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  1. Well, I've been gone for a while, I'm back. Going back to the original post, the original purpose of Venturing was to offer more independence, freedom, and opportunity to older scouts. Senior Scouting, formed in 1935, included Exploring, Sea Scouts, and Air Scouts, (and the little known Rover Scouting program). Air Scouts died off in 1965. Exploring is now completely career oriented and part of Learning for Life (LFL). And Sea Scouts in now under the hood of Venturing. Venturing, officially formed in 1998, was created for the non-"Career oriented Explorer" units. What the
  2. At Boxwell, we use mayflies on a steel hook.
  3. It is an excerpt from the speech "Citizenship in a Republic", delivered by "Teddy" Roosevelt at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on April 23, 1910.
  4. I think you're making qwazse's point for him. And I agree. We have youth that staff Wood Badge every fall, and hopefully I'll be one of them this year. And the Patrol Method fine, but it only works the way it's supposed to when the Scouts have a certain mindset. Patrols make up a Troop, which means the patrol members, especially the patrol leaders, need to realize, that in the end, everybody is on the same team. Unity needs to be an emphasis. People also need to realize that just because someone has the title of a leadership position, that doesn't necessarily make them a leader or give t
  5. The reason we youth enjoyed these classes is because they were actually relevant to what we are doing. Three of the classes I took were "Beyond BSA," "Planning Meaningful Service Projects," and "The Changing Venturing Program: What's Up?" "Beyond BSA" was a guide to awards outside of Scouting that have requirements relevant to Scouts. Such as the Presidential Service Award, which is awarded for completing a certain number of service hours. "Planning Meaningful Service Projects" was a class on, you guessed it, service projects. From planning to execution. This class was not incredibly
  6. Hey! Another youth member! Yeah! Welcome to the forum!
  7. I never thought about it like that, qwazse. Thanks
  8. This year's UoS was back on March 15. Here is a link to the Course Catalog which includes the Degree information: http://www.mtcbsa.org/assets/forms/UOS.pdf All classes in the "College of Venturing" were open to youth, except for the "Leader Forum." The "Bachelor Degree" requirements state that a one must participate in six hours of courses at UoS and be current on their training for the position they are in. As you can see by the Course Catalog, anyone who attends the full day at UoS will have the six hour requirement complete, the training requirement varies depending on the Sc
  9. We had about 15 youth from around the Council attend, three from my crew (the three were siblings). None of us acted as "graders" in the Dutch Oven course, but a couple of the 18-20 year old "youth" Venturers were in staff positions. It isn't really the fact that I want a UoS "degree", but it is the idea that Venturing youth are not eligible, just because we're youth, when we do classes just like any of the adults.
  10. I don't know how it is in other Councils, but here in the Middle Tennessee Council, we have University of Scouting. UoS offers many adult trainings, and in the MTC they have classes for Venturing youth members. I attended UoS as a Venturer last month. Now obviously, the Doctorate Degree recipient must be at least 18 years of age, because they must complete Wood Badge. But should they continue to exclude Venturing youth from being able to receive the Bachelors and Masters Degrees? UoS also has "Degrees" that may be earned by participants: "Bachelors Degree Requirements Scouters must ea
  11. Scoutlander.com is an excellent program for Troop/Crew/Unit websites. It also has a email broadcast system, as well as "photo albums". Here is a link to my Troop website: http://www.scoutlander.com/publicsite/unithome.aspx?UID=12706 The photo, etc. pages, are all members only.
  12. In our Troop there is always at least two adults taking pictures and the Troop library has books of all sorts, from field guides to Boy Scout "legends" (i.e. Lobo the Wolf).
  13. The policy is more like "all electronics are discouraged." The Troop can talk all they want, but in the end, it's the parents' decision.
  14. Our Troop policy is no electronics, period. But this rule hardly gets enforced. On the monthly outings, there aren't usually electronics (phones, mp3 players, etc.), but if they are brought, they tend to stay in backpacks, pockets, or tents. At Summer Camp, this rule is neglected even more, most Scouts will bring their phones. But it hasn't been a problem while I've been in the Troop. I have been to Summer Camp three years in a row (2011-2013) and not once have I brought a phone. This year I will, but I'll be there for 5 weeks with a week of NYLT stuck in the middle, because I'll be serving on
  15. Why exactly does a Eagle BOR have to approve the project? Other than a 45 minute meeting with one Council representative to explain the project and get approval, mine was done completely at a Troop level.
  16. We never did songs in my Troop, but it's a common occurrence in Venturing.
  17. I believe a bird house would satisfy the "sanctuary" option. But here is what I did for the requirement: http://www.pbs.org/parents/curiousge...irdfeeder.html Simple, but effective.
  18. Interesting.... http://godfatherpolitics.com/12479/trail-life-usa-new-alternative-boy-scouts-will-also-admit-gays/
  19. I recommend Boxwell Reservation in Lebanon, TN. It's on Old Hickory Lake. I'm staffing this year.
  20. For the record, I was being sarcastic. I would have gone to NYLT last year, but it was the same week as my Troop's Summer Camp. So I chose Kodiak instead. This year, I'm serving on staff at Summer Camp and going to NYLT.
  21. Trying to scare me out of NYLT this summer? Luckily, I've never had an experience even close to that. I'm with Sentinel on this one: "Where was the Advisor????" My question is, where were any adults in general?
  22. I don't know about the other ranks, I doubt they do it for Tenderfoot--First Class.
  23. There is a Troop in my District that requires Scouts to do the requirements in order. In other words, they won't allow a Life Scout to start his Project until his MBs and PoR requirements are completed (or so I've been told, that is).
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