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About OaklandAndy

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    Canton, NC
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    Middle School ISS Instructor
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    Mentoring Youth, Hiking, Camping, Rifle/Shotgun Instruction, Games
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    Born in California, grew in Las Vegas, NV. Spent 9 years in the USMC before leaving in 2012. Currently serve as a den leader/CC for a pack.

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  1. Personally, I would let the council/district stick with their "standard" awards and have troops do things of that nature for their own members. For example, our packs/troops use a woodworking guy to make unique plaques for their own members. That way, there's no "hostility" across the district/council. To make it a little more special though, we will give that member their award at a district or council banquet.
  2. That's what I'm trying to figure out. With the new exception, does that mean they only need to have 5 groups of 5 to qualify if their not adjusting?
  3. When it comes to shooting the 5 groups of 3 and now the exception of 5 groups of 5 if you're not adjusting and not using a scoring target, are those separate or if they score 5 groups of 5 count for qualification? I read it as separate, but I also see it as if they hit a group of 5 within the quarter, then they could hit three. Hopefully you can decipher that mess!
  4. Are you a transplant from the Scoutbook BSA Forums too?
  5. Tradition is one of the main reasons I stick around. Not to say that there isn't innovative ways to do things, but the foundation is strong and remains so. I don't have a scouting background, but it's the elders I sought out and learned from that enables me to pass on that tradition.
  6. I believe my council runs the same way, however, with me never experiencing Scouting until I was an adult volunteer, I thought this was the way things were supposed to be. The way you describe it sounds much more exciting and fulfilling.
  7. If everything that could be done was done at the time, that should release them from future liability. It's like knowing you can be sued at any moment in the future even though you're doing everything right today. God help us.
  8. And more revenue is the reason why most camps don't use this model anymore?
  9. So you're telling me that Summer Camps used to be a place that troops would basically go camp out and work on merit badges for a week, all being patrol-led with MBC assistance?
  10. Not trying to cause any opposition, but when did the public forget that people can be inherently evil. If an organization has done all they can do to put in safeguards and protect children and even employees, why should they be held responsible? There is no 100% guarantee that any organization can protect anyone from everything. Bad things happen. Now if any organization fails to put in those safeguards, then yes sue the heck out of them. Otherwise, individuals need to be held for individual actions. If someone wants to do something illegal, then they are going to do it no matter how many sa
  11. After working in the Dining Hall last year, I asked basically the same question as your feedback suggested and was told that healthier options cost more money and took longer to prepare. So in the end, it's cheaper to buy unhealthy bulk food and all you have to do is throw it in the warmer to thaw out. So glad they asked me to take over Shooting Sports this year.
  12. It's funny you mention that because I've been thinking that I'm better suited as a Cubmaster rather than the Committee Chair. While I would like to think I'm "decent" at being a CC, it is not the side that gets to have all the fun all the time. From what i understand, it can be from the unit level on up?
  13. I'll be going through the Wood Badge process next Spring and I was curious if I should be preparing anything ahead of time. From what I understand it's supposed to be a very knowledgeable. I don't know a whole lot about it except I was told I should go and that there's a lot of leadership training I can take back to my pack.
  14. I'm thinking he meant "requires" as in expectation in participation.
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