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  1. Arrow of Light Ceremony - Flaming Arrows!

    Yes it is Echokotee.
  2. Arrow of Light Ceremony - Flaming Arrows!

    Our pack used to do the flaming arrow across the lake also. Granted the lake was way to big to really get a real arrow all the way across. The person on the other side would wait a couple seconds and then light a huge bonfire while the boys canoed across the lake. Very cool effect each year. Since the property we were using was sold we have since moved to our local council camp. There is a zip line already rigged up in the amphitheater for cross over ceremony's. However, the line failed us last year and the flare type thing they were using just sat up on the line burning for a good 5 min(as you can see in the photo). Thankfully we had a back up plan of lighting it discreetly from behind. Still kind of a bummer that it didn't work out the way it was planned. My son crosses over in 2 weeks. I hope it works for his den's ceremony.
  3. New YPT Launch

    Sigh. Count me as being in the stuck on module 2 club. I was really hoping to finish it before my council training team meeting tonight. I would love to see a quick reference guide for the camping regulations. Hopefully National will get up to speed soon as apparently there are already girls attending meetings and signing up. On a side note, is there any change to the BALOO trainings in regards to the girls joining yet?
  4. Youth Protection Training Not Done

    If it were me I would run for the hills. This pack sounds very disorganized and like it doesn't follow the program guidelines. What den is your son in? Knife safety shouldn't be broached till Bears. Is there another pack in your area for you and your son to join? If so, then maybe see if your current pack is willing to get their ducks in a row and have a training day and a planning meeting. YP can be taught off line. I have taught it several times. We have downloaded the video, watch the scenarios and each person is given a quiz. We have a parent orientation at the beginning of each year and every parent, whether they are a volunteer or not is to watch it. I then submit the training sheet to council so if they ever become a leader its already on record. Most of your basic leader trainings are online and can be completed fairly quickly. You need to establish a key 3 and make a committee from there. Really have to wonder if your unit is even re-chartered at this point.
  5. Thank you for the replies. I went to roundtable last night and asked our DE. He said to ignore it, it was meant for actual council employees and was sent out in error. I apparently was not the only one to have gotten it as others were confused as well.
  6. I am wondering if this some kind of scam or something. I am not an employee of the council. I am a very active volunteer. Seems like I would have seen an email about this from the council letting people know they need to take this training. I wonder if it stems from the whole transgender issue? I did a quick google of lawroom.com and it appears to be a HR/sexual harassment/discrimination training place. Here is the email. I have omitted my personal information. Date: 03-01-17 Company: Boy Scouts of America Attendee: Subject: Course Assignment The protection of personal identifiable information (PII) and confidential company information is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and all users of its technology system. It is also should be a matter of significant concern to local councils. As such, BSA is proving this training at no cost to local councils. BSA employees are required to take the training annually and system access is denied to users who fail to complete the training. Please ensure that this training course is completed by 03/15/2017. This course normally takes users 15-25 minutes to complete. If you have any questions concerning this assignment, please contact BSA's Member Care Contact Center. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. COURSE DUE DATE ----------------------------------------------------------------- Checkpoint: Data Security & Privacy 03-15-17 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Training is self-paced. You can start and leave the course as often as you'd like. When you return, the course will open to the last page visited. Questions about the assignment, contact: -> BSA Help Desk at 855-707-2644 To access a course now for , click: To log in without the link: -> go to http://el.lawroom.com/login.asp -> enter your login-ID: Your Boy Scouts Login Id -> enter your password: BSAtraining If you have any problems with the site, please contact: admin@lawroom.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Training powered by LawRoom - copyright 2017
  7. 18 Year-Old Attending Wood Badge

    We had an 18 year old girl in my patrol this past year. She was the area VP for Venturing. All of her family is in Scouting so I doubt there was any resistance there. She did fantastic. She had a full plate: Going to college, venturing responsibilities and her mothers passing was like 2 weeks before WB started. She definitely has her head on right. I believe she is about to finish her tickets.
  8. This redundant waste of time is no where to be found in my training module. It only shows up in the "expired" section of my trainings. I can print out an expired certificate till the cows come home but can't see where to re-take the course. I checked each section. Nope nada. I don't really need to re-take it but that expired tag bugs me and I am a training nerd so I like things current. Maybe they have done away with it since its outdated and really pointless. Its basic health class stuff anyways. I may have to override my training OCD and let it go. Susan
  9. Scouting Success Story

    Sounds like an episode of "Chopped". I like that idea. Could be a lot of fun for some younger scouts to get creative and out of their comfort zone with food. Thanks for sharing your success story!
  10. Fun indoor games?

    All excellent ideas. Thank you so much. Fehler: We will be in the school cafeteria. So pretty decent ceiling height. I found a stomp rocket on Pinterest that you can aim at a 45 degree angle and another idea for tarp with holes cut in it for a points system. Its made with a pvc frame so it can be easily transported and stored for future use. Still looking at a 60% chance of rain so far. Hopefully this storm that is brewing down in the Caribbean will stay much further south and the weather will clear up some.
  11. Fun indoor games?

    Our school sign up night is next Wednesday night. If the weather permits we will have the council's mobile climbing wall come out: https://www.nfcscouting.org/mobile-climbing-wall But since we live in Florida and it pretty much rains every afternoon here and the various tropical storms that could be heading our way its looking like a 60% chance of rain right now for next week. Granted that could change a lot in the next week. Last year I had planned on doing the Alka Seltzer rockets outside but it poured. So we were at a loss on what to do with the boys while the parents filled out applications and asked questions. We ended up making paper airplanes and have a distance contest. So my question is: What are some fun indoor activities you can plan for the boys? I am thinking some minute to win it type games but I would like to know what has worked well for your pack when the weather doesn't cooperate. Thanks, Susan
  12. Leader on loan

    You are most welcome!
  13. Leader on loan

    Looks like Lander University is in the Blue Ridge Council. Sadly not many of their Beascout.org pins are updated but this is the closest Venturing crew for the zip code. Crew 2175 Our Lady of the Lords www.scouting.org Contact: 551 - Blue Ridge Council for more information... 864-233-8363 1 Park Plz Greenville, SC 29607
  14. Krispy Kreme vs Dunkin Donuts

    A true southerner will like KK. I like KK way better than DD as I feel that DD is a drier more cake like doughnut. KK when they are hot and fresh will do down like butter. When we lived up north all we could get was DD. My mom hated it. I try to stay away from doughnuts as I feel like such crap after I eat some(well that and that I am overweight). But that being said my husband bought 2 dozen for 3 people in my house. Geez. Those are going to go bad before they all get ate. I may have to down one or two of them(when I have time to feel crappy). I asked him why he bought so much. "It was the coupon for this month in the calendar." I told him that he needs to take them elsewhere so they can get eaten. Also KK doesn't tend to freeze as well as DD IMO...
  15. Scout with no money

    I would definitely make sure the scout participated in any kind of fundraisers the troop holds. And see if he can do extra jobs like others have mentioned. Is there a reason your unit only does one fundraiser a year? Why not have a car wash or a spaghetti dinner? Those one off fundraisers could be enough for whatever he may need and then some surplus for anything the troop needs or even a fun trip one weekend. Is there a Scout Reach division in your council/district? Are there scholarships available thru the council for things like a uniform and some fees associated with scouting? I hesitate to let people in our pack know that there are scholarships available as they may not really need it and will apply for it and take it away from someone who does. We also had a parent 3 years ago who claimed they were dirt poor (I don't doubt they were lower income but from what I could tell they had no problem going and spending the day down in St. Augustine riding the pirate boats several times at a pretty penny http://www.blackravenadventures.com/price/tickets). I told her that scholarships were available and that she had to contact the council as we do not handle any of it. Well they sporadically attended that 1st year. Then the treasurer tells me at the 1st den meeting the next year that they never paid any dues at all the previous year (yes I know that should have been mentioned sometime in the previous year). We pull the parent out of the meeting and ask for dues. She blustered all up and said she paid last year. Um no you didn't. We have no record of it at all. She claimed she had cancelled checks. We told her she needed to bring them up to us as proof of payment. Never saw her or her child again. She knew what she was doing all along and it finally caught up with her. I still see them at my sons school. I am so tempted to ask if she found another pack to fleece. But I know that wouldn't be very nice. But man we paid for awards all year long and gave her son a uniform shirt and patches for it. That stuff wasn't cheap. So naturally now we are on guard when someone claims they can't pay their way. I hate that we are like that but the whole fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me thing holds true.