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  1. My oldest just did his Ordeal and they made some announcements about upcoming activities. There are three regions in our council. One region is having an ice cream social, and I think another is having a lock-in. (fun stuff) But two of the regions are looking for leadership people. We were not expecting our oldest to get invited to OA, but on the other hand, he's becoming a stronger camper and person as he is getting older and more experienced. Top kid in the troop? Nope, but he's making his way, little bit by little bit.
  2. Son #1 was inducted into the OA this weekend! 

  3. My husband and two older sons, ages 14 and 13, were at Ma Ka Ja Wan on the night of the storm. Their Troop sheltered in their vehicles in the East camp. They were lucky to have brought their vehicles to camp and were starting to pack things for Saturday departure because the storm was coming in. Trees fell all over and around the vehicles, and the Troop evacuated on Saturday, going across a lake to where there was road access and our Troop leaders had send up 4 more vehicles with other family members to pick up the boys. Nearly all the gear was left behind, along with all the vehicles. Le
  4. Son #1 was elected patrol leader at camp!  He was reluctant but agreed.

  5. I bought my two sons some Crocs (closed toe but holey) today for camp wear, along with sneakers/hikers. Do you think these are closed-toe enough? This is a last-minute question, I can return them to the store or send them up to camp. We'll make our best guess. I can go exchange for non-hole Crocs as well. Thanks!
  6. It's already been said, but I would just emphasize that those 90-day tracking merit badges take a while and should be planned for. Also leave some time for false starts if a Scout gets off track with the tracking and needs to regroup.
  7. I have no idea nationally. I expect our all-boy Troop to continue to have strong membership, and I expect the new girls' troops in the area to continue to build. I think that as more parents see Scouts BSA as a viable and attractive alternative to Girl Scouts the girls' numbers will grow. Plus they won't have to deal with the ridiculously low proceeds from their cookie sales.
  8. In terms of easiness of tickets, that is up to the individual and their WB leaders to negotiate. At mealtimes when staffers would join us, I found the question -- tell us about your WB tickets -- a good icebreaker so there was always something to talk about. I honestly didn't care that much about other course members' tickets, I was concerned with my own. They were: 1. Help teach Cub Scout BALOO training. I assisted on the full course twice, presenting multiple segments of the training 2. Create a new parents handbook for our pack 3. Lead a 3-hour Traffic Safety merit ba
  9. I loved meeting the people at Wood Badge the most. I was lucky to have a great patrol and a great staff. Also, one of my patrol mates brought his wife's homemade pickles, which were amazing.
  10. Hornaday is a very cool award. I think it's something that my nature-loving first child may be interested in. I learned about this when he started racking up nature-oriented merit badges that qualify for Hornaday. His Eagle project is likely to be nature-related, but it's hard to say.
  11. #1 son earned STAR rank this weekend!

  12. Hi Everyone, My 14 year old First Class scout son was invited and voted into OA from our Troop. From what I heard, many scouts from our Troop were elected into OA. My husband's attitude (and son's) out of the gate was -- it's just more work. However, I was talking with another Scouter who said that when he was a youth he never had the opportunity and it's special. So he should at least go to the Ordeal? He also said that whole families can end up in OA and with 3 boys, it's possible they could all be in together, in time. How can we help infom and/or encourage our son
  13. This may sound bad but just because an adult or youth turns in a medical form, it doesn't mean that they get read in detail. Obviously, if someone has an important medical condition, they will also communicate that beyond the health form. But I've never sat and read 40 people's detailed health histories. Why would I? But if something happens and an ambulance comes, the paperwork can be grabbed and sent to the hospital with the patient. Or, in an emergency situation, the paperwork gets pulled out and referenced. Otherwise, I would stick the forms in a manila folder upon arrival and return th
  14. Ths is an interesting point of view. I wonder how we can identify people interested in Scouting in Kindergarten and First grade, and provide some cool stuff, outdoor activities, etc., without the drag of requirements and boring meetings.
  15. If we're talking about women doing their best to prove themselves alongside men, here is a fantastic example from hockey. She was not the fastest, but she was competitive with elite men's hockey skaters. That said, she's an Olympic Gold Medalist already. https://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/nhl-all-star-skills-competition-mcdavid-coyne-1.4993845 And, she was given a job with NBC because of her high performance. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2019/01/28/kendall-coyne-schofield-olympian-all-star-nbc-analyst/2704810002/ This is very cool. From the second artic
  16. I posted this in its own thread, but here is a news story about a large all-girls Troop in Wisconsin. It's a pretty nice article. It does refer to the girls paying attention and being enthusiastic about learning. That's not so bad. https://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/mukwonago-home-to-one-of-nations-biggest-all-girls-scouts-bsa-troops
  17. Here's a news story about all-girls Troop 229 https://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/mukwonago-home-to-one-of-nations-biggest-all-girls-scouts-bsa-troops?fbclid=IwAR0KD4Hau1YLJSIR2b2SkpyA4vZo3wjV6qPGreAuYfQII0ZiO4UjynyJAxY
  18. Hi Scouters, I am writing an article on disabilities awareness as my final portion of my Wood Badge ticket. It's almost done, but I'd love to get some extra eyes on the content and get your feedback if possible. I'll be wrapping this up within the next day or two. Thank you! Karen https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zghby3d5MpfK0JLUipzHwZBbLiMdX-WV8Qg-DE9dshM/edit?usp=sharing
  19. Go with him! Go with him and make some memories. At camp, don't let him velcro to you, he can go off with the other Scouts but see you back for whenever the adult leaders and youth are in proximity -- meals? (I don't know, I have not been to summer camp yet). But be there, but when you are there he has his own schedule and stuff, and you have your own stuff. Talk to the counselor and the Scoutmaster about it. Your son should be working with his patrol leader and that kid will be the point person for your son at camp, NOT you. I hope that helps! After his first time he
  20. Last year, one of our Cub Scout little sisters proudly told me that she was in girl scouts. The next thing out of her mouth was, "we're selling cookies!" I was hoping to hear about other activities. Also, two years ago, I planned to buy a box every time someone asked me. That got way out of hand!
  21. Our troop would rent Girl Scout camps out, but now they are not allowed to, and it hurts the GSUSA camps because now they're not getting our money. There are camps on beautiful pieces of property and I worry that they'll eventually get turned into subdivisions. Ew.
  22. Something is up with younger generations doing less volunteering. That said, we do have helicopter parents, and free-range parents, so I'm not sure what's going on. But the trend is on. I think there is less of a civic duty to volunteering and community involvement than there used to be. People move around more and spend more time online, so less time out in their neighborhoods. Not much we can do except be the change we want to see in the world. Good luck with your Scouting adventure and thanks for all you have done for the Cubs!!
  23. Based on what you are saying, I would suggest go visiting with other Troops in your area to make your life easier. Your son can find a new group of buddies to hang with and he will learn and grow more in a real patrol environment.
  24. Barry, I can't even have a conversation with you when you're going down the path of saying that I'm over-sensitive, you're logical, and I'm too inexperienced to understand completely how men and women are different. I don't think you realize how patronizing those comments are.
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