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We just wrapped up phase 2 of Pokeman's Eagle Project -- Supply Collection and increasing community awareness.  DS's group of volunteers spoke to more than 1,000 people about Centro Laila (non profit organization that helps refugees/immigrants/local families in need with child care, supplies, after school care, food, and transportation).  We did well with the supplies donated, but personally I was really shocked at how many people couldn't be bothered to donate a $1.00 bag of black beans, or 1 can of veggies or fruit.  We were blessed by a few people donating a lot -- but I can't help but feel like it should have been more.  All of the items collected have been inventoried, and now he has to make a shopping list from the money raised during the breakfast burrito sale to fill in the gaps. I was hoping that we'd get enough beans, rice and canned fruits and veggies that he could use the money to purchase the more expensive items (canned meats, cleaning supplies, plates/cups), but that didn't happen.  We have enough clothing, shoes and supplies that we will more than fill my van and my husband's car.  DS still has to email his Troop and remind them that if they have anything they would like to donate (from the list) to please bring it to the meeting, and then invite any scouts willing to help load/unload to the organization on Tuesday night.  I'm also going to have him email the commissary and see if they have anything he might be able to pick up (free) or any discount that could be applied to larger purchases.   They may say no -- but it's worth a try.

In the end, he'll deliver nearly $3,000 worth of clothing, food and supplies to the organization.  It's a pretty substantive amount.  Along the way we've talked about things that worked really well, and things he could have done better.  Honestly, with all of the extra hoops we had to go through -- not the least of which having another group out there selling breakfast burritos on our day (THAT, after the nonsense legal gave us 2 months earlier), we weren't sure it was going to come together.  But it did.  Now, he's in the final stretch (oh, and I'm still in Italy because no one seems to understand the process for getting us out of here).

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Hi all!

i just dropped back in to say that DD18 was inducted into the Order of the Arrow this weekend as part of this chapter’s first ever Call-Out to include female youth.  She and the other two girls inducted were all from her Venture Crew, but it is expected there will be female youth from Scout troops in the future.

DD18 has earned her Summit Award this year (highest award for Venturers) and inducted to OA is a great cap to a good year.  She was recruited to work on staff at two different scout camps this year - with the inclusion of girls at camps this year, there is a real need for young women with leadership experience to serve as staff and mentors for the female campers.  DD will be teaching archery at the camp in Juneaa and the High Adventure camp at Denali.  Then, she heads East to work staff at the World Jamboree this summer.

She is on track to complete her Ranger year as well - most likely before heading off to college in the fall.

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Our joint Cub Scout/Scout camp out this weekend was cancelled since it was in the low 40s with 2 inches of rain and steady 20mph winds. The Scouts considered camping anyway but the miserableness combined with possible flooding on the access roads to our camp made the PLC call it off Friday. So DW (Weblos DL), DS10(newly crossed over scout), and DS12 were all warm at home.

I on the other hand drove a couple of our scouts and was an adult candidate at our Order of the Arrow Ordeal weekend. Overall it was a great time but I don't think I've been that cold and wet in around 20 years.

We had a few female candidates including at least one Summit awardee, but all of our females were dual registered in Scouts BSA. We did get commemorative lodge patches with Scouts, Venturing, and Sea Scouts logos to mark the changes. 

PS: One of our female inductees was elected a vice-chief which was pretty cool.

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8 hours ago, AK_Mom4 said:

Hi all!

i just dropped back in to say that DD18 was inducted into the Order of the Arrow this weekend as part of this chapter’s first ever Call-Out to include female youth.  She and the other two girls inducted were all from her Venture Crew, but it is expected there will be female youth from Scout troops in the future.

DD18 has earned her Summit Award this year (highest award for Venturers) and inducted to OA is a great cap to a good year.  She was recruited to work on staff at two different scout camps this year - with the inclusion of girls at camps this year, there is a real need for young women with leadership experience to serve as staff and mentors for the female campers.  DD will be teaching archery at the camp in Juneaa and the High Adventure camp at Denali.  Then, she heads East to work staff at the World Jamboree this summer.

She is on track to complete her Ranger year as well - most likely before heading off to college in the fall.

Congrats! Our Callout with girls from Venturing was last week, but only 2 could make it, along with one boy from the troop. Dd and I will do our Ordeals at the end of the month, but 2 of the girls have band camp. We'll catch them up at Fall Fellowship as they live in the valley. Out of the 5 Crew members, we have them scattered over 4 different states!. Dd has her Silver Award (the old highest award) but didn't go for Summit--just too busy being 1st Sgt of Cav at her military college. She DID finish Trust last night, so has all but Summit now. We lost our Council a few weeks ago, and the official merger online happened yesterday. As soon as the dust settles from that, I'll put her Trust paperwork through. 

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Your posts about girls in BSA prompted me to research whether we have any girl troops nearby.  We have one about 4 miles away.  So I asked them to send me info.  I do still want my girls to continue in AHG, but I don't think it has comparable clout on a resume, to be honest.  In fact, the way things are going nowadays, I wonder if it might even be a turn-off for some.  I don't think we can do both, but I thought I should at least look at it and see if I should discuss it with my girls.  If the requirements are things they would hate doing anyway, or couldn't really squeeze in, then at least I would know not to think about it any more.

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5 hours ago, SKL said:

Your posts about girls in BSA prompted me to research whether we have any girl troops nearby.  We have one about 4 miles away.  So I asked them to send me info.  I do still want my girls to continue in AHG, but I don't think it has comparable clout on a resume, to be honest.  In fact, the way things are going nowadays, I wonder if it might even be a turn-off for some.  I don't think we can do both, but I thought I should at least look at it and see if I should discuss it with my girls.  If the requirements are things they would hate doing anyway, or couldn't really squeeze in, then at least I would know not to think about it any more.

If there are no girl troops nearby, your girls can go Lone Scouts. Our closest girl troop is 3 hours away. The closest girl den is an hour and a half. Here are the rank requirements:  http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page  We have several girls who do Venturing AND GSUSA.

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Oldest DS received his Life rank patch last night.  He and his Scoutmaster think he can complete his Eagle requirements in six months.  His parents think a year to a year and a half is more likely.  DS was inducted into OA earlier this spring.  He plans to spend the summer camping and working on merit badges.  

Youngest DS is plugging away at his lower rank requirements.  He has a few Tenderfoot requirements to complete at summer camp.  In the meantime he is working on his Second Class fitness requirements.  

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My DS11 joined Scouts a few months ago and did his first hike with the group on Sunday.  He had a wonderful time and got some positive reinforcement from the older Scouts and the leader that made him feel very good about the experience.

We had not been looking to get him involved in Scouts but I happened to meet a local scoutmaster who seems like a genuinely good guy and is very committed to an inclusive troop.  I thought for sure that the fact that DS cannot participate on Saturdays for religious reasons would be a dealbreaker, but the scoutmaster assured me that it was not and that they would make it work.  And DS, who too-often dwells in his older brother's shadow, really needs an activity that is all his.  

Hopefully it will work out.  DS is not at all ready to go away to camp this summer but the scoutmaster suggested that he visit for a day when the troop is camping, so we'll make that happen.

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Both of my boys just finished up their Seeonee Award (Canandian top-section award for cubs)requirements.  It will be awarded to them at our end-of-year celebration/move-up ceremony next month.  I'm proud of them - they worked hard for it.

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I am curious how fast a girl can catch up to the age/grade norms in BSA Scouts.  My girls are finishing 7th grade.  They are 12 with October and January birthdays.  Where would they be if they had been in BSA all along and kept up with the usual timelines?

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42 minutes ago, SKL said:

I am curious how fast a girl can catch up to the age/grade norms in BSA Scouts.  My girls are finishing 7th grade.  They are 12 with October and January birthdays.  Where would they be if they had been in BSA all along and kept up with the usual timelines?

It is up to the individuals as to how fast they advance. There are 7 ranks- scout, tenderfoot, second class, first class, star, life, and eagle. The first ranks they can work on concurrently and going to summer camp can give you a big leg up on that b/c they have a program to work on several of those things needed. For first class, star, and life they also have a time requirement to finish as well - 4 months, 6 months, and 6 months. They could possibly finish in 18 months to 2 years if they really worked at it. 

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@JennyD

Your Ds11 is like my ds in some ways. I am glad y'all are jumping in and I hope it's a great adventure for him! 

My ds is enjoying the encouragement and welcome from the older boys. And having his own thing, where he doesn't follow his older sister. 

 

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1 hour ago, SKL said:

I am curious how fast a girl can catch up to the age/grade norms in BSA Scouts.  My girls are finishing 7th grade.  They are 12 with October and January birthdays.  Where would they be if they had been in BSA all along and kept up with the usual timelines?

 

Given that girls couldn't even join BSA until February of this year, the first girls are currently working on ranks ranging from Scout to First Class.   As Soror mentioned, a scout advances at his or her own pace.  Scout can be earned in less than a month. Tenderfoot's personal fitness requirement takes a month to complete but can be started as soon as the scout joins the troop so it is possible to complete Scout and Tenderfoot ranks within the same month.  The Second Class rank requires 30 days of fitness tracking that can be begun as soon as the Tenderfoot fitness requirement is completed.  Other than that, Second Class depends on how active the troop is since the scout must participate in five troop or patrol activities in addition to attending meetings.  Two of these must be campouts.  First Class requires that the scout participate in 10 activities (cumulative since joining scouting).    The typical scout takes one to two years to complete Scout through First Class.  A few move more quickly and some take longer.   It takes a minimum of nine months to complete Star and Life requirements and minimum of six months to complete Eagle.   Most scouts take longer.  

The time from Scout to Eagle depends not only on the scout but also on the troop.  A dedicated scout will advance more quickly through most requirements.  But, scouts can be stalled by lack of available leadership positions (most are elected by fellow scouts) and camping/outdoor activities.

 

 

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I googled BSA scout camps available for girls.  There is one that is driveable for me (a long drive ... but it's close to a Kalahari so...).  Apparently they can do badges there, and hopefully it would count for some of the camping requirements.  We already have this summer planned up, but maybe next year ....

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On 5/20/2019 at 8:38 AM, SKL said:

Your posts about girls in BSA prompted me to research whether we have any girl troops nearby.  We have one about 4 miles away.  So I asked them to send me info.  I do still want my girls to continue in AHG, but I don't think it has comparable clout on a resume, to be honest.  In fact, the way things are going nowadays, I wonder if it might even be a turn-off for some.  I don't think we can do both, but I thought I should at least look at it and see if I should discuss it with my girls.  If the requirements are things they would hate doing anyway, or couldn't really squeeze in, then at least I would know not to think about it any more.

If there are no girl troops nearby, your girls can go Lone Scouts. Our closest girl troop is 3 hours away. The closest girl den is an hour and a half. Here are the rank requirements:  http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page  We have several girls who do Venturing AND GSUSA.

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19-20 months is just about as fast as they can do it. We had a boy Eagle at 12, but he was able to join at 10 as he'd finished 5th grade. Ds Eagled at 13, but he joined a bit later as he came in with his den, so lost a half-year waiting for AoL. It is possible to make 1st Class before a year, but they have to hustle. 

There is an extension available now: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/01/31/temporary-transition-rules-give-new-scouts-bsa-members-the-chance-to-earn-eagle/

But let's remember, it's about the journey, not the "finish line". Ds stayed in, eventually serving as OA Chief, earning all 135 mbs, being honored with Vigil, and earning all 5 parts of the National Outdoor Awards. 

http://meritbadgeknot.com/scoutbios/cranor-tim.pdf

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56 minutes ago, ScoutTN said:

@JennyD

Your Ds11 is like my ds in some ways. I am glad y'all are jumping in and I hope it's a great adventure for him! 

My ds is enjoying the encouragement and welcome from the older boys. And having his own thing, where he doesn't follow his older sister. 

 

 

Thanks, ScoutTN!  When we were considering this I remembered that your DS was a Scout and that had it had been a good experience for him.  

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17 minutes ago, Margaret in CO said:

19-20 months is just about as fast as they can do it. We had a boy Eagle at 12, but he was able to join at 10 as he'd finished 5th grade. Ds Eagled at 13, but he joined a bit later as he came in with his den, so lost a half-year waiting for AoL. It is possible to make 1st Class before a year, but they have to hustle. 

There is an extension available now: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/01/31/temporary-transition-rules-give-new-scouts-bsa-members-the-chance-to-earn-eagle/

But let's remember, it's about the journey, not the "finish line". Ds stayed in, eventually serving as OA Chief, earning all 135 mbs, being honored with Vigil, and earning all 5 parts of the National Outdoor Awards. 

http://meritbadgeknot.com/scoutbios/cranor-tim.pdf

Sounds like we would have time as the girls are now 12.  They will be in college when they are 17, so they essentially have 5 years, but earlier is better as other interests / demands take up more and more of their time.

Reading over the requirements, it seems like it should not take a long time to get to Second Class, provided we find a troop that is active over the summer.

I have not heard back from the place listed as our closest girl troop.  After doing a little more research, I am now not sure it exists.  There is another one about twice as far (but still closer than our AHG meetings); they meet Sunday afternoons, which seems do-able for us; I sent them a request for info today.

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A thought on the being in college thing, many schools have Venturing Crews under clubs called Alpha Phi Omega--a service club. CU Boulder's puts on two wonderful mb universities every year. Kids can Eagle from Crews once they make First Class within a troop. 

As to looking for a troop active over the summer, I would not get involved in a troop NOT doing summer stuff. That's when the BEST stuff happens!

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Pokeman's Eagle project is DONE.  He collected and delivered more than $4,000 worth of supplies, food, toys and clothing to the center here.  The write up is almost complete (have to add the photos), and then he can submit the completed packet.  Final OA event this weekend, and I am supposed to fly out Tues or Weds (waiting on the email with the information).  Dad will have to oversee getting him to the board of review and everything...they fly out in 4 weeks.  DS learned a lot from this project -- mostly, that you can't really "over plan." (As adults, we do know that it's possible to over-plan, but usually difficulties are because we don't plan enough). I'm hoping to get an article in the Panorama about the project -- with a personal note.  DS is looking forward to finding a new troop in the Hampton Roads area.  My younger girls are hoping to find an AHG troop, and DD is hoping we live close enough to the Aquarium she can volunteer there.

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3 hours ago, LisaK in VA is in IT said:

Pokeman's Eagle project is DONE.  He collected and delivered more than $4,000 worth of supplies, food, toys and clothing to the center here.  The write up is almost complete (have to add the photos), and then he can submit the completed packet.  Final OA event this weekend, and I am supposed to fly out Tues or Weds (waiting on the email with the information).  Dad will have to oversee getting him to the board of review and everything...they fly out in 4 weeks.  DS learned a lot from this project -- mostly, that you can't really "over plan." (As adults, we do know that it's possible to over-plan, but usually difficulties are because we don't plan enough). I'm hoping to get an article in the Panorama about the project -- with a personal note.  DS is looking forward to finding a new troop in the Hampton Roads area.  My younger girls are hoping to find an AHG troop, and DD is hoping we live close enough to the Aquarium she can volunteer there.

Congrats!

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Wanting to bump this again--what are your units doing this fall?

We just got back from a 2 night camping trip, complete with gold panning and a MAJOR hike. It was partly a shake-down to see if a new Scout can do camp. I doubt it. The camp we're registered has campsites 25 minutes fast walk from the dining hall, and everything is hills. Just to get to the med lodge is a 50 step hike up a hill. 

We're planning our October camping trip to Penitente Canyon for bouldering. And the train show is coming up:https://rockymountaintrainshow.com/BoyScoutMeritBadge.aspx?EventID=22

We have an OA picnic this month, and Fall Fellowship. 

What are you up to?

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Well, our troop is not as high-octane as yours, Margaret, but it is good fit for my Ds.

He will get Scout rank, Swimming mb and Mammal Study mb at the Court of Honor next week. He has only the exercise requirement left to do for TF. Heat index here has averaged over 100 for the last several weeks, so that mile run can wait until it decides to actually be fall!

They camped and did some fun pioneering projects to practice scout skills last month. Backpacking near Stone Door in a couple of weeks. Ds is thrilled to be grubmaster for his patrol for the backpacking trip! 

He needs to finish the First Aid mb that he got about half done at camp last summer. 

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I got a chance to talk to the mom of our new Scout and suggested the very established camp that our new council runs. I think they might be more set up and "citified" if that makes sense. The camp we're registered at is much more rustic--very hard to do with a physical handicap. I think we may have found a solution! I'd like to see him do camp, but where we're headed this year simply isn't going to work!

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Hi, I can't remember if I mentioned this before, but we decided to stick with AHG after all.  I was wondering if we should try to do BSA as well, and I found a nearby troop, and the leader finally contacted me & said she would be in touch after June camping.  But I haven't heard back since then.  I haven't even discussed BSA with my girls.  My eldest is kind of anti-everything these days, so I would rather focus my "oh yes you wills" on existing commitments.  I guess we could still join BSA later if Mary Contrary gets a better attitude.

We did some work over the summer for various AHG badges - some individually and some as a unit / troop.  I am still hopeful that my eldest can get the level award this year.  She has to complete 5 more badges, which are in various stages of completion already.  (Zoology, Outdoor Skills, Emergency Preparedness, Family Helper, and Creative Writing.)  I think we're set with service hours and special events.  We have some ideas for the mentoring and the service project, but need to do a lot more on those.  The Tenderhearts are doing the Physical Fitness badge, and my eldest would be good for leading a couple of those badge requirements.

One of the other girls in the troop had an idea to have a Spa Day for the younger girls, as part of the Best Me I can Be badge.  Then we thought that would be a good time for my eldest to do the physical fitness mentoring.  Then my youngest thought it would be fun, as part of the music appreciation badge, to include different types of music for the relaxing part (spa day) and the active part (fitness).  We are checking with the troop leader to see if we can have the Mother Daughter Night to do this, or if we will need to plan something on an otherwise non-scout night.  (Maybe I should look at the Best Me I can Be badge and see if it makes sense to just do that whole badge ....)

The girls led a flag retirement ceremony a few weeks ago, which felt like an accomplishment.

We did a lot of stuff for the camping badge over the summer.  With and without the scouts, my girls camped out 6 nights, and finished a bunch of requirements.  My youngest got the canoeing badge.  (The eldest had to miss that for a volleyball tournament.)  Youngest is also working on her Horsemanship badge.

We still have a lot to finish for the God and Church pin.  We did make some progress over the summer though.

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3 hours ago, ScoutTN said:

@JennyD

Is your middle ds still doing scouts? 

 

You're sweet to ask!  Yes, he is.  It's a great troop and the scoutmaster is amazing.  DS does not want me to be involved even one little bit so I am not 100% sure of what exactly he has been doing, but apparently he is making progress and he is definitely enjoying it a lot.  He's done some day hikes and next month will go on one of the camping trips.  

That's interesting that you mention physical fitness requirements.  DS just got home an hour ago and said that tonight they did pushups, situps, and a half-mile run.  

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My AHG Patriot is working on Our Flag and has only one camping night left to finish the camping badge. Woohoo! Our whole troop is doing Young Meteorologist this year, but I think the PiPas have been too busy with camping and flag things to start it. Dd ran a Joining Badge 101 event (like Bobcat Day for CS), last weekend as a multi-troop activity, so that requirement for her next level award is done! She will have plenty of service hours for AHG, but probably only enough for the silver Presidential this year, since she dropped a major volunteering gig to make more time for  academics and down time. She has two stars, 40 hours, so far as a Patriot. Over Christmas, we will get her the longer sash and redo it so that she can fit all her badges on better. It wouldn't have worked until this year because she wasn't tall enough last year for it to look right. 

Troop campout in ten days, but I will scrap it if the heat and drought don't break. Averaging high 90's with heat index over 100 here right now. Plus fire ban means no campfires (not that anyone wants a fire in the heat). Ugh!

 

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This has been a weird Summer for us. Good, bad, and otherwise.

Good:

DS13 earned Weather, Woodcarving, and Emergency Prep merit badges at camp and his Star rank. Even better, unlike the previous 2 years, I didn't have any tedious conversations about discipline issues with the Scoutmaster at either parents' weekend or the end of camp. DS13  was just elected a patrol leader.

DS11 was at his first summer camp. He earned the First Aid merit badge and Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks at camp. So he earned First Class in six months vs 2 1/2 yrs for DS13. I had expected Second  Class. He'd done the fitness stuff and had enough activities but this was a surprise. Apparently my skepticism was apparent because I had 2 Scoutmasters from other troops and one previous SM from our troop, who had been on his Boards of Review tell me what a great job he'd done. So First Class at then age 10 (Both boys crossed over at 10 1/2 with Arrow of Light).

Our troop runs its own Summer Camp with another troop and has had female Venture Crews for at least the last 5-10years. This year the Venture Crew alumni were all adult staff and we had a linked Scouts BSA girl troop.. Female Venture Crews had always been good, but I was surprised how much better having a patrol of more age diverse girls was.

Bad:

Every year at camp we run a 3 day out of camp trip the first week. This year it was a backpacking trip. The "plan" was to do patrol based trips on the Superior Hiking Trail. Planning was light and during camp they figured out that wasn't realistic for some of the younger Scouts. The Scouts ended up voting to split into non-patrol age based groups and have a backpacking group and a hiking group. Both my kids were in the younger group. DS13 was mildly disappointed. DS11 was pissed. I don't think the Scouter's realized how bad this was til after the trip. It will be fine. The older kids had a great time. There are plans for a Spring backpacking trip for all Scouts. But, this was entirely predictable and a downside of a very Scout led troop.  

Otherwise:

Our Scoutmaster is retiring at the end of camp Summer 2020. Succession planning isn't what anyone wants. DW and I are in the half dozen folks who could step into those responsibilities. Over the Summer, we've decide to leave Minneapolis for DW to take a better job in Seattle.. The two major pieces of unfinished business here are Scouts and DW's vice-presidency of our multistate trail running group .

Our current troop will be fine. We have good finances, active scouts, and an active  alumni group. The next 24+ months will be bumpy but  it will work out. I'm not sure who will be Scoutmaster vs Assistant, grudgingly or otherwise, but it will work out

Talking about the Summer Camp issue, I told out current SM... "Look DS-then-12. has at that point done a 3 day river canoe trip, a 4 day Boundary Waters trip, a 100 mile bike trip, and 60 nights of camping(50 in tents)". That is pretty impressive... as a Scout led troop the things that annoy me and the things I like are very linked.

Going forward, finding troops in Seattle is slightly complicated. We are looking for very liberal troops who also have a very aggressive outdoors program. Many troops look shockingly expensive from a midwestern perspective. DS13 will be fine... If we can't find a good troop we'll slot him into Sea Scouts or Venturing. DS11 is more complicated... we need an active troop who lets younger kids do HA stuff. I can't see him tolerating a highly structured council camp after our free form summer camp... likewise this high adventure as a reward for older Scouts seems unlikely to fly. We'll see... He wants to come back to MN for Summer Camp and we have a couple alumni Scouts from WY who do that every year... So we'll see...

 

 

 

 

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Ds has enjoyed his first two camping trips with the troop. Next month is a mbu to get First Aid and a trip to Mammoth Cave. He has just the fitness requirement and the BOR left to earn his TF rank. 

My AHG troop had a lovely campout a couple of weeks ago. Relaxed pace, a little hiking, a little outdoor skills practice, lots of hang out time. A little rain one night, but not a big storm. We overbought on food and I learned a lot about running the kitchen and about what directions the girls need in doing the food. Dd is coasting a bit in AHG right now, just doing whatever badgework happens unit time, but nothing outside of that. She is working hard just to keep up with school work and I don't think she really has time to work on badges right now. She may do Teen Pact this winter, which will fulfill a bunch of Citizenship and Government requirements. 

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Hi, our PiPa unit has figured out some of the requirements for the older Pioneers to get the level award.  We are planning to run the mother-daughter event in November.  One of the girls suggested doing a spa day, which I felt was a great idea.  We are also going to fit in some financial management stuff for the younger girls.  Both 2nd year pioneers will work on this.  We will tack on a service event - OCC packing party - led by my daughter.  This should cover at least 2 if not 3 of the level award requirements.  The other girl wants to do a different service activity, so I hope it is on a day we can attend and support her in that.

We haven't made much recent progress on badge work, and we need to step up.  My kids have Thursday and Friday off school, so hopefully Thursday will go for preparing for the event (AHG meeting is Thursday night) and Friday for badge work.

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We had two GREAT BoRs last night: on T'foot and one Star. It's so cool to watch the Star Scout step up in his role as SPL. And the T'foot is the kid I didn't think would make it through camp, but he did, and thrived. 

Meeting with an Eagle candidate today, to review his project book before his presentation. I'm sure he's going to have revisions. 

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My middle turned in his paperwork for his Eagle and is just waiting to hear back on setting up his Board of Review.  He is pretty excited and relieved that he is almost done.  He isn't sure what he wants to do after he earns Eagle.  Right now he is SPL, but he would like to hand that off.  He has been in some sort of leadership for years and I think he really wants a break.

My youngest made First Class over the summer and is determined to Eagle at a younger age than his brother.  He is hoping to finish by next Christmas, but that would be pretty tight timing.

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On 10/22/2019 at 11:19 AM, Loowit said:

My middle turned in his paperwork for his Eagle and is just waiting to hear back on setting up his Board of Review.  He is pretty excited and relieved that he is almost done.  He isn't sure what he wants to do after he earns Eagle.  Right now he is SPL, but he would like to hand that off.  He has been in some sort of leadership for years and I think he really wants a break.

 

Palms!

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I'm trying to put together a trip down valley on Wednesday--a really good presenter is giving a talk at the Ute Museum, partly on the Ft. Uncompahgre in the next town down. It's supposed to be our OA meeting, but we really don't have much to do, and we could hold a short meeting beforehand. I hope the roads are clear. Dh can't go as he has to leave for the hospital the next morning at 0600. 

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DS is off to attend an all day welding merit badge class. It's not close, so he was up and out the door early for the drive. He's been interested in trying welding for awhile and is hoping he'll actually get a lot of hands on. He's been working on his very large and very complicated Eagle project for over two years, but is finally getting close to completion of the actual construction part, so he's hoping paperwork and Board of Review can be done in the next few months. He has two requirements left on the last Eagle required merit badge and if he finishes one other partial merit badge, he'll have enough for four palms! I'm trying to keep him going because all his friends aged out of the troop, we have trouble getting adult participation that would allow more high adventure activities, and he's lost interest in doing much with the troop. DH is the Scoutmaster, so ds usually gets dragged along anyway although he's starting to fight that too. Fortunately, he found a Sea Scout Ship and that has reignited his interest in Scouts.

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12 hours ago, Margaret in CO said:

Palms!

Strangely, he doesn't really want palms.  It seems like he is trying to avoid them for some reason.  It is odd because when he was a Webelos he worked hard to get all 20 of the activity badges.  He sets goals for himself and works hard to achieve them, but I can never tell what it is that will be something he cares about.  I think he may be done with scouts though.  It is sad because he has done it since he was a Tiger cub, but I think he is wanting to move on, though it makes him sad to think about because in his view he has done it pretty much his whole life.  DS loved Venturing, but our crew died out and we were never able to get enough people interested/recruited to keep it going.  I wish they still had an explorer post (branch of the BSA) around here, but it died out shortly after DH aged out of it many years ago.  He has been wanting to possibly do a police cadet program or something instead.

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For anyone on the Western Slope of CO!
 
 
Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 6:30 Ute Indian Museum, Montrose, CO
📷
 
BEAVER PELTS & SLAVES
THE STORY OF FORT UNCOMPAHGRE
AND THE OLD SPANISH TRAIL
Wednesday, November 6th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Ute Indian Museum
17253 Chipeta Road, Montrose, CO
970 249-3098.
FREE admission
Author and Fort Uncompahgre volunteer historian Dave Fishell
will present a fascinating program on the Fort and
the Old Spanish Trail known as the old path.
..................................................................
During the early 1800s Fort Uncompahgre; once located near today's town of Delta; was a busy fur trade era post.
The northern branch of the Old Spanish Trail also connected the fort with Santa Fe, New Mexico and southern California. This vast region was then part of Mexico. Fishell will also cover horse stealing, the slave trade
that probably passed through the fort, flintlock rifles and how not to throw a tomahawk.
This program is brought to you by the Ute Indian Museum and Fort Uncompahgre Interpretive Center
 
 
 
 

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57 minutes ago, Margaret in CO said:

The CG has officially taken over Sea Scouts--anything with CG in your area? We have a really good Post up north with the FD and EMTs. 

DS got to take a Safety at Sea course with his Sea Scout Ship at at Coast Guard Station on one of the Great Lakes. It was a really cool experience and some things he hadn't done before.

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