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  1. Good evening - I was given credit for leading the Venturing forum at the national jamboree. My colleague Andrew Miller represented the senior volunteer leadership of the National Venturing committee and led the discussion. In service, Ken King
  2. Trying to Mom- I would recommend getting a copy of the Handbook for Venturers. The info I can find is sparse on girls in the program, but I've read girls can join Venture, Varsity, or Sea Scouting at age 14. --Venturing or Sea Scouting, yes. Varsity Scouting is male-only. Does anyone have experience working with girls in these groups that might be able to give me the scoop? --The crews I have worked with had both male and female members. Your question is a pretty broad one - you might get better answers if you can be more specific. Are girls welcomed at any Crew, even if t
  3. Specific response: "To further support my stance - the BSA itself recommends that LDS units use a rolling calendar of 12 months of adventures. So if a boy turns 10 the month before the Scouting Adventure - that's the first Adventure he'd do. So if it is okay for LDS units, how can you tell us with a straight face that non-LDS units shouldn't work on the Scouting Adventure first?" The BSA does not recommend the delivery system that units with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses. They maintain a program, designed to work with their religious education program (that ar
  4. All: I would not recommend starting with the "Scouting Adventure" AOL adventure as the first step in a traditional den. The rationale: for boys that join Cub Scouting during grade five and are eligible to earn the Arrow of Light rank during that year, it makes things more difficult for a den leader who needs to meet a variety of advancement needs for boys in grade five. By working on AOL adventures and electives, it encourages building a team through shared activities by all the boys in the den. For example, the transition from den to patrol is part of the Scouting Adventure award, and
  5. This may be helpful to him - it was just released yesterday. http://www.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/VOA_Administration_Guide.pdf
  6. Another resource: http://www.scouting.org/Home/CubScouts/Leaders/CubmasterResources/PackMeetingPlans.aspx
  7. Welcome (back) to Cub Scouting. Depending on the roles you work with, the updated CS advancement program was accompanied with rich resources for leaders. Full den leader guides with meeting plans are available for purchase at your scout shop or online at scoutstuff.org. Sample meeting plans are available at cubscouts.org. Cubmasters will find full pack meeting plans available at http://www.scouting.org/Home/CubScouts/Leaders/CubmasterResources/PackMeetingPlans.aspx In service, K
  8. From the Arrow of Light required adventure, "Scouting Adventure." 3. Practice the patrol method in your den for one month by doing the following: A. Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that might be part of a Boy Scout troop. B. Hold an election to choose the patrol leader. C. Develop a patrol name and emblem (if your den does not already have one), as well as a patrol flag and yell. Explain how a patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell create patrol spirit. D. As a patrol, make plans with a troop to participate in a Boy Scout troop's campout or other out
  9. Regarding the new Cub Scout program, this is an unsolicited comment from a colleague who participated in one of the Philmont conferences last summer that introduced the new Cub Scout program. "I just pulled out the Tiger DL book and successfully explained the entire program to [my husband], including rank advancement and recognition for Tiger, Wolf, and Bear in less than five minutes. It took me one more minute to add on Webelos/Arrow of Light. I'm not giddy about the new program or anything. Nope, not at all. Holy crap those Den Leader books are amazing! I want to go back to my [oldest so
  10. I try to always wear the official pants, but for cold weather outings, I really like the army surplus M1951 wool trousers...they are durable, warm, and a very close match (color wise) to the wool Oscar De La Renta trousers formerly issued by the BSA. I bought a pair at a surplus store for $10 years ago; I see them on eBay for a wide range of prices.
  11. Erratum: "...tenderfoot badge, but not a scout badge." That should have read "first class" and not "scout." K
  12. Early on, there was a garrison cap with a tenderfoot badge, but not a scout badge. I'm not an expert, but I think that style was used from around 1948-1954 or so...others with deeper knowledge can correct me. In service, Ken
  13. This is olive/khaki version of the community and state strips. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=20204330&l=665de33d85&id=788400192 If folks are interested in the vendor, send me a private message. In service, Ken
  14. JWWT: I'll reply directly to you. In Service, Ken
  15. As an aside, my son's troop created olive/tan community and state strips in 2010. They look quite sharp with the olive tan troop numerals. They cost 98 cents each (shipping included) with our order of 100. And yes, I recognize fully that they are not sanctioned by the local council....though with over 70 council strips issued locally over the last decade or so, all pretenses toward "uniformity" have been lost.
  16. This is the process used in the Central Region. I can't speak to what takes place in other regions, but I would assume that the process/documentation required is similar. http://scouting.org/filestore/regions/central/PDF/NYLTRecognitionRequest.pdf
  17. Scouter Chug: I do the same as the leader with your Beaver Colony--all newly invested Cub Scouts in the pack I work with are presented the World Scout Badge to emphasize their having become new members of the world scout movement, and that the emblem (in principle) may be worn by all members of the movement. In service, Ken Cubmaster, Boy Scouts of America
  18. Chaplaineric: Standard #37 in the 2008 Camp Visitation Standards answers the question that you posed: "A full-time or part-time chaplaincy service is provided by a person who is recognized as a qualified clergyman or seminarian by his or her own church body and is 21 years of age or older or an individual who is at least 21 years of age, possesses mature judgment, has a certificate of training from the Chaplaincy Section of National Camping School and is approved by the local council relationships committee/council executive. Their responsibilities would not include specific ordaine
  19. This one from Bemidji Woolen Mills, like the Filson jacket, is not "official," but it is a pretty good substitute for the red wool Jac-Shirt...it is called the "Voyageurs Scout Jacket." It is a constructed of a denser/heavier wool, cut a bit more generously around the middle, and has two hand-warmer pockets(!). The price is higher than the current close out price on the Jac-Shirt, which may be an incentive to pick up the official BSA model while it is still available. I have both a Jac-Shirt (dating from the time that they were considerably less than $50) and the Bemidji model, and
  20. I'll toss in my encouragement with everyone else. I remained active during college (boy scout camp staff during the summer, service as an explorer and as a unit commissioner in a different council than my "home" unit while attending college) and then when I moved out of state for my first job, I became active within a week of moving to Illinois. As with you, I was a single male, new to the community, etc. The committee job was a surprise--I had stopped in at the local council office, introduced myself, and they directed me to attend the district committee meeting later that week.
  21. On most of my shirts, I wear six....(some shirts feature all of the knot badges that have come my way....some shirts have none)...but for various reasons, these are the ones that "mean the most" to me... Eagle Scout Award J. E. West Fellowship International Scouter Award SIlver Antelope Award Silver Beaver Award Scouter's Key... In service, Ken
  22. As a Leader: 2008: Ma Ka Ja Wan Scout Reservation (Webelos Resident Camp) 2007: Indian Mound Reservation (Cub Resident Camp) 2006: Indian Mound Reservation (Cub Resident Camp) 1998: Camp Big Timber (Cub Resident Camp) 1982: Northern Tier, Bissett (Associate Crew Advisor) As a Camper 1972 - 1976: Camp Wakonda (Griswold, Iowa...now a religious retreat) As a Staff Member: 2007: World Scout Jamboree 1993, 2005: National Scout Jamboree 1990, 1992 - 1993, 1998: Camp Big Timber 1995 - 1996: Camp Freeland Leslie 1985 - 1987, 1989: Ben Delatour Scout Ranch 1
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