I chose to Look the Other Way


I saw this the other day while on site at a customer’s site.  I was not busy since due to an upgrade I was performing on equipment.  As I read this, it hit me that yes, people are needed to help when prompted and required.  Even not required.  Every action has a re-action.  Sometimes not for the good or better .

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Cubscout Changes Blog


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I have followed this blog for a while.  Both on the Website, Facebook and Google+.  With the huge change in the Cubscout program in June 2015, this post really has a lot great information.  If you’re in Cubscouts, a Cubscout Trainer or Cubscout Roundtable Commissioner, you need to read this.

http://cubscoutideas.com/3744/connections-in-the-2015-cub-scout-program-changes/

Oh, and she has a great post about Scoutbook too!  Our Troop is moving to it and a lot of great things that make life easier.

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Advancement at the Park


IMG_3061 This weekend several Scouts of T150 got out to Gabriel Park to complete a few lingering Tenderfoot requirements and also to work on Orienteering.  While T150 has had a lot of Camping events over the last four months, not every Scout went on all of them.

Two Scouts needed to work on cooking a meal, so they sat down and worked out a menu, went shopping and cooked it for the 15 Scouts and Scouters that were attending.   Grilled Ham & Cheese with Tomato soup with Orange juice!  The two Scouts ran into a few issues, but they overcame them.

While the Cooks were preparing lunch others worked on Lashings, Knots and how to put them together with poles.  Pretty fun since we had a Clove Hitch tying contest. 4.28 seconds was the final time for the Patrol Leader after several heats!    There was also a lot of basics of First Aid, Oath & Law and flag requirements.  These were many based upon, EDGE and then demonstrate for signatures as needed.

Our Scoutmaster contacted Columbia River Orienteering Club for maps of Gabriel Park.    The Scouts broke up into three patrols of 4 and completed the course after a session of how to read maps and how to judge distance.   Getting this course map was a bonus for the Troop, since now we can use this as needed and use it for training.  Which means the next time a Patrol wants to go work on Orienteering, the PL can use this.

This was a great event since the Troop’s COH is coming in December and several Scouts needed a few things to meet their next Rank.   At the last meeting we went had six BORs.  Three for Tenderfoot, 1 for Second and First Class and one for Star.  We think that 2-3 more BORs for Tenderfoot.

As for Elliot, he like me has a hard time memorizing.  So, his last requirement outside of the SMC and BOR is the repeat from memory the Scout Oath and Law.  We will be working on this.

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Life after Wood Badge


image189  Life after Wood Badge?  Huh?  I got my Beads and did my time.   Yes, it is true.  There is life after Wood Badge.  Some might travel to Philmont and take the Philmont Leadership Challenge.  However, if you are not able to go to Philmont for this course you can write another set of tickets using the same set of items used in creating the ones that got the beads this time around.

I have written several tickets.  Some for Scouting, some for work and others for family and personal goals.  In an older post of mine, I wrote tickets for the District and Pack.

Currently, I have a few Scout related ones that I am working on.

The main ticket is to get as many Adults in the Troop registered and Trained as Merit Badge Counselors.  Because of my position within the District and a Trainer, I was able to train eight Adults and also started to update the records on myscouting.org.  Paperwork is taking a bit longer only because it is paperwork.

The other item is a spin-off of how to track who is Trained for their position, courses taken and what Merit Badge Counselor is offering what MB.  Currently we are getting scoutbook.com online and ready to go.  Pretty interesting program.

For my Cubscout Roundtable Commissioner position, I have worked the items to help me earn the Arrowhead Award for the position.  I also put on a breakout session at Roundtable on Ham Radio.  Which is slowly turning into an idea to put a Ham Radio/Emergency event within the District for Jamboree on the Air.

So, to those who are completing their Tickets and getting their Beads.  Find your next ticket item and make it happen.

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University of Scouting 2014


IMG_3031   November 1st was the Cascade Pacific Council’s University of Scouting.  It was a blast.  I have gone to this event since 2009.  I have taught a class there every year since 2010.  This year I helped out on the Cub Scout side with being the Co-Chair.  Really it meant pestering several Scouters to be Instructors.   Something that I look forward in doing again next year. (Yes, Jackie & Karen…count me in.)

Each year I have a goal of what I want to learn and classes I want to take.  This year was no different.  But, it was in a way.  For the past three years I taught a Social Media class along with my friend Jerry Schleining Jr.  This year we both took time off.  I ended up taking on the Charter Org Rep class and being a Co-Chair for the Cub Scout instructors.  I figured that I needed to step-up and help.  My Co-Chair was Rocky Brown, who is just as fun a guy as you can surround yourself with.  He is a fellow Tiger Den Leader and Cubmaster that I met on the 2011 Wood Badge course.

My goal for being Co-Chair was to find, recruit as many Instructors as possible.  I also created a Facebook Page for the U of Scouting to help get the word out.  Using the University of Scouting Facebook site and also the Council’s Wood Badge Facebook Page helped in getting people who might not have known they could teach, to teach!

When I signed up for classes, I wanted to take the Intro to Scouting and Webelos Den Leader courses.  Yes, I would have finally been Trained for that position that I never had.  Since I am the Pioneer Cubscout Roundtable Commissioner and also a Unit Commissioner, I wanted more info about the program and also so I could help teach it better.  I took the first course, but skipped the Webelos DL part since I got into a good conversations with a few other Scouters.  Oh, and I hung out at the Wood Badge table helping convince people to go.

I ended up going to the Wood Badge informational class too.  David Martin from the W1-942-14 course had finished his Ticket and was awarded his Beads and Scarf during this class.  He is the first for 2014.  Pretty fun!

My main class that I wanted to attend was given by Sheryl Shake.  She wears so many hats at every level, that I will take anything she says as gospel.  She went to Philmont Training Center this summer for the 411 Class on the new Cubscout Program that is starting on Jun 1st 2015.  It’s the big big big change that is happening to the Cub Scout program in many many many many years.   A lot of the information that I got I knew, but getting refreshed was great.  I learned more about the LDS Transition section since I had not seen or paid attention to it.  As the CS RT Commissioner, I need this info.   The other take a ways were: Webelos & Arrow of Light Scouts requirements, Bobcat Requirement changes, the adding in of the Cyber Chip (good idea!) and the notice that all Beltloops/Pins will stop being made.

I quickly realized that with the transition process for the Arrow of Light Scouts will be tricky if you want to continue using the beltloops/pins.  Also that the LDS will have a tougher time due to their progression based program.  The LDS have Scouts move up within the Cubscouts (Primary) program on their Birthdays.

I also realized that this “issue” will be an issue for one year.  I think that by June 2016 everything will be converted over and the headaches will be gone for the most part.

Finally, the class that I gave.  I taught the “How to Train your Charter Org Rep” class.  I missed the boat on this.  I did not come at it as many thought it would be.  “Training the Charter Org Rep”  Course code D72.  I went in thinking that I would help tell people how to get people within their Charter Organization “Trained” and best practices.   It ended up on how to create a better relationship with your Charter Org, the COR and Institutional Head and why the Committee Chair and the Unit Key 3 need to talk more.  The great part was a District Exec and another Council/District person was there to help bounce/confirm what I was saying off of.  Since I have taken the COR training twice and read the material I was generally on target.  Next year, I will offer this class at the University of Scouting two times and get people certified/Trained for D72 for their position.  Overall, it was a breakthrough moment for many of the people in the class as well as myself.

Overall, it was a great day, time well spent and a chance for me to recharge my batteries.  I wasn’t visiting Gilwell, but it was a lot of fun.

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Tiger to 2nd Class


2ndclass  Wednesday is Troop night.  It was also the night Webelos II from my former Pack and another were going to be attending.  It was also the night for a Board of Review for a Scout.  I have done several Board of Reviews in the former Troop and also many Eagle Board of Reviews so the process is not new.  However, tonight it was the first time I got to review a Scout that I was a Tiger Den Leader and Cubmaster for.

He is now in 7th Grade and still as active as he was in 1st Grade.  Plays Soccer, La Crosse, Baseball and Basketball.  He goes on most if not all campouts.  There is not a question that he was not ready for 2nd Class.

When asked about what he wants to do in the Troop, he responded with “Someday, I would like to be SPL.”  He also said he would like to be APL, PL, and ASPL.  When asked what he would like to see the Troop do differently, he replied ” Mini-Philmont trips in the area.”  He likes hiking and backpacking.    He also added that he would like to see the Eagle Scouts come back and help and not just go away.  (Just to point out many of the recent Eagles have aged out and headed to College.)

The Scout still views himself not as an Older Scout, but as a Middle Scout.  We reminded him that his recent work on the Patrol Campout he was there helping the Newer Scouts with a lot of the Tenderfoot basics via the EDGE Method.

For me, it was great to see the process of his journey within Scouting and how Scouting has affected his life.

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What are you doing?


aimsIf you ask ten youth in Scouting about what is important to them, you will get ten different answers.  The same will be with the Adults, but completely opposite of the youth.  Generally speaking.

As I surf online forums, read blogs and talk to fellow Scouters there generally is a theme that emerges.  Advancement and Uniforms.  These are but two of the eight Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting.  Did you know that there were eight of them?  There are also Ten Purposes and Methods of Cub Scouting as well.  I bet you did not know that either?

This topic came up in a recent committee meeting that I am involved with at the Council level.  It revolves around Cub Scout training and understanding the program.  We are working to offer more information, mentoring and support to the Direct Contact Leaders, Units and Districts to help them understand  the program.  While Cub Scout centric, it dives deep into Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturing and Sea Scouts.  We feel deeply that getting the Cub Scout Leaders to understand that training is needed at each level, it will be easier to get them trained as they progress up.  And eventually into District and Council based positions.

There is a common misconception out in the world of Scouting held by some adults that since they are: An Eagle Scout, A Gold Star recipient, Outdoorsmen/women or a teacher or can channel their inner crafty-Martha-Stewart that they know it all and do not need any Boy Scouts of America training.  This is untrue.  All the training that they have gotten thus far to attain the Rank of Eagle or Gold Star, is just that.  They have been mentored along and taught how to become that.  There is training available to help those understand the program and how to present what they know.

You might be Mike Rowe or Bear Grylls and know everything outdoorsy.  However, do they know what the program is and how to work with youth?  Maybe?  But, knowing BALOO, OWLS, IOLS , SM/ASM, Cubscout Specific Leader and much much more will help.  You will learn that there are a total of Eight Aims and Methods for Boy Scouting and Ten Purposes and Methods of Cubscouting.  Knowing this information will help that Leader create a program that is not boring, find more fun and help the youth attain much more than their intended rank.  The rank is just a side benefit.

The overall aim of the Boyscouts through all their programs is to:  provide a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Thus, proper training of adults will help them understand the aims of the youth & adults and create a program that merges both together.  We ask the youth to go through all the training for each rank, why shouldn’t the adults also be required to be properly trained?

Would you want to go to a Doctor, Lawyer or some specialist that thinks that they know everything and won’t take training?  Sure, they graduated to become what they are today.  But, on going training and re-certification is needed in their field.

For myself, I am constantly taking other online and in-person training not only for my career, but also for myself and for my Scouting career.
You owe it to yourself, the youth you work with and for those other Registered Adult Leaders to be just as informed/trained if not more.

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