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  1. The game I have has 2 sides to the page you are referring to. I have them scanned and ready to go, but I need an email address.
  2. Not all of 'em! I've got two from 1914. The guy died and his wife didn't want to bury him in 'em - or them with him. She gave them to me.
  3. We are doing the "Future" thing, too. We are using an assortment of old boxes & toilet paper tubes to make rockets and robots. Taking some aluminum foil to cover the boxes, construction paper for control panels, wiggle eyes, pipe cleaners for antenna, ... What about candy clay? You can make all kinds of things with it, it handles much like Play-Dough, and you can make a wide assortment of colors. Boys can take it home after, or eat it at the banquet. Want the recipe?
  4. Cool! This is what I like to see. Our boys developed the plan for Klondike Derby this year and said they just wanted a "fun" one...not working on skills, competing, etc. Just playing. The points they are earning are candy, and that is their "reward"! All will get a certificate with total points earned, but no trophies, etc. The only "award" will go to the group with the best Scout Spirit. Good of you to remind them, in case they had forgotten and wanted to place. Good for them for their outlook. Good for you for respecting that (& seeing the humor in it!)
  5. One further note...each area has at least six things to do with the requirement that the parts be divided equally among team members. This means that in most cases, each team member will have to do at least one part, and may even get to select the area he is best at. Depending on team size, they may do more than one part. So, the older ones aren't going to be overpowering the younger ones. I am also trying to prevent Troops from "stacking" a virtual patrol, which is what happens when the reward is too tempting, whether we support virtual patrols or not. We actually have Scouts who have re
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    Women In Scouting

    Aww, come on. Seed says she wears the uniform to all events, and from what I've observed from her other posts, she IS putting her all into Scouting. She is active, involved, and interested. She says nothing about it hindering her role nor about it being more important to be fashionable than to be in uniform. She is simply stating, Aaaargh! The uniform is ugly, unfashionable, and fits very poorly. Would you spend $45 anywhere else for an outfit that is ugly and fits poorly? Probably not. That's all...don't read more into it. She is venting.
  7. Old Grey Eagle says, "have events that would attract scouts. If you have the same fire building to burn the string each time, or knot "kims game" or whatever it is, you can expect poor attedance, make the kids WANT to come." FYI -- we DO have events that attract Scouts. Our entire high school for the entire town is less than 85 students. So...you get the same kids who are on the football, basketball (or wrestling), and track teams; who are also on the Speech team, in the One Act Play, Quiz Bowl, Science Olympiad, and just about everything else in school. Their teams rely on them. Most of
  8. BALOO is geared more towards the paperwork side & "how to plan" for first-timers. The Webelos Outdoor training is more hands-on on outdoor activities and is based on a little more experience. There is a section on outdoor cooking, Fire Starting, First Aid, nature hikes, and ideas for the 4 outdoors WAB's (Webelos Activity Badges) Geology, Naturalist, Outdoorsman, and Forester. In our district, we also include a section on Pioneering (Knot-Tying) and Orienteering (Compasses). Some topics covered may overlap Baloo, but it really is a way different training. I hope you have the opportunity to
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    Women In Scouting

    Yes, the uniforms are ugly and unflattering. And how they sell ANY (how do you spell that word) coulottes is beyond me. And I agree, Yeah, right, let's all rush out and get a skirt to wear with the Big Bird Yellow shirt/ blouse so we can be REAL outdoorswomen! But not ALL women wear turtlenecks underneath. I don't. It isn't part of the uniform. When I'm with my home pack, I might wear olive WOMEN'S pants which I have purchased, but I don't wear a turtleneck. Sorry to ruin that idea.
  10. Since this was triggered by a comment I made, let me explain: We are utilizing teams, not patrols, during part of the Derby. While I understand the problem of virtual patrols: 1) Most do it anyway. 2) Some of the events cannot be done by a team of 2 people. 3) We have typically small troops out here...often a troop only has one patrol. 4) Is it just semantics...team vs. patrol? Maybe. But we even combine boys from different troops. We really are doing the events as teams, not neccesarily patrols. 5) Yes, when patrols are split by age, it is harder to get an older group that fills the 50% requi
  11. This may sound "odd", but try simply telling the Scout, "Your instruction from me is to follow the instructions of your PL." We had a Scout who wouldn't listen to his PL and even told an SA, "I don't have to do what you say. My mom said I only have to listen to the SM." Whoa! That went over real well...NOT! I had a SM Conference with him & explained how things are supposed to work...Chain of command, etc. I told him if he was going to do as I said, I was saying to follow instructions given by his PL, SPL, ASPL, SA's, etc. I also told him to follow this chain of command if there was a probl
  12. We've had to suspend a Scout, and sometimes we put a Scout on probation with the stipulation that the Scout may attend WITH A PARENT IN ATTENDANCE for 6 months worth of meetings and 6 months worth of outings. They may not attend if the parent is not there. At the end of this time, a re-assessment will be made. (Note that 6 months of meetings & 6 months of outings means attended...so if it takes 10 months for that Scout to attend 6 outings, that is the 6 months. If it takes 1 1/2 years to get in the 6 months of meetings, so be it.)
  13. It (TDC) may be a requirement in that council...I've also had people tell me you had to take TDC to be District Training Chair or even on District Training Staff...NOT true in our district. So I suspect it's a decision made by that council.
  14. We use a quilt rack to display the blanket. It has a shelf above to display keepsakes and a long pole so we can hang other things, too, like neckerchiefs. We hang shirts or caps off the end caps. Works Swell!
  15. CalicoPen, what a neat Cubmaster you had as a role model. You can bet all those boys, whether in "correct" uniform or not, remembered the right way after those moments of gentle praise of what was right. THIS is what Scouting is about!
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