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    How to increase usage of Patrol Method

    Our new troop, after a short initial term of office for its first PL, just held an election for the new PL to take over beginning of the summer. Any scout who wanted to could put her name in as a candidate (no minimum rank requirments or any such thing). Then the troop (a single patrol) voted on who they wanted. I in no way tried to influence their choice of which scout was appropriate for the job. (Though I did use a preceeding week's scoutmaster minute to emphasize the importance of servant leadership.) Interesting to me was that the scouts who put their names forward as candidates were all scouts that I felt would be good candidates. And the scouts elected the girl that I personally thought was most ready to be Patrol Leader. This is just to say that if you let the scouts vote for their own leaders, they may very well make an extremely sensible choice.
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    How to increase usage of Patrol Method

    The troop leader guidebook (p 37) talks about the regular monthly PLC meeting. Also about "Patrol Leaders' Council Huddles" before each meeting and a brief PLC meeting at the end of each troop meeting. Our small new one-patrol troop has been holding an all-interested-troop-members-invited "PLC" meeting once a month for the scouts to plan the upcoming activities. Typically about half the scouts in the troop (including the PL/APL) attend. We have not been having the brief PLC meeting at the end of each troop meeting. However I am starting to feel that something of the sort is needed -- that is, remote means of communication (email, phone) between troop meetings are not quite enough. So, in your experience, especially in your small-troop experience: do you do these post-troop-meeting huddles? Whose attendance is critical? Whose attendance is optional?
  3. So that is a 3-lead 4-bight turk's head in leather (with each strand doubled). https://www.scoutshop.org/wood-badge-woggle-neckerchief-slide-2173.html But would a different turk's head knot (say 4-lead 5-bight ) be okay for scouts? in leather? in paracord? only if it is a color that looks very different from brown leather?
  4. I've got a scout who would like to talk her troop-mates into making turks-head woggles (and custom square larger neckechiefs) once they have a chance to get around to the issue of neckerchiefs. Are there some restrictions on what is allowed for scouts? (Like no leather or brown-leather-look-paracord?)
  5. After hearing what meals the girls had planned for our first overnight, the other mom and I decided to ask if they would be willing to cook enough so that we adults could eat as their guests rather than us two cooking separately. (If we had cooked for ourselves, we would not have put in as much effort and would not have eaten as well.) Of course, a couple of our girls already had a good bit of camp cooking experience, and a number had cooking-at-home experience.
  6. I'm glad that BSA is not mixing genders, because that would take away the leverage to force the girls to do what they don't naturally like to do. I guess it's the same with boys, but I don't have as much experience there. Also, sometimes girls will be hesitant about trying things, because they don't have the confidence that they are good at them (because indeed they are not good at them yet). If there are no over-confident boys around to jump in and do it first, then the girls realize that they need to step up and try -- which give them a chance to develop competence and the confidence that comes with competence.
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    Webelos AOL & Crossover

    First off, the more traditional approach is by birthday -- though the age used to be 12, not 11. And the promoting-by-age is not an LDS-only exception. The brand new Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls says, on the inside front cover Our troop knows of one girl (not a cub scout) planning to join as soon as she turns 11. Oddly enough, her mother was not aware of the age-instead-of-AOL grounds for joining scouts, even though the girl has two brothers who have gone through cub scouts.
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    Pioneering Campout

    when/where did BSA say things like this? and does BSA still say something like this?
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    Pioneering Campout

    It's not quite pioneering, but might fit with a pioneering themed campout: scouts make their dining fly using four scout staves, a poly tarp borrowed from someone's garage, some spare tent stakes, and some rope. Good practise on lashing and knots. (Two scout staves are lashed together with sheer lashing to make the front pole, similar for rear pole.) https://scoutmastercg.com/philmont-dining-fly-tarp/ Also fitting with a pioneering theme: no propane. Only cook over wood.
  10. Not so hard: 3 camping overnights, 3 local day hikes, and four other things: (help with scout recruiting night? do ILST? help with the spring cleanup at the CO? one more? ) And while the girl reaching 1st class has to do all of them, its not required to pick a day when the entire troop can go. Get half or more of your patrol and two willing adults (different ones for different activities) and you are all set. One overnight and two other Saturday mornings per month.
  11. It's not as though they did not know what the requirements were in advance. They could have had a plan mapped out even before 1 Feb. Here on scouter forum, we've had discussions of highly motivated scouts making fast progress, and discussions of questionable (biased-in-favor-of-girls) judging at camporees. But how many of the new girls troops are simply more ordinary? At three months in (1 May) my troop reached the point where 50% of the scouts had attained Scout rank. None is a tenderfoot, yet.
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    Unapologetically Exploiting GSUSA's Achilles' Heels

    We will want the report: will they join en masse? What we have seen around here in GSUSA is a huge attrition somewhere around 4th/5th/6th grade. The majority of the kids quit scouting, and only a small fraction fold into the local "older girl" troop for grades 6-12, after the troop they have been with since kindergarten disbands. I don't know how much is because the current Cadette/Senior/Ambassador program is unappealing, and how much is that the girls become interested in other activities. So if you get even 4 or 5 of this troop joining Scouts BSA, that is a good yield. Make sure they know they have the option of staying together as a patrol within your Scouts BSA troop. (The friend-group issue can be very important).
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    Unapologetically Exploiting GSUSA's Achilles' Heels

    Not the rules I've seen! Is it council specific? We took 2nd graders (platform)-tent camping. And we did not require the mothers of the girls to come along. My daisy co-leader did not want to camp, so our daisies did not camp. But I know of some who did backyard tent overnights for the daisies.
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    Unapologetically Exploiting GSUSA's Achilles' Heels

    A long generation back, troops (at least the ones I saw) did have institutional knowledge. While Brownie troops were only two grades (2nd-3rd), the older troops were three grades (Juniors 4th-6th, Cadettes 7th-9th, Seniors 10th-12th). When the daughter of a troop leader-mom moved up a level, her mom moved up a level also, typically becoming an assistant troop leader at the next level for a couple of years, before moving into the troop leader role her daughter's third year in the troop. This meant that troops were large, maybe 30+ girls, even at the Brownie stage. And there was not a troop committee supporting the troop, so the troop leaders had a lot of work divided between a few women doing the work. What has done in the model? Two things: 1) Women entered payed employment, and did not have the time for a very time-consuming volunteer job. Hence the tiny single-grade troops meeting infrequents, which we have now. 2) Kids are no longer expected to learn how to behave well in large groups. (The public schools no longer train them to do so.) So having 30 second, third, or fourth graders in a group, supervising by two or three moms, no longer works very well.
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    Unapologetically Exploiting GSUSA's Achilles' Heels

    I also have thought that the Junior-Girl-Scout to Scouts-BSA is a great logical procession. GSUSA's Brownie and Junior program, at least if run in a traditionalist sort of way, has one very appealing advantage over cub scouts: the emphasis on "girl led" in an elementary-school sort of way, where the girls are encouraged to begin making decisions and carrying them out. I could certainly see families wanting to do Brownies and Juniors, and then planning to cross over into Scouts BSA at the end of 5th grade. (It's almost what my daughter did, but she had to wait a little for Scouts BSA for girls to launch.) P.S. Last weekend, while out camping with a Scouts BSA girls troop, we had opportunity to watch cub scout pack camping in action. (The main path at the camp went right by their site). It was eye opening. The boys were all playing in the woods while the dads were breaking camp. Quite a contrast to what Brownie/Junior camping used to be -- a GS trainer explained it this way "I'm going to teach you how to camp with 20 little girls and have them do all the work."
  16. This is no longer recognizably the girl scout program in which I grew up. Scouts BSA is a great program, but there are things I will miss. The trefoil with the eagle, the scout handshake, Thinking Day, the Brownie Story, "twist me and turn me and show me the elf", flying-up, "three good turns", "a sister to every girl scout", and the songs, . . . .
  17. . . . and come September, we will remember our camping days and friendships true . . . . . . and as the years go by, I'll think of you and sigh . . . . . . we've made a promise to always keep, and we'll pray "softly falls" before we sleep. We'll be girl scouts together and when we're gone . . .
  18. I don't see it on page 26 of Volunteer Essentials. And this "Volunteer Action Guide" seems to be a new thing, separate from the Volunteer Essentials. Besides, that seems to be the Volunteer Essentials guide for Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. (Different councils have different versions of the Volunteer Essentials, and it is updated every year.)
  19. Actually @cocomax quotes from a council document, not a GSUSA document. I have seen very similar put out by other GS councils. But I have not located it on either the GSUSA web site, or on my local GS council's web site.
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    Tenting: 2 years apart

    I think that tent arrangments are an area where the differences between what girls collectively tend to like and what boys tend to like may show up. What I have seen (both when I was a kid, and also when I was a girl scout leader) is that girls would like their whole friend-group to be in one big tent. So, yes, pack six or seven girls into one of those big platform tents that the girl scout camps have -- and everyone is happy. Need to split a group of elementary-aged girls between two separate tents -- and all kinds of drama might break out. Fortunately, the Scouts BSA girls are a little more mature in their reactions than the younger ones.
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    Tenting: 2 years apart

    I find it inconsistent that there is no two-year-apart-max for cabins while there is for tents . . . no matter how small the cabin and no matter how large the tent. A cabin that sleeps 4 does not seem all that much different from 4 in a large tent. It would be nice if the acceptible age range were a little larger if there were multiple girls in the tent.
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    Tenting: 2 years apart

    I was thinking of the odd-man-out (odd-girl-out?) being in a tent by herself -- not necessarily a one-person-tent. Since the tents that available for us to borrow seem to be 2-person, 3-person, and 4+-person tents.
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    Tenting: 2 years apart

    The scouts can do the math, and figure out how far apart they are in age, and who they can tent with. It's not rocket science. An old non-boy-scout rule for girls is "safety-in-numbers". I'd much rather not have girls tenting by themselves.
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    GS Gold vs BS Eagle

    That document does not say that a girl must participate in the cookie sale to earn gold award. The requirment is that participation in both the cookie sale and the fall product sale is required in order to do any other money earning acitivities: This is encouraging the scouts to do the sales to "be prepared" "in the event that they need raise additional funds towards their Gold Award Project". It is not requiring them to do so.
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    GS Gold vs BS Eagle

    I've never heard that having been a Cadette was prereq for Gold. There is an alternative to have earned Silver -- doing an extra Journey instead. I've never heard that participation in Fall Product Sale and Cookie sale is a requirement. Where are you getting these from? Are they specific to your council?
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