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HE PASSED!!!!!!!!  My oldest passed his Eagle BofR tonight!     I have an EAGLE SCOUT!

I've been following this thread for a long time but haven't posted until now.   I wanted to brag a little that my son just became an Eagle Scout! Given his learning challenges and long history of me

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

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Trinqueta will be teaching the parts of a sail boat to the scout troop next week and then they're going to a sailing camping trip on Lake Livingston. That will complete her ship service hours and she'll make her Apprentice rank. Her ship is planning to do a summer cruise in June and I think she'll go to Mariner summer camp in July.

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We're reviving the Crew! We have 3 girls who joined Crew specifically for Northern Tier. Now that they can be elected to OA in February, we're seeing some interest. We got everyone through Venturing Award, and dd through Discovery. It's set up so if they have their Silver (dd does), the first two are gimmes. And dd and I sat down with the Trust and Quest Awards--she has almost every requirement as she's already earned all 4 Bronzes. Since she's continued with her BSA involvement at her military college, a bunch of stuff fit neatly into the requirements. She has a few more religious things to do, plus help our PF mbc with that testing. It actually was pretty funny: I'd read the requirement and we'd chuckle thinking of 2 or 3 things she has done that fit. The girls are excited for OA--they have to have their Discovery and 15 nights camping for it, and be elected. It will be an interesting year for Crew, with one in OR, one in VT, one in CT, and 2 here! The plan is to drop our registration with the next town over (we'd left it there for a number of years as we had Scouts in both towns) but it's all Scouts from our town now, and the other is 65 miles away. We told the troop down there that we're moving and they'll have to decide if they want to continue. We'll charter a new Crew up here--much easier for paperwork. And they can earn their nifty Founder patch... 

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The provincial award ceremony was tonight, where he was recognized for earning his Chief Scout Award.  It appears that there were only 2 recipients this year in our province, and no Queen's Venturer Award recipients at all....  I don't inow what is up with that...

 

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34 minutes ago, scoutingmom said:

The provincial award ceremony was tonight, where he was recognized for earning his Chief Scout Award.  It appears that there were only 2 recipients this year in our province, and no Queen's Venturer Award recipients at all....  I don't inow what is up with that...

 

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Scoutingmom--I PMd you. 

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Dh & Ds went to scout camp last week.  He earned Emergency Prep, Basketry, Rifle, finished off Camping and most importantly his Swimming merit badge.  This is important because this child hates the water.  He will not put his face in the pool.  It's weird because he loves the ocean.  Anyway, with a bribe from dad he persevered.  He has completed all his merit badges except one for Eagle & is one month away from Life Scout.  Then it is on to project time.  We are racing the clock because we belong to an LDS troop and they are only staying together through Dec of 2019.

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My eldest survived / enjoyed her first weekend campout as a Pioneer.  She had been nervous about it because she wasn't sure what she was supposed to do or whether she'd be prepared.  I couldn't stick around since it is a very heavy time for me work-wise, and my younger daughter skipped the campout as she has already earned her Explorer camping badge and is unreliable about staying away from family overnight.  (My job was to buy the food for one of the meals & bring it to camp.  Also to take care of the wet tent after coming home from camp.)

I hope eldest made some progress toward her fire safety / fire building, camping, and canoeing badges.

Youngest has done lots of volunteering, so she has probably earned enough service stars for the level.  However, she wants to earn the President's award, so on she goes.  I have some ideas for the other kid to volunteer also, but that is later in the summer.

We have made zero progress toward badges I wanted to work on over the summer.  However, I didn't expect to get anything done in June as it's too busy.  Hoping to start the creative writing, family helper, and internet adventure badges in July.

Youngest needs to plan an event for the troop in order to get her level award next year.

In other news, I somehow allowed myself to be talked into signing on as a "leader" - to help with numbers rules.  I hope I don't regret this as work demands can be pretty unyielding often times.

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@scoutingmom= congrats to your son!

@Amber in SJ- Kudos to your son!

My son came back from summer camp last weekend, I've been meaning to hunt down the thread. He just earned 3 badges, honestly, I can't remember what- they're all extra electives. He's earned all his Eagle and Elective MBs required (except Sustainability which he's been working on finishing forever). Also, he is ASPL but the SPL was at NYLT so he was acting SPL, he had plenty on his plate but did a great job. I thought he finally finished Sustainability but now he's lost his sheets tracking food waste and has to do that again. So, he's got another 2 weeks working on that. 

He and Dh helped another boy in their Troop with his Eagle Project, first in their Troop. I think he just about has everything done.

The SM from the problem Troop has quit, shocking (not). I think they were down to maybe 5 boys, 2 were his. Dh is hoping they don't get any transfers since he gave them advancement without recording it in any way.

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We said goodbye last night to one of the stalwarts of our troop--he's headed to the Coast Guard Academy in a few days! He brought by the plywood sailboat that he's been working on for a year. So sad to see him gone, but Semper Paratus! We've had 3 of our bestest Scouts age out this past year--bittersweet. 

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Hi everyone, I have a question for you. DS17.5 is working on getting his Eagle Project accepted. (Also, I know. It’s killing me that he waited so long. But here we are.) He has sent his counselor several versions of his proposal, all of them coming back with “need more info.” So he’s done that. He’s revamped it, added more info, and sent it back to her. But...no it’s radio silence. She knows the deadline is coming up and it is not her responsibility at all to manage my kid and make sure he finishes on time. But, she sent it back to him two weeks ago. He got on it two days later and sent it back to her. And nothing.

Like I said, I know it’s not on her to make up for my kid moving slowly on his project. (It also isn’t my responsibility, but we haven’t done this before so I’m trying to gather some info.) I’m just getting nervous. He’s emailed her a quick, “hi, did you receive it” twice now. Anything else you would recommend he do? Thanks.

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I think it's been good for my younger to be separated from her sister this year.  She enjoys the social aspect of scouts more now that she has to reach out vs. hanging in her sister's shadow.  This past week she enjoyed a service project with some of the scouts.  (Our troop mostly takes summers off, but we get together on occasion.)

Both girls have done some work on creative writing this summer, so I am hoping that can jumpstart a badge or two.

They've also been involved in horse riding enough that elder may be able to get her PiPa horsemanship badge soon.  (Younger already has hers at Explorer.)

Elder got in another night of tent camping this past week.  So 3/10 done with that requirement of the camping badge.

We really haven't done anything yet toward the family helper or internet badges as planned in July.  I still hope to get those going before school starts.

This year's fundraiser is going to involve car washes ... because of where we live and how it's designed, I think we will just pay off the $100 per kid, but I will see if I can still get my kids to do the washing and have my own car washed.  It should be fun!

I took the basic and KEYS training and now I need to look into First Aid / CPR training.  It would be nice if I could do this with my kids (or one of them).  Not sure whether that's realistic though.

Nice to see all the online information available to leaders.  I wish more of it was available to non-member parents.

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1 hour ago, SKL said:

I think it's been good for my younger to be separated from her sister this year.  She enjoys the social aspect of scouts more now that she has to reach out vs. hanging in her sister's shadow.  This past week she enjoyed a service project with some of the scouts.  (Our troop mostly takes summers off, but we get together on occasion.)

Both girls have done some work on creative writing this summer, so I am hoping that can jumpstart a badge or two.

They've also been involved in horse riding enough that elder may be able to get her PiPa horsemanship badge soon.  (Younger already has hers at Explorer.)

Elder got in another night of tent camping this past week.  So 3/10 done with that requirement of the camping badge.

We really haven't done anything yet toward the family helper or internet badges as planned in July.  I still hope to get those going before school starts.

This year's fundraiser is going to involve car washes ... because of where we live and how it's designed, I think we will just pay off the $100 per kid, but I will see if I can still get my kids to do the washing and have my own car washed.  It should be fun!

I took the basic and KEYS training and now I need to look into First Aid / CPR training.  It would be nice if I could do this with my kids (or one of them).  Not sure whether that's realistic though.

Nice to see all the online information available to leaders.  I wish more of it was available to non-member parents.

Hey SKL, you can do CPR with a kid 12 and up here. It is a requirement for the PiPa Emergency Preparedness badge. 

Hate to tell you, but PiPas need 12 camping nights. ?

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3 hours ago, ScoutTN said:

Hey SKL, you can do CPR with a kid 12 and up here. It is a requirement for the PiPa Emergency Preparedness badge. 

Hate to tell you, but PiPas need 12 camping nights. ?

LOL well ok then 3/12.  ?

My kids aren't 12 yet, so maybe I will just push off the first aid training until next year if possible.  We'll see ....

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We've had 3 Eagle Boards in the last 2 weeks--all great kids. I realized last night that our troop will produce NINE Eagles in the last 2 years! The parents now have to buy the kit/neckerchief/slide. We just can't afford it. We have Rendezvous coming up in September--it's being a LOT of work! I worked with a boy today on Disability Awareness and Communication. We have Court of Honor the day after Rendezvous. Glad these are on-top-of-it kid and parents as I won't be able to help much. I have five "tickets" to work for Woodbadge--one is Rendezvous, one is "This is your Eagle book" presentation at Roundtable, one is reviving DA, one is the new Crew, and the last is my weight. Rendezvous is all planned, Eagle book is planned for October, I've got 4 boys interested in DA, will do the new Crew the first of January, and I've lost 23 lbs!

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And Rendezvous is here! I camped out last night as I had SO much stuff already at the tipi. A couple of signs still to hang, and a few last minute things to do. When I see how many are registered tonight, I'll run to town for the s'mores stuff. I may have to get more black powder bullets, too. Dh was actually headed to go drive school bus when I pointed out that he can't park on school property with with rifles in the back of the truck! I picked up a flag at the church, and chatted with the FA lady. I decided to make her a few more cravats. But I'm making them out of bright yellow fabric--I'm getting tired of losing them. The DOW set up the archery stuff today. Let the games begin at 5:30!

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Hi!  I had to get more involved than I originally expected right up front this year.  The main leader of my kid's PiPa group had a family situation that required me to jump right in.  A past leader helped out.  I guess it's for the best, as my usual inclination is to keep a low profile and thus miss stuff I might need to know later.

Our troop had its fall campout last week.  My youngest didn't go, but this is probably the last one she can skip if she expects to get her Stars & Stripes.  Eldest now has 5 of the 12 camping nights and has made progress on fire safety and outdoor cooking (I guess).

The PiPas haven't started their list of what they plan to work on this year, because so far it's been all about camping.  So far only the very youngest PiPas have been in attendance.  The Explorers have about 5 badges planned - I don't remember what they are.  Miss E already has more than enough badge work to get her level award - she might need a few volunteer hours and does need to plan and run an "Event."

The girls have been so busy every weekend since school started, we have done zero scout work at home.  I am hoping to get them ready to turn in for sports pins.  They should be able to get martial arts & volleyball and probably one could get running at this point.  The work done for that should be transferrable to a physical fitness badge for my eldest, I would think.

We made some progress on the family helper badge back in August, but we still have a ways to go on that one.

My youngest wants to try for the presidential service award.  Not sure if I can get my eldest to try.  I heard about some volunteer thing at the zoo - I will see if it is interesting to her.

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Trinqueta is doing an instruction weekend for her Mariners Mate rating this weekend and I'm going to help in the galley. Right now we've got a raging thunder storm and the weather forecast is grim for the whole weekend. Fingers crossed that it clears up enough to sail or she'll have to try again in the spring.

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My dd13’s troop camped last weekend at a local BSA camp that had a shooting range. Her troop  has done archery several times over the past few years but this time they were able to shoot rifles. One girl really loved it, my daughter didn’t and never wants to do it again, but at least she tried. They were the first in our Council to have the opportunity, so that was pretty cool.

My ds17 has his Eagle project paperwork signed now and is starting his fundraising. So that’s positive.

 

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I have to give a big shout out for my DS. He led the flag ceremony for the grand opening of the new National Boy Scout museum at Philmont on Saturday His troop voted several weeks ago for him to do the speaking. They have been practicing for over a month, and it went perfectly. His post- puberty voice was so loud that he didn't use the microphone provided on the podium.  This is the same boy that refused to participate is skits in cub scouts unless he could be assured of a non-speaking part.

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12 hours ago, City Mouse said:

I have to give a big shout out for my DS. He led the flag ceremony for the grand opening of the new National Boy Scout museum at Philmont on Saturday His troop voted several weeks ago for him to do the speaking. They have been practicing for over a month, and it went perfectly. His post- puberty voice was so loud that he didn't use the microphone provided on the podium.  This is the same boy that refused to participate is skits in cub scouts unless he could be assured of a non-speaking part.

Aww congrats to him (and you), good for him!

16 hours ago, SKL said:

Hi!  I had to get more involved than I originally expected right up front this year.  The main leader of my kid's PiPa group had a family situation that required me to jump right in.  A past leader helped out.  I guess it's for the best, as my usual inclination is to keep a low profile and thus miss stuff I might need to know later.

Our troop had its fall campout last week.  My youngest didn't go, but this is probably the last one she can skip if she expects to get her Stars & Stripes.  Eldest now has 5 of the 12 camping nights and has made progress on fire safety and outdoor cooking (I guess).

The PiPas haven't started their list of what they plan to work on this year, because so far it's been all about camping.  So far only the very youngest PiPas have been in attendance.  The Explorers have about 5 badges planned - I don't remember what they are.  Miss E already has more than enough badge work to get her level award - she might need a few volunteer hours and does need to plan and run an "Event."

The girls have been so busy every weekend since school started, we have done zero scout work at home.  I am hoping to get them ready to turn in for sports pins.  They should be able to get martial arts & volleyball and probably one could get running at this point.  The work done for that should be transferrable to a physical fitness badge for my eldest, I would think.

We made some progress on the family helper badge back in August, but we still have a ways to go on that one.

My youngest wants to try for the presidential service award.  Not sure if I can get my eldest to try.  I heard about some volunteer thing at the zoo - I will see if it is interesting to her.

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That's how a lot of us start ? 

16 hours ago, Margaret in CO said:

And Rendezvous is here! I camped out last night as I had SO much stuff already at the tipi. A couple of signs still to hang, and a few last minute things to do. When I see how many are registered tonight, I'll run to town for the s'mores stuff. I may have to get more black powder bullets, too. Dh was actually headed to go drive school bus when I pointed out that he can't park on school property with with rifles in the back of the truck! I picked up a flag at the church, and chatted with the FA lady. I decided to make her a few more cravats. But I'm making them out of bright yellow fabric--I'm getting tired of losing them. The DOW set up the archery stuff today. Let the games begin at 5:30!

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Ds finished up the last badge he needs for his Eagle and has I believe a couple of palms to boot. The only thing ds likes is his Eagle project, he has an idea, he just has to fill out all the paperwork and take it to the committee. Honestly, I don't see that happening anytime soon. Perhaps he can work on it on fall break, or Christmas break if that doesn't work. There is no real hurry (he just turned 14), he loves Scouts, he'll just end up with more badges. I was a little upset, ds was ASPL last term, however as the SPL was frequently gone for band and didn't attend summer camp due to NYLT ds acted as the SPL quite often. He did a stellar job. He went for SPL this term and didn't get it, dh said that he was acting kind of goofy when he did his speech, ds tends to fidget horribly when he gets nervous ? He doesn't seem all that upset but my feelings were hurt. It seems somewhat a popularity contests, iit's not always the kids that really deserve positions that get them. Ds has put 110% into Scouts and the only meeting I recall him missing is the day after his grandpa died. Sigh.... Anyway, ds is not some pariah or anything, he's made great friends with Scouts and is generally well-liked, just not popular.

A couple of weekends ago dh and ds were inducted into the OA Brotherhood.

Our AHG Troop year has begun, we are camping in 2 weeks. My Explorers have finished Native American badge so far and next week we are starting Cake Decorating, my older girls have already done it(2 yrs ago) but my younger ones haven't since my older ones have more than enough badges I told them we could do it again. 

The following weekend I am helping Ds and the SM lead ds' Troop through the Challenge Course (we did training in May). I renewed my CPR and First Aid training and they got theirs. 

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Rendezvous is in the books! We ended up with only about 48 Scouts (still have to count up), but a grand time was had by all. We had a troop from 3 hours away! I was prepared (and the troop had been warned) to jigger the results so all the troops got awards, but didn't have to. The troop that got almost all the 1st places were dead last in Scout Spirit. Our troop had a pile of 2nds, including Scout Spirit. Even the troops that didn't place well overall got some things, including SS. I'm still annoyed that the SE showed--he still hasn't realized that this was NOT a council event, though he's been told numerous times. We'll be a bit in the hole unless the Elks paid for the potties--still not sure on that. But, we were prepared to foot the whole thing, so if we end up $50 in the hole, I don't care. The Scouts' Own Service this morning was amazing--that boy has a gift, one that he plans on using as a pastor. We had a few glitches, such as the flag I took was in the wrong bin at the church and was shredded. Oops. Sent the OA off for a different one. Dd did a great job with the horse--she was really patient. The boy who had said that he was NOT shooting, did, shotgun, bp, AND .22! The Scouts all grew, and learned, and we have two new nicknames: Count Chocula for the fellow who did not want to share the s'mores, and Colonel Mustard for the fellow who squeezed the mustard bottle just as he opened it, and ended up with mustard all over his face. I am exhausted, but 2 tickets for Wood Badge are DONE! I've lost 28 lbs. and survived Rendezvous. Next is my Eagle book presentation at Round Table. 

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Our troop had its September camp out last weekend. We had around 10 Scouts and another 6 Webelos present. The Scouts were working on the Railroading MB and the Webelos working that into one of the NOVA awards. So on Saturday we all got up at 6:30 for breakfast and then drove an hour down to a scenic railroad an alumni of ours works on.We toured the yard and rode on the train and the Scouts of all ages got to ride for a couple of miles in the engine. It was super cool. Timing was quirky. The train was limited to 10mph since there was a derailed rock train on that section of track. So we were training it up from 8:30-2:00. Lunch was late. After lunch the Cubs and Scouts worked on sawing and lashing some trestles and having races, a standard NYLT demo activity. That was well received but unfortunately two of the teams collided during the race and a few kids were injured. "Luckily" two were mine, Scout DS12 had a superficial,though very painful, abrasion and Webelos DS10 has deep muscle bruise that made it painful to flex his ankle for a few hours, by evening both were fine. Unfortunately, another new scout got mild MCL tear in the crash.

After getting back on Sunday around noon, there was an Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday at 5pm. So after showers, meals, naps, etc we reconvened at the church. This had a great turn out.The ceremony has a role for each scout to light or attempt to light a candle for that rank. The injured new scout was there post-MRI in a brace and got to light the "Scout" candle, looking pleased as punch. DS12 lit the "Second Class" candle.

Interestingly, this explained many things. I assumed DS12 didn't earn Second Class at camp JUST because he didn't track his book and manage things himself. But after the CoH it was clear the troop had overlooked he wasn't Second Class(Our troop issues rank lanyards at camp and doesn't issue badges until troop CoHs; this is unusual but traditional going back to the '40s). After DS12 pointed this out and referred to his book, with no prompting from us!!!, the troop slotted him in for  a SMC and board of review tonight so he will get Second Class as well as his summer camp badges(swimming,cooking,basketry) at the troop CoH next week.

On other notes, this was a wildlife rich campout. Our troop has its own camp in northern WI on a national wild and scenic river. As usual we saw plenty of dear, turkeys, red tail hawks, turkey vultures, raccoons, and bald eagles. Less commonly we also saw a 2-3yo black bear and a mature wolf. We know the northern WI wolf pack roams this far south since we hear them, as clearly differentiated from the coyotes, and see prints including last November when we saw clear wolf prints in 3in of snow of them stalking a flock of turkeys. For both bears and wolves, the cause was bear hunting season in WI, which allows both baiting and hunting with dogs. Luckily our SPL and our extremely hunting friendly, like hunting grouse which are also in season last weekend and hunting everything that isn't baited... think Leopoldian Land Ethic, ASPL could explain this without any adult interpretation.

Next weekend, DW and I are running  a day hiking and cooking activity for the Cub Pack. Then a free week. And then DW is directing a free stage race for our regional trail running group which she is VP off and  I'll either be working at our Cub-o-ree of the scout  Camporee depending on which is more desperate.

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We joined a few weeks ago, with DD8 as a Bear Cub and DS6 as a lion. Tonight DD received her Wittlin' chip and bobcat badge and her bear claw belt loop. She is LOVING it, after not so great experiences with Girl Scouts (nothing ever got done) and American Heritage Girls (local drama, plus only doing "girly" badges). To be working on knife skills the first week was heaven for her!

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5 hours ago, Ktgrok said:

We joined a few weeks ago, with DD8 as a Bear Cub and DS6 as a lion. Tonight DD received her Wittlin' chip and bobcat badge and her bear claw belt loop. She is LOVING it, after not so great experiences with Girl Scouts (nothing ever got done) and American Heritage Girls (local drama, plus only doing "girly" badges). To be working on knife skills the first week was heaven for her!

I'm glad your daughter is enjoying cub scouts.  I'm told BSA opens for girls of my kids' age in February, but I don't know if I want to make a change at this point.  I wish it had been open to girls when my kids were younger.  That said, luckily, our AHG troop does a good mix of things including plenty of outdoor badges.

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1 hour ago, SKL said:

I'm glad your daughter is enjoying cub scouts.  I'm told BSA opens for girls of my kids' age in February, but I don't know if I want to make a change at this point.  I wish it had been open to girls when my kids were younger.  That said, luckily, our AHG troop does a good mix of things including plenty of outdoor badges.

I will say I did like AHG as an organization, but at our local level there were a lot of issues. It turned into fashion and cooking rather than anything else, and then there were the leaders caught making racist comments, etc.....the troop actually dissolved. Plus being able to go to one place on one night for both DD8 and DS9 is awfully convenient, lol. 

The level of organization compared to Girl Scouts is unbelievable. And yes, I know some GS Troops are amazing. Unfortunately our experience was not. 

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2 hours ago, Ktgrok said:

I will say I did like AHG as an organization, but at our local level there were a lot of issues. It turned into fashion and cooking rather than anything else, and then there were the leaders caught making racist comments, etc.....the troop actually dissolved. Plus being able to go to one place on one night for both DD8 and DS9 is awfully convenient, lol. 

The level of organization compared to Girl Scouts is unbelievable. And yes, I know some GS Troops are amazing. Unfortunately our experience was not. 

Glad you found a good fit. 

I've not had any affiliation with GSA since I was in elementary but find BSA far more preferable to AHG. BSA has great training, websites that actually make sense, troop organization that works, and far less red tape. I really considered going over to a Cub Scout Pack for the girls but in the end we didn't want to leave our friends and they didn't have all that many girls yet. 

Now, I'm trying to decide if I should try to start a Troop for girls when they roll it out for girls, dd1 will be old enough. As it is we're wondering if we'll continue our AHG Troop next year, we've tried multiple times and ways to recruit girls but haven't had much luck. With BSA allowing girls it will not be any help at all. IDK, we'll see.

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It still feels funny to see "dd earned her Whittlin' Chip"! I do a double take at Cubs with braids! So far, we don't have any girls in our Pack, but it's early days yet. We're in the process of moving our Crew to our town, rather than 65 miles away. It's my last WB ticket. 

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28 minutes ago, Margaret in CO said:

It still feels funny to see "dd earned her Whittlin' Chip"! I do a double take at Cubs with braids! So far, we don't have any girls in our Pack, but it's early days yet. We're in the process of moving our Crew to our town, rather than 65 miles away. It's my last WB ticket. 

Yup, everyone is adjusting. The leaders still catch themselves saying "boys" and "sons". And the shirt still says "Boy Scouts" on it, which I imagine will eventually change. But the funniest part was when we were at the scout shop getting a uniform for her - she had to try on every single combination of shorts/pants/skort/shirt possible before deciding. The man at the store couldn't stop chuckling - seems with the boys that wasn't quite how things went, lol. He said they hardly ever even used the dressing room, if it looked like it might fit the boys were happy with whatever they were handed. 

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Our AHG troop had family camp last weekend. One of our Explorers M/C'd campfire....I think she learned from her brother who's a long-time Boy Scout, but she did a great job! I have such sympathy for the mom whose husband is deployed w/NOAA and who was camping with a toddler, preschooler, and 2nd grader, but she made it through. Sure took home a dirty little boy, though! Hiked to a historic grist mill and got a tour, which was lots of fun.

I am explorer leader this year and have the biggest unit, but sadly my youngest has decided to drop AHG. Well, she's taking 8 credits this year in high school, including an online class and a community college class, but I miss her on troop nights and she was our troop's oldest and looked up to by all the girls. She came along to Family Camp, though, and all the youngers were so happy to see her. Sniff, sniff.

Working on Kid Care (booboo bunnies were such a hit we're going to put them in our christmas gift boxes) and have a Heimlich dummy we'll be practicing with soon. And just started horsemanship, attending a local show in a couple of weeks and trying to arrange a lesson and a tour of a local horse rescue with grooming demonstration.

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An acquaintance of mine who is a 2nd grade teacher says "all the girls" in her class have joined "boy scouts."  I don't think she actually means "all" the girls, and I am sure she means cub scouts, but you get the point.  Apparently they are heavily recruiting girls around here.

I feel like a traitor thinking about BSA when I'm volunteering with AHG.  But ....

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I am now the proud mother of an Eagle Scout. BOR last night. Project was both very cool and very sad - building and installing emergency door stops and grated window screens and preparing shelter-in-place buckets for 17 classrooms at a local church's preschool/kindergarten. The principal said prospective parents who toured the school were asking about measures to protect against intruders. Isn't it sad that this is what parents have to worry about rather than whether the rooms are bright and cheerful?

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56 minutes ago, linders said:

I am now the proud mother of an Eagle Scout. BOR last night. Project was both very cool and very sad - building and installing emergency door stops and grated window screens and preparing shelter-in-place buckets for 17 classrooms at a local church's preschool/kindergarten. The principal said prospective parents who toured the school were asking about measures to protect against intruders. Isn't it sad that this is what parents have to worry about rather than whether the rooms are bright and cheerful?

Congratulations to your son!

7 hours ago, SKL said:

An acquaintance of mine who is a 2nd grade teacher says "all the girls" in her class have joined "boy scouts."  I don't think she actually means "all" the girls, and I am sure she means cub scouts, but you get the point.  Apparently they are heavily recruiting girls around here.

I feel like a traitor thinking about BSA when I'm volunteering with AHG.  But ....

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LOL, we were a Boy Scout family before AHG so I've always been in both.We started our AHG Troop the year after ds started Cub Scouts, the kids are 2 years apart but at that point AHG started a year earlier. 

 

15 hours ago, Laurel-in-CA said:

Our AHG troop had family camp last weekend. One of our Explorers M/C'd campfire....I think she learned from her brother who's a long-time Boy Scout, but she did a great job! I have such sympathy for the mom whose husband is deployed w/NOAA and who was camping with a toddler, preschooler, and 2nd grader, but she made it through. Sure took home a dirty little boy, though! Hiked to a historic grist mill and got a tour, which was lots of fun.

I am explorer leader this year and have the biggest unit, but sadly my youngest has decided to drop AHG. Well, she's taking 8 credits this year in high school, including an online class and a community college class, but I miss her on troop nights and she was our troop's oldest and looked up to by all the girls. She came along to Family Camp, though, and all the youngers were so happy to see her. Sniff, sniff.

Working on Kid Care (booboo bunnies were such a hit we're going to put them in our christmas gift boxes) and have a Heimlich dummy we'll be practicing with soon. And just started horsemanship, attending a local show in a couple of weeks and trying to arrange a lesson and a tour of a local horse rescue with grooming demonstration.

I bet that is hard and I'm impressed you are still leading with your daughter gone, it is a lot of work.

Katie was saying they just did fashion and cooking, my girls did these badges last year, BUT we are Explorer level and they pick the badges at this level. As I mentioned we are doing Cake Decorating next, their choice. My girls have no problem camping and roughing it but they like the crafty badges. 

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2 hours ago, soror said:

Katie was saying they just did fashion and cooking, my girls did these badges last year, BUT we are Explorer level and they pick the badges at this level. As I mentioned we are doing Cake Decorating next, their choice. My girls have no problem camping and roughing it but they like the crafty badges. 

 

All of our Tenderhearts REALLY want to do the cooking badge. The problem is -- they want to make actual food (not just sandwiches, but cookies and treats) and,at the Tenderheart level, "Cooking" is more like a Nutrition badge. The Explorer level has more of the things the Tenderhearts want to actually do.

 

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1 hour ago, vonfirmath said:

 

All of our Tenderhearts REALLY want to do the cooking badge. The problem is -- they want to make actual food (not just sandwiches, but cookies and treats) and,at the Tenderheart level, "Cooking" is more like a Nutrition badge. The Explorer level has more of the things the Tenderhearts want to actually do.

 

I know some of their age restrictions are utterly ridiculous. My Explorers will actually be doing some of the Pi/Pa requirements. We have just 1 Explorer who crossed over last year so she is hanging out with our Explorers so I'm making sure we meet her requirements too, some stuff she'll just do on her own, some we'll just all do. 

I don't think our Tenderhearts have ever done cooking, the last leader was not very good at hands-on learning and the ones before were a couple of dads (who were wonderful leaders but not comfortable in the kitchen). 

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We've found better success with the Cooking mb by doing a new recipe challenge. Our troop tends to get stuck in a rut, so once or twice a year, the challenge is on! Sometimes they have access to a full dutch oven setup or propane stove, but sometimes the challenge is using only a JetBoil. The Scouts are really creative! 

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My son scheduled his Eagle Project work day for next Saturday. We may survive this and he may actually earn it. There has been a series of annoying events and miscommunications over the past few months and he has a month in which to finish everything. But he’s getting there and now knows how tenacious you have to be to get something accomplished. Please cross your fingers that everything goes smoothly and if you’re in the area next weekend, let me know. He’ll put you to work! ?

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I love this thread.  I might need to drop out eventually, but I'm still kicking for now.

Tonight my kids are supposed to do the flag ceremony, and my eldest (1st year Pi/Pa) is supposed to come with some work completed on her Government badge as well as ideas for future badge work.  Honestly, my kid is not that into it and I have had zero time to sit her down and discuss it.  They started talking about Our Flag, but it seems the other family involved decided to let that drop.  I think it makes sense to continue it, but the ideas are supposed to be coming from the girls at this point.

Eldest did the campout in September and has done some work toward the camping, outdoor skills, and fire building / fire safety badges.

I think this year, for the Pi/Pas, it is realistic to finish at least the government, flag, and fire building / fire safety badges during the school year.  Individually, we might be able to finish the creative writing and household helper badges.  (I might be butchering the badge names.)  We could do more during the summer, but I have told my kids that I'm giving them the option to quit after this year.  School-related activities are taking up so much more time and the girls don't consider scouts a favorite activity.  I would still like to leave the option open to return to it later if they want to.  So I want them to get badges done when it isn't too difficult.

My youngest already finished the majority of the requirements to get her Explorer level award, but she needs to come up with an event to lead this year.  She also wants me to sign her up again for the pen pal program, since she likes getting the patch.

This weekend, we plan to participate in the OCC packing party.  I bought a bunch of stuff to include in the boxes, because last time we did this, we ended up with a lot of lame boxes at the end.

Next Friday there is a lock-in, but we will have to arrive late and leave early due to other commitments.  Not sure what our role will be.  I guess we'll find out tonight.

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12 minutes ago, SKL said:

This weekend, we plan to participate in the OCC packing party.  I bought a bunch of stuff to include in the boxes, because last time we did this, we ended up with a lot of lame boxes at the end.

 

Our OCC packing party is this Friday night! Since no Explorer wanted to lead it, I am!  I am both excited and scared!

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Our OCC packing party is this Friday night! Since no Explorer wanted to lead it, I am!  I am both excited and scared!

My dd is leading the OCC packing for our troop tonight, and calling out badges earned by a younger unit during the Joining Badge Ceremony!

When tonight is over, she only has one Heritage badge and a BOR left for her Pioneer level award. 

This weekend we walk in the Veterans Day parade in the town (a bedroom community of our City) where our troop meets. Very fun!  Hoping for good weather. 

Our PiPas are working on The 7 C's of History,  Hiking, and Bible Basics, but haven't finished anything yet. 

SKL, we need to do Fire Safety/building too!

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Our troop did the flags at the MS Veterans' Day assembly this morning--and they looked sharp!  A rather marginal member didn't wear his uniform, so he was not part of the honor guard, but our newest Scout will receive his HG patch on Monday. The SPL did a bang-up job of calling the ceremony. On to the actual Veterans' Day ceremony on Sunday, and I have an Eagle BoR tonight.

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EBoR in the bag, as are the two days of a huge fundraiser. The next is a vent, so JAWM. If you can't, stop reading now. It's always the same parents who do all the work. I was there for 4 hours last night, and for 8 hours today. Dh made 3 of those, and then two moms. 16 other parents--nope. One kid just would NOT behave--constantly not where he was supposed to be, not doing what he was supposed to do. I finally told him (after 8 comments) to get his rear out there or his time didn't count. We were done and he called his mom. I handed him two more sacks of trash. "I can't. My mom is coming." "Look, sweetheart. You live 8 blocks away. You have time." Grumble, grumble, grumble from him. Other boys--I went to clean off a table, and there was J--let me get that! Turn around, and there was S, checking all the trash. I asked one boy to check the bathrooms for tp. "Oh, that's already done! I got more out of the closet!" Yeah, cheerful service. Another grumpy boy was messing with the ice cooler lid after being told to stop, and he flipped it down. And broke a mom's finger! 

Now to get through the Veterans' Day service tomorrow. And if you show up, NOT in Class A+ uniform, you're not helping. Yeah, it's going to be cold. And yeah, you're going to have your jacket off. You've been warned; put on a long-sleeved shirt under your uniform. I'm planning on wearing both a silk shirt AND a long-sleeved shirt. It will be about 20 degrees. You won't freeze for 20 minutes. Think of the Marines at Chosin Reservoir. Your mother lied. You're not special. 

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