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  1. Our boy's school uniform pants were the same color as the Scout uniform pants. Most boys just wore those (or the school shorts), and looked fine.
  2. We did both Show/Sell & Take Order. We would order enough popcorn at Show/Sell to cover most of Take Order also. Booth sales every weekend, Show & Deliver by boys in their neighborhoods, approaching local business owners to see if they would like to use $10 items as holiday gifts for their vendors, etc. For our council Show/Sell return, we would figure out what we needed to cover Take/Order, return what was not needed, and order any amounts we still needed. We would also often help our Troop fill in their Take/Orders with our left over Show/Sell. We had a sugge
  3. Family favorite - http://www.alpsmountaineering.com/alps/products/tents/camping-tents/taurus We have two of these in the 4-person variety from Scout Direct. They give our tall family (boys 6'4" - girls 5'10") room to move in. Son loves when he has one to himself! The full fly lets you bump into the sides without starting capillary leaks when it is raining, and lets you keep windows open for more ventilation. Also, love the vestibules! You can leave your muddy shoes outside where they will stay dry and protected. Made it thru a horrendous storm with near tornado like winds safe a
  4. A Nature Center is a very specific place. It is a learning center with exhibits and usually a Naturalist on staff. Just being physically in a State Forest is not the same thing at all. Are poison ivy, and night shade ferns the only poisonous plants in your area? Your Scouts need to be able to recognize ALL of them, not just two. What about the other part of that requirement? Are there no venomous reptiles in your area at all? You will only have covered 3 of the 5 Forester requirements. Don't jam to much into one camping trip. Let the boys have fun and experience their first
  5. Please remember that cheaply made, and cheap price are often (but not always) the same. Coleman makes a decent tent. Coleman also offers discounts to members of non-profit groups. Scout Direct, an online branch of ALPS Mountaineering, offers good products, at deep discounts for Scouts. Things to keep in mind - Your tent must have a rain fly (I prefer full coverage to the ground). Make sure the floor wraps up the wall . Seams at the base of a wall tend to leak. Occupancy numbers for a tent should be reduced by at least 1 person (4 person is actually only good for 3 adults).
  6. When a CC has to recruit a CM from outside of the Pack that raises a lot of red flags to me about that Pack. Then there is the fact that your Pack is losing their (current) Wolf leader, filling that position with a leader from a different den, and "recruiting" yet more adults from outside the Pack to fill leader positions. Other than you (and your GF), are there no Pack parents willing/able to step up? Again, why did your CC seek out this person, in particular, to recruit? What were his qualities (other than being a warm, available, body) that brought him to your CC's notice? Ar
  7. Just because it is not the "norm", does not make it wrong. I was Tiger Den Leader for 17+ years. My son was only in the Pack for 2 of those years (Webelos). It is not the Cubmasters job to "hire" or "fire" Pack leaders. That responsibility belongs to the Committee Chair and the Charter Organization Representative - only. The Cubmaster can recommend, but the responsibility for final approval is on the CC, and COR. It is their signatures on the volunteer applications. Bottom line - this CM can NOT "reshuffle", your GF, fire your GF, or hire his buddy - without CC, and COR approval.
  8. I will go out on a limb here and guess that you are talking about your District's evening Cub Scout Day Camp. 1-2) Your Twilight Day Camp is put on by your District. It is mainly for those Cub Scouts residing IN your District. Therefore it makes sense for a District Day Camp to be held within District borders, in an area easily accessible to the Scouts in that District. A resident camp is a COUNCIL wide overnight camp held on COUNCIL property. Now that Council property might not be within the actual boundaries of the Council, but the property is OWNED by the Council. 3) If your
  9. I would say - Hi, how are you? How are your parents? Your brothers/sisters? Say hi to your parents from me. Bye! The only thing that I might do differently with a member of my BSA unit would be to add - Looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming XYZ activity! Why would I have any expectations at all for a youth who was not related to me? Beyond the normal, basic good manners that is? If you are a child's leader in any youth organization, I can see having certain - SPECIFIC - expectations - WITHIN that program. Outside of that program is another thing altogether. Also, wh
  10. Event planning is the job of the entire Pack leadership, discussed at the monthly Pack Leaders Meeting. Specific events are planned/run by the event chair (NOT the CC). Make a list of specific people (do NOT include CC on the list) that you feel would be a good fit for specific jobs. Show, and discuss it, at your next Pack Leader's Meeting. If it is agreed upon, ask if it would be OK if you approached the folks personally. Find someone (NOT the CC) interested in being Secretary, and have them take notes at Pack Leader's Meetings so everyone is on the same page as to what is going
  11. What - exactly - is it that your CC is NOT doing? A CC is not supposed to do the job of an entire Committee of volunteers (it seems Tampa's unit found that out the hard way). A bit more information is needed.
  12. Where is your Pack Committee Chair in this? Have you discussed your vision with your CC? Since you stated you have a small Pack and thus must have a combined Pack/Troop Committee, this screams lack of Cub parent support. In order to have a budget you need a treasurer. In order to do summer activities you need someone to plan, and run them. YOU CAN NOT DO IT ALL YOURSELF!! Since your Committee is combined - what does the Troop do for a budget? Or are they running on the seat of their pants also? With the SM on your side, you can approach the CC TOGETHER, and ask for some kin
  13. Perhaps they wanted the 15% because you included a non-BSA organization in the event? My council has never demanded a cut of the proceeds. Usually because we were not running for-profit events, and tended to end up barely in the black.
  14. Interesting take on feminism in general, and how it should be "taught". Your type of "feminism" is not something that I would want ANY private youth organization (except possibly our specific religious organization) teaching my daughter. What your God wants, and a woman's "place" in a marriage, are things that I believe should be taught AT HOME. NOT at a Scout meeting. Where did you get the idea that GSUSA taught girls not to work as a team with any man, and taught them that being a wife and mother was limiting, and a burden? None of the many, many, GSUSA leaders in our area, bo
  15. That was my thought also. The requirement is to teach ONE Scout, one of several choices, so that that one Scout can get signed off on those requirements. Teaching one-on-one is much easier than teaching to a crowd. If one, out of all of the Scouts he was teaching, got signed off, the requirement is completed. Also, there is no time frame specified. It does not have to be a single, one time, one meeting, one hour, lesson. This Scout could have met with his one younger Scout everyday for a month to teach him the specific skills the Star Scout had decided on. Seems his ball was dropped
  16. The requirements for the attendance award are completely up to the unit.
  17. GAmom - Not sure what kind of "feminism" you WOULD want your daughter "involved" with. However, while GSUSA (PLEASE folks - there is no such organization as GSA!) has it's faults - as does EVERY other organization out there, youth or adult - It is still the best youth organization for girls out there. It did not corrupt my daughter's morals, or turn her into some kind of scary GSUSA National automaton. My daughter is a Lifetime Girl Scout, who earned every religious medal available for her religion, and is now a wonderful young woman. She is confident in who she is and what she
  18. OK - First, a Pack IS a Scouting "unit". Second - the above link is to the National Camp Standards. THAT could very well be the problem here. To consider this a Council/District Family Camp Overnight, these standards would have to be met/followed. Have they in past years? Are they this year? Is there at LEAST anyone with National Camping School certification in charge of this event? In any way what so ever? So - deal with the fact that there will be no shooting sports at this year's event. Come up with some alternate activities. Move on, and make sure everyone has fun
  19. How do you figure they have to do Citizen again? Cubs are required to purchase a new handbook each year now. With the split between the Webelos and Arrow of light programs, they effectively become two different levels. Two completely separate awards. Unfortunately that means the 2nd year Webelos after June 1, 2015, will not have the option of using the old program requirements for AOL, and will have to purchase a new Webelos book to get their new Arrow of Light requirements.
  20. Why the competing events? Especially if they are similar, and Cub level? Was there not enough notice to all involved of the prospective dates for each event? Is it possible to combine events? Or move one to a different date? Is your event a fundraiser for your Pack (or any of the Packs involved)? How about an archery course instead? I would have a talk with your Council SE to see what can be worked out.
  21. If you stand up in front for a full meeting with "quiet sign" up, parents, and youth will just tune it, and you, out. It will not mean anything to them after the first few seconds. If you want to use the "quiet sign", and expect it to actually work, you need to get your point across. Run the meeting as usual. When the noise level goes up - STOP THE PROGRAM - completely. Go in front, and stand with your sign up. Do NOT say, or do, ANYTHING else. (Those on stage being disrespected are free to give their noisy audience the silent "death stare"!). Stay that way until the noise makers no
  22. All of the above! Contact council about the money-earning application. What was it that you asked to be able to do? Start setting that in motion. Who is your CO? Do they have a visible, easily accessible, home building, with water/hose? A car wash can be fun for the Scouts, advertising for the Pack & CO, and can make you enough $$ to make it thru the year. Can your CO pitch in any money for THEIR Scout Pack? Come clean with your families, and ask for help for THEIR sons. 3 Years! Good Grief! Where did you adults think the money to run a Pack was coming from? The
  23. Our Pack would do a Spring Recruitment within our parish school. Our CM would do a "Boy Talk" to the kindergarten class, and invite them to our last Pack meeting of the school year. We would often get families that would come, and then wait until Fall to actually sign their Tigers up. For the most part, the Tigers we would sign up in May would be younger siblings of current Scouts. A Spring sign-up is only effective if your Pack has an active summer program. The new Tigers get a chance to get to know the other boys, and their families, in the Pack. They are also eligible to attend council
  24. Keep two things in mind - 1) Tigers is a learning experience for the Scouts AND their parents. In most cases the families are brand new to Scouting and everything that entails. Do as jblake47 suggests, and turn controversy into a chance for everyone to learn. 2) YOUR way might not always be the BEST way either. Be open minded. Be flexible. Be fair. Also, remember to Include your Adult Partners in EVERYTHING that the Scouts do. The Tiger/AP are teams and should be treated as such. This dad might be a pain in the backside, but it certainly sounds like he is enthusiastic. Tap in
  25. While Chartering Organizations do "own" their units, they can not absorb/use any funds, or property, of those units for ANYTHING other than Scouting. From the Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America -
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