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    Boys Life?

    I always thought the BL for younger cubs was a really bad idea, sure all little kids like to get mail, but how many Tiger/Bear Cubs are going to actually read the magazine? I know mine didnt at that age(other than look at thr pictures) If they want to make membership $20 they should just do it and not try and supplement revenue with the boys life subscriptions..
  2. I didnt see any sort of "suggestion box" so forgive me if this is out of place. This forum seems to have the largest number of members, but has the oldest format of message board software. compared to other sites such as www.scoutingforum.org & www.scoutingboard.com (both have almost zero activity) Are there any plans to upgrade the forum software (to something like Invision Power Board or VBulletin)? Is there a need for a small donation from members? I enjoy reading this forum (yes I am fairly new) but its almost painful to post because this format is incredibly S L O W ....
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    Succession Planning - - Advice?

    I wouldnt push woodbadge training, but it will be easier since you have time, to have the new CM get all the other required training out of the way. I became a Tiger Den Leader (of 18 tigers ~yes please pray for me,often~) and ACM in one week. Our current CM is leaving at the end of the school year (his kid is going into BS) but he has already "left" for the most part, so my biggest headache was dealing with both the new pack leadership duties and fitting in BALOO, leader specific training,etc,roundtables in all in a short time.
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    Eagle Felon

    I didnt think a felony can be expunged? Or are they making a special case since he is a minor?
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    Smoking Scout

    Robb, just so you know I wasnt trying to imply any "better than though" that a lot of folks on these scouting sites seem to do, I was just seeing myself in your post (I'm 33) I was just trying to throw the "quit" bug in your ear... But its been a month, and that nicotine must be some strong stuff, cause there havent been many days that I havent had "the urge"...
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    Smoking Scout

    Simply tell this adult that even though he can legally smoke, he wont be able to smoke on your outings? doesnt seem that complicated to me... But as someone who just passed the 4 weeks mark without having a smoke, after 8 years of smoking, take this as a good time to quit, quit as a group. One of the main reasons I quit was because I didnt want to be "that guy" sneaking off to feed some nicotine addiction every few hours on scouting events.. I smoked about a pack and a half of camel filters a day for more than 8 years. Dont waste money on the patch, gum, etc, just quit cold turkey, It sucks for a week, but if you get past the week its easy.. Its also easy if you just stop buying them
  7. we would usually have more scouts on the outings than at the meetings it seemed. But I dont see anything wrong with having a patrol made up of the most active members of the trooop. I think one problem (I am in your area) is that maybe there are too many troops, and some consolidation needs to be done, but then the adults start turf wars and "stuff"
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    Cold Cub Camping

    reading through this thread you would think there were some 80 year old old ladies here! Cub Scout Camping requires a parent / guardian to go, If things get "that bad" they can pack up and go home, its not like they are going to be 50 miles in at Philmont.
  9. just to give some more insite into the stump removal, this was at summer camp, and the camp had asked troops to remove as many stumps as they could that were in the "general open area" so there were no environmental issues, since it was requested by the landowners, and I think our leaders developed a good way to get rid of some of them. You also were not given a specific time frame of having to remove the stump, I think I worked on mine off and on for a few days. Also to point out this was the kind of SM who rarely raised his voice, but I think it was a great idea. There wasnt any "hazing" where the rest of the troop stood in a circle , pointed and yelled "Tree Urinater!" or anything. I like Eagle Dad's idea, I actually use that when my own kids wont go to sleep, after several attempts to get them to sleep, we take a walk around our neighborhood to get them tired..As a parent I certianly wouldnt object to that type of hike, but I think some folks have gotten a little soft. I dont really recall a lot of push ups being given out, I think some were done, a lot of times in jest. So whats the "limit" I recall we had things in place where if you failed to do a patrol task, such as clean the camp dishes, you would get double the share of dish duty to make up for slacking off. Anyone could construe that as harrasment / hazing these days..
  10. The point would be that while it might appear to be a shortcut to "use a tree" in the middle of the night, you can save yourself several hours removing a stump the next day, if you take the extra steps to the designated latrine.... If you had to remove a stump, you received a "yellow stump" award at a ceremony, it wasnt hazing, it was all in good fun/learning consequences. I still have mine at home, if this forum wasnt a few years behind(technology wise) I would post a picture of it.
  11. In my opinion, I dont really think a "few" push ups is corporal punishment, Corporal Punishment defined:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporal_punishment But if a SM did this today would he be against the "Guide to Safe Scouting"?
  12. I was reading another forum in which it was discussed that making scouts do push ups for corrective / disciplinary action is not permitted by BSA. This made me think about something that was the "rule" when I was a kid in scouting (80's) at least in our troop. If you were caught using the bathroom anywhere other than the designated "latrine" area (i.e. say you were caught urinating on a tree late in the night because you were too undisciplined to walk to the latrine) the punishment was (if you were caught) that you had to dig up a stump from the camping area (The stump was selected by the Scoutmaster) generally your first offense you got a small stump, and then so on and so on.. I myself had to dig up a stump once, and that was the last time I beleive I used an unofficial latrine. So I would say the punishment was fair and worked. It also served to remove stumps, which are in general a safety hazard while you are walking to the latrin late at night So would this "stump patrol" be considered hazing today?
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    School won't hand out flyers

    try hitting up the school PTA thats where our pack does most of the advertising, the meetings while usually are held at school are not under the control of the school. I live in suburbia, and out PTA is so active its almost annoying, so its always a good place to showcase the cub scouts and recruit!
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    List of All Eagle's - Wikipidea

    never mind, talked to one of their admins who said it isnt going to happen, apparantly there have been lots of previous attempts and they all get deleted. either an eagle becomes a politician, or somewhat "famous/infamous" or it doesnt get on there..I tried to add my dad, who served as an officer in Vietnam, earned the bronze star and it got the axe, but I see similar people with miltary service who are on there, I think the thing is moderated my major internet geeks on the "notable" list of eagles, apparantly you are given 2 days to prove the person is "notable" and you have to present to them a # (or something) anyways, if you know of a notable eagle at least try and add them, to me the list they have is somewhat small. & yes this was a little vain... But they seem to have every minor league baseball player on there and thats acceptable??? (This message has been edited by madmike)(This message has been edited by madmike)
  15. I noticed on wikipedia's list of eagle scouts they only select "notable" eagle scouts (politicians mainly it seems) I was wanting to start an article for ALL eagle scouts, IMO anything where less than 5% of a group attains a certain rank, to me is notable. I dont know if any of you have ever dealt with wikipeida, but its very hard to get an article to stay around (without getting deleted). If the page was created, I think you have 5 days for it to be reviewed before it gets deleted, but I think with help (from lots of you) we could get them to include it? here is the link to the current page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Eagle_Scouts Any thoughts? I think if we had the "list" predefined at the time we post the article it might give it "staying power" If there is interest i will start the page and post the link...