A reader’s son doesn’t want to continue in Scouts BSA: “I have tried to make it sounds really cool, he’s got friends moving up and friends in a troop now but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. I can’t force him so am I doomed to this disappointment?”
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 about how to involve younger Cub Scouts in the Blue and Gold activities to make it more engaging for them.
A reader reports My son has been in a very small Scouts BSA Troop for 2 years now. Our scoutmaster had a meeting to discuss the fact that the boys scouting experience is very limited because of the troops size and suggested that the scouts transfer to another troop.
Amy wrote me and asked me if I would post a Cub Scout song book she made to fill a ticket for her Woodbadge course. My answer was yes!
A reader asks ” I am putting together a Leader Orientation for next year and was wondering what you would include, especially with the upcoming program changes.”
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 […]
Chip sent in this question: “Hi, We are looking to build a crossover bridge and was wondering if you know where we could find some plans Thanks, Chip”
A reader asks if the Cub Scout program is supposed to end at the Blue and Gold banquet. She is uncertain about what she should do during the spring.
Arrow points can be confusing. Each part of an elective counts toward arrow points. In addition, Bears can use the requirements from any achievements they did not do as part of the Bear badge.
Reader Beth asked “Should I do a Broken Arrow Ceremony for boys who have just come into Scouting in Webelos 1? I did one when the other boys earned the Bear in the Spring, but now I have 3 new boys.”
A reader’s son has been asked to wait two months for his board of review. This does seem like a long delay for rank advancement.
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 “What should we do if we know some of the boys won’t be continuing on to Scouts BSA? What about boys not completing AOL requirements? “
A reader sent in this question: “What if the troop committee board is planning everything and the Scoutmaster is out of the loop?”
A reader asks how to avoid alienating families of Cub Scouts who won’t be receiving awards at the Blue and Gold Banquet.
A reader asks “Are single moms allowed to be assistant scoutmasters and go along on outings and campouts with Scouts BSA Troops?”
A reader asks “What should a new den leader know?” Here is my top ten list for new den leaders.
A reader asks “Our den leader does 90% paperwork and talking at den meetings on the items in the handbook. Is this they way it is or are there other packs and dens that do hands on activities to accomplish same goals? “
A reader’s troop is handing out mothers ribbons to some of the moms at a Court of Honor. How should this be handled since not every mom paid for a ribbon.
A reader asks if he can do the den visit to a Scouts BSA Troop without the rest of the den.
A reader asks a question about den leader neckerchiefs. Which neckerchief should a Cub Scout den leader or a Webelos den leader wear?
A reader asks about how many requirements must be done at the first Tiger meeting. If you feel like you have too much material for one meeting, split it into two.
A reader asks about age limits for merit badge classes. Are these allowed or is this an “additional requirement”?
What does the fleur de lis symbolize in Scouting? A reader asks if it is appropriate to give a fleur de lis plaque to a Cub Scout who has earned his Arrow of Light but is not continuing in Scouts BSA.
Information about the Cub Scout program updates which take effect on June 1, 2015.
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 “What is a pack meeting?” Can additional pack activities be considered the pack meeting for the month?
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.
If you look at the list of positions which can be used to meet the position of responsibility requirement for Star and Life, you will see that assistant patrol leader is not listed there.