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  1. I recently became a member of a sub-committee, and at our first meeting, there was a lot of discussion, but not any direction. I interrupted the discussions, and started applying skills I learned from Wood Badge. It helped the group really define exactly what we wanted to accomplish, and how we were going to get there. I'm currently a committee member, but there are changes coming. I'm going to be the Leadership Training and Development coordinator. I'm planning to impart some of the Wood Badge knowledge I received to the PLC and other scout (and adult) leaders. I found Wood
  2. #13 Religious Emblems Award Silver knot on Purple background with purple border.
  3. Congratulations. Have you been given the Wood Badge warning? Somewhere along the way, they forgot to give me mine, and I''m finding myself creating vision and goal statements. Well, it does come in handy. Especially when you''re in a big project and no one else thought of it. Wait a minute. Ummm, never mind - forget the warning. Just remember the congratulations. Tom C C-44-06 Fox(This message has been edited by tcherven)
  4. This would make a great Scoutmaster Minute. Wonderful story. Excuse me a second, I need to get a tissue.
  5. Using your logic, that would make me TigerTenderfootdad. Congratulations. It''s always fun to share successes of our sons and daughters. All the best.
  6. I knew I came to the right place. My Wood Badge patrol mates had some things for me to think about, as does everyone here. When I look back to my cubmaster days, I was starting to feel burned out in my fourth year. I think now that it was because our parent volunteer base was small, and I picked up the missing pieces. I was the den leader, cubmaster, popcorn kernal, advancement chair, webmaster, and the push behind the committee chair. Not the case with this troop or pack. (The troop and affiliated pack - new for us - is at our church. The old pack was at a school). There i
  7. Well, it''s nice to know I''ve been doing some things right. The first group of people I approached for feedback was my Wood Badge patrol. I''ve already received emails from most of them - 2 of them were in Troop leadership positions when we went through the course. The situation is actually quite simple: The current Scoutmaster has been in the position for 3 years, and is now in the process of starting a new business. That''s a venture that takes a lot of effort and time. He feels he cannot contribute to the troop as he should, and so has stepped down. The previous Scoutmaster,
  8. I''ve been with my older son''s troop for 6 months as a committee member, 4 as secretary. Today, I had the committee chair approach me and ask if I wanted to be the Scoutmaster. The fact that I''ve been through Wood Badge influenced him in that decision. He thinks I would be an asset to the troop, especially since I did not come from the affiliated pack. He figures it puts me outside any cliques that have developed. The troop is moving to Boy Lead, but he wants someone who can really help it along. I''ve also become the Tiger Den Leader for my younger son, but I do have a c
  9. This was mentioned in one of the previous posts, but needs to be brought out again. Perhaps there is too much going on, and too many stimuli for this boy. Maybe den meetings for him would be better if it was only his den in the room. Pack meetings - that''s a tougher nut. Again, the key here would be to keep things moving, and switching the focus every few minutes.
  10. You certainly do have an insteresting situation. The advice offered here has always been good, well thought out, and in most cases, appropriate. Here's a slightly different approach, that might encourage some dialog between you and the cubmaster. As you plan your den meeting, invite the cubmaster to lead one of the activities. You could even give him a choice of which activity to lead. When you approach him, let him know the goal of the meeting, the goal of the activity, and how it will ultimately help the boys in their scouting journey. (It wouldn't hurt to let him know
  11. I don't know if I can count that high. I, too, am fortunate to be within 2 blocks of a great public library - and I visit it about once every 10 days. I read on my lunch hour (which has extended over an hour on occasion). Depending on the book, I'll finish between 3 and 5 days - some shorter, some longer. I also try and find time at home to read as well. I have been known to have 3 books "in progress" at the same time. I read most genre. My favorites being Science Fiction and Historical Fiction, but mysteries, romance, and other types have been found in my hands. In the las
  12. I would like to echo what some of the others have said. My old pack and 2 others created a "Pinewood Derby Cooperative". My pack had the equipment, but had never tried to get our timer to work. One of the other leaders had his pack buy the software and got it to work for us. Something like this is a good idea - you can pool resources, and each pack can add something. Create a "Pinewood Derby" kit. Include flags, decorations, and the other stuff to make it fun. Another option that several packs in our area do, is to hire someone else to come in and run their pinewood derby. That
  13. "Bring a smile, good attitude, willingness to learn and creativity. Gonzo1 SR-59 " And just as important, be ready to make new friends with scouters from all over your area. You'll also have the opportunity to learn more about other's ideas. Oh - and be prepared to have fun. And if you don't become a FOX, you'll still learn a lot. Tom C Fox C-44-06 (This message has been edited by tcherven)
  14. Im in Northern Star Council, which is headquartered in St. Paul and Minneapolis. The council includes 21 counties across central Minnesota (to the South Dakota Border) and includes four counties in western Wisconsin. There are over 113,000 scouts in the council. There are eight camp properties owned by the council. Fred C Anderson Scout Camp 260 acres Cub Scout day camp: 14 sessions, about 50 scouts per session 700 scouts total Phillippo Scout Reservation 450 acres Cub Scout resident camp (Camp Akela): 10 sessions, about 223 scouts per session 2230 total Additiona
  15. and tents. You can't forget tents. BSA regulations require that all tents be marked with "No Flames in Tents". And don't forget the 53 who tell everyone to switch to the new compact flourescents because the use less energy. Which will cause another 27 to chime in that the compact bulbs contain hazardous materials and can't be thrown in the trash, so the energy being saved is negated by the necessity of hazardous waste disposal.
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