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Mom2a

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    Southern US
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    Education
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    Camping, boating, fishing, cooking
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    Den leader, cubmaster, committee chair, troop committee member, district roundtable commissioner, unit commissioner, WB trained and staffed.

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  1. Mom2a

    Is BSA adult leader training necessary?

    FWIW I attended and staffed WB in one council and now live and scout in another council. I’ve not experienced any hazing, fighting, belittling or bullying. In my experience those who get the least out of Wood Badge are those who go into it because someone is coercing them into it and those who think they have nothing to learn. I wouldn’t recommend taking WB if the course dates were scheduled close to college due dates and or exams. I also wouldn’t recommend taking WB until it is something you want to do. Spending 6 days outdoors with like minded adults can be some of the most fun and interesting time you will ever have if you want it to be.
  2. You have an obligation to contact your de and or council. As a Scoutmaster and parent you need their support and guidance through this issue. As a parent your son needs to know that you will be there to protect him whatever the situation or personal cost.
  3. Mom2a

    Qualities of an Eagle

    We have a scout in our troop who is about to turn 18. He made some poor choices regarding recreational drugs when he was younger. He has gotten himself back on track for completing high school and his future. He won’t make Eagle due to his detour. He is, however, the best “older scout” because he is honest about his mistakes with our younger scouts. He is able to tell them don’t do what I did and I think they actually listen because he isn’t a parent. He is brave and honest when he talks with them. There would be be a huge difference we’re this scout bragging about his detour. There would be a huge difference for me if a scout with a pregnant girlfriend wasn’t taking responsibility for his choices.
  4. Mom2a

    I give up!

    I'm late in commenting but please take your son to visit other troops. My family recently moved forcing us to find a new troop. Oldest son is a die hard scout, youngest I really feared he would want to quit. Our old troop was okay but didn't really work the program the way it was designed. Older scouts not very welcoming or interested in teaching younger scouts. No patrol activity outside of the weekly patrol meetings. We visited several troops in our new community. Went back for a second visit with our top pick and my youngest yells across the room during their patrol time, " When are we joining this troop? This is where I want to be." I literally drug him to meetings last year. This year he is dressed in uniform and ready to go 30 minutes before we need to leave to get to a meeting every single week. Oldest son feels respected and valued even though most of his patrol members are at least a couple years older than him. fwiw, the cooking, family life and pet care merit badge all lessened my workload as the mom in our house.
  5. Mom2a

    RT Topic - Cub Scouts and Cooking

    I am also a Cub Scout Roundtable commissioner. I am looking forward to having an actual Roundtable discussion on the topic of cooking with Cubs. I have taught a session on the topic at our annual adult training event. The best part of the class was when everyone shared things they have tried, what worked and what didn't. I also plan on discussing how cooking can be used to teach more than just cooking requirements. Webelos/AOL scientist adventure-one requirement is to do an experiment with two different household chemicals. That could easily be done with cooking.
  6. Both our pack and troop pays for the registered adult leaders' registration. The pack charges a fee to offset the cost of food for campouts and adults pay for any entry fees. The pack pays for the scouts good and any entry fees. It is paid for out of our fundraising. The troop adults and scouts pay for outings (food and entry fees).
  7. Mom2a

    Retirees as scout camp workers?

    We have camp masters who like meyerc13's serve in the off season giving those using the camp for weekend camping a go to person other than the ranger. Summer camp is usually about half and half. Adults (retirees and teachers) who work the full summer and stay in adult staff housing (cabins) and then the teenagers who work the full summer and stay in the staff housing area (older buildings and platform tents). All age groups work in varying positions throughout the camp.
  8. I recently finished being a first time staffer as a troop guide. I loved it. It was very worth the pre-course staff development time. My family's initial reaction was not extremely supportive but after we talked and they saw how much it would mean to me they agreed to work with me on the scheduling. My kids are young enough that husband and I both had to take vacation time in order for me to be on staff.
  9. Mom2a

    A true "day" camp?

    We had the random Saturday day camp a few years ago. It did not go well. Attendance was extremely low. Each Saturday was at a different location.
  10. Mom2a

    New Adventure Program - Tigers

    My AoL boys crossed over last week as planned without any problems. My Webelos den has two adventures left. they have done parts of two but are waiting until the weather is nicer to hike and collect rocks. My bears should be able to finish up on time (mid May). I had a long planning session with the den leader today to get everything mapped out and keep them on track. Wolves are almost done. My tigers I am actually worried about all of them completing. I asked my den leaders to report at our next committee meeting what they had left to complete and their plan for accomplishing it. I have been disappointed in the new tiger program. I dislike the lack of go see its. I think those adventures excited the boys.
  11. Mom2a

    Family Campout Menu Ideas

    Taco in a bag was a huge hit at our fall campout. Parents thought it sounded strange then fell in love with it and are still talking about how good they were. Spaghetti has worked well in the past. We have also had friendship soup. Every scout brings a can of their favorite vegetable, pack provides meat, broth and noodles.
  12. Mom2a

    Crossing Over Ceremonies

    We have the AoL crossing over ceremony during our blue and gold banquet in February. The other boys graduate to their next rank at the end of the school year.
  13. Mom2a

    CoH meals/snacks?

    Quarterly CoH the scouts bring snacks ....chips, lots of cookies, soda, (cheese and crackers and veggie trays occasionally). Eagle CoH is a separate event. Food provided by the family of the Eagle. I have been to one with heavy snacks and cake, a couple full blown wedding reception type meals and one where the parents provided the main course and had friends bring specific side dishes.
  14. Mom2a

    Den Names

    I told both the den leaders and their scouts for our Webelos 1 and Arrow of light dens that they could come up with a den name. We would get them patches etc and it was never pursued by them. My youngest is a Webelos 1 we are planning on taking their den camping towards the end of the school year. I will probably attempt one more time. My older boy was put into a new scout patrol and they really struggled to find a name. I think of the Webelos years as prep for Boy Scouts in every aspect. I would hope that by coming up with a name as a cub it would be easier to come up with a name as a Boy Scout.
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