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About mistysmere

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  1. ScoutNut has some great ideas. I just wanted to add that more than half of our returning cubs this year are ADD/ADHD. The boys in our Pack who are working the hardest are those who are our "special needs" boys. Being ADD/ADHD does not make you a special needs child. It just means that the adults around you need to work harder at being creative to help you along. Last year, DS's Tiger Den had 5 boys. At the beginning, two were medicated. All 5 were fully capable of working on the Bobcat requirements. They all received their immediate recognition thingy at the first Pack meetin
  2. I understand where you are coming from, but let me give you another perspective. Our Pack, this morning, has 23 boys (we could be registering 4 new ones tonight). At least 10 of those boys is ADD/ADHD and on meds. Because we are a small pack, the parents know each other fairly well. One thing we talked about last spring was the fact that most of the medicated boys, have a personality type where they need little extras to keep them interested and focused. We also noticed over the summer that it's the same boys attending things over and over, not because of vacations and parents, but be
  3. Relax. This isn't as hard as it seems when you first look at all the training and books. It doesn't matter who shows up with your Tiger, as long as each Tiger has someone. Our Pack has 4 Tigers this year. One comes every week with Dad. One is the son of the Cubmaster and Bear Leader, so the CC or Tiger Leader or myself attend as his adult during normal den meetings until CM deals with all his work. One Tiger brings Mom, Dad, 4 year old brother and 11 month sister to most meetings. Then there is the Tiger who might show up with Dad, Stepmom or 14 year old sister. Dad works long hour
  4. Sitting here with DS's Tiger book (don't ask why it was sitting next to my computer). On page 161, the Trail to Advancement starts. The very first page is "Tiger Cub Immediate Recognition". When the kids can do these three things, they get the paw thingy. Page 162 is the Bobcat Trail. To me, that says it all. One interesting thing is that the paw thingy is suppose to be given at a Pack meeting. Honestly, most of the Tigers I've run into are so excited about Scouts that they push to get Bobcat by their first Pack meeting. Which would mean that the Scout would be receiving the paw
  5. Last year, DS's Tiger Den did "Lost Quarter". This is another skit that has few lines and allows for any size group. It also allows for the shy boy to also be a part of the skit. mistysmere
  6. I bought my uniform earlier this week, just in time for our Rally. I've been slowly getting my small number of patches on. When I mentioned at the scout shop that I had a hard time making the numbers straight on DS's uniform, they suggested sewing the numbers together first. This worked wonders. When I was facing the World Crest with the ring, I decided to try the same thing. It looks great. I haven't got it on the uniform yet (still trying to figure out how high above the pocket the thing goes), but I plan on removing DS's World Crest and doing the same thing with the donut when he gets
  7. I asked in my Scout Store yesterday and they told me that they heard the requirements would be out some time in November. These Scouters have always been fairly accurate with their information. mistsymere
  8. My DS is 7, going to be 8 in December. He is in second grade. He is a Wolf. There really is a difference in the abilities of the Wolf and Bear aged boys. As much as I love the boys in my pack, I have to admit that it will be nice to have them all separated by age for meetings again. The most important thing to remember is that Bear is when they can earn their whittlin chip. I don't know about you, but I can't imagine DS with a knife any time soon. Honestly, as excited as our Bears are about this, there has been some talk of putting this requirement off for a little, just so the bo
  9. Our Tiger den was a highly motivated bunch. We used the Fast Tracks for the first month, just to get our feet underneath us, and then we moved on and did our own thing. I expect that the same thing is going to happen this year. With a group of ADD/ADHD boys, what I saw of the Wolf outline isn't going to work. It's just not that active enough. When you add in how active our council is during the fall and all the middle of the book requirements that can be met at these events, you get to January and suddenly discover that you can do maybe one activity from the Fast Tracks or the old Program
  10. I am the mom of a medicated Wolf Cub and a new committee member of a small Pack that is heavily medicated. By this, I mean that more boys in our Pack take medication than boys that don't. Reading your concerns really bothers me. Being on medication does not mean that the child will be a discipline problem, and that seems to be a connection that you are making. You really need to deal with two separate issues. At camp, you had two boys that needed constant supervision. As a committee, you need to look at all the things these two boys attend. Are they ALWAYS in need to constant super
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