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About Jennifer3141

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    Another overly-educated atheist
  • Birthday 10/21/1971

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    Northern Michigan
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    Hippy homesteading, 4H, book clubs, cooking classes, climbing Sleeping Bear.

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    42 and FABULOUS
  • Location
    Northern Michigan
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    Cheesemaking, hobby farming, canning, climbing the dunes and managing our mini zoo.
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    SAHM and wife to a hardworking doctor
  1. Moon, I have a SuperNova Cub too. He's now starting his first year of Webelos and he's working on that SuperNova too. We've added Frontier Girls to our GS experience. Most of my GS troop is now FG and we are individually registered as GS. The girls hated the, "new" GS curriculum and wanted more badges and we can't do anything awesome on .50 a box. I have girls that want to do Troop Mackinaw so we are staying in GS - a little. But I'm really starting to see why people feel the need to leave GS.
  2. DS got his Nova award last week. Or he would have if he had been healthy enough to attend the pack meeting. He was top seller in his troop for popcorn and nuts this fall so he gets to throw a pie at his den leader and CM. We worked hard on sales. :) DD's new troop has had two regular meetings now and we doubled in size after our fall sign up. I finally have all the paperowrk in and processed and I love running the Brownie group!! I have the most serious scout in our troop in my little, "den." That girl wants ALL the badges. Whew. I'm going to be working hard with her. :) And our first meeting setting up our own SU for GS is in a couple of weeks. We have $400 just sitting there, waiting for us to run a SU. I'm really looking forward to that.
  3. Miss Marple, that is wonderful!! I met up with a brand spanking new Eagle at a scout rally this weekend and he was just grinning ear to ear. :)
  4. That is a cool Bronze award!! I don't know what shape your council is in but I will definitely be looking only for Bronze and Silver projects that are not affliated with our GSA council. Up until Gold, we have the option of working within the GSA community. As much help as our local camp needs, there's just no way I'd work with council on projects.
  5. I have such a hard time wrapping my head around the concept of not having multiple troops to choose from. I'm so sorry to those of you who struggle with losing a troop.
  6. Congrats to Geezle!! That's some good mamaing right there. :) That gardening club thing... is that their Bronze award work or are you keeping that just as community service?
  7. My son was on TV yesterday and featured on a couple of national BSA FB groups yesterday for his participation in a Scout Salute. My BF lives 100 miles away and saw DS and I on TV and was VERY excited, even though she still says I look like a park ranger in uniform. :laugh: I'm going to GSA leader training this weekend, even though I've already done most of this and then on Sunday DD and I go to Bronze Award training. Last weekend, I got ACA and Red Cross certified in kayaking and canoeing on open water for GSA. I still need river training and open water lifeguarding. I have archery certification in October.
  8. Heigh, What are you going to do with your time once you're retired??
  9. Our first fall Roundtable is Thursday. I'm all nerded up to go! :laugh:
  10. I hate having to dig through so many pages to find us! When does everyone start their troops back up? My GS troop is having an ice cream outing on Sunday. My CS pack is having its kickoff on September 24. Starting September 7, I have five straight weekends of scouting stuff. I'm taking DS on a Mom and Me event, taking the kids to an international scout rally, and then I take my DD up to Mackinaw for a GSA thing there. And I have canoe/kayak certification and then archery certification for myself in there too. I'm thinking about going someplace south this winter for a week mainly to do the long lifeguard program. No one offers it here in Michigan in the winter. Go figure. But if I could spread these certifications out, it would make my life a little easier!!! I'm doing some GS banking and I'm taking the kids geocaching today.
  11. Jen, I hope my DD does both Venture and GS when the time is right. The Venture program is awesome!!!
  12. Heigh, the pumpkin thing is a really cool idea! It seems being done by B&G is a good possibility but I'm still not understanding why this den leader wants to be done five weeks before that! The CM and this den leader don't like each other and I'm getting garbled communications from both. So I'm hoping tonight it all about clarification and calmness. Ameena, I have a multi-level GS troop. I've got from Daisies to Juniors so far. It's not really a lot of work unless you become a scout nerd and go for all the extra training. I'm going to get paddle certified in a few weeks since the RC is doing away with it. And then archery certified in October. The all day trainings 200 miles away are kind of rough!
  13. Has the better council specifically told you that you can't register with them??
  14. Good evening, scouters! I went to a GSA adult resource day on Saturday and had a GREAT time. We hung out afterwards and no one really wanted to part. I kept looking around thinking, "THIS! This is what GSA could be if they weren't so darn dumb!" What we got out of it is to just work around the dumbness of the individual councils. Yes, it would be awesome if they supported leaders (some?) at all but they really don't and the inconsistenices are INSANE. I never truly realized that every council sets their own orientation agenda. So there's ZERO consistency for training from one council to the next. I could be fully trained here (and am!) and move 200 miles and have to start all over. And it's the Wild West when it comes to finances. There isn't anyone smart enough nationally to figure that out. So the individual councils set the rules. But what the best leaders taught us is to just work around it and keep your head down. As long as our guiding principle is the girls' welfare, we should be ok. I meet a leader who has taken two groups from Daisies/Brownies to high school seniors now. She started out with 23 Daisies and now has 18 Ambassadors. These young women were so driven and poised and at ease with themselves and their sister scouts, it was just amazing to see. Our area is rebuilding from years of GSA drama. We're going to have to start all over. But the fun thing about that is that we get to start all over. I'm going for canoe and archery certification this fall. Next year at camp, I'm hoping to help out with a fabulous and fun program. Tomorrow night is our first CS board meeting. It will be my first meeting as the committee chair! I'm kinda excited. We have one crazy den leader who wants her den to do the entire book in 6 weeks. I may get to tonk her on the head with my gavel! So there's my question for the evening... Have you ever heard of a den doing their badge requirements in 6 weeks? I haven't gotten a clear answer from the den leader about why she feels the need to push so hard. It's Wolves. I kinda get being done by Blue and Gold but 6 weeks would put her at the tail end of January by our calendar. Then I guess she wants to do arrow points and belt loops for February - May? I'm not sure how much of her agenda is tied to her coaching school sports, which is what I think is REALLY at the bottom of this. It feels to me like she just wants to get scouting done and rush through it. And I'm not sure how parents are going to take it when there's a 4 week requirement and a 2 week requirement built into the program already. How many of your Cubs have earned their animal badge by their B&G?
  15. We had a community service project today for CS. We helped older people at a community picnic. I live in a region that is descended upon in the summer by tourists and by this time every year, the locals are MORE than ready for the fudgies to get out. Started out the picnic by dealing with a drunk driver at 11:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning. Other than the drunk driver, it was good fun. It was the 121st anniversary of this picnic. It's kind of a cool community thing to do but I suspect it will die off in the next 5-10 years. We got a ton of Nova work done this week! And DD is working on her first Journey badge. I have a GSA training day next Saturday and then a GS troop meeting on Sunday. Then we do one more summer time meeting (we're going for ice cream and the park) and then a few weeks off until meetings start at the end of September/beginning of October. I cannot believe this summer is almost over!! Our local GS center cancelled a training for girls last week that was actually the kind of stuff GSA needs to do - it was a camping training class for beginning campers. So the girls would have actually been outside and working on building their own campfires, etc. They wanted 25 girls to attend but only 10 signed up so they CANCELLED it. Our local GSA has very low attendance because we were hostilely taken over 3-4 years ago and they cancelled everything at the last minute for years. No one signs up for anything anymore and thus they cancel everything. I cannot seem to make them understand that the council is perpetuating the dang cycle by not allowing stuff to go on, even if they don't have the numbers they want. The council's attitude seems to be, "If we don't hit a magic number, to heck with them!" They don't seem to understand that they have to repair the damage they've done for YEARS to girls and leaders but if they run with integrity, some people will come back and some will sign up new. Frustrating!!
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