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  1. Let me say that Scouter.com is an awesome resource for information for Scouters. I read it daily and recommend it to my leadership. I have started the Facebook group to reach a different audience that prefers to operate in the social media world. Please join me to assist those who don't actively seeking information outside of Facebook. SM Danny
  2. I have started a Facebook group for "Scout Leadership Tips, Support, and Advice". Please consider joining, participating, and inviting your scout contacts. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Scouttips/
  3. Your friends are going rag on you no matter what you do. But I suspect if you show up in support of veterans and especially Gold Star parents, your friends will be impressed. Will they still tease you about it. Yep. But lets face it, they know it is an honorable thing you are doing. Just be ready with a response like "I didn't wear the uniform to impress you, I wore it to honor them" and of course, in extreme circumstances, add something like "and your girlfriend thinks I look good in uniform". In all seriousness, it sounds like the underlying issue may be your own pride as a Scout.
  4. I struggled with this exact scenario when I was a Den Leader. It frustrated me for years. I feel your pain. That being said, do what you want. Let him do what he wants. There is plenty of work to go around. Just try to frame it in your mind that he is "being helpful". In reality, at some point one or both of you will get less enthusiastic and appreciate the other one taking the load. It does get worse. Wait till you send out detailed instructions and he sends out conflicting instructions. Then the parents get mad at both of you. With 19 Tigers, you may want to consider not
  5. The short answer is that it is at the discretion of the MBC. SM has no say. Here is an official answer for BSA: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/04/30/ask-expert-mbs/
  6. I would suggest that you encourage the youth (and parent) to start weekly swim lessons and continue them until he can confidently pass the Second and First Class Swim requirements. Those classes could save his life.
  7. First, this becomes an issue with many older youth as well as adults. Young scouts are often bouncing off the walls and don't focus to get the work done. I would suggest you guide him to be patient with the younger scouts and not punish him or the group for faults of those in his Patrol. But this also means that the adults learn to be patient as well, a trait that took many of us a while to acquire. If he is old enough, I would also suggest that you get him involved in activities where he can spend time with older Scouts, like Venturing and OA. Being around mature youth may give him a
  8. Fly Like and Eagle to BrownSea, Fly Like and Eagle, Let Gilwell Carry Me
  9. The first patrol in our newly formed Troop.......Atomic Axolotls I still can't spell it. Luckily, when the Patrol split into two groups, they went with Predators and Storm Troopers.
  10. As a BALOO trainer, I can say that I felt the old course was not interesting and did not prepare a leader for taking a large group of scouts for an overnight. I haven't fully read the new syllabus, but I am looking forward to an updated experience.
  11. Thanks for the great comments. Just a clarification. This is not for youth tents, but for adult parent and leader tents. Keep the ideas coming, I am writing the script tonight and will hopefully tape on Monday. Danny
  12. As most of you know, I am trying to create a series of 5-minute "Scoutmaster Danny" videos for youth and adult scout leaders. Several of you on this forum have provided feedback on my completed videos, which I have used in improving new videos. You have come up with great ideas. Unfortunately, I can't modify existing videos using the feedback. So for my next video, I thought I would ask for input before I write the script. My ultimate goal is to create videos on topics that Scout leaders around the world will find interesting, useful and accurate. I would like to ask the scouter.com
  13. Each year, our Boy Scout Troop volunteers at 3 Webelos events. We have created "station kits", which we reuse. Typically, groups of 12 Webelos will work with 2 Boy Scouts at each station for 18 minutes. Our Troop has garnered a grand reputation for these stations as they are typically very interactive and very fun. Station examples: Compass Challenge Course, Giant Jenga Battle, Nerf Shooting Gallery, Ham Radio, Human Solar System Model, and Mentos/Diet Soda. Here is where I need some assistance. One of our stations uses the LED Snap Circuit Kits to make series and parallel circuits.
  14. Thats awesome! It probably outperforms the modern stoves.
  15. The Camp Chef Rainer is nice as well. I have owned one in the past. At 10K BTU, It is good if you are not trying to boil large pots of water or trying to cook on low temps. It is about $100. But I will say the Jetboil is only $170. I assure you, it is worth every penny of the extra $70. The benefit isn't in the speed of boiling, it is the ability to simmer and cook at low temperatures with extreme control. For the youth, it allows them to cook eggs, pancakes, and similar items without burning them. I personally cook for the adults at our campouts 10+ times a year. I use whatever
  16. I haven't tried the lotion. But I am learning they are much more effective for skin application. The spray is your only option for on-site clothing application. For summer camp, I am going to try Sawyer's Ultra 30 lotion with permethrin coated clothing. I am going to take some Picaridin too. As an update, 3M did write me back and ask me for application details, timeframes, location, and UPC/Lot numbers. I was surprised to even hear from them at all. Danny
  17. So, here is an update. 3M's Ultrathon spray failed miserably at Janes Island State Park in Maryland, USA this weekend. I was a mosquito buffet. At the suggestion above, I have also been researching Picaridin, which would have heavily helped with black flies this weekend. I'll try some new products and make an updated video in the Fall. If you have ideas for that video, please let me now.
  18. Sorry I took so long to respond, I was camping/canoeing/fishing with the Troop this weekend. I know the Jetboil is relatively expensive ($180 for the stove) compared to the Everest ($99), but it is so much better in so many ways that the extra cost is well worth it. I agree that I typically don't like special pots. You can just buy the stove and use regular pots. But I like the kit because it all packs together and takes up a third of the room in the chuck box. I should have included the price in the video. I actually edited it out at the last second, because the price of the Gene
  19. As part of my "Scoutmaster Danny" videos, I reviewed three modern 2-burner base camp stoves that we purchased for our Troop. While all of them have 2 burners and run on propane, there are significant differences in design and performance. Stoves Reviewed: Jet Boil Genesis - by far our favorite Coleman Gladiator Camp Chef Everest Video Review is at: https://youtu.be/Zg43CM9I9iQ (Subscribe to be notified of future Scoutmaster Danny videos) If you enjoy this type of video, Follow my Scoutmaster Danny Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MDScoutDanny/ Or on Twitter at:
  20. CalicoPennCalicoPenn, Col. Flagg,All great points. Oddly enough, I just got some Feedback for teaching BALOO where it said, "Don't assume people know the basics". Apparently, I didn't learn my lesson. Thanks for the feedback, I will use it to improve the next videos. Danny
  21. As part of a Woodbadge ticket, I am creating a series of videos on scouting. The latest video is about modern mosquito and tick repellents like DEET, Encapsulated DEET (Ultrathon or Ultra 30), and Permethrin. Please take a look. I honestly would like your feedback. https://youtu.be/toaBXhTlTLA
  22. An often overlooked resource for Webelos and Troops is the EAA's Young Eagle project. At local airports around the United States, youth 8-17 years old can get a free 20 minute airplane tour. They are used to working with Scout Troops, so they can assist you with paperwork. There are no strings attached. As part of a Woodbadge ticket, I produced a short "Scout Danny" video on the subject, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r7tl3lU3Eo Thanks, Danny
  23. I just wanted to again say thank you for all the feedback. I am getting ready to tape video 3, and I am definitely using some of your suggestions. Danny
  24. Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. I plan to make a bunch of these videos, so all the advice is very much appreciated. Danny
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