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  1. Momleader

    And so it begins

    Sorry, my internet of saying to let aethists and Jehovah witnesses join scouts wasn’t to group them as the same. I know they are vastly different in their beliiefs. Just put them in the same sentance because they are both groups of people that don’t usually have their children join Scouting one because of the Duty to God and the other (as told to me by a JW - it’s the pledge of allegiance more than anything) which honestly I thought was odd since that persons husband was also a member of that church and active career military at the time. But what ever career they chose thats Their business there are lots of very good people that are atheists and agnostics but it might be difficult for a youngster to understand what duty to god means if they don’t believe in a higher power especially at the very young cub age
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    And so it begins

    Gimme a break! All this PC stuff is getting to be too much. We are all being told to focus on the hot news byte of the week, atheism, Christmas songs & tv specials.... whatever. Let the atheists and jehovah witnesses join - but remember part of being reverent is being tolerant and not judging how and what others believe. And that goes for ALL - that means NO religion/lack of religion bashing as it would be unkind and discourteous. Betwteen this and the WSJ article and fallout, no communication has come from our council other than a regurgitation of CSE’s message. It’s been a rough week answering parent questions about the news.
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    Juvenile Offenses and Ethics

    I’m sure this family is in turmoil. As frustrated as you are, this is still a child. Please remember that part about “ A Scout helps other people at all times. “ - it applies to us adults too. Maybe this young man needs someone to give a damn to be sure he can get back on track to “keep himself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight”. An ounce of kindness can go a long way. Kids don’t get involved deeply with drugs because everything else in their life is hunky dory. It usually starts out as something to try and then mushrooms or spirals into something more difficult to get out of - add in any other issues (educational/psychological) or familial problem. Kids can be hurting in so many ways adults don’t always see. Just like the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree - maybe he just needs a little love. Remember kindness.
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    RECHARTER TIME!

    In recharter hell today. And got notification our council program fees will increase next year (rumor says another $10). If the rumor is true It will actually cost more than national’s fees. Welcome to the new math.
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    Helping PTA & Promo concurrently?

    Thanks for asking. We showed up. There wasn’t room for the derby track so it stayed in the car. Basically the folks who set it up asked us when we got there to make sure kids weren’t running around like crazy (their parents were there) and stayed in the program area of the gym not roaming the halls. So they wanted security. It was a flop as a recruiting opportunity. The high school club sent kids to work an activity table.
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    Helping PTA & Promo concurrently?

    Thanks!!!! We are going to bring a section of track and legos to build derby cars with. A giant checkers set (painted blue and gold) and some cub word searches and I have a box full of old boys life magazines that were headed to the library sale (when you have 2 boys in at one time you always get 2 BL - glad I saved them)
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    Prizes/rewards for popcorn booth sales (Show & Sell)?

    You first 2 sentences are your answer. In his old pack. And now they are part of your ‘newto them’ Pack. This is a lot of grief over a toy/prize that might not be worth the $$ amount difference. I swear sometimes parents get wrapped up about the smallest things. I would love to see a story about how a pack or troop takes all the prizes earned from popcorn and donates them to a children’s hospital toy cupboard or to the local social services toy drive at the holidays. Purposely selling to benefit their pack/troop and give joy to another child in the meantime.
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    AOL Bridging Up Issues

    We have one parent that has been difficult to say the least. All of a sudden they want their child to bridge up because they don't want them to be a part of our pack and they want it done by the end of the year. They want to move on to a troop (that their other boys are in) because they do not like our troop or pack, apparently they do not like what we are doing. You do what you can for the biggest number that will benefit - some folks are never happy with anything. It’s a shame they waited until now to voice their displeasure have they offered to help make it how they think it should be? We had a Webelos who’s parents wanted him fast tracked to be able to hang with the AOL boys since he likes them better. Apparently boy has done Most of the Webelos requirements on his own over the summer. Father was adamant this happen for his son. Even though the kiddo is just in 4th grade and young for grade. “Very advanced. academically” in dads words. After much consideration and talking with the 2 den leaders who would be working with this boy - we talked to the dad and showed them the timelines involved for rank. And said we would like him to stay with the age group that corresponds to his grade and since both groups meet concurrently we thought it would be best. Dad disagreed strongly so the Dad was also offered that I as CC would talk to other area packs to see if they would fast track son so that he could advance to a Boy Scout troop at the end of 4th grade with the boys moving from 5th to 6th. I gave him contact info for all the packs too. The dad agreed and NO pack in our area would touch this idea with a stick - they were using the timeline as their argument. The key is to let them see you’re trying to work with the parent to solve their problem. Because it’s probably more the parents issue and not the child’s. Some things just can’t be fixed or the solution they want to happen. Ours didnt come back, after being told NO by 2 other packs stating the organization doesn’t accommodate a very advanced child. Next step would have been to suggest they talk to the Scouting with special needs people to see if they could help their child get the accommodation the parents desired but it didn’t get that far.
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    Helping PTA & Promo concurrently?

    The local PTA phas asked for help at an event. Basically offering activities for siblings who don’t want to participate at the event but were brought because the parents brought them with the kids who did want to participate. They suggested having a story time & craft available. The leaders and I were thinking something more Scout like but without giving away our program. Anyone have any ideas? What about picking some elective adventure activities that works well across rack ages and doing that? They balked at us bringing our banner/table cloth but said it would be ok for us to have leaders and Den Chiefs in uniform but absolutely NO passing out paperwork. (I have super basic business cards made already if parents ask how to get more info - it’s basically a QR code to our website and the logo). We like the idea of helping the community - even if they have restrictions we pushed back on, like the uniforms issue. Explained to them it’s important for us as we wear uniforms on community service projects (field and activity uniforms depending on service type) anyone have any fun fast ideas? Of course it’s our ideal target age range too. We won’t have use of the Gym just a corner of the multipurpose room where the main event is happening.
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    Who Works on an Eagle Service Project in Your Troop?

    Our troop has everyone invited to help. Not everyone can make it. Also, when a Life Scout is planning his project he is reminded that there can be plenty of work for all. Even the youngest members, who are always eager to help and part of leadership is inclusiveness and still helping others to learn. Not to mention the lessons learned by leading those not in your immediate age group of peers. Sometimes the adult leaders/helpful parents are the hardest to lead🤣
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    Pack leader dues

    Our pack divides the cost of adult leaders out amongst the Cubs. Never an issue until year before last - one family felt it was unfair for everyone to pay for the adults. They were confused and thought the parent volunteer/DL and their Cub were free. When it’s just the leader. Every kid pays. That same family also felt there should be a family discount (we told them they didn’t need to get 2 BL subscriptions) but national & council fees and insurance fees are per person and we didn’t have the funds to offer that much of a discount but had recycled uniforms if that would help at all. They didn’t return last year - the new pack they joined called and asked if we gave them a 2 for 1 price since they wanted one there. (Guess they didn’t know it’s a small community of volunteers)
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    GoFundMe for Eagle Projects

    When I was helping eagles thru the process with my sons’ troop I suggested that they include printed copies of all the go-fund-me reports or screen shots for their Eagle Scout books if they were ever asked for it. The scouts weren’t told they couldn’t use GFM as a method to raise money.
  13. Momleader

    Time to Go.

    Hope you find a new troop. There is no such creature as a Webelos III
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    DE interference - not helping

    I would be sooo steamed if our DE tried that. They used to tell us we had to camp at council camp which is 63 minutes away from our charter org/meeting location. Oh and to cabin camp it was $100 for the weekend. Our pack can’t afford that nor do the parents want to drive 63 minutes (more in Friday night traffic). So, we camp in the state forest youth camping sites $40/2 nights. And we try to do camp-in at museums or aquariums - we’ve gone out of council. Our council has to add their administrative upcharge and it’s making some events too expensive.
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    DE interference - not helping

    I’m so frustrated I could spit! I’m Pack Committee Chair (have been with the pack for 12 years and done all but cubmaster Job) I took up new leader applications to the council complete with YTP certificates. Then I get a call that one dad cannot be a den leader of the dens his sons are in. Because - there needs to be a different den leader for each den on the recharter! I’m like “wth? He has a lion son and a tiger son wants to be involved with each equally and is willing to run meetings for each den.” DE tells me it’s about the overall number of adults to kids ratio! Has anyone ever heard of something like this? This guy is more than a warm body - he’s an ultra-involved parent! When asked why someone can be cubmaster and den leader without issue there was no answer. Why would they be trying to make this harder on people? Or is it that they only get 1 adult registration fee per person rather than fees per job?
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