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  1. A can of haggis, a blanket emblazoned with Justin Bieber's face, a pair of reindeer salt and pepper shakers, a crate of Ramen, a lava lamp....
  2. Hi all- I joined last week to gather collective wisdom about how things are done in the world of scouting in different councils. I'm a Cubmaster in my second year with a Webelos son and a Tiger son. My family was active in scouting- my mother was a cub den leader, brownie leader, and girl scout leader. Brother and sisters were scouts. So I'm continuing the tradition. Looking forward to lots of learning here. Appreciate being a part of the scouting family! -B
  3. We use Trooptrack and have invested a ton of time configuring it-everything from privileges, advancements, newsletters and member directory information. Wondering the same thing as BobWhiteVA. Also hoping they don't stop supporting Trooptrack automated advancement reporting to council through internet advancement. Hopefully they will just support Trooptrack reporting to Scoutbook instead.
  4. I'm not sure if anyone is still following this thread, but I talk with the CC/COR today. For those questioning my level of respect or loyalty- please stop. It's there and he knows that. Basically, I think he is attached to the very long continuous scouting history of this Troop and does not want to let the charter lapse and start back at zero. So he is working to covert the many leads he has received from council this year into real scouts, and also get a few of the older scouts to reengage with the Troop and breathe some life into it. He has many experienced scouters to act as leaders s
  5. Being one doesn't make you an expert in male development. Or often very knowledgeable about it. The time and distance change the memory into a personal story about who one is that the person can transfer onto others. That's really not fair- especially to the next generations that are growing up in a radically different world with differences in societal norms, expectations, technology, resources, and parenting philosophies. Good leaders think about these things and how to help boys developing today. There is plenty of collective and better learning out there than personal experience, w
  6. Well, that's a really good point. I've got a lot of camping experienced dads and moms but no shooting experienced dads or moms. Only three fishing experts-including a couple.
  7. Ah. Well maybe he was just keeping scouts that have moved on in the past on his roster.
  8. I didn't know that. I wonder how he managed that. Boys can be registered in more than one troop, right? Does that count toward the five?
  9. That makes sense. We teach what we know. There's definitely a gender disparity in those areas. Not for all, but many.
  10. Barry- I can see you took that differently than I intended. I'm being completely sincere here- honestly trying to understand. I read your answer and I guess it did go over my head because you referenced adults in general and changes in general, and an experience with one specific male leader? I've only been with the BSA for 3 years and a CM for 2. I was a scout and my brother an Eagle, but that's the sum and total of my experience. Help me out. Is Wood badge a new thing created by or for female leaders, or has it been altered by or for them (seriously honest naive question)? Are females
  11. None are staying except the CC/COR and a friend that will stepped in as temporary SM. There were two boys only for at least three years, no committee. No one really to stay. Parents of the crossing-over Webelos are going to be expected to fill those positions. So you can imagine this one the expressed parent concerns.
  12. We can't. So in that situation, it will be a moot point until next year, should they successfully recharter. However I think he is being creative in recruiting individual boys to become new scouts right now. I'll see if I can get details on his plan.
  13. @Eagledad These sound like problems with Wood Badge and new leaders not being well trained. Are you saying these are female leader specific problems?
  14. @ Col. Flagg So again, I hear your experience and recognize some people share it. That's all good, and it shapes your perspective and enriches the world to have these differences. My experience is different. I don't not run in the same circles you do. I get different answers than those given by your friends and family when I ask those questions. 'Girls' and 'guys' weekends just are not a thing in my world. People hang out with people and have people weekends.
  15. Interesting. I don't know, but unlikely- our CO is very hands off. The Council does know this troop is about to lose its charter. I was copied on emails to our DR about the CC/CORs plans to make a last effort to recruit and recharter. I am not sure about what other discussions are underway. I will ask that as well.
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