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  1. ditdo! How can you be a non-camping troop? Our troop camps every month except May and December, and then we have troop day out, and go to the BIG CITY and do things. Several months we have weekenders that are 2 nights out. These non-camping troops are cheating the boys.
  2. Man have I got one. Our son was setting for Star, he went in, started his board of review and then the door opened. He had that look on his face, as his mother, I know it well, something was wrong. A BOR member came over to me to explain that he had not met the req to advance, that he had the correct amount of merit badges, but they were not the correct one. I tried to hold my calm, but I could feel the explosion incide coming up and on it's way out. Then the SM came over to me to explain that he had overlooked the fact that he had completed all ER MB,except for a couple, and that he needed one more that was not ER to advance. He was told he had too many ER Merit badges. I asked this man to repeat himself, that we were telling this boy, who happens to be my son that he had too many ER MB's. Then it struck them, what they were saying. The called our DE, talked to two other Troop Comm members, and then decided after my son was in the car crying ready to quit scouts, that it just was not worth it any more, that they were wrong. By now he is upset, we left. He had his BOR a month later, because his SM was not going to do BOr but once a month, and he did not have another one scheduled until the following month. Needless to say, he passed to Star, and is waiting on time to pass for Life, all MB are done, and other req met. And No he never received an apology. I also made them tell him why they would not pass him, they kept telling me what the problem was, not the Scout. It was his BOR, I was just waiting to take him home.
  3. Can anyone give me some feedback on good tents. We have recently bought a few and already having problems. Troop Comm says we are sending them back, but that is going to put us in a crunch for tent space. What is everyone else using and what do you like. I kinda like the Coleman Sundome 8X8 or 10X10 - we have a few tall boys. HELP!
  4. You must always to remember to look at what you are doing through the eyes of a child. Then you will know if you are truely having a good time or a rotten time. I'm sure you will make a great addition to the council and the troop. good luck supermom
  5. very well put and it needed to be said!
  6. My head is spinning from this thread! LOL So what happens when the program is altered and the current SM is not likey to correct the problem? Do you leave for a better run troop? supermom
  7. We had the same problem at summer camp. This young man did not pass his swimmers test. He would go to free swim, but would not work on his skills. So I notice this was going on, had a talk with the pool director and explained his concern with the water. The older staff got together and became a cheerleading team everyday he showed up to swim. The last day we had discussed it at camp he and his buddy head off to the pool. He had decieded to take the swimmers test one last time. The other boys in our troop deceided that it was important that he pass the test, they skiped there regularly scheduled class, went to the pool, climbed in and became sideswimming cheerleaders. you have seen his face when everyone all 20 showed up at the pool to cheer him on. It was a kodak moment and when he got the job done it was like a big party atmosphere. His face was smiling from ear to ear, the staff let us swim for a while longer and all the boys just keep on congratulating him. Maybe you should talk with the SPL and get a litle postive peer pressure going . It might just do the trick, it did in out case.
  8. working with these boys I think and hear more belchers than talk about the bleachers! LOL I tried to delete the second message and it deleted both! So I retyped it and will ask a computer guru that I know. I only hit the post button once and when I hit enter it just moves me down a line. CLR(This message has been edited by supermom)(This message has been edited by supermom)
  9. We have done the following or I have been involved in the following scout projects. We have several historical military sites, that are let go and every 5 to 7 years we clean them, cut brush and get presentable again. Also we have painted a huge retaining wall in our town that tends to collect grafite, we have planted trees, we have reconstructed an Indian that is made of cement that stands in a historical park( seems that the rivial town continues to beat him up) We have most recently rebuilt belchers at a little league baseball field. I have also known of one scout that built wood duck houses and put them out at the local lake. We also had a scout do a control burn at this place that we camp. It was a great idea and helped us get rid of the old grass and underbrush so that the area would be safer and not get out of control should it begin to burn by wildfire. We also readily help at our local Girl Scout camp to clean, remove dead wood, etc.
  10. Are you judging these kids? This is not our job. We are teaching valuable life skills, with or without earrings, noserings, or other rings, etc. We all have somthing the may not be the "norm". So do not look down your noses at these that do not follow the "norm" instead learn something from them. you may be enriched! supermom
  11. It seems to me from the original post that the wagon was brought and borrowed by the adults. Did the boys ask to borrow the wagon? or was it available for their use? Either way, I agree with Laura take it as a tax right off and mark this one up as a lesson learned..
  12. We have the 3 ton trailer (2 of them) and the 100 pound chuck box. When I was a kid camping with family we had a chuck box made out of old milk cartes. I'll have to ask mother what ever happened to that thing. but it had a part of almost half of the old back door screen on it, I think Dad cut the top of the screen door off, because the bottom had a hole and they attached it to the milk crates and we had a light weight chuck box, with handy compartments Oh the MEMORIES. If I can locate a pattern, I will let you know, it was something that Dad just whipped up. I'm sure of. There are pros and cons to both. I prefer to hike in a short distance, This way if you have to get someone out in a hurry you can do so. But we have several greene horns who are still carrying the suitcase! My son carries my old Kelty back pack from when I was a kid, he has done some real changes on packing, because you can only fit so much. The last campout, a weekended he only took his cot(it is in a bag) and a change of clothes, that was it. So he traveled much eaiser than everyone who packed the whole house. supermom
  13. I tend to agree with Scouter Paul. 4 would be more the min. in our troop. Murphy tends to follow our troop around like a lost puppy. We have had several instances where we need that other adlut and yes WE all packed up and left, due to lack of leadership. Plus limiting adult/parent participation you maybe missing the next SM that is just needing a couple of great outings to get them to raise their hand for training the next go around. It seems to me that some of you/ your troops have never been leader/adult needy, as we have, and any one that is a parent/guardian is ask to go until one says yes, so that we can provide a weekend of scouting. You will never know how much you appreciate to many adults until you don't have them. Supermom
  14. Ihave to first agree with Venturer2002, that some of you need to look at the Scout Law a little closer before making your post! I would not know of a time in OUR Troop that we would ever want to limit adults. In this day and time as stated before, I want to know the parents of the boys my child is around and know what type of people they are. Some of you are looking at the negative side of parents on outings. If they are in the way, give them tasks to do. Assign them things to keep them busy and out of the fun of the boys. take along a knot book and tell them to learn how to tie knots, that will keep them busy and out of the way. Lighten up! supermom(This message has been edited by supermom)
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