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WisconsinMomma

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  1. It's a lot less expensive to hire a trainer and buy healthy food than it is to pay for surgery and disease treatment, fwiw. Thrifty!
  2. I chose to resign as CM this morning after a difficult committee meeting last night. I couldn't sleep well. There is an ACM who was on deck to take the role in February so it's just shortening things by a few months. My issues are a few: a few very negative, new committee members, a divisive feeling in the committee overall for more than a year, and the feeling that I would be able to do nothing to relieve the negative sentiment. Some folks think the Pack is terrible. Parts of the Pack are rough (pack meetings, kind of, for a lot of reasons), but I like to see the glass as half full. Rathe
  3. Note there is nothing wrong with breathing machines, but it might make sense for Scouters to think about our own physical activity and conditioning for our own enjoyment and ability to participate.
  4. This is the photo that inspired the topic When I went to wood Badge, a group was put in a cabin because they all had night breathing machines
  5. Yes, the beads are earned through the ticket, which is 5 volunteer projects for Scouting. Last night I was feeling like I might give up and not finish my ticket, but here are my items 1) help teach BALOO (I have twice). 2) make a new Cub scout welcome kit for our Pack, 3) run a Traffic Safety merit badge clinic for council 4) research and write a presentation about ADHD and Scouting for our district and 5) write an article about ADHD and scouting for publication. I chose fairly challenging ticket items. and it will add up to many hours of work for the council.
  6. And, this needs to be documented in case these boys ever pull this crap with another kid.
  7. Since this is your son who was mistreated, I suggest bringing in the committee chair or scout executive to help you and back you up. You can't handle this one alone, get some help. Have you talked with the SPL's parents about what happened? I would also consider having the SPL and possibly the PLC sit out the next outing or two, to give them some time to think and reflect on their inappropriate actions, and to give your son some safety without the bullies around. I would suggest creating this kind of a safe environment for any kid who was victimized, btw. Maybe it's an opportunity
  8. I am so sorry you are dealing with this but these young men need to be taught what is appropriate and what is not, and there is no tolerance for bullying or hazing of this nature in the BSA. They need to learn in no uncertain terms what they did was wrong, and it benefits them to learn that lesson in a very memorable way now so they don't go and make even worse mistakes as they grow older.
  9. Yeah, skip the fact that he threatened to sexually assault a youth with special needs? Not listening to or respecting the kid who said no and attacking him four more times? Way to give the kid an out. Think about this kid who was assaulted having to deal with this other kid in the future. How will he feel in the Troop when all his "friends" sat by and laughed while he was being bullied in such a vulgar way.
  10. 3 months? That's it? To me, that's very light for something very vulgar and un-Scoutlike. And... "a similar act of poor Scout Spirit" -- just no. There should be no more similar acts. A similar act, from my point of view would be dismissal from the Troop. Are you going to discuss this act of sexual bullying and youth-on-youth abuse with your Scout Executive? I think you need to.
  11. You have to know someone's personality to know whether they accept being teased or not. Some people enjoy it, others don't. It is up to the person who might tease to get to know another person and have some sort of relationship in place where they know it is OK to have that form of joking. Different people have different senses of humor, and it is the joke-teller's job to know their audience. It is not automatically OK to tease. It is always better to err on the side of politeness and kindness. An industrial psychologist once taught me about this. He mentioned how he could teas
  12. On the one hand, this sounds like a local thing, if EVERYTHING is cornball. However, Cub Scout campfires with skits and songs are part of Scouting. There are a lot of lessons in getting up in front of people and attempting a skit, working together with other performers, and putting together an entertaining program. If you opt out of a campfire program, that's fine. We were just at camp last weekend and had a campfire with skits. The whole thing took maybe 15 minutes. 1. Wolves sang "Father Abraham" with some moves. This was good to warm up, since it was cold. 2.
  13. Yes, I think we are getting to that point. Our Committee Chair made a meeting schedule and outlines for them, and all it needs is for some of the Bear parents to now run the meetings and schedule. It is time for a hand off and let them struggle a bit and see who steps up. I know that some of the parents have been directly asked, but I am not sure that all of the parents have been directly asked.
  14. How physically fit should a Scouter be? How fit should a middle age or old Scouter be? I tend to care more about mentally awake than physically strong, but how do you define physically strong?
  15. I like, wore my Wood Badge hat at a Cub campout this past weekend and I think it might have been considered too showy!
  16. Oh you guys, I have to finish my WB tickets! Great discussion.
  17. Youtube videos may also be helpful to see how different packs load up.
  18. There are straps for attaching a bed roll. My boys stuff their sleeping bag into compression sacks and put them inside their packs. If you have an REI store near you, go there during a quiet time of day and ask a sales associate to run you through the newer backpacks' features.
  19. Hi Scouters, So we have a Bear den that currently has no leadership. Our Committee Chair is helping the Bear Den, and I am helping the Bear Den. But we need the Bear den to help themselves!! The committee chair has made a meeting schedule with topics I helped the Bear Den with activities on the Fall Camping trip and spent the weekend running the kids through activities (parents tagged along). They just don't have a leader. Some candidates, but no one has stepped up: 1. A guy who tried to be den leader but it just didn't work, he struggled. He now is working
  20. Hold the phone, let's confirm what Cub Scouts can do in boats. Is this no longer accurate? https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2016/05/05/cub-scouts-swimming-and-boating/
  21. Oh it's one thing to say you're going to file a lawsuit and another thing to actually do it. It might be a lot of hot air in the long run. I am sure there will be some lawsuits, but I think most folks are big talkers.
  22. Yes, but I feel with Scouters, time is of the essence. We don't know how long we'll have our volunteers for. It is good that we have position specific training required, and that is a pre-req for Wood Badge. You need to be trained in your position. If we make it too leveled, then you have potential issues with Scouters feeling like they outrank one another, and that is a bunch of drama we don't need. I'd grab a Scouter, find a training and have them go for it. Wood Badge is a commitment because it's 2 weekends. Some of my WB Patrol mates were Cub Scouters and they were delightful, and in S
  23. I think that if the Scouter has worked with male Scouters and it's not working, try a female Scouter. My Wood Badge course director was female, and I kind of idolized her, she was great, and so when she made a recommendation not to do XYZ, I listened to her with less resentment than I would if some guy I had no connection to and who was maybe not my best match to work with gave me a recommendation not to do XYZ. Does that make sense? The example was, I offered to go help with NYLT training, and she advised me to find a ticket item working with Cub (where I had more experience). So I
  24. Well, ya can't get a shot for norovirus (although, people are working on it). There will always be a risk of illnesses at camp.
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