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dilrod last won the day on July 15 2017

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  1. dilrod

    A Den with Difficulty (the adults!)

    The Secretary needs to either sort it out with the ADL herself or be quiet & take her child somewhere else. If Traveling Dad is willing to train up and be the DL, awesome! He's Doing His Best. I'm sure he and the ADL could plan a fine program and execute accordingly. If no one wants to lead, or if you can't merge other Dens resulting in the magic 6 to 8 Cubs each, fold the Den. The parents can explain to their child why they can't go to Cub Scouts anymore, or why they have to find a new Pack. No leader available means just that.
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    Girl issue on social media

    I've seen similar photos and I share your concern. With many parent's lackadaisical/defensive attitude towards a proper uniform for their scout, this will be a common sight. Might even become a fad among the girls. Put it on social media, it's 100x worse. Too many sickos out there.
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    New Wolf Neckerchief /hats now what?

    Old uniform items remain authorized for wear. Keep recycling those uniforms & let the BSA sell skorts instead.
  4. I agree with the comments above, this month's copy was terrible. I'll give Scouting Magazine a couple more chances. If they don't get back to normal by winter and focus on helping me be a better Scouter instead of beating the drum for girls I'll ask them to cancel my subscription. I don't care if they have a few pics of girls here and there, but 50/50 through the whole magazine?
  5. I am tasked with getting our leaders & parents to take the course. Having been Pack Trainer for 3 years, I know our parents and few of them have ever taken time to explore the great resources my.scouting has to offer. I did the new YPT a few weeks ago and I think the BSA is expecting too much. I believe the old course was adequate, although I do appreciate the addition of the Scouts First hotline. The material is college level & disturbing. It's law enforcement training (which I've had) and I don't think a lot of parents are up to it. A few "thank you for your service to the youth of America" plugs would've made it more palatable as well. Plus, the trick questions in the exam are infuriating! There are always some that will just refuse to train, although if they are leaders, they'll be removed from the rosters in October. I'm more concerned about the potential future leader who gets halfway through the course and says "To heck with it, I'm not signing up for this!"
  6. The thing that has stood out to me as far as compliance is the requirement that all Pack leaders must have the new YPT done or Packs can't recharter. As Pack Trainer for the past 3 years I couldn't even get some leaders to do the basic online training for their positions, and the new YPT is much more difficult. Leaders will lose their positions and a lot less Packs will be "100%," even on paper.
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    Advancement Charts

    I tried one from the Scout Shop during our Tiger year, but I couldn't keep up with it. I'm better organized now, so maybe I can try again for our Bear year.
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    Pride of Craft

    Excellent discussion! My farmer father was the best troubleshooter I've ever known. He kept things running longer than most people would have been able to do. I got to learn from him. Problem was, he could have saved a lot of time and money had he just cracked open a manual or a how-to book first, or asked what others did. I have had to reprogram myself to take time to see if there are other ways of doing something rather than just diving in. As for Pride of Craft, I'm trying to get my Cubs to start with their uniforms: buttoning the shirt, tucking in the shirt, even just wearing the shirt. We have a ways to go, but Pride of Craft is definitely the end goal. They have to learn to take their time, though, and taking time doesn't seem to be valued, even when there is time to take.
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    How will you talk about girls troops and packs?

    The Pack leadership emailed everyone and advised Den Leaders to discuss it with their Dens. We were too busy having fun and learning important stuff. I never got around to it. I finally told my 7 soon to be 8 year old son girls will be joining next year. His reaction, as a typical little boy who thinks girls have cooties, was classic. I don't have to worry about him.
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    End of Year w/out Rank complete

    My pack leadership encourages 100% of the boys making ranks, but last year I had 3 TIgers that quit showing up for meetings, but never dropped, so I didn't put them in for their badge. This year I have wolves. Everybody has shown up for most of the meetings & I've plugged mini requirement opportunities in here and there or at least talked about them to plant the seed in their minds about service, the outdoors, etc. We worked together on a couple of electives, too. I'm satisfied that the requirements have been met in spirit, if not the letter, by all. We hand out beltloops at Pack meetings. I'd like to hand out beltloops myself, but if the Den doesn't do an elective together, it doesn't get done. Each year I have encouraged everyone to do an elective at home, and I ask at every meeting if anyone did. The past two years I've had exactly two Cubs work on one elective on their own, and one was my son. As always, it comes down to the parents. I plan a service project on a Saturday and nobody shows because they are all too busy with other (re: important) activities. A couple parents didn't even get a belt for their boys to wear the loops. Another wouldn't take their son to a camp, either day or overnight. You get the idea. I guess Pack leadership has to make it clear to parents that it's up to them to meet the requirements & keep the focus on the fun and camaraderie & away from the Holy Patch. We, the Pack provide X, Y & Z opportunities to complete adventures and if you miss that, you're on your own. How hard is it to take your boy for a walk on a nature trail, or go pick up trash at the park for a half hour? Heck, how hard is it just to tell the Den Leader "Yup, we did everything, give the boy his badge!" because even that qualifies! I never got a Wolf badge in the old days because I couldn't swim 25 yards and we weren't liars. I never expected to be handed the thing otherwise.
  11. In the interest of being friendly and courteous, I'll make a couple more points and then bow out of this discussion. I think there is an underlying hope that this change will generate donations, by getting us back into the United Way or gaining corporate sponsorships. This won't earn us forgiveness and funding for what others perceive as our past sins of being sexist girl haters, just like the homosexual accommodations led to nothing. Next God will have to go, then the militaristic uniforms, then the male oriented power structure and on and on... I hope I'm wrong, because the people leaving are taking their dues and fundraising skills with them and many of us staying won't be able to find our checkbooks when the annual FOS shakedown comes around. I doubt if we will make these up with new members. I plan to stick around and see how things develop. I owe my boys as Den Leader to give them a good program. When, not if, the Dens become co-ed I will reevaluate. Best wishes to everyone, whatever you choose to do.
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    Recruiting through Pinewood Derby

    We set up a Pinewood Derby track and have a few old cars to run at our spring school event. There are always some interested children, but we haven't gotten members doing it. I think you have a great idea! If you do it, please let us know how it turns out.
  13. Parents and society SHOULD teach the difference between boys and girls. It's pathetic that parents hasten to emasculate their sons like this.
  14. My point about the name BOY Scout is that as of yesterday, it died. The BSA spokesperson stated "There are no plans to change our name at this time." Really? They probably have to sell tons of BSA branded merchandise and books first, then print new edition handbooks with 50/50 girls and boys in the pictures. Again, what girl wants to tell her friends she's a BOY Scout??
  15. The problem today is there are not enough absolutes adhered to.
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