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by makr
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rovers 100 Merch
Replies: 1
Views: 1209

Rovers 100 Merch

Not sure if people have seen this- but you have until April 3rd to order.

http://scoutingmerch.ca/product-category/rovers-100/
by makr
Mon May 27, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: Program Ideas
Topic: Keeo - how to?
Replies: 18
Views: 8868

Re: Keeo - how to?

As one of those Beavers who attended that camp as a Beaver and then later as a Scout Venturer and Rover, I completely agree here- Spending time on helping Keeos in their position (imagine that- we give leaders training, but not keeos?) works wonders when you're expecting them to be an example.
by makr
Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: VENTURERS: The Amory Adventure Award
Replies: 7
Views: 4976

Re: VENTURERS: The Amory Adventure Award

It's s a great thing to get scouts into at a Jamboree- Get a notebook, and encourage all members of a patrol to write a little bit every day. Talk about what's going on, exploits at camp, how their patrol did at the obstacle course.. that sort of thing. Having a chronological log of camp events writ...
by makr
Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:19 am
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Aquatic Adventure Skills
Replies: 63
Views: 30480

Re: Aquatic Adventure Skills

I'm entirely off-topic, but I play video games and have friends who have made a career out of playing games and games-based content, so it's hard to see it getting trivialized. An Xbox is probably one of the best investments I've ever had, More than a tent, more than a sleeping bag, more than a pair...
by makr
Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:56 pm
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Aquatic Adventure Skills
Replies: 63
Views: 30480

Re: Aquatic Adventure Skills

Scouterguider-

You're right, my knowledge of Cadets in general is second hand but it was very rare for cadets who went to school with me would even see a plane.
by makr
Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:37 am
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Support for Program Revitalization
Replies: 14
Views: 7700

Re: Support for Program Revitalization

I'm a BIG fan for badge standards- It's also the ideal role for Rovers and Service Scouters who have come through the program and have skills but can't give a set hour a week to be involved with a troop or area.
by makr
Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:16 am
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Aquatic Adventure Skills
Replies: 63
Views: 30480

Re: Aquatic Adventure Skills

Okay, Underwater safety has pretty much meant that this training is offered by certified folks, just as First aid is. Now to get the awards, we ask that youth take first aid training, offered by outside agencies. We are going that way with swimming, with lifesaving, We've asked for certifications f...
by makr
Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Aquatic Adventure Skills
Replies: 63
Views: 30480

Re: Aquatic Adventure Skills

But if this is a core Scout program should it not be attainable by everyone. Call this a specialty badge and I will "shut up" The problem with the Scout is when he/she realizes it isn't possible to go past Level 5 due to financial restraints. So the barrier isn't time and effort, it's now money. Fo...
by makr
Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:24 am
Forum: Rover Scouts
Topic: Rovers to get Milestone Recognition Program awards
Replies: 26
Views: 20105

Re: Rovers to get Milestone Recognition Program awards

That's about on par with what rovers out west have guessed for years, at least up until the recent program revitalization.

I remember reading an article from about 94 about the Rover program being phased out in favour of a leadership corp.
by makr
Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Adventure Skills - Camping
Replies: 28
Views: 12417

Re: Program Revitalization Website

Considering the current requirement for the CSA requires at least 12 nights over 3-5 years- that 20 seems awfully low.

Also, I'd have started a new thread for this discussion but for some reason talkscouts won't let me.
by makr
Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Adventure Skills - Camping
Replies: 28
Views: 12417

Camping skills

Yesterday I had this conversation with Rick on twitter about the Camping skills. http://i.imgur.com/jASmIDr.png Let me put it out there- the longest expedition I've gone on as a under 18 member is 3 nights 4 days, The main reason for that is cost and the type of terrain around Vancouver. Cost in bot...
by makr
Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: Rover Scouts
Topic: Rovers to get Milestone Recognition Program awards
Replies: 26
Views: 20105

Re: Rovers to get Milestone Recognition Program awards

Rovers helping at a Venturee or NiteHike or a Jamboree, or some other event where they are in a temporary leadership role(ie- not a weekly section leader) is part of the Rover program. This lumps Rovers- those who help out at various events with Rovers who are section leads and straight up leaders a...
by makr
Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: Program Ideas
Topic: Outside Testing for Signature Awards
Replies: 15
Views: 7137

Re: Outside Testing for Signature Awards

The first point is agreeing with you. It's "you fail this requirement this week- but if you do this, this and that for next week you stand a better chance in passing" Not at "You fail this requirement and you can never pass it again" Which is the case in school. Here's the other thing I like about a...
by makr
Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:57 am
Forum: Program Ideas
Topic: Outside Testing for Signature Awards
Replies: 15
Views: 7137

Re: Outside Testing for Signature Awards

Someone who knows the "talk" or can sell a pitch might succeed where the quiet kid who is nervous may not.. things like that make me a bit nervous of this idea. Presumably, the scouters picked would be able to pick up on this and coach the quiet kids out. We're not talking first year leaders, we're...
by makr
Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:49 am
Forum: Program Ideas
Topic: Outside Testing for Signature Awards
Replies: 15
Views: 7137

Re: Outside Testing for Signature Awards

Finally, is testing the answer? Doesn't that make it more "school-like"? What can be done to make it more "boy-like" or practical? If we look at testing from the eyes of a youth who spends many waking (and some not so awake) hours in school, how will they see this initiative? You're supposed to be ...
by makr
Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:30 am
Forum: Rover Scouts
Topic: Rovers to get Milestone Recognition Program awards
Replies: 26
Views: 20105

Re: Rovers to get Milestone Recognition Program awards

Not that I'm against recognition- it just seems silly to jump out of Rovers and a year or two later be eligible for the ten year medal, which isn't what it's original purpose was. If they're actively a section leader, yeah absolutely, but a Rover who has stayed in the background? Not so much- one of...
by makr
Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Cub Badge Requirements
Replies: 12
Views: 6071

Re: New Cub Badge Requirements

Mall and other public concourses are iffy under the law. Until someone comes along and says directly you can't take photos here, they've got nothing to stand on. If there are signs saying no photography in an area that is controlled by private interests, then my camera goes away. Funny thing is no o...
by makr
Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Cub Badge Requirements
Replies: 12
Views: 6071

Re: New Cub Badge Requirements

Noel, I'm SO glad someone else posted this. I'm a amateur photographer by no means awesome at it, but it's one of my hobbies I picked up back in my teens. I've been told by many a security guard, police, mall employees, you name it that "I can't take photos here." Young photographers need to know th...
by makr
Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:35 am
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Defining the Adventure Skills
Replies: 56
Views: 21038

Re: Defining the Adventure Skills

It's a really good point requiring a lot of capital money to create these bases and maintaining them both in maintenance and professional staffing costs. Perhaps this train of thought should be moved from this thread though as we're getting away from defining Adventure Skills. On that topic, Perhaps...
by makr
Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: efficient badge testing ?
Replies: 10
Views: 4956

Re: efficient badge testing ?

I know for my scout troop, we had about 10-15 minutes every meeting that was the patrol meeting with their councillor to discuss anything from badges to feedback of activities. If it was a bigger requirement or one that required program time(make a presentation or something) it was scheduled ahead o...