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  1. Hi all, I'm a new scoutmaster. In the troop, I have a boy who got life scout back in 2009. Did his 6 months of active service and his position of responsibility (with some "extra" projects to help him fullfill this) back in 2010. Has all his merit badges for eagle done. But during the last 2.5 years, he's pretty much been an absentee member. Hasn't held a position in those years, and has only been camping with us once in the 2.5 years. Old scoutmaster would occasionally give him a pep talk and he would show up occasionally. But the worst part, is that when he does come back, he vol
  2. Hi folks, Looking for a new camping options for our trip to Lake George NY at the end of June. Suggestions? We've stayed before at a campground downtown, but looking for something new and outside of town. Bob
  3. Sorry to say it, but I think it's a disaster. Of the 5 troops in my city, 4 are hosted by churches (3 of them Catholic) because they see boy scouting as an extension of their own programs/ideals. Now? And I can hardly wait to see the new youth protection guidelines. :^0 BSA is a private organization and their right to keep their policies has been validated by the courts. They should stand firm. I'm sure those who feel strongly enough about it could start their own private leadership program as an alternative.
  4. Sorry to say it, but I think it's a disaster. Of the 5 troops in my city, 4 are hosted by churches (3 of them Catholic) because they see boy scouting as an extension of their own programs/ideals. Now? And I can hardly wait to see the new youth protection guidelines. :^0 BSA is a private organization and their right to keep their policies has been validated by the courts. They should stand firm. I'm sure those who feel strongly enough about it could start their own private leadership program as an alternative.
  5. I work in sales and it seems to me that the troops could do much better with popcorn if they follow the 101's of selling. So here is a tip: find a counselor for the salesmanship merit badge and offer it to the troop in the summer. In completing the requirements, boys can be guided to develop sales plans that include coming up with sales territories and realizing the importance of being first to hit the street. It also gives them techniques that they can use to make sure they get repeat customers like making sure you attached a thank-you note to each box you deliver and handing out bus
  6. Hi folks, The boys in our scout troop voted today that they want to go to Alaska in 3 years time (June) from our home base here in Nashua NH. There are two boys who volunteered to be the boy leaders of the trip and they are very enthusiastic. I have been to Alaska so I volunteered to be the adult coordinator. But Alaska is huge and I need some guidance. Any boy scout camps centrally located? Any previous trip plans anyone can share with me? I'd especially love to hear from troops in Alaska. One of the boy leaders was even suggesting with could campout with a troop from up there
  7. Hi guys, Like most things in scouting, there are varying opinions that I think all have valid points depending on the kind of troop you are in. The first year program has worked well for us. We have a dedicated ASM focused on successful transition of the new scout patrol (this has been my job for 3 years). The new scout patrol picks a patrol leader and the troop guide and troop instructor act as the primary educators. The plan I developed is a simply a structured syllabus for the troop guide and instructor to follow so that they teach the boys topics that COULD help them advance (i
  8. I'm the ASM of the new scout program in our troop. A few years ago (for one of my WoodBadge ticket items) I started to build this very thing out based upon some materials I found on the Internet. It has changed over the years and last year was the first time I had the older boys deliver ALL the sessions (some where great, some not so great). I dovetailed this into a merit badge by offering the public speaking merit badge in November and having the scouts that participate do a session as their final 8-10 minute speech. Despite presenting all this material, many of the new scouts have
  9. Hi folks, Our troop runs a TLT training each year for the boys that need training for their positions. One topic that seems to brush by all the scouts every year is the need for a patrols to consider having patrol meetings/activities outside the normal troop meetings. Anyone know of any games/activities that demonstrate the value of working in smaller groups (patrol) vs larger (troop) to demonstrate the value of the patrol method? Bob
  10. Thanks everyone for the ideas. I had no idea there was so much anti-popcorn sentiment out there. We haven't used any incentives in the past (other than the lame cub-scout focused incentives that come with the popcorn program). And these don't really work. And I'm not sure how these will work either, but we want to try. There is a core group of kids seem to do all the fundraising that benefits both themselves and the troop. The others just sit around with their parents handing out money for every trip but ignoring the fact that the troop is almost broke. Somehow I feel like there
  11. We are trying to come up with a new incentive program this year to motivate our boy scout troop to sell popcorn. Anyone have any sure fire prizes/motivators? For both individual and patrols? We've toyed with ideas including: - Best patrol gets the use of our best chuck box for a year - Best patrol gets special trip where adults cook for them - "Get out of a latrine duty FREE" card. Any and all ideas appreciated! Bob
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    We are trying to come up with a new incentive program this year to motivate our boy scout troop to sell popcorn. Anyone have any sure fire prizes/motivators? For both individual and patrols? We've toyed with ideas including: - Best patrol gets the use of our best chuck box for a year - Best patrol gets special trip where adults cook for them - "Get out of a latrine duty FREE" card. Any and all ideas appreciated! Bob
  13. When I became pack committee chair a few years ago (I'm Cubmaster now) the first thing I did was invest in Packmaster .Net. The reasons: 1. Consistent communications - email blasts to stale email lists meant that new parents often missed out on the happenings. Now everyone uses the totally current list (we send out packgrams this way too) 2. Advancements - den leaders are responsible for entering into the DB. The advancement person just prints are report a week before the pack meeting and heads to store. No more chasing people around for awards and advancement person doesn't liste
  14. Oy! I find these stories all too common and disturbing. All these rules are detailed in even the most basic training materials and even in the scout handbooks. This summer I met a guy from NJ at family adventure camp in NH. He told me the CM of his Pack promotes kids to the next rank as soon as they earn their previous badge of rank. Example: Your in second grade and earn your Wolf badge. That same meeting, you become a bear scout. He argued the point with the CM and the guy just ignored him. What's the biggest problem in scouting today? Inconsistent program delivery is k
  15. Hi Dan, Your ideas are just as good as mine: you have to do whatever works for your pack. I like the door prize idea. The key here that I forgot to mention is getting the den leaders involved. I have them all arrive 15 minutes early now, so they are there ready to greet and control their dens (this means I have to arrive about 1/2 hour early). When they arrive, each checks a "mailbox" I setup for them, in which they find a packet of materials they will need to support me that night. It typically includes a pad of paper, pencils, a bag of beads, and all the materials their den wil
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