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My 16 year old son just made Eagle Scout a week ago! We are rejoicing in this, and are so proud of this achievement! He had to overcome so much to get where he is today. He has epilepsy and his seizures were so bad (grand mal) and frequent the last few years that he wasn't able to leave the house very often. Thankfully he was homeschooled. We searched everywhere for help for 10 years (we were told he would outgrow it while he continued to have more and more seizures) and went everywhere, and finally found Texas Children's Hospital in January 2012, where they diagnosed a brain tumor. They took it out on March 1, 2012. It was benign, praise the Lord! He has been seizure free since that time, and last fall was finally well enough to complete all his Eagle Scout requirements, which were put on hold for several years due to the violent seizures. We could cry with happiness that my son was able to achieve this. We love Scouting. My son is our second Eagle Scout. :)

 

 

Wow!!! Congratulations to your son! What an accomplishment!!!

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Middle son passed his Eagle Board of Review tonight!!!!!!!!!   I now have TWO Eagle Scouts!

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He's got quite a few things going, Archeaology, Chess, Camping, Archery, and one more that I can't think of right now.

 

His sister doesn't do scouting, but in our church there is a program where they work on things called Personal Progress and they work on various things for the values/behaviors that they try and stand for: Faith, Individual Worth, Good Works, Virtue, Choice and Accountability, Divine Nature, Integrity, Knowledge. She is working on one under Knowledge right now...

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It's been over a month since this was active and I am curious to learn how things are going for everyone.

 

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DS earned his 52nd merit badge so he has one more to go to meet his goal of 53. He has three 'open' MBs - Insect Study, Medicine and Cooking. I hope he finishes them this spring.

 

He is getting ready for Jambo and has made his selections for activities there. He really wants to do the extreme climbing option. I hope he gets to do it.

 

Now for the good news - DS was voted into OA! He doesn't know yet, of course, but the adult leaders thought I might like to know since DS will have to go through a special ceremony in July. This year's OA inductees who are going to Jambo have a special Ordeal scheduled before the trip. Evidently OA has some activities scheduled at Jambo and they want all the newbees to be able to participate. I had to clear DS's schedule a bit so he can attend the Ordeal.

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You are SO lucky you know about OA already! I'm on pins and needles nervous about oldest son. He has self-esteem issues, and finds it really hard to stick himself out there, so the kind of things like OA elections are difficult. He does not handle rejection well at all... AARGH! So wishing our SM would tell us.

 

Both boys finsished Climbing MB, and tey are going to a few MB Colleges in April.

 

Younger needs to get his first aid signed off in the book so he can start the First aid merit badge.

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You are SO lucky you know about OA already! I'm on pins and needles nervous about oldest son. He has self-esteem issues, and finds it really hard to stick himself out there, so the kind of things like OA elections are difficult. He does not handle rejection well at all... AARGH! So wishing our SM would tell us.

 

Both boys finsished Climbing MB, and tey are going to a few MB Colleges in April.

 

Younger needs to get his first aid signed off in the book so he can start the First aid merit badge.

 

 

Climbing is a great badge; I hope your boys enjoyed it. I think climbing has helped with DS's self-esteem. DS is rather stoic so I cannot really tell how he feels by looking at him, but I think (by projection maybe??) that he feels better when he can scale a cliff or a wall that some of the other boys cannot.

 

I am lucky to know about OA this early. It's only because of Jambo, though. DS struggled every year during OA elections and finally wrote it off as a lost cause and chose to focus on other awards instead. I am hoping he will be excited at the call out in June.

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My Brownies are meeting today to take some care packages to a local homeless shelter that serves families. They made special little gift boxes for the girls there (with things like cute hairbrushes, hairbows, lip gloss, socks, lotion, and toothbrushes), and collected other general items during cookie sales as part of their "Change a Story" Journey badge. This will be an ongoing service project for our troop.

 

We're getting reading to go to our second council-sponsored campout next month. The girls had a blast the first time, and they're really excited about going back. They'll earn their Home Scientist badges while we're there.

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DS has finally gotten the dimensions needed and will be working on his project write-up. Hopefully he will get signatures next week from the organization and be able to present to committee the first part of April. Then, hopefully, he'll get on the schedule for the district approval at the end of April and be able to start the project in May after school is out.

 

He will be pouring 5 concrete slabs along a walkway at the assisted living complex. This complex is quite large and has nursing home, assisted living, retirement homes, etc. The organization will then purchase and install benches on these slabs. This will encourage the elderly to get outside and walk - they will know that there are rest areas every block or so. My 18 year old did his Eagle project for the same organization. Their paternal grandparents are in the assisted living portion of the facility.

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We've been busy since the last update!

 

Daisies

We've continued working on the 3 Cheers Journey. At our 1sr Feb meeting the focus was on birds. They made masks and then danced to some bird-themed songs while holding streamers. They also made a thank you poster for the SPCA volunteers. At our 2nd Feb meeting, the highlight was making animal care/safety postcards. I need to figure out how to make copies then put them into a book - a copy for each girl, and a copy for the SPCA.

 

At our 1st March meeting, the K9 officer visited. It was a blast! The best part was when he showed the girls how the dog could fly like a superhero - the dog chomped down on one end of a chew rope, the officer held onto the other end and then swung the dog off the ground in a circle.

 

The last thing we did was an overnight at the aquarium. The girls loved it! We somehow managed to score sleeping spots right next to the sea lion tank, so the girls got to wake up to the sea lions swimming. :)

 

And I know that DD isn't a Brownie, but I love what my Brownies are working on at the moment for their Journey's service project. They are making the centerpieces for a local soup kitchen's Easter dinner. We found some small baskets from the $1 bins at Target, and they'll be filled with glitter Easter eggs (the girls loved making the eggs), and pom-pom bunnies and chicks. I didn't realize that there would be a lot of children at the dinner, and it makes me warm and fuzzy to know that they will enjoy the centerpieces. And hopefully some of them will be able to take them home.

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I forgot about this thread. I posted another one on Indy the other day. He got his AoL this past weekend (Mar 22) and placed 3rd in the Pinewod Derby on Sat (Mar 23). Next month he crosses over to Boy Scouts. He's so excited he can hardly stand it. He's been looking through the merit badges to see which ones he wants to work on. Of Course the first one he wants to start on is Archaeology, but I don't think he knows what all it entails. Yikes is it a lot!

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Ds finished the last of the painting for the mb today--my kitchen looks really nice. Moms--a hint--have your boys do the Home Repairs and Painting mbs... :laugh: He can do up the paperwork tonight and get signed off tomorrrow. 8 to go! Our CoH is tomorrow night--he'll get the pins for his last two Palms. Poor kid--he has swim practice, then dash to CoH and then dash back to the pool for a lifeguard meeting, missing Scout ice cream. His swim coach better have treats! Next up, Search & Rescue.

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middle son got a pep talk from one of the ASM's, and is now working on First Aid, Camping, Cit in the Community and Cit in the World (or is it Nation? I forget.....). -- all at two different Merit Badge colleges coming up.

 

Oldest son is working on his wilderness survival, welding and automotive maintenance...-- two of those at a merit badge college, and the wilderness survival with the troop.

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DD is a first year brownie doing the old try-its, and so far this year she's earned: Animals, Computer Smarts, Eco-Explorer, Dinosaurs Councils Own, Point Click & Go, and the first key of the Brownie Quest. She's got a couple things done for a few other try-its too.

 

She's set a goal to earn at least 1 council's own Try-it from EVERY council during her time as a Brownie. I don't know if she'll get there, or if my pocket book can take it! Some of the council's charge outrageous shipping to send even a single patch outside the council.

 

We've been slacking due to family issues - need to get back into our weekly patch schedule when dd is well.

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Ds is still loving it. He lives and breathes scouts right now. He's already packed for his first camporee which isn't until the last weekend of the month. He did get his webelos badge at the Blue & Gold with the rest of his den so he was very excited about that. Right now they're starting Arrow of Light for next year and are working on some STEM stuff.

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Taking a little step back. I think we wont' be able to get 6 MB by June, but we still are on track to get 5 Eagle merit badges by the end of June. We finished one completely, are working on two (physical fitness and Family Life) and then they are each signed up for two for camp this summer which they have done most of the paper work for already.

 

We had a little glitch with a person who said she would work with them and it just wasn't a good fit at all. She was very impatient and yelled and I will not let either of my boys work with her anymore (thankfully she isn't part of our troop.)

 

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Older ds has finally finished his Personal Fitness mb and has started Cit in the Com. I'm having to use the carrot and stick approach with him to get anything done. And, I'm hating it. I totally didn't want to do it, but he says he wants to do them but he has no drive to do them it all. I hoped that once he got started on it he would see that it is not such a big deal, but he's just not interested. He had a friend of ours who is a judge tell him that when she had to choose between 2 candidates for a job and the only difference was one was an Eagle Scout - it showed dedication and perseverance. Another friend discovered that some colleges/universities give partial scholarships if Eagle Scouts. That got his attention, but we'll see if it sticks. He can get his other required badges done at camp this summer, if he applies himself.

 

On the complete opposite side, younger ds is totally gung-ho. He hit a bit of a rut in his rank advancement this winter, but he's back on board. He has plans to be Star by the end of September. He'll finish up Cycling this week, hopefully. That 50 miler is a killer! He'll get a lot of Family Life done over Spring Break, and should have it done by the end of the month. He's also got Personal Management open. At camp he'll do Swimming and ?

 

Dd is still working on her Silver Award with her GS troop. They're working hard, but not making much progress it seems.

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I wasn't going to answer cause it sounds so small. DS just joined scouts last month, well it's April today, so 2 months ago, middle if Feb. He's working on Tenderfoot. He's in that waiting game for the physical retest part. So while he's waiting for that, he's also doing Second Class stuff. Then also the computer merit badge. The troop did a lot at the meeting last week so ds is finishing up. He'll go into work with dh on Thursday for part of it too.

 

He's really enjoying it!

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Boys: Oldest received his Star Scout in Dec., and is now working on his Life (he has all of the requirements, just serving time in rank, which he'll have in June). He is a PL this term, and is on-track to lead his Patrol to the first Honor Patrol in the history of the troop. He wants so badly to be SPL...I'm not sure if the troop has ever had a 13yo as an SPL. He only has two Eagle MB to earn, plus Cooking, to finish up the Eagle badge requirements...so if all goes well, sometime in 2014, he may have his Eagle done or underway! Younger DS is now a Web 2. He received his compass points and badge last week, and is finishing up Engineer and Scientist...they are going to do Craftsman this summer (I know they are over half-way done with all of the activity badges). Both boys are looking forward to camp. Oldest finds out about OA this weekend at the Spring Camporee. Ordeal would be in 2 weeks.

 

Girls: Oldest is AHG Explorer, she just finished up Outdoor Skills, 7 C's of History and Fire Safety...she'll finish up Camping at the end of the month, she's working on Ancestor Detector, Family Helper, Memory Making, Physical Fitness, Emergency Preparedness, Bible Basics, Home Care & Repair and Insecta-Inspecta. She's also earned Cake Decorating, Aviation, Daughter of the King, Cooking, Swimming, Horsemanship, Computer Fun, Internet Adventurer, and Space Exploration. She's earned 2 service stars, and is nearing a 3rd. Younger is an AHG TH. She's working on Outdoor Skills, 7 C's of History, she'll do Fire Safety at the end of the month. She's working on Ancestor Detector, Family Helper, Memory Making, Physical Fitness, Emergency Prep, Bible Basics, and Home Care & Repair. She's also earned Cake Decorating, Aviation, Daughter of the King, Computer Fun, Internet Adventurer, Space Exploration, Toys & Games, Our Heritage, and Gardening. She also has two Service Stars.

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I wasn't going to answer cause it sounds so small. DS just joined scouts last month, well it's April today, so 2 months ago, middle if Feb. He's working on Tenderfoot. He's in that waiting game for the physical retest part. So while he's waiting for that, he's also doing Second Class stuff. Then also the computer merit badge. The troop did a lot at the meeting last week so ds is finishing up. He'll go into work with dh on Thursday for part of it too.

 

He's really enjoying it!

 

That doesn't sound small at all! Keep up the good work!

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Game Design is done! The SM and Adv Chair are both out-of-town, so it will be awhile before he can finish the paperwork, but it's done! He'd spent an entire semester doing game programming in a Java class at the uni, so it was merely a matter of looking at his design notebook and discussing some things for an hour. I hadn't realized that there were all sorts of modifications that could be done on ds's favorite computer game. When he first modified it, it didn't have the expected result. We talked a lot about how game can or cannot mimic real life in wartime strategy. Ds had spent hours visiting with his prof about what education he'd had and what he emphasized is his teaching. You know the Grumpy Cat pictures--imagine that cat as a person, and you have that prof!

 

GD is a big mb, but not if you've already done a lot of programming.

 

The pamphlet won't be out until May.

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My Boy Scout just got back from a camping trip to Yosemite. He had a blast, even though it was literally freezing. Pretty shocking though for kids from Southern California. They continued work on the cooking badge. He's still working on Gardening and Reptiles and Amphibians. There was a big meeting last night that I wasn't able to go to about the Order of the Arrow. He's not eligible yet, so he couldn't figure out why he had to go listen.

 

My Webelo is working on the astronomy and collection belt loops. He and dh drilled holes into a strip of leftover wood and put magnets in the holes. DS can now use that to hang up his collection of Jr. Ranger pins. He has about 15 of them.

 

My Brownie, dd7, has had two big field trips in the last couple of weeks. She went to an animal shelter and to help at the library. It's been so fun to be able to do those with her. She's my public schooled child and I miss her during the day. Next year my youngest will be a Daisy. I'm planning to start her troop but I'm not sure I can still help lead dd7's Brownie troop. They are both big commitments.

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We made it through the Scoutmaster conference and the committee conference. Now he is on the agenda for the district review - hopefully it will pass without problems and he can get on with the task. Sadly, though, we discovered that his uniform no longer fits. He squeezed himself into it for the committee review, but I will need to get a new shirt and pants this week for the district review. I looked around the store room for some adult sized items, but the only things we had were either little boy sizes or XXXL men sizes :p Oh well, it must be done. If he breathed too deeply, I know the buttons would pop off his shirt. He's been into "bodybuilding" for the past year now.

 

The assisted living center wants to get the project done asap so that the residents can begin getting outside more easily.

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My oldest is finishing up his last three merit badges for Eagle. He has one more requirement left on Cit. in the Community and one more left on EPrep. He just got his plan approved for Personal Fitness. He's looking at projects, as his first one didn't work out (reforestation for the Bastrop Fire area). He's also starting conditioning for Philmont this summer -- he'll be doing the PTC Family Program Trek (he has some minor physical special needs that make 30 miles more realistic than the 100 the troop trek is shooting for). He's waitlisted for NYLT (he was supposed to go this winter, but flu hit). He needs to meet with his counselors on Radio and Cooking, which are done, but not signed off. Dh was hoping that the change in requirements would light a fire under him. But it wouldn't take much for him to meet and get it signed off, so I don't think his evil plan will work.

 

Next one just finished her Trees badge, and I think that they did Budgeting this year, too. They're all very 13 and her leader, bless her, has a difficult time getting them to do much. When they have a service project, they're good workers. They're just not very badge-oriented anymore. She's going to turn 14 and try venturing this summer.

 

Younger ds was just tapped out for the OA. Dad and big brother are thinking of doing their brotherhood during his ordeal weekend at the beginning of May. He has to schedule conferences with his counselors on Camping and Cit. in the World, and then he'll be ready for his Star SMC. He has Cit. in the Nation, Cit. in the Community, Rifle Shooting, and something else in progress. He'll be doing Trailblazers at Philmont Training Center this summer, followed immediately (the next day) by summer camp with the troop. He's signed up for E Science, Kayaking, Metal Work and Wilderness Survival. He's excited that he'll get his Philmont belt before his brother's friends who will be finishing their Eagle this spring and doing a full Philmont Trek in July.

 

My little one and the rest of my Daisy/Brownie troop are getting ready for their first campout this month. She'll be a Roper at Philmont this summer.

 

We'll be going to Philmont because dh has decided he wants to train for the new Game Design badge (the training isn't strictly necessary, but it's fun to all go -- our older dd has decided to go to OYAN Summer Workshop that weekend instead of the Philmont Trek). There is a possible move in the works for this summer, so the boys especially would need to wrap up what they can here.

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My oldest is SOOO excited!

 

He's going to Philmont for a winter camp program!!!!! :D

 

I need help. We live in texas. The area we live in rarely gets snow or ice.. (son has never seen REAL snow!!!)

 

He's going to be doing skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, etc... if someone has ideas on what to have for him, please let me know...

He wears an adult medium (yes, he's only 13 too! LOL)

I want to try to start looking for things now, so that we can do a little at a time so it doesn't cost too much right at Christmas.

Any advice, input, experience, etc would be greatly appreciated! :D

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thanks melissa! Not sure where I'm going to buy that stuff-- nobody around here sells that stuff that I know of...

 

Check thrift shops, if you don't mind used. Most are putting the winter items on sale right now and you can get some really good deals.

 

Otherwise - try Land's End.

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I would try online as well. When we moved from Georgia to Michigan, we actually hit a thrift store in Kentucky to get some winter gear for dd. we moved at the end of Febuary of 2011 (it was near 80 in Georgia when we left, when we got to Michigan it was 10 and a snow storm brewing)

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DS just earned Life Scout rank and is the Senior Patrol Leader for his troop. He is working toward getting brotherhood rank in OA. He has all of the Eagle-required badges except camping. Technically, he's earned it, but his troop likes to give it with Eagle rank. I don't think he's earned cooking; but after reading an earlier comment, he should probably get it soon.

 

DD is a Senior Girl Scout. She recently started working on her Gold Award project and hopes to finish it by August. Dd is also on a teen leadership committee for the local council.

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We found the most awesome CS troop in the world last week. DS is so excited he cannot believe it. So he's done his bobcat badge this week and we're moving onto the book and belt loops. His pack leader is incredible and lives less than a mile away so he is encouraging DS' enthusiasm every step. He dropped off some Nova information yesterday so now I have to figure out what that is.

 

And I started leadership training for DD's new GS troop out here in the fall and I have to head into town tomorrow to get some badge information. She wants to her as many extra badges this summer as DS is going to earn stuff.

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Thanks for the wonderful updates everyone. I bet there will be more as the end of the end of hte school year approaches and summer camps begin.

 

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My DS had a SMC - his first with the new troop even though he has been with them almost a year. The SM want s DS to finish his Eagle project as soon as he can so that he can earn his Eagle and move on to Palms. DS has enough merit badges to earn muptiple palms but he is wasting his time by letting his eagle project sit.

 

He is finally moving ahead on the Cooking MB. This is the last item for him to complete in order to earn the NOA segment for Camping. Once Cooking is compelte DS will earn the segment with a gold device.

 

I hope he finishes these two things soon. If not for his benefit than for my peace of mind.

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We got our third Eagle Scout this week!

 

My 15yo passed his final Board of Review Thursday night! We are waiting to do his Court of Honor because my fourth son is meeting the BoR next month, and then hopefully we will have our fourth Eagle Scout.

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We got our third Eagle Scout this week!

 

My 15yo passed his final Board of Review Thursday night! We are waiting to do his Court of Honor because my fourth son is meeting the BoR next month, and then hopefully we will have our fourth Eagle Scout.

 

 

Congratulations!!! What an accomplishment!

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Geezle got his Scout rank. He managed to ask an older scout to sign his book, ask the Scout Master for his conference, tie his joining knot (a HUGE accomplishment for him because he struggles with fine motor skills a lot), and talk to the advancement chair to get on the BOR list. I'm very proud of him because that was pretty far out of his comfort zone and he did it. We're going to district camporee in two weeks so he should be able to get some of his Tenderfoot requirements done.

 

My Juniors are almost done with the aMuse journey and we've done 8 badges this year. Next year we'll have more Juniors, so it should be even more fun. We're going to our SU campout in 3 weeks and the girls are very excited. Trinqueta's looking forward to summer camp. She's doing a horseback riding camp in June and a pioneer camp in July.

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I did the camp training for our GS troop today! We have an incredibly dynamic group of leaders now too and we all bonded so much that we are going on a leader overnight next month to discuss more troop options.

 

DS is making a cake with his father this weekend for the father-son cake bake pack meeting Tuesday night. His theme is the solar system. We've discovered as a family that commercial fondant tastes like silly putty. Mars and Jupiter are for decorating purposes only. :ack2:

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We had our Blue & Gold banquet tonight. DS8 earned his wolf badge, several patches, 3 belt loops - hiking, fishing, and bowling, a gold arrow point and 3 silver arrow points, and the God and Me pin and patch. He's already looked through his bear book at all the things we will be doing next year. I can tell the electives are getting a lot more involved. I found out that day camp is the same week as VBS at our church, and VBS at my in-laws' church, which the boys like to attend. We're going to have to make a decision as to what to do that week.

 

DS6 is very excited that he will get to be a tiger cub next year!

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