A reader is being pressured. With the changes to the BSA membership policies, how will we handle challenges like this? Read the article to see my answer.
During a Scoutmaster conference for the rank of Life, a Scoutmaster is requiring a Scout to answer questions from earlier ranks and merit badges, erect a tent, fold a tarp without wrinkles, keep track of paperwork and badges, plus other things. But a Scoutmaster may not add or take away requirements for advancement.
Heather’s son wants to earn all of the merit badges. She is looking for a list of similar badges to help him along. I know it is difficult, but I recommend that you as a parent try to stay out of this process as much as possible. #BoyScouts #MeritBadges
Jen asks a question about adult leader succession. What do you do when it is not clear? What if issues such as “its always been done that way” and hesitance of new leaders arise?
Rev. Jim sent in this question: “I was asked for do prayers for two cub scout packs for their Blue and Gold ceremony o the Crossover. where would I find appropriate Prayers. Thank you.” Thanks for the question, Rev. Jim. Since Cub Scouts should be familiar with the Scout Law, I suggest you use a […]
Needra sent in this question: “My grandson who is 6 would like to join a tiger cub program. How do I find one in my area??” This one is easy to answer!
Debbie asks if winter camping is appropriate for Cub Scouts. The age-appropriate guidelines provide some insight. But how cold is too cold for Cub Scouts?
Reader asks what types of service projects can be used to fulfill service hour requirements.
A reader asks what to do when the money for the unit popcorn sale doesn’t add up.
Kathy asks if a fifth grader who did not earn the Webelos badge can earn the Arrow of Light. Yes he can. The Webelos badge is not required for the Arrow of Light.
A reader asks for help managing unruly behavior at Cub Scout den meetings.
Raquel sent in this question: My Pack has moved to a new sponsor and we would like to retire the old pack flag that represents our old sponsor. Are there any ceremonies for retiring a sponsor pack flag? Thanks for the question Raquel. I have never heard of retiring a pack flag. Usually when we […]
A parent is looking for information about the requirements for Bobcat for his new Cub Scout, especially examples of the Scout sign, the handshake, and the “How to Protect Your Children” pamphlet..
John M sent in this certificate blank for use at your Webelos crossover. It would be appropriate for many different Cub Scout or Boy Scout achievements.
A reader asks for ideas for the troop gift exchange. I’ve listed a few of my own. Readers, add your ideas also.
What type of shirt do female den leaders wear? (yellow or tan)I want to get a shirt to wear so my Webelo Scouts understand and take pride in the uniform.
A reader asks about how Cub Scouts can make up requirements which the den already completed.
A mother asks ” I understand that I cant do his next advancements until after May graduation BUT can I keep doing electives and getting credit for them?”
A reader asks a question about a Scout parent threatening a leader. “The father of a scout show up at our door and threaten my husbands safety. “
A reader asks “Curious as to what others had done for the putting on a carnival (Bear Requirement for Grin & Bear It). Any ideas would be appreciated!”
A reader asks “Can someone please share with me how you run training for Chaplain’s Aide?”
A Wolf den leader asks a question about how to fulfill the Footsteps of Faith requirement. What do you do when the Cubmaster is opposed to the location you want to visit?
An unusal question: “Hi, my son is up for an eagle BOR very soon, and I was wondering what type of questions they ask parents. I was informed the scout steps out of meeting while the reviewers ask parents questions. “
Sandie sent in this question: Where do I find the “Germ Song”, the Mucus demonstration and the Sneeze demonstration? Thanks for the question. These are all requirements for the Wolf Germs Alive! adventure. The song and instructions for the demonstrations can be found in the Wolf Handbook. The sneeze demonstration involves putting confetti in a […]
A reader asks “Does the BSA ever deny a charter during recharter, and for what reasons would they deny a recharter?”
A reader asks if she should wear a Boy Scout uniform. She is a committee member and religious emblems counselor.
A reader asks about what is typically included in a pack budget. She is the new committee chair and most of the committee is also new.
A reader asks some questions about scheduling Cub Scout adventures. What order works best? Should they finish one adventure before starting another?
A reader asks “What should a new den leader know?” Here is my top ten list for new den leaders.
A reader asks about age limits for merit badge classes. Are these allowed or is this an “additional requirement”?
A reader is looking for resources and support groups for parents of Scouts and spouses of Scouters.
A reader has been told that the role of the pack committee chair is only to handle the recharter. Normally a pack committee chair would do much more than just fill out some paperwork each year.
John sent in this question: “Can a den leader serve as den leader for more than one den?” My understanding is that it is really not recommended.
A reader asks a question about den leader neckerchiefs. Which neckerchief should a Cub Scout den leader or a Webelos den leader wear?
I often get emails recommending one summer camp or another. While I cannot personally visit each of these camps to review them, I’d like to give readers the opportunity to recommend camps to other Scouts and Scouters. So here is your opportunity. Just post your recommendation in the comments below.
A reader asks “Isn’t it the responsibility of the committee to plan the year, and the Cubmaster to execute?” Ideally, the committee chair would work cooperatively with the Cubmaster, the activity chairs, and other committee members.
A reader asks how to approach games when the smallest kids are always “out” first and the stronger kids get to play longer.
A reader asks “Are single moms allowed to be assistant scoutmasters and go along on outings and campouts with Boy Scout troops?”
A reader asks “What is a pack meeting?” Can additional pack activities be considered the pack meeting for the month?
A reader asks if he can do the den visit to a Boy Scout troop without the rest of the den.