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Cubmaster Pete

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  1. Streamlined Cub Scout Adventure Plans

    Exactly what I was looking for, thank you! We do weekend den meetings, as that's when myself and other leaders are available. So these work great.
  2. The Joy of a Used Uniform Item

    It may not be me wearing them, but my boys are wearing my Cub scout neckers and my webelos colors from when i was a kid.
  3. Veteran Unit

    Our unit (pack) was first chartered in 1945. I undersdtand that as far as the BSA is concerned, we are only as old as when the charted last lapsed and the unit was rechartered. So my question is, can I get a veteran unit customized number patch for dating back to 1945, and just ignore any lapses in the charter?
  4. Would you wear unique council patches?

    I would wear the "fun" ones. Everyone has the standard CSP, why not wear the unique ones?
  5. Hello from Wisconsin!

    Yay! Another scouter from Wisconsin!
  6. 1. We don't sell popcorn (unit), so that always makes me happy! 2. Last year took 5 kids to CS Resident Camp, this year taking 11!
  7. 3 night Cub Scout Resident Camp
  8. Just got word that our council summer camp sign up has been pushed back to revamp the registration to accommodate girls at Camp in the 2018 season which starts June 1. So my council has recognized June 1 as the start date per their email.
  9. Recruitment Night Woes

    We do all the right things, I think. Flyers at school, boy talks, then a Recruitment Night Event. Got 2 parents to show. One Tiger and One Lion. The tiger I am not worried about, its the Lion. Already have a den full of Tigers, not a big deal. But not being able have at least 2 more Lions is an issue. What are some ideas on what you do to increase join night attendance? We are a small pack but very strong, great parent involvement.
  10. Girls in Cub Scouts - Actions taken to date

    I plan to be honest with parents on join night next fall, and let them know "This is only a success with your involvement, if you don't help, this wont work." I do not think it will be an issue at the Lion or Tiger level, but for any girl who joins above that. I have a small pack, and generally we do not have mixed den mtgs. I plan to keep it that way, no matter if I have girls or not.
  11. Girls in Cub Scouts - Actions taken to date

    I didn't clarify, but that was my intent. Thanks for bringing that up
  12. Burnt Out

    Gotta walk away sometimes. I got burned out just before summer this past year. I had to take a breather and let some other people do things for a change. It worked, and you know what, that stuff ran just fine without me. I think it's a control thing, at least for me. We have spent the last 2 years building our pack up from utter collapse and I was afraid it I was not there for EVERYTHING it would happen. At the time I was the only one with scouting experience so everyone turned to me for how to run things. It was overwhelming. But now I have good adults that want to help, and are in it for the long term. I have said no to things I have wanted to do (camporee, district stuff, Woodbadge, etc) because I want to focus on my unit.
  13. Girls in Cub Scouts - Actions taken to date

    What does everyone else say about discussing with other packs? As mentioned earlier, there are 3 packs in our town. Long story short we are smaller because of school redistricting, and the former school we drew from closed 10 years ago or so, but we are building back and I have decent parent involvement. All my parents knew this was coming. So we have some room to grow and already have interest from some girls. So if one of them stayed boy only, I would take girls. Permitted that I would have parent involvement to run the dens. I think a lot the negative comments have been from the mistrust from National, rather than the girls being admitted. Not 100%, but some of it.
  14. Girls in Cub Scouts - Actions taken to date

    No they do not. There are 3 packs and 3 troops that draw from an area of about 10,000 ppl. I have only heard of one GS troop in the same area. There is also 4H (surrounding area around town is pretty rural)
  15. Girls in Cub Scouts - Actions taken to date

    The thread was about what actions have been taken to date, so let's all move on..... My parents have all known for the last year this may happen. I have been very honest with them. They are not fazed or running off, at least not yet. We have set no meetings about it, and it's business as usual. This month we will have a q and a about it, and I have discussed this with the troop we feed into. CC and we agreed that we need to meet with our CO. We don't expect much dissent from them.
  16. Boy Dens - Girl Dens

    Agreed. Change is scary, and I see both sides of this issue. I think most of the negativity is because its human nature to resist change, and thats ok. There will be those who refuse to change, and with a local option they can go that route. Some will decide to leave. So be it. Thanks for your input Snow. Glad to see one who is making it work with good results.
  17. I am the Committee and Cubmaster

    I was in this same spot a year ago. Was no real committee, except on paper,. CM was in name only, treasurer was running the pack, etc..... I recruited adults, aggressively. And it worked! Give them a general overview, that you need help at a committee level. Explain that this is NOT a leadership (Den Leader, ACM, etc) type position. Let prospective members know that it is help making decisions you need, and not being a den leader. I had much more success going that route. Then specific tasks come later. We have a small pack, and sometimes have to wear a lot of hats. But we make it work.
  18. Recruitment Night Woes

    Something to try, thanks! Does anyone do boy talks in the classroom?
  19. The issue with girls in Scouting

    What changes do you think will need to be made? I hear a lot of this "changing the program" but I never hear anyone say what they think that will be? Like specifics.... (btw I do not want any changes at all to the program, we we are I agreement there) GSUSA does not want to change, and they won't. So many say that they should, but that's a dead end.
  20. Cub Scout Show Event

    My pack is toying with the idea of having a Cub Scout Event, to show off what we do, and use as recruitment. We would do this directly after school one afternoon. Any experiences with this? Does it work, not work? It is better this way than with a separate event at another time, or on the weekend?
  21. Uniform Exchange

    Those of you that have one, how do you run it? Do you rely on donations only, or do you purchase used uniform parts from various sources (eBay, craigslist, thrift stores) and either sell back to scouts at low cost or give away? And what do you try to accomplish with an exchange? Just that every boy has a shirt, or that every boy can afford a FULL uniform (shirt, pants, hat, etc...)
  22. Boys "Eagle Out" of troop

    Was having a light discussion with a few of my packs adult leaders, whom also have boys in the troop. One of them said something to the effect of "Yeah, John 'eagled out' of the troop so he is not involved much anymore" This kid is 15. Most the Eagles in the troop my pack feeds into are around 15, and they "eagle out". Has anyone heard this term used before? My gosh, getting your Eagle and leaving the program, when there is so much more to experience is, well, a tad disturbing to me. This particular dad used the same term when we were giving our report to our CO. Please tell me this is not the norm, that when boys get to this point they want, or are told, that the program is over for them. I got my Eagle just before I turned 18. I was extremely busy with OA Exec Comm, Camp Staff, Troop Stuff, Philmont etc.... I had continued to work on it of course, just was having way too much fun doing other things. I could not imagine getting mine at 15 and being done.
  23. This spring our pack decided to produce our own recruitment flyers. When council heard this, my DE told us that units are not allowed to produce their own flyers and we need to use the ones national provides due to "Branding Issues" Is this true, and if it is can anyone provide documentation?
  24. Do they still exist? Can I start one and thumb my nose at the council, and do my own thing? Looking for something for my girls to do, and maybe have meetings concurrently with a cub scout pack meeting. I have some other interested parents who might be game. Is it possible?
  25. The committee and I have decided we will move forward with starting a FG troop to run concurrent with our CS Pack. We have several families within the pack that have girls that want to be included in a more official capacity, as well as interest from outside families that only have girls. Basically, the girls would participate in the CS program with NO changes to the CS program. FG is very flexible with requirements, so far as to accept BSA ones over their own. Lets say the Tigers are getting their "Rolling Tigers" adventure. The girls would do the same requirements, and get the "Bicycling" badge from FG. The girls would not be getting a Tiger or Wolf or Bear rank badge, but the equivalent advancement through FG. The girls would be registered as FG, and there would be no mixing of finances between the two units, as they would be run separate. They would even have separate chartered organizations, which works for us and both org's have no issue with this. All we are doing is meeting together, pooling recources, and serving the entire family in our area. The troop that we share a CO with is receptive at this time, and while we do not have any prospective girls older than 5 yrs old right now, that would be a minor stumbling block if we get that far. Council and District thought it was a great idea, so we have their ok on it. What are your thoughts? Potential problems, etc....? Getting into something new here.... not quite coed scouting but close. I don't want to water down the Cub Scout experience for the boys, but I don't think that will happen. Just want to serve all the youth in our area. We are a small rural pack/troop.