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  1. I am an advocate for letting them pick what they want. When my son was an AOL I kept telling him, "Just wait till you get to Boy Scouts, you can choose what you want to earn!". Well we got the list of courses offered and he and I sat down and looked at them and the requirements for each badge offered. We made a couple lists with 1st 2nd and 3rd choices for the schedule allowed (all of the 1st year scouts were going to do the TNT program in the mornings). The Advancement chair also said that the first year boys need to take First Aid and Swimming. I think the advancement chair didn't like me asking questions on why he HAS to take First Aid and Swimming why cant he choose to do what he wants? She said with attitude that's just how we do it here. He didn't get a single class he asked for. He was upset. I also think she gave my son none of his choices out of spite. WTH? He was given First Aid (ok no biggie), Orienteering and Camping. Orienteering is IMO not a 1st year scout MB. And to my knowledge, none of the 9B options were offered at camp for the camping MB so I am not sure if it was worth it. Well needless to say just after summer camp I replaced her as the advancement chair. She claimed she had been waiting 5 years since her son had aged out for someone to come along and replace her. I said I would take over for her and when I kept asking to help on advancement stuff all I got was attitude. So I finally told the Committee that she either lets me do it or she can wait another couple years for someone other sucker to come along, I have no problem just going over and sitting with the other parents after volunteering for the last several years in the pack. She was very ugly about it. She pretty much brought in all of the advancement stuff and threw it on the table and walked out. It was all very odd... This year, I made sure the boys got what classes they asked for except for one boy who wasn't old enough for shotgun and another who had put down wood carving but didn't have his totin' chip yet so we had to go to alternative classes. They still had a lot of fun. Needless to say my son had a much better time this year at camp.
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    Any tips for conducting an ILST?

    I agree. No one ever asked the district for any advice or materials. So it was pretty quiet on that front. Granted you can just google search for the syllabus. Its how I got all of the manuals I used for any trainings. But I would have thought that it would have been reported to us so we could show that people were training during the year. Thankfully I got away from training. It was a bad year to head it up with the whole new YPT coming out and other changes from National coming down the line. I was ready to pull my hair out and quit it all. The sardines game sounds fun! Our charter org. isn't very big so hiding spaces are not abundant. We have already given them the criteria for the Honor Patrol rocker patch and have hopes that it will spark some teamwork and scouting spirit. So the ILST should help give them the rest of the tools needed to getting them on the youth led path.
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    Any tips for conducting an ILST?

    Inquiring minds want to know. How do you play sardines?
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    Any tips for conducting an ILST?

    Awesome thanks everyone. We will be having the ILST during a lock in at our church. Funny part is I was the district training chair for over a year. Never taught one or got wind of anyone having one during that year which was kind of odd. We did plenty of BALOO and IOLS courses but no ILST. Most of the boys in our troop are pretty young. Just 1st and 2nd year scouts so we are trying to get them to take the reins and start making their own fun. Sadly the couple older scouts we have are Life Scouts and have actually said they don't want anything to do with the younger scouts and are unwilling to help guide them. Should make their Eagle process a lot of fun. I can't comfortably acknowledge that they have been an active member in the troop for 6 months nor give them my recommendation (requirement 2). And getting volunteer help for their projects should be interesting since they don't want to deal with the other boys in the troop. So I guess they are all planning on working on each others projects themselves. LOL. So we are looking beyond them and just going to get the younger boys on the right path and move on and plan and get the younger boys trained and working the EDGE method. Build from the ground up.
  5. Our troop is about to have an ILST. We have not yet done one to my knowledge(all new leadership). We need to reestablish the patrol method and make it a fully youth led troop again. I have the syllabus and am about to start going thru it. Since our older scouts are next to non existent and are probably going to be absent, it will be an adult led course. Checking with my fellow scouters to see if you have any tips or tricks to running one and making it successful. Thanks!
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    Arrow of Light Ceremony - Flaming Arrows!

    Yes it is Echokotee.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
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    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.
  13. 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
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    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!
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    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.