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About bkale

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  1. Hi.. I am the founder of Youth Patriotism Awards and am glad to hear that the program is still being discussed. Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have about it. The medals are custom designed by me - as well as the requirements for the awards. I originally created the program to give leaders an alternative award (and program guide/assist) to other programs that were having customer service challenges. My program has served Scouts and other youth in 27 states and is now an Official Award of the American Heritage Girls. As to wearing the medal, the vast majority
  2. Hi.. my name is Brian Kale and I am the founder of Youth Patriotism Awards. I am glad to see a continuing interest on the board. The program has been running since Sept 11, 2008 and has provided awards to youth in 39 different states and even to a Cub Pack in Germany (TransAtlantic). I have shipped just short of 600 medals in the last year and even added patches to the program. I have been amazed at the level of participation in the first year and absolutely love the kind words that I have received from many leaders about how the program helped them with Patriotism studies in their
  3. Wanted to post a big thank you to all of the leaders out there that have taken my program and incorporated it into their yearly activities. The program has been in existance for just short of 8 months and so far I have heard from well over a thousand leaders (comments, encouragement, questions, etc) and have received orders from 22 different states. 451 youths have completed requirements. I have at least 4 leaders using part of my program for their Wood Badge ticket. To say that I am humbled by the positive response would be an understatement. For those of you that have no
  4. The website has been offline for at least 3 weeks now. As an alternative, I would like to point to the program that I created and has been running since September 2008. The Youth Patriotism Awards takes an awareness of our heritage and takes it even further to focus on service, freedom, and citizenship. Please take a moment and look the program over. http://www.youthpatriotism.org And also... to those that have already known about my program... I want to announce that I have just approved a 3.5 inch round patch for the program and will have them available by March 20th. I
  5. Still sorry to hear the poor response from this company. I am very appreciative of those that have reviewed my Youth Patriotism Awards program and found it a fufilling and fun substitute. www.youthpatriotism.org
  6. Interesting... I just completed my two weekends in the fall of '08 and we didn't elect permanent patrol leaders. I look forward to hearing other people's $0.02 Brian NE-IV-215 Buffalo
  7. Make sure your car is fully shaped and sanded. Sanding is the most painful part but makes the difference on how the car looks. Paint really highlights rough spots. At this point you should find out how much your car weighs. Use a scale that measures in 1/10th or preferrably 1/100ths of an ounce. Use the Pack Official scale if possible but if not use your own (making sure it zeroes out when nothing is in the pan). To weigh, just set the car body, wheels (unattached) and 4 nail axels on the pan. Object is to get as close to 5oz as possible (without going over). I find that I add we
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    Sounds like the Cubmaster has forgotten that these are all new members of the Pack and are to be led and protected by Akela after being trained by Baloo. No matter what the age of the boy, it is hard to get up in front of people that you might not know at all or barely know and perform like a trained seal. Should the boys know the Oath, Law, and Motto - Yes - with an asterick. I would expect them to be able to complete it with coaching and definitely understand what it means. Will they get better as the year goes on.. YES. Should they be able to repeat everything from memory by the end of
  9. Just as a blast from the past moment... I went to Philmont in '83 and travelled from NC (we were a provisional troop from Old Hickory Council). We travelled by bus and spent the nights on Air Force bases along the way. It was a blast. We boys had a great ime on the bus and really came together (especially since we were a provisional troop). I remember it taking us 4 days out (taking a souther route (thru SC, GA, AL, MS, LA, TX) and then we came home a more central route (thru the Midwestern plains). We stopped to see all kinds of Americana. The trip should be just as eduacti
  10. I used to be a Buffalo, and a good old old Buffalo too. But now I've finished Buffalo-ing, I don't know what to do. I'm growing old and feeble, and I can Buffalo no more, So I'm going to work my ticket if I can. Back to Gillwell, happy land; I'm going to work my ticket if I can. Greatest wishes for an adventurous year... Yours in Scouting, Brian NE-IV 215
  11. Site looks like a fun Cub Scout theme... good job. I am interested in more information.
  12. Have you all seen the Time article about the fight between the City of Philadelphia (mostly the mayor) and the BSA? http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1810449,00.html (Make sure you get the entire URL) Ok.. here's my thought... remove the building (Leave No Trace) and give the property back. I am sure the BSA can find a more hospitable location.. especially if the politics of the City is going to blindly enforce integration of ALL social groups.
  13. I wonder if the 1,000,000th Eagle was advised of the distinction backj in 1983? I was awarded my Eagle in 1982.. interesting numbers.. thanks for the info. BK NE-IV-215
  14. This will be a tough one for you. First of all.. Cub Scouting is a family oriented program. Sign off is done by the Akela (parent at home and DL at meetings). You have to respect the signature of the parent... however.. that being said... you can "educate" the group as to the future outcome of their actions. Number one action on your part is to talk to the DL. The CM is responsible for the Program and the DL works in the Program. If you feel that having a one-on-one talk would be taken wrong, have a Program meeting (CM, ACM, DLs, ADLs only). Advise the group that Cub Scouts is a
  15. Nations Trails has had a major change in customer service. This led me to create a new program. I created the Youth Patriotism Awards. http://www.youthpatriotism.org Please take a moment to look at the program. Thanks
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