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  1. I know that leaders must take Youth Protection Training every two years. Later, I was told that the same is true for Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat. Now, I am being asked to retake This is Scouting, Leader Specific and Outdoor Leaders Skills...... While I can understand Youth Protection, I don't understand the need to retake the latter. What's the definitive word?
  2. There are two issues which occur when recruiting from Cub Packs: One is the parent issue thoroughly discussed above. The Second is the Webelos program itself. Just as the Cub Scout program is very different from the Boy Scout program, the Cub Scout program is very different from the Webelos program. We have three packs in our area. One does the Webelos program correctly: no more arts and crafts, more outdoor activities, joint events with local troops, use of a "patrol" instead of a "den", etc. One does not do the program correctly, outright refuses, and they lose most of their members
  3. Our Troop used to suggest that every family have one adult sign up as an ASM; I could never understand this and ended it. Most didn't sign up, anyway. If someone wants to be an ASM in our troop, we ask them to come camping with us a few times, and complete Scoutmaster training. We had too many guys who refused to do the training, and this ended that problem. We also had a number of helicopter moms wanting to be ASMs, so they could go caping with their boys (!). This ended those aspirations. ASMs are given assignments: one for each patrol, one to work with the quartermaster, one
  4. Every once in a while, I have a Scout whose family is moving out of the area. We say "goodbye" during circle up at the end of the meeting. I was wondering if any troops out there have a ceremony to wish the Scout well and to encourage him to find a new troop?
  5. Beevah is absolutely right in advising that you draft bylaws before any issues arise. Once you start drafting while an issue is sitting out there, everyone will focus on drafting rules that they think will fix the problem, or exact punishment on whom they perceive to be the enemy. Just as legislation drafted to remedy one event or problem, becomes poor law, so it will be with your set of bylaws. As an attorney who helps create partnerships, small corporations and non-profit groups, I always implore the individuals to draft bylaws prior to beginning any work. Once work begins, issues a
  6. No, not exactly. While we are asking for the $85 up front (and I don't like that we are doing it), it's a far cry from $350 up front PLUS several fund raisers. But, more to my point, from what I have been reading, above, I get the impression that these charges and set asides for equipment, etc, are being developed and implemented by adults. There is no Scout discussion of a program, how much it will cost (budget) and how are they are going to raise the money...annually. The budget (income) has already been set for them. No need to learn about how to budget and spend. We've taken that
  7. This is very interesting stuff. Each year, our PLC develops its yearly plan, determines its likely cost, and plans how it is going to pay for it. Traditionally, the Troop has made ends meet through dues and a few fundraisers. Dues were paid by the Scout, each meeting, at $2.00. It was suggested that parents NOT just hand the Scout their $2.00, but make them earn it (Troop policy since 1938). The problem is, present attitudes. Parents just can't be bothered paying two dollars a week, let alone making their children responsible for earning it, thus dues were coming up short, and it c
  8. We tried doing a first year patrol, and it failed for a variety of reasons. Now, we have a new scout patrol, composed of incoming former Webelos, until about May, and well before summer camp. We ask each new scout to write down one or two buddies that they would like to be with in a patrol. Then the Senior Patrol leader and the Scoutmaster assign these pairs to an existing patrol. These seems to work very well.
  9. Emmon, If you study the time period, you will see that much of English society was sympathetic to our Revolution. Certainly, it was understood that the Tory government mishandled the whole thing. As far as those co-workers telling you we Kicked English Butt... First, WE were English citizens at the time; Second, there is a strong likelihood that we won because the Howe brothers were Whigs and kept letting Washington escape annihilation in the early years; Third, English public opinion was with the "rebels". Fourth, it was the principles of the English constitution that be
  10. That's the spirit! Keep those words alive.
  11. You guys raise a good point about overthinking the 2 deep rule. If one adult leader is present but not alone with the scout(s), there is no YP problem. I can't believe that we all (here) have overlooked such a simple matter. OK. I have more than enough here to go to the Committee and have the policy changed to something more reasonable. Again, thank you all very much.
  12. OK, just to pour some water on the heat I see generating on this thread...... NO ONE is FORCING or Coercing anyone to attend a particular denomination. If a Scout says, I don't want to go, someone will stay outside with him, within the parameters of BSA mandated two deep leadership. So far, no one has taken that position, probably because they are not being forced to do anything but sit and be quiet. Beevah is correct, in my mind: If you have a problem with your son going to a Catholic Church because of the two deep leadership mandate, then step up to the plate and go camping with us
  13. Unfortunately, given our wide range of localities on monthly camp outs, such a person is not available. And then, there is the issue of....Mass attendance for Catholics. Catholics have been taught that if they miss Sunday Mass, it is a mortal sin (a very serious matter). Now, remember that I am a practicing Catholic. I have been advised by clerics that this is not a requirement...missing one mass is not an issue. Nevertheless, as in most matters, what may be so doesn't matter if the belief of a majority is different. And, by far, most believe that the Sunday Mass is a requirement.
  14. My troop committee has a long standing rule, that if the troop does not make it back from an overnight trip on Sunday, before 10:30 am, the Scoutmaster must take the Scouts to a church on the way home. As Scoutmaster, I have carried out this prudent rule, because, if we did not get back on time, it is unlikely that those who regularly attended church would be able to get the services/mass on time. This year, I have been getting a lot of resistance, not only from the Scouts, but adults on the trip. Half of my troop are Roman Catholics. The other half is composed of various Protesta
  15. Wow...Old Grey Owl....VERY NICE. I will be handing that out at the next meeting. Thank you very much!
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