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  1. After just returning from a week of camp as SPL i have a comment to make. At Camp Sequassen in Connecticut, we had a leaders meeting the first day. The first thing the program director asked was that no scouts were allowed cell phones. She said that it is possibly a danger that a scout may become homesick and try to leave without informing the scoutmaster and camp staff. The camp went as far as putting a lock on the pay phone. All the scoutmasters were given the combo, but the staff felt it was necessary for the scoutmasters to be aware of all calls home for safety purposes.
  2. Elections are coming up this week and i have a couple quick questions. 1. Is it written in the Boy Scout Handbook that ASPL is appointed? I know that it is, but just looking for written back up. 2. My troop has had 2 ASPLs for the past couple years. I heard that this was due to having between 50 and 60 scouts, but i do not see the benefit. As a scout this should seem good to me as an added leadership position, but there didnt seem to be much for even 1 ASPL to do. What are the benefits of having multiple ASPLS? Thanks, Badger
  3. In my troop, cooking has been on the rise in the past year. This is due to two things. 1.the adults set a good example and had us scouts drooling over their food asking how to make it. 2. The patrol that is mainly olderboys decided to cook a fancy meal before the adults started demonstrating thier fancy cooking. The drive for food was started by the older scouts that have since turned 18 and left, but the drive has continued. As a scout, the best way to get better food would be for the SM to talk to the older boys about cooking better food and have it spiral down from there.
  4. In my troop, cooking has been on the rise in the past year. This is due to two things. 1.the adults set a good example and had us scouts drooling over their food asking how to make it. 2. The patrol that is mainly olderboys decided to cook a fancy meal before the adults started demonstrating thier fancy cooking. The drive for food was started by the older scouts that have since turned 18 and left, but the drive has continued. As a scout, the best way to get better food would be for the SM to talk to the older boys about cooking better food and have it spiral down from there.
  5. That is almost exactly what i thought, but I just wanted to double check Thanks, Badger
  6. 2 questions on totin chip before i leave for a campout in about an hour. 1. Is hatchet needed for totin' chip. It is not on the totin' chip card, but i believe that it is necessary. not sure though... 2. To backup to what i teach, are all the rules/safety guidelines listed in the scout handbook. I have to go pack now, but i will check back before i leave. Please respond quickly if you have an answer. Thanks, Badgerface
  7. My troop has 2 problems. 1. Our meetings are not very fun. The best meetings we have are the tops 5 meetings a year that we have just for fun. We attempt to teach the same skills every single meeting. This gets repetitive and is only done for advancement purposes. Most of the adult leaders realize that the meetings have not been very fun lately. I, and other scouts, have also noticed this. I have tried, the past 2 or 3 PLCs, to bring this point up that everything is not for advancement. It seems that no one has realized that the adults just try to push all of the new scouts through
  8. EagleinKY sounds like a very similar problem. I am a scout and always attend the PLC to help plan the meetings. Lately we have attempted to split into groups of 5-6 scouts and teach a skill. Durring this time, 1 or 2 older scouts will teach each group a skill, then we will switch groups so by the end of the skill session, everyone would have, as an example, been able to learn the square, diagonal and shear lashing, or any combination of 3-4 related skills. Next, we plan on playing a game for 15-20 minutes that is just for fun. Then we have the closing and its done. This style isnt bad,
  9. In my troop we have a contest for the 'top dog patrol'. There are points awarded for attendance, correct uniform, first campsite set up, first site down, best behavior, etc. There has been a slight lack of enthusiasm towards this since it just started, but for me personally, it is just starting to catch on. I think in another year or two this competition will grow into something that everyone wants to win. At the end of the year, the winning patrol is given posetion of the 'top dog flag'. This patrol is allowed to change the flag and it will be a lot of fun once there is more on it other
  10. This may be similar to the thread i spun this off which was on scouting games. My troop recently has a problem that many scouts are becoming bored and disinterested. It seems that all we do is teach scout skills at least 2 or 3 meetings a month. I know that we should attempt to incorporate that months theme or outing into the meetings, but we never do. What do other troops do durring their meetings other than teach scout skills, make a duty roster or plan the meals for the upcomign campouts. It just seems that, me included, most scouts in my troop are realizing that the meeting quality ha
  11. I believe T487Scouter is looking for ways to make scoulike activities more fun. He used the 'missing' stove to practice orienteering. I think he is looking for other ways to incorporate scouing skills into games. I am a scout, and it is fun to play games every so often. Usually we play our traditional Key game, where a scout is blinfolded and put in the center of a circle of scouts. You put the biggest/clankiest set of keys under the chair and select scouts 1 at a time to rescue the keys without being pointed at.
  12. The reason that i asked the question is that currently in my troop the adults do not let the SPL take any true responsibility and if anything starts to go wrong they step in because they dont have confidence in him. This has happened more with this SPL than before, but i think it wont stop unless there is an SPL that has the complete support from the adult leadership. Although i do want to step up and hopefully be voted SPL, i do not see the point in running(hopefully becoming) SPL if the adults do not see the qualities that they hope for and do not trust me. Then any decision I/the PLC mak
  13. Hi all...I was wondering what qualities adult leaders hope to find in an SPL? I know that in my troop we scouts usually end up voting for the person that has the most experience, gets along with the most people, and has the most amount of time to devote. Is this really any different from the adult point of view. I really want to just hear what makes the perfect SPL before i truly decide whether or not i can make a strong enough candidate for SPL next year. What are the best qualities?
  14. chicken ranch...everything that you said puts you as a prime candidate for becomins SM. You realize exactly what is expected of SM without realizing it. Sitting on the sidelines and guiding individual scouts rather than the entire group is the perfect scoutmaster that i would want. Right now im trying to get my SM to become more like that. If the troop and SPL and PLC work right then all an SM should do is attend every activity and sit on the sidelines to help individual scouts and advise the youth leaders how to lead better. I hope this helps coming from the perspective of a 14 year old
  15. I do realize that my troop does have a lot, but with some of the adult leaders we have now, it can become better. The adults want us to become more boy-led but dont realize that while they are helping, they are actually keeping us back. I think ill bring it up with our troops SPL to add this to the agenda for the next PLC. Maybe with some of the right people attending i can remingd them of what we had decided at summercamp and how we need to take even more responsibility than we already have. I have one other question...How much responsibility should we take. Currently we decide on a
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