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by sdfry
Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: When at camp: "I'm tired." "I don't want to..."
Replies: 10
Views: 3902

Re: When at camp: "I'm tired." "I don't want to..."

We are up front with the youth at the beginning of the year: "Most times we do fun stuff, but if you want to earn as many badges as we can as a group, sometimes we have to do the boring stuff" They need the occasional reminder. But it's a consistent message and I think that's the important thing. Stan
by sdfry
Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: New Uniforms (2011)
Topic: BadgeMagic
Replies: 10
Views: 9254

BadgeMagic

Has anyone been really happy about the results of using it? I know the "political" arguments (sewing vs non-sewing), but I pretty much ruined my shirt using the stuff and the badges didn't stay on long. And the Stars on my son's shirt lasted two weeks. Any one else? Good or Bad? Am I using it wrong?...
by sdfry
Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Online Program Tools
Topic: Best Use of ScoutTracker - Badge Testing
Replies: 10
Views: 10255

Re: Best Use of ScoutTracker - Badge Testing

We actually don't "test" for individual requirements in a Badge. If the youth wants to earn their Pet Care Badge we get them to stand in front of the pack and present what they've done to achieve the badge. We and the other Cubs will ask questions to determine the youth's knowledge and present the b...
by sdfry
Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: When at camp: "I'm tired." "I don't want to..."
Replies: 10
Views: 3902

Re: When at camp: "I'm tired." "I don't want to..."

We don't let a youth separate from the Pack unless it is health related (cold and wet, happened last month). Most of our activities last about an hour, and we always have a break/down time between them. There really is no reason an 8 year old (unless there are medical/developmental issues) can't sti...
by sdfry
Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: Online Program Tools
Topic: Best Use of ScoutTracker - Badge Testing
Replies: 10
Views: 10255

Re: Best Use of ScoutTracker - Badge Testing

We use it to mark when requirements are complete or the badge is awarded. I love the fact that we can set up and event/meeting, add participants and add the badge requirements completed. It is far easier than the Excel spreadsheet/pen and paper we used to use. We haven't implemented the ability to a...
by sdfry
Tue May 28, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why do we do what we do?
Replies: 10
Views: 4551

Re: Why do we do what we do?

There is nothing (or very little anyway) that I do with the Cubs that I couldn't do with my own kids without the hassle of being a leader. But not all youth have that capability (for whatever reason) and I think that those who want to should have the opportunity. I also think it's important to give ...
by sdfry
Wed May 08, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: New Uniforms (2011)
Topic: Old Badges
Replies: 3
Views: 3211

Re: Old Badges

Hold on to them for a bit. Other groups in Winnipeg will sometimes send out a request for old ones. You can then sell or trade at your discretion. If you have a complete set you could create some sort of banner. Maybe a special award to a outstanding Cub. An art/craft project of some kind. We have a...
by sdfry
Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Program Review - Universal Suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 10034

Program Review - Universal Suggestions

I'm not sure if any of these have been thought of. Materials: It would be nice to have a "Passport" type book that can follow the youth through their "Adventure Skills" journey. Not a book (like the current Cub book) that has an explanation of every requirement (that should be a different document)....
by sdfry
Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Aquatic Adventure Skills
Replies: 63
Views: 23615

Re: Aquatic Adventure Skills

firedog_53 wrote:Ya, I was out of line.. I really should reread what I post and then count to 20 before I hit send! :oops:

I will dial it down a bit, didn't mean to totally piss off anyone..

FD
Been there done that.

Stan
by sdfry
Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Aquatic Adventure Skills
Replies: 63
Views: 23615

Re: Aquatic Adventure Skills

Yup. Offended. Not too sure how you come to the conclusion that I don't like change because I have a problem with ONE facet of the new program. If you don't understand or agree with my side, I can accept that. I certainly won't insult you. We all agree with, and in, different things. I am obviously ...
by sdfry
Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:13 pm
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Aquatic Adventure Skills
Replies: 63
Views: 23615

Re: Aquatic Adventure Skills

Camping/Hiking/mountaineering trips and expeditions are something the general public expects us to fundraise for. No matter what country the youth are doing it in. Equipment to facilitate these adventures are also an expected fundraising goals. But fundraising for a specific EXTERNAL CERTIFICATION? ...
by sdfry
Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:52 am
Forum: Adult Training, Development and Support
Topic: Recruiting Leaders
Replies: 18
Views: 8313

Re: Recruiting Leaders

When I was a Scout leader I did not have a youth in Scouts (Beavers and Cubs, yes, but not Scouts). We currently have two Scout leaders who don't have youth in the program (one doesn't even have kids). They both believe in the program and have fun. With the argument that only parents should be invol...
by sdfry
Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Aquatic Adventure Skills
Replies: 63
Views: 23615

Re: Aquatic Adventure Skills

Aviation: That would be cool. But Air Cadets probably does a better job than we could. Why duplicate an existing program? FD: I can become an expert paddler by canoeing lots (and a few Youtube videos). No external certification required. The Amory Award is a Venture Company Specific Award (learn som...
by sdfry
Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Aquatic Adventure Skills
Replies: 63
Views: 23615

Re: Aquatic Adventure Skills

I am/was a SCUBA diver. (Three kids ruined that expensive hobby for me. :D ) Our diving excursions were mostly to Ontario (by Kenora) and were weekend camping events. (I have also dived in Manitoba, BC, Washington State and Mexico) I LOVE the ability to arrange an inexpensive Discover SCUBA evening ...
by sdfry
Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Aquatic Adventure Skills
Replies: 63
Views: 23615

Re: Aquatic Adventure Skills

Rick/Doug, So I looked closer at the "Canadian Path"... I understand more of the Adventure Skills path idea. Mountaineering (Yup, expensive, but we don't live next to a mountain so nobodies asking, and it probably is the whole pack/troop/company doing it) Sailing, Power craft (Yup, expensive, but mo...
by sdfry
Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Aquatic Adventure Skills
Replies: 63
Views: 23615

Re: Aquatic Adventure Skills

But if this is a core Scout program should it not be attainable by everyone. I would consider Mountaineering a specialty badge, not part of the core Scout programming. 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 Lev...
by sdfry
Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:54 pm
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Aquatic Adventure Skills
Replies: 63
Views: 23615

Re: Aquatic Adventure Skills

I get what you're trying to do, but I think I'm coming at it from a different angle. (And I hope I don't upset anyone) My angle: I have three kids and they are expensive enough already. We already have the CSA which is supposed to be for the elite Scout. (QVA for the Ventures) So a youth is motivate...
by sdfry
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Adventure Skills - Camping
Replies: 28
Views: 9481

Re: Adventure Skills - Camping

Love the different steps and how they build on each other. I would agree with those that feel the upper 2 - 3 steps (7-9) are for the uber camper. We have a couple of Ventures that would have no problem doing all of those. And at the higher levels you don't want to make it easy. The whole point is t...
by sdfry
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:06 pm
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Aquatic Adventure Skills
Replies: 63
Views: 23615

Re: Aquatic Adventure Skills

Sorry, Google Docs works for others, not for me. I love the "steps" method, building on the previous 'step" for the next level. Would it not be applicable to list Skills in each step OR the youth completes a certain training level at the Local Pool or Y? Even at the higher levels there are certifica...
by sdfry
Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:58 pm
Forum: Program Review
Topic: Program Revitalization Website
Replies: 51
Views: 18723

Re: Program Revitalization Website

Angus, Yup. Dead frog was uncalled for. I can see how (and why) you and the other members team were upset/offended/angry about my post. For that, I apologize. But I will explain how I feel about the whole thing. I run the Scouts Program as close as I can based on today's criteria, if it changes in t...