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My son is the first one in the troop to go thru with the new app too. He e-mailed as well as hardcopied. It was apparent at the project approval stage that members had used the e-mail copy.

 

I'd suggest, if your council has a yahoo group, to put up a request that anyone going the way of the DAC bring it over to him, or meet him at a council event.

 

Did your ds scan all of the blue cards?  Did he attach the pics to the emails?  No one even mentioned to us that emailing was an option.  I guess that's what happens with a bunch of older adult scouters. Many of these guys still don't have email accounts and a few do not have cell phones.

 

Can you explain the bolded part to me?  What members? 

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I'm the DAC for our district and I'd need to see the hard copy of the blue cards in their books. When we sit for EBoR, I don't want to make a hard copy for the members--it needs to be there already. Same with life purpose.

 

Of course we need before and after pictures of the Eagle project--our district takes over 8 hours to drive from one end to the other--I can't be driving around looking at them all! And it would be ridiculous to expect my entire board to do so. Besides, doesn't the boy want to put in a nice article in the paper, showing hard-working boys with the final project? That's the fun part!

 

The new book is SO streamlined compared to the old--it's really simple.

 

I have several folks in outlying areas to do a last book check before it goes to Council. Unless I can meet the boy at OA or something, I'm not going to drive 4 hours to look at a book! It's easier to find and correct mistakes BEFORE it goes to Council. If the boy doesn't have anyone nearby, we sit on the phone, going over page by page. Had one just yesterday, at his check--he was missing his inspection sheet. I can go over each page, reminding them--did you do this? Do you have this? Is this line filled out (it gets missed a lot). We have pretty good books turned in from our district and it's due to a lot of hard work! I'll have one arriving on Monday and then two EBoRs to schedule!

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My boys left this morning along with 8 other troop members for West Virginia where they will work on the white water merit badge. Dss 2 & 3 went along as junior assistant scoutmasters. They are all looking forward to a week of fun on the water.

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My daughter finally got everything submitted for her Gold Award Proposal.  She's excited that it will actually tie in with the work she did for her Silver Award, but with a bigger actual impact.  Now, I'm just hoping she can actually get it all done while also keeping up with her difficult courseload this year!

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I'm the DAC for our district and I'd need to see the hard copy of the blue cards in their books. When we sit for EBoR, I don't want to make a hard copy for the members--it needs to be there already. Same with life purpose.

 

Of course we need before and after pictures of the Eagle project--our district takes over 8 hours to drive from one end to the other--I can't be driving around looking at them all! And it would be ridiculous to expect my entire board to do so. Besides, doesn't the boy want to put in a nice article in the paper, showing hard-working boys with the final project? That's the fun part!

I wasn't implying that they should drive around looking at projects.  If my statement reads that way, I apologize.

 

The new book is SO streamlined compared to the old--it's really simple.

The Eagle project book?  It is my understanding that only pages 19-20 are to be turned in with the application.  Does your council require the entire book to be submitted?

I have several folks in outlying areas to do a last book check before it goes to Council. Unless I can meet the boy at OA or something, I'm not going to drive 4 hours to look at a book! It's easier to find and correct mistakes BEFORE it goes to Council. If the boy doesn't have anyone nearby, we sit on the phone, going over page by page. Had one just yesterday, at his check--he was missing his inspection sheet. I can go over each page, reminding them--did you do this? Do you have this? Is this line filled out (it gets missed a lot). We have pretty good books turned in from our district and it's due to a lot of hard work! I'll have one arriving on Monday and then two EBoRs to schedule!

 

What book are you talking about?  DS was initially told to print the online application (2 pages; 3 if you include the Life Statement) and submit tpages 19-20 from the Project workbook.  That's it.  It was only after the DAC said to photocopy the blue cards.  No where else did it say these were requirements for the application.

 

What is an inspection sheet?  Where can I find it?

 

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My daughter finally got everything submitted for her Gold Award Proposal.  She's excited that it will actually tie in with the work she did for her Silver Award, but with a bigger actual impact.  Now, I'm just hoping she can actually get it all done while also keeping up with her difficult courseload this year!

 

 

Alright. Spill it, Mama! What is she doing?

 

DD is working on her bronze this year. This is her first year being a Junior. Our troop's going to be working with our local animal shelter. I dropped the paperwork off this week for the people to look at and prioritize what they need. The shelter wanted towels and food and DD laughed and said, "Dream bigger! We'll do that too but we want a REAL project!!"

 

I started DD early on her first journey because I wanted one kid under my belt so she can help everyone else.

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Ds just got back today from his first full week at Cub Scout camp. When asked if he was at all homesick his reply was “no, but now I’m campsick.†I guess that’s a success. :) 

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Alright. Spill it, Mama! What is she doing?

 

DD is working on her bronze this year. This is her first year being a Junior. Our troop's going to be working with our local animal shelter. I dropped the paperwork off this week for the people to look at and prioritize what they need. The shelter wanted towels and food and DD laughed and said, "Dream bigger! We'll do that too but we want a REAL project!!"

 

I started DD early on her first journey because I wanted one kid under my belt so she can help everyone else.

 

For her Silver Award, she got involved with environmental impacts of fracking and learned about the really poor air quality in our area, so she's working on a project to improve air quality using plants and working with Master Gardeners to develop a "pass it on" approach to propagating and distributing these.  It's a nice mix of her Bronze and Silver.  For her Bronze, her troop worked together to start a community garden and then built wheelchair accessible raised beds for a local nursing home. 

 

We've certainly had trouble finding the sustainable type projects that aren't a one-time deal.  Good luck to your daughter and troop!

 

 

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Did your ds scan all of the blue cards?  Did he attach the pics to the emails?  No one even mentioned to us that emailing was an option.  I guess that's what happens with a bunch of older adult scouters. Many of these guys still don't have email accounts and a few do not have cell phones.

 

Can you explain the bolded part to me?  What members? 

 

I think each council does things a little differently. The Troop's Advancement person did the blue cards. The pics were not uploaded with the final application; the software doesn't seem to be that advanced yet. He scanned them in and did something with sizing so the file size wouldn't be too large, and stored them as a separate file.

 

The members at the project approval stage -- the EBOR members that approve the project, before it is started. They had printed out copies of their own from the electronic version of the project workbook (w/o pics) and had read them over before ds went to the live meeting and distributed his copies with pictures. Saved a lot of time as they had prepared their questions and comments in advance.  I think it will be a few years before they get to skype though.

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Somewhere in the process, the Eagle Candidate is generally expected to have a uniform inspection. The form is online. http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34283.pdf It's possible that your Council will not require it.

 

Our Eagle list is here:  http://www.wccbsa.org/program/eaglesnest/advancmentforms

 

Very nice.  Thanks for the link.  I can see your boys are well prepared for the EBOR.

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Just popping into this thread to say that next week we will have our Eagle CoH for our family's third and fourth Eagle Scouts! We got FOUR Eagles in less than a year - not an easy feat, lemmetellya!

 

And my 15yo is a full time counselor at camp this summer, teaching metalworking.

 

But alas, it seems our time in BSA is coming to a close as our troop is dissolving as a result of the national membership change. When we come back from our foray around the country, I'm not sure if we will seek out another troop, go along with whatever our old troop is changing over to, or quit altogether. Still praying for guidance on that decision.

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Just popping into this thread to say that next week we will have our Eagle CoH for our family's third and fourth Eagle Scouts! We got FOUR Eagles in less than a year - not an easy feat, lemmetellya!

This is wonderful!  Congratulations to all of your boys!

And my 15yo is a full time counselor at camp this summer, teaching metalworking.

Yay!  DS was a CIT for a tad.  He loved it.  I hope your DS is having a memorable experience.

But alas, it seems our time in BSA is coming to a close as our troop is dissolving as a result of the national membership change. When we come back from our foray around the country, I'm not sure if we will seek out another troop, go along with whatever our old troop is changing over to, or quit altogether. Still praying for guidance on that decision.

:(  ((hugs))I am sure you will make the decision that is best for your family.

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My DH and son, along with 12 other boys and 3 other adults, left for Camp Baldwin (Eastern Oregon) this a.m.  The entire troop will be working on Horsemanship while there in addition to several other badges of choice.  My son plans to finish up Swimming, First Aid, and Environmental Science as well as see what else interested him during his time there.

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My DH and son, along with 12 other boys and 3 other adults, left for Camp Baldwin (Eastern Oregon) this a.m.  The entire troop will be working on Horsemanship while there in addition to several other badges of choice.  My son plans to finish up Swimming, First Aid, and Environmental Science as well as see what else interested him during his time there.

 

Horsemanship -- that sounds like a fantastic experience!

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My ds is due to start on Citizenship in the Nation and Personal Fitness this week. I think he will need a bit of a reminder, lol.

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When does everyone start back, if you break for the summer? I'm almost as excited to start back with scouts as I am to start back to school.

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When does everyone start back, if you break for the summer? I'm almost as excited to start back with scouts as I am to start back to school.

 

 

We never got a break!! DS' pack met all summer long between Nova work and parades and community service for our charter organization.

 

DD's GS troop is new and enthusiastic so we met either monthly or twice monthly throughout the summer. I loved this because I got to know the girls really well this summer.

 

We do weekly meetings for both troops so scouting will take up my Tuesdays and Fridays. Our den meetings start the first week in October. I'm trying to figure out if I should start the GS troop that week too or go for it at the end of September.

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Our troop never takes a break--our best camping is in the summer since it can be -40 with 6 feet of snow in the winter. Our boys have one more camping trip (14er climb) and a canoe trip this summer to go!

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I wish we met during the summer, I love our troop but everyone seems to go on vacation at different times and such. Sounds like you've all had fun this summer too.

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I think the trick to staying active in the summer is just to go ahead and schedule things. Those that can make it do, and those who can't cant. Our Pack does just one thing a month.

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Our Troop doesn't break, although they don't hold weekly meetings in July and August. Younger guys and those not working as Camp Counselors usually have a 50 miler type of opportunity in August, July is Resident Camp. Older guys usually get Camp Staff gigs. Ds didn't this year as he likes to work Cub Day Camp and this year's locations didn't work out transportation-wise; he didn't want to do Resident Camp as he didn't want to quit his current weekend job before he had been there for a year. Some of the mbcs also see summer as a great time to meet. The boys usually do a fundraiser and there are some service projects too. My son actually likes summer better because there is less talk, more action.

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Oh help. I've gone brain dead and need to write a parent Eagle letter of recommendation. I have no idea how to start...can you all give me some assistance pretty please?

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Our Troop doesn't take a break.  We have meetings every other week instead of every week and we work on swimming, canoeing, and other outdoor badges.  We also camp once/month and do a day hike once/month all summer long.

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Here's what we give our letter writers:

 

 

To Whom It May Concern,

 

The Eagle Scout candidate who is requesting a reference from you is preparing to meet with an Eagle Scout Board of Review. To facilitate review of his character, he is asking you to provide a confidential letter of recommendation for him.

 

Please either e-mail or type your letter. Include the name of the Eagle Scout candidate in the beginning of the letter and indicate which referral you have been asked to do, i.e.:  Parent, Religious, Educational, Employer, or Adult Friend. Also indicate how long you have known the candidate. 

 

If you choose to e-mail your letter, please put Letter for _______ in the subject line with the name of the candidate. If you choose to type your letter, at the end of your letter please print then sign your name and put it in the stamped, addressed envelope provided to you by the Eagle candidate. The addresses, physical and e-mail, are at the end of this letter.

 

The purpose of this Board of Review is to determine whether the young man seeking the Eagle Scout Award has satisfactorily met all of the following requirements, and may help you formulate your recommendation:

 

  1. He has done his best to live up to the Scout Oath, Law, Motto and Slogan, which are:

Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. 

                 Scout Law:  A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, & reverent.           

                 Motto: Be Prepared.

                 Slogan: Do a good turn daily.

 

  1. He has demonstrated leadership ability in helping his scout unit, school, church and community, and has shown respect for the property of others.

 

  1. He has earned at least twenty-one (21) merit badges, and completed the other specified requirements.

       

Your letter should explain why you think this candidate is worthy of the rank of Eagle and whether or not you think he has lived up to the high ideals of leadership and citizenship required of him. Your confidential letter will be read by the Eagle Board of Review committee prior to meeting with the Candidate.

 

Under no circumstance should you give your letter to the Scout that gave this to you or to any member of his family.

 

Thank you for your assistance.

 

Oh help. I've gone brain dead and need to write a parent Eagle letter of recommendation. I have no idea how to start...can you all give me some assistance pretty please?

 

 

The best parent letters give specific examples of how the boy has grown and taken on more responsibility. A very generalized letter is not terribly helpful, but specific areas that a teacher might not see are good. We have a boy in our troop who has a whole pile of little sisters. We gained much insight into his life as his mom explained how he cares for and protects his sisters. Here are some examples:

 

http://www.gobookee.net/eagle-scout-letter-of-recommendation-parent-sample/

 

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DS is almost done with NOVA, emergency prepardness, national summertime, leave no trace and wildlife conservation. He completed messengers of peace earlier this month. As it stands he is looking at earnung 15 belt loop/pins this summer! He has been on a roll and can't wait for regular meetings to start back up. We have 2 more summertime pack events plus a belt loop bonanza where he plans to earn his whittling chip.

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Yesterday was an eventful day for my Boy Scouts.  My little guy finally got his Star Board of Review.  

 

My older one had a lunch meeting with his Eagle Advisor, and he gave him a lot of homework to do on his project paperwork.  He also got Cit. in the Community signed off.  So now, he only has Personal Fitness (which he needs to re-start for the 3rd?  4th? time *insert exasperated mom of teen eyeroll here* -- it's now the long pole in the tent), along with the project, which should go fairly smoothly now that he has picked one.

 

Little guy is signed up for a Merit Badge Fair where he's going to work on Robotics ... it's all day one day, which eliminates all other badge possibilities for the fair, but it's the direction he might head career-wise.  He has his Eagle-required badges for Life already open and in various stages of completion, and is close to his 8 non-required for Eagle.  His dad will be teaching Cit. in the Nation for the troop starting next week, and I'll be teaching Cooking for those who need it after that, I think (the SPL wanted me to do it sooner, but it's easier for me to do when my youngest has church classes during the school year).  He needs to finish E. Science (started at summer camp) and Cit. in the Community (he is close on this one, I think).

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Oh help. I've gone brain dead and need to write a parent Eagle letter of recommendation. I have no idea how to start...can you all give me some assistance pretty please?

 

Great question.  This is what I have been working on all weekend.

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DS is almost done with NOVA, emergency prepardness, national summertime, leave no trace and wildlife conservation. He completed messengers of peace earlier this month. As it stands he is looking at earnung 15 belt loop/pins this summer! He has been on a roll and can't wait for regular meetings to start back up. We have 2 more summertime pack events plus a belt loop bonanza where he plans to earn his whittling chip.

 

 

Talk to be about your son's NOVA!!! Isn't that the coolest thing in the world? Did he do NOVA or is he going for Super NOVA?

 

I could have spit nails when our CM told me last week that BSA was thinking of getting rid of it. Your DS must be a Webelo, right?

 

We're going to finish our wildlife conservation pin and beltloop today.

We're doing the math portion of NOVA right now. I want NOVA done before fall!!

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Talk to be about your son's NOVA!!! Isn't that the coolest thing in the world? Did he do NOVA or is he going for Super NOVA?

 

I could have spit nails when our CM told me last week that BSA was thinking of getting rid of it. Your DS must be a Webelo, right?

 

We're going to finish our wildlife conservation pin and beltloop today.

We're doing the math portion of NOVA right now. I want NOVA done before fall!!

 

He is going to continue onto SuperNOVA but must finish NOVA first lol. He is a Bear this year. We are really enjoying it and it helps that he as able to complete some requirements at Resident Camp and at Day Camp. 

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Older son just became Quartermaster

Middle son just elected Patrol Leader.  -- He's SOOOO close to finishing first class, I'm trying to get him to complete it, so that the leadership as Patrol Leader counts.  

 

 

Hubby just became ASM and MB Counselor.  

 

There is a HUGE amount of drama going on with the SM. The parent committee went nuts demanding changes/improvement on several issues and made the Committee Chair go to him (they're best friends so the committee chair was NOT happy about it)-- now there's all kinds of drama and attitude flying.  It's BAAAAD and I think the next committee meting will be really bad.   Hoping things calm down fast.  It's stressing me out!  

 

 

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Younger ds came home with 6 completed MB - swimming, space exploration, oceanography, basketry, fingerprinting and textiles.  He also earned First Class while there.  He is so excited.  He is planning on being Star by the end of the year.

 

Older ds didn't do so well.  They changed the schedule and he couldn't fit in a 2 of the 4 required MBs he had planned to do.  He got partials on the other 2 - not too bad, but not what he expected.  He felt like the week was a waste of time.  He is the ASPL and he was very frustrated with the adult leaders lack of help when the little boys wouldn't listen.  He'll be having a discussion with the SM and ASM at the next meeting.  He'll do the talking, but I'll be there for support.  I know his attitude is part of the problem - he and the SM have very different and opposing personalities - but there has to be a way to improve things. 

 

 

Isn't it amazing how a few days changes one's perspective?   

 

When the boys returned from camp, dh got the impression from the SM that they were not pleased with older ds.  However, upon talking to older ds and the SM, no one was upset with him.  Ds was projecting that on the SM, probably because ds was disappointed in himself for not doing more at camp.  The schedule was not changed; ds decided that since none of his buddies were doing xyz, then neither would he.  And since he didn't need to do abc (where his buddies went) that he'd just hang out at camp until lunch.  No one seemed to care that ds didn't sign up for things in the morning (which is disappointing to me, but really, the boy is 16 and should have done it himself).  

 

As far as getting the younger boys to listen, the SM and I still disagree on that point - oh well!  But, he's given ds some suggestions on dealing with it.

 

Since camp, ds has started his last requirement for Cit in Community.  He's planning on finishing up Personal Management quickly as well, but he needs help setting up the spreadsheet for requirement 2 (dh will help him with that).  All that's left after that is Emergency Prep., Communications, and Cooking and his Eagle Project.  Ds is planning to be done by the end of next summer (he'll be 17 then).  I had really hoped he'd be done by Christmas so he wouldn't have to do Cooking (since he pretty much has done all the requirements, but never opened the Blue Card), but it's his journey!

 

Younger ds was supposed to do Search and Rescue this weekend, but he got invited to the beach.  Since there was a waiting list, we gave his spot up.  He also decided to skip Sustainability at the end of the month - he still has Family Life and Pers. Management open.   He turns 12 soon and his updated plan is to be Star by Christmas and Life by this time next year - Eagle before he turns 14!  Big plans and super- motivated.  He sees his brother struggling and doesn't want to be in the same position.  

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He is going to continue onto SuperNOVA but must finish NOVA first lol. He is a Bear this year. We are really enjoying it and it helps that he as able to complete some requirements at Resident Camp and at Day Camp.

 

 

DS is a Bear this year too! We're going to have to compare and contrast how this year goes for us.

 

Our CM is the NOVA mentor for this area so it works out awesomely for us. He's coming over for wine on Saturday night and we'll be able to show him our latest work.

 

When DS does a belt loop, I make him finish it out and do the pin at the same time. We frustrate our CM a little because this slows us down. And I make DS go VERY slow and really learn this stuff. We have a mom in the pack who actually does the work for her son and that drives me up a wall!!!

 

We're doing technology right now. And along the way, we are doing the science and math belt loops and pins because we're going to need those for Super NOVA anyway.

 

What did your Bear do for the project in the first section? We did water testing of our local watershed and formed a hypothesis that is was in reasonably good condition due to all the amphibians we have in it. So I made DS really get what a hypothesis was compared to just a regular old guess. It was a neat way to really dig into the science of how to think.

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We bought ds a new uniform shirt - I guess when you get your first shirt at the age of 12 and you are now 18yo and 6'2", you are ready for a new shirt! Pants are on the way from Amazon, and I got his patches transferred to the new shirt. Eagle recommendation letter is done and in the mail tomorrow. Now all that's left is to go get him (he's in NC), have him review some things in the car on our family trip, and get him to his BOR next week.

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He actually hasn't done any projects just yet. Those are on the schedule for August. With all the camps and activities he has been knocking out the belt loops/pins/visits and discussions first. He is talking about doing an experiment on water erosion so we will see. I am actually working through the planning tonight to finish getting him to the rest of his visits. We only have the mathematics belt loop and pin plus the pins for science, astronomy and geography left. Then we will finish up some of the project type work and meet with his NOVA counselor to present what we have done. After that we will work on SuperNOVA during the year. He also has some fun belt loop/pins he wants to finish 

 

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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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For those of you who do MB Universities, how far do you travel?

 

There are none very close to me, but if I drive 3 hours North or 4 hours West, I can find them.  Would it be worth it do you think?

 

Dawn

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I am leaving at 8:30pm for the airport to pick up DH and oldest son flying in from Philmont!  I am trying to kill time for the next hour.

 

 

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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!!

 

That is terrible. IMO, it's basic education programming 101 to run some programs at a loss in order to build credibility and loyalty, especially core type programs. It's also not unheard of to make personal phone calls to help fill programs. As you point out, a little integrity would be nice.

 

Does your council offer campership training for leaders? That lets you do outdoor programs with your troop (officially, with insurance applying) at events other than GS sponsored ones. In our area, there are quite a few places -- rafting, climbing, local parks, and so on -- that have scout programs, so that you, as the leader, do not have to be the expert, just the one who sees that safety rules are followed and so on. Some Boy Scout camps I know -- especially ones that have a Cub section -- also welcome Girl Scouts for various activities.

 

My Council charges an arm and a leg for programs -- I mean seriously overcharges. I remember a 100th anniversary day at a regional park -- the cost was $189 per person (adult or child). I avoided that one, but went to a $35 per person thing that was billed as a tea, I think. There was a table full of assorted CHIPS for 300 or so guests.

 

In any case, by diligent googling and scouting local papers, I have found loads of low cost or free events. I wish you luck!

 

Adding: on the plus side, our local Girl Scout camp seems undamaged by new GS initiatives -- it still has tremendous value (low cost), incredible counselors, and great programming and facilities.

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Ds is heading to his Eagle BoR now...I think he's ready, but considering he's been at a music camp for the past 6 weeks and just got back yesterday, his "Scout Brain" might be a little lacking.  I talked with him over a couple of topics he'll probably be asked and he seemed to have a good grasp of things.  Reviewed the law, oath, etc, and all his knots and lashings this morning.  His new shirt and pants fit, and he looks handsome :).

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Good luck to him! I just had the privilege of shaking the hands of our two newest Eagles--great boards!

 

We're headed tomorrow with our patrol of the Venture Crew--4 of the other patrol are receiving their Silver Awards. Should be fun.

 

About the MBU--we traveled to a number of them 5+ hours away. I'm the DAC here but when I couldn't find or recruit mbcs, we were forced to travel. We'd go out to eat, spend the night, sometimes with friends and sometimes in a hotel, hit the MBU, and then head home. We appreciated a well-run MBU that got DONE ON TIME! I have lovely memories of those trips--ds will be gone in less than a year; I cherish that time.

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Ds is heading to his Eagle BoR now...I think he's ready, but considering he's been at a music camp for the past 6 weeks and just got back yesterday, his "Scout Brain" might be a little lacking. I talked with him over a couple of topics he'll probably be asked and he seemed to have a good grasp of things. Reviewed the law, oath, etc, and all his knots and lashings this morning. His new shirt and pants fit, and he looks handsome :).

He passed! :)

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Haven't been here for a while, but dd is still doing GS on her own as Brownie. 99% sure we will NOT be offical registered GS this fall - I have approached the council twice now asking for membership assistance for dd as our finances have drastically changed and I can't swing even the $15 for her membership right now, much less hers and mine both, and both times I was told that is only for girls in troops not individually registered girls. Never mind that we've sold cookies several years, and even donated to their "SHARE" campaign that is supposed to pay for ALL girls to be involved in GS. If dd were in PS or one of the private schools instead of homeschooled, then she would qualify for free membership through a program that covers costs for low-income girls in our district, but they are refusing to do that as well on the basis of her not being part of a troop {yet they will pay for girls who only attend camp} and because she's not signed up for free lunch at school.

 

I have pretty much had it with our council. Also this fall they have eliminated the promised "virtual" pathway which was the only pathway we fit under, and there are no longer any free events listed in our pathways guide. The cheapest event starts at $5 for 30 minutes and no patch. 90% of the events now cost over $30 per girl and many over $75 per girl, plus the same for any adult {and since she is a individually registered girl, I must attend all events as her troop leader but I don't get free entry like troop leaders}. Cookie credits can no longer be used to pay for most programs, and becuase we aren't part of a troop all our sales proceeds must be in - you guessed it - cookie credits. No scholarships for programs unless you have sold cookies in the last year & hit a certain threshold of sales. More and more it seems the council is just in it for the money. And to some degree GS as a whole as well.

 

Plus last time we went to the council office here, a lady chewed out dd {age 6 almost 7, mind you, and waiting patiently for me while I tried to get help with her registration costs}, for earning patches from the old program instead of the new program & putting them on the front of her vest. She had dd in tears and ruined her day for the rest of the day, and really turned her off GS stuff for most of the summer. I had to remind the woman that GSUSA says ANY former patch may still be earned if a scout completes the requirements - while they may be retired they are still official patches & to be worn on the front of the vest. Her answer to that was that it wasn't council policy.

 

I so wish we could register through another council. We live less than an hour away from a different council - I would GLADLY make the trip there to do GS stuff as they are super friendly & have better policies.

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Haven't been here for a while, but dd is still doing GS on her own as Brownie. 99% sure we will NOT be offical registered GS this fall -

 

I am so sorry for your recent experiences.  Hearing stuff like that makes me sad.  The programs are here for the kids and if their attitudes are turning kids off of scouting.  Then the higher ups cry and lament that enrollment is down and they don't know why.  Get a clue people.

 

If I were you, I would switch Councils.  An hour drive would be worth it - just use your savings from not having to buy Tylenol or alcoholic beverages after dealing with those other nincompoops.

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It's not an update on DS but...

 

I am becoming a BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator.  After next weekend I will be able to train LNT Trainers.  If any midwesterners are looking for an LNT program and are within a certain radius of IL, I would consider conducting a training course.

 

I am looking forward to next weekend.  We are camping Thurs. night, kayaking on the Mississippi River on Fri am, hiking to a lake, kayaking on the lake in the PM, then hiking to Fri night's camp, hiking all day Sat to a pristine camp, then packing out on Sunday.

 

It's about time someone other than DS gets another scouting adventure.  :coolgleamA: The group I am in has a great bunch of scouters and we had a good time this weekend with the classroom portions of the training.

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