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  1. Wow...great replies...that's why I come to the forum. First off, yes...there are worse problems to have. Second, no...there are no additional health worries (possibly behavioral-not mental) that would create this atmosphere. Third, the boy is 12 and comes from a very good home that provides regular family time. Fourth, Dad does not interfere with the outings as much as the scout relies on Dad at the outings. How is the Patrol Method reinforced with the scouts if constant parental contact is the norm? Fifth, the dad GLADLY takes on other roles, but is continually used a
  2. I have started this message five times now. The title seems a bit misleading, but maybe not. There is a father in my son's troop and he is part of the adult leader team for the troop. This dad is an exceptional guy (maybe a bit naive)and his son is a pretty good kid, but could really benefit from scouts and the Patrol Method. The problem is that this boy has NEVER gone on a Troop outing without dad. The one time that dad had to leave 1 day ahead of time at a summer camp, the boy was a mess and needed to be constantly consoled. Now this boy has been selected for an honor guard
  3. Kudos to those dads that join in their ddd activities including scouting. I have just completed my first year as a Brownie Troop leader (and I survived!), and I am happy to report that all of my families have re-registered for next year. I believe a portion of this success is due to the active registration of 90% of the dads in my troop which I encourage, and 100% of moms. I don't think it should be one or the other and I let my parents know that it is not a "drop and run" program.
  4. Do you attend the monthly roundtable meetings? not consistently Do you even know what they are? oh yes Does your roundtable staff conduct good meetings? somewhat Are they worthwhile attending? when there is planned training involved, YES! May I digress for a moment - but staying close to the topic... A young WDL spoke up last night at our District mtg and suggested that if we wanted increased participation, that we should allow parents/leaders to bring their school age children. The DC and one other leader said that they had tried this many years ago and that th
  5. Well said Cheerful Eagle....I almost took exception when you mentioned "that other organization", but it's true isn't it? Especially with those families that have no young ladies and are not exposed to GSUSA. But through good leaders and constant vigilance, we are and continue to be, one big scouting family! Although I am a newbie to GSUSA, I look forward to our Thinking Day celebration next Friday evening. My Brownies and I will be taking part (first time) in a Neighborhood Thinking Day celebration (theme is international birthday celebrations) and we will be promoting the values of scou
  6. My $.02.. Adults should wear uniform depending on the event that they are participating in (either GSUSA or BSA). Although I will say that the BSA adult uniform is a bit more to behold than the GSUSA adult uniform I would never think of showing disrespect to my BSA commitments by showing up with my shirt and tab...likewise to GSUSA commitments in my BSA uniform. As for kids, if there is a son that wants to attend with his sister AT his sister's Troop meeting, why not allow him to attend in his cubbie uniform. I agree with allowing a cubbie to take pride in his uniform. By the wa
  7. I echo the sentiment in this thread... I was a Cub leader from Tigers through Webe II's and when my son was done, I told him it was time to go to his Troop without me as a leader (and much to my chagrin, he agreed readily). It is now my turn to start with my daughters and their GSUSA involvement and give them as much of my time as I can as a leader. I was also a bit disappointed about the firearm (bb gun included) exposure, but thought that we had enough local gun clubs that if I felt it was the right thing to do, my daughters could shoot competitively outside GSUSA. But much to my s
  8. As a GSUSA newbie, I am ok with the program and uniform changes. I really appreciate the idea that they stuck with the traditional names. The grade splits seems to be fairly cohesive at the younger levels. The uniforms work for me and look forward to a universal WAGGGS look. I will wait to hear from any and all "experienced" leaders as to their $.02 worth on the program and uniform changes.
  9. Difficult to describe but succinctly put WDL Mom...
  10. Thanks Cheerful Eagle. I'm not giving up with this forum just yet. The response I had to my crossover question were GREAT and I look forward to touching base with some of those when scouts gets back into full swing....
  11. IMHO Being their for your kids is the best way to live life and I would never condemn parental involvement with your kids, regardless of the activities or roles. But I do believe that there is a natural inclination to continue leadership roles in your childs life (BSA, sports, academics, etc) for obvious and not so obvious reasons, as your child gets older. With that said and in my observation, I see the idea of maintaining some type of leadership role in your own child's life, as a self-fulfillment need on behalf of the adult. But I think the answer is more succinct with Hunt'
  12. OK...it may be just me, but is there another forum where GSUSA is discussed and I'm missing it (or is it just for the A-listers...lol)??? I always thought that Scouter.com was a fantastic site for BSA references, questions, philosophical rants, and advice, but I see little action under the Girl Scouting forum. Is it just me or is there a better resource forum for Girl Scouting??? When I first started posting on Scouter.com, it was because I had a serious quesiton re Cub Scouts and needed advice (which paid off HUGE). As a silent reader in the wings, I was intimidated by the amou
  13. Agree with Hunt 100% and give props to Fuzzy Bear on laying it all out there.... I see it happening with different Packs and Troops... once the Webelos parent has crossed over their scout, they continue to entice, encourage and even nag at their scout. Some succumb to the call of the really cool uniform and stay involved which is great, but then you see as many adult tans as you do youth tans and I wonder who the program is all about. The first year is critical for the scout to know that his parent(s) support his involvement, but pushing the program and requirements is typically contrar
  14. I think the age splits are a great idea! For the reasons (and examples) outlined by purcelce I am not even into my first Brownie year yet but I see where the social group ideas will work out great... The uniform ideas seem to be a good idea for a more consistent look with WAGGGSS. Tho a little bead of sweat came off my forehead when they mentioned neckerchiefs....thought I was back in the BSA....then I read further about the tie...whew.... As for the names, I am a traditionalist and like Opt #1... I agree with the margarita reference on Opt #3...lol...and hope(pray) that Na
  15. As you can see by the date of my original District Indecision posting, my W2ST started just as the school year ended for my Webelos I. These are IMHO the timeframe I used... I thought I would get ahead of the curve so that the Troops in our area knew we were interested in visiting them. I liked meeting them in between WEBEI and WEBEII, but I think that the WDL's need a bit more time and help to understand what the transition entails. I would like to use the end of the Bear year for leaders to help them with their transition and introduce them to Troop leaders for a Q & A perio
  16. I thought I would give everyone an update... I met with the District Director yesterday and he wants me to fill a new District position as Webelos Transition coordinater. I need to make sure I can devote the time to this position, but the District claims to have taken a serious look at my email from last year and they want to try it out. I am excited! Thanks for all of the encouragement.
  17. I would also like to thank all of the members everyone who have helped me over the past year with my concerns and questions. The advice was well given and in many instances, was well heeded. My Webelos have all gone on to their respective Troops, Blue and Gold was a smash, and I look forward to many more years to come as a father, husband, involved scout parent, and volunteer to make a difference in young people's lives (especially my own kids) and this would not be possible without the SCOUTER forum and all of the unique individuals that are here to offer their time and answers, when ma
  18. I sure don't envy your position but I think that the advice about calling law enforcement should do the trick... Also to consider...the other problems that might have contributed to her actions could be being a diabetic with low blood sugar and fruity smelling breath might appear as intoxication OR medication that has impaired the driver. You might want to ask her both of these questions but this should not prevent you from being concerned for the welfare of the children and contacting local law enforcement immediately.
  19. Wow...lots to digest... I may end up trying a floor cloth wall hanging instead of cement so they can hang in their rooms plus it will be easier to put hand prints and foot prints on with paint. Then will use poles (broom stick handles) to hang on the bridge as they cross from one side to the other. Fantastically wonderful and great ideas (especially with the older mentors) - I look forward to reporting back after this May event and letting everyone know how well it went. However, if you still have thoughts, ideas, suggestions or guidance, please do not hesitate to keep it comin'
  20. Great ideas...keep em comin'... I may incorporate both of those ideas since we do have a park nearby (complete with stream and bridge). The stepping stone idea is very cool and will suggest it to the leaders for their April meeting (I like projects with cement involved!) I also liked the idea of having a local Girl Scout contingency there and may look to some local troops to help me out. I know I was a bit cryptic with my opening message, but our school is a small private school without GSUSA involvement and the closest public school does not yet have active Girl Scout involvement. A
  21. I have finally phased myself out of Cub Scouts and am now devoting myself to my daughters and their involvement with Campfire and soon, Girl Scouts. Long story short, the Campfire HQ is deciding to disband and our Campfire leaders will be transitioning to Girl Scouts. And after a successful Cub Scout crossover ceremony to Boy Scouts, a couple of the leaders asked if I would do a crossover from Campfire to Girl Scouts for them. Any suggestions on how to make this crossover a hit? I must admit I am more comfortable with Cub Scouts, but I want to make a great impression on these young
  22. May not be official, but our new Tiger Den Leader opted for a red sash instead of a vest...her feeling was since the patches, pins, etc could not go on the cubbie uniforms, she was going to imitate the BSA sash...and I must say that the kids look GREAT in them. Another reason for her not going with the standard red vest, was that our local (younger) campfire girls, have red vests.
  23. SR... My response to Trev's answer utilized a quip...of course Gore did not invent the internet and as an ardent reader of Barb Mikkelson's (sp) website, her info is useful for us to dispel rumors without having to do our own research. "Remember when the most embarrassing thing to happen to a vice-president was misspelling the word potato?" --Jimmy Kimmel Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a man during a quail hunt ... making 78-year-old Harry Whittington the first person shot by a sitting veep since Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, of course, (was) shot in a duel with Aaron
  24. SR...the heck you say...you mean to tell me that a statement made by someone holding a political office was taken out of CONTEXT????? What is the world coming to...thank goodness Snopes.com will rescue us...kinda like Wikipedia and the Kennedy assasination huh... Gore is a smart guy (Harvard grad and the like)...my observation was that his quiet reserve should not be confused with intellect...he was and will always be overly cautious. It was a shame that he ran with someone who had a completely different approach (or wife-you pick) BTW, in Cheney's announcement yesterday, he declared
  25. Interesting... Not sure about secretive for Cheney...controlling yes, but a necessary trait for his admin position with the current actions of the white house. Gore - serious and intellectual??? Inventor of the internet??? I think he was an asset to the white house but had no charisma. I think his quiet demeanor was misread as serious and intellectual. Even as a conservative, I thought he was a good #2 - but compared to the moral traits of his #1 - how could he not be??? Double yep on Quayle and Bush, Sr. Mondale - not unrealistic but hopeful as was his #1 guy - first VP wi
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