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About joannqn

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  1. I have no idea how you would only catch the back of the patch on a sewing machine??? DS and I made a deal. I would sew patches onto his shirt (he's worried about ruining his shirt), and he'll sew badges to his sash. I'm going to show him how to use both the machine and hand-stitching.
  2. Thanks. I'll keep that in mind. I'm guessing the $2000 doesn't include airfare. I just asked him about Patrol Medic. He's responsible for his patrol's first aid kit. In fact, he brought it home from his campout. It is his responsibility to bring it on outings, making sure it stays stocked (doesn't have to pay for items just letting the leaders know when items are used), and ensuring it gets passed to another patrol member to carry on outings he's not attending.
  3. I have no idea what a Jambo shakedown is but it sounds exciting. DS went to his first boy scout campout this weekend. He loved it. Saturday night, they did a handful of scenarios complete with fake blood and an amputee playing the victim of an accidental amputation. DS got picked to teach his patrol CPR. DH said one of the adults told him he was impressed with how well DS conducted the class. He earned his first aid merit badge while there and wants to do the campout again next year. Oh, and he is apparently now the patrol's medic; is that something just his troop does; I can't find
  4. Good point...about the learning he's competent. I think I'll teach him how to do both ways so he can do both. Hand-stitching is useful, though I find sewing badges really hard on the fingers because of the thickness.
  5. Is there a reason to sew on the badges manually versus with a machine? It's so much easier with a machine.
  6. Ya'll are talking like your boys know how to sew. Mine wouldn't even know where to start....as in the thread getting onto the needle part.
  7. Maybe you should just send me the files for blank charts and save us the work. :tongue_smilie:
  8. Thanks for this. No one has suggested that I need to keep track of this stuff. He's already been swimming with the troop, and I didn't know I needed to keep track of it.
  9. Thanks! We are still in the overwhelmed state but it seems to be working out fine. The troop we joined is boy lead. Most of the boys seem friendly, and he chose his patrol because they were very friendly and patient with his questions. The adults all seem friendly and helpful and patient with my questions. Our neighbor is also into scouting and has an eagle scout and another boy in scouting. Between everything, I think we are having a pretty easy start.
  10. I'm glad this came back to the top of the forums. DS11 just joined boy scouts four weeks ago. It is our first time involved with scouting in any way so everything is still pretty overwhelming. But he is having fun and meeting boys his age. He's decided to work on astronomy and space exploration first. He's going on his first camp out next weekend where they will be working on first aid.
  11. My 9 year old also finished Algebra 1 last year. We tried going into AoPS Counting and Probability but found it too difficult. We decided to go back and do AoPS Prealgebra for a few reasons. First, the material is easier, which allows him/us to get used to AoPS's method of teaching. It also lets us wet our feet with problem solving on easier material. Second, there are plenty of new concepts in their version of prealgebra that we haven't already covered. He's also spending time at Khan Academy and Alcumus.
  12. I caught the cookie thief! BUT... someone else took 186 cookies from the cookie jar!

  13. I would not mind at all! It's mdmlarkin@msn.com ~ thanks so much!


  14. Would you mind given me your email address via PM and I'll answer all of your questions there? It's easier because I don't have to deal with character limits. If not, I can answer here too...it'll just take a couple messages.

  15. Hi! I am currently in the process of enrolling at CVA and ran across some of your posts. It sounds like you've been enrolled there for awhile and know a lot about it! We are just switching from another brick-and-mortar ALE, and I am finding lots of differences. Is there somewhere on the site I can peruse what is and isn't OK for purchasing? It surprises me that people say they can order ink and what-not ~ we were never allowed these things! And I saw in one of your posts (forgive me if it was not yours ~ I've been surfing so much today!), that CBI's will not be entirely covered anymore. What are the rules on these? (I looked through the handbook, but it's not as specific on many points as I would like). I had a short discussion with someone in the office the other day, but I always seem to come up with new questions when the office is closed and just can't wait!! Thanks for ANY information you can pass along!


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