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  1. NHScouter

    Help !!

    Congrats on volunteering! You'll get out of it a lot more than you will ever be able to put in (and trust me, you can put in a LOT!) Committee Meetings: Don't do everything yourself. Delegate as much as possible to other leaders and parents. We like to start out the year by planning who will chair the different activities throughout the year. Everyone has to do something. Some will do more than their share. Make sure that there are co-chairs for activities (especially if the leader/parent's child is a Webelos and will be graduating with their son). Pack Meetings: Keep it Fun!
  2. It's more what he didn't do. I did not notice it at the time, but looking back on it I realize what he was doing in the process. * He didn't run everything. * He didn't control every last detail. * He didn't have a big ego. * He didn't do all the planning. * He didn't take any of the credit. ...or at least it seemed so at the time. What he did do is: * Delegated the leadership to the scouts. * He let the boys run everything. * Mentored and coached his scout leaders. * He showed us how to plan and offered constructive criticism. * He sometimes let us fai
  3. One suggestion that I have is not to forget about Den Chiefs. They too are considered to be leaders and I have always been appreciative of the assistance that they provide. They also enjoy the program as much as you and the boys do and gain valuable leadership experience by participating.
  4. As a now-former Webelos Leader, I encouraged all of my boys to participate in the various troop sponsored outings being offered by each of the three troops in our area. Each troop has it's own 'personality' and it is best that the scouts and parents get to know what each troop is like. My own son was sure that he was going to crossover to one troop that we visited with on a campout, but by the time we attended the final troop sponsored event, he completely changed his mind. If the SM and SPL is worth their salt, they realize that it is more important that a Webelos crossover to ANY troop th
  5. sctmom reminded me of another possibility. Our troop did this as a Webelos recruiting activity, but it works well as a troop meeting or Saturday outing event as well. This was completely run by the older scouts and was held during a normal troop meeting. Webelos from all of the local packs were invited. They called it 'Operation Night Light'. The older scouts each paired up and setup different stations to teach Tenderfoot skills. The stations that were represented were firebuilding (really popular since this was being held outside in the month of December), cooking skills (they cooke
  6. We have 11 boys that crossed over this month too. Having them start attending the troop meetings before they even crossover is a great idea. Our boys decided on their respective troops in December and the crossover was on Feb 10th, but they all started attending the troop meetings at the beginning of January. We were lucky enough to have a council run Klondike Derby that they could all get involved with. The troop had 3 sleds, one with older boys (they took 1st place for the 4th year in a row), and the other two with the new scouts with 2 or 3 older scouts to lead the younger guys (the
  7. I've just moved up to Boy Scouts from being a Webelos leader. From our Pack we had 11 Webelos crossover into the troop. In getting these new Boy Scouts prepared for Tenderfoot, Second class & First class requirements, I've been tasked to come up with an interesting knot program for the scouts. Does anyone have any suggestions on what you've done in the past that has worked in your troops? It will probably span 2 troop meetings, starting with the simple knots in the 1st week and finishing with lashings, etc. at the 2nd meeting. It should cover the requirements for the new scouts bu
  8. The following information is taken from the United States Code, Title 4 (Flag and Seal, Seat of Government, and the States), Chapter 1 (The Flag), Sec. 8(j), (Respect for Flag): "However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations." Furthermore, Title 36 (Patriotic and National Organizations), Subtitle II (Patriotic and National Observances, Ceremonies, and Organizations), Part B (Organizations), Chapter 309 specifically designates the Boy Scouts of America as one of the qualifying patriotic organizatio
  9. I have two additional suggestions to make the PWD fairer and more fun for the Scouts. First, we added a distance race to the night. The finalists in the speed races are not elegible for the distance race. After the cars are eliminated from the speed race, they race for distance and the top 3 winners get a medal (we have trophies for the speed race). One thing to note is that the hight at the beginning of the track should be lowered to about the height of the seat on a folding chair (some of these cars go on forever). Also they will quickly run out of track and there should be a long e
  10. Our Pack has had a parent and sibling race for some time now. I'm a woodworker and the temptation to 'help out' my sons would have been too great had I not been working on my own car (during my oldest son's early years) or helping his younger brothers when they were pre-Scouts. A side advantage is that these pre-Scouts get a chance to get involved and it's a great recruiting method to get them involved as Tigers as soon as they hit school!
  11. I like the idea of breaking the Engineering into multiple disapplines. Also, jmcquillan has a good point. How can we best encourage a Scout who has a natural proficiency or inclination toward a particular subject. Would it be possible to have an Independent Study Merit Badge? It would have to be based on either an existing MB or some other subject approved by Council. The requirements would have to be approved by the MB Councilor (assumably a domain expert) and the Scoutmaster, Troop Committee, Council, or whoever... Is this worth pursuing?
  12. My first comment to Chippewa29 is that you are truly to be congratulated for seeking advice here rather than let this challenging scout get left by the wayside. This one boy probably needs scouting more than most. My oldest son is currently crossing over into Boy Scouts. He has be diagnosed as ADHD, and has at times been a challenge to his mother and myself, but is extremely bright, none the less. I have also been a Cub Scout Den Leader for my oldest son and, as challenging as he can sometimes be, I also have several scouts in my den that have much more pronounced ADHD symptoms (six of
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