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Everything posted by WisconsinMomma

  1. Hi Eagledad, it's fresh news, like in the last 24 hours, so yes, they need to get on it.
  2. Yes, but we can't let an 11 or 12 year old fend for himself against a 16 o 17 year old, either. The kid's dad is the retiring Scoutmaster and the kid will be going for Eagle scout probably within the year, very smart, athletic kid, ambitious. It is a bit delicate. But there is a complaint from the parent of a young scout so that's a legitimate starting point for investigating the issue. I imagine that if bullying is happening, it's a bit of alpha male pecking order type posturing, who's strong, who's on top and who's not strong and not on top.
  3. Great feedback, keep it coming. Dad is Scoutmaster who is finishing up his term and he's a good Scoutmaster. Incoming Scoutmaster is good, too we have a lot of really good adults in the troop. I am not sure if kid is SPL now, he was SPL earlier, and they just had elections (I would have a hard time imagining bad behavior getting voted in, but, it's very possible). I will share all your great feedback with my husband later today. Hopefully they'll have an easy time working through it all.
  4. Hi Scouters, My family returned from summer camp and last night I was chatting with my husband. He asked me how I would handle a bullying situation. I said, the Scoutmaster needs to deal with it and you need to let the Scoutmaster and the CC know. He said, I'm an ASM, I'm responsible too. I said, yes, make sure the SM and CC are on it. Anyway, we talked about it a little more and here is the situation as I understand it. An older scout in leadership may be bulling younger scouts. But there is very little to no evidence. My husband said he had another kid in a
  5. OK, personally, I don't think this is your problem. I know it is frustrating. You are not the Scoutmaster, right? This is not your problem. This scout will have to start tenting if he cares about advancement. I hope your sons had fun at camp. Try not to stress over stuff that is not your problem. I am sorry but it's not worth your time. If you are advancement chair, make sure you push back on advancement if stuff is getting overlooked.
  6. My husband and 2 older boys are home from camp!  Whew, another year in the books!  Very proud of the boys -- my oldest did Wilderness Survival! 

  7. It's easier to work the scout program than to fix the schools.
  8. I also think with boys, you don't know what they are absorbing. Exposure is good. If they don't look like they are paying attention, they might still be paying attention, you know? And it can take a lot of repetition for boys to get the hang of things.
  9. I'm jumping in without reading the whole thing. I like some of the bookish Eagle merit badges. Communication is an important skill, so is personal finance. I think Family life is very good. If Scouting teaches Citizenship, I think a Citizenship merit badge is good, but maybe it could be condensed? I don't know though, Cit in the Nation was extremely thorough and would be great at helping a kid in school, and probably covers *more* than school does. And that is good. We don't want to lose education in citizenship. I think these life skills, like Cooking, are a big part of "adult
  10. I don't have daughters, and am committed to helping our all-boy Troop, but if a girls' Troop needs a female to go along on a campout, I would volunteer to do that or other small tasks if I had the time available to help and all they need is a female to tag along.
  11. @TheFlyingMum The head of your Troop is the Charter Organization will be someone called the COR, or Chartered Organization Representative. The head of your troop's Chartered Organization will be someone like the PTO president, or head of the Rotary, or head of the church, depending on what your chartered organization is. You also must contact your Council's Scout Executive asap, and if needed, the national hotline as RememberSchiff detailed above. The info. he linked to is great and I hope it is helpful. Best wishes and thank you for helping Scouting.
  12. I'm a female cubmaster. I wear my tan shirt, blue loops, Cubmaster patch, trained patch, fleur de lis with centennial ring, a 4 year service star, a wood badge patch in the temporary patch position above the pocket. I have a Wood badge custom jacket and sweatshirt that I sometimes wear. I also have a red patagonia zip up better sweater that I sometimes wear with the uniform. I have green uniform pants, a belt, and nice hiking shoes. I would like to get a name tag. Oh, I have scout socks too! I should add that I walk around with terrific posture when in uniform (
  13. @FaithfulScouter are you interested in the job or do you know anyone who will be good at it? All you need on a basic level is, IMO, the ability to run a meeting and stay on task, attention to detail for rechartering, ability to recruit and discern other committee members and willingness to get trained.
  14. We have an umbrella policy anyway, but I am not worried about Scouting lawsuits.
  15. 1. The program is the same for all participants. 2. Go to Wood Badge this year. Get your online trainings done and I don't think anyone will harass you about the position specific stuff. Have a great time - woo!!!
  16. I wonder if I can or should wear my Wood badge necker (plaid) with my Cub Scout uniform.
  17. Hi @bearess I am totally late to this thread. How is it going for your son now? Have you talked with the Scoutmaster? It sounds to me like the adult CM was almost bullying your 10 year old son, which is unacceptable. I hope it is going better. Hang in there!! Best wishes to you and your son.
  18. Yes, I do not understand this either. What I briefly read here is something like -- patrols will not be allowed to camp completely on their own without adults, and patrols cannot go on hikes, etc without adults present. But I am not clear on the exact details and it will be important to understand exactly what is going on.
  19. I have to say, it sounds as if you want to go volunteer and help a Pack with their Webelos program. If you're not interested / able to go volunteer or partner with the Pack, then I suggest -- stop looking over your shoulder. Instead, focus your energy on making your Troop program the best it can possibly be. I have a hard time hearing a troop complain about new scouts, when -- new scouts are new scouts. The troop has them for as many as 7 years -- ages 11 to 18 to help the boys learn and grow from young tweens to adult men. The best thing I did as a Webelos/Arrow of L
  20. I just want to say, Amen! I think that it is important for young Scouts to realize there is more to the world than themselves and that there is a responsibility to a higher power and to the community. I also find the practice of communal prayer and reflection important, especially in a society that says, no it's all about you all the time.
  21. Welcome and thank you for talking about your journey, and best wishes for a great summer!!! I have seen a few YouTube videos about Northern Tier. Also, I think you should feel free to call or email their director and ask some questions directly about getting ready for the job. Best wishes and thank you for staffing!!!
  22. Rowe is an excellent communicator and would be a fabulous spokesperson. He believes in the BSA. For an executive director, those folks are professional fundraisers and capital allocators. That is not the same job as a spokesperson.
  23. Hi, First of all, thank you for working with the Scouts. It is not easy! Second, I am thinking about something called executive functioning -- which is basically, organizational skills. This kid may have difficulty with some of these things and keeping track of directions and times and dates, etc. Since there is evidence that following directions and keeping tack of times and dates is causing some difficulty, see what you can do to make the communication about these things easier for you and for the scout and his family. Here is what I will suggest. I once had a te
  24. Boys are on a hike today.  If son #1 completes a few more things, he will earn First Class before summer camp (#3, he's 13).  Son #2 completed the Swimming merit badge.  We are encouraging them to log for Personal Fitness over summer vacation. 

    1. Thunderbird


      The Scouts in my son's troop don't have difficulty doing fitness activities, they have difficulty tracking their fitness activities.  I don't know why.  Is the tracking too much like school?

    2. ItsBrian


      Introduce technology to them. Have them track it on their phones, then on paper. There are many apps you could use or even Google sheets app and fill it in.

    3. Thunderbird


      Brian, I will suggest that to some of the parents.  Maybe an app (something like Habitica) will help them.  Some of them do not have phones yet, but they could borrow a parent's phone for a minute or so every day.  Thank you for the idea!

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  25. We did all these things in our Webelos / AOL Den, but -- just know that it was the boys (and my) first time trying out any of these concepts, and it was more about an initial exposure to these concepts than full mastery. I fondly remember the meeting where the boys were trying to come up with a patrol name, and various kids were pitching ideas, and some wanted to give campaign speeches, etc. The Illuminati was a contender, but they came up with the Night Owls -- and it was contentious, not everyone was happy with that result. But it worked, and they had a patrol flag with them when t
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