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  1. "Historically" your Troop has worn red numbers and red loops (and don't forget red caps) because, prior to the release of the new uniform in 2008, those WERE the official Boy Scout colors. There was no green option at all. The problem with making red the Troop "standard" is that (as you have noticed) while you can still get the red numbers from BSA National Supply because they are part of the Cub Scout uniform, the red shoulder loops have been entirely phased out. New Troop members would have to look for red loops on ebay, or at garage sales. Or, one other option (one I would not advocate
  2. Did you ever talk to the head of your Charter Organization? What kind of organization is your Charter Org? Does it actually have a head, or is it just a 2 person CO - COR, and his wife, only? Again, venting here is just venting. It will not do anything to improve your situation. If your have an actual Charter Organization - talk to it's head officer about what is going on in IT'S pack. If what you have is a 2 person CO, then your best bet is to leave. Find a decent Pack to move into. Tell the other parents that you are leaving. Tell them why, and where you are going. Invite the
  3. Bypass the COR and contact the head of your Charter Organization.
  4. The girls vests/sashes are official insignia only on the front - unofficial/fun stuff on the back. If a girl is very active those vests can fill up quickly!
  5. The information you need can be found in the Guide to Awards and Insignia - http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Media/InsigniaGuide.aspx All "non-official" pins should be worn on some sort of brag vest/blanket - not on the BSA uniform.
  6. Everything you might want to know about Merit Badge Counselors - http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/GuideforMeritBadgeCounselors.aspx
  7. If you were doing all of the work in your Tiger den - by yourself - then, while your Tigers might have been having a fun time, you were NOT running a BSA Tiger program. A BSA Tiger program is run using "Shared Leadership". That means that everyone in the den gets a chance to "run things", put together a den meeting, put together a den outing, and in general learn about Cub Scouting, and leadership, in a "hands on" manner. Why are you so concerned with someone else "getting credit" for what you did? This is Cub Scouts, not a competition. Your Council could care less who actually did t
  8. In other words, if all monies are kept in the Troop bank account, it is Troop money, not Scout money. Troops are able to "allocate" their Troop funds as they see fit.
  9. How long has this Troop been in existence? How many Scouts are registered? Why did you, and the other parents, choose this particular Troop to join? If their paperwork has lapsed, and this CO is no longer a valid organization, then your unit's BSA Charter is in jeopardy. With no real CO, and probably no real charter, do you know that the Scouts are actually registered? Are any rank advancements being recorded/accepted by your council? The first thing to do is to contact your council registrar to make sure everyone is registered, and to find out the status of your Charter. T
  10. 5 Scouts, and 50 people? Does each of those 5 Scouts have 9 folks in their families? Who are you going to recruit as CM? Your son, your daughter, or the one other person (not related to you) who volunteers to do anything? Always assuming they are not completely burned out after the PWD/B&G.
  11. A visit to "Kinkos" is a perfectly valid way for the boys to participate, and do their best. The Achievement is NOT about simply visiting a TV, or newspaper. It is about discovering ways of communicating with other people. In fact, a copy center is even recommended by BSA as a way to complete the requirement. From the BSA Tiger Handbook - This is not an "easy way out". It is one way (out of a number of different ways) that the requirement can be completed. Any of the various different ways can be great fun for the boys. It simply takes some imagination, and a bit of pre-plan
  12. Co-den leaders is a WONDERFUL idea!! Any Pack would likely jump at the prospect of having such involved parents from the get-go! Bringing your daughter with you to Tiger den meetings should not be a problem. Just make sure she has her own activities to keep her busy. If there ends up being multiple siblings, consider asking for an older sibling to tag along and help out (could be a good opportunity for service hours for them). I second the comment to purchase a Tiger Handbook for yourself. The parent introduction at the front of the book does a great job of explaining the Tiger prog
  13. Since you are so concerned with BSA policy - First - earning your badge of rank is a completely separate event from moving to the next Cub level. Cub Scouts do not "crossover" (actually the term is graduate) to their next level until the END of the school year. BSA automatically moves all registered Cubs up on June 1st. No matter what. The Cubs in the Pack have 2 more months to work in their current Cub level, and earn more beads/arrow points/etc. Second - How does the BSA "Do Your Best" policy fit in your scenario? How have the Tiger Scouts done anything, much less their "best", to
  14. Your son can not actually join a Cub Scout Pack until June 1st. At that point he is done with kindergarten, and for BSA's purposes, officially a 1st grader. He will be joining a brand new den of Tiger Cubs. Unless the Pack you choose has a dedicated, permanent Tiger den leader (and few do), the leader of your son's Tiger den will be chosen from the group of new Tiger parents. That usually happens after the summer, with the big start of the year recruitment push. All Tigers are required by BSA to have a Tiger Adult Partner register with them. This Adult Partner (you), and the Tiger Sc
  15. In order to be eligible to be voted into the OA, a Scout must meet various requirements, and be approved by his Scoutmaster. Eligible Scouts are voted into OA by all of the Scouts (under 21 years of age) in their own units (both members, and non-members of OA). In order to have an election 50% of the unit's registered, active, members under 21 have to be present. In order to be elected into OA a Scout's name has to appear on 50% of the ballots that are turned in. Scouts can vote for all eligible Scouts, only some, none at all (turn in a blank ballot), or abstain from voting (not
  16. Advancement for Cub Scouts is a totally different creature than for any other BSA program. Advancement, from one Cub level to the next, is automatic. It happens every June 1st in the BSA computers - no matter what. The boys do not have to actually have done anything at all during the year. As long as they are registered Cub Scouts on May 31, they will be "advanced" to their next Cub level on June 1 by BSA. What many folks call "advancement" is actually earning an award. Cub Scouts have the opportunity, by completing various requirements, to earn an award that is age appropria
  17. You have "by-laws" that state what a Committee Member is? Why? Is BSA unclear in it's definitions? http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/Leaders/About/ThePack/pcomm.aspx You hold "elections" for volunteer positions within the Pack? Again, why? Do you often have more volunteers than you need? Or is this for approval purposes only? If for approval only, again, why? Per the BSA Adult Application - http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-501.pdf Unit volunteers are approved by the Committee Chair, and the Charter Organization Head, or Representative. BSA
  18. Yep, all parent volunteers here too. We never had to "import professionals" from council, or elsewhere, to volunteer with the units. We also never kept track of (or cared) if the volunteers were blue, or white, collared. Everyone has their own strengths (and weaknesses). We simply tried to use each volunteer where they were needed the most. As for that bilge about teachers, blue collar workers (business owners?), and your average parent, not having a brain for budgeting, or anything financial, that is just, well, bilge. An/or rampant snobbery and ego. If you can keep a fam
  19. In a Boy Scout Troop it is NOT the responsibility of the PARENTS to "pay attention". It is the responsibility of the Boy Scout. If you have 3-5 Scouts then you have an entire patrol. They will need to plan their own meals, do their own shopping, and provide their own transportation if there are not enough seats to go around. If it is only 1-2 Scouts then they are added to already existing patrols. They accept what ever menu has already been decided upon by their patrol. If more groceries are needed to make their portions they do the shopping for them. If there are no extra seats, the
  20. The requirement specifically states - "Build a backyard sanctuary for birds by planting trees and shrubs for food and cover." If the Scout wanted to INCLUDE a birdhouse, or nesting box, as a PART of the sanctuary, that would be acceptable. However, a birdhouse on it's own? No.
  21. Just curious, you said that you only recently discovered who your Charter Organization is. Who/what is your CO? BTW - you could have found out the information at any time by asking at your council offices.
  22. There is no "wiggle room". Per BSA policy, all requirements must be completed EXACTLY as written. No additions, subtractions, or changes. For the Bird Study merit badge the Scout has to choose from three options - 1) Build a bird feeder 2) Build a birdbath 3) Build a backyard sanctuary Notice none of the options state to build a bird house.
  23. Your Charter Organization runs/owns your Pack. Councils will not step into the middle of a unit squabble. You might try contacting your District Commissioner, and asking for help talking with the CM, and the IH/COR/CC. The Dist Comm can't force them to change their ways, but he can at least try to talk some sense into them.
  24. You state your problem is with the Cubmaster, yet you keep saying "they". Since "they" have been doing their own thing for the past 14 years now, with the approval of your Charter Organization (which is?), I doubt that anything will change any time soon. Even with you as the Pack's "voice". With only 5 Scouts in the Pack, and the CO firmly behind the CM, this is no longer a viable Scout unit. Find a good, new, Pack, and take the rest of the boys with you when you transfer. They all deserve a real Scouting experience.
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