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  1. We don't use it in our pack activities, but my son enjoys reading it and doing the puzzles. As a Webelo, he's looking forward to doing the "cool" Boy Scout activities that he reads about. He has his heart set on one day going to the Sea Base in Florida.
  2. Along with the uniform stuff, I found all my MB books. We're talking the ones featuring B&W pictures of scouts from the '50-60. Not sure what to do with them since the requirements have changes for the MBs. They still have good knowledge in them, but I just don't know if I have the space to keep them. Any ideas?
  3. Need to be careful about activities you allow the Tigers to do. Check out the Age Appropriate Guidelines: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416_Insert_Web.pdf Some will say these guidelines are wet blankets for the kids, but they're there to protect kids and the leaders. I have a friend who's a lawyer and he lives for lawsuits that involve people that go against written policy (they know/find out they can't defend against a lawsuit and settle quickly. As he says, it's easy money)(This message has been edited by Ohanadad)
  4. Seattle, WB still does what you described (patrol method), but it doesn't and wasn't designed to go into the specific problems that MattR was looking for. I agree with you that it does take experience, judgement, and coaching, but the question is how to get the new SMs those things other than letting them learn it the hard way.
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    Our district had a Cuboree that focused on STEM and did activities that completed some of the requirements for the first module. The kids enjoyed it (except the presenter that discussed the scientific method to 1st-4th graders, "So from my data, I can conclude that my hypothesis was essentially incorrect." Thankfully the next event was on levers that the kids got to try out and do things. Since we started working on the NOVA award, my son and I watched a PBS Nova TV episode "Making Stuff: Stronger" to work on the next module. Since he's in his military interest phase, this was perfect
  6. Dang, someone beat my son to the President. He had the $75 tin all ready for him to buy.(This message has been edited by Ohanadad)
  7. We had our pack meeting this weekend which each den's parents would run an activity station. While planning, we figured out that we needed to increase the time for the pack meeting so all the boys and siblings go cycle through the stations. We decided to hold off awards, den presentations, etc. and go straight into the activity stations after a quick opening ceremony. Well, Murphy struck. Since the parents organized the stations, most of the stations weren't set up in time for the start of the pack meeting and of course I didn't plan on anything since we had so many activities already line
  8. The problem is that WB21 was not designed to go into a certain program specifics, but give a scout leader, regardless of what program they were in, leadership/management skills. Even though WB21 uses the patrol method and focuses a lot on being a troop, it wasn't suppose to teach the participates how to be a SM. If you focus on teach the things that MattR was looking for, you need to tack on another weekend. As is WB is packed enough and we were calling for a review of WB content since new stuff gets added in, but nothing gets taken out. That means the staff is pressed to teach more
  9. One of our packs narrowly escaped closing down due to lack of adult leaders. Now we're in process of training a new group of leaders that grudgingly volunteered. One thing I noticed that of the new leaders, not one had scouting experience as a youth. This got me thinking on what "today's" scout leaders are like demographically. Does anyone know if BSA publishes these stats? I know the military services keep close eyes on demographics of the force, leadership, etc. and adjust recruiting, training, etc. based on those statistics. Here's what I would be interested in: NOTE: I make a lot of
  10. I would love to go through the course that this thread is putting together. It would be specialized training for experienced SMs that deal with what advance topics that SMs want and need. Bringing Subject Matter Experts (and not just the friends of the guy who had to put the training course together) to teach. And follow up mentorship by experienced, knowledgeable, and qualified senior SMs. The question is can BSA put a program like that together? Everything I've seen from BSA has been centered around taking the parent that has no experience in scouting and getting them to a level of
  11. BD. What is your issue that you feel you have to directly attack me? I try very hard to keep my comments in general (even when responding to other people's replies). I try to focus on my actions/feelings/behaviors and not bash others (if I did, I'm sorry to that person). My comment was on WB requirements not scouting in general. I wish I only spent a few hundred dollars and six days on scouting in total. You spent thousands of dollars...great. Hundreds of nights camping...good for you. Give your entire paycheck to needy scouts...yes you're definitely in line for BSA sainthood. M
  12. I think the bottom line of this thread is that the WB staff who is doing the beading ceremony needs to talk to the person being beaded (what is his/her expectations), judge the audience, and tailor the presentation to the audience. This is the feedback that needs to go to Course Directors and put into the staff materials. I think that people tend to over do the beading ceremonies because they want to convey how much the person who is getting beaded had to do. Think about it, you pay hundreds of dollars, sacrifice six days away from your family, do the tickets which can sometimes take ov
  13. Good input 2cub. Here's the funny thing, most of the WB folks were there running the activity stations. The most I got was really short conversations in between sessions. Still, it was good to see friends again vs. being lost in the mob. The same benefit goes for RT. At the Cuboree I ran into many of the pack leaders that attend RT. Of course we had even shorter coversation as we were chasing after the cubs.
  14. In other posts I go on about WB did for me, but the one thing that I missed was that WB expanded my scouting contacts. Prior to WB, I was active in my pack, went to RT, Cuborees, etc., but I mainly stayed in my group from my pack. At WB, I met a great group of friends in my patrol. When I went through as a staff member, that group expanded tremendously. At the last Cuboree, it was like a reunion of Wood Badgers. Was it that Wood Badgers are attracted to Cuborees? No, the difference is that I got to know different scouter from outside of my pack during the WB course. As such, both me and
  15. BD said, "and OH.....My Ticket was things I was going to do anyway......If yours was stuff you wouldn't have done then I think you missed the mark." Yes, BD, you're right, I would have missed the mark...if I didn't go to WB. Before WB, I was fat, dumb, and happy being a DL that followed the BSA new delivery plans. Being a new leader, isn't that what you're supposed to do? The pack was fat, dumb, and happy doing things the way we always did...even at the expense of our parents since we brute forced our way through things instead of planning properly. According to the Quality Uni
  16. GO, WB is more than beads, songs, and tickets. It's about learning leadership and management skills and knowledge and applying them in a controlled aspect. I don't know your background so I can tell you what you'll get from WB. I have over 20 years experience in the military and have been through numerous DoD leadership/management courses. Still, what I learned and did at WB made me a better leader and my packs better organizations. As such I am able to provide a better program to the scouts. It wasn't so much that what they taught was new to me (although for some it was the first ex
  17. For all those that gripe about RT being boring, useless, inaccurate, etc. you need to remember that it is organized and led by volunteers like yourselves. I like to say that it's not "my" RT, but "our" RT and the power is the sharing of information and tips from the group to the group. It's too easy to sit on the side and gripe about RT. If you really don't like it, why don't you help to improve the situation by volunteering to help or lead RT (que cricket sounds)...
  18. Everyone's human and can/will make mistakes. As a RT Commissioner, I try my best to make sure what I say is accurate and give references. Is everything I say 100% correct? No, but what saves me is that someone will stop and ask a question or give input. Instead of trading glances to one another, what about helping the guy/gal out and give input. If you don't openly want to say something, pull him/her aside after the RT and give your input in a constructive way. "Feedback is a gift" so give it often. Remember we're all a team.
  19. Here's the issue. Our dens do not use the Immediate Recognition Badge because of the difficulty with the beads. You hand out the beads and either the cubs or the parents lose the beads or complain about how hard it is to untie the plastic string (and to keep the know secure afterwards.) When I was a DL, I had one of the parents collect the badge from the cubs during the meeting and add on the beads so we present them back to the cub at the end of the den meeting. The current DLs didn't like that idea saying it was too complicated. What do you do to make it easier to use the imm
  20. BadenP said, "Woaplanne, I just have to ask, did you do this because you thought it would make you a better scout leader and would help your troop program and the kids or was your motivation purely self centered to get a new dodad for your uniform so that you could show it off to others?" Interesting question since the Alumni Knot has nothing to do with becoming a better scout leader or helping your troop or kids. It's about recruiting former scouts to become active in BSA. Not sure what the expected answer to be since it can't be the first option (the better scout leader) since that's
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  22. Thanks all for the info. I wish we had one, but no Tandy store (or any store that offers leatherworking classes). I have a call into council...let's see if they respond at all. I have a call into the camp ranger at the scout camp to see if we can borrow the equipment. I'm really hoping he doesn't say we have to go there to use the equipment since it's pretty far to take the scouts. I don't mind driving out there and back myself though. My last resort option is to buy the equipment, but if it comes to that, I'l use Sasha's advise. I forgot about those 40% coupons.
  23. Basement, As for your statement, "So OH.....You know adults that can't complete projects???????" Why yes, I see it all the time. The parent that volunteered to put on the best PWD of all times and then couldn't even get started so the pack committee had to take it over (a really good reason to have activity chairs give in-progress reports to the pack committee). My coworker that would start projects and only finish about half of them. The two parents that couldn't resolve an issue (and didn't want to talke to each other) and about tore the den apart until the CM came in and got t
  24. Ohanadad

    Pack cooking

    Don't be surpised, but the Age-Appropriate Guidelines has outdoor cooking on it and limits it to Webelos and above. No, I don't have the guideline memorized, but the AAG was just covered in RT so it's fresh in my mind. I think the concern is about knives, stoves, cleanliness, etc. with the younger scouts.
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