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dilrod last won the day on July 15 2017

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  1. dilrod

    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.
  5. 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.
  7. Parents and society SHOULD teach the difference between boys and girls. It's pathetic that parents hasten to emasculate their sons like this.
  8. 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??
  9. The problem today is there are not enough absolutes adhered to.
  10. Agreed, and for those who point out you can still keep an all-boy Pack or Troop, please tell me how long you think that will last and how much volunteer input will influence the next round of changes. It is indeed no longer BOY Scouts. No girl wants to be a BOY scout. Scouting USA, back after 40 years!
  11. I wonder how many of the people who asked for this change not already in leadership positions are willing to step up, train up, suit up and become registered leaders. Seen it too many times before in other volunteer work. People show up once, complain, we change, they don't come back anyway. My advice to CCs and CMs that if parents want to sign their girls up, tell them they must sign up as well. Only way to make lemonade out of these lemons, in my view.
  12. I actually have a twin sister that comes to my Den meetings. She's great, but not a Cub Scout. There are understood boundaries. Knowing my Pack leadership, they will jump the gun and integrate Dens. I'm not sure if I'm interested. I do this to develop boys. We do things boys like to do. If by chance my Den gets sent a couple girls next year, I'll have to think hard about continuing or finding something else for my son. Some may think of this as a shallow concern, but I'm afraid they'll ruin the uniforms. Probably come out with some unisex pullover.
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    Survey on girls just received

    My take on this whole issue is that no amount of change, accommodation or appeasement will position the BSA for growth and stability. There is nothing we can do that will earn the BSA forgiveness for what certain vocal outsiders perceive as our sins. They hate the BSA and want to see it out of business. We can allow girls, then others will say the uniforms are too military. We get rid of the uniforms and they say the power structure isn't inclusive enough. We fix that and they say we should drop God. We do that and oh well, nice try, but you guys are just damaged goods.
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    A letter from my SE

    I posted a couple of times regarding my Council pushing family scouting. Since they use "youth" twice in the first paragraph, I'd say you've figured it out. I also agree this is a discussion just to validate what they've already decided and to give the appearance of seeking stakeholder input. My wife does that once in a while with me.
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    Outside Magazine: Boy Scouts Should Allow Girls

    Skip, thank you for sharing these wonderful pics! Regarding the article, it's one more hatchet piece by a busybody. To his credit (if he's telling the truth), he's actually spent some time volunteering with us, but why not now? Perhaps he could shepherd us troglodytes into 2017, and get big dollar sponsors to fork over the cash to help make the changes happen! I try to tune out these smug troublemakers. They're the same people who show up for one meeting, look around, put their hands on their hips and announce "I don't see any female/black/handicapped/homosexual/whatever here!" Y'all must be sexist/racist/whateverist!!!" Then thankfully disappear. Examples: I met a Council level Scouter last year pushing "family (coed)" Cub Scouting. I told him I disagreed with it, but if the BSA made the change I'd follow orders. He said to me something to the effect of "Well, if we don't, there won't be any more Cub Scouting!" He then gave me a look like he was passing a kidney stone and marched away. Years ago I was a young VFW Post Commander. I listened to a veteran kvetch at the bar for an hour how we weren't doing this that & the other to help the vets. I offered him an opportunity to come and do just that. Never saw him again. Go stir someone else's pot, Mr. Heternormative.