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  1. perdidochas

    Quick: Are Crocs closed toe enough for camp?

    More than likely, no. IMHO, they are great, but I have been chastized at Scout events for that view. I actually can't imagine a better camp shoe than crocs (provided the crocs don't have worn out soles). When I was a Scout leader, though, I wore closed toed sandals for summer camp. Yes, I also carried boots. I liked crocs for backpacking. They are great for stream crossings and to wear around a camp site.
  2. I remembered that article.
  3. I agree with you 100%. BSA should get rid of the 1st year Scout Programs at summer camp. I agree with you about Swimming and First Aid, but other than that, Scouts should have fun (and swimming for most of them is fun).
  4. I agree with the Scoutmaster. Scouts should take as many fun merit badges as they can at summer camp. Yes, I would suggest swimming and first aid (not cooking, it's very involved, and cooking requirements used in cooking MB shouldn't be used for rank advancement, IIRC). That said, I think, besides for 17 year old Life Scouts, the book badges should be banned at summer camp--no Citizenship, Personal Management, Family Life, etc. should be taught at summer camp.
  5. perdidochas

    Printing Those Scout Shop Blue Cards

    Give the Scouts the Blue cards and have them fill them out before summer camp--in this process you can have the older boys teach them about what needs to be filled out--we had a handwritten template on a bulletin board in our scout hut for the scouts to follow. Never do what a Scout can do for himself. Give out the blue cards before summer camp. Have them fill out the information about themselves.
  6. perdidochas

    Balanced Advancement Timeline Goals

    I agree with you on FCFY, but have a different view of it. I think a Troop should be capable of producing a FCFY scout. By that, I mean that if a Scout attends every activity/meeting, etc., and is diligent, they could get First Class in a year. That said, I don't think I've seen a Scout get FCFY in our old troop. They could have theoretically, but in practice, it just didn't happen. The quickest I can remember is about FC in 18 months, with 2 years being more typical. In terms of Eagles, etc., I think a 15 year old Eagle is about ideal. At that age, the Eagle will probably still want to participate in troop life, but won't get bored by it.
  7. perdidochas

    Balanced Advancement Timeline Goals

    First, I know few scouts that finish T21 in a year. 18 months is about as fast as I've seen, with two years more typical. Second, forget the whole school grade thing, and don't plan this out that way. Let this just proceed at the rate of your son, not at some kind of schedule. The first 4 ranks are, IMHO, the second hardest part of Scouting. (hardest, of course, being Life to Eagle).
  8. perdidochas

    Scoutmaster annoyed son on camp staff

    Unless your son is SPL, the SM is out of line. If your son is SPL, then he needs to make sure the ASPL is ready for it, and he should remain on staff.
  9. perdidochas

    When and how to ask a CM to step down

    The CM serves at the discretion of the COR. The Pack committee needs to recommend to the COR that the CM be replaced.
  10. As Firestone said. It's improper to just have a related couple as admins. it probably fits the letter of the law,though if two admins are involved. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/mission/doc/Social_Media_Guidelines.doc
  11. perdidochas

    First New Troop Adult Meeting

    I'm sure its somewhere in history. In the case of my CO, I know exactly why the Troop has a different number than the Pack. The Troop with the same number as the Pack was chartered by a different organization than the Pack (maybe at one time they were the same, not sure about the whole history). A group of adults in the CO of the Pack didn't like how the same numbered Troop was being run, and they didn't see that they could change it. They then started their own Troop at the CO with a different Troop Number. The first Troop ended up being disbanded after losing most of their leadership in a YPT incident--a prank war between the Troop leaders and the local camp's aquatics staff, which ended with the troop leaders ductaping the aquatics staff to their bunks. Needless to say, that was an automatic expulsion for all adult leaders involved. The old Troop only had one leader left, and he didn't want to be the Scoutmaster (he ended up starting a Venture Crew for the older Scouts as well as his daughter), so they disbanded. Our Troop took the remaining boys in, but none of the leaders.
  12. perdidochas

    Policy on going through scout totes

    I wouldn't be a leader for your Troop, sorry to say. That said, it's not as bad as the situation in the OP. At least it's a standard policy and the scouts are aware of it.
  13. perdidochas

    First New Troop Adult Meeting

    I would say no. I would start training them to work as a patrol from the get go.
  14. perdidochas

    Policy on going through scout totes

    IIRC, DavidCO is at a private school, so in that case they have the right to search. It's not a governmental thing. The above is very reasonable.
  15. perdidochas

    Policy on going through scout totes

    Well, most of them are clean.