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  1. A good candidate for Scoutmaster is an adult that is active with his Scout and relates well with the other Scouts. Maybe he was a Cub Scout Den Leader before, did some training in Cub Scouts, crossed his Webelos Scouts with the Arrow of Light onto the Troop.

    With the Boy Scout program being different than Cub Scouts, maybe he is laying back to see how the program runs.

    Does he sit on the sidlines during the Scout meeting? Is he a registered Boy Scout leader in the Troop? Has he been camping or went on trips with the Troop? Has he done any Boy Scout leader training? Does he vounteer to drive Scouts on trips? Does he already wear the Scout uniform? Did he have a sucessful Cub Scout program retaining Cub Scouts?

    He might just be waiting to be asked...................

  2. We had a Scout go through his EBOR and they said he was now an Eagle Scout. He was our SPL at the time and he wanted to announce he was a Eagle Scout. He asked me if he should announce his new rank and I (SM) said he was not an Eagle Scout yet. Well, he was upset and his parents were mad.

     

    Well, it stated on the back of the official Eagle Scout application:

     

    "Presentation of the rank may not be made until the Eagle Scout credentials are received by the BSA local council."

     

    Yes , you use the EBOR date for Eagle rank, But it still has to be signed by the Scout Executive and forwarded to national to be checked and then the OK is sent back to the local council. He is NOT an Eagle Scout until it is OK by national.

     

    How do I straighten this out with the Troop?

  3. Scoutldr,

    That is exactly the answer I wanted to hear in you last post---the CC just can't make up the rules----The SM and PLC should aproach the TC on the topic with a need and the TC with the Treasurer should try to support the SM and PLC on their idea------not the CC making up all the rules for the Troop.

    Just because the CC scouts are doing High Adventure he is trying to get the Troop to pay for part of it...... but the whole Troop is not doing that activity.

  4. Can the CC make the proposed budget item descriptions and allocate how much goes into each one?

    The CC made a new item called "High Adventure Fund" without even consulting anyone about it. In the past any Scout that did High Adventure: Sea Base. Northern Tier, National Jamboree earned there own way and the Troop did not put in any money toward it.

    Not every Scout does High Adventure. What are your views?

     

    Isn't the CC suppose to make up the yearly budget with SM? Is it time for a new CC?

  5. I am not going to abandon the Troop, I would like to move up to CC, since I was the one responsible getting the Troop to where it is today.

    I unerstand the Troop fron the inside out, and also I would like to help get the older Scouts jump started on Eagle projects.

     

    I would also like to have some input to the next SM. There is one SA the Scouts don't like.....they always ask me if "Mr. ________ is going on the campout. I feel we have lost Scouts because of that SA.

     

    I would also make sure that no leaders have a "dual position" in the Troop like SA and Treasurer or MC. Have someone from the community sit on the TC to get their input on the operations.

  6. What is the correct way to step down as Scoutmaster? Do you contact your CO first? Or the COR? Or your UC?

    If any of you have done this before, I would like to know the right way and also keep the Troop growing instead of sliding backwards.

    I know a lot of SM's have put a great amount of time and training (I've completed Wood Badge in my tenure as SM, and did use it to improve the Troop operations) and they would also like to see the next SM to continue with success.

    It's been a hard decision to make but also for the past year I have been involved at the District level and have made the decision to put my time and training to the District level. My son has a short time left in Boy Scouts and in a couple of months I will have put 10 years into Scouting in the Pack or Troop level and have donated many dollars, hours, weekends, and vacation days from work for day camp, resident camp and National Jamboree. The funny thing about that is the parents quickly forget the time and dedication you have put into their Scouts. Hopefully the Scouts will remember. I know it will be a part of my life I will never forget.

     

  7. Beavah.

    I like your first Coh plans and your right, their are more important issues to clear first in the troop with the adults. The first real damaging one is the Troop Committee for instance an assistant scoutmaster is the treasurer, the COR sits in the meetings and votes, the unit commissioner sits in on the meetings and votes, too many "dual positions" in the Troop to work against poor me, the Scoutmaster that has no say in anything.......

  8. Money can be a touchy subject.....a CC in our troop thinks he can dictate where the funds are going. He just took some of the funds toward high adventure trips because his sons are are doing high adventure and as SM I don't save any say in the troop funds. Our TC is really screwed up and I am taking measures to correct (or oust) this arrogant CC. I think the whole TC should be abolished because many are husband/wife and are doing dual roles in the troop

  9. I have a problem with this COH ceremony.....as the scouts enter the cereomy they stand by the sign of their current rank. Some of the Life rank scouts are 16-17 years old and have expressed the humiliation of a 14 and 15 year old walking past them to stand at the Eagle rank. Have you ever seen a Eagle COH like this? It is the 15 year olds Eagle COH. Do you think his parents are trying to "showboat"

    their new Eagle scout?

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