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Double Eagle

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  1. This might be a good time to try popcorn over coals. Baked apples as a treat. Watermelon or even bald cupcakes (bald without frosting). Whatever you decide, don't let anyone say that it is inappropriate to have a special troop treat. My last troop, it was tradition to have oreos and milk on the first night's cracker barrel. Speaking of cracker barrel, how about one of those?
  2. Check out www.scoutorama.com (look for the "Mad Lib" title on the left side) and there is a fill in the blank type letter that is fun for all. The first time I did it, the troop thought it was great. It talks about the flood, learning to drive, lost scouts, and going to town for more ammo. Pretty inventive.(This message has been edited by Double Eagle)(This message has been edited by Double Eagle)
  3. Thank you for your time and giving the scouts a camp. KS hit on it and I'm just wondering (no judgements) whether the pants and boonie caps were the 4 color camo or solid colors like OD green? I won't open the debate. Sounds like you guys had a great time and are keeping them doing the fun stuff and advancing along the way.
  4. KS, I know all about the military training areas and scouting use. Being on an extended campout in the balkans, I will miss out on camp this year. DE is way out of line on the watermelon thing. My troop routinely has treats for the troop. One new concept was popping corn over coals. Feeding seems to be a problem with your camp and ours last year. NOLDSCT from the Adironacks would know about how Camp Portaferry does a great job, so did the Blue Water Council (Michigan) in the 80s. Scouting oversees is much different than other places. Thank you for giving the program to those scout
  5. I agree with Mike Long. Have the scout involved in the planning, isn't it a requirment up to 1st Class for menu planning and assisting in the prep, and safe handling of food. Anyway, How about asking the "McMom" (cool term) and "McScout" to help with the teaching of the newer scouts about the food pyramid and how to plan a menu. It may make them think. This might be a good time to have cooking as a theme for the month and let everyone try their hand at some troop feast on an outing. The other thing about sodas. As a rule I don't like them because we always seem to decorate the area
  6. Wow, this sure got some attention. Boy scouts taking a troop to court, that sure would bring a headline. So much for the volunteers of that troop. You would probably send every scouter and scout running for the hills. Many of these volunteers do the best they can, without a lot of support until one parent isn't pleased. How about amending/drafting their guidelines so that it is pretty clear. What was the purpose of the fundraising? Was it to fatten an individual account? When we plan our budget, we focus on what is to be done and then how to raise the money. I think that using the way
  7. Having taught this two times in the past (whew!) The five 10-mile hikes are separate but each hike must be completed the same day. The on 20-miler is also in one day. The last time, we did the 20 miler in the Adironacks and left early, 6:00am. We hiked, messed around, took scenic breaks, and didn't turn it into a race. A real enjoyable and over-before-you-know-it hike. Total hiking merit badge miles 70.(This message has been edited by Double Eagle)
  8. At one of the first meetings of the fall, usually after the school night recruitment, we used a discussion, with the cubs and their partners, on how we would introduce new cubs and partner to meetings and what the cubs roles were. We talked about it, practiced it, and then had the next week's meeting try it out on another cub's partner. We worked in the "signs up" into it and it caught on pretty good.(This message has been edited by Double Eagle)
  9. Agree, moving every 3-4 years, I fall into that boat quite often, after 20+yrs, I don't have it. I've come to accept it. I've had and worked with some great SM that have in position for a long time too without a thought of moving them. All I can say is we have to be patient and those knots don't make the scouter. I've seen "knot chasers" and most were there for themselves and not the scouts or program.
  10. I've served as ASM for a woman SM. Great scouter. I can't count the number of women that serve(d) as den leaders, committee members, and staff. The OA went to inducting women in 1989. Many of my experience have shown that without the women being involved, there wouldn't be a program. Having married a woman scouter, not the SM above, I've seen how recruiting and letting women fit into a once male dominated organization helps the entire growth and program. I think that seeing a woman going through an ordeal, summer camps, staff, and NOAC, the scouts develop a better idea of how equa
  11. In response to the question about whether it carries over? Knife techniques are only part of the totin chip. My take is that if they learned the skills (knots, knife safety) prior to entering boy scouts maybe only the test and recognition portion of the advancement steps needs to be applied. I've always been supportive that if they had a whittlin chip, they would be allowed to use knives. I've seen the whittlin chip taught on bars of soap and never had a blade touch wood. Maybe at least a refresher with the new scouts would help. If they thought that they were ready for the other woods t
  12. I've taught the use of woods tools for several years, decades. As of late, some scouters have questioned the use of hatchets and some leaders have forbidden the use. They have no problem with the 3/4 ax. I kind of revert back to teaching them to "be prepared". Many places a hatchet or hand ax is easier, lighter, and more appropriate to use than the ax. With the new compact models with sheaths that can be attached to a belt, not a popular practice due to safety, they seem to pack quite easily. The BSA has modified the sheaths so they are not able to be carried on the belt as in old photos
  13. My guidance is that in order to use the knife only, they must at least have the whittlin chip. If they want to use the other woods tools, they have to earn their totin chip. One way to help this process is to offer the totin chip on the first day of camp. While some moving of stuff is happening, those needing it, can. The thought of me not being able cut, chop, and saw (grew up in the Michigan woods) seems like a bummer. My experience is that at camp, they will try to use the tools whether with or without the training. Better to teach them the right way than to try on their own out of si
  14. Been there. A good resource for you and the troop is the unit comissioner. If you have one, invite them to a committee and/or troop meeting. Your COR may help too. After all, the chartered organization there too. The commissioners, both unit and ADC, are not the enemy and will come if invited. The local OA lodge or chapter is available to help you with the outdoor program. The lodge is there for the troops, many of their arrowmen will help with the selfless service or counsel. Committee training is good for the learning who's job is what. From what I can see the problem is that
  15. OGE, For the part of a shy scout and the ceremony, I offer this. Practices and rehearsals conducted during the pre-opening or last meeting's after-meeting portion may help with the uneasiness of getting in front of a group. A troop guide or informal leader may be able to work with the scout where an adult may be intimidating. Just being part of a winning team, whether playing or not, builds esteem and confidence. Maybe if he was asked which part he would like would help, this way he is not avoiding responsibility of participating but easing into the spotlight. Maybe a win-win situat
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