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Everything posted by ParkMan

  1. I'm as sympathetic to the financial plights of councils as any, but an Eagle fee is just wrong. You make it this far, there should be no fee. Here's hoping they reconsider.
  2. I'm sad if this is true, but can understand it. I was never an OA member. So while the ceremony is impressive, I don't have an emotional attachment to it. I think my instinct would be to capture the themes and pagentry of the current ceremony, but remove the Native American imagery.
  3. To that I'd add that your troop needs to have a defined program. Our troop is far from perfect. But, one thing we have is a sense of what our program is and how we work as a troop. The SM has a plan for what he's doing. As CC, I have a plan for where we're taking the troop. If some adults start showing up at committee meetings, troop meetings, or camping trips and starting problems, we'd all look at them and collectively say "what are you doing?". I think the key to that is the core group of troop volunteers coming up with a shared vision for who you are as a troop and then going i
  4. Those are good terms. I'm confused though. I've not heard of a "familization" change for Boy Scouts.
  5. But, I'd think this is the wrong direction to go. If you've got families on a camping trip, it's the time to show the troop being it's most responsible. You get to "show off" the program and get those families interested in helping.
  6. Yep - I also don't see anything in there about throwing away Scout led or the patrol method. I don't see anything about the end to backpacking or making Boy Scouts a family camping club. The FAQ has: Q. Will there be new curriculum for girl participants? Will you change the program to accommodate girls? No. Our existing programs are relevant for young men and women. After all, the values of Scouting as outlined in the Scout Law – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent – are relevant and important values fo
  7. Can someone please point me to the new leader's guides or training materials that has changed how the program works with respect to scout led? I'm not aware of any. As best I know, we're still as boy led as ever. Sure, there's some marketing stuff about family scouting, but I've not seen any program changes at the Boy Scout level. I cringe reading this because it feels like troops freelancing with the program.
  8. We have a number of parents who teach classes. Some of those meet before the troop meeting, some at a time convenient to all. Most meet every couple of weeks for a couple of months. This has worked really well - we normally have 8-10 such classes a year. I think the key for us is that we almost never teach merit badges at a troop meeting.
  9. I'm the Committee Chair for a large troop. In that role, I've seen the impact that well trained leaders can have. To me, money spent training adults is money spent on the boys. I could hope that council would make it free - but, I know how strapped they are for funds. I don't mind building $10 per scout per year to cover getting leaders trained. Money very well spent in my book.
  10. Our council has always run trainings such that participants pay a small fee that covers costs, materials, and a few dollars back to council to cover their administrative fees. Fees typically run 10 to 20 dollars for basic position trainings. More for things like IOLS. I have never heard of scouters balking at the cost. Most seem pretty accustomed to paying their own way. Most units around here reimburse, but few folks submit the paperwork.
  11. But even if makes are statistically likely to be abuse youth, doesn't the existing two deep leadership approach provide sufficient checks?
  12. I'll be interested to see how single sex dens end up working out in practice in these early adopters. I'm assuming it will be a royal pain and we'll end up with coed dens all over the place.
  13. I read it differently. Two adults are needed. At least one of those two must be 21. At least one must be a YPT trained female. You could meet the requirement with just two people.
  14. I think this sounds like a wonderful idea. In my experience, objections to attending Wood Badge generally are either: - lack of interest - lack of time - lack of money You're removing one of those (money). By increasing focus on Wood Badge, that can lead to improving interest. More people attending means more people talking about it, more good stories, etc... As for whether it will work - it's tough to say. I think it depends mostly on the culture of your troop. But, I think it's worth a try. I think you don't keep it private. If I read between the lines, I get the impress
  15. The separate den policy is a challenge. Our pack has 60 boys and 8 dens today. It's going to be tough for them to go co-ed. They will have to add at least 1 new den every year. They'll be 90-100 kids and 10-12 dems I'm no time. I'm not sure that's a good thing.
  16. I think it's an exciting day. Like it or not, this is a historic moment in the program. We all have a front seat role for this.
  17. My understanding is that they have no authority over the troop in this regards. Your troop is a separate entity that simply pats an annual fee for the ability to provide the Boy Scout program to its members. They can't force you to pay more money like this. They can certainly try to persuade you to do so as part of the council community - but that's different. The persuasion may feel like you're being made to do it - but it's just persuasion.
  18. As I see it, the UC is a trusted advisor to the troop's adult leadership - particularly the key three. In this case, I think you need to find a way to engage with the SM & CC to let them know what you heard from the SPL, what you see in terms of the upcoming growth, and a recommended solution. Put differently - I think you could find a way for the unit to function a bit better by going around the SM. However, the real improvement is in getting the SM & other adult leaders on board with the real changes that need to happen. Doing that is hard - but some quick thoughts: 1
  19. I really enjoyed my BALOO course It was the best Cub Scout training I've seen. I don't see the need for and overnight. In a typical pack, the person organizing the pack campout will have been around for a while. They'll know the basics of camping. It will be unusual for the organizer to have never camped. The old material felt like the right mix. It reviewed/taught a few basics, covered of basics on planning, and shared some best practices.
  20. Hi StevenB, I've been thinking about your troop over the past few days. Sorry in advance if this seems a bit preachy! I just keep thinking about what I'd do in your shoes and this is what comes to mind. What it comes down to me is that there are basically five key traits that I think a troop or pack needs to grow. - a fun program. You need something that keeps the boys wanting to participate and talk to their friends about it. My bet is you're OK on this one - but not all troops & packs are. - a sense of friendship among the boys. Scouts needs friends in the troop - or they
  21. If I had a dollar for every time I asked for a parents or leaders to volunteer for a position! My suggestion would be - think about those parents you know already in the den. Pick the three you think would do a good job. Then ask them each directly. Don't ask them if they'd like to be the den leader, but ask them if they can take it on. Also - don't be afraid to ask someone you li me several times. Somewhere I heard a statistic that the average volunteer will day no 3 times before they say yes. I like this approach because it helps you find the best person for a role, not just
  22. Does anyone know why national stopped using it as a national base? Waa it just low attendance or is there some interesting history here.
  23. I was the Cubmaster & Committee Chair of a pack that has a long history of successful recruiting. What I learned from that was we needed to have a goal, a plan, and to have everyone on board with it. Our goal was two new Tiger dens every year - or about 15 new Tigers. Things we did: - two open houses every spring & fall. - fliers to school classrooms every spring and fall - attendance at community events like open houses, school festivals, etc. - a packwide publicity drive for scouts to invite their friends. We printed invitations for the scouts to have out, - yard sig
  24. One of the best traits in Scouting is the sense of community. I've seen so many adult volunteers who enjoy finding their niche and being an adult volunteer. This is why I like the Camporee cook crew ideas. 1. it gives your adult camporee volunteers time to get to know each other. This is a great way to get them to volunteer again and again. 2. it creates a new volunteer role - cook crew. We have folks who come back just for stuff like this. Volunteering once or twice a year to cook for a bunch of adult volunteers who work with youth is a very noble role. As they get to know e
  25. Welcome to the forum! I'm a firm believer that the scouts & adults are out there - we just need to find them. Your instinct to get the feeder pack going is correct. A good feeder pack gives you some breathing room. You can never ignore the feeder pack, but it becomes possible for the pack & troop to get into a groove. That makes it possible for you to do your thing and feel comfortable you'll get a regular group of new scouts every year. Before we start suggesting anything, let me ask a few questions. 1. what do you have for other adult support. Is it just you? D
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