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  1. Champ

    just a little uniform rant

    This is what separates the crazies from the praticals... My Pack would not exist if we tried to meet 2-3 times a month as a Den, plus once per month as a pack. We have many school activities and sports offered in the community. Right now, it is hard to meet once per month as a Den. Parents grumble about the uniforms. Not many parents really want to be a leaders. Those that volunteered are pressured to do so. This should be fun, not a work of BSA legalities and procedures. I am about to require green camoflauge zip pants found at Target that sell for $15 for Webelos, instead of the $40 Switchback version at the Scout shop. We did away with the rank hats years ago. I can't agree more with the need to make a buck at the scout shop. Everything is sooooo expensive!
  2. Champ

    Got an LED flashlight yet?

    The bug question is still buggin' me. Let me know if the LED lights tend to attract bugs to you. Thanks!
  3. Give me some background... I wasn't a Boy Scout. My son is a Wolf in Cub Scouts. At what age do hikes such as Philmont(?) come into play? I read references to "adult supervisors". Are these Boy Scout Leaders or parent volunteers? What are the chances of my hiking with my son one day on such an adventure? I'm an engineer so I could figure out a compass and map, but have no experience on a trail.
  4. Champ

    Starting from scratch ... so here's the plan

    As your pack grows this year, get Pack t-shirts made for those long days in the sun as an informal uniform. It helps everyone identify your group as one unit, including the kids in your Pack!
  5. What participation is a father allowed in leadership, camping, etc?
  6. Champ

    Whittling Chip AGE guidelines?

    My son just finished his Tiger year and I am his Den Leader. While he is one of the more mature kids in his Den, I will not promote Whittling Chip until the Bear year. I'm sure my son could handle his knife, but why open that can of worms? Do we really want knives in the hands of 6 and 7 year olds? There are enough requirements and electives to earn at this age to keep them busy with loads of fun. I suggest holding off the whittling chip anyway. This will give the boys more incentive to stick with scouting, just like shooting BB guns was the big promotional item to want all kids to join!
  7. Champ

    Pack Expectations of Parents

    I have to agree. You must start with inventory of positions needed. Always add an assistant to all positions in hopes of finding a new parent to fill, that will in turn be the experienced leader next year with a new assistant. I've noticed in my first year that 8-9 people volunteer for everything. I see the same people leading the Dens, cooking on campouts, and running camp activities. I sometimes wonder if that has happened because it is easier for the same people to jump right in rather than seek new help. In my Den, I actually have a designated photographer for all activities (I supply the digital camera) and assitant Den Leader. All my parents hosted a meeting, but this year, they will each contribute to the pack in some form. I am urging my Pack Committee to breakdown each major event with sign-up sheets that each Den must fill (such as different people cooking each meal).
  8. Champ

    New Wolf Leader

    I haven't received my book yet, but am getting prepared! I've read that the 12 achievements are primarily done with the family at home. Is this true? How do the Den meetings fit into this? Do the arrow points carry over to the Bear year or do they start over again? Is the Adult Partner theory utilized in Wolf as it was in Tiger? Is the Adult Partner required to attend the Den meeting or is dropping the kids off for an hour to be expected.
  9. Champ

    Tiger Cubs' ADULT PARTNER

    Point taken. Sometimes I wonder if they should go back to the orange t-shirts and keep this year simple and fun. There are enough requirments in 15 beads and 50 electives to keep the Tigers busy while having fun all year. Plus, this is a learning year for the parents as well. The parents know what is expected of them next year.
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    Tiger Cubs' ADULT PARTNER

    Ya'll take this too seriously! If a child completes the requirements for a belt loop through his school or playground, and the adult partner recognizes the fulfillment of the requirments, then AWARD the CHILD! He knows how much work went into earning the Belt Loop. Just make sure the adult partner(s) are aware that the requirements are listed in the book. Playing soccer on the playground does not fulfill the requirements, but belonging to a team that practices regulary and plays games does fulfill the requirements. I don't care who the Adult Partner is as long as he has a parent with him at all Den Meetings and Go See It activities. Tiger Cub participation is only required for beads. If I were doing Tige Cubs over again, I would give the 5 Family Beads to the parents for them to award at home.... hence - IMMEDIATE RECOGNITION. I found that this year I was awarding beads and the kids didn't know what they were for, only they knew they wanted more!
  11. Champ

    Administrative changes question

    The only way to prevent large Dens is to have experienced Leaders shape the den sizes on sign-up night. After all, Tiger Den leaders are new to the program are usually take what is given to them. While you may not be able to split existing dens, make sure you get involved next year when the new crop of scouts show up. Try to keep the dens about 6-7 scouts, knowing you may have some late registrants that may bring each den up to 7-8. I have 9 in my Den, which I think has been under control, but would prefer around 7.
  12. Champ

    Got an LED flashlight yet?

    My Coleman lantern with duel florescent bulbs attracks every bug within 100 yards. Does this happen with the LED light? If so, it would seem annoying with all these bugs attracted to one's face.
  13. I'm looking to upgrade to a larger tent. My current Coleman (3-4 man) has worked perfectly, but just a little small for my growing family of 4. I've read nightmares about Eddie Bauer tent poles snapping. Are there other brand names that are as dependable as Coleman, and which brand names should I avoid? Camping mostly in the southeast where rain, heat, and wind play a role, not much extreme cold to worry about (and no snow).
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    Required parental involvement -- your thoughts?

    If you want additional volunteers, I would suggest giving Tiger Cub parents a pass the first year. After the the cubs that aren't really into it drop out, then approach the remaining parents to assist, with hope of them becoming the leaders of tomorrow.
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    Cub uniforms are rank!

    Only one of my kids in my Den has a hat. If they simplified the hat for all Cub Scouts in general, then more kids would wear them. It is an added unneccessary expense each year. Also, the tiger belt buckles are pointless. They should stick with plain brass instead of the insignea on the face for each year, or just use a generic cub scout symbol for all years. I see value in the neckerchief colors, but the slides must be changed. Half of my kids have lost their slides. They should include a safety pin to prevent the kids from losing them. The slide should also be generic and not level specific. The badge sewn on the shirt is enough memorabilia for my cub to remind him of his Tiger Cub days. He doesn't need to keep all the parts. We take enough pictures throughout the year to remember all the fun. The only item of clothing that should be replaced year to year is the neckerchief and shirts and pants as they are worn out.
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