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Everything posted by Basementdweller

  1. Just very tired of overbearing parents trying to jam their boys through the program. So what has he done for the previous 5 years in scouting. Boys in my troop generally advance once a year, with little extra effort put into advancement.
  2. Or the Parents bullying the Pack and Troop leaders. I am going to call the council office if you don't do X or Johnny isn't given or appointed X. Your Pinewood derby stinks so I am gonna call the District Executive and get you in trouble. Or the mom demanding to know why her scout isn't advancing. Your program stinks, Your holding MY scout back on purpose. no your scout missed the orienteering outing, and the last three campouts and has not acted as head cook for his patrol, He did not know the Three R's As soon as he completes those, he will advance........
  3. We have all seen the guy at roundtable who is the district enforcer......When a question is asked, the room hushes and all look to him for a reaction, especially if the question is controversial. It is a volunteer organization......I don't have to be here to fulfill any lifelong ambition or a particular obligation. If you want me gone just say so, I will look over my shoulder with a smile for the boys I have touched and may have made a difference in their lives.
  4. Heck I figured ya threw in the towel......Good to hear your still fighting the good fight. Laugh whats that. My troop has grown to larger than what I would like. We are at 40 with 33 very active. I have grown to appreciate the stupidity and self created drama that we Americans can create. Ya my sense of humor is dead and patience for scoutmoms and pushy parents is near zero
  5. I would file for the extension and get in writing that they believe he does not have enough time to complete it. Complete the project before his 18th birthday. and have all of the signatures and paperwork signed.
  6. Yep happens. Either from lack of adult leadership to low numbers.
  7. Neither of those jobs have any real responsibility.
  8. Your looking out for your son.....ONLY I get he is 16 and either isn't very popular or very ambitious. Those reasons don't give you any right to force him into a leadership position. Back off.
  9. In our Troop, after the Troop Elections, whatever positions are left are assigned by the SM to whomever wants them. So you found your scout a position.... Your way out of line...... So are you going to college with your son and maybe his first job interview........ You need to step way the heck back and stop over mothering your boy. So at your Eagle court of honor will the badge be awarded to you or him.. Back off helicopter mom......your interfering with troop operations
  10. So why are adults worried about lights out???? It is the boys program if they want to say up till 1am and then get up at 6 am to make the 7am rafting departure I am good with that..... They will learn.... Especially if they miss their trip. When expensive outings are involved I will go kick the tent of the spl to get him moving....that is all If we adults keep intervening they will never learn to self regulate.
  11. ASM's and I take turn cooking for the Adult leadership team and any parents that tag along.
  12. So has the lad earned his arrow of light? I have had 9 year olds ready to join boy scouting and some 15 year olds who have not...... So to ask a bunch of random folks on the internet, who do not know your son or the troop he hopes to join is a really bad idea. We do not know your situation or your son........So we cannot provide relevant advice. I would like to add, if your going to try and cross him over in the fall, why? The big push to cross over before the end of the cub program year, June, is so the boys can get used to Boy Scouting before they head off to summer camp with the Troop in June or July typically
  13. So what your saying is that 17% of the membership fee, which is more than the BSA goes to pay the CE salary where 1.4% of each BSA membership fee goes to pay the CE hmmmmm
  14. Bout choked on my coffee. Just like AHG the way the organization was created just doesn't sit well with me. And in reflecting on the conversation I had with the fellow the other night, a lot of things don't give me the warm and fuzzy feeling.. I am a follow my senses kinda guy. If it feels wrong, or a trap or right I follow those first.
  15. Our council summer camp is $100 more per boy....Yes it is an outstanding price...... But it is not a flashy camp, no blob at the lake or ATV's or horses...... But a fantastic BASIC scout program. The camp is always booked solid and you need to make your reservation for the coming year before you leave or you will lose your campsite.
  16. I was thrilled with it as well, sure beats blowing the blasted thing up... Glad you like it.
  17. Somethings are just lost without the ability to listen to tone or see facial expressions.
  18. Never been in the situation........ If that is the case then the CC can fail his BOR or pass him.... So is it better for the CC to tell a lad up front he isn't ready or to hold the BOR and then deny him????
  19. Ya she is a Paranoid tea party member too......there is danger around every corner and everyone is out to get ME.......... Have you seen the movie Drop Dead Gorgeous. a comedy about a beauty contest in a small minnesota town..... the AHG remind me of the seen in the Talent contest where one of the contestant does a song and dance number with Jesus being crucified on the cross........ It is completely absurd. We are White, WE Love Jesus Christ the only True God and the savior of humanity, We are Rich and the rest of you who don't believe in him, cough cough the mud races, are going to burn in hell......don't forget the sun screen. Big news????? Nope. I got news for you...If the AHG could afford a million dollar salary old Patti would be getting it too....... Humans are greedy and cheating by nature...... As a member of one of the mud races........You can take the AHG and hmmmmmmm, use your imagination.
  20. I understand regulatory requirements. But for a Troop camping weekend.....A outhouse is nice and about 50 acres of woods with a pond on it. That is it. Don't need a swimming pool, dining hall.....fancy water treatment or waste disposal facility. The BSA has lost its way in this regard. More sometimes is just more and not better. Just like that White Elephant in West Virginia that cost us how much and isn't even finished yet???????
  21. Well Barry we never go to a council owned camp because they are too expensive for us to use as a unit on the weekend. So for two nights in one of their campsite is $160. Summer camps.......come on you have read the complaints about the boys not actually having fun and the merit badges have a price tag associated with each one. The parental expectation for the boys to come home with a bunch completed. So TL splits with the BSA over the admission of openly gay youth as members....Then recants on that after they split, guess they don't have the BSA's deep pockets to fight the inevitable law suits. the grass is greener or is it.
  22. from his description of the org.....Most of the folks are volunteers.
  23. My councils scout camps are expensive... I know some councils let troops camp for free. Not mine a night in the camp with the troop will cost $80 for a tent site. I am one that thinks maybe it is time for the scout owned camps should go away. It would end the merit badge frenzy and poor quality that folks complain about.
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