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    Just learning about scouts.

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  1. The question came up because my youngest son is in cub scouts and is working on his Parvuli Dei. Naturally, a little sibling rivalry came into play.
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    dyslexic scout

    Thanks everyone for your responses. I did not know about the Adobe function that allows Stephen Hawking read to my son. Scotty
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    National Medal for Outdoor Achievement

    Wow! That is quite the achievement.
  4. My son is a boy scout who is entering the sixth grade, has not started/completed the Parvuli Dei. The rub is my son is 11 years old and a scout. From my reading, he is not eligible for the emblem. Additionally, because he has not completed the 6th grade and he is not 13 years old he may not work towards the Ad Altare Dei emblem. So as it stands, he is just in a holding pattern for a couple of years. Does everyone agree? Scotty
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    dyslexic scout

    I'd love to learn more about this procedure. I have Adobe Acrobat Pro (older version) but I don't see a audible reader function. Is it on a new version? Are you having some Google function read the PDF? If we can do that, it would be very helpful. (a quick cursory search I found voice dream reader. Is this what you are using? : https://apps.apple.com/us/app/voice-dream-reader/id496177674 If your son wants to read the various pamphlets and upload them onto the troop website in a downloadable format that could be very helpful for scouts outside of his troop. I know I would ask for access and promote it to other parents with children with reading difficulties. Thanks for the suggestion. I hope to find something that works better than what we currently have. Scotty
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    12-Year Old Earns Eagle

    Congratulations to this young scout. It reads like he is very motivated to stay in the scouts even after meeting his initial goal of making Eagle. Where I am located, most scouts are less motivated to make eagle for the sake of making eagle and only finish eagle in order to "check the box" on their college application. Their motivation is not wrong, just different. Scotty
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    dyslexic scout

    Goldnloks, I agree that Learning Ally does not have the latest versions of the MB pamphlets nor all of the books. I believe that this is largely the responsibility of BSA as there are copyright licenses that need to be addressed. While Learning Ally is not a perfect solution, or the best imaginable, it is the best I can find. Goldnloks, do you have an alternative recommendation? Scotty
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    Hornaday Award????

    Does anyone know if once a scout earns a Bronze Medal may they reapply for the Silver Medal after completing another project?
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    Anyone want to read a draft of my article?

    Karen, If you have not already submitted your paper, here are a few notes: I PLEASE DO: - find out if the scout/family wants the scout to advocate for themselves - be as discreet as possible when accommodating the difference (but not in such a way that the scout believes they should be ashamed) Please DON’T: -- blame poor parenting / home life / single mom (Single Parent) You may wish to address what is probably one of the most common situation a leader will encounter, a child with untreated ADHD. Some parents either do not recognize that the scout may have ADHD or have chosen not to use conventional treatment (medication) to address the issue. It is important for the leader(s) to know how best to approach the parent in a disarming manner to at least begin the conversation. A leader may also have stress balls or fidget spinners to help the scout from being disruptive during the meeting. Scotty
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    Rank Requirements Sign-Off

    Samuel, The handbook may be signed off by a scout ranked first class or higher or by a scouter. Scotty
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    Webelos Dad wants a fast track for scout

    My son got motivated to arrow out early after he saw a boy in his old pack arrow out. (It was a case of negative emotion turned positive. The other boy always picked on my son and when my son saw him arrow out on time my son decided he could to it too.) In short, my son was 10.5 yrs old, been with the scouts for more than 6 months (since first grade) AND completed all of the AOL requirements. His troop has embraced him despite being young. (It is important to find the right troop too). He has about 1 year in with his troop and he already has 11 nights of camping and loves it. The moral of the story is: It should be the scout's decision, not the parent's. Scotty
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    2019 World Jamboree

    I intended to be a shooting sports instructor for a week but BSA requires all volunteers to commit to the full two weeks, which I cannot do. (That seems pretty demanding from volunteers). It is my understanding that there is a shortage of shooting sport instructors too. I am certified as a Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol instructor and a certified Range Safety Officer so I could fill in where necessary. I just hope that scouts will not miss out on shooting sports opportunities because of lack of staffing. Scotty
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    Shooting Sports in Scouting’s Program

    In the San Francisco Bay Area, the councils are very active in giving scouts the opportunity to work towards their shooting sports badge(s). As a certified CA Hunter Safety Instructor, a BSA Merit Badge Counselor for rifle, shotgun and pistol (Venture), I have been developing a two day Hunter Safety Course for scouts that will allow them to be signed off on the Rifle Merit Badge and receive partial for Fish and Wildlife Management. My local council was initially not very receptive to the idea but there may be some appreciation for it developing. Scotty
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    Scout to Merit Badge Counselor Ratio

    My son picked up his blue card at the last meeting before the Xmas break. It was, to say the least, a bit busy and the SM didn't really get into the particulars about an out of council workshop.
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    Scout to Merit Badge Counselor Ratio

    Thank you for the input and insight. The impetus for my question is that my son, who has profound dyslexia, participated in an eight hour Environmental Science Merit Badge workshop. The online registration process did not allow for any notes about a scout's dietary restrictions, medical issues, or special needs. The workshop consisted of 16 scouts and one scouter (MBC). The format of the workshop was lecture, extensive note taking and "filling in the blanks" of the ES merit badge worksheet (which was required even though the worksheet itself says it cannot be used as a requirement). My son told the instructor of his learning difference, which he said he would do what he could, and then continued with the program of note taking. At the end, the MB counselor made my son wait until he had every other scout signed off and then started to ask my son questions from his empty worksheet. Realizing that the process was going to take longer than he wanted, he abruptly ended the questions, told my son go back to his council, do it there, and refused to sign off on requirements. It seemed to me that the council was ill-prepared for the workshop and put the MBC in a very difficult situation without the skillset to handle it. Scotty