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  1. New around here

    Welcome to the virtual campfire!!!
  2. Scouts and Fixed Blades; New viewpoint

    The good old days!
  3. Scouts and Fixed Blades; New viewpoint

    I hope that they bring back the Kit Carson Kit. It had a leather sheath in which on put a fixed blade knife AND a small hatchet. I thought those were the coolest thing in the scout catalog when I was a kid!
  4. Happy to be here.

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  5. Hello, from an old District Commissioner

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  6. Thank You!

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  7. POR review

    All, Thanks so much for your replies! My troop is in a bit of a rebuilding period. I kinda figured how to proceed, but as a courtesy to the other committee members, thought I would ask your opinions in case I was missing something (which I often do!) So again, my thanks! Fred, Thanks for those links!! Very useful! Prof!
  8. POR review

    A fellow committee member has suggested a plan to monitor how boys are doing with their positions of responsibilities. He has suggested a monthly formal meeting between the boy and the mentor. A scorecard would be used. My guess is that it would take about 20 minutes per boy to complete. Each mentor (SM or ASM) works with 3 boys, so this is about an hour per month, plus time needed to prepare, plus time reviewing the scorecards with the committee. Another approach is much less formal. The mentor works with the boy, encourages him, coaches him along the way. If at the end of his term, the boy has done okay, then the mentor signs off in his book. The mentor lets the boy and the committee know if there are major problems that may require the boy to be replaced if not corrected. In general, feedback between the mentor and boy is ongoing, but not formal unless that is what is needed. I would be interested in what you do in your troops. How formal is the interaction between mentor and boy? Does anyone use scorecards for this?
  9. Hello from Wisconsin!

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  11. How would the ideal scout poll work?

    I can see this point of view as well. It reminded me of a thread, about 10 years ago, entitled "Manscouts and WB"
  12. Excited to join this forum

    Welcome aboard!!!!
  13. Monthly camping

    Absolutely! In my area, we usually have a fall camporee, a spring camporee, and a winter camporee. If the boys choose to attend those, then that is the camp out of the month!
  14. I kinda get where Backpack is coming from. BSA is a corporation, with adults in charge of the corporation. However, the boys are the customers and the program is the product. Making changes to the product without at least considering what the customer wants or needs is a recipe for problems (New Coke, for example). Some scouters were surveyed about these changes. Were any surveys conducted of the rank and file youth?
  15. Integration and Ceremonies

    The change in dynamic is what has me concerned. Not just for ceremonies, but for the group overall. It has been many years since I was involved in OA, so things may have changed already without my knowing it. But in my day, it was a boy run organization. We pretty much had the run of the camp. When I chaired the ceremonial team, we camped apart from the rest of the group (usually occupying an old cabin). At any time, a few of us might be working on the ceremonial grounds. Others might be at the cabin working on their lines. Still others might be working in the main building with logistics or ceremonial supplies. Often, our ceremonial advisor would stay in the main area or not show up until ceremony time. It didn't matter. We knew what we needed to do and were trusted to do it. Through this were learned to work as a team and to accept responsibility. What would change if half the ceremonial team was female? Well, not sharing the same cabin is obvious. But what about everything else? Would we need a team of advisors to follow the smaller groups around as they completed various tasks? If so, how would that affect the boy's feeling of trust and responsibility? On the other hand, would it be responsible, as an organization, to have mixed groups in the woods without a chaperone? My musings, for what they may be worth.