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by BalooTwo
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sunshine and lollipops
Replies: 2
Views: 2176

Sunshine and lollipops

Been a while, and just read the last Scouts Canada Report. I know we are all supposed to think positive, but when salaries and benefits out match membership fees, you just have to wonder. And, I never realized membership dropped so low, so I guess the latest initiatives like the new uniforms and the...
by BalooTwo
Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:26 am
Forum: Ideas for Growth
Topic: Scouts Canada Membership over last Five Years ??
Replies: 19
Views: 11228

Re: Scouts Canada Membership over last Five Years ??

Very interesting perspective - the parents in a red shirt. Starving for leaders, i would take a parent in a red shirt for a few years any day. I think the training is not that effective to become a red shirt, but that is another topic of discussion. WHile it is easy to blame the media and lack of co...
by BalooTwo
Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:39 pm
Forum: Ideas for Growth
Topic: Scouts Canada Membership over last Five Years ??
Replies: 19
Views: 11228

Re: Scouts Canada Membership over last Five Years ??

Roxy, I think you summed up the problem/issue quite nicely. Commitment seems to be a big issue to overcome. As a side note, I got a lot of those 'dads' that were in Scouts years ago and send their kids. Usually lasts a year until they realize that it is NOT the same old Scouting - and I am amazed an...
by BalooTwo
Sun Feb 07, 2016 8:22 am
Forum: Ideas for Growth
Topic: Scouts Canada Membership over last Five Years ??
Replies: 19
Views: 11228

Re: Scouts Canada Membership over last Five Years ??

All very interesting. I have heard that it is getting ' too expensive' before but as compared to hockey? With the No one left behind and jumpstart funding, it is a very cheap alternative. But in my opinion, it is not about the fees. The retention report was interesting because it doesn't really poin...
by BalooTwo
Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:33 am
Forum: Ideas for Growth
Topic: Scouts Canada Membership over last Five Years ??
Replies: 19
Views: 11228

Re: Scouts Canada Membership over last Five Years ??

Very Interesting. I have been busy, but this one warrants a post. I am not sure what is more disappointing - the decrease in youth numbers, the big decrease in volunteer numbers OR the increase in staff. I remember being called 'the problem' on this forum because I didn't believe that a 15% increase...
by BalooTwo
Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lament for the Prairie Flower
Replies: 37
Views: 11918

Re: Lament for the Prairie Flower

Poor prairie flower. Another one bites the dust. I think it is less about hurting a childs feelings and more about stemming the over-reaction from parents. The last big change was the uniform. Argue why, but really it was to make Scouts look less militaristic - the parents perception. There are alre...
by BalooTwo
Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Membership results for 2011/12
Replies: 26
Views: 9596

Re: Membership results for 2011/12

--Jody, just love the Norma Desmond bit. Unfortunately, I see that all to often in other aspects of life. I believe Charles Darwin quoted "Survival of the fitest", and with fitest meaning the best to adapt. Saying you are embracing change, and actually doing it are two different things. -- Sam, you ...
by BalooTwo
Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Membership results for 2011/12
Replies: 26
Views: 9596

Re: Membership results for 2011/12

Thanks for the info. Well, whatever happened to 15% increase a year for 4 years? When I said that was unrealistic, I was pretty much called negative and suggested that if I was not with the program, then maybe I should leave. I remember seeing the video prep-rally on this as well. So, after 4 years,...
by BalooTwo
Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: New Uniforms (2011)
Topic: Approved v not approved uniform parts
Replies: 87
Views: 32719

Re: Approved v not approved uniform parts

That is a good looking group, and I don't personally like the berets, but it seems to work well, and with pride. I wonder where the sashes are? Anyway, I would like to see the same group (or a similar size group in a group photo) in the current colours. Sash or not. Beret or not. You would know that...
by BalooTwo
Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Further questions on new screening policy
Replies: 47
Views: 13160

Re: Further questions on new screening policy

a little off topic, but why won't SC accept AODA certification from any agency, only SC training? most leaders that i have are public sectorish types that had mandatory training over a year ago, but it is not valid. Any ideas why not?
by BalooTwo
Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: Ideas for Growth
Topic: Why we are failing to grow
Replies: 6
Views: 3715

Re: Why we are failing to grow

I know this all too well. Picked up more youth from other groups because our group returned calls/emails. The only reason for an adult to be in scouting is to: advance the movement AND advance the youth within the movement. I can't remember the exact words, but that is close enough. There are far to...
by BalooTwo
Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tubby Tummy? You and me both!
Replies: 56
Views: 16163

Re: Tubby Tummy? You and me both!

I see that maybe I was too subtle and/or confusing. This thread did spawn from the BSA vs the CSA. The big difference between the two is that the BSA could successful ban the fat people from the organization. Anyways, to bring a little more light into my comment: 1.I completely and whole heartedly a...
by BalooTwo
Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tubby Tummy? You and me both!
Replies: 56
Views: 16163

Re: Tubby Tummy? You and me both!

Really people. Is this a Scouting forum or match.com?
by BalooTwo
Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What would you ask National?
Replies: 65
Views: 19719

Re: What would you ask National?

Good point. I think I remember seeing somewhere in the action plan that stated that this was an action. I think I joking said it was to do away with us old guys. Everyone wants a 20 or 30 something leader or two, but they seem to be hard to find. However, i do find it interesting about retention. If...
by BalooTwo
Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My own child does not like to camp
Replies: 18
Views: 6330

Re: My own child does not like to camp

Have 2 sons. Both needed a little 'push'. one is now the acme of camping. loves when you get all 4 seasons in a weekend. the other son, now hates camping. only will do one-night-fair-night camps, maybe. SO, it is a 50/50 from my perspective. A positive mental attitude will make the worst camp fun, a...
by BalooTwo
Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What would you ask National?
Replies: 65
Views: 19719

Re: What would you ask National?

Well, the many questions I could ask, but I have one. Is the new plan/direction working? This thread has many posters talking about communication. I figure that should have been one of the first steps. Are we meeting targets for registration? Are we meeting targets on leadership training? Are we mee...
by BalooTwo
Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Child and Youth Safety
Replies: 10
Views: 3619

Re: Child and Youth Safety

Sorry, this post is a little confusing to me. Constructive discussion? I am under the impression that all discussion is constructive. We may not disagree and the messaging may not to be to our liking, but discussion is that - discussion. And, as far as I know, youth safety has been and will always b...
by BalooTwo
Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cub Car Kits
Replies: 14
Views: 5297

Re: Cub Car Kits

all very interesting. i was told that no matter what you do, the wheel alignment is the key. However, i would seem that rules on cub cars are different for the different areas. we can only put additional weight in-between the axles, no where else, and the cub is supposed to design, build, paint and ...
by BalooTwo
Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cub Car Kits
Replies: 14
Views: 5297

Cub Car Kits

About 3 years ago, the actual cub car blocks of wood were very heavy. With the cub car restricted to 142 grams, some of our cub's cars were finished (wheels, design and paint) over 170 grams. This meant alot of hollowing out the car to get down to race weight. Complained then. This year, about 1 in ...
by BalooTwo
Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Registration charts
Replies: 27
Views: 8886

Re: Registration charts

As my limited experience has also shown is that a health growing or large colony creates a health group. The Colony eventually feeds the entire group. It is easier to market to parents of younger children. Generally, these children stay in cubs and scouts and become our young leaders. As well, there...