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Scoutmaster Teddy

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About Scoutmaster Teddy

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  • Birthday December 21

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    Illinois
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    Scoutmaster

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  1. Do Your Scouts Use The Handbook Logs?

    I've been thinking of using the logs. We track a lot - service hours, camping nights, paddling miles, hiking miles, backpacking miles, etc., on Troop Web Host. My idea to is bring to the PLC (again) is to start holding the scouts accountable for record keeping, even if it is just a duplicate record.
  2. How Many ASMs per Troop

    I get grief from parents also. Their "beef" comes from canceling and rescheduling campouts because I have 7 ASMs for 18 Scouts and I'm often the only adult who registers. I end up begging for their help or reaching out to retired Scoutmasters and current committee members. I need ASMs who can camp. I understand people are busy, but some of them resist anything after 5 pm Friday.
  3. How do you end your Troop meetings?

    We circle up and sing vespers, joining hands right arm over left, and end with three shakes.
  4. Linked Troops - What are these?

    I'm still dying to know what will happen to the OA. I understand that women are allowed in - I get that. The OA's youth leaders are males. Adult advisers are mixed, of course. Female Chiefs or a separate inner organization?
  5. New member

    @ScottishNaomi Welcome!
  6. SM Discretion on OA Elections

    I couldn't sleep for a few days. A Scout is Trustworthy, right? That should go for adult scouts also.
  7. SM Discretion on OA Elections

    Yep, that's the rule. An adult from the Lodge was going to be there anyway. The two Scouts from another troop had to cancel so we made do. We had the Chief's and the Election Team Adviser's blessing. My Troop is located at the far Southern end of our council. Sometimes it's hard to get people down there with us Southerners. Ya'll know that.
  8. SM Discretion on OA Elections

    My lodge, Konepaka Ketiwa #38, instituted election team training after last year's problems. I heard there was an election that the SM required a two-thirds vote and another had an election with a lot less than half of the active scouts present. This is a mandatory training. Even though I am in the Order I had an adult member from outside of troop present for my troop's election. I even delayed my Troop's election for two weeks after I found that someone "edited" the camping nights on our Troop Web Host site for an adult and their scout.
  9. Whoa.... I was off-topic and made some generalities. Merit badges press my hot button. I was wrong to generalize all young instructors as bad. I failed to rationalize in a controlled manner. I have seen some outstanding young MB instructors in camps. What sets me off is instructing by reading thru the pamphlets an hour or two a day and calling it instruction. My problems lie mostly with the Citizenship badges. Sit, listen, fill in the blanks. For the most part I enjoy sitting in on the skills badges - aquatics, camping, pioneering, etc. It's the classroom badges that press my buttons. Apologies for any offense taken. I'll "do my best" to be more specific.
  10. Perhaps. But I will "do my best" to talk them out of it. I've seen Eagle-required merit badges taught by kids at summer camp. Just because they are over 18 and in college doesn't mean much to me. Merit badge mills pound information for a few hours and cal it complete. It's el toro poo-poo. I should have the right to deny certain merit badges from being taken at these events.
  11. Only my Scouts. But that's okay. We can do them all in the Troop.
  12. That's one reason why I'm considering disallowing Eagle-required MBs at MB mills.
  13. Scoutmaster OnTheAT2018

    I've been following him since day one. His videos are well-made and interesting.
  14. Camping vs. Sleeping in a Cabin

    I will not count cabin-camping nor lock-ins (such as sleeping in the Church) as camping. Many enemies I have made - no sleep I have lost. That goes for fathers and sons sleeping in cars wanting OA camping nights. No sir. No how.
  15. Linked Troops - What are these?

    Back to Scouts, USA perhaps?
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