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  1. LDS units don't have a specific religious problem with shorts. If the COH (or any other meeting)is held in the chapel, then that would be a respect issue, and shorts would be extremely frowned upon. Not specifically forbidden, but it had better be a "These are the only clothes I have" situation, not a "I didn't feel like getting gussied up.". Anywhere else in the building and shorts would be fine unless. Adults do have to make sure the shorts reach to the knee. I wear my switchbacks as shorts almost daily and they meet our requirements well enough. On the original question, yeah, in
  2. We took a patrol tent to summer camp one year. It had enough room for 7 boys and gear. It took a fair amount of space, but less than the 3 or 4 4-man tents would have. The boys certainly had to learn to get along and did some bonding on that trip. They've used it a few times on regular plop style campouts since then, but they have also expressed an interest in 2 per tent or solo tenting. The ones pushing for the 2 per tent were the ones who tend to bring contraband food and other items, if that means anything.
  3. And here we are planning our Pack Day Camp and including the Cub Mobiles from the Bear Book as the highlight of the program.... Are we going to ban the boys from completing a requirement in the book? I do admit that the safety belt seems to have been added just to make people feel better instead of for any real benefit.
  4. If I'm understanding the requirements correctly, the individual must attend an activity in each of the three summer months to qualify.
  5. Down here, they want to cancel for anything. Clouds in the sky... it might rain. You should have seen them panic when it started to mist. Oh, and anything below 60 degrees is way too cold for anything. Not even a quick daytime hike. Only one showed up. I was in shorts, loving the weather. I love Texas, but South Texas not so much.
  6. I've seen a variety of methods. One congregation was told to bring their checkbooks to sacrament meeting the next week. The next week, when sacrament meeting ended a bit early, we had a brief FOS presentation followed by "Turn in your envelopes and checks to Bro. ____ on the way out the door". I don't recommend this approach. More recently I saw that the bishop did a donation in the name of the ward to meet their goal, and left it at that. We're planning to do a brief presentation at the beginning of priesthood and Relief Society. We want to present to as many adults as possible
  7. Not that far away; next town over in a metro area when towns overlap. About 20 minutes driving, and another 15 minutes trying to figure out if people were late. We'll see how it goes next week, then.
  8. The Chapter and Lodge advisers were copied on the letter that was mailed out along with this email which went to the entire district. Doesn't mean they actually read the notice, but they were notified. I'm assuming the Chapter Chief is acting with best intentions, but just lacking experience or a good sounding board. At the moment I'm slightly peeved because this all-important meeting was cancelled 3 hours before it started and I didn't have a chance to check my email until now. I'll have to get over that part myself, though.
  9. Why not just register someone? That would be an easy answer, but doesn't solve the problem. For now, I am the one registered as the rep, with a note indicating that this was until we could get a youth to do it. I don't believe in empty POR patches, and the leaders that have taken the troop since I was moved up continue this policy. We're still trying to convince one of our 3 to step up (I'll brave the cold shoulder from my wife to take the boys if needed), but honestly our best hope for the troop is with the younger group coming up since they weren't burned by the past few years of non-functio
  10. Sorry if this has been posted elsewhere that I couldn't find: From an email I received last night from the Chapter Chief: "Question: Does your Boy Scout Troop have a Order of the Arrow Representative? Is he registered on our website? IF NOT, your troop is not eligible for unit elections and your Arrowmen cannot participate in chapter activities. Go online and register your OA Rep. today." I can understand the part about elections, but banning arrowmen from chapter activities because the troop doesn't have a Rep? Am I missing something, or just being less than cheerful? I can un
  11. I used to be a Beaver A good ol' Beaver too, But now I'm finished Beavering I don't know what to do. I'm growing old and feeble And I can Beaver no more So I'm going to work my ticket if I can. Britton's Beavers SR 839 (and a smidge of Bobwhite mixed in from SR 1054)
  12. I was in a bit of a time crunch because my job was riffed and I was getting transferred in a few weeks. Instead of a big ceremony, we took a few minutes during a merit badge academy. This way we were able to do some recruiting for the next course, and I didn't have to ask my patrol buddies or the course leaders to come from hither and yon just for me, since they'd already be there with their troops.
  13. Another way to handle the committee situation (assuming you have enough leaders available) is to have the YM presidency form the core of the committee(s) and let the quorum advisors be the SM, Coach, Venture Advisor. The YM presidency can oversee the entire set of programs, and they can take a good chunk of the mentoring roles needed for VArsity and Venture units. If you have a 3-in-1 committee for scouts, I recommend having at least one person from Primary be on the committee to handle issues with the 11 year old Scouts, and to help coordinate activities with the Cubs as needed.
  14. Nick, Glad you've decided to stay on! Things are a bit different on the adult side, though. Not better, not worse, just different. It may take some getting used to. As far as knots: http://www.boyscouttrail.com/square-knots.asp Keep in mind that you can wear the knot you receive with your Eagle (or should receive... there is a knot for adults to wear to represent their Eagle), a knot if you earned the Arrow of Light, and the knot for the religious award if you earned one as a youth.
  15. Perhaps the posting could include the major theories behind each? Most of the discussions I've seen on each topic tends to sort into a few different camps. I'm sure we're all mature enough to handle sorting out what the main viewpoints are, and let the main proponents of each write their answer. Then whoever comes searching the FAQs can look at the options, and pick the one that seems to be the best fit, and perhaps even report back.
  16. I think the June 1st "deadline" mainly comes from packs that shut down during the summer. June 1st is usually about the end of the school year, so it is easy for many to say "well, he's in 4th grade now, so he moves up"
  17. I haven't done it yet with my troop, and I don't plan to either. There are too many risk factors with social networking at this point. The boys might think it's the coolest thing since sliced cheese, and all the hubbub about generations and etc says we're supposed to cater to their whims, but there comes a time when the adults need to look at the big picture instead of just the "ooh, shiny!" Most of the kids are probably on the social networking anyway, but even still, I'd handle this carefully. I make a rule of not friending my students or Scouts in order to maintain boundaries.
  18. The forum for trolls is called "Issues and Politics". Go over there if you want to try to pick a fight. Your post has nothing to do with this thread.
  19. This has YPT violations all over the place. Just renewed my Venturing YPT this morning, so very fresh in my mind. This needs to be reported to the Scout Executive. Did anything happen? Maybe, maybe not, but it is clearly a series of violations of YPT. From my experience and training in criminal justice, this is setting off all kinds of alarms. So far that I know, there is no scientific theory that needs to be discussed alone between a married man and a 16 year old girl, at least not anything that the BSA would condone.
  20. The magnet doesn't require any modifications to the shirt. The name plate has the magnet, and the backing is a piece of metal that the magnet can grab. No holes in the shirt, no pokes to the skin
  21. The metal clasps, according to an old Command Sergeant Major, are also known as dam*its! Supposedly from when a supply sergeant dropped a box of them on the floor after doing an inventory, but considering how much they hurt, especially when they get a hole and the pin pokes through... Anyway, I have a name plate that was made with a magnetic plate and metal backing. No pins, no pokes, though I suppose this would cause all kinds of fun when doing compass work. I usually just wear the dangly leather name badge I got when I earned my beads (Go Beavers!). No pokes, no navigation errors,
  22. At the risk of "adding to the requirements", I could see adding museums and libraries (hospitals are already there) to the list. I would also suggest airport and/or bus station, as they are more common than train stations in many areas.
  23. That was the reason, I remember reading it in Boy's Life (I was a scout when they pulled it).
  24. This might be better in the Uniforms part of the forums, but it relates to Wood Badge so I'll put it here. I'm in the process of reviving a dormant troop, and we're working on choosing full uniforms (including hat and neckerchief). The boys have selected one of the newer full-size neckerchiefs, as it is actually useful. They haven't decided yet on how to secure the neckerchief. We could do slides, tie a not, make custom slides, etc. I had the idea (after a boy asked about my woggle) that perhaps the boys could make their own woggles from parachute cord, like we did on Day 1 of the co
  25. My experience was that it really energized me as a person and a Scout leader. I had inherited a broken troop and the Scoutmaster and I had struggled for a year and hadn't gotten anywhere. We'd had the training, but were were spinning our wheels. Our Wood Badge experience made the difference. It wasn't so much that we learned how to run a troop or be leaders (we already knew), but I think for us it was just the experience of meeting other leaders and forging ties and contacts that you really can't do at roundtables. We also learned a lot about ourselves, and after having had the chance to "be b
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