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  1. I'm terribly dismayed that this is even up for discussion. It was discussed and decided 7 years ago. Why aren't people who want an organization with these standards joining Spiral Scouting? There is a place for them. And I wish them well. There is no need to change BSA. I personally wanted my baby baptised after he was born. I did not join a Baptist church and try to convince them to do this. I joined a church in a denomination that lined up with my views. I called national office today. They were all to set up to direct my call to the poll. No one asked if I was a registered leader or had a child in scouting. So, ANYONE who calls, is represented in "the poll." So, the opinion of ANYONE counts equally at BSA in this.
  2. I'm terribly dismayed that this is even up for discussion. It was discussed and decided 7 years ago. Why aren't people who want an organization with these standards joining Spiral Scouting? There is a place for them. And I wish them well. There is no need to change BSA. I personally wanted my baby baptised after he was born. I did not join a Baptist church and try to convince them to do this. I joined a church in a denomination that lined up with my views. I called national office today. They were all to set up to direct my call to the poll. No one asked if I was a registered leader or had a child in scouting. So, ANYONE who calls, is represented in "the poll." So, the opinion of ANYONE counts equally at BSA in this.
  3. Share provisional camper experiences

    CPMom wrote: "Only one problem: He was the only adult leader in their campsite. Yeah, ummmm... That's not a little problem. Each unit, provisional or not, should have at least two leaders. This is a youth protection issue. ---------------------------------------------- Don't think I'm not flipping out over this. I was shocked.
  4. Share provisional camper experiences

    I now have a provisional camper experience to report. Our son went with a friend to a very nice camp (2nd camp week this summer for both). There was only one other provo scout who came with his dad. His dad was drafted to be the provo scoutmaster. Great scout dad and leader, and he had no trouble with the boys. They all enjoyed each other. Only one problem: He was the only adult leader in their campsite.
  5. My son loves scouting and loved his first year at summer camp last week. The camp he attended has a very discounted rate for staying a 2nd week as a provisional camper. We are thinking we may take them up on that offer next year. I'd like to hear if your son or other boys you know have gone thru the provisional troop route. How did that go? Did they have a good time? My husband went several years provisionally as his troop did not attend summer camp. He had a great time, but that is now ancient history. Boys were different back then.
  6. Would you count this as an AoL activity?

    I feel your pain. We're finding that joining in with Boy Scout troop activities is far easier said than done. I hate things that are dependent on other people, especially some of the people we deal with. I'd say check it off for sure if it was announced to the Boy Scouts, the SM shows up, but no Boy Scouts chose to attend. I counted a Nat'l Park service project as a pack service project for my son. It was announced as a pack service project. I put it on the pack calendar. All cubs were on notice. No Cubs signed up or showed up. I have no control over this.
  7. The leaders kid

    When my husband led Bears, there was no assistant, other than me. Den Chiefs have never been part of our pack. Our son has had such an advantage of being the den leader's son. The run thru at home before a meeting means he is getting scout tutoring. He would go into those meetings with pride because he knew the stuff before it was taught. He knew the skits and songs before anyone else.
  8. Peanut Allergy

    We sort of have a cub like that in our pack. He joined as a bear, allergy did not seem to be much of a factor, but I did know about it. Web 1 year, he started having inconsistent attendance. So, he after coming to the popcorn kickoff, which could have been a problem, he did not come again. Parent called the day of the Christmas party to see if he could come; of course, but no warning was given to the pack to not bring food that might contain peanuts. Certainly, nothing is more important than preserving this scout's life. I'm not medically trained, so I would not be willing to take responsibility for the Epipen, especially now that you guys have informed me that you don't get a 2nd chance. Would it be unfair to require his parent to attend all troop functions so that the responsibility is not on the shoulders of leaders?
  9. Dilemma

    No advice here. Just some empathy. Our pack was very poorly run 2 years ago. CM did practically nothing. Found out no ranks were reported. Campout means a reservation at the local KOA. No program, no sign-ups, just show up. He also handled the popcorn. When I took over as treasurer, I learned that we only made 28% on sales. Should have made 34%. He didn't ask anyone else to be Popcorn Kernal. He didn't jump thru the simple hoops to make 34%. Other events were very bare bone. Why would anyone think Cub Scouts is fun? His kid crossed over in May. AT THE CROSSOVER, END OF MAY, MY HUSBAND WAS ASKED TO BE CM!!! He said if someone would take over his DL position, he would, but could not do both. The year following, last year, we did all we could to help CM & his wife. But our priority was to see a good den program. In 2nd semester, we were blessed with 2 fabulous leaders who moved to our area. By then, we had been to training (never suggested to us the prior year, so didn't know we needed it). We started Pack Committee meetings. I did a big push for more leaders and got 2, which I counted as a huge success. They were both people that we would not have approached. This year, things are so much better. Lots of leader help is going on. 4 new leaders, so far. I say make sure your son has a good den program. If other events are not well-done, while sad, it is not the end of the world. The dens with strong leaders have survived well over the years. You can't do it all well; at least I don't think you can. There is hope.
  10. Starting to get a feel for this

    Bravo! Excellent introduction to your pack.
  11. Pack Fee and Cannot Pay

    BadenP - Love your fundraiser. Can you direct me to a website for more info.?
  12. Pack Fee and Cannot Pay

    Well, our numbers are starting to drop. Not as many kids that signed up are showing up. In my husband's den, one kid who was real excited at an outing has not shown up for the past 2 meetings. At the last meeting he attended, his parent left early and was talking with teens in the parking lot. I conclude that she is not interested any longer. My prediction is that the kids that don't sell popcorn or pay the fee will simply quit coming at the end of October when all that is due. Normally, we would see them come with inconsistent attendance thru January when BSA National dues are collected before they drop out completely in January. Three more months of scouting would just provide a different environment for these kids who would ordinarily be home with the TV on what ever ridiculous show their parents/guardians have on. Scoutfish - I'd like to know what you want us to do for you if you were in our pack. And honestly, for a parent & scout in your situation, whatever you said, I'd make sure it happens.
  13. Anyone ever sell FL Citrus Fruit?

    Lisabob, Well, well, well - The Council fundraising efforts go on and on this time of year. A Sporting Clays fundraiser in September and an ongoing online auction right now on their website. So, the rule does not seem to apply to Council, only to units. Good suggestion to fill out an application and turn it in. I am awaiting the information from a company in FL so I can see what we will be up against pricewise. I've been checking around, and no one else in the community is selling fruit. I know a homeschool baseball team that is doing well with it and has developed a solid customer base over the past 3 years.
  14. Pack Fee and Cannot Pay

    Evmori, I could not agree with you more. There are 2 big categories of customers. One views the popcorn as "what the kids are selling now," not supporting scouting. That customer will say no to the overpriced stuff. The other customer wants to support scouting, so it does not matter what the product is, and they seem to pony up to the price if they can. However, there is a price point where it won't sell. Our Council's $12 and $18 products may be those points in our area. Two years ago, there was a $30 pack that consisted of 6 smaller boxes of 5 in a pack. We sold those individually at Show & Sell. I personally felt good about those sales. You are asking people you don't know to purchase something well under $10. Yeah, we only made about $2 per box, but at least it was not embarrassing. Then Council took those out of the product line because you really were not supposed to do that.
  15. Any bake sales done?

    We have a lot of cub scouts this year. I'm not convinced that anyone will buy the overpriced popcorn this year. Cheapest product on our order form is a bag for $12. So, I'm thinking about having a 2nd fundraiser this year for those who need it. Does anyone do a bake sale? If so, tell me what scouts and parents do in this. I'm thinking that scouts and parents could bake items, set up in front of a local business and sell. Put the earnings towards their pack fee.
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