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Everything posted by Austinole

  1. They print flyers, make packets to hand out. Go to schools. They have signs you can check out. They have been running a Fall Festival for the past few years. They don't help with Boy Scouts. Our BS Unit just relies on crossovers and doesn't recruit other than have Webelos camp out.
  2. Food for camping trips question cub scouts

    Our pack did Saturday dinner as a Pack. Everything else was "on your own." Granted scouts seemed to roam and find the best cookers.
  3. Advancement Post Day Camp

    I always cover the rank advancement stuff during the regular scout year. Ya just need to be creative in finding new ways to do it.
  4. Scouter's Training Award

    That would knock equivalent out of the ballpark.
  5. 1910 World Crest Ring?

    It's an extra do dad that they made for the 100 years. I have one on one of my uniforms. My son has one on his Cub Scout Uniform but we didn't transfer it over to his Webelos now Scout Uniform. He's got the "Messenger of Peace" ring on that one.
  6. Email updates from camp

    good SM
  7. Webelos I Den camping Trips

    While this his a lot of information, it's just laying down the foundation. Now, on ever hike you can continue to learn new things and reinforce the things you've already talked about. Scavenger hunts are always fun. Give them a check off sheet for the things they find so they don't have to take them. The other thing we always cover before and during a hike is "hiking safety" and "Leave No Trace."
  8. Fast food mentality

    FYI it's SOP
  9. microfiber vs polyester/wool vs cotton

    watch how hot the iron is when you iron on some of those patches
  10. Pack camp out

    We bought a Kelty 6 man tent for our Cub Scout family camping. It has served us well throughout Cub Scouts and we still use it on occasion. As your son gets older he will move out and start camping with his friends. My wife insists on the blow up mattress too.
  11. Webelos I Den camping Trips

    If you do it right/smart, you will have fun and be working on requirements in the woods. When you're hiking make sure you are asking questions "who can spot a decomposer." "Who can find the most animals." "How many different things could you use that pine tree for." Get them to start coming up with the answers rather than you just telling them. Most of all fun!
  12. That would be very disappointing. I can't imagine my wife not being allowed to continue with "her" boys.
  13. STEM

    We divided them up in teams and had them engineer the tallest structure using supplied materials (straws and tape). We did balloon on string races to demonstrate air pressure and newton's laws of motion. Show them how to pick up a ball with a jar upside down (centrifugal force). We did the starch and hammer experiement. We've made ooze. When we magnetized needles to make compass we used corks. You can either lie the magnetized needle on the cork or put the needle through the cork, then place it in water.
  14. How Much is too much?

    I did some of the same things when I came in to our Pack. Previously, our pack shut down after March. After our Tiger year I started a spring/summer program of two events per month. April, we had belt loop round up. May, we had Mother's day project. June was father's day project and council summer events. July, was free astronomy and council camp. August was skating or bowling and picnic. We would only get about 5 kids to show up but for those kids they earned the Summer Time Achievement Award. Hopefully, it will continue now that our son has crossed over. First thing I look for when planning events is free stuff; we have a science center that does a few free things each month. Then, I look for things that don't cost too much, skating or bowling. I tried to have one free event and one event that cost a little each month. Our final event was an end of summer picnic. Make a summer time passport that can get checked off to earn the Summer Time Award.
  15. Wood Badge Critter Patches

    I have an owl patch on one of my uniforms. No uniform police have arrested me...yet.
  16. Belt Loops not going away

    good news
  17. Picked a troop

    Glad your son found the troop for him.
  18. Picking a pack

    Take multiple visits to packs. Go where you feel best.
  19. Scouting on the way out??

    I think it will find it's level of participation and continue.
  20. Autistic man learned about life through Scouting

    great story thanks for sharing
  21. WV Councils merging: Tri-State and Buckskin

    sounds like a good move. It will be interesting to see how it falls out
  22. Scouting

    Welcome him in. Maybe send a note to the other Troop SM about what your doing and talk about sign offs on stuff.
  23. New member

    glad you're participating. I look forward to some of your insights with camping gear.
  24. T minus 6 hours and counting

  25. Opinion on "1st year" programs ?

    I'll report back and let you know how my son enjoyed it. Right now he just wants to get out and go camping.