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  1. dedkad

    Vote by peers the only way in?

    In our troop, the boys who just crossed over or ones who aren't as involved were encouraged not to submit a ballot if they didn't know the boy and his capabilities well enough to vote. That makes more sense to me than blindly voting on someone based on what another person says rather than what they have observed with their own eyes.
  2. We went the preventative route when it came to conservation. My boys built napkin holders to keep napkins from blowing away in the wind. They donated them to civic groups who hold outdoor BBQ's to help prevent the litter from occurring in the first place.
  3. I hate to admit it, but our pack would ask for health forms, but we didn't require them. We figured the parent(s) were there, so they could handle any medical emergencies involving their child. I guess we probably should have had a health form for the parent, though, in case something happened to them.
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    Required Minimum Popcorn Sales?

    The original posts on this thread are 8 years old. Not sure if BSA's policy on ISA's was in effect back then.
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    Pack elections and by laws

    Elections? We usually resort to arm-twisting to get people to fill volunteer positions. If any parent got wind of someone else willing to fill a spot, they'd beg off immediately.
  6. My son, who just bridged over to Boy Scouts, was looking over my shoulder while I was taking the YPT online. He asked me a couple questions about it, and I used it as an opportunity to let him know what the rules were to make sure that he never went off with an adult Scouter alone. I think it is a good idea to have parents take YPT because they need to make sure the people to whom they have entrusted their boys aren't doing any shenanigans, but to have every adult on a pack campout take it seems silly. It's Cub Scouts and all CS are supposed to have a parent with them on campouts, unless they are Webelos.
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    My son is a Boy Scout now!

    Our District has a PWD category for Boy Scout-aged boys and one for adults also. Maybe you can get your District to do that next year. There weren't too many Boy Scouts who entered, but there were quite a few adults.
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    Camp fire songs

    Not sure what my son's troop does, but in Cub Scouts, the boys preferred to sit around the campfire and tell scary stories.
  9. I'm a little concerned that we haven't heard anything from him for months.
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    Where's King Ding Dong?

    Welcome back, KDD! Keep up that fighting spirit!
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    Scout Losing Battle with Cancer

    Thanks, resqman. That link worked.
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    Summer camp should be enjoyable.

    You have an animated avatar! Trippy!
  13. I see that the meningitis immunization has been added to the new health form.
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    Scout Losing Battle with Cancer

    The fund link won't work for me. Anyone else tried it successfully?
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    The Mouse Monolith vs. the BSA

    Next it will be BSA's discriminatory policy against girls. It is never-ending.
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    Frequently Absent Scouts

    To earn your Webelos badge and AOL, there is a requirement to be active in the den for "x" amount of months. Maybe they need something like that for the other ranks.
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    The Mouse Monolith vs. the BSA

    So out of all the Walt Disney employees in the U.S., $4.8 million was raised for numerous charities through this Voluntears program in 2010. How much of that actually went to BSA? I bet the number is insignificant. The negative publicity will cost us more than any loss in donations from Disney.
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    My son is a Boy Scout now!

    Maybe he could be a Den Chief for the pack.
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    Trail Life.........

    It costs our pack $200 to $300 a night to camp at the council camp. However, the scout camps have their benefits, like a shooting range.
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    My son is a Boy Scout now!

    I hope so too because the troop he is joining are mostly younger scouts, and I would like for him to stay in the program longer.
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    Den getting too big

    I don't think there is any set number on how big or small a den should be. Factors that would govern it are the ability of the den leader to manage a large group, the amount of parent helpers, and the behavior of the boys. Even if your DL is capable of taking on the new boys, I'm not sure that is such a good idea. Depending on the boys, it could totally change the dynamics of your den, and not always for the positive. Is it worth 3 new boys when it could result in a possible meltdown of your DL and the existing den? If it were me, I would welcome the 3 boys and their parents into the pack and tell them you will offer them support to form their own den and make one of the new parents be a DL. We have had to turn boys away from our pack because a den was too full and no one wanted to split up an existing den and the new boys' parents didn't want to step up and become a DL. A strong program is not measured by how many boys you have in your pack or den, it is measured by the experiences you provide for the boys. If that level of service decreases by adding more boys, then I wouldn't do it.
  22. My son and I have visited the troop he will be joining about 4 times now. Each time, I have noticed that there is one adult, I think he is the chaplain, who spends way too much time up in front. He doesn't just do a prayer, he calls up kids to do the Scout Oath and makes them do push-ups if they don't get it right. He corrects boys' behavior constantly (no talking, no slouching, no eating, etc.), by making them do more push-ups, and he always has a comment about something that someone is saying. The other night one boy decided it would be good to practice a fire drill. The boy was explaining how he thought the fire drill should go, how they exit, where to meet, and so on, and the chaplain kept interrupting him to ask questions about how this or that is going to work and can you please provide more detail. It's like he wanted to make sure it was all done perfect the first time, without letting the boys just try it and make a mistake and learn from it. I finally said something to the SM that night, asking him if he thought the chaplain was spending a little too much time running the show. The SM said he has noticed it and said it seems to have gotten worse over the past month. However, being that BS is supposed to be boy-led, the SM has been reluctant to say anything because none of the boys have approached him to complain about it. This troop is a young troop, so my bet is that most of the boys just don't know any better. They are used to being told what to do by adults. Plus, I think they think the whole push-up thing is kind of funny. So as a new parent coming in to the troop, should I try to do something about this situation and, if so, what? I already mentioned something to my son about it, trying to put a bug in his ear, hoping that maybe a little grassroots effort with the boys might prompt them to say something to the SM. I know a few other parents in the troop, and I would be comfortable at least asking their opinion on this. Should I say something to these other parents, so maybe they can talk to their sons too, or would I just end up being the most-hated parent who is sticking my nose where it doesn't belong?
  23. So I talked to a friend whose son Eagled with the troop my son will be joining. She said her son and his friends do not like this leader, and it's part of the reason they don't attend the meetings. She said this guy has only been with the troop for 3 years. Might have been involved previously, but just 3 years on this latest go-around. Knowing these details makes me definitely want to talk to the CC about this problem. My son officially joins the troop in 2 weeks. I'll be talking to the CC shortly thereafter. I think I'll take the Boy Scout leader training online before then so I can be armed with knowledge on how things are actually supposed to be run.
  24. My son does not plan on joining another troop. We've visited others, and every troop in town has some kind of issue, none are perfect. Unlike some of the other troops, this issue seems like one that can be resolved. I'm just looking for ideas on how best to handle it.