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Everything posted by WisconsinMomma

  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. 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...
  4. This is complicated. On the one hand, if I look at one schools National Honor Society members, there are a whole lot of girls and not many boys. On the other hand, when I look at CEOs of tech companies, or employees in a finance-related business I work with, there are a whole lot of men in the prime roles and not many women. I think it's great that some women are participating at the highest levels. Not all women want to get there, but it's still a harder road for women to get there than men. Randi Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg's sister and the person who came up with the idea for
  5. Learning to hunt and fish for food are great life skills. Sorry PETA, this suggestion is no good.
  6. Gender is not really any of the BSA's business. Sure, a child will need to pick a boy or girl troop. OK, that's all. It ends there. As for all of this medical intervention in teens, basic common sense would suggest that young people need to reach adulthood before making these kinds of medical moves. Yes, puberty is awkward, but it is important. Why would any doctor commit to life altering elective surgery on a healthy minor? It's irresponsible.
  7. Do the troops around you do patch trading? I don't think this is a thing in our area, or I've not seen it yet.
  8. Just for a little reference, I have never been backpacking in my life, and neither has my husband, an ASM. I would bet that very few of the parents in our den have ever been backpacking. For us, we don't have experience to share, although we might start to get some of that experience now that our kids are older. We started out car camping 5 years ago when our oldest was about 4 years old (and fully potty trained!) We also don't really have backpacking gear, but again, we could start learning. I think it's a great goal but not an easy goal for troops to get into backpacking.
  9. I heard a cute story that our Troop had a French foreign exchange student at summer camp this year, and everybody liked him, and he was a good cook! He was voted assistant patrol leader for the Beavers, and they added an assistant, assistant patrol leader who's local. One of the prizes our new Cubmasters are doing (I can't remember for what) but they said they would cook a meal at camp as a prize for something or another, and so its now known that our boys like to eat. Gblotter can you baby step your troop into more camping?
  10. I need to teach them to sew, soon. It's not that hard. I think they don't really care about all the camp patches and whatnot, so I have been putting them on these red blankets since they were cubs. All 3 boys have decent collections. I would like them to start sewing their own MBs.
  11. We like, don't have any photos printed out, and will need to work on making a scrap book at some time for sure. The only thing I've been "helping with" is keeping a file with baseball card size slots for completed blue cards, and we keep that in the fireproof safe (and take photos of the completed blue cards and upload a copy for cloud storage.)
  12. OK, so we have some miscellaneous patches, for example, my oldest was Scribe and now he's not. He also is First Class now, yeah! Should I sew his old Scribe patch and 2nd class patch on his patch blanket? Should I sew the old 2nd class on the back of his MB sash? I should put these things somewhere. It seems any of these options are OK, I usually don't see anything on the back of the MB sashes but it's permitted. If they get the same POR again, I'd just take it off the blanket and put it back on the uniform. Any thoughts?
  13. My middle son did archery at summer camp but his MB was incomplete. The camp returned his blue card with an incomplete note stapled to it. At last night's troop COH, he was given an Archery MB, doh! And he got back the blue card with the incomplete note stapled to it and it's not a signed blue card. So, it seems that we need to hold this merit badge and either have my son practice his archery to get his targets hit to whatever standard for the MB (that was the only thing he didn't complete) or he just skips finishing this MB. Has this ever happened to anyone else? Now ho
  14. I've got a Bear den that is struggling for leadership. A mom was the den leader but something happened with her family, new baby, move, etc. They are not participating. Then a dad was den leader, but he is struggling and wants to step back to assistant den leader this fall. We have like nine scouts and no adult to step up at the moment. Our secretary has a son in bears and complains about the guy saying he wasn't doing enough. But to be fair, he'd try to organize an event and no one would get back to him with replies, and that's not easy. So, how would you invigorate this bear den
  15. Regarding fiefdoms, well.... isn't this called networking? I'll just say that I'm a total nobody (not really), but Wood Badge helped me meet great Scouters and it has made opening some doors easy. I have two instant allies in my WB course director and my WB ticket advisor, and they are automatically interested in me doing work for them via the WB ticket! I have to go do stuff and contribute, and everyone will help me because I say the magic words "wood badge ticket". If you want to try it, it could work for you, too! Think of Wood Badge as your premium Scouting Networking channel,
  16. They want it done by October 1! I am watching it and need to take a break, this is a good training but it is not easy to go through.
  17. Most of the time I really don't care what our District is doing. I care about what the Unit is doing, and... the only reason I offered to help with BALOO is because it's a wood badge ticket, I had taken BALOO in years past, and I knew they were short on trainers because they asked all the new BALOO trained people a few months later if they wanted to come help teach the course. It was very easy to walk on to teach BALOO, and it was also very easy to volunteer to run a Council wide Traffic safety merit badge -- all I had to do was connect with the right person and say hey -- this my ticket, an
  18. Not at all! But if you had a bad training and it's a subject and organization you care about, and you clearly have the skills to teach it -- go for it! I don't know what to say about the politics in your Council, but surely, someone somewhere is probably desperate for help and you could be just the person to fill in or take a tiny piece here and there so you are not such a big star. Sometimes in my courses, a person has come out to teach just an hour or two and then they leave! That's actually really nice for the trainer and the program. ETA: Whatever you are doing for Sc
  19. @MattR are you going to talk to your DE about your feelings and let him know you're feeling micromanaged? You should! Get him off your back. Everybody is conditional. Now I can understand that if people spend more time complaining than Scouting, that's a problem. But if people want to do Scouting, then get Scouting! Do the parts you like to do and don't stress over the rest of it!
  20. But if everyone is working on their units, then how does the district run? Everybody working on district is giving a little extra time to Scouting beyond the unit level. If everyone did a little bit, it would make it easier for everybody. Furthermore, if the Scouts are running the program and Patrol method, don't the adults have more time on their hands???
  21. So, have you since volunteered to be an IOLS trainer for your Council? I taught portions of BALOO in the Spring, my first time teaching it, and I am sure there are people who had more experience than I did taking the course. Of course, I invited comments in some areas, like Geocaching and I asked if people had experience with it, but when I did a segment on basic First aid and CPR, I taught it exactly to the BSA guideline. If a person knew all the material coming in, at least they were able to hear me reinforce that YPT is non--negotiable, don't make up your own loopholes. That's
  22. I'll just throw in that scoutmaster conferences and boards of review at camp are not always the best environment for the scout to succeed in. Our Troop has a new scout weekend and they have tried to do all this advancement stuff at the end of the outing, and it's a big fail -- you've got 11 and 12 year old who are exhausted and it's 10 o'clock at night and there's no point. We discussed this at committee and I think this year they will do the advancement stuff after they get back home when the kids are fresher. The same kind of thing happened with my son as he worked towards First Class
  23. I think the best thing you get out of Wood Badge is meeting other great Scouters from your area. It's the networking, and meeting great people inspires you to live the Oath and Law.
  24. I went to Wood badge right after my second son crossed over to Boy Scouts, I had graduated as his Den Leader, and I was continuing with Cubs as Assistant Cub Master. My husband is going to WB this year, his third year as an ASM. (I'm a Fox married to a Bear.) I sell Wood Badge to cub level Scouters by saying that I was never a Boy Scout, and Wood Badge lets me experience Scouting the way my boys will in their troops, so it's a great chance for non youth members to get more of a taste of what it's like for the boys.
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