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  1. Summitdog

    Hornaday Award????

    Does anyone know if once a scout earns a Bronze Medal may they reapply for the Silver Medal after completing another project?
  2. Summitdog

    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
  3. Summitdog

    Rank Requirements Sign-Off

    Samuel, The handbook may be signed off by a scout ranked first class or higher or by a scouter. Scotty
  4. Summitdog

    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
  6. Summitdog

    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.
  8. Summitdog

    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
  9. Is there a policy or recommendation of scouts to merit badge counselor ratio? If so, could you please direct me to where I can find it? Thanks, Scotty
  10. Summitdog

    dyslexic scout

    that is great information. I did not know that. Thank you very much. Additional problems with Learning Ally is that the books are "old versions" as BSA regularly updates the requirements and produces new handbooks. We ran into that problem last week when I numbered the blue card requirements as listed in the handbook I just purchased from the local BSA store only to find out it, too, was out of date. Thank you again for the information, Scotty
  11. The elephant in the room is the detrimental reliance the troop, vendors and participants have based upon the agreement(s) and promises made by the school. It is great that the football team made it to where they are. That does not give the school the right to damage others in the preparation to move forward with the goal of the state championship. Noteworthy is that other sports teams were going to bump the troop from the gym too. It appears to be all academic bc the event has been cancelled.
  12. Summitdog

    Cyber Chip Sign off

    AVTech, the number of events available really depends on the troop and council. My son's troop/council regularly has events, e.g., flag planting on memorial day at a National Cemetery, food drives, visiting veterans at VA hospital on Veterans day, trail to first class overnights, so getting those events would not be a problem, if the scout is motivated. Scotty
  13. I completely get that. There will likely not be another location at the facility that will be appropriate. Because it is a public facility, there are surely rules and regulations governing the use of the facilities. An assertive letter from an attorney noting the anticipated losses from the troop and vendors because of the administrations disregard for the policies in place may get the administration's attention. Scotty
  14. Did someone at the troop level drop the ball by not communicating with the school after the offer for other options?? It appears the school realizes the inconvenience but is trying to make accommodations. Scotty
  15. Summitdog

    Greetings from Omaha

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