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WisconsinMomma last won the day on October 18 2018

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  1. Thanks everyone. My husband on the one hand says that he is ok and it's not a big deal, and on the other hand, he's confused and hurt. Our CC has very good people skills so hopefully she can help navigate this one. It also feels like the loss of a relationship as my husband is not eager to interact with the former SM after this and that's too bad. The former SM did a fine job and is good with kids and the abrupt criticism coming from them is sad. There was a whole set of famiiles whose chidren have all grown up and moved on and most of those parents ceased their roles in the last two year
  2. My husband is a new scoutmaster who finished his first year. He was an ASM for 5 years prior. An event was cancelled because of schedule conflicts and lack of volunteers, only one kid was signed up. My husband received two angry texts from the former scoutmasters this morning criticiizing him for it. Big picture, the Troop has made it through a rough pandemic year, had many virtual meetings, had some good outings and is developing two young leaders as SPL and ASPL. Most of the troop is 14 and under, with two 16 year olds. They have a good participation level overall and for summer ca
  3. Thanks. Kiddo #1 is 16.5. He has a good opportunity to make it, he is pretty excited about his Eagle idea, but there is a lot to take care of and get in order, one piece at a time.
  4. Small update in case anyone is interested. He has decided on pitching a bluebird house building project to the local nature center. He has volunteered with bird watching and nature observers at this location, who are very enthusiastic. He has the name of the naturalist at the center and needs to make contact. He has an Eagle coach (who is new as an eagle coach but is an eagle scout). Little bit by bit. He also finished one of the needed merit badges (Cit in Comm). Has 2 more Eagle MBs lined up for summer camp (Cooking and Personal Ftness). Completion of those should put him at 9 badge
  5. Covid has given kids more time to work on stuff. They need things to avoid the boredom! I know a kid who took his Covid downtime and applied it to working on Eagle.
  6. Our Troop re-stated our outdoor program last month with a day of outdoor cooking. We are in the middle of a second outing this month with an outing focused on rank advancement (older scouts teach newer scouts). I am thrilled that the Scouts are meeting in person to do Scout stuf. We also had a hasty and chilly outdoor court of honor and a few outdoor meetings last fall before it got cold and dark and the Troop switched to Zoom. Our Troop currently wears masks at outdoor outings. We have a lot of group interaction. I am thinking about asking for masks optional soon at a parent commit
  7. My husband is the Scoutmaster now an I am an assistant Scoutmaster. I am a lazy ASM so far and am still working on getting up to speed, and I am Mom first. I have other obligations and do not make all the meetings, etc. But what I can give is a set of extra hands at outings. I have enough background from Cub Scouts and Wood Badge to know a bit. Out of our three kids, one likes Scouts and is doing well. The other two are struggling and I wonder if we should let them go. But the oldest is a Life Scout who could make Eagle if he works hard in the next 1.75 years. The young one is 12 and ha
  8. Wow, time is flying. Oldest, who is now just over 16 years old, is getting ready to start his Eagle project (with a little prodding from Mom, who is just pointing out that these things should not wait until the last minute). Oldest still has several merit badges to work on as well, but he's getting there, bit by bit. He has an idea -- he wants to build a bridge. This will likely translate into building a boardwalk for either the local nature center or the school forest, and he will reach out to those organizations to see if they might need anything like that for their trails. If that is
  9. Our troop seems to have had shorter, 1 to 2 year terms for Scoutmasters.
  10. My spouse recently started in SM position. The dilemma is that the SPL and ASPL are both very concerned about COVID and do not want to have meetings. It sounds like the objections are -- can't meet in person, can't meet outside, it's getting cold, Zoom meetings don't work. So, there is no momentum at this point and my spouse wants to honor youth leadership but not have troop life grind to a halt. The Troop skipped summer camp due to COVID fears. They've attempted small patrol meetings in a park, and they had a very brief outdoor court of honor. But, it is very hard when the youth lea
  11. Family update -- Son #1 earned Life, Son #2 earned 1st Class, Son #3 joined Scouting, and husband is Scoutmaster. Wish us luck!

    1. RememberSchiff


      Congratulations and Scout on!  :D

  12. I just came home from a two night Pack overnighter at the council camp. We were in cabins. Council will tell us if this is not approved, but since we are at a council camp, I am sure that these things are A-OK. We want our council camp facilities to be used for Scouts, they are set up very well for Cubs and the kids have a great time.
  13. Recognize, praise and thank your volunteers often. Try not to defuse any drama and get people working together as much as possible. And have fun.
  14. Most sex offenders are male. There are female sex offenders too, but the majority of abusers are men. Scouting needs leaders, male and female. Two-deep leadership and Youth Protection are VERY important, and parents should have full visibility into the program any time / every time they want it. It takes a village to keep kids safe.
  15. This is tough. I left a cub leadership role last year because a newer leader was a perfectionist who did not appreciate that others are volunteering and who make mistakes. I retired and chose to let a younger group lead and now it is in their hands. Like you my youngest is going to Boy Scouts. If i had to do it again I would have had.l a private conversation with her about realistic expectations for a volunteer group with various personalities. I was worn out and decided to go. In our case, I had just given a lot of work for a camp weekend and then felt reamed out in front
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