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Everything posted by mashmaster

  1. The fears are real and founded. We need to be empathetic to the kids. In my experience, what is needed is to pose the problem of not having meetings being a problem that needs to be solved. Let them know the problem and maybe even some solutions that have worked for other units. Ask and listen to their ideas and solutions. I am not doubting that your husband is already doing this BTW. In my experience if they feel they own the problem they will come up with a solution that they will fight for. We are much smaller than a troop but we have been able to meet in small groups, mask
  2. Agreed, the Platypus system rocks. It works great. I get you on the getting people to camp at cub level. The key is to start getting the kids used to camping in their own tents, but this is a hard issue with COVID restrictions now.
  3. LOL, I know. Enjoy this time with them. It goes by fast.
  4. Our recent Ordeal happened with reduced capacity and it worked out well.
  5. I am hopeful this is not the way it will be long term. I realize it probably is the way it will be. In person training is just so much far superior in most ways with good instructors. I think parts of IOLS can be done well online like the SM fundamentals portions, but the outdoor skills, really need to be done in person. Have you ever tried to teach someone to tie a knot virtually? It is a frustrating experience for both people. You really need to see and interact with the student to understand how to best help them. We have adapted our Sea Scout meetings to have somethings do
  6. We have done the sailing adventure out of Sea Base and it was fun. Everyone had a great time. Maybe we were lucky, we had zero problems with sea sickness. We spent an afternoon in Fort Lauderdale at the beach on the afternoon before Sea Base then visited a gator farm and fan boat ride. After leaving Sea Base and getting to the airport. Pre-Covid, tit was easy and cheap to get flights to Fort Lauderdale and rent a big van for the week.
  7. I congratulate her for Earning her Eagle but I have a bad taste in my mouth by their statement of her earning the requirements basically before the girls were allowed to join....She will be part of the class vs. leading the class IMHO.
  8. I can't answer that question but Sea Scout Ships (Troops) have a number and a name. For instance we are Sea Scout Ship 911 aka Response.
  9. Your son must have done something very good. I commend him.
  10. Fair enough, maybe our guys were all used to sailing already it wasn't particular new to use. It was beautiful and a ton of fun. My two High Adventures we did we 74 mile canoe trip on the Buffalo River and backpacking the Gila Wilderness loop in New Mexico. Neither had no preset itinerary and the youth had to roll their own adventure. Some things worked, some things didn't.... Like failing to put the food in waterproof containers on canoes.... dunked dinner more that once on the trip. But great adventures!
  11. We have done the Key West sailing through Seabase, it is a lot of fun. It isn't High adventure but it is a lot of fun. I am not sure how the Bahama base is now after the last hurricanes, might be worth checking, For our Sea Scouts they were looking at the Captain waiting to do more, they would rather charter a boat and sail it themselves, because they can.
  12. I used to live in the Seattle area, traffic is a nightmare and has only gotten worse, although I am sure it isn't bad now with Corona. I think that after Corona passes, many things from this change in lifestyle will stick around. Corporations will find that A) Brick and Mortars are still on the downward path (they already were) B) many people will continue to work from home. If the job can be done well from home by people who are diligent about it, The company saves a lot on rent and utilities for example. It isn't for everyone but it will be for a fair amount of people. I know
  13. Fair enough. I guess I have seen too many bench projects. I don't believe I ever criticized the scouts. When a project is too light or easy, the advisors should be advising and not signing off for a scout. Many advisors sign off too easy for projects, rank, and merit badge requirements. If it came across a criticism of the scout, I apologize. I as well am reaching my lifetime limit as well. Peace to you my scouting brother, happy to have ginger ale with ya at the scouting bar any time.
  14. Agreed, scouting should be fun and this focus on this "class" seems to ignore that.
  15. The problem I have is that a scout is supposed to demonstrate leadership for the project. Something that takes a few scouts a couple hours to build doesn't really provide that opportunity to provide leadership. I have sat in many Eagle BOR's where a scout asked the SM for a project, they handed the scout a project from a benefactor that included everything planned out including all the resources. The scout only showed leadership is making a sign up for that day and following the plan handed to him. They don't have to build a barn but they should be working with the benefactor to unde
  16. Can someone explain to me why this is really such a big deal? I am not downplaying the girls that are and have been working hard on earning their Eagle, I commend them. But is there a specific benefit a girl gets from being part of the innagural class of Eagle and someone the gets in a month later? Isn't the point of earning the Eagle rank to be that they are basically equivalent in rank forever? And Eagle scout is always and Eagle scout. Maybe I am missing something. https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/program-updates/?utm_source=scoutingwire&utm_campaign=swvolun
  17. I would send her email with the District Executive on the email stating that you aren't able to provide this and that the parents are welcome to attend the events and help their child. If that isn't acceptable, mention how the District Executive may know of a pack that is able to do this for their son.
  18. Ours has an ordeal coming up. everyone eats the same, one night only, temps taken, masks, and ceremonies social distanced.
  19. I have issues concerns with the female or male part of the Eagle process. My worry is that an Eagle project is something that you need to show leadership on. And there have been way too many "benches" for projects, IMHO. I have seen a range of Eagle scouts through the boards I have staffed for EBOR, you get to see quite a range of projects. All of the are approved by the district so they all count. I have a girl in my Ship that is getting her Life rank this weekend and what impresses me most about her is that she never takes the easy route, she is always pushing to do it right. She even
  20. My friend who used to work for BSA until today posted this. My heart goes to those affected by this. Today, the BSA permanently laid off a large number of employees (I am told it is about 40% of the national office staff) as it tries to survive a number of unplanned events that affect the organization more severely than many can even imagine.
  21. Well every unit in my council goes by the national form so all checks are done by lifeguards or similarly qualified individuals. Having take SSD and SA multiple times online, it scares me to think that would be the minimum for evaluating swimming abilities.
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