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  1. I'm fairly new to all this and unsure about requirement fulfillment for first aid. The first aid rank requirements use the word 'show'. So, like, show first aid for nosebleed, pretty straight forward, each Scout can do that. For another example, Scouting.org says this of venomous snakebite: Immobilize the injured part of the body. Gently wash the bite with soap and water. Seek medical care immediately! Carry the victim out, if possible, because their reduced activity may slow the spread of the venom. Okay so do you have the Scouts wash an ankle or something then practice carrying a
  2. Yeah thats what we did. You have to have a Pro account and you have to turn on the feature before the meeting. And yeah it takes practice.
  3. Regarding zoombombing, I found it necessary to remove some permissions for my own Scouts. The one fellow was sharing his screen, trying to do his Cyberchip presentation to the troop, and the other guys were drawing on his presentation (the Annotate feature).That quiet guy was the worst 🤨 Also that guy was sharing his screen, kept popping up a picture of a video game character. It wasn't real bad but he could have shown anything. I gotta talk to that Scout.😠 Zoom has a great feature called Breakout Rooms, perfect for patrols, works well although I need practice. I sent the guys off to thei
  4. They're 13 and 14yo's and capable and competent to do this hike. If we quit Scouting and went to that state park with those same buddies, I would not hesitate to send them on that hike while me and the other dads stayed in camp. When I was that age we got on our bikes and were gone for the afternoon. uhg sorry this makes me frustrated.
  5. I saw a post here where a person was saying, if the situation was right, the adults could stay in camp while the Scouts are on a hike. We have an outing this year that would be perfect for this. We have a group campsite next to a lake. There is a trail around the lake, 4 miles, flat hiking. No road, just trail, nice woods. I was hoping to stay in camp while patrol A goes clockwise and patrol B goes counterclockwise. I intend to have a PLC that morning to review the map, and then send them with walkie talkies. Then pour a cup of coffee and read the paper. Thoughts?
  6. Related, we now have patrol corners during every troop meeting. At the last one the Scouts in one patrol decided to have a sleepover at one of the guys house. He asked his mom and dad, they will both be home, but neither are registered. They're just regular parents. Obviously no other adults, like me, will be there. I didn't block it at the time. I'm more of a 'go for it, that sounds cool' kind of guy. But now I realize I should have blocked it. I'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes. It was their idea. They were on the far side of the room, no adults could hear what they were say
  7. I want to learn what Scouting looks like outside my little corner of it. I have a question about where Scouts meet. Couple examples. I went to the Scoutmaster training at the recent Council training conference. The man teaching the class was a Scoutmaster for ten years, retired now, seemed like a great guy. During the class he stated while he was SM, the Scouts would visit his house (with a parent) for Scoutmaster conferences. Is this okay and normal and happens all the time, or is this not okay? Do your Scouts ever have a PLC at a Scouts house? (yes two-deep. Can I leave this acknow
  8. We have two patrols. One has four active guys, the other has eight active guys. The smaller patrol rocks the skills and always wins the inter-patrol competitions. The other patrol struggles. They are all roughly the same age. There is a lot surrounding this - history - that I will leave out for brevity. The part I want to get to is this. In the larger patrol, there are three fellows that have learning disabilities. One fellow its fairly severe. He can walk and go to the bathroom and clothe himself, and he can feed himself, although he needs to be reminded to go to the bathroom and eat. He
  9. I've been told twice recently in my troop that Scoutmasters are disallowed from being merit badge counselors. I think these adults mean well but are mistaken. There could certainly be an argument to made against the practice but in fact I bet it happens all the time, like, constantly. “For example, Scoutmasters must register as merit badge counselors and be approved for any badge they wish to counsel or sign off in their troop.” https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/the-merit-badge-program/ “Can’t Scoutmasters approve badges within their troop? They can, but only
  10. I've done a bit of searching on this site and elsewhere. Seems like there is some colorful and enthusiastic use of Advancement Charts for Cub Scouts. Does anyone use advancement charts for Scouts? Or maybe that was in the old days. See attached. If displayed in the patrol corner or troop meeting, would it would provide incentive to advance or embarrassment and immediate exit? 2016advancementchart.pdf
  11. Recently I've read a couple books by Bernard Mason. Wow that guy was amazing. He wrote books on woodcraft and roping, boomerangs, camping, drums. Some appear to be targeted at adults and others at adolescents. Much of it seems ready-made for Scouts and our programs. There is a book of his, The Book for Junior Woodsmen, that I would like to read but my library doesn't have it. I just finished Lariats & Lassos, good stuff. I searched this site, didn't find much on Mr Mason. You folks familiar with his work?
  12. I become Scoutmaster very soon. The troop is a bit of a fixer-upper, more about that another time. Since my son and I crossed over I've been observing. We have very few older Scouts currently. Those older fellows, except one, have a slovenly appearance (the one, already Eagle, is a sharp, remarkable young man, and hopefully someday will be president of the United States.) They come slouching in, often late, never in uniform, and evidently with someplace better to be. Last night the one guy was wearing what I can only perceive as being pajama bottoms. Plaid pajama bottoms and a hoodie. If
  13. Look I just go ahead and tell the Scouts and families, re cyberchip, in our Troop what we want is barely sufficient. Not one extra calorie shall be spent on cyberchip. I would waayyy prefer they spend brain cycles on planning outings, map reading, swimming skills, cooking, folding flags, lashings, service projects, presentations to the troop ... shall I go on? Barely sufficient to get it done and hopefully someday it will go away.
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