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  1. Good grief! Can you never make a post without taking a rude jab at someone? Off your meds indeed. FYI - Yes, simply paying the registration fee to run in a "Race for the Cure" 5k is not fundraising in itself. However, every registrant gets their own fundraising website. A team gets, along with all of the individual websites, a team fundraising website. There are competitions, and awards for teams raising the most money. Every participant is "expected" (however not required) to solicit donations as the registration fee covers the costs involved in operating the race - only. None of t
  2. From the BSA "Guide to Unit Money-Earning Projects" - From the Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America - Article IX - Section 2 - Clause 1 - If you want clarification, or approval for your unit's specific activity, I suggest you contact your local council.
  3. Sorry - NO. BSA specifically prohibits their units from raising funds for any outside organizations. That is why the Troop can assist the runners - but NOT run as a Troop team. The ASM, and the Scouts on his team, were on their own time. They were not participating as Scouts. Did it ever occur to you that it might have been personal for both the ASM, and the Scouts involved? They might have all had a loved one touched by breast cancer. Personally, I would not blink at wearing a "racy" shirt if it helped to keep others loved ones from experiencing that particular horror. Wha
  4. Why would they want to? A single CO can charter a Pack - Troop - Team - Crew - Ship. I can see perhaps multiple Crews, each with a different focus. However what would the point of multiple Troops be?
  5. Cub Scouts are age - OR - grade based. He can stay with his classmates in Bears, and beyond.. He will have no problem registering in Cub Scouts down the line as the ending of Cub Scouts is 11.5 years old - OR - the end of 5th grade - which ever is LATER. The only thing he will need to understand is that Boy Scouts is strictly age based. He will be done with Boy Scouts at 18 years of age - period. If he wants to go for his Eagle rank, he will need to keep that in mind. However, it should not present much, if any, of a problem to him.
  6. Wow, I would not have looked away - at all. I would have looked him straight in the eye for his entire rant, than calmly, and clearly, stated - That was the most incredible demonstration of rudeness, not to mention unscoutlike behavior, that I have ever encountered. I believe you owe everyone here, especially me, an apology. You need to talk to your Cubmaster & Committee Chair. That should have happened after the first incident with this man, it is a necessity now. I suggest getting one of the parents who witnessed the incident to go with you. Keep in mind that while it is e
  7. NO - rules do NOT change for each Chartering Organization. They may add their own rules, and do things their with their own spin on it, but the BASIC RULES, REGULATIONS, and POLICIES, of BSA can NOT be changed! That is something that they agree to when they sign the annual charter agreement.
  8. The Cubs can work on everything - Bobcat - Wolf Achievements - Wolf Electives - all at the same time. The boys can not be AWARDED their Wolf badge until AFTER they have been awarded their Bobcat. They also can not be AWARDED any Elective beads until after they have been awarded their Wolf badge. Usually the scenario goes like this - At the 1st/2nd Pack meeting of the school year (Sept/Oct) new Cubs are awarded their Bobcat badge. After receiving their Bobcat, they are then immediately awarded their Progress Toward Ranks emblem, and any Achievement beads earned so far. When the Cub ha
  9. Personally, I think you are going overboard with the "PC" language. Chairman, although often referring to a male, is a generic term referring to the person (of either sex) in charge of a meeting, event, committee, department, or organization. If, for some strange reason, you are afraid that she will think you are calling her a male, and prefer referring to her as a piece of furniture instead, then order the position patch directly from BSA Supply - http://www.scoutstuff.org/pack-committee-chair-emblem.html#.VB2lJPldV8E
  10. Since they have already allowed a male Venturer in the aquatics area, they have set a precedence for accepting them. How much more effective would the male be than the female? Does the female have any knowledge, or experience, in the subject she is being expected to teach? How does the female feel about teaching a subject she knows nothing about? How does she feel about a male, with more knowledge, teaching the subject? How about having them teach it together? GSUSA is not about male vs female. I think it would be a great example to show how to utilize your strengths and w
  11. This struck me as the main problem. After 70 YEARS - None of the families in your town, with Scout aged children, know that your Troop exists. You meet at the same time/place as the Cub Scout Pack yet none of the families even know your Troop exists. How/why is that? Boy Scouts is not a secret organization. What kind of community service, if any, are you doing? How do you advertise your presence in the community (both Scouting, and local)? How can their Cub Scouts, pass your Boy Scouts, in/around the building you both use, and still be ignorant of the Troop's exi
  12. Just because a Scout is doing a job does not automatically mean he is doing it for advancement purposes only. My son was a Den Chief for 7 years - 6th thru 12th grades. He brought 1 den from Tiger into Scout (all of those boys crossed to the Troop), and worked with a number of others. He did not get ANY of that time recorded for a POR, however, he did learn a LOT about leadership.
  13. BALOO is required for camping as a Pack. For Webelos camping alone as a den there is no outdoor training that is required by BSA National. Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders is highly recommended, but not required by BSA National. Check with your local council to verify what their requirements are. Local councils are allowed to have stricter policies.
  14. I never noticed the separate "overnights" vs "weekend overnights" before. Seems pretty dumb to me. Our Pack campouts were always Fri - Sun, 2 nights. Our campouts were always approved by council, never had any problem.
  15. Biggest thing to remember - the Tiger and his partner are a TEAM. They should be doing EVERYTHING TOGETHER!! No sitting on the sidelines chatting allowed. You don't have just 6 Tiger Cubs - you have 12! You need to plan things with that in mind. Next is that you need to utilize the Tiger concept of Shared Leadership. This is where the future of your Pack is. You must nurture, and grow it. This is your chance to teach these families what Scouting is all about. To get them "hooked", and involved. Incorporate the Bobcat items into your regular weekly den format and the Tiger
  16. So, your monthly Pack Leaders meeting is just for planning events? Is that the only Pack Leaders meeting you have, or is this a second meeting that you are talking about that you want the den leaders to attend? If this is a second monthly meeting that you are talking about, I can see why attendance has evaporated. There is only so much "spare" time to go around. The only folks that need to be attending the event planning meetings should be the folks in charge of the specific events being discussed. A monthly Pack Leaders meeting should cover more than just planning events. It should
  17. Webelos dens, yes. Not Tiger/Wolf/Bear. Webelos dens should also be camping on their own to help prepare them for Boy Scouts. Pack camping is family camping - for the entire Pack, Tiger thru Webelos. It is a great opportunity for the entire Pack family to get to know each other, become closer, and share the vision of Scouting. That is how you get adults committed to helping "their" Pack.
  18. Our Pack paid for most of the food. We usually asked each family to bring one dish to share. We made sure to find out if there were any allergies/problems before setting the menu, and purchasing the food. The menu was known/shared in advance with those attending. They were free to bring their own if they had a problem. No one ever did. We provided cracker barrel munchies for Friday evening, breakfast, lunch, dinner on Saturday,and breakfast on Sunday. We always cooked, and ate, as a group. Felt it was more fun that way, and helped families to get to know each other.
  19. What Calico said! My first reaction on reading the original post was - So,they are punishing a Scout for the failure of the Troop?! How could you possibly expect this boy to do a job when you did not give him the tools to do it??? Yeah, this boy's family is wacko (I notice you blame the child for THAT as well!), but, in my opinion, your Troop is not a whole lot better.
  20. No, I am NOT "out of touch". I have one son, and one daughter, and if either acted out of line they heard about it from me. My son would never treat a girl "like a tramp". No matter what she was wearing. He knows better. No one is telling you to "undo" what they are, obviously, taught at home. What I AM saying is that, as a Scout Leader, you are a ROLE MODEL. You should be a GOOD one. The mission of the BSA and it's Scout Leaders, is to "prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes". Bad behavior is bad behavior. Just because the kids (and obviousl
  21. The council could care less about your books - they have enough to do balancing their own! The CO is in charge of the unit's funds, not the council. At least as long as there is a BSA unit chartered with the CO. The only time the council MIGHT show a bit of interest is if the money was not spent on Scouting. All money/items received in the name of Scouting MUST be used/spent on Scouting. Has your "To Much Time On His Hands" COR made any personal purchases with Troop money lately?
  22. Since when is "regimentation" Scout-like? This is Boy Scouts - not the military.
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