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  1. Cubmaster Pete

    Patrol Method - Best Practices

    KOA has a scout program, $5 per person a night.
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    Multiple Bobcat Ceremonies

    We have had out Bobcat Ceremony for the year in the beginning of October. We do the face paint one. We had new scouts join since then, and they have earned their Bobcat. Would you hold the ceremony again (for one or 2 scouts) or just award them the badge?
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    Multiple Bobcat Ceremonies

    We have been toying with the idea of doing belt loops and pins at den meetings and only doing rank at pack events, so I think we will go that route. It doesn't take a lot of time to do it, and the kids and families enjoy it. I hear what you mean about the face paint, so maybe I will find something different to do. Thanks for all the replies.
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    Multiple Bobcat Ceremonies

    What I don't want is one parent saying "Why didn't you do that for my kid" when unfortunately I don't have time to do it....
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    Canvas Dining Fly

    Are they still available? The old green ones with the BSA emblem on them? Or something similar.....
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    Class B Question

    Why not use a neat logo with "Anytown Scouts" on it? Use the BSA logo and that would cover both the pack and troop and use the number...
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    Fees? What are packs charging?

    We do $75 a year flat rate. If we do activities outside of a pack meeting that's an additional cost (sleepover at a museum, monster truck show, etc) Nobody has ever balked at the cost. I run a used uniform package to keep costs down so it's about $36 for a shirt with all patches and a belt, rather than $60 retail. We don't require a hat.
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    Scout Talks

    Look at you, lol. Got sucked in! Good luck, I love doing scout talks!
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    New Wolf Neckerchief /hats now what?

    We are doing yellow and will for the forseeable future. Who cares if they went to red, do what you can do to be cost effective.
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    Tigers Can No Longer Shoot BB Guns.

    "Age Appropriate Guidelines" Is a guideline a rule? See "The pirates code is more like guidelines than actual rules" - Capt. Barbossa
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    Tigers Can No Longer Shoot BB Guns.

    Wow. So they can go to summer camp, but not shoot. Unreal.
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    Would you say anything

    My guess is, if you made a YPT report to the council, something will happen. The SE would have to act. What the outcome will be is anyones guess.
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    Scout camping near EAA Airventure/Oshkosh

    Are you looking for a scout camp nearby? Most of them would be participating in summer camp activities and would not be able to have space for you. Explorer Posts and Venturing Crews volunteer at the show, and they should fall under YPT regarding the showering questions (I do not know exactly) It appears they have their own camp they occupy during the show so that may solve the separate facility issue. I do not know if they could accommodate you or not but worth a shot. http://www.aviationexplorerbase.org/
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    Been reading this thread for awhile, will pipe up now... I work for a railroad, and we have rules upon rules, they contradict each other, make it impossible to do your job. Make you angry even. In the end, we end up breaking some of them anyways just to get stuff accomplished. This seems like a similar situation.....
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    Family Scouting

    I think i got it but have to watched it yet. Can you elaborate whats different, or provide a link?
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    Teaching Basic Compass Skills

    Seems to be some YPT violations here...
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    Amtrak ending Southwest Chief through service?

    I used to work for Amtrak, and it has always been the under funded barely-making-it-by railroad. Especially the long distance routes outside the Northeast that seem to always be in the red. That being said, I am confident that something can be worked out. BNSF does not operate freight trains over that portion of track, only operating it for Amtrak out of the "goodness of their heart" and because they were obligated to do so. Some state money will probably come into play to keep it open.
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    Suspected Bullying, wwyd?

    Oh it happens. Seen it as both a scout and a scouter. I'm not saying this is the case in your situation, but do not rule out intimidation as a reason why he was elected....
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    Suspected Bullying, wwyd?

    YPT states that you have to take it at Face Value. So have any kids reported it, at any time? YPT also states that something must be done, and if you have parents (even if one said something, they all know) then there is an issue that needs to be dealt with NOW. Nobody wants to be accused of doing nothing about correcting a problem. If the CC, SM, this scout and his father sat down and had a neutral conversation (Have you seen anything, do you know of anyone, etc...) maybe that would work better than accusing him of bullying, given lack of evidence. Or, get the whole troop together and have a conversation about it. Then he will know that troop leadership is watching behavior, and it may stop. If nothing is done, he may see this as a free pass to continue.
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    Sloooooow advancement

    He is doing fine. No real shock there, and if he enjoys scouts and is having fun, that's all you really want. I turned in all my Eagle paperwork and had my EBOR just a week before my 18th birthday. It's not because I was unmotivated, I was just having too much fun and enjoying scouting in the interim. Each scout chooses his own path.....
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    Denied a court of honor.

    Someone at the district level or council level does not deny an ECOH. They have nothing to do with them. The issue is at your troop level. Your SM is lying to you, plain and simple. And if he told you why HE is denying the troop the be involved he or someone at your unit is at fault.
  22. Anyone have a tip on a good product or homemade mix to seal up an old Eureka canvas tent?
  23. Does anyone use this? If so, does it seem to work ok, or are most doing paper ones? Also, anyone use the Invitation Manager on my.scouting? Any success there.....
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    Online VS Paper Applications

    ok, so i have 2 in "pending unit email" how can i move them to "completed"?
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    How does your unit stay "thrifty"

    How do you keep costs down in your unit? Other than fundraising, how are you good stewards of the money you do have? We do several things. For new families, we offer a used uniform program. This year, we kept the cost at $30. It included all insignia, belt and shirt. New this cost would have been just under $60 brand new. In years past I was able to offer neckers too, not this time around though. Also, we purchase a uniform (used) for all den leaders. This saves the den leader money from their own pocket. During neckercheif ceremonies, I use donated or used neckers. What about you?