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  1. I haven't experienced this directly, but I have heard of situations where a leader is willing to work with a specific rank level rather than work directly with their son's den. I suspect there is something more going on behind the scenes here. Did the CC or CM offer any explanation for this?
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    Not earning Rank?

    With all due respect,Fehler,I have to disagree with some of your points. Holding make-up sessions and providing extra help is admirable, and shows what a caring leader you are. However, I don't see not awarding a badge when a scout has not completed the requirements as "penalizing" the scout. And telling them that you'll expect better adherence to the requirements as they progress through the ranks strikes me as a bit silly as well; after all, you've already shown them that you don't really expect that much from them. Besides,the actual requirements get more challenging and involved as they progress, so the expectations are already designed to be higher at each level. In my opinion, "Do your best" should be applied to each task. If the task is to make a poster about the topic, then each boy does his best and there is no judgment as to whether the completed poster is good enough or not. However, "I did my best to get to the meeting but Dad didn't bring me" does not count as doing your best to complete your poster! "I did my best with the Wolf requirements" even though only 6 of the 12 are completed should not get you the Wolf Badge.
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    Majority Rule

    I will apologize in advance for some disjointed rambling... Ann, it seems to me that your idea of celebrating the birthdays at the end of the event, so that families can opt out if they choose, is the correct course. It sounds like the parent who spoke with you was not asking for special consideration, but just wanted to know what the plan was so that she could handle it appropriately for her son. In my work life, I have seen that the Jehovah's Witnesses in the office did not participate in birthday celebrations in any manner; they not only excluded themselves on their own birthdays, but did not share in any cake for others and continued to work at their desks while everyone else was gathering in the breakroom. Of course, these were adults, so I don't know if they would have the same expectations of a child. It is due to dealing with situations like this (along with food allergy issues and concerns about childhood obesity) that our school simply doesn't allow birthday celebrations. Of course, they also make the case that these celebrations don't contribute to the instructional mission of the school, which I can't argue with. They also do not allow celebration of Halloween or any of the winter holidays. Years ago when my mom taught school, they actually taught the kids something about Christmas, Hannukkah, and Kwanzaa, and families were invited to make a presentation if they celebrated something else. These days, it seems like PC'ness dictates that we pretend it all doesn't exist for fear of offending anyone. (Our school has also "banned" the BSA because of its discriminatory practices, but that's a different story.) I have just returned from spending the day at school listening to student presentations at "Simulated Congressional Hearings" where they discussed various Constitutional issues. A number of the questions centered on the notion of "the common good" vs. individual rights. In all of the cases, the students made the assumption that the common good is the same as the majority opinion. Now, the distinction between those ideas might be a bit sophisticated for 5th graders, but it was definitely something that made me go "Hmmmm...."
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    Earning belt loop twice

    Also, keep in mind that most of the Webelos activity badges have options for completing the badge that do not require the belt loop. If I remember correctly, Citizen requires the Citizenship belt loop, Sportsman requires 2 individual and 2 team sports belt loops, and Scientist requires the Science belt loop. Of these, Citizen is the only one that is required for Webelos badge/Arrow of Light. While it is perfectly fine within the requirements to re-earn a belt loop previously earned, as a parent (not necessarily as a leader) I would encourage my scout to complete a requirement he has not done before.
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    8 overdue from Arkansas backpack

    My husband saw this on the scroll on CNN this morning, but didn't get any other details. It looks like one of the links above has an update confirming that they have been rescued.
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    Get the word our Tiger PSA

    I know what a PSA is in the context of formerly working at a broadcast radio station. In the context of Cub Scouts, I have no idea...
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    Omlette in a bag

    We use onions, green and red peppers, mushrooms - the peppers and onions do stay a bit crunchy, but don't have to be precooked if you don't mind that.
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    I gotta quit taking this personally...

    Glad to hear it. Thanks for reporting back to us. (I'm always kind of disappointed when situations get brought for discussion(and speculation), and then you don't get an update on the outcome from the OP.)
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    I gotta quit taking this personally...

    To give you a bit of perspective... My son's den recently "graduated" out of the pack. All 10 Webelos in the den earned the Arrow of Light, with 8 of them crossing over (4 each to 2 different troops). Five years ago, he started in a Tiger den of 10. Of the 10 who got Arrow of Light, only 4 were original members of that Tiger den. It was always sad to see someone leave the den, and there were various reasons - moving, sports, lack of interest. But somehow, new boys kept coming along. During the 5 years, the den size varied from a low of 9 to a high of 13. Unless you have reason to think that there is a problem in the pack that is driving people away (and it doesn't sound that way from what you have posted), continue to focus on providing the best program you can for the boys that want to be there. And let them get the word out to their friends!
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    Activities Before Crossover

    E92, I'm not sure when it was dropped, but filling out the application is no longer one of the AoL requirements. I believe that the replacement is the current requirement to visit a troop you are interested in joining (with your parents, presumably after the den has visited one or more troops) and to have a Scoutmaster Conference.
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    Crossing without AOL

    As to the second boy, your proposed solution is likely the most effective way to handle it and keep the boy in the program. I'd suggest pointing out to the family that crossover doesn't need to happen at the B&G, have him finish up the AOL requirements, and after that has happened, have a nice ceremony welcoming him to the troop. But if the rest of his den is finished AOL and is crossing over at the B&G, then (a) there is probably no Web den leader left to help him finish the AOL requirements and (b) you run the risk of alienating the boy and his family because he was left out of the big ceremony. Just make sure that the pack sends in the advancement report showing him earning AOL before you process the paperwork for him to officially join the troop. (rant on) For the life of me, I don't understand how things get to this point - I guess lack of communication between den leaders and parents, or disengaged parents who think these things just happen because the kid shows up? All the parent has to do is read the handbook to know what the requirements are! Sheesh! (rant off) Good luck - let us know how it works out.
  12. We always use the non-dairy stuff that comes in the tub as well. Let it thaw in the refrigerator for about a day beforehand.
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    Pinewood derby- lane brain and not pinewwod??

    gp, A PWD question was brought up today by a new user who was having trouble with search results. I presume pack was being helpful by bumpimg these threads up to the top of the list.
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    Combined PWD and BandG

    Based on what you are telling us here, combining the two events for this year sounds like a fine idea for your pack. Just make sure that your B&G says "Happy Birthday to Scouting" in some way, and have fun!
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    Webelos 2 and Scout at the same time?

    Another thing that I'd like to point out is that the pack does not control when your son "can" cross-over - he can do that at any time once he's met the joining requirements for Boy Scouts - whenever you and he decide that the time is right. The pack absolutely should present your son with his AoL when it is earned. Check the requirements carefully; some specify that activities are to be done "with your den" and that can make it difficult to complete if the rest of the den is moving at a different pace. (And about the patrol thing - while Webelos dens are allowed to/ encouraged to choose a name for themselves and can wear a patrol emblem representing this name, they are in fact still dens and should not be called patrols.)
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