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scoutergipper last won the day on February 23 2015

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    Current Scoutmaster (since 2005), former Troop parent, Pack Treasurer and Tiger Cub Coach.
  1. scoutergipper

    Unsolicited Troop Hosting Of A Camproee

    I'm on board with the general tenor regarding Districts. My DE cannot answer the simplest question - "what are you doing for the units?" His answer was "what do they want me to do?" After decades in Scouting, he should be able to answer that question. But that's how it operates - if I need something, I can ask for it and probably get it. But that puts the onus on me. There's no "servant leadership" at the District level. I volunteer with District on the Cub Scout Membership side because I consider it a survival issue. Some Packs are great at recruiting, some are terrible. They need backup on recruiting. The DE talks a lot about starting Packs, but doesn't take any action to make it happen. Boy Scouts, by and large, were Cub Scouts. If we don't start generating a growing Cub Scout Program, we're going to continue to have a shrinking Boy Scout Program.
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    Unsolicited Troop Hosting Of A Camproee

    I can't imagine a Troop that would say "yes" to such a proposal. But you never know.
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    Crisis Of Faith

    I appreciate your perspective. I've found that hard feelings simply can't be avoided if we're going to grow this program. I've been accused of "stealing" another Troop's Webelos when all we did was recruit better and offer a better program then they had. Same with starting a new Pack at an elementary school across the street from a church that already has a Pack. Nobody "owns" Scouting. Nobody owns Scouts or Webelos. As I'm fond of telling families that complain about the way we're doing things, Scouting is a voluntary association - they're free to find a different Troop that fits their family's vision any time. There's nothing I can do to make them be part of our Troop. People can, should and do vote with their feet. I much prefer they walk to a different Troop than out of the program entirely. If some Adult gets his or her feelings hurt in the process, that's just tough.
  4. My PLC recently decided they are going to limit who gets to vote in Troop-wide elections (SPL, OA) to boys they deem active enough to actually know what's going on. To be honest, when it was mentioned, it did seem a little crazy to me that the vote of a Scout who shows up for one or two campouts a year and Summer Camp has the same weight as a Scout who attends everything. I'll be interested to see how they define "active enough." Imagine the outrage such a standard applied to American society in general would generate!
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    Crisis Of Faith

    I'd suggest you try and interest this Patrol into forming a new, boy-led Troop. I suspect you will find many families in your area that are dissatisfied with their current choices. Working to deliver a "real" Scouting experience will re-energize you.
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    How Do We Make Boy-Led Understood By Adults?

    Our CC invites the SPL and any PL's who want to attend to all Committee Meetings so they can get an update of what's going on from the Scout's perspective.
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    Scout Led/run Vs: Scouters Teaching

    I suppose in a perfect world, you would have older Scouts who would be called upon to help/teach the younger Scouts in this instance. Stosh doesn't and maybe you don't - I don't see much alternative then to watch, and offer counsel and teach where appropriate. I don't see where you did anything wrong.
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    Recruiting At Public Events

    I recruit at school events all the time. You do need something to attract attention. We recently did an elementary school carnival and had a room with a "campout" set-up (tent, stove, fake fire, etc) and a pinewood derby track in the gym. Got 6 sign-ups. I've also done Farmers Markets which are less successful, but I think because it was a table with a couple of guys in uniform and no real "attractant" for the kids.
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    Scout Hut?

    Yeah, that seems excessive.
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    Best Memory Of Camping From Your Youth

    My most vivid memory was at a Summer Camp BSA swim test. The water was so cold, it completely took my breath away when I "jumped feet first into water over my head." I think I may have completed two or three strokes before I had to get out. My Boy Scout experience is so long ago, we used to go on Patrol campouts with no adults. My Patrol Leader's house backed up on an undeveloped area (what we used to call a "forest") and we'd hike back in there and camp for the weekend. I remember struggling to learn Morse Code.
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    What Do You Look For In A Summer Camp?

    Our Scouts decide where we go. It's a mix of about half in-Council and half out-of-Council. Lots of cool camps in our part of the world.
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    How Do We Make Uniforming A Viable Method?

    When my daughter was in grade school, she wore a uniform. When she went to middle school, there was no uniform. The explosion of ridiculously expensive and revealing clothing worn by the girls was incredible. She wishes they'd stayed with the uniforms. The uniform removed any temptation to show off by buying expensive clothing - it made all the girls look equal.
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    Merit Badge Pamphlet Libraries?

    We keep a Library of various things, including MB booklets. Ours are mostly the newest version, especially the Eagle required. We allocate a certain amount in a budget item each year for the Librarian to use at his discretion. If a Scout requests a booklet that is out-of-date, the Librarian buys a new one. If we don't have one, we encourage the Scout to go get one and donate it to the Troop.
  14. Disagreement is just an opinion.
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    Updated Guide To Safe Scouting

    I've never understood the prohibition on items like this (or paintball, or laser tag, etc). There's no evidence that spraying another kid with a water pistol makes you more likely to pick up a real pistol and shoot someone. As one of my ASM's noted recently, he's more into the "Guide to Fun Scouting."
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