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Double Eagle

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  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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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