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    Syracuse, NY
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    Mechanical Designer
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    Scouting, Music, Travel
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    Eagle Scout, 20+ years as an Adult Scouter

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  1. Deciding which troop to join

    From my personal experience staying with their friends has too much emphasis put on it. Both of my son's dens' all crossed over into the same troop (different Troops for each). With my older son after 2 years in the troop he was the only one of his den left. He was also the only one left from the all the boys (9 or 10 total) that came into the Troop at the same time. My younger son is turning just 16 and there is only one other boy left from his den that crossed over. I found that if you want to know about a Troop (or any unit) ask to attend a committee meeting. I found that you can really tell more about what a unit is like by attending a committe meeting Pay attention to what the committee is discussing. Is the committee planning the camping trips? Are they planning what Merit Badges to offer at Troop meetings? These are Red flags that the troop is adult run. The committe should be discussing how to support the events coming up. Ask about Training - Does the Troop hold Leadership training for the Scouts? Are they sending Scouts to NYLT? Are the Adult's trained in their positions? Do the adults attend Woodbadge? For me some other red flags to pass on joining a Troop. No active committee or No committee meetings No allowed to attend a committee meeting ( I had a Troop tell me parents were not allowed to come to committee meetings)
  2. Low Start up cost Fundraiser

    OK. We have them in the USA but we call them "Trivia" Night. They are pretty popular where I live (Upstate NY) I never thought about doing this for a fundraiser but it sounds like a great idea.
  3. Low Start up cost Fundraiser

    What is a quiz night?
  4. In my District we have 4 Venturing Crews and 1 Sea Scout Ship One of the crews was an Explorer Post (EMT training) that switched to a Venturing Crew a few years ago and pretty much does its own thing. The Sea Scout Ship is pretty healthy and active The two other crews will combining into one crew and are wondering if my son’s crew might what to also combine with them into one crew. The 2 crews combining have only 3 or 4 youth each and neither have enough adults to recharter as a separate crew. My son’s crew has 5 or 6 youth on paper but only 2 or 3 active. We have enough adults to recharter as a crew but realize we need more youth members. The CC of one of the old crews has said that they would be the CC of the combined crew. They are a DE for another district in our council. If we do combine we know we would have to switch meeting nights but no decision has been made where the combined crews will meet. Our Crew Advisor is reaching out to the youth members of the crew to see what their thoughts are on combining. What would be your concerns if you were to combine the 3 crews? Or would you stay as a separate crew and put a big push into a recruitment drive?
  5. Longest Family Line of Eagle Scouts

    My family has 3 generations of Eagles - My Dad, myself and twin brother and one of my sons. I don't have any grandkids yet but my brother has a granddaughter so maybe she will the 4th generation.
  6. Same CO...multiple CORs

    Thanks for confirming my understanding that there is only one COR for each CO. Without going into details it seems that the Pack and crew had issues with the COR and asked for the COR to be replaced. The troop didnt want to switch CORs. Our councils compromise was to have each ubit have thier own COR. They asked that the key 3 from each unit take COR training and this us where they were told it was ok to have multiple CORs.
  7. I am at a scout youth training training event. I was discussing COR's with an adult leader from another unit who said that their Pack, Troop and Crew had the same CO but each had a different COR. When I said that each CO should have only one COR the person responded that they had just gone through an issue with having to replace the COR and the BSA has changed the rules and allows a CO to have multiple COR's. A few years ago I ran COR training and it wasn't like this. Did this change? If so when?
  8. Why Can't Adults Trust the Scouts

    My experience has seen the opposite. The adults who weren’t involved in Scouts as a youth have most issues with following the BSA program (and the boy-lead concept). Most have the attitude that they know how Scouting works and don’t need training. I lost count with how many adults I have run into with this type of attitude. In response to the OP “Why Can't Adults Trust the Scouts?” Here is some insight on what I have experienced. It took me almost 10 years before I found a troop that even came close to being boy-led and used the patrol method. This is the Troop my youngest son joined. After looking at a lot of the troops in my area and then being a UC and then DC I got a lot of exposure to the different ways troops do things. My older son’s first troop – no patrols, POR’s were in name only. This troop had 2 ASM’s who were in the troop as youth (both at the same time) and stayed with the troop once they became adults. They made it well known it was their troop and they ran it their way. One acted as if he was still the SPL any time he was around. These 2 ASM's, the SM and CC made all the Troop decisions, from where to camp, to who was held POR's and even the weekly troop meeting agenda. One troop I visited said that the adults do everything because the Scouts voted to be adult led and since the scouts make all the decisions that is what they were doing. Another troop never went camping. When I inquired why, I was told that the adults decided that the Scouts were too young to camp and they had never camped before. This troop had been restarted and was made up of all first year scouts and the adults felt they were not ready. Adults were making all the other decisions in this troop also Even in the Troop that was boy-led and did pretty good job with the patrol method had its issues. When the time came to get new tents (Troop tripled in size in less than 2 years) 2 or 3 older youth from the PLC were recruiting to do research on tents. At the next committee meeting one of the ASM’s presented his idea on what new tents the troop should bet. This ASM and the CC, which was his wife, decided that there was too much money involved for the Scouts to make this decision. The SM didn’t speak up and sat quite during this conversation. I was expecting him to stick up to let the Scouts to make the decision but I don’t think he thought this was that big of a deal (or it might have that he didn’t care) who made the decision.
  9. 3D printed Pinewood Derby cars?

    I actually 3D printed a car. One of our local libraries has 6 or 7 3D printers to use (you pay by weight of what you make). I ran it in the Packs "open class". I preferred using the wood block. The car looked cool but trying to keep the wheels on and straight were way easier with wood than the plastic the 3D printer uses.
  10. Low Start up cost Fundraiser

    The Venturing Crew I work with needs to fundraise as it's account is low in funds. At last weeks meeting they were discussing fundraising ideas but most required startup funds that the crew just doesn't have. The youth really like to sell Gertrude Hawk chocolate bars but they don't have enough funds to cover what is needed to do this. The only low cost idea they came up with is a Can and Bottle Drive. They have enough funds to get flyers to go door to door to pass out but are looking to do something else. Anyone have any other little or no start up cost fundraising ideas I can suggest to the youth?
  11. Last year my Council added a "resource" fee to all registrations, both youth and adult, of $26 per person. With the national Increase to $33 for registration in December and another $10 insurance fee it will bring the registration fee to almost $70 per. Add Boys Life to a youth registration and it's over $80 to register.
  12. Old Scouter hoping to learn new stuff

    A few years back when I was the District Commish I had a pack that was ready to fold. it was down to 4 second year Webelos and was ready to fold. The SM of the Troop that was chartered by the same CO (and ex Cubmaster of the Pack) came to me about what to do. He knew that the future of the Troop was tied directly to the pack as many of the Cubs in this pack crossed over into the troop. Mu suggestion was for the Troop to take over the pack until it got restarted. Do a shared committee and see if one of the Troop adults would be willing to take over as Cubmaster They found an ASM willing to be CM and one of the Troop Committee members to take over as CC. There are a couple of more adults from the Troop who signed on as Pack Committee members who help as needed. It took a few years but the Pack is back up to 30 to 40 Cubs. The CM is still there (he really like working with the Cubs) and the rest As for building the troop this is what the SM for the troop did. He concentrated on keeping the scouts he had and was happy to grow the unit 1 scout at a time. I see too many Troops who want to grow all at once and get frustrated when they aren't getting a lot of boys joining all at once. The year my son crossed into the Troop (and I became an ASM) 13 boys crossed into the Troop in the spring since then the Troop still gets a single scout joining now and then but most recruitment/crossovers bring in 4 to 6 scouts at a time
  13. District Event Staff Food Service

    Around here I never seen dining-hall style meals for participants at a Boy Scout camp-o-ree. Cooking is done by each Troop (we hope they would be doing the Patrol Method for this but have seen many Troop method cookng units) I have seen this at Cub Scout and most Venturing events. Food for the Camp-o-ree staff is always done as a group with someone at the district level taking the lead and putting together a cooking staff. Staff also can eat with a Troop if they wish I like the way Back Pack's district does things. The family style where staff can grab something and go is a great idea.
  14. Council Records Screw ups

    In the past record keeping has been poor at best in my council. I took Wood badge in another council. After sending in a copy of the certificate 4 times I gave up trying to get it listed in my training record Due to budget cuts my council no longer has a registrar. It is paying National to enter all registrations. All training and advancement record updates are now the units responsibility. The Unit Leader and Committee Chair both have the ability to enter records Maybe I now I can get Wood badge entered in my training record. I took Wood Badge 12 or 13 years ago and of course I have no idea where my certificate for it is.
  15. Recruitment Night Woes

    I haven't seen "Boy Talks" around here in a long time - I don't know even if the schools allow them any more Our scout district is made up of 2 large school districts. In both of these it's up to the Principle of each school to decide who gets to send flyers and be at their open house. One of the biggest things I have seen to improve recruitment is to get names and contact information of anyone who expresses interest in the program at a recruiting event. I save seen packs do recruiting events at school open houses, community events and other events that Cub Scout age boys. You then need to call and remind them the night before your unit "Open House". Any that do not come you need to call them again and let them know that they can still join. Many parents think that if they miss the open house they can't sign up.
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