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  1. dedkad

    Just named Cubmaster!

    The Roundtables are a great source for information and networking.
  2. Not the kind of thing I wanted to read 4 days before sending my son out on his first backpacking trip with his troop.
  3. Do the contractors need to get prior approval from Council to be a MBC in order to sign off on the requirements?
  4. Wonder if the Scouts would go for this. Sure would get a laugh. Might be better for Venturers. ~~http://www.realfarmacy.com/10-survival-tips-using-tampons/
  5. dedkad

    UK scouts want to try American Football

    Great job putting something together for your scouts!
  6. dedkad

    Tickets done!

  7. If you continue as den leader, you will have plenty of years to earn that den leader knot. If you are that concerned about it, you could recruit someone to be Cubmaster and assure them that you will do all the behind the scenes work and they just need to show up to the meetings with your agenda in hand. But if you did that, then you wouldn't be able to earn the Cubmaster knot, so I guess choices will need to be made.
  8. dedkad

    BSA introduces Virtual Reality Scouting

    Yeah, I clicked on Bryan's link just so I could post an angry comment, then I realized... duh!
  9. And a new chapter in GTSS is born.
  10. dedkad

    preventing scouts from crossing over

    My Webelos made tuna can burners for hobo stoves using cardboard and wax. I assume that is still OK.
  11. dedkad

    preventing scouts from crossing over

    I don't agree at all with your interpretation of the "Do Your Best" policy. "Do Your Best" doesn't mean we skip a requirement completely but still give out awards anyway because our den leader didn't get around to scheduling our go-see on time and the pack insists that we do rank badges at B&G. The intent of Do Your Best is to actually give it a try, but to understand that some scouts may lack the physical, mental, geographic, or other ability to complete the requirement exactly as written. I had boys who were physically incapable of doing pull-ups. They tried several times and did their best trying, but just could not do it because they are large for their age. We switched the requirement for those boys to a timed hang instead. They successfully completed the revised requirement. That's "Do Your Best" in my opinion. Say you live in an area that doesn't have a newspaper office, radio station, or TV station. You think of some other requirement that might fit closely with that requirement, such as listening to a news broadcast on TV, going to the library and reviewing old newspapers, do your own pretend den newscast, or publish your own pack newsletter, or something ...anything. You don't just make excuses and skip it completely. You try! You can't Do Your Best if you don't even try.
  12. dedkad

    preventing scouts from crossing over

    Maybe your B&G shouldn't be so much about earning rank badges. Use it as an opportunity to celebrate Scouting and the achievements they have done so far instead. Or just make it a super special party. They have plenty of time to earn their badges. I don't think you should award badges to boys who haven't completed all of the requirements and no one should feel like they failed because of it. If you think the format of your B&G will make the Tigers feel like failures, then modify your B&G format instead of modifying the rules that boys actually need to complete the requirements before they earn something.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. dedkad

    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.
  17. dedkad

    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.
  18. 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.
  19. dedkad

    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.
  20. dedkad

    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.
  21. I'm a little concerned that we haven't heard anything from him for months.