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  1. Metaphorically taking off the uniform and putting on the "dad hat" my hoodlums made me a number of years ago. Oldest is 95% completed with his Eagle Project. All that remains is to do is get it inspected and approved, present it to the hospital, and the give a presentation on the project to the foundation that is giving him the grant. Basically stuff he needs to do himself. Project was building 2 mobile gaming stations and a mobile gaming library cart with storage for some of the accessories. While not as major as some projects of late, with the exception of dealing with beuracracy, driving, and taking photos, adults have done no work on it. And since powertools were not involved, all members of the troop could help with the project.
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    Bragging time on the oldest.

    SWMBO = She Who Must Be Obeyed, aka the wife. The project has gotten to her. Funny thing is, she has done little actual work on the project. Mostly it's been encouraging him and getting answers when needed. I've done the same thing, but also was one of the adults supervising the project.
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    Bragging time on the oldest.

    Lot going on the past few days. Went to the mountains for family vacation. Came back and oldest had to prepare for the presentation to the hospital's foundation board of directors for today. Long story short I was reviewing the workbook to make sure all the 'i's dotted and t's crossed" when I noticed two challenges. One was the Eagle Scout Fundraising Application. To be honest, I do not think it is needed for his project, but to make sure and be safe, it got filled out. Also added a before and after picture to the project. Beneficiary signed off on both. It is done! Hopefully the DE can sign off on the fundraising application so we can get that done tomorrow. A huge stress on everyone is over. This project has stressed him out. It took more time than planned, and has pushed back his goal of finishing everything by December instead of the end of this month. Seeing her son stressed out, plus dealing with some of the bureaucracy at the hospital, SWMBO has been stressed. And when Momma is stressed, EVERYONE is stressed Life is good.
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    Crossover schedule

    @The Latin Scot There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods. In the current non-LDS 5 year program, the Cubs are burningout IMHO. All three of mine were ready to Cross Over when they did, or before. While the younger 2 were indeed 11 when they crossed over, it had to do more with when the ceremony took place, Middle son was tempted to skip the Webelos badge and go straight to AOL since he was caught in the 2015-2016 program changes, and did not need Webelos to earn AOL. Only reason he stayed was the friend factor. Thankfully he had 2 WDLs who knew how to run the program, and they were acting more like a NSP, or an 11 year old LDS patrol, than Cub Scout which helped. Youngest was a different story. He was ready to move up 2 months prior to the Cross Over. He was actually attending troop meetings, camp outs, and fundraisers at the same time he was getting some extra Adventure Pins the last 3 months of Webelos. In fact the only reason he went to den and pack meetings was SWMBO forced him. She wanted him to finish Cub Scouts strong. Plus she committed herself as Bear ADL until the end of the School year. So one disadvantage until waiting is that the Cub can lose interest if they are forced to wait. Another disadvantage, depending upon when the Cub Scout ages into Scouts, BSA, is that they may not have time to be fully prepared for summer camp. I know that is not an issue with LDS troops since 11 year olds cannot go to summer camp, but for non-LDS troops, it can be a problem. I know when I did the traditional 3 year program back in the day, I turned 11 and crossed over a month before the troop went to summer camp. Not only was my family unable to afford the camp fee on one month's notice, my mother also had other issues. Long story short, my original Council, the New Orleans Area Council, had a major sex abuse scandal in the 1970s. My family didn't know the troop's leadership very well and had reservations sending me with people they really didn't know. Grant you there are ways to overcome that, but it can be an issue. Biggest advantage to the traditional 3 year program as still practiced by the LDS Church is that it does not cause burn out and, as you mentioned, can be customized more to the individual
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    Den Leader Guides 2015 edition vs 2018

    Outdoor Adventurer, since camping is one option for it.
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    Den Leader Guides 2015 edition vs 2018

    IF you are using the old guides, I would recommend going to Macscouter.com and downloading the current Cub Scout requirements http://usscouts.org/advancementTOC.asp#cubrank That way you can modify your program guides Apparently all of the requirements, except Bobcat, were changed September 1, 2018. So that is #3 since July 1, 2015 😑 ON A DIFFERENT NOTE, Glad youngest son's den followed the requirements in the book for AOL. Although the requirements look the same.😁
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    NYLT Recruitment

    William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt said it best: "Train 'em. Trust 'em. LET THEM LEAD!" The Scouts will be learning how the ideal troop works: youth led with adults providing support. They will be learning the skills needed to make it happen: communication, representing the group, counseling, etc. Here is a link to the 2014 Syllabus https://scoutingevent.com/attachment/BSA358/58960_1449594194_1802.pdf I beleive that there have been some minor changes, but do not know for sure. Either way, it will provide a foundation of understanding for you. IMHO, the hardest part will be letting go of control and letting the Scouts take over. You trained them with ILST, and trusted them to learn more with NYLT. Now you gotta trust them to apply what they learned and lead. It won't be perfect. they will make mistakes but you MUST give them the opportunity to make their own mistakes and learn from them. Some of the things ideas I offer: 1. Make sure the PLC is meeting on a regular basis to plan and prepare. You would be surprised at the number of troops that do not do this. 2. Resist the urge to intervene and take over. If you want to destroy a troop, that is the way to do it. 3. As soon as you are able to, go through Wood Badge. NYLT is Wood Badge for Scouts. In fact staffers can earn their 3rd and fourth beads running NYLT now. CAVEAT ABOUT WB: WB was orignially intended to give adults advance outdoor skills in a Patrol Method environment. While over time it has morphed into a management course, some elements of the Patrol Method survive AND some participants when they return to their units continue to act as if they are in patrols still. OUR JOB AS SCOUTERS IS TO SIT BACK DRINK COFFEE, BUG JUICE, OR COCOA AND ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE SCOUTS AS THEY RUN THEIR TROOP. ( caps and bold are emphasis). 4. Listen to you Scouts' words, and actions! I knew a SM start a new troop and spent about 5 years getting it to completely boy-led. One of the things that helped was at the 3 or 4 year mark, he had Scouts old enough and First Class to go to NYLT. That really helped the troop. The SM stepped down and a new SM took over. The new SM ignored his Scouts, especially the NYLT ones, and ran his own program. He stated to his UC that "BSA needs to change with the times." as the reason why he was not using the Patrol Method, and completely ignoring the Scouts. Some of the Scouts were polite when they talked to him about how he was screwing up the troop. One was right to the point. It didn't matter, he was ignoring everything BSA teaches: planning the meetings and camp outs without the Scouts input, appointing all leadership positions including PLs and SPL, etc. Once the Scouts realized it was useless to talk to him and try to run the troop, they talked with their feet: they left. The older ones Eagled and left. A lot of the younger ones transferred to another troop. So listen to your Scouts.
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    Which square knots to wear and why

    I personally don't like the devices as they are a pain, figuratively and literally. Plus there are big differences between being a TDL, CSDL and WDL. So I didn't mind Regarding the training award knots, all they consolidated were the Cub Scouter, DL Coach, and the Scouter Training Award. The Scouter Training Award had devices for Boy Scouters, Sea Scouters, and Venturing folks. They just added the Tiger, CS and Webelos pins on them.
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    To have an ECOH or not

    Until recently, I never encountered this problem. Growing up you were expected to be there. Heck I remember coming from a semi formal ring ceremony at HS with my girlfriend, then heading to an ECOH and changing into my uniform. As soon as the ceremony was over, changed back into coat and tie, and went to the ring dance. Last ECOH I went to, was held at the Eagle's church instead of the CO, and his brother, who is an Eagle MC'd it. Very little involvement from the troop.
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    Which square knots to wear and why

    When I worked part time for National Supply in college, my boss did not want me wearing any of my knots. And she didn't want me wearing my jamboree insignia either. All I could wear was my employee patch and WC. However 3 years later when I went to work full time for her, she had no problem with my knots or jamboree insignia. And when I went to the shop the other day, two of the 3 sales clerks had knots on. And in the past one clerk had beads on.
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    Which square knots to wear and why

    1) WELCOME TO DA FORUMS 2) One of the challenges regarding knots is that with the exception of the Sea Scout program, which has had a max number of 6 for a number of years, there has been only "recommended" maximums that have changed several times AND at one point was only listed in restricted literature like the Wood Badge syllabus. It has only been in the latest Guide to Awards and Insignia that a maximum number has been established: 9. And then that is only for the current uniform. If you are wearing a vintage one you don't have to take any off. And to be honest with the number of problem uniforms you see in BSA literature, having more than 9 knots is extremely minor. And who knows it may change again. 3) "Order of Precedence" while highly personal, other factors can put into play, i.e. time factors for sewing, or in my case laziness I had a new shirt, barely got my knots sewed on it in time for the district banquet, and I got 2 knots that night. Long story short, I didn't undo all the knots I just sewed on to rearrange them. I just added them to the top. On another shirt, I still have the original 4 knots on it that I bought to go on the shirt when it was new. Another factor is each individual will have their own preference that others may disagree. I know I made a lot of folks unhappy when I said the toughest volunteer job is being a D, and how I was extremely proud to earn my TCDL and CSDL knots.. People tried to say I didn't know what I was talking about, until I pointed out my previous positions in the movement. Minimalist or Wear what you've earned, it doesn't matter. What does matter is respecting the time that the others give to the program. Respect their knowledge, skills, and abilities, and don't just ignore them because they are not wearing knots or beads..
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    Patrol cook and chef kits now

    Looks like the Scout SHop is selling this now https://www.scoutshop.org/gsi-glacier-stainless-steel-troop-cookset.html
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    To have an ECOH or not

    The more I age, the more selfish I become. Tell you why in a minute. When I had my COH, I did it for several reasons. Yes, I busted my butt and wanted the recognition. Not going to lie about that . But I also knew how important it was for the younger Scouts. As @eagle90 stated, a lot of times an Eagle COH really motivates folks. Best example of that is the Scout who cared less about advancement or Eagle, until as a 17 year old Star Scout he went to his first ECOH. Now he busting butt to finish Eagle. But the #1 reason I wanted an ECOH was to thank everyone wh helped me on the way. A lot of folks got me to that point, and I needed to thank them. For me, seeing the Scouts I have worked with get their badge and medal is a thrill for me. So I like ECOHs Now one of my friends waited 3 years to have his ECOH. He enlisted in the USAF, and when he got out had it. Another friend didn't have his ECOH. He also enlisted in the USAF, and just never got around to it. No matter how simple or elaborate a ceremony it is. It means something to all involved. On a side note, one of the traditions in my troop growing up was "roasting" the Eagle by telling a humourous story from his younger days. Then moving on to how he has grown and matured over the years. We got to pick who was going to roast us, and I hope my son picks me when the time comes.🤪
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    Bragging time on the oldest.

    Multiply it by 3. While he got the hospital's approval, he got it at the managerial level. Since he is applying for a grant from a foundation, he had to fill out two separate sets of paperwork: foundation's paperwork AND hospital paperwork at the senior leadership level, i.e. a VP and CEO has to approve. He isn't even focusing on the actual Eagle Application at this time. He just wants the Eagle project paperwork over and done with.
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    Bragging time on the oldest.

    Well the bane of the Eagle Project has hit Oldest: PAPERWORK. I love his reply to the "what have you learned" question: Behind every great, fun activity there is a ton of paperwork that sucks the life out of you and makes you question whether it is worth it or not. Yes, this project, especially with the bureaucracy and paperwork has sucked the life out of him. His goal was to finish everything for Eagle before school started. Now he just wants the project completed. Thankfully the hard work is over with, now it's time for the presentation to the foundation and conduct training for the nurses on the pediatric floor. Oh and the life-sucking paperwork. Still doing that.
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    Jack Links Fundraiser Partnership with BSA

    Where are you at so I can share the wealth? Seriously my two oldest did the door to door and got $0
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    What to call ...

    'If you are paid to do Scouting, you are a professional. If you don't get paid to do Scouting, you are a volunteer. If you pay to do Scouting, You are a Scouter."
  18. 2015 was the end of adult-free overnight trips. October 1, 2018 was the end of adult-free day activities (and effectively the death of the Patrol method) to include patrol meetings, patrol hikes, patrol shopping, etc. October 1, 2018 is also the day that 18-20 year olds no longer count towards 2 deep YP. So if you are a 18-20 y.o. MBC, two additional adults over 21 are needed when you do MB counseling.
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    Bragging time on the oldest.

    So I have done some work for the foundation director in the past and he knows me. When oldest contacted him initially, the director was concerned about how oldest was going to make it an Eagle project. I didn't realize that he was a 3 beader who has sat on the district and council advancement committees in his council in the past until he was telling us about his Scouting background. When oldest told him all about the proposed project, answered all his questions, and talked about how he would be demonstrating leadership, may help in picking a career, and how the project will help him as well, the director was all for it. A few days later he runs into SWMBO and tells her how he had concerns and oldest answered all of them and that "he's smarter than [Eagle94-a1]." We both got a laugh at that.
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    Bragging time on the oldest.

    Well I typed too soon about adult intervention. The hospital's biomed folks found a very minor problem. While oldest could fix it himself, they took the liberty of fixing it themselves. He was skeptical and concerned of it until I showed him what they doing. So he is good. It should be fully approved tomorrow.
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    Bragging time on the oldest.

    Yes it does. Especially hearing some of the comments from folks. I know some may say my district is "adding requirements" by having the Scout present the proposal to the entire advancement committee, but I like it because it gives everyone an understanding of what is being proposed, and offers ideas the Scout may not have thought about. There were indeed some issues that the committee brought up that he did encounter. Anyway, while a parent or SM is allowed to go in with them at the proposal stage, oldest opted to go solo. Apparently it has been a few years since a Scout presented a proposal without a parent or Scouter with them, and they were impressed. Got a lot of positive feedback on him. The feedback the wife got from the foundation director was hysterical. More on that later.
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    Eagle Project: Survival Kits

    Door stops are kept on her person. Purchased when one mom and student had a restraining order against dad. Only kids who know about them is my oldest.
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    Eagle Project: Survival Kits

    Wife got $2 door stops to use in her class.
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    Thoughts on this float setup?

    As long as Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat are followed, I see no problem. Troop growing up did something similar. And when I was in the UK, this was done on a regular basis at one camp located on the English Channel. THAT WATER WAS COLD!
  25. They changed the tie and scarf out about 19 years ago, just after I left the profession. Still have the the tie and name badge. Sadly the expensive pin on patch was lent to someone and never returned. $30 down the drain. I almost wore that uniform to a funeral that is scheduled for later today. But I have left the "Dark Side" and I should never look back.
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