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  1. For my Wood Badge ticket I created a forum for our district. What do you think will be the best way to get people to start using it?
  2. We use Scouttrack and are happy with it.
  3. Eagledad I'm not sure about that. BSA openly welcomed American Heritage Girls until the decision separated them.
  4. Recently, we had an overnighter that had limited capacity, So I gave priority to leaders kids and committee member kids prior to doing the first come first serve. I made it very transparent and I got two new committee members from that because they wanted into the event. It was interesting that the event ended up getting all that wanted in, but we didn't know that until later. No complaints from parents as they all recognized how much the leaders put in.
  5. What about Sea Scouts? I don't see them listed.
  6. That's a hanging offense here in Texas, let us take care of them! Makes my blood boil.
  7. The interesting thing is that by far, Cub Scouts are the dominant population of scouts, so technically the rest of the programs should adopt their program, right? :-) No I don't think boy scouts should become more cub like. But they are hardly step children.
  8. Just got back from weekend #1 for woodbadge. I had a lot fun, I do think that much of the training isn't awesome since I've done a lot of training before. But working together in the patrol method is a bunch of fun. The biggest problem is being partnered with 2 people in the patrol that are total dead weight. I guess that is the experience that the boys will have to deal with when they are in scouts. My son is a cub still so I feel like this is preparing me for that future transition.
  9. As long as it doesn't become the one finger salute :-)
  10. Yes day camp is a week long camp hosted by your council. Was it overnight? If so, then it qualifies for the overnight trip. The Wolf year starts at the end of the program year which is usually the end of the school yearish. In our pack, the cut off date is June 1st. So May 31 = Tiger year, June 1=Wolf year. The stuff they do prior to being a scout doesn't count. Explain that the loops all start from when he joined scouting, my guess is that they didn't understand that delineation. Hiking is the easiest to get, so that can easily been done. You can verify with him that he did c
  11. I just wish the boneheads on both sides of the aisle would figure this out. They've had chances to actually work out differences before now but none of them have tried. I don't buy the current arguments on either side.
  12. I heard that it is changing to be more like boy scouts and have more outdoor requirements. Next summer they are supposed to roll out more info at Philmont according to my sources.
  13. For ours, I made a plaque out of maple and a paper with all the boys signatures.
  14. I don't like it. I think that it is trying to force cub scouters to become boy scouts. I like have separate programs. just my opinion. AFAIK the entire program is changing soon too for cubs. I'm not sure exactly how. How often has the cub program changed before.
  15. Congrats, We do the boy talks and buddy cards.... but they don't work well for us. Our biggest problem is the sports programs in the area really recruits hard and here in Texas, parents seem to be sports crazy.
  16. I don't have a problem at all with the book stuff you refer to. We do present and talk about them in different ways than what is in the book. I do den leader training and instruct the new leaders to drop the den leader resource guide in the trash. For example, the food pyramid or "myplate" stuff goes much better when you have two bagged lunches, one happy meal and one brown bag healthy lunch. Then explain that the happy meal has been on the counter for a week. The boys really react well to that.
  17. We build a giant Jenga set recently, it takes 8 2x4's. fun project.
  18. RIP, prayers for his family and friends.
  19. Protects you from a bunch of things potentially. By taking the proper training, district will back you when someone gets injured and goes after everyone involved including the leaders. Let alone the fact the training helps provides an amount of consistency across units and leaders. This is the same reason that I insist that all my parents and leaders take in person YPT so that when I tell their darling son to not go into the woods by himself they understand why, and why when I tell them that they are not to enter the restrooms with the boys they understand. I am in a way protecting them as
  20. Protects you from a bunch of things potentially. By taking the proper training, district will back you when someone gets injured and goes after everyone involved including the leaders. Let alone the fact the training helps provides an amount of consistency across units and leaders. This is the same reason that I insist that all my parents and leaders take in person YPT so that when I tell their darling son to not go into the woods by himself they understand why, and why when I tell them that they are not to enter the restrooms with the boys they understand. I am in a way protecting them as
  21. If it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck it is a duck.... I'd get leaders Baloo trained, it is easy and file trip plans for each trip. It helps protect you for the just in case moment. I hope you never have a moment like that but you never know when that will happen.
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