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  1. Have any of you used Troop Track for you scout troop? Dd's AHG troop is considering switching from Troopmaster to Troop Track and since I am badge manger, I was asked to check out Troop Track to see if it would be better than Troopmaster, which we have been using. I would love any feedback on it, especially if you have used both. Thanks!
  2. I need to make some curtains for a scout camp cabin. It's a cute little '50's cottage, used by families who are visiting their scout at camp. By "cute", I mean "has potential, but needs work". I think some pretty curtains, instead of the bits of paper or cloth or nothing at all that is there now, will help perk it up a bit. The cabin has two small bedrooms and a small bathroom; I think there are 4 windows total. (There is a living/dining/kitchen room as well, for which there are already curtains.) I've bought some lovely, pretty bedsheets to make them with. That will give me a lot of fabric to work with. Anyway, I'm going to use spring tension rods. I have one afternoon to make as many curtains as I can for bedrooms and bathrooms. (There are actually at least three of these cabins.) The windows are small. Maybe 3 feet wide and two feet high, or even smaller. How should I design the curtains? --I don't want to do cafe tabs for time reasons. A simple rod pocket will be quickest. --I want the curtains to cover the whole window at night for privacy, but to be able to be pulled aside during the day for light and air to come through. --Should I do one curtain to cover the whole window, that can be pulled to one side and tied? Or would two panels be a better choice? (I'd kind of like to do a top and bottom panel, or valence and curtain, but that would require two rods, and I'm trying to keep it cheap.) --I'm thinking of attaching curtain ties to the curtain itself, so they won't be lost and won't need any hardware. (The curtains need to be easy to wash.) Any thoughts about this? --Not sure if I will use only one fabric, or a combination. Anyone have some cute pics to inspire me? Thoughts about efficient construction? Tips to remember as I sew?
  3. I got an interesting email today. Last year I was a leader with the beaver scouts in the neighboring town while my boys did scouts and cubs. (Canadian of course so names are different than what you all are used to). Today the scoutmaster for that group, who also happens to be the area commisioner, asked me if I would be willing to start up a new group in my current town and be the scoutmaster to oversee all the sections within it! :001_huh: Now next year my 4 kids were all going to be involved and I had a TON of ideas and planning on the go so I know I would have no issue with that. But I only completed 1 year as a leader and am still fairly new to this. That said I did spend 9 years in girl guiding as a kid, and 1 year in venturers as a teen (it is the level after scouts in Canada), so I am not new to the program just to leading. I told him I would be very happy to as long as I got help getting started since I have no clue about any of it. Have any of you undertaken anything like this? Have you ever started up your own troop to make sure it was offered in your city/town? What did you find the work load to be like? Tell me I am not crazy taking this on, or at least even if I am bat-sh*t crazy that you think I could do a good job with it.
  4. DS is quitting scouts. He is going to finish up his remaining 2 merit badges and possibly attempt an Eagle project and then he says he's done. He wants to be out in the next couple of months. Evidently there was some bullying going on at summer camp - I knew some of the story because one of the mothers posted about it on Facebook - and DS has been singled out as the instigator. Last week, during the regular meeting, the leaders had a short discussion with the boys about bullying and said that the complaints that were made were strong enough to have the boy kicked out of scouts. At that time another scout was being named as the perpetrator and no one said anything to me about DS. Evidently this week boys are coming forward and implicating DS. DS admits to saying things that would be considered mean but that nothing he said was anything different than what the other boys were saying and that he was going along with the group. The Scoutmaster wanted to discuss the allegations and talk about DS's behavior. During the discussion I brought up the OA issues and behavioral examples of other scouts. The SM agreed that there are problems with other boys but since no one has complained about them there is nothing he can do. Since there is a parent complaining about DS disciplinary action will be taken. DS says he can't take it any more and wants to quit. He would leave now but I have convinced him to hold on and to try to finish his Eagle. We are registered for a Scouting event this weekend and DS is supposed to complete 3 merit badges. I hope he can find it in himself to go and have a good time. None of the other scouts in his troop wanted to go to this event - they never go to scouting events outside of the troop - and I am hoping DS will find something to keep him motivated. This whole situation breaks my heart. DS loves scouts and has focused much of the last two years on becoming a good/great scout. ETA: during our conversation the SM said that of the four boys who crossed over 3 years ago DS is by far the best scout, has the strongest leadership ability and has the potential to do the best and go the farthest in scouting. He said if he had to rank the boys in the troop based on scouting ability DS would be No. 2. ETA: I was in a hurry when I wrote the OP so I will add this here (it's in a post later on) - DS requested a chance to address the troop last night after he learned of the accusations and the discplinary action. He spoke to the SM and told him what he wanted to say. The SM denied him the opportunity saying it wouldn' do any good. DS is also not allowed to speak to the boy making the accusation, the boy's family or the committee. What are the accusations? Initially, name calling. He called a younger scout a baby and a girl scout; DS admits to this. The boy has since changed his story and is now saying DS hit him and pushed him down; this after the boy initally accussed of hitting was not at last week's meeting. ETA: DH and I are disciplining DS with situation appropriate consequences. DS is learning a lesson, believe me. We are not taking this situation lightly.
  5. This time I am venting about a leader:glare: So, here's the deal. The troop is going on their annual rock climbing merit badge outing. Since I am an avid rock climber, I agreed to come help get the boys ready for it. We decided that it would be best if I worked with the boys who already had their merit badge, but needed a refresher to pass their belay test. The other boys would be taking the basics class or the merit badge class. So, the leader in charge of this outing "forgets" to get the boys together to work with me. I stood there for an hour waiting. I would have left, but I didn't feel like walking home with my somewhat heavy climbing bag and my son wasn't ready to leave. Then, he started sending kids to me who didn't know anything about climbing at all and thought I could get them up to speed in 15 minutes. Um ... NO. That would take a 2 hour class, thank you very much!! I think I was a little short with a couple boys who were talking while I was talking. So, I am trying to think of a nice way of telling this leader that I need more time if I am to work with every kid who will need my help. And, I want to have the liberty to set things up that work for ME - stations with experienced boys helping me and I can give the safety lesson. Breathe, Ellen, just breathe!
  6. Please forgive the following rant. It's after 10pm here, I'm having a long stressful day at the end of a long stressful tour. I just got a call from my middle son, who's away at a scout patrol-o-ree. He sounded like he was near tears. The troop, which has a new scoutmaster, who is a kind and experienced guy, but keeps behaving as if he thinks the troop was a bunch of bad news bears types that needed a new sherrif to come into town, did not do their regular troop meeting before the campout getting all the gear out and tested. So they are two hours away at a joint scouting event without enough tents because a bunch of the tents they brought are broken. It's after 10pm and it sounds like they still don't have things set up properly at the campsite (son mentioned a pile of personal gear at a site that isn't theirs. Their site was one of the farthest from the bus drop off points and they may not have enough room in the functional tents for scouts and gear). Oh, and the scoutmaster had a massive communications problem over food between himself and the grubmasters from the junior patrol, which is the one patrol that has been getting menus and buying food right for the last six months. Then, he realizes that he and his son and two other scouts didn't bring food for dinner (like they were supposed to per the permission slip) on the bus ride, so he has the rental bus waiting for 20 minutes while he and another adult run to McDonalds for food (like he didn't know an hour earlier that he hadn't brought food). Meanwhile, we'll end up paying for the time that the bus sat waiting for us to be ready to go. :confused: My son was so obviously upset because he just stepped down from being quartermaster and was already frustrated that all of the gear pull out was being done in just an hour before the bus arrived. He also mentioned that they hadn't brought a cooler. I am moving out of the country in less than a month, so I'm trying so hard to hand over the reins. But I am looking at the couple of been there, done that, got the square knot leaders who are supposed to be the voices of reason and experience and I'm wondering if they've never seen a checklist for getting ready for a campout. ARGHHH. Darn you people, I really don't need more annoying characters for my book. I'm surrounded by enough already.
  7. Ok Cub parents, I'm in the middle of planning out Blue and Gold banquet which will be a luncheon this year. I'm trying to figure out how to do things this year but I want to see how some other packs do it. Do you have catered B&G banquets? If so, how many Cubs do you have in your pack? Do you do pot lucks? If you cater, do you charge for the B&G? We have 60 boys in the pack currently and would like to have a catered event. If we cater, we'll have to charge for some of the per person amount. Maybe $3 a person with kids 5 and under free. Would that keep you from coming?
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