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  1. My understanding, is that depends... Are you talking about support staff for the sub-camps (then you would stay with that sub-camp, or general Jambo Staff, then you would stay in Echo. Hope this helps, this is my second time to SBR for Jambo and third staff Jambo. I like the experience. See you there!!
  2. I'm a Council VP - Program, I've been involved in my Council Venturing Program since the start of Venturing. I also chair Eagle Boards. There the credentials, now let's talk... Eagle Boards are either a Council or District function (based on what your Council wants to do). So what you really need to do is sit down with the Eagle Board Chair, and take someone from either your District or Council with you that understands the program, and is someone the Chair trusts. You go to coffee, pie, whatever and sit and talk about the differences between Venturing and Boy Scouts. Offer to
  3. I'll be in Subcamp 8 as a chaplain. First Jambo, I'm really looking forward to this!!
  4. There was a comment I'm trying to be clear on. Did I read things right that "When the BOR starts asking detailed questions about how the scout completed each of the steps and he can't answer, it's pretty obvious he didn't adequately complete the requirement."? Am I the only one that's thinking, "hold on folks, that's not what BORs do"? What you are describing is what a SM Conference is about, right? BOR looks at the boy and in general terms, goes over what the young man is learning and what he is becoming. Is he taking advantage of the program that is being offered? And are the adults of
  5. I think the only "real deadline" is for Arrow of Light. It's my experience (and opinion) that once the Cub Scout bridges to his troop, it's too late to finish up any Cub Scout Ranks & Awards. So if someone were struggling to get done, it might help to have them sit tight, finish up whatever was left for Arrow of Light, and then bridge and register as a Boy Scout. A couple of years down the Boy Scout Trail, the young man isn't going to care one bit if he had his Bear, or not... But as he sits for his Eagle Board of Review, he'll want to have that blue and yellow patch for his Arrow of
  6. Before I got involved in the Council, I was a leader in a rather large troop in our town. Our troop regularly did three camps each year. We have a nice local council camp, with a great younger scout program. It's older scout program is lacking. So we encouraged our first and maybe even our second year scouts to attend locally. This helped the council, and helped our guys get ready for more adventures. Many of those first year boys just bridged out of Webelos, so they needed a little more help. We ran aged based patrols, so it was just easy to send these 1 or 2 patrols to our local camp. W
  7. I agree that this has no room in Scouting, however the reaction of having the older boys act as dishwashers bothers me. Isn't that reaction a corporal one? I would be racking my brain to come up with something, it's just I'm not sure that having them handle that task really introduces more problems that it solves? Just asking. Man, I'd be all over this one, not just the young scout, all involved would know. Oh and If nobody wants to fess up as to who the older guys were, I'd pull plug on the whole outing thing for a time.
  8. I thought I understood the question. But just to be safe I went and checked my sources. Perhaps the best resource was the online Scouter Magazine article. First, I learned that "The Scouter Award of Merit" has been replaced with "The Unit Leader's Award of Merit". It is for primary leaders of the unit. Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Coach & Advisor. Second, "The Scouter's Key" is for the Scoutmaster while "The Scouter's Training Award" is for those that are not Scoutmasters. http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2009/08/knot-of-the-week-scouters-key.html Hope this helps.
  9. Speaking as someone that gets this question regularly, let me toss a few points into this, please. 1 - A limit on hours is not appropriate. The reason is simple. Troops are different sizes. At least in my council they are. We have troops that have 50 boys that show up week after week. If they all showed up for a morning to someones project, that person would have 200 hours. If that same person were in a different troop and the six boys that regularly attend that meeting helped his project for 4 hours, he'd need nine work days to come close. 2 - The point is to show leadership. We loo
  10. It has been my experience that it boils down to what you are seeing and why you're bothered. I see a POR patch in about the right spot, but not level, on a Scout's uniform. My thought has now become "Hey this is GREAT!!" I will find a way to talk to that Scout, I make a point of letting him know that I think he did good. Almost always I hear that he tried, and it's not right, but it's too hard to fix. We talk about straight pins for trying next time, but I make a point of telling him I'm glad he tried himself. It has been my experience that boys rise to the level of uniforming their adult
  11. I am a Council VP, that gets to help with Eagle projects & Boards. I have read through this and totally agree, but need to voice a bit more. The project may have been shot down because of manpower. How many helpers were there for the project? Sometimes you worry about the scout being able to actually get the project done. I've seen projects that were VERY involved and the scout needed outside of Scouting help to accomplish. I've seen the opposite too. I'm sure the board had reasons, I'd hope they followed the guideline that when you tell a scout "no", you also follow that up with
  12. I may not post on here a lot, but trust me I am a good source. Here's a link to a PDF of the actual form: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-728_web.pdf You'll notice from that, there is no mention of what sort of a Cub Scout den it needs to be. You'll also notice no mention of a work book. If the Scoutmaster has previously approved this activity, I would have your son ask why he (the Scoutmaster) hadn't shared with him (your son) any sort of a book that he should have been logging things in? I think goals and attitudes and leadership skills are great topics while the Scout
  13. I've taken Scouts there, and the train works well. We arrive the day before we're scheduled to be in camp. We start at sea level, so yes the elevation presents problems for us the moment we get off the train, and base camp is higher, and the treks are higher still. I've taken family there and we've done the train and we've flown to Denver (only because the flights there were cheaper). From Denver we rented cars and drove. This has worked well for us as well. The one issue you need to understand, is that you can not show up to Philmont early. They don't have a place for you to be. The
  14. Maybe I don't get it, I've been known to confuse easily. I wear the adult version of my Eagle award everytime I wear my uniform. It's my Eagle knot, I wear it right next to my adult version of my Arrow of Light. Come on guys, we can wear the medals too for formal times, BUT we should wear what we've earned and allow our actions to reflect the fact that the program has had an impact on our lives. Right?
  15. I've been to Philmont three times. Twice for PTC and once on a back country trip. Here's what I know. First trip, went to PTC with the Mrs. (You need to understand she's an RDH, dirt (measured in mm & mg is bad), she won't camp ever.) LOVED it, wanted to go back, they treated her PERFECTLY. She watched children having a BLAST all day long. The course I took (COPE Director) was outstanding. Second trip, went as the crew advisor for our troop's older boy high adventure with our son. We walked and walk for 10 days. Mrs, recognized the spots from our pictures because she had been the
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