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  1. My opinion is the same as SP's. I am an active SM and ACC. Previously District Commissioner same time as SM. Never had any conflicts, but if I did/do, I would bring in someone from outside to help resolve the issue. Amazingly, we seem to know and follow the rules. You can keep the two separate and still do both well. I'm not aware of a single commissioner in our council that does not wear numerous hats including every District Commissioner and even the Council Commissioner. For those that continue to quote the Fieldbook of Commissioner Service like it's the Bible, I'm
  2. I'm in Heart of Ohio Council and got to see the presentation directly from Michael Beck. We've had units that followed his plan increase their sales significantly over the last 2 years (when we began the Beck method). Popcorn info will be available at heartofohiocouncil.org sometime next week. Our council switched to Campmasters after Trails End went to the dog food bags. Campmasters still does tins. It's been good for us so far.
  3. We've been having Pack and Troop meetings on Sundays for years. Best night of the week for everyone's availability.
  4. Very strange 1st post. Why complain almost a year after the incident? I find it hard to believe.
  5. This is not intended as a commercial. I have nothing to do with these products. http://www.uvpaqlite.com/ I found this on Facebook and have been drooling to get any of these "toys" since then. I love that they don't need any batteries, never need charged (other than with light), lightweight, etc. The prices don't seem to be outrageous either. Has anyone ever seen or used any of these products? Good or bad reviews?
  6. Non-scouting ... a long time ago. I was about 5 or 6. Big canvas family tent of the 70's. I wouldn't call it the worst experience, but probably the most memorable. My parents slept on the floor of the tent. Me, my sister and brother all had cots. I was closest to the door, my sister in the middle, and my brother against the back wall. I was awakened by my dad reaching in from outside the door telling me not to move or make any noise. He then pointed to under my brother's cot where our groceries were still in their bags, where I saw the black and white tail. (My mom was outside on
  7. junglehammock.com I've wanted one for years. Just can't get my wife to go for the price. Might be a little hard to stand up in though.
  8. You can come do our CSRT anytime. Keep up the good work. The biggest trick is building attendance. Don't count on word of mouth or even a good program to bring new people in. Time seems to be the common enemy of RTs.
  9. Thanks, but I'm quite familiar with all the logos. I'm specifically looking for the font. If you image google "cub scout signature", it should be the first image that comes up. It's a multilayered font that another Scouter told me the name of years ago, but I can't remember what it is.
  10. Does anyone know which font is used for the "Cub Scout type" logo? It's the layered font logo.
  11. It's not on the horizon, it's here. This is a pilot involving about 20 councils. I happen to be the volunteer coordinator in my council. Details of the program are still light. Hopefully things will really get kicked off in the next couple of weeks.
  12. The Adult Training Statistics Report is one of the reports I get monthly from our council registrar. My DE usually sends a copy to me as well. These reports come from MyBSA, not MyScouting. As far as I know, there is not a program in MyScouting that does what you're asking. Yes, the Adult Training Statistics report is broken down by council and district.
  13. Moose, You should be able to get from your DE or council office the "Adult Training Statistics Report" (council and district breakdowns) and "Training Not Completed" report (this is by district and unit specific within the report). It sounds like from your post the info your DE sent was from the Training Validation. You need access to the member ID numbers to get this info.
  14. SP go to the home page > to Volunteer > middle of right hand side of page under Quicklinks = Scouting's Journey to Excellence you can also view it from the Commissioner's page under Journey to Excellence
  15. Been there. Done that. The bushes have no more leaves to beat. A previous administration caused a lot of mistrust and sour grapes. We are several years out and still reeling from the affects.
  16. Maintaining would hopefully be easier than what most districts and councils face. Too many are in a continuous process of prospecting and recruiting. My question is how do you establish an effective commissioner corps? I've read all the literature. I'm quite familiar with all the processes. I see recruiting new commissioners as the biggest obstacle a DC or ADC will deal with. Council commissioners face the same obstacles. I went the better part of a year as the only district commissioner in my council. The same thing faces our district committees. Every district in the council
  17. Ramblin You may want to clarify with your District Commissioner what your title and role will be. To me it sounds more like an Assistant District Commissioner overseeing RT. I've seen this in some districts. Are you working directly with or guiding the RT Commissioners and Staff? Eagle and Ramblin Aside from learning as much as you can about RT and its functions, also remember you are still commissioners. You represent the district, council and the BSA. Take the time to go thru all unit commissioner training as well. Although you will not go to visit units (becaus
  18. Big applause for Thomas54. Non-leader parents are always a concern. Know-it-alls are high on the list too. Many times they still won't shut up even when you site why they can't/shouldn't do something. From a commissioner's perspective, the majority of bigger unit issues arise from Untrained leaders or those that may have gone to training but didn't pay attention (or whatever) because they are know-it-alls. Finally, don't forget the Generals. Those Scouters who've been around since Moses was a Scout. They were trained way back when, but never bothered to go back for tra
  19. I was allowed to get an interactive phone recently and got an Android 2.0 style. I'm looking for relevant Scouting and outdoor apps for it and where to find them. The only Scouting related apps I have found are for Iphones.
  20. This was sent to our council office - official BSA communication from Health and Safety. I was copied on the info since I was the first to inform them of the upcoming changes.
  21. Back to the original topic, this is the most current info on the forms. Effective March 1, 2011, what are currently known as local and national tour permits will be superseded by what will be called the tour plan. *The online tour permit system will be suspended. This update is the accumulation of work by a cross-functional team of volunteers and staff including the Health and Safety Support Committee, Council Solutions, Outdoor Program Group, and Risk Management Advisory Panels. Here is the definition of the tour plan in the Language of Scouting: "Units complete this form when p
  22. This is the response our council received from National today. "Tour planning sheet is going to replace the local and national tour permit, it will take effect in February (last I was told) . As far as online permits - they are going away. They will be turning off the on-line tour permit link on February 1, 2011. There are still quite a few changes that will be happening with the tour permits so stay tuned for more information to come. Your updates will come in the form of a database communication from the National office regarding this matter, hopefully soon."
  23. Our council uses this system. It's not scientific, but more of a guage of expectations. Each rating is pretty broad to allow flexibility for each program. Green is a healthy unit with minor issues. Yellow is cautionary - something we need to watch. A recent example would be we have a CO that is under investigation by a government agency. The 2 scout units attached to the CO are not under investigation, but because the CO is, the units are classified as yellow. Not necessarily in trouble, but definitely worth watching. Red indicates major problems, usually meaning a unit on
  24. Check out this month's CubCast pt 2 which discussed the religious awards program and a new position, Religious Emblems Coordinator for districts and councils. http://www.scouting.org/ScoutCast.aspx#cubcast~201012_2
  25. 1) Ratios for Pack camping are specific to each council based on guidelines from national. Each council is permitted to set their own policies based on those guidelines. Check with your council office or website for their Cub Scout camping policy. 2) NOT! 3) BALOO is based on cub scout camping policy. See #1. If you change councils, you may be required to retake BALOO or your council may require you to retake it based on their own policies.
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