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jjlash last won the day on October 29 2016

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  1. Creating a Wood Badge troop scholarship

    I would commit doing that but would definitely not actually give the money to the Troop. I agree with RememberSchiff that I would choose who receives the assistance - I want someone who will gain the most and who will give back the most, not whoever got there first. I take a slightly different approach. If someone is on the fence - probably they have been encouraged by several people but but are unsure of the value or hesitant because of the cost and time commitment. I tell them to take the course, to go with an open mind, to do the work. And if it is not the one of the best things they've done in Scouting I will pay for the course. Ive never had any one take me up on the payment.
  2. My question was really about using difficulty of the trek as a measure of which trek they would prefer. Difficulty is so subjective that I dont think it really gives your Scouts any useful information. You can certainly choose routes that are longer/shorter and more/less rugged at each place. For me, "difficulty" determined almost entirely by how much physical training I did before the trip. Regardless, I can say for sure that any Scout that enjoys a good adventure will enjoy both places. But maybe for different reasons.
  3. Im curious about why you phrased the question as "which is more difficult"? Do you intend to use our opinion of relative difficulty as part of the research that you present to your youth? Will the more difficult choice make them want to do that option more or less? I suggest that the better way to present the differences is by describing the experience. In fact, if you can find some youth who have been to each, invite them to talk about their experience. I love Philmont and believe every Scout/Scouter should go at least once. But, I tell my Scouts that Philmont is kind of like hiking from summer camp to summer camp. You dont go to Philmont for the backpacking, you go for the program and the Scouting environment / history. If you want backpacking in the mountains you can do that somewhere else for a whole lot less money. On the flip side, you dont go to BWCAW for the program because there is none. You go to BWCAW because it is the real wilderness. If you go through NT you'll have an interpreter along for the whole trek and (the good ones) add a great deal to the experience over self outfitting. Just my $0.02 worth.
  4. When does your PLC meet?

    We meet once a month - the Sunday before the campout. We run our skills so that a new skill starts the meeting after a campout and runs through the next campout (in theory the campout is the culmination). The PLC being a week before the campout gives Scouts a chance to plan out the next month with a week to make phone calls etc as necessary. BTW - a shout out to ItsBrian. I enjoy the right now, first hand experience you contribute to the discussions. Thank you for all that you do to improve your Troop.
  5. Some people (our district advancement folks in particular) believe advancement is the most important part of Scouting. But - advancement is just one of the seven _methods_ of Scouting. The real measure of success is: are we instilling the values of citizenship, fitness, service and (the recently added) leadership. In my Troop, we encourage them to advance and we give them incentive by putting a minimum rank on high adventure, but otherwise we leave it up to them. As long as they are having fun they will stay involved. As long as they are involved they are seeing/learning/living the values. I think a presentation or skit is only necessary if they do not understand the mechanics of merit badges - have an interest, get a blue card, meet with the counselor, do the work, etc OR - a skit/presentation could be useful to pique their interest in the variety of badges available.
  6. Family Scouting Survey Results

    Im in Central Region and attended one of the meetings by invitation.
  7. Need help with Patrol "owned" items.

    That's an interesting dilemma - hopefully a lesson learned. I dont think the Troop has any claim to the tents based on having stored them for 2 years. My initial thought would be that they bought the tents "for the patrol" and therefore they belong to the patrol. Of course the patrol is part of the Troop which is wholly owned "department" of the Charter Org. The funds contributed to help buy the tent would be considered a donation. I can also see the argument that the tents are owned by the Scouts who originally purchased them. In that case, the remaining Scouts would need to contact the ones who have left and work something out between them. Best things is for you (the adult leaders) is to mentor and guide the Scouts to reach their own decision. Any answer coming from you will make you the bad guy.
  8. Yes, they could and they should. As you read above, since they own the trailer/equipment they are the "proper" ones to hold the policy. HOWEVER - in my case, like many others, the CO does not understand the relationship. Not only will they not pay for the insurance, they wont even add our trailer/gear to the policy they already have for their own trailer. They insist they dont want any part of our "stuff" and I cannot get them to understand that they own it whether they want to or not.
  9. Recruitment Night Woes

    Packs in my area do boy talks (usually the DE and/or Cubmaster) and fliers a couple of days before the recruiting event. One pack does the event as a pack meeting so that the current families are there. They provide hot dogs/chips/drinks. Leaders mostly circulate and talk to the families during the meal. After the meal the Den Chiefs and Den Leaders take the boys off to play games while the CM/CC talk to the parents. Other thing that I think is important, especially for Cub ages - visibility in the community. Have an activity at the town festival, get a banner and walk in the parades, certainly Scouting For Food, adopt a park or road to clean up (and have a sign). All of these let people know Scouting is alive and well in the area. I believe this helps with recruiting and also helps with fundraising.
  10. Grand Tetons National Park?

    Isle Royale is a great trip too. We did a week there in 2015 - happy to share info if they make that choice.
  11. Class B Guidelines

    If you use BSA trademarked images or phrases the vendor of the tshirts must be licensed. (http://licensingbsa.org/) Lots of vendors to choose from (I use Advantage Emblem) but if you want to have a local shop do it they'll need to do some paperwork. Licensed vendors have people to help with design issues. I have only encountered two things with my designs 1) they sometimes want (but sometimes dont) the copyright and trademark symbols. 2) one of my logos uses the "BSA version" of a fluer dis le that is partially covered by another image. On this they require that I put an additional FDL that is not covered. They have always been satisfied with a tiny version in a color that mostly blends into the background.
  12. To staff woodbadge or not

    I agree - everyone has different interests, motivations, strengths and weaknesses and those things change over time. I spent 10+ years working directly with the youth as DL and ASM, now my roles are more behind the scenes. I find it very rewarding to teach adult leaders (WB, and other sessions). I see the same "ah ha" moments with adults as with youth. And I know that I can impact more youth by helping adults to be better Scouters than by working with the youth directly.
  13. New BALOO training

    Our council has not (as long as Ive been involved) run a UofS but I assume it is somewhat like the Merit Badge University days that we have. That is - some group other than "the council" organizes it and recruits the instructors. If that is the case, you may not get any satisfaction complaining to the UofS folks. But - please do reach out to the council training chair, express your frustration with the poor quality, the editorializing and (most important) the not following the syllabus. Im sure if you offer to lend your experience, that you will find yourself with a shiny new Scouting hat to wear.
  14. New BALOO training

    The announcement made me wonder if OWL and BALOO are coming closer together but I have not seen / heard anything explicitly saying that.
  15. New BALOO training

    Was catching up on some training info and learned that BALOO has just changed to a "blended" course. What caught my eye from the announcement is "...required to have at least one BALOO trained adult on every Cub Scout den or pack overnight outdoor event - including Pack Camping and Webelos Den overnighters" My understanding has always been BALOO for a pack overnight and OWL for a Webelos overnight. This does make sense now I think about it - the content of BALOO is about planning the outing and the content of OWL is about individual outdoor skills. I took the first module - it says the online portion should take about 3 hours. Going to have to take the rest of the modules to see what it covers. source: https://bsalearn.learn.taleo.net/learncenter.asp?id=178414&DCT=1&sessionid=3-92ADB4E3-3797-465A-8500-62EEE5E18F8E&page=2