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by Hawkeye3
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tree Climbing
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Re: Tree Climbing

Here is the conversation I would have: You Scouts are having a lot of fun climbing that tree. Who can tell me three things to consider when climbing a tree? 1) Be safe for the tree. How many people should climb at once and to what height? After that height, the branches become too weak to hold you a...
by Hawkeye3
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Youth Leadership Development
Topic: "Youth-led"
Replies: 4
Views: 935

Re: "Youth-led"

I too am struggling with this. My Troop has 14 youth. I believe I am doing too much, I have another Scouter who believes we aren't doing enough leading and hand holding. Getting males to plan anything is difficult, coming up with ideas is even harder. Some of our best nights came when we brought in ...
by Hawkeye3
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Knives at a formal campfire
Replies: 13
Views: 2733

Re: Knives at a formal campfire

Hi NSDad, I have seen that tradition but don't know the origins. I have seen fires with and without knives. Agreed, a knife is a tool. However, if someone is hosting the campfire, it's best to discuss with them if possible. If not, you have to decide how badly you want to attend the fire vs. the val...
by Hawkeye3
Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sunshine and lollipops
Replies: 2
Views: 1285

Re: Sunshine and lollipops

I live in suburban Ottawa in a neighbourhood which is quickly being dominated by empty nesters. In the last two years, my Troop has swallowed two troops and we've lost a pack. The neighbourhood schools are at risk of closing as they're around 50% capacity. For my Area, I created two presentations sh...
by Hawkeye3
Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Girls and Scouting
Replies: 4
Views: 1672

Re: Girls and Scouting

I am moving up to Troop this year. Yes, I will bring supplies and I will let parents and the female Scouts know this. My plan is also to e-mail the parents of the females to ask that all females come prepared with "sanitary supplies". This is also a Cub Scout issue. I had at least one fema...
by Hawkeye3
Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Adult Training, Development and Support
Topic: MEC - a good source for quick training
Replies: 0
Views: 3233

MEC - a good source for quick training

Over March Break, I attended a one hour backpacking course at MEC. The person who ran the event was very knowledgeable and helpful, I gained some good insights. For those interested, here is a site that lists all of their courses: http://events.mec.ca/find-an-event On the same note, for the past 4-5...
by Hawkeye3
Thu Mar 10, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Refugees
Replies: 2
Views: 2129

Refugees

Hello all, In Ottawa, we are receiving many refugees. Putting myself in the shoes of a refugee, if I had just left a refugee camp and travelled half way across the world to have a stranger (who doesn't speak Arabic) in a red shirt show up and say "hey, let me take your kid camping!"... I p...
by Hawkeye3
Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cuboree
Replies: 1
Views: 999

Re: Cuboree

I attended the Voyageur Council Cubaree three years ago. We had a fairly strong and mature group so it went well. The program was good, the kids had fun. The interesting thing was that the Cubs went around from group to group getting their shirts signed by everyone. It was really fun to see. Downsid...
by Hawkeye3
Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What is an Akela?
Replies: 3
Views: 1141

Re: What is an Akela?

What do your team and you want Akela to be? I have worked mostly in strong Akela systems. Akela "ruled" all and gave jobs. However, recently the team demanded more say in the program. I would talk to the team and ask what they want, what they can offer, and what you can offer. I too went f...
by Hawkeye3
Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Ideas for Growth
Topic: Scouts Canada Membership over last Five Years ??
Replies: 19
Views: 7527

Re: Scouts Canada Membership over last Five Years ??

In your experience, what motivates ACs and GCs to consider expansion? I haven't found that trigger yet. The number of houses going up within a 15 minute drive of my group is incredible. But I haven't heard of any initiatives to recruit. Just reasons (normally risk based) of why it cannot happen... I...
by Hawkeye3
Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: Ideas for Growth
Topic: Scouts Canada Membership over last Five Years ??
Replies: 19
Views: 7527

Re: Scouts Canada Membership over last Five Years ??

Here is the statistic that really worries me... https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/as-sa/98-311-x/2011001/fig/fig1-eng.cfm The number of Canadian youth has remained relatively flat since the early 1990s. That means that SC participation as a fraction of society decreased in both rea...
by Hawkeye3
Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Ideas for Growth
Topic: Scouts Canada Membership over last Five Years ??
Replies: 19
Views: 7527

Re: Scouts Canada Membership over last Five Years ??

What do you want us to say? Few of us work for SC. Most of us are local. Plus, this same discussion already occurred on Facebook.

Just do your best locally to ensure your group grows and retains. That's all we can do individually. If we all do it and provide a good program, SC will grow.
by Hawkeye3
Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Outdoor Adventure Skills
Topic: Paddling Skills
Replies: 8
Views: 5556

Re: Paddling Skills

Paddling Update: We went paddling this past weekend and it went well. Positives: Saturday morning, we did some familiarization training in war canoes. That was nice and helpful Saturday afternoon, we broke into Lairs and paddled in the lake (normal canoes). Howlers chose where to paddle to, Scouters...
by Hawkeye3
Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: Outdoor Adventure Skills
Topic: Paddling Skills
Replies: 8
Views: 5556

Re: Paddling Skills

Quick follow up... we are going canoeing. The plan is scaled back and does not involve Beavers. But, we are going. Fortunately, my GC also removed the swim test. Having the Cubs swim before boating all day (remain in wet PFDs all day) was a bad idea to begin with. Plan is to have a Scout do some ear...
by Hawkeye3
Mon Aug 31, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Program Ideas
Topic: SCOUTS: Explorer Of The Year Award
Replies: 9
Views: 6950

Re: SCOUTS: Explorer Of The Year Award

I like it a lot. My only two suggestions are: 1) Ask if 5 km is reasonable. If it's a vertical adventure or a winter adventure, is 5 km reasonable? I know (having pulled sleds on snow shoes), 5 km is a LONG way. 2) Increase methods for entry submissions. Youth can blog, tweet, Facebook, Google doc, ...
by Hawkeye3
Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Adult Training, Development and Support
Topic: Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers
Replies: 0
Views: 5113

Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

Hello all, I saw this today in the Metro Newspaper. You should consider this for some of those outstanding leaders. It would be nice to have some Scouters be the first recipients. Summary: The Governor General is replacing the Canada Caring Award with the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers. Details ca...
by Hawkeye3
Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Outdoor Adventure Skills
Topic: Paddling Skills
Replies: 8
Views: 5556

Re: Paddling Skills

Thanks Rick and Sam, I shared your responses with the team. It's summer and e-mail is involved so I am only getting minimal responses. Rick, one resource you may want to share is Clarke Green: http://scoutmastercg.com/developing-youth-leaders-ready-fire-aim/ . He really nailed this one. This would b...
by Hawkeye3
Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Outdoor Adventure Skills
Topic: Paddling Skills
Replies: 8
Views: 5556

Re: Paddling Skills

I have a problem with paddling skills. In the fall, I want to take the Cubs canoeing. The plan was to do some training in the morning to familiarize Cubs with canoes and let the Cubs paddle in the afternoon around a quiet, small lake. Problems are: [list=] [*] Leaders want one leader per canoe. We d...
by Hawkeye3
Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: When is a hornets nest a good idea to kick over?
Replies: 7
Views: 2361

Re: When is a hornets nest a good idea to kick over?

But… I see how old rotten wood that Scouters have to depend on may cause the whole thing to crumble. Agreed, but this is no different than any other organization. I just finished my WBII with people who might match that description. Some of them used to work in my area. I meet them everyday on my j...
by Hawkeye3
Mon May 04, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Outdoor Adventure Skills
Topic: Trail Skills
Replies: 4
Views: 1771

Re: Trail Skills

Something we just did that might qualify for a lot of level 4 is we planned a night to go and get ice cream. The youth had maps, they had to plan the safest route (through the city), follow the map, use GPSs to confirm their location, and then navigate back. The Cubs seemed to enjoy it. I am not sur...

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