thanks. L
  5. Understand this to be a more outdoor specific application of the skills from Wood Badge. Sort of a NAYLE-lite for us oldsters.
  6. Thanks infoscouter. This link will help the project I'm working on.
  7. Being cheap, sorry THRIFTY, I created a spreadsheet to track adult training levels in our unit. There are tabs for Basic, Leader Specific, Supplemental and Advanced. Also added a worksheet listing the merit badge counselors within the unit. Our Council uses a Training certificate listing the various training courses and issue these to volunteers upon completion of the first training taken. Volunteers are asked to bring these to successive trainig to be initialed by the instructor. Sort of a perpeptual record. Volunteers in our unit show me their cert and I update the record accordingly. If there is any question then I contact the district training chair for confirmation.
  8. $250 in our Council for at least the last three years. Same materials as other have listed. Our challenge though is in the last two years there has been a dramtic increase in the use of Camperships to pay for the course. One wonders if the higher fee is supplementing the Council campership account.
  9. Thank you for your comments. Beavah's response reflects my own personal thoughts. A couple of the nagging concerns I have though is when the custom policies go beyond what National requires of the youth, potential for items outside of the Guide to Safe Scouting or changes to the purpose of a Scout run troop. Mahalo
  10. Sorry if this has been hashed out previously. Tried to search through past topics. Ok, now for some background: A year ago our family moved and transferred into a new unit within the same Council and District. On the surface, this troop seemed to be extremely well organized and my wife and I were familiar with a few of the volunteers from our District roles. The troop is what I term a mega unit with 60 or more scouts registered. A waiting list exists to join the troop and there is no interest in breaking into smaller units. "Recruitment" was from a sole feeder pack, also a mega unit. They are also "Self Chartered". Through the years, a number of custom unit policies have been created that create additional requirements and actions for youth advancement. Also, functions such as outing planning are "assigned" to adult volunteers to coordinate and report back to the parent's committee. With the exception of menu selection and food purchase the youth are not part of the planning process. Our first response was to question who had been to training. Of the sixty plus registered adults there was one stressesed out leader who attended Woodbadge/21st and one who had been to SM Specific/OLT. The balance only had Youth Protection. One or two had taken Supplemental Backpack Leader Training but there is no interest in promoting adult leadership training. In fact, raising the question was taken as an insult to some. Secondly, I openly questioned why the youth were not activily planning their events. The response was "They are not capable" which raised my blood pressure up several points. The committee insists on having constant reporting and a close out report, all on spreadsheets. Third I asked how many adults had been to Roundtable and was told the unit only sends one representative. "Nobody else needs to go". So, I am looking for input/ideas on how to increase the committee's awareness of BSA policy versus their custom version. Or, tell me I am over reacting. Before anyone suggests contacting the unit commissioner I tried that. Unfortunately no commissioner is assigned currently. Thanks.
  11. OGO Yeah, I''ve found a few of the animal friendly finished horns which is fine. The link shows a shofar with the mouthpiece on the end, but I''m curious if those folks can drill one out to the "BP/Wood Badge" configuration. Thanks for the link.
  12. Bumping this up. Still looking for a source for pre-drilled kudu horns. Spiritsigns appears to have gone offline and the quartermaster store only sells blank horns. The shofars I have seen are drilled on the tip and not along the length.
  13. I should have clarified...I'm not looking for a used Kudo and would have edited the topic title if I could figure out how. My understanding is a shofar is drilled on the end/tip of the horn whereas a proper Kudo has the mouthpiece drilled along the length a few inches up from the tip. BTW...the rule regarding not sharing Kudos came from National and was communicated at last year's Area Conferences.
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