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Everything posted by WisconsinMomma

  1. OK, semantics. You have scout parents. Or, families of scouts. How are your relationships evolving over time?
  2. I'm curious to what you're seeing as the progression goes from new scout and scouting family to a more experienced scouting family one or two years later. How do things change over time? I know that in my oldest son's first year, I cared about advancement and I had questions. I still care about advancement. I think that if we're honest, Eagle Scout is part of the dream or part of the opportunity that we hope for for the boys. Prior to a cooking outing, I was curious if the boys would have the opportunity to get certain parts of their requirements checked off. I was nervous, because i
  3. I'll share that one of the nicest experiences I've had as a Scouting parent was a Scouting families picnic thrown by one of the assistant scoutmasters. It was toward the end of summer or the beginning of the school year, pot luck, hang out in the backyard, kids throwing a football, adults socializing. I loved it because it was a chance to meet more of the families, and have more community.
  4. I'll chime in with the experience of being a newer parent in the Troop. I'm not a helicopter parent, but... I am a parent with a strong interest in Scouting. Some folks may feel that's just as bad, or may as well be the same thing. My question for your friend's troop is -- how are they communicating with parents, and what opportunities are they making for the parents to be involved? An active parent can be a resource for a Troop. Do you need fundraising, a committee position filled, support with rides, etc? Is there any way that you can fit in a helicopter parent into your program
  5. "My" Arrow of Light Scouts crossed over last year. Your Webelos handbook requirements for Scouting Adventure should help a lot. I have fond memories of the boys using meeting time to brainstorm, and debate and vote for their patrol name -- it was not easy for them -- they barely agreed, but finally came up with, the Night Owls. Then they voted for their patrol leader and assistant patrol leader. Then one of the boys made their Den flag and when they visited one of the Troops for a meeting, they had their patrol flag and name with them. They also visited a troop for a fishing outing (day
  6. I think that's possible, with some kind of structure? We can make sure that some materials are available for the Scouts to use, and have adults available to answer questions. It could be like patrol challenges -- here's a ten minute window to prepare -- I'll check back on you and then I'd like you teach me X and Y. I've never seen a merit badge class like that but it could be interesting.
  7. My two sons in Scouting are taking individual swim lessons with an instructor who is a BSA Swimming merit badge counselor. The boys swim at our fitness center pool with goggles. Both boys were able to complete requirements for their beginner swimmer, and are working on their endurance for the regular swimmer designation. At this time, neither boy wishes to swim at camp, they do other things. It working for us, for now. Love the idea to teach the boy who is afraid to jump in to hold his nose and shut his eyes. Hope the boy is able to set his goals and achieve them with support from hi
  8. Hi Scouters, One part of my Wood Badge ticket is to develop and run a Traffic Safety merit badge clinic. I'm just getting my thoughts together and starting to review the material. I know that merit badge classes are not everybody's favorite, and so I wanted to ask, in your view, what would make a merit badge class a strong merit badge course. The general plan is to do a course that is 1/2 day, probably mostly a hands on review of the course material after Scouts study and prepare at home, with small groups of scouts rotating through activity stations. Perhaps we could make the se
  9. Yes, I'm the same person from Bryan's forums. Nice to see you here too!
  10. Hi Scouters, Test... test.. am I really here? I've been reading the Scouter forums for a few months but have had difficulty getting on and posting, so here we go. I'm a mom of 3 boys, a Bear, a Tenderfoot and a 2nd Class, currently working as Asst. Cubmaster and Troop Secretary, and working on my Wood Badge tickets towards a 2019 deadline. Nice to meet you!
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