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Shell in WA- USA

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  1. I was a First Class Girl Scout but I was close in quiting. I had been a GS from Brownies through Senior and I was just determined to "get to the end" for First Class before quiting. It was a really difficult time for me to stay in though. And this was two years before they started Exploring Posts witht he girls so I didn't even have that option. I had a leader who just didn't do much. We had our weekly meetings and that was it. I was the only one in my troop who attended summer camps. The leader had a "jealousy" of anyone who did better than her daughter (who BTW, didn't want to be in
  2. I'm not sure if this would work for you, but this is what we did in our pack; Our pack also was at a crossroads. It had gotten to a point somehow that all the leaders of the pack were at the Webelos stage with their sons. All at once they would be leaving the pack. (Avoid doing that in your packs! Try real hard to always get "new blood" so that doesn't happen)We tried to "Warn" the other partents that this was coming and still no one stepped forward. So we tricked them! We organized a pack campout that attracted all but one scout and parent in our pack. Then while most of the
  3. I'm not sure about the meeting and the display of emotion. Seems like there's alot more going on, than just your post. But besides that, fundraising money should be made out to the troop. Even people with the best of intentions might end up losing the troop money before it gets back to the treasurer. But it might be harder to collect the monies from each individual parent. I'd leave it as turning in all money and checks to a main person in the troop. I'm not sure of all banks, but we have a bank that waves the charges to our account because of our troop status. Although we would
  4. My son, hit me with a question the other day about ideas for Eagle projects. He says he doesn't want to do the "ordinary thing of building a bench and/or trail" like so many other Scouts, but something different. I had a few ideas for him, and directed him to some places to search for ideas and information. But I was curious, what are some of the eagle projects you've come across over the years? I know of one in our troop where the Scout had all the troop boys sewing blankets for donation to the hospital to be given to the crack babies that came through. (I believe they made 150 of
  5. MBs run up the back of the sash too, I think about50 or so fit in the front.
  6. Hurricane District is a good site, but here are a few more Pioneering Project sites I reference to. You should be able to find what your looking for between all of these sites and more! http://www.webofroses.com/scouting/pioneering_projects.html http://www.pioneeringprojects.org/ http://www.scouting.org.za/resources/pioneering/ http://www.mag-net.com/scouts/pg/gadgets.htm http://www.inquiry.net/outdoor/skills/b-p/models.htm
  7. You don't need wear ALL the hats you two, I can wear a few too; Advancement Chair and Committee Member for troop Merit Badge Counselor Activities Chair for District Advancement Committee (Merit Badge Jumboree Chair) Cub Scout Day Camp Program Coordinator That's the big hats, I wear lots of headbands to go under them too. But so do you!
  8. Yes, I need to get a copy of the field book too. I understand there are alot of our local scouts in it (Chief Seattle Council). Can't wait!
  9. Wow, now why can't my boys do that! That kids has it right, Merit Badges are for exploring your opptions in what interests you. You may even find your niche in life! He very well could be running Scouts someday!
  10. An amazing story but if you think about it, the troop should have been more aware of their surrondings. I would imagine that they chose that spot to dig their caves because the snow was deep and butted up against the cliff. But the reason for the deepness of the snow was because the wind sheers across the top and blows the snow on top and creating the cornice that was the overhang. Also the winds fromt eh bottom is blowing the snow to the cliff. But the winds from top and bottom are creating the cornice. And every now and then, the cornice breaks off and falls to the bottom. And when str
  11. Yep, sound's about right. But I also carry BS and Adult Applications (gotta get em' when their hot! ) MB Applications,Advancement records, Guidelines for holding SM Conferences and BORs, Guidelines for MB Counselors, guide to Safe scouting book, etc. But instead of Altoids, I have chocolate, lots of chocolate! And I carry it all in a portable file box and keep all in hanging files. We won't talk about what I carry in the trunk of my car!
  12. NWScouter; Only if the Troop and Advancement Chair recorded the advancement properly. I just took over from an advancement Chair of 5 years, he haphazardly recorded through council. Good thingI thought to check, the boys are now all current and with proper record with Council. But yes, that's a place to start, see what they have first, then go tot he Troop records, then to the individual resources like MBC, ASM, SM, Scouts own records, etc.
  13. Explain to the boy that without documentation, National will not approve his rank advancement to Eagle. So the above advise is good. Tell him that you support him and will help in any way possible to straighten this out, but first he needs to find his "proof" of achievements so that "we" can present it to the former troop to record or to the council to record. Suggest to the boy that right now he is showing as a 1st class scout with 3 MB's. If he can't find his blue cards, he needs to contact old MBC, Advancement Chair, SM, etc or else National won't recognize them because their "off
  14. One thing to remember too is that Scouting isn't supposed to be an "EAGLE MILL." According to NAtional standards, they are only looking to get the boys to 1st class Scout. Anything beyond that is icing on the cake. What I've been telling the boys of our troop is that Scouting is something to experience not just to "get badges." And if they are active, the badges come naturally anyway. One of the boys has been in Scouting since wolf. He's now 16 and still is a 1st class scout. He has no interest in getting his eagle rank yet he participates and has 28 MBs, just that none are the
  15. I don't know how they get into Philmont, but we do it every third year by setting up several parents as a phone tree. When it's time to call, they just keep dialing until one of us gets in!
  16. WE DO! At the last RT I went to, we had a great discussion about high adventure activities we did with our troops. I was curious what types of things do you do. What is the most outstanding thing you've done as a troop? And how do you incorporate the younger scouts witht he older scouts keeping both groups happy? Also mention the area you're from. I'm in Washington State and I admit, we're pretty spoiled around here. We have the choice of two mountian ranges and Puget Sound to choose from. But the trade off in our short summer months and the wet sunshine that continually falls.
  17. In our troop, the friends and siblings are welcome to come sit in all the meetings, and in activities that have been scheduled and prepared for visitors (Game Night, a car camp trip, visits to musuems, etc). Especially if they are interested in joining up. We'll do one about every quarter or so for recruiting. But the troop also keeps other activities closed to troop members only. (Or for troop family if it's such an event.) For instance, a Webelos or a school buddy couldn't do an extended hike, or climbing, or boating without prior training. As the troop ideally goes through in prep
  18. Well, I know that for Washjam, they are allowing Venturers to attend. Another advantage in attending a the reginal event!
  19. Your'e right Wingnut, anything interactive is a great hit, not only for the public, but also for the troop in the situation of creating teaching, and leading at the booth. It could be a team builder within the troop too. Actually, just about any Merit Badge or advencement skills are good to do. Compass is another good one. It really depends on if it's outdoors or not and how large an area you have to work with.
  20. Okay, I live near a Junior high and I have friends that are teachers in the schools. They talk about kids who are so misguided and get into trouble. Fights after school, dressing in poor taste, parents who are not home to guide these trouble kids. Kids not having anything to do or to look forward to. So they get into trouble. Then I see the Scout kids. The good news is that they belong to the best gang ever! Instead of hanging out behind the school with a spray can and playing in the dumpster (because they don't have anything better to do and may have parents who don't even care), t
  21. Born in April, 1961 in Seattle, WA. My 15 minutes of fame started a day after I was born. They had just built a new hospital wing for the babies and I was the one they lifted to show for the papers. The local Mayor also posed for the picture. See, the rest of you have to worry about when your 15 minutes of fame is, I've already had mine so I can live my life in peace!
  22. Lucky you! I've been trying for along time to get my district to approve a scout show and haven't got to do one yet! But in my research (so I'm prepared when they do say yes!) I"ve been attending Scout shows around the state. I've seen some really cool things, there's lot's you can do. The two best ones I've seen are a short talk about LNT and the impact we have in the backcountry. Then they set up a sample campsite with "right and wrong" things to do. They had you write down everything you saw then gave an answer sheet when you were done. They not only listed the right and wrong bu
  23. I always thought this was a great magazine too! My brother was a Boy Scout of the late 70's/ early 80's and I read them ever as much as he did. (Even if I could do those things - I'm a Girl Scout! Another story!) Then when my own boys, his nephews, started joining scouts, he handed them all down to us. They were of great help to my dens as I was planning the meetings and activites. And my boys loved showing up with "new" things for their buddies to do. The new ones are okay, but I don't think they get into the scouting "stuff" as much as the old ones. What's old is new again, rig
  24. I always thought this was a great magazine too! My brother was a Boy Scout of the late 70's/ early 80's and I read them ever as much as he did. (Even if I could do those things - I'm a Girl Scout! Another story!) Then when my own boys, his nephews, started joining scouts, he handed them all down to us. They were of great help to my dens as I was planning the meetings and activites. And my boys loved showing up with "new" things for their buddies to do. The new ones are okay, but I don't think they get into the scouting "stuff" as much as the old ones. What's old is new again, rig
  25. Sounds like Disney won't regret releasing this movie on DVD! From what I've heard people have worked on Disney for quite awhile to release it. (Now only if they would be successful on Song of the South, but that's a different battle!)
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