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dedkad last won the day on March 14 2014

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  1. dedkad

    Youth Behavior at 2017 Jamboree

    My son went to Jamboree and had a great time. He said that there were things stolen from his troop, including patch sets, but the boys just shook it off and continued to enjoy themselves. He's even thinking about going to World Jamboree in 2 years.
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    Spending money

    I gave my son $30 a day to spend. Probably way too much, but I really had no idea how much he'd need and some of the merchandise in the catalog looked pricey.
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    LDS Dropping Senior Youth Scouting

    This is what I am most concerned about from a volunteer perspective because it impacts our local program.
  4. From a Committee Member perspective, I noticed that the meetings tended to run smoother because the SPL seemed more prepared. Probably due to extra communication occurring between the SPL and his SM dad at home.
  5. I'm a female, so I'm at a loss here. Why is there a checkbox for genitalia on the Medical Part C exam, what does it have to do with participating in summer camp, and in reality what are the expectations of the typical practitioner in filling out these forms? From what I've seen when taking my son to the doctor for his annual physical, they are not examining his genitals. We had a grandfather come in tonight to our meeting to do physicals for our boys going to summer camp. The grandfather is a cardiologist. I'm in charge of medical forms. The form that came out of the first boy's physical was missing checkboxes for abdomen, genitalia, musculoskeletal, and neurological. I told them that that wasn't acceptable and sent them back in to get all the items on the list checked. I figured that a half-completed form is as good as no form. Apparently the MD didn't feel like he had all the equipment he needed to do the routine check, but he eventually acquiesced and completed all the check boxes. I didn't expect the MD to actually do a genital check, just like I didn't expect him to run an MRI to check for neurological issues. What has been your experience in getting these forms completed, and how thorough are the exams?
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    Expired Merit Badge Counselor

    I spent a fair amount of time going through the list of merit badges and the requirements for each one to see what MB's I was qualified for. I had to fill out an application (I'll call it a a "resume") with explanations of why I was qualified to be a MBC for each of them, and then also complete the BSA application for MBC. I can't even remember which MB's I ended up signing up for. When the following year rolled around and I was told that I had to do the exact same process over again and nobody bothered to keep a copy of my previous "resume", I got fed up and didn't re-register. I'm a volunteer. They shouldn't make it hard to be a volunteer.
  7. I don't mean "expired" in the sense of passed away, I mean that I am no longer a registered MBC. Several years ago I was a registered MBC for the Family Life MB. I counseled a scout all the way through his requirements, but he never brought me a blue card to sign off. I didn't renew my registration for MBC once my year was up. Now this boy is calling me wanting me to sign off on his MB. Can I sign off even though I am no longer a registered MBC? Can I just backdate the blue card and fill in the dates when we covered each requirement?
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    Reuse or recycle

    Apparently patch trading is a big deal. They've been talking about it at our Jamboree preparation meetings. If you have patches that you are going to get rid of, you might contact your local council and see if there are any Jamboree participants who would like to take them for trading.
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    Wish I'd known about the lifetime guarantee, but I probably never would have been able to find the receipt anyway. After just a year the zipper broke on one of my son's pants leg. I swore then and there I would never buy another pair of official scout pants. The quality was not comparable with the price.
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    This is why the pack my son was in added a Lego derby to their yearly agenda. The pack purchased special Lego wheels that fit on the PWD track. The kids would make their own car bodies at home or borrow from the bin of Legos that the pack would provide on race day. We'd attach the wheels and they would take turns racing them just for fun on the track. When they were done, they could rebuild and race again. It was much more fun for the boys, and at least you knew they were building the cars themselves. The siblings enjoyed participating too. FOLLOW UP - Yikes, I just did a search for Lego wheels to provide a link to the company where we bought the wheels (it was Derby Magic). It now looks like other companies that provide PWD cars and accessories are into the game and they have already turned the fun act of building Lego cars into a competitive sport. There's lists of rules, ways to add weight, suggestions for shaving the Lego wheels, etc. I'm shocked and saddened. This is probably how the whole PWD thing turned into what it is today rather than just a fun thing a dad and his son could do together.
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    Transgender policy change

    The program we pay for is administered at the local level. The less we let National's politics enter into our every day Scouting activities the better. I can understand someone wanting to make a statement about National's policies, but I doubt these two individuals would EVER be affected by this membership change. How many TG kids do you think there are? Let's get real.
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    Transgender policy change

    I'd hate to be on the campout when that boy has his first period.
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    What's In Your Water?

    I use the Katadyn filter and haven't had any problems, but I do my backpacking in the high Sierras where the lake water is probably pristine enough to drink without being filtered at all.
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    LED Lanterns

    I no longer use gas or battery-powered lanterns. I felt like it was not only a big drain on my budget, but also on the environment. I now use the Luci solar-powered blow-up lanterns that blw2 linked in his post. For their size, they put off a lot of light. One is fine for general lighting, but two are better if you need task lighting. I'll strap one on my backpack while we're hiking and it's ready to go once it gets dark. I'm not sure how long a fully-charged lantern will last, but I've had them run for hours in the evening and have never once run out of light. When they first came out, they were only $9 each, so I bought a bunch. I keep two in my tent trailer, one in my backpack, several in my house in case of power outage, and I even have one in my glove compartment in my car for emergencies.
  15. Since none of the active Scouts in our troop have driver's licenses and families are so busy nowadays, communicating with the parents is essential to ensure that there will be no conflict in getting a Scout to a meeting or activity. To answer your two specific questions: Yes, I would pass along the message. When things are running smoothly in the troop, he should have already heard something about the event at one of the meetings, but maybe not all the details. Yes. For the two instance you provided, I would make him go because my son has not yet mastered the skill of being helpful and if given a choice, he would choose to not help.