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About PeteM

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  1. Wait a minute!! I am a PROUD member of peta, and I take offense with this thread!!! What's wrong with being part of a group that proclaims itself to be: People Eating Tasty Animals? Edited by PeteM ++++++ Oops, Sorry, I misunderstood what you meant by PETA. That wacko-group. My mistake. Pete
  2. WOW!! Stepping down because someone else made a mistake(s). Now that is just what we want to be teaching our youth: quit if things don't go your way, or you get blamed for something not your fault. The AC should have stayed on in the position, implementing changes that would have helped to keep this from happening in the future. Why don't you suggest to the COR not to pay the SM / ASM's for not doing their jobs for a period of about 3 months, would THAT have made anything better? Let the SM and ASM feel it in their wallet, then that won't happen again. Did the youth not getting thei
  3. Show me in the requirements for ANY of the merit badges where it states that you have to get a blue card.
  4. I am starting to think that maybe he/she just can't read the computer screen very well. He/she is a nice person, very helpful with all of the scouts. He/she teaches them, as well as a youth leader, then has the youth leader help out the scouts. In our troop, the youth can sign off on ranks, so this works. The you does the actual teaching with this person watching. Everyone learns. This person really loves the scouting program, and is always helping out the youth, everything that you would want in an ASM. Pete
  5. Well, This person was trained before in a classroom, but when it came time to do it online, they kept coming up with all sorts of excuses, but their spouse didn't have any problem.
  6. What do you do when you have a parent in your troop that cannot (or will not) read to take the online training courses like Youth Protection? This parent has indicated that he/she would like to become an ASM, but cannot (or will not) take the required online training? Is there a classroom version available?
  7. Here are plans for a wood fired hot tube: http://www.ehow.com/how_2272142_build-wood-fired-hot-tub.html Looks promising
  8. Problem with the merit badge comparison is summer camps. They have youth, supposedly trained, but not at all, teaching merit badges, and then the youth getting their cards signed off at the end of the week. I've seen where the youth don't even have to attend the classes to get credit for the badge. Or what happens when the local council loses the registration form from an adult signing up for some merit badges? That happens a lot in my council. Shall we punish the death bed eagles that their counselors weren't properly registered, so you can't get eagle? Where does it stop? PeteM
  9. WHATEVER you do, don't have what a new council in the East just did. For their campfire they had a brief mention of a local scouter getting a national award, mentioned (didn't hand out, but mentioned), winners of the gateway contest, a hour long slide show explaining the history of the two councils, another slideshow explaining their weird name, a slide show with pictures of the youth during the days events and a fireworks display. I mean, I saw entire troops get up and leave during the campfire, the youth were so bored. Not one song or skit. Just a big "look at us as a new council" history
  10. It's amazing, I talked to a bunch of both scouts and scouters, and no one likes it. I do hope that they change the name to something more palatable.
  11. The York-Adams Area Council recently merged with the Keystone Council in PA. Their temporary name was Keystone York-Adams Area Council, but the "fine" powers that be, decided to name the council "The New Birth of Freedom Council". What do you-all think of this new name? Pete (edited for spelling)(This message has been edited by PeteM)
  12. Could be that the committee was discussin' the pay of the SM and ASM's and didn't want them as part of the process.
  13. Well, It seems that the Gateway has responded to the correct way of think, so there won't be anymore discipline needed.
  14. Remember, The scout doesn't HAVE to PASS a SMC in order for it to be signed off. He just has to HAVE one. The SM "could" have told the youth "You still have one more merit badge to do, or you still have service hours to do", and that could be construed as having a rank advancement SMC, and for the legalized types that we have on this site, the scout "could" also sign his own book for that matter, using the reasoning that he had a SMC, and the rules do not say anywhere in the requirements that the scout can't sign off on his requirements. Only for Eagle does it state that the Scoutmaster or
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