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  1. It looks like they're still tinkering with the program as they go. Not much. There is some on the Northern Star Council website for the 2012 program: http://www.northernstarbsa.org/youthprograms/cubscouts/lioncubs.aspx And some on Merit Badge.org for the 2009 program: http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Lion_Cub_Scouts Reading #10 under the "Program" section here, it sounds to me like Lion Cubs is a Fight Club.
  2. I've had one of these for years... Mine's got a 256MB drive in it. They make 2 versions: One with just the drive so it's "airplane safe", and one where the USB drive is a "blade" in the executive-style knife. All the current versions are here. http://www.victorinox.com/us/category/Collections/USB/1019?f=category&v=1/101/1019&m=add& I can say, it's definitely a conversation piece when I pull it out in meetings when someone asks "Do you have a flash drive?"
  3. For food pyramids, I start with the dry stuff from the http://myplate.gov/. To get them more interested, I start with my collection of some alternative food pyramids that I've collected over the years. The "zombie food pyramid" and the "You are here" cartoon are always hits. https://www.dropbox.com/s/khcwkmdvl6gcx1i/Food%20Pyramids.pdf
  4. One of my Council Pros told me that he attended a National training session this summer and the Cub program is going to change completely with the Oath / Law roll-out. The goals of the committee rewriting the requirements are to get rid of a lot of the book work that's eithe crept into the program or been picked up by the schools and replace it with more outdoor activities. I can't find specific details. The official timetable I've heard is 2015-16, but I can also tell you my DE advised us not to buy any extra books this year for the Pack than we need. Our council has a separate DE p
  5. It sounds like the uniform questions could be moot in a year or two. I don't have any details, but the chatter I'm hearing from my Council pros is that when the Boy Scout Oath and Law go into effect, there will also be and major changes to the rank requirements. I've heard changes to the uniform are being discussed to make it more "friendly" for the kids, possibly even going to a Girl-Scout style vest or sash. The official timeline is for rollout in the 2015-16 program year. We provide the rank book with our dues. My DE advised me this fall not to buy any more books than we need for
  6. Maybe the BSAs should join forces: Approach local businesses, and ask for a tour. At some point a cute young Scout asks "Wow, you sure have a lot of computers, can you show me the records stating you have appropriate software licenses for them all?" BAM! The troop turns the company in to the other BSA and collects the reward It's a lot more lucrative than popcorn.
  7. @Sasha: According to the OP "There is a boy in the pack, who has asperger's and adhd". We've got a lot of ADHD boys as well. Yes, keeping them active works, but there are a few who regularly push the limits. Occasionally, they need a reminder of these limits, otherwise other Scouts may leave the program because they don't like what he is getting away with.
  8. The appellate opinion they cite in the press release is interesting. The BSA is off the hook . In this case, the LDS ward appointed a volunteer to act as ASM for a ward-sponsored troop without him registering with the BSA. That ASM then abused the plaintiff on multiple occasions, including during Scout events. http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/pdf/676458.pdf
  9. Suing the BSA is a growth industry, most probably because the BSA has a history of taking legal positions that make juries want to see them suffer. The 2010 Portland judgement against the BSA showed this. There were people within the organization who had knowledge of what was going on, swept it under the rug, then went to court with the "we can do what we want because of our Congressional charter" attitude and legal arguments as sound as those for the new registration fee increase. The juries saw right through it, and hit them with $18.5 million in punitive damages. The judge saw thr
  10. Don't sigh. 8 Scouts where all the parents are involved is much better than a pack of 60 with only one or two involved parents. Work on building your program. Make it fun. Make sure you've got plenty of "bring a friend" activities on the calendar. If the boys get excited, their friends will want to join in. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is a good Pack.
  11. Cub Scouts and ADHD isn't a great mix. The medicine these kids are on puts them into near-sedation for the school day. By the time Scouts rolls around in the evening, that medicine has worn off, and the kid needs to get all that pent up energy out of his system. You get to deal with that tonight instead of Mom & Dad, so for that, they're grateful. Group behavior techniques like the beads in a jar or the behavior candle work well when you've got a group of generally good kids who needs a gentle reminder to behave. From your description, it sounds like this Scout will almost always be t
  12. Yes it is. That's why I'm exploring this paranoid delusion. As Joseph Heller said, “Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after youâ€Â
  13. Actually, BD, these Cub Scout recruiting fliers are being MAILED by the council directly to all households with Cub Scout age boys. These will have my Pack and personal contact info on them, AND the low-ball price. This is my problem. On one hand, it's great that they are sending these, since our local school districts don't allow us to do boy talks. Sending home a piece of paper requires the personal approval of the Superintendent of Schools. She has an equal opportunity policy of rejecting everything. I can be honest and upfront, but only if I get to the parents first. When the BSA m
  14. @ScoutNut: I believe you are wrong. The examples he gives are for participation in Programs, not just for registrations. Take a look at Select Soccer or the LAYO. Their fees get you a lot more than just the ability to call yourself a member that the BSA's $24 gets you. 4-H is the only one that's close, but these all seem to be part of a state university Ag extension outreach program, and don't seem to be self-supporting programs like the BSA. The Corpus Christi 4-H includes "educational materials" in their fee. According to my budget, our year of programming costs about $180 per Scout
  15. Nothing. I was as sober as you are after a Pack meeting. I wouldn't have thought anything of this announcement if it didn't reinforce what I've heard from my local Council. I had a 30 minute phone conversation with our COO about how he thinks it is a great idea to tell everyone that $6.50 is all you need to join Scouting. He is adamant that this is the way it must happen. He's upwardly mobile in the BSA management, so I'm guessing he's toeing the corporate line. So far, I haven't seen the mailer yet. When I do, I'll post a copy of it here. We charge dues. We also charge program f
  16. I've been reading the announcement of the fee hike posted at Scouting Magazine. When I read between the lines, it sounds to me like National is trying to abolish unit dues. Reading the announcement, to the untrained ear, it sounds like that $24 is all a Scout needs for a year of great programming, especially when you compare this to what "Participants of the 4-H Program in College Station, Texas, pay $25 a year, not including fees for individual activities". The problem is, I'm hearing this from my local Council as well. At a Saturday morning [del]DE morale crushing event[/del]
  17. Not sure if this is just me, but my account (as a Unit Key 3) shows a really pretty pie chart showing that 50% of my unit's leaders are trained. However, I can't find a way to get a list of the 50% who aren't trained, and the list of training courses they need. The integrated approach is a nice idea, but it's not very useful and it's really pretty buggy. We'll see what happens with it in a few years (or whenever the BSA puts enough resources on this).
  18. That's just saying there shouldn't be any closed door meetings if you have to meet one-on-one with a Scout for a SMC or to resolve a discipline issue. Do it across the room, or at a picnic table across the clearing. The other youth and adults in attendance can see that nothing inappropriate is transpiring between the two of you, but the content of the conversation between the two of you is private. As an MBC, you shouldn't need to discuss any personal issues one-on-one. Therefore this doesn't apply to you.
  19. @KDD: If they answer "Yes" to the second question of Part B of the medical form, you have all the permission you'll ever need to post their photos. You do have a copy of a medical form for everyone on your trips, right?
  20. Two different positions in one unit are harder for the BSA than two positions in two units. I know DL and CM are exclusive of each other. You can't be both in one unit. I would assume the same applies for ADL and ACM. I currently hold the CM position for two Packs, and am MC for a Troop. No issues on the BSA's side there. I even get nice little dropdowns when I log into MyScouting to choose the unit I want to work with. (BTW, good idea of not popping onto that round-up last night. You don't get go back to being just Dad...) As for youth, I know a youth can be multiple registered in a
  21. Yes, if you offer backpacking, climbing, scuba, canoe trips, shotgun, on a regular basis, word will get around, and high adventure parents, district/community/friends of friends will volunteer for those trips. These are adults who want NO part of typical BSA monthly campouts. As for regular recruiting: Consider a Facebook, YouTube, and Web presence: We get a slow but steady stream of Scouts who transfer to us from standard Troops. I plan to add Google+ soon. Also, we make sure that Scouts earning the 1st Class "tell a friend or lapsed Scout about Scouting" requirement, to bring
  22. @Frank: I can't take credit for the idea. This was passed down to me by someone much older and wiser than I. I can say, having just come back from another productive meeting, it does get the job done.
  23. My "Scouts" folder has: Geocaching ($10, but totally worth it), KG Free (Knot Guide is the paid version) Leafsnap SkyView My Radar Tides Planner For administration / communications, I can't live without my apps for Google Docs (all my Pack Documents, including sign-up sheets are on there), MailChimp (mass email), and WordPress (website). Looking at doing a subscription to Scoutbook for advancement tracking once their Pack plan is released. It's a webapp, not a native app though.
  24. @mashmaster: Yes, I have had those days. That is why our Pack holds our committee meetings at a bar. Just so nobody gets confused, this isn't a Legion bar, an Elks, Eagles, Moose or any other type of social club. It's a regular ol' for-profit bar. Our District Commissioner suggested the idea to me a few years ago when we were having trouble getting people to show up to committee meetings. We don't have that problem any more. I've had him, several Council professionals and members of our CO (a church) show up. I've shared beers with all of them, and even (personally) bought a few of t
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