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by Angus Bickerton
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Knives at a formal campfire
Replies: 13
Views: 2731

Re: Knives at a formal campfire

I agree with the idea of a knife being a tool and that it simply stay in its sheath or in your pocket at either a campfire or a Scout's Own. I NEVER give up my knife, as it is safer in my pocket than it is rattling around in a bowl or shoved in a log. You simply show courtesy by making sure the knif...
by Angus Bickerton
Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: CJ (Canadian Jamboree) 2017, Halifax NS
Replies: 4
Views: 2609

Re: CJ (Canadian Jamboree) 2017, Halifax NS

That's a huge help, Rick. Thanks.

BTW, I think I owe you some crests...
by Angus Bickerton
Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Events
Topic: CJ (Canadian Jamboree) 2017, Halifax NS
Replies: 4
Views: 2609

CJ (Canadian Jamboree) 2017, Halifax NS

Our Troop Leadership Team just started talking about this last week, so it's time to start planning. I thought I'd start a thread to discuss the issues, etc. I went to the website, and there is not a lot of information, so I thought I'd start with a question. My first issue is FOOD. One of the thing...
by Angus Bickerton
Fri Nov 06, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Online Program Tools
Topic: Best Use of ScoutTracker - Badge Testing
Replies: 10
Views: 8533

Re: Best Use of ScoutTracker - Badge Testing

We aren't testing it "again"... we have 2 situations here... last year and this year. Last year I had a "family" account - the free account. As a parent, I found it easier in that account to just mark everything as complete. It was encouraging to my kids as they could see "...
by Angus Bickerton
Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: New Uniforms (2011)
Topic: BadgeMagic
Replies: 10
Views: 7481

Re: BadgeMagic

Since the new badges were introduced, we have advised our Cubs and Scouts that the iron-on feature is for placement of the badge only. It allows badges to be perfectly placed (as opposed to pinning the old embroidered badges), but it is not a long-term fastening of the badge to the shirt. One wash, ...
by Angus Bickerton
Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Program Ideas
Topic: SCOUTS: Explorer Of The Year Award
Replies: 9
Views: 6950

Re: SCOUTS: Explorer Of The Year Award

Great ideas in this thread. Sort of an Amory Award for Scouts? Key is ensuring youth do all the work of planning and executing. Constant battle I see at the Troop level is keeping the leaders away from turning it into Cubs.
by Angus Bickerton
Thu May 14, 2015 8:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New System Age Restrictions!
Replies: 39
Views: 10229

Re: New System Age Restrictions!

Thanks Norma.

That was helpful!
by Angus Bickerton
Mon May 11, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New System Age Restrictions!
Replies: 39
Views: 10229

Re: New System Age Restrictions!

Hasn't been a formal statement, but September 1 in NOT cutoff, and never was. Our Group registers Beavers in accordance with the "year group" they are in, so the formal cut-off is set by the school system. In Ontario, this more-or-less means that the cut-off for a Beaver turning 5 is Decem...
by Angus Bickerton
Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winter camp locations - NCR/Ottawa Valley
Replies: 6
Views: 2122

Re: Winter camp locations - NCR/Ottawa Valley

I am on the Camp Traill committee, and can't recommend it enough. There are murphy beds to put sleeping pads/bags on, so you are off the floor, and the two wood stoves make it impossible for guys like me to sleep inside. When my cubs have been in there, I and another leader sleep outside in a tent. ...
by Angus Bickerton
Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:02 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?

I guess it depends on what nest you are trying to kick over. To give you a for instance, I sent an email to the Chief Commish and the CEO about the suspension of recognition for trainers and service scouters with third and fourth Gilwell beads. I got a thank you for my efforts, a polite reply, but n...
by Angus Bickerton
Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Adult Training, Development and Support
Topic: MileStone1 (MS1)
Replies: 5
Views: 2291

Re: MileStone1 (MS1)

Sam Wallis wrote:Angus, you may have a typo there. you mean try a live course...


Oops. Fixed.
by Angus Bickerton
Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Colony leader names?
Replies: 3
Views: 1948

Re: New Colony leader names?

Not sad to see "Bubbles" go. Nobody liked to be Bubbles...
by Angus Bickerton
Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: New Uniforms (2011)
Topic: New Joe Fresh Uniforms Really Disapointing
Replies: 131
Views: 38330

Re: New Joe Fresh Uniforms Really Disapointing

Sashes were gotten rid of because they were a pain. They often drooped off the youth's shoulder, and had to be removed for safety reasons for any activity. The badges on the sleeve, actually, is a throwback to the old scout uniform up to the early 1960s. The main reason the sash was trashed was that...
by Angus Bickerton
Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:07 pm
Forum: Program Ideas
Topic: Slaughtering the Sacred Cow: Ratio
Replies: 16
Views: 4961

Re: Slaughtering the Sacred Cow: Ratio

Tom: You didn't kill the discussion. There's only a handful of scouters on this forum anyway. When I started this thread, I had two things in mind: 1. Trained leaders are the single biggest bottle-neck to growth in my Group, and likely most other Groups across the country; 2. What was the rationale ...
by Angus Bickerton
Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:23 pm
Forum: Adult Training, Development and Support
Topic: MileStone1 (MS1)
Replies: 5
Views: 2291

Re: MileStone1 (MS1)

Jessica: Waaaaay better than the online training, try a live WB I course. It will give you so much more than the online stuff does. You will share and brainstorm and have a lot of fun, and go back to your section really charged up. I can't say enough about the value of the live Wood Badge courses. G...
by Angus Bickerton
Tue Sep 02, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SC selling BSA stats?
Replies: 1
Views: 1582

Re: SC selling BSA stats?

Re: the last statement, BSA has adopted a tolerance policy as of the fall of 2013. Better late than never, but the much wailing and gnashing of teeth was a poor public display.
by Angus Bickerton
Tue Sep 02, 2014 3:31 pm
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Program Review - Universal Suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 8318

Re: Program Review - Universal Suggestions

Norma: I know your post is a bit older, but it is bang on. As a member of the Cub Team, adventure refers to adventures in all areas, whether you are camping, going to a museum, or visiting the Court House. Yes, we are really pushing to get the OUT in SCOUTING, but Scouting is to be a well-rounded ac...
by Angus Bickerton
Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:11 pm
Forum: Program Ideas
Topic: Names for Signature Section Awards.
Replies: 3
Views: 1563

Re: Names for Signature Section Awards.

John: I don't mind the woven badges, just not for the special things, like the Chief Scout's Award. Put the two side by side, and the CSA embroidered just looks amazing. Don't care about personal interest badges, etc. being woven. Heck, when I was a cub, we used a piece of coloured felt cut in a tri...
by Angus Bickerton
Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Program Ideas
Topic: Names for Signature Section Awards.
Replies: 3
Views: 1563

Names for Signature Section Awards.

These have been studiously left blank on the Canadian Path website, except for Scouts (Chief Scout's Award) and Venturers (Queen's Venturer Award). I hope we do not adopt a UK "Chief Scout" award for every section. This idea I know was floated, having a CSA for each level of Scouting. In m...
by Angus Bickerton
Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: Program Ideas
Topic: Slaughtering the Sacred Cow: Ratio
Replies: 16
Views: 4961

Slaughtering the Sacred Cow: Ratio

Well, the title says it all, but I am a firm believer in the Scientific Method, and the question must be asked, so many years after ratio was implemented for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. I am not talking about 2-deep, which has its own, very special challenges (since the age of three, I haven't needed ...

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