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Hey where are the adults?

Posted by dsmith on Apr 13 2019 - 8:13pm

It’s pretty simple: Cub Scout dens and packs are led by adults; Scouts patrols and troops are led by the youth.

In cub scouts Adults plan and conduct the meetings and promote advancement, teamwork, fun and character-building.

I can spot a scout a mile away....

Posted by dsmith on Apr 7 2019 - 3:32am

I spent this week with 84 teenagers, 8 parents and 2 professional educators.  I enjoyed my time with most of the teens and was impressed with a handful.  The young men who impressed me were never late, packed great as we moved from hotel to hotel, called the adults by proper sir names, never complained as we walked miles and when the rain came they new what to do.  On day 3 or 4 most found out I was a scout leader and they approached me to let me know they were scouts and several are Eagles.  3 scouts from3 units are in my assigned coed group of 8.  They were proud and I was not surprised.  In the Woodstock High School music program over 6 troops are represented and I see that hours of scout volunteer’s hours have paid off. What you do matters.

Dude.... this is nothing like cub scouts

Posted by dsmith on Mar 30 2019 - 9:32pm

Rank advancement in Scouting is not like rank advancement in Cubs .....And that’s by design.

In Cub Scouting, advancement is grade based.  The cubs rank up every year with their den all together in one big group.  The activities are designed to offer age-appropriate fun and challenges as Cub Scouts progress through the program.

A great weekend .......

Posted by dsmith on Mar 23 2019 - 5:39pm

This weekend I saw a man give up his Saturday morning to share his passion for geology.  That rocked!  I saw 6 scouts name their provisional patrol the “3 stooges” and  help 2 Cub Scout packs who needed help camp.  I saw a boy deliver a Citizenship in the community PowerPoint and when he got to the slide on the Frank C Mills courthouse he said “and I scout with Judge Mills!!!!”.  I saw the invisible bench skit for the hundredth time and really did laugh out loud!!!!!!

Whiskey Caviler.made me realize something

Posted by dsmith on Mar 16 2019 - 6:48pm

I watched a new TV show this week named "Whiskey Caviler".  Its COOL.  It has the FBI and CIA spying and doing cool things.  This week the lead Good Guy was being peer pressured into doing something he knew was wrong.  Guess what he said.  “I am an Eagle Scout”.  Several times throughout the show the other spies referenced the fact that he was doing the “right” thing by saying “you are such a boy scout”.  There you have it.  In 2019 that is STILL our brand.  When you close you eyes and envision a “boy scout”.  When you think about an “Eagle Scout”.  When you think about our brand, these are the visions you want to have for your son and its our job to help him understand he wants these for himself.

Your troop 241 is about to receive a new group of Cub Scout “crossovers” —it is that time of year

Posted by dsmith on Mar 9 2019 - 7:33pm

Just as we tried to make the Webelos Scouts and their parents feel welcome to join during their den visit to the troop, now we must they find ways to make them want to stay now that they have arrived. There is no better way to do this than to make sure they feel welcome.