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Everything posted by WisconsinMomma

  1. It's not the good old boy club anymore! And I"ve been in Scouting for 5 years, thank you very much.
  2. Here's the thing, it's not funny. My husband had a Chemistry professor who told him something like, "the taller they are, the more fun they are to ride." Is that a joke? Is it funny? Is it Chemistry? This is the kind of garbage that goes around and it's inappropriate.
  3. It might be a much more valuable and Scout-like lesson to talk to boys about what they should give in a relationship, more than what they can get. What makes a relationship a win-win for a husband and wife, and there's a lot more to it than he's the paycheck and she's the maid. If I heard that you were teaching my boys about your vision of spouse selection we'd be having a conversation where I'd be asking you to stick to the Scout Handbook. You are welcome to have that conversation with your own children all day long but it's not your scope of practice to train mine in that subject matter. I
  4. Rural India and the Middle East are extremely sexist. In addition to this dowry burning, in parts of rural India women are expected to burn themselves to death, and celebrated for it, when their husbands die. All of this is treating women as property https://www.smh.com.au/world/india-burning-brides-and-ancient-practice-is-on-the-rise-20150115-12r4j1.html https://scroll.in/article/874185/decades-after-india-outlawed-sati-a-temple-to-a-victim-in-bundelkhand-draws-scores-of-devotees I think it serves everyone better to make sure the boys and girls can manage their own cookin
  5. This sounds a little bit like how wives are chosen and treated in the backwoods of less developed countries -- a woman is chosen as a worker and treated like a slave / donkey, and the man goes and finds beauty and love and spreads his seed around with mistresses. Absolutely ridiculous.
  6. Right now I am shopping for Cubs, for the whole Pack, and it's all adult-driven so the online stuff is great. I am not sure why a Patrol could not have a meeting and go the online shopping together at their meeting, but this is a helpful service that's great at the Cub level.
  7. Just wanted to share that I'm using WalMart online grocery shopping for our Pack camping trip this weekend. Placed the whole order online and I will pick up the whole thing after lunch on Friday. Many grocery stores have online ordering and it saves a lot of time. It's also convenient to plan and order from home and calculate things like serving sizes and cost comparisons on the computer. If I ever am in charge of grocery shopping for the troop, I will teach the Scouts how to use this method.
  8. DeMarco is calling for reform so that no young person ever be allowed to ride along with officers alone. "Ride-alongs should have either two officers and one explorer, or one officer and two explorers at all times," he said. Yes.
  9. Bystanders are also important in helping prevention. The new YPT training helps with this a lot.
  10. Maybe I am over reacting, these are the worksheets our den leader is planning to use: Here is one for cast iron chef: https://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/a/a2/Cast_Iron_Chef.pdf They are like the merit badge worksheets. What do you think? https://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Cub_Scout_Worksheets
  11. We had an adult leader who nearly said -- I'm not doing jack for your kid, it's not my problem, and basically said no to every suggestion we made to try to help our kid. He ultimately decided that he would just not be around our kid at all because he didn't like our kid's challenges and was very critical of my son's (minor) behavior concerns. (Sounded great to us based on the attitude we were getting! Other leaders in the troop were easier to work with.) I understand that not every request can be made, but adult leaders should try to be kind and helpful as much as possible, especially when
  12. Back to this Scout and how things are going in the troop. @GSleaderSG is your son new to the troop? How old is he? I'll share my son's early experiences in Scouting. My son has ADHD and social skills challenges. After his first summer camp, the committee chair called us and arranged a meeting to discuss our son not fitting in, and it felt like pressure on us to leave, except, we had no intention of leaving. Unfortunately our CC was not very sympathetic to working with a scout with special needs. That CC, who was overbearing himself, ultimately left Scouting. He suggested that my hus
  13. I learned that my son's den leader (Webelos) has decided to have the boys do worksheets this year (apparently they are online?) My son came home with a binder with some worksheets for personal fitness and stomped into the house and threw it down. Note that he gets overwhelmed when he's asked to do too many activities and he saw the work of logging fitness as a big drain on his time. But at our committee meeting the den leader said, I found these worksheets and I think the boys are old enough to do them. So now, I fear -- let's not have classroom style den meetings. This is the
  14. Wow, this is getting off topic, but we used plastic/popsicle sticks and soap and it puts a lot of peace of mind in a den leader working with multiple boys at once. It also lets the kids work a little faster for their first time carving. Now, soap is just for the first time.
  15. I think it's very important that issues be addressed on the FRONT end of the projects. So, encourage the scouts to think big. At the same time, Eagle projects are not necessarily gigantic projects. One Scout builds 3 picnic tables. That's OK. Another Scout raises $10k to place a professionally made electronic sign in front of the fire department. Another scout gets a handful of guys to pull out invasive species weeds in a large park area for a work day of invasive species removal. It's up to the adults to make sure that the project is meaty enough, and at the same time, make su
  16. Um, it's not the DE's job to dictate to the Pack, as I'm sure you know. Can you have your COR call the DE and put them back in their place? If a DE is being a PITA, then let the Scout Executive know that they've got a professional that's hurting the program. You will have to be aggressive to change things and protect your unit. Now, of course you should be polite and kind and encouraging to the girls and their families and let them know there is a misunderstanding and that your Pack is not working with girls yet. Send them back to the DE to start a new unit.
  17. We have two girls in our Pack now! They are sisters, a 1st grader and a 2nd grader. I asked if we might pull in a few more girls, but was told that every other 2nd grade girl is already in Girl Scouts, and that these two girls are not "Girl Scouty". I like them already. Their mom is volunteering in the Pack as an assistant Den leader and we'll make the whole thing work.
  18. I would just read the requirements to make sure he's qualified to become an AOL scout and cross over. I like the idea of challenging him to complete the Webelos requirements before a promotion. The kid can work for it. Talk to your committee, this isn't just your decision as it affects two of your den leaders. What do they want? It's not just all about this scout and what the scout wants. It's also about being part of the Pack community and following BSA advancement guidelines. This web page may be helpful. A 4th grade student is a Webelos, but if they complete Webelos they may begi
  19. When the daughter is 30 will the mom call the supervisor at work and ask why the daughter did not get a pay increase? Sometimes this happens in real life!! It's crazy. You just have to hold firm with the way that things work in Scouts. You can't bend the rules for a complainer.
  20. SSF, their performance as CEOs of public companies has been stellar. I don't think you'll find much argument with the results. You can also look at CEO Katrina Lake of Stitch Fix. She founded the company, no one had to hire her! But at Harvard Business School, her idea was flogged as unworkable, and the venture capitalists mostly rejected her company. This ultimately made her build company stronger in the face of those challenges. She has some very talented men working with her, and she has stopped working with a board member that made her uncomfortable. Good for her!
  21. Sometimes the female candidates are the most qualified. Take a look at CEO Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks, for example. Also note she was not educated in the US. Indira Nooyi, at Pepsi, similar background.
  22. People are more interested in promoting women, but how many of them are tokens? I agree that the wage gap is mostly because of parenting choices, which is perfectly fine. Media and PR have a lot of women but look at the top, how many women at the top? Look at MeToo and see how many men are at the top of big media and er, taking advantage of it. Same thing with medicine, look at the top -- it's maybe more even but not woman dominated -- there are definitely more opportunities for women in industries that have a lot of female employees. It's easy to be the female owner of a housekeep
  23. Why? Her name is Christine and nickname Chris. It's her name, she can use it the way she wants to. What if someone is named Robin or Morgan or Andi? Is that deceptive?
  24. with the average male college applicant more likely to be accepted into a college than ever before, Really? I was under the impression that colleges are becoming more female-heavy and that admissions are becoming more and more competitive. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/08/why-men-are-the-new-college-minority/536103/ It's hard to say, are boys rejecting college or are colleges rejecting boys? I don't know, I worried it was the latter. There is a push towards the trades and I wonder if more boys than girls are getting pushed toward the trades...
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