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  1. When to wear uniform

    Since this thread has been resurrected... This summer our district is holding Twilight Camp. (day camp at 5:30 - 9:00 pm). Its individual sign-up, we aren't doing it as a pack. I have a Tiger, it will be after May 31 so he will be a Wolf by then. My question is... If I am not staffing should I wear my uniform to that function or just go as a parent. Also, I have finally gotten real BSA green pants with the official belt, haven't bought the socks yet. I was quite (not sure what word to put here)... the other TIger DL showed up in jeans this afternoon which I was wearing as well up until last week. What really bothered me is the knees of his jeans were torn out. Really tacky looking.
  2. Advancement + Grade Level

    He has earned Tiger as of last Sunday. We found out half way through Kindergarten that he has a vision problem. So he is still kinda playing catch up, while everyone is moving forward. So the problems at school aren't transferring over to scouts. I never considered him repeating the Tiger year as someone suggested. I figured if he was not going to be able to advance to Wolf then he would just be finished all together. Not repeating Tiger and waiting a year to go on the Wolf track wouldn't work out either. I talked with our CC and he is telling me its based on age OR grade, so I don't think there is any reason he cant move on with the rest of the den.
  3. Advancement + Grade Level

    1) The boy in question is mine. 2) I am the DL. 3) We talked about holding him back in Kindergarten bet decided against it. I sent a message to his teacher tonight to see if its something to think about. So, its not a done deal yet.
  4. Advancement + Grade Level

    Say a boy needed to repeat the first grade. If he earned Tiger does he go ahead and work on Wolf with the rest of the den even though he is doing first grade again or is he effectively done with Cub Scouts since there is not really a way to catch up with a grade and age match?
  5. Old Uniform Display

    Well... everything is just as it was the last time I wore it. I don't want to take everything off. If I can get a nice presentation I might take it to a den meeting to show. My Boy Scout shirt is a different matter. It was not as nice of an experience as Cub Scouts. I think I will remove everything from it and pass the shirt down to my son when he is ready for the tan shirt.
  6. Wayback machine... 1983-ish

    I was in cub scouts during that era and my dad was cubmaster. My recollection is he NEVER wore a neckerchief and slide of any kind. He did wear a long sleeve shirt and necktie. This is a photo of me getting my Bobcat badge, and that is my dad (CM) holding me.
  7. Old Uniform Display

    In that case I might see if I can come up with another slide and place em on the wolf and bear neckerchief and polish up my Webelos slide for that neckerchief.
  8. Old Uniform Display

    I found a photo recently of the night I received my Bobcat badge (I was upside down) I was surprised to see the flag there instead of the shoulder, I just didn't remember that. I also have my dad's uniform from the 60's and there is no American flag at all.
  9. Old Uniform Display

    I was a Cub Scout in the early 80's having earned my Arrow of Light. Today I finally found my uniform in a box from storage. I washed it once and it doesn't smell as mousey and dirty as it did, :). I think I may want to try to frame it for display. Any ideas that present well? I have Wolf, Bear, and Webelos neckerchiefs. I for sure have a wolf slide and webelos slide, but I am not sure if there if there was a bear slide or not. None of my hats really did well in storage. So, I put the shirt in the frame, 3 neckerchiefs and slides, my belt, and maybe put all my camp patches in there as well. My shirt has all my rank badges, service stars, webelos colors (and pins), also have the plastic thing that the beads hung on.
  10. Practical Tiger Skills

    Shortly after the beginning of the new year the boys that have shown up to most if not all the meetings will make Tiger. Might have one or two that are short a belt loop by that point, but we have a camping trip planned in Feb. to make up much of that. It might not be a popular view, but I am not exactly enamored with some of the content for the elective loops. I would like to have a den meeting or two with something more practical for a Scout that of course is age appropriate. Things in our pack are changing from how they were done in the past. For instance, it has been discussed that each den will have its own chuck box and cook their own meals. I know that Tigers wont be cooking on a campout, but they will be able to observe the responsibility to provide the meal and not just come when its time to eat. So, what are some things we could work on to learn to be Boy Scouts some day? Personally I don't think things like making up a magic trick cuts it.
  11. Scouters With Anxiety?

    Today was the deadline so I went ahead enrolled for university of scouting in a few weeks. My CM knows I'm nuts, and there is another more experienced DL with anxiety issues. So, at least it's not my little secret within the organization. Anyway my CM just happens to be in my first class and we will have lunch at the same time. I have my emergency meds from previous flare ups so I may just take a small dose to calm me down enough to get through the morning. I feel like I should be fine after that. I walked in the Christmas parade this past weekend in spite of the weak legs. Once we got going and my mind was on keeping boys from straggling I was fine.
  12. Scouters With Anxiety?

    I am a Den Leader for Tigers. If I don't do it any everyone else does then I look like a jerk. Everyone else in the pack is saying how great it is and I should do it. CM was there, two experienced DLs were there as well as the other new Tiger DL.
  13. Scouters With Anxiety?

    During the recruitment meeting I kept saying in my head "don't look at me, don't look at me" when they were talking about adult volunteers. I have anxiety problems that seem to get worse when I am tired. Surprisingly I have almost no issue when I am up in front of the boys during den meeting, or not much of a problem. However, going to my first Roundtable last month was a different story. Had the wobbly legs when I got there and was worried I was going to have to sit down during the Pledge of Allegiance... they had Boy Scouts there describing each part of the Pledge as we went along. Worried about BALOO, Woodbadge, and other day long training where I cant just leave if I go into panic mode. I know it sounds weird, but... Any others, or do people like me just typically not volunteer for leadership positions?
  14. Equal Leaders?

    We have 19 signed up and one of those has already bailed for sure. I think we are only going to have 11 maybe 12 active. There are no Asst DLs. One guy that signed up asked in front of the whole group to the CM "if y'all are here anyway why don't you run the meeting?" (Whole pack has den meetings at the same time at the Scout Hut in different rooms,) Other Tiger Parent told us he would help if needed but "don't have time for this crap" of running den meetings. So it's the two of us and I will take the high road and make it work without causing trouble.
  15. Equal Leaders?

    First, some observation about "19 Tigers". It looks like there are 13 that have made advancement so far. There is one family decided not to continue and there are 5 others that no one has heard from or seen. I had 8 in my last Deem meeting, so I figure we are going be lucky if we can consistently have half remotely active. I was rather impressed I kept their attention and they remained engaged for almost the whole hour meeting. CM suggested I try to condense some things because I wont always get that lucky. I will update again after our next meeting this coming Sunday. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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