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3/11/18 3:54 P

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HELLO!
I'm Deaf Scouter (or Ursula) who is a New Yorker gal through and through. I'm also a multi-hat Scouter with 20 plus years in ScOUTING. I've done other volunteerism but none give me the pleasure that ScOUTING gives me.

My son is an Eagle Scout but not involved for several years as his hours are all over the place. Who knows if that will change once he starts having kids.

~Deaf Scouter from Rochester, New York

'You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.' ~ Richard Bach


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2/18/14 10:32 P

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Hi, I'm Al! I am super involved with scouting in my area (Three Rivers District, Cascade Pacific Council), even though I have no kids-- just how I was raised. Currently I'm a den leader, member of the district committee, district Eagle admin, and member of the council activities committee. It's a super busy life, but it's fun! Just excited to meet some people on here who speak my language :)

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Hello - I am Rebbecca and I am the committee chair (and pack planner) and Webelo den leader for our local cub scout pack 3810 and I am the advancement chair for our troop 810. I am a mom to two scouts - an eagle scout and a webelo scout. I have been in scouting since my oldest son joined scouts. I am just gong to keep trying to do my best at reaching my goals.

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1/20/14 1:32 P

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I'm JoAnna I am currently a Chartered Organization Rep. Previous Den Leader/ Cub Master. I was a Girl Scout and a Girl Scout Asst. Leader. I wish we had Co-ed Scout troops in my area when I was a teen. My son was the reason we joined scouts. Tha'ts when the fun (really fun) scouting activites began in my life. My son is now a Star rank boy scouts. His goal is to earn Eagle at 15. I think this is a great plan for him because he is a prime canidate for teenager syndome, as soon as he has car key in hand and girlfriends are not just for status he will only be interested in summer camp, if that.

As we walk though this garden, that some call life there are many paths and ways to go. There is always someone there to help you along the way some may force you down their path or help you find your own. No matter what path you take there is a key in the garden. You must find it to survive!


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I been involved in Scouting for more than 40 years in one form or another. "Room for one more" got me interested in Scouting even before I was old enough to be a Cub. (I think I saw the film on TV back when I was 4 years old.) I drove my mom crazy until she became a den leader. Neil Armstrong was one of the reasons I became an Eagle Scout. Currently, I'm in my second go around as a Scoutmaster but this time with my son. Also I'm a guy on a mission. From my blog...

Years ago, when I was a Boy Scout, I would wait impatiently for the next issue of Boy's Life just so I could see the Whittlin' Jim "Slide of the Month" feature. But try as I might I could never make one of those slides. (I have the scars to prove it!) ....Flash forward 40 years and I discover a couple of links to the original Whittlin' Jim patterns. Well I carved one and got hooked and so began this journey to make all the Whittlin' Jim slides.

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6/11/11 10:52 P

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Hi, I am a scoutmaster for my two sons' troop and have been for almost 6 years now. My oldest son just finished his Eagle project and last merit badge (only 3 months until 18). One of my long term goals for joining SparkPeople is to go to Philmont with my younger son when he goes back in two years. I was unable to go last time because of my weight. I need to get my weight down as well as my fitness up. I was happy to see there is a SparkTeam for Scout leaders to help me as I continue on my path to fitness.

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5/22/11 10:23 P

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Hi, I'm in Northern New York in the Longhouse Council. I was a Girl Scout growing up and became a Cub Scout leader in 2002 when my oldest sons leader left the area. He is now an Eagle Scout and my youngest is a Bear. I am the committee chair for Pack 37, the Scoutmaster for Troop 37 and the Committee Chair for Venture Crew 13. I love to hike and camp, but it has become more difficult has my weight has spiraled out of control.

Scouting is one of my motivations for getting into a shape that is not round. I see how much the boys grow and change and it inspires me when I see kids with depression smile and laugh. When the kid adopted out of foster care not only learns some self control and ways to deal with the anger but tells you about his life prior to being adopted while sitting on an island in the Adirondacks.

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4/28/11 4:00 P

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Hi, I'm Miranda, but I go by Randi. I just became Bear den leader this year for Pack 445 in Conway,AR. It's been a great experience for me. Now just to lose some weight so I'm not huffing and puffing on our next hike!!! On our last pack hike I ended up at the end of the line and everyone was waiting on me to catch up way too much. I'm currently 216 lbs and need to lose down to 130 or at most 145. I'm a stay at home mom of 2 boys 17-never in scouts & 8-my Bear. Unfortunately my Bear has weight issued too. I'm hoping he will see that if mom can lose weight & eat better so can he.

Nothing tastes as good as Skinny feels!!!



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Hi. I am a recent Wolf Den Leader here in Arvada Colorado with Pack 513. I am not new to Sparkpeople, although my son and I are still learning Scouting. With his ambitions for Eagle, and the other 5 boys in my den, I figured it was really time to restart my "spark" and get my health back where it should be. I look forward to atlking with all of you. If anyone is near this area, I would love to connect with someone who is interested in getting out to do some walking or hiking around the metro area.

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My name is Rick, I was trying the diet awhile back and had some sucess, I am working on the weight loss again.. I do have a tough work schedule with less than 8 hrs sleep.. I have been in scouting for about 7 yrs from bear scout to eagle and have another eagle on the way in couple of years. I am a committee chair for our scout troop. and have done the cycling,hiking and working the backpacking merit badge this year. our scouts do trail work on the north country trail every year and totally enjoy it.
my goal is working out 3 days a week and getting down to 230 , I seem to have stall point at 245lbs.. I am excited to get going ..

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Hi my name is Sandy and my son joined the scouts in June. After a few months of no den leader I came forward, though I am really swamped with working, PTA volunteering, church, etc. I really hope I don't domb to bad on the whole den leader things. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. I am the den leader to the wolves. Pack 66 in VA.

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9/27/10 11:38 A

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Hi, Ive been on Spark for years weight fluctuating the whole time. But my son and I are brand new to scouting. This is his first year and he's starting out as a wolf cub. I got his uniform and started sewing on the reguired patches. Problem is I havent sewn in over 15 years and I was in Jr. high. Needless to say I sewed his sleeve together. Then I gave up and did the fabric glue but put too much on one and it smeared on his shirt. Does anyone know how i can get off the glue spots. I dont want him to look like a slob..lol. Any help is apprectiated.

Jen

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emoticon Tammy emoticon to the team. I've been in scouting with my son since he was a Tiger Cub. He's now a 20 year old college student and still active with the troop as an ASM. I was the pack committee secretary when he was in cub scouts and bridged over to boy scouts with him, stepping right in to the troop committee secretary position. I'm also a merit badge counselor, unit commissioner and district advancement chairman. I'm retired (twice over ... 24 years air force followed by 15 years as a 9-1-1 dispatcher) so I have plenty of time to devote to scouting. I'm also wood badge trained ... a buffalo. I'll be getting my beads at a multi-district fall camporee two weeks from now.

I've recently taken on another scouting duty ... I'll be the Tiger Den Leader (Coordinator?) for a pack that is really struggling in the adult leader department. The hope is that with an experienced scouter to help them along we can recruit more parents to be active in the Tiger den and once we've got them hooked keep them active as their sons advance to higher ranks.

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Hi,

I'm new to the team but not new to SP.

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I've been around scouting for years! I was a leader of variety though Cub Scouts for both my boys (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, pack committee chair, treasurer, advancements). Both my boys earned their Arrow of Light. They both crossed over into a local troop. My oldest eventually left scouting to pursue a more active life in sports (football, basketball, cross country, track, baseball). He's 22 now and still in college baseball (senior year). My youngest is 16 and still very active in our troop, he's working on his 1st class badge. I say 'our' since we all know it's a joint effort. I love Scouting and how it turns our boys into great young men. I've made quite a few lifetime friends along the way as well. If you want to know about me, you can read my sparkpage and blogs.

Anyway, it's great to see that there's a scouting team!

We can do this together!
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Co-leader, Tortoises Unite!

I'll keep working at it. I'm worth it. You're worth it too.

Every day is a new day. Gotta keep on keepin' on, no matter what!

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8/18/10 5:15 P

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Elfdoctors,

Stay with it and let us help. It can be a lot of work but no doubt some of the most rewarding you'll do. I was in your position about 6 years ago and haven't looked back. Post and we'll reply!



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It's been a long time since my son (now 20 years old) was a WEBELOS and I'm not up to speed on all the things WEBELOS do. I remember when his WEBELOS II den went to camp with my husband and two of the den leaders. They had a great time dispite the severe thunderstorm that blew in while they were down on the waterfront. By the time they got back to camp their tents were blown over and everything was wet. My husband got a ride into town and threw all the clothes and sleeping bags into an indurstial dryer while the den leaders stayed back and helped the boys reserect their camp. I'm amazed that the boys stuck with it after that experience!

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My son and I just returned from Tomahawk Scout Reservation (in northwestern Wisconsin) for a 3 night camp designed only for Webelo 2's. Both of us had a GREAT time, particularly considering this was the first camping experience for my son. I think that both of us are going to make the effort to continue with the boy scouts.

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emoticon ElfDoc ... emoticon to the scout leader team. It's nice to have you with us.

Activity on this team seems to run is spurts. A few months ago I was asked by one of the team leaders to be a co-leader ... she has slice left the team. I have been out of the loop here for a month; first I went to VA for the National Scout Jamboree, now I'm in Los Angeles for a family funeral. I'll be back in North Dakota (home) soon and hope to come up with some ideas for keeping people more involved in this team.

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Hi all!

I've been with Sparkpeople for around two years and have been successful with it. I have lost around 45 pounds and am now in much better shape as a result.

I've been gradually increasing my involvement with the local cub scout pack becoming the unofficial leader two years ago and becoming an official assistant Den Leader (Webelo) last year. My son will now be entering Webelo 2, We'll be going on our first Den camping trip this weekend. I'm hoping that my son maintains his interest in scouting and progresses into Boy Scouts.

While I have very little personal boy scouting experience, I have 4 nephews who have achieved Eagle. The local Boy Scout troop currently has no members (the last two members eagled out this past year). I would hope that we can revive the local troop as my son's Den could form a good nucleus going forward. As such, I am looking for a network of people to bounce ideas off of. I only recently thought of, and then found this team. To revive the local troop, I will probably have to step up to a higher leadership position. I hope there are enough active members here to keep this team viable.

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emoticon Jennifer ... emoticon to the team. It's nice to have you with us. I can see where you need to double up on committee / leader duties with a pack of your size. I just agreed to take on the Tiger Cub Den Leader duties for the pack I'm unit commissioner for and that's a no no too.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you through the team post board.

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Hi fellow scouters! I just joined this so I have a place where I can share, laugh with, and hang out with other people who understand the appeal of the whole scouting thing. I mean, when I first joined with my son a few years ago, I was like, what the heck am getting myself into? Next thing I know I am building a stronger pack inside out & slowly & not without struggle. I love everything BSA stands for and I love my son... who happens to love fishing and camping and that is why he wanted to be a cub scout. I have been a sparkperson for slightly longer than I have been a scouter (um, my son is starting 3rd grade this fall, and his 3rd year in cub scouts, and I started SP a few months before that...) Now I am busy new Committee Chairperson AND a going into the third year Leader. I have heard that I shouldn't be both, but our pack is still growing, going into year 5 and all the old leaders are leaving and we only have 14 registered boys. Anyhow, I am looking forward to exploring all the threads here and hopefully getting some helpful info about scouting as well as keeping myself healthy and in shape for summer camps, and pack camps, and leadership duties, etc!!!

Jennifer:)

Getting started is only part of the journey, the rest is never giving up, no matter what!!! -JH

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Hi MICHSTURG &Penny … welcome to the team! It's nice to have you both with us.



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Hi! I'm new to this group, and also new to Cub Scout leadership positions.

My son just finished his Wolf year, so 2 years in Cub Scouts now. Just as a parent. The first year only as a parent becuase I was also the leader of both of my daughter's Girl Scouts. I've been a Girl Scout leader for 5 years. This year both of my girls went Juliette, so did Scouts solo, without troops. But we now have a wonderful leader for Wolves (now Bears), and there was no way I was going to take the position away from her.

Our pack, however, was a mess and was falling apart. We had an ineffective Cubmaster, and our Committee Chair, our COR, and our Tiger leaders all quit in early March. We also never found a Bear leader for this last year. All we've really had left are incoming Webelo IIs and incoming Bears. As parents, we were never told we could be part of the Pack Committee. Leaders were never told about training, and mostly haven't been trained except for Youth Protection training.

Information was not being passed to the leaders, or the parents. One of our pack meetings got cancelled...but nobody told the Wolf den. We all showed up at our Pack meeting to a locked building.

The Wolf(incoming Bear) parents finally got fed up enough to take over. Our former Assistant Cubmaster is now our Cubmaster (as of 3 days ago), and our Pack Committee was just elected in the last 2 weeks. The only positions that stayed the same were Secretary, Treasurer, Fundraising & Historian. We're still looking for a new COR. I was elected the new Pack Committee Chair 9 days ago. Our District Commissioned has been helping us with our reorganization.

Needless to say, I haven't had time to get much training yet....and the in-person classes aren't available for another couple months. Actually, the only person we have that IS really trained is our new Cubmaster, who was our Assistant Cubmaster.

I've been reading everything I can get my hands on, as quickly as I can, but it's going to take a little while before I feel like I know what I'm doing.

So, basically, I'm Penny. I'm the new Committee Chair for Cub Scout Pack 224 in Allen, TX (just north of Dallas). Running what is basically a completely new leadership team of our pack. We're trying hard to keep our pack alive. We're one of the oldest packs in our district, so the district wants to help us stay alive, too. I'm also our pack co-ordinator to Twilight camp, because the person who was our co-ordinator wouldn't answer the Camp Director's emails, and I'm the one in our pack who got ahold of her to get kids from our packat camp this summer. The 4 boys we have going to Twilight camp wouldn't be going if I hadn't gone hunting for the information that we were not getting from our pack.

I've been a member of SparkPeople for a while, but fell away from it, and just about everything related to healthy living, during my divorce. I've been divorced now for 2 years, and have been working on small habit changes to slowly and permanantly improve my health since Feburary. I haven't really lost much weight or inches yet, but I feel better already, and have already improved by cholesterol and things like that.

I'm a single mom of 3 kids - daughters (who are Girl Scouts) 13 & 10, and my 7 year old son, who will be 8 in 3 weeks.

That's probably enough about me for now.

Penny

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5/3/10 11:40 A

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Welcome Michsturg!!! There's always something getting in the way, isn't there! Hopefully we can help get you motivated to work around those "somethings"

~~ Kris ~~

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Welcome to the getting healthy club Michsturg! Many here are taking up the challenge to lose so they can hike again or hike with ease. School and keeping my nose in a book has kept me from hiking but looking forward to finally taking a break this summer to get out and enjoy the trails again!

~Deaf Scouter from Rochester, New York

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5/2/10 10:39 A

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Just wanted to introduce myself. I live in Margate, Florida and am the Advancement Chair for Troop 836. I was a den leader for my son before joining troop. I was also the troop leader for all 13 years of my daughter's Girl Scout Troop. I decided it was time to get healthy. There are a lot of hiking trips I don't take because of my weight and I love to hike.

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4/19/10 10:34 P

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I have a couple of friends that work at NYSSD. Older brother was an Air Force man until he retired at 37. Still lives near the base in GA.

Is the snow all melted in North Dakota? Have you ever done winter survival camping?

~Deaf Scouter from Rochester, New York

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I lived in NY for three years, when I was stationed at Griffiss AFB. I live in North Dakota now.

The New York State School for the Deaf is in Rome (or was when I lived there in the mid eighties) and I took ASL there when I was stationed at Griffiss. I was never very proficcient and haven't used it in years. I do remember though that it is a completely different language than English and has it's own its grammar and syntax.

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Thanks Terrie for the WARM welcome. Are you close to Rochester? Many view written ASL as bad English instead of another language like German, French and etc. There are times I struggle if the person is pure ASL as my first language is spoken English.

My son is also ASM. He also does several volunteering outings for local group because he has his ham radio license like several of the scouters in his Troop.

You are going to the National Jamboree??!! AWESOME!!! I've always wanted to do that. Being here is really showing me even more how much I miss it!



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emoticon Hershey ... emoticon to the team. You have quite an interesting Scouting history! I've been involved in Scouting with my son since he was a Tiger Cub. He's now a 19 year old college student and ASM. I started out as the pack committee secretary and became the troop committee secretary when he bridged over to Boy Scouts. In addition to being the troop committee secretary I am also a Merit Badge Counselor, Unit Commissioner and the District Advancement Chair. I hadn't done much with Cub Scouts in many years but took Baloo training this weekend and will be getting more involved with Cub Scouts in the fall, after I return from National Jamboree. I'll be on staff, working at the Merit Badge Midway.

I used to be a 9-1-1 Dispatcher (14 years worth) and have had experience with various methods of communicating with the Deaf. Learning the lingo was more difficult than learning the technology. I was most comfortable with voice relay simply because the language used on the TDD can be different than spoken English. Communication is often difficult during an emergency simply because the caller is usually upset, stressed, scared, angry, or all of the above. Add to that a different language and the stress level goes up for the call taker as well as the caller.

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WOW on earning it before his 18th birthday. That is rare as most earn them much later in life. They are exempt from the before 21 age rule.

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One of our local troops has one too! AND, I think he even earned it before his 18th birthday!! He's a cool kid.

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'He says that the program gave ALL the kids a better education because it showed who was ABLE to do what and how they did the same stuff differently.'

BINGO!

Did I ever tell you I have a brother with Down Syndrome who has his Eagle Scout Badge?

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It's interesting you say all that....my hubby is going back to school to get his special ed degree in education. He's done alot of research into lots of programs but his favorite is still the one that he learned about as my daughter was in Pre-K. She was part of an inclusive class with "differently abled" kids. He says that the program gave ALL the kids a better education because it showed who was ABLE to do what and how they did the same stuff differently.

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Ughhh... they still use the word 'impairment'. I challenge you all to take a moment and look up the word impaired. Are you surprised at what it means? Are you telling me I'm not whole and need to be fixed? God didn't make a mistake when he made me nor did he make me less than whole. I am the whole person and uniquely me just as you are uniquely you. If we were all made the same, it would be a VERY BORING world.

I wanna scream at the negativity while applauding the positive of BSA for being ahead of their time on offering this. Please use the word deaf or hard of hearing or hearing loss not hearing impaired. We are 'differently abled' or '.... challenged' not disabled or handicapped. Do not use the words on the BSA website of 'sight impairment' but blind or sight challenged. Do not use the words 'physical impairment' but 'physical challenged'.

We are still working in congress to remove ANY and ALL words of 'impaired', disability, and handicapped as people look too much at what we CAN'T do when they SHOULD be looking at what we CAN do.

I know like I sound like a lecture here but it is the next generation that we are teaching toward 'CAN' do instead of 'CAN'T' do. It is through educating ourselves as leaders that will change the future for people who are differently abled in how the next generation perceives people who are different from themselves. We will be accentuating the positive instead of the negative for our future generations to come. If you really want to know the impact of this negative thinking, take a look at job statistics and see how far reaching it is.

If you have any questions on any kind of 'challenges' especially deaf like where to contact someone to set up a den meeting so they can see assistive devices at work, please feel free to send me a private email and I'll direct you to how to and where to search on the net or who to contact if I know directly.



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BELT LOOP??? WOW that is NEW!! I was one of the workshop trainers on Belt loops and pins showing off the holder we made to cover another section of the book in making it. Our packs were big on pushing this.

THANKS for passing on this new info to me. I'm checking it out right now!

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Hey Hershey, look into the Disabilities Awareness Belt Loop. It's a good one for the Cubs!!! I have a friend who's legally blind who did it with some boys at the mall. She then blindfolded them and took them for a walk through the mall. The boys STILL talk about it! Here's a link to the requirements (it's one of the 13 new belt loops!) www.scouting.org/scoutsource/
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I'm a New Yorker Gal thru and thru! emoticon
Otetiana Council, Rochester NY.. Started out as a Tiger parent then moved up to Den leader for the rest of my son's cub scout term. Was Blue and Gold Chair for 2 years and Camping coordinator once or twice.

Took a break for a couple years from Scouts (overnight job conflict) and moved Finger Lakes Council (FLC) Was Camp Food Coordinator, Committee member, Trainer, Scouting for Food Coordinator and few other things.

Joined Venture Crew and was one of the advisors.

An off chance comment lead me back to Cub Scout doing den leader all over again because they were lacking a leader. Hard to leave something good when your son makes Eagle and doesn't need mom any more. It was even better the second time around.. emoticon Was Blue and Gold Chair, Food Shopper Chair, Popcorn chair, Trainer and few other positions.

I've earned my Wood Badge and my son earned his Eagle.

Took a couple years off and now I'm considering going back as both councils Otetiana and FLC have merge to one by being a disablity and communication merit badge counselor. Being deaf I have an opportunity to help in giving some new and different to den leader and boy scouts in seeing how a Deaf person lives. They just love my kind of technology! emoticon

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emoticon John ... emoticon to the Scout leader team. It's nice to have you with us.

Your troop sounds a lot like ours ... the program we have set up gets the new scouts involved in camping, merit badges and rank advancement right away.

The ASMs have their own patrol too ... the Old Goats. There are requirements the ASMs must meet before they are invited to join the Old Goats that have to do with camping nights and other ASM duties.

We also have a mother's patrol ... the Fox Patrol. The mothers don't have to be on the troop charter to join the Fox Patrol. It's about a 50/50 split of mothers who are on the troop charter as committee members and mothers who are not on the charter but are registered merit badge counselors, or fund raiser coordinators or help out with the troop in other ways. Two of the female committee members are scoutmaster trained, but choose to make their contributions through the committee rather than as scoutmasters because they have other children at home and can't get away for weekend campouts and summer camp.

We have as many adults on our charter as we have Scouts, and our troop committee has about 15 people on it. About 1/3 of the adults who are active in the troop have sons who have Eagled and moved on to attend college in other cities and are no longer active in the troop. My son Eagled in 2007, when he was 16 years old. He turned 18 during his senior year of high school and has remained active in the troop as an ASM. He is now a 19 year old college freshman and attends college here in town. He is still active is the troop, though not as active as he would like to be. He works evenings at UPS so can' get to troop meetings every week, but does meet up with the troop after he gets off work Friday night if they are camping nearby and is using a week of vacation to go on the troop's high adventure trip to the Boundary Waters in Ely, MN this summer.

emoticon in getting your weight down and your energy up. It sounds like you are going about it the right way ... setting goals, eating well, exercising more, and keeping a positive attitude. I'm sure you'll do well.

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Hello, my name is John. I have an eleven year old boy who just crossed over into Boy Scouts week before last. I have been his adult leader since Tigers, also the Cubmaster, and Committee Chair for his Pack 7322 in Reno, NV. I am moving to Boy Scouts with him and will be training for Assistant Scout Master and whatever else the troop needs to function for Troop 7322 in Reno, NV.

His first week in he started his first merit badge, has been on his first camp out, and completed the requirements for his Scout rank (only needs the Scoutmaster conference).

I'm just as excited as he is about Boy Scouts. The adult leaders have there own patrol, the Elephant Patrol. LOL We all get along great and know each other from Cub Scouts on up. The first camp out we went on was a blast and I look forward to many more.

It is taking some getting used to, switching from Cub Scout mode to Boy Scout mode, but I like the transition. It was kind of funny during the first camp out, the boys in my son's patrol kept coming to me with questions, because they were used to me leading them in Cub Scouts, and I had to keep sending them to their patrol leader (initially this is an older scout). After a bit it was like oh yeah, I need to see my patrol leader first.

I am way over weight, but active. There is very little I will allow to slow me down. I just want to feel better and do more without the side effects, like feeling drug out and tired. Each day I feel better and have a little more energy. I will just keep eating right, getting some exercise, feeling better, and the weight loss will follow.

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Welcome Stephanie!! My boys (DH & oldest DS) are headed to Philmont from Central NY this summer. They are very much looking forward to it. It sounds like a really fabulous trip.

I'm an ADC for Onondaga District of the newly formed Longhouse Council in Syracuse, NY. I am also the Events Co-chair for Cub Scouts, Pack Trainer in 2 different packs & am on a number of committees at the Council level.

Welcome to the team!!!

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emoticon Stephanie ... emoticon to Spark People and the Scouter team. It's nice to have you with us.

My name is Terrie. I'm a member of the Tomahawk District of the Northern Lights Council which covers most of North Dakota and parts of South Dakota, Montana and Minnesota. I am a troop committee secretary, unit commissioner and, as of the 1st of March, the District Advancement Chair. I've been involved in Scouting since my son joined as a Tiger Cub in 1996. He's now a 19 year old college freshman and an ASM in the troop he "grew up" in. He went to the National Scout Jamboree in 2005 and the World Scout Jamboree in 2007. Now it's my turn ... I'm going to be working on the Merit Badge Midway at this year's National Scout Jamboree.

emoticon in shedding those extra pounds. I know how nerve racking it can be to be at or close to your max weight. I'm not there right now, but I got close to my max weight just before I retired from the air force.

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Hey everybody! My name is Stephanie and I am a scouting volunteer and camp employee. I worked at Philmont for 4 years (hoping to go back this summer for year 5) and actually met my husband there. I also worked at Lost Valley scout camp (orange county council) for 2 years. Outside of the summers, I was involved in a few units and a little bit in the district down in Orange County council (Los Amigos District). Not currently involved, but hoping to start up soon.

Part of me being here on sparkpeople is because I am close to the weight limit at Philmont, which is not good for a staffer who loves being in the backcountry.

Looking forward to reading all the stories from all of you and connecting with scouters from around the country.

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... A good old Fox too!

emoticon MEIYOBUSHI ... emoticon . I'm a Buffalo.

I love this team for all the sharing of information and ideas about scouting business ... running meetings, fund raisers, etc. I'll be looking forward to hearing how things are done in your neck of the woods!

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Hello to all Scouters!!

I'm a District Cub Leader Trainer and pack Trainer. I've been active in scouting for 3 years and having a wonderful time.

I used to be a Fox.....

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Welcome NICO3564!
We're glad that you joined our group. One of the many nice things about the Scout Leaders group is the fact we are going through SP together and can share our common interest in Scouting.
Again, Welcome!

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emoticon NICO3564 ... emoticon to Spark People and the Scout Leaders team. It's nice to have you with us. I started out in Scouting as a Pack Secretary when my son was a Tiger Cub in '96. He made Eagle ten years later at the age of 16. He's now a 19 year old college freshman and an Assistant Scoutmaster.

I moved from the pack to the troop with him when he bridged over. I left the Pack Secretary position and took up the Troop Secretary position. I am also a Unit Commissioner, Merit Badge Counselor and a member of the District Advancement Committee ... I love sitting on Eagle Boards of Review! I attended Wood Badge Training in August/September of this year and have completed four of my five tickets. I'll be heading to National Jamboree in July and am working on improving my stamina before heading out. My son went to the National Jamboree in '05 and said there is a lot of walking in very hot temperatures.

emoticon in reaching all your goals here at Spark People.

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Welcome NICO3564!!! I have another scouting friend from the Georgia area. I'll have to ask her which council she's in. She's a Tiger Den Leader, single mom & totally great person!!!

Welcome to the team!!! Hopefully we can help you out!

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Hello fellow Scouters! This is my third year of Scouting in the Northeast Georgia Council. I started as a Tiger Den Leader and now find myself with a Den full of Bears - sometimes literally! emoticon I've been Pack secretary for two years and love everything about Scouting. I'm a single mom, so it helps to deepen the relationship between myself and my son and gives him some great male role models along the way. This year it really hit home that my weight doesn't just inhibit what I can do, it also affects what my son can do. I'm so glad to have found SP (and a group of fellow Scouters!) to help me along the way!

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Hi Susan ... Welcome!

I'm a Buffalo Wood Badger ... I have completed my first three tickets and am nearly done with the fourth. The fifth will take a little longer but I hope to have it done before I leave for National Jamboree in July.

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Welcome Spirit!!! It's so great to have you on the team! I can't wait to hear your views! I'm working at council myself and it's a totally different way to look at the program.

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I am an Eagle Woodbadger

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Hello, I'm Susan.

I am a Woodbadger,and am also a member of the Order of the Arrow (although not as active with the OA as I should be).
I am blessed with two healthy children. One daughter and one son (he is an Eagle Scout). I'm lucky that my son also shares in my love for the outdoors.
I signed up to be a Den Leader when he started as a Cub Scout. I was a member of the Troop committee, an assistant Cubmaster and a Crew Advisor. When my son aged out of the program I became a professional Scouter for 3 and a half years.(Ozark Trails Council) Scouting is the perfect blue print for life. I like working with the program and don't like fundraising so I am now a volunteer again. I work with training at council level and serve with the pack, troop and crew my son grew up in

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Welcome Mel & Carl I can't wait for your wisdom and experiences you will share with us.

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Welcome Carl!!! Can I clone you a couple of times??? Either that or would you consider moving to central NY??? Your program is lucky to have you!

I look forward to hearing your input!!

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Hello, I'm Carl.
I joined SP a few weeks ago for a place to go for tips and other info about weight loss and exercise. So far I really enjoy it.
I am very pleased to see a BS / CS group!!
I earned the Eagle Scout rank and am also a member of the Order of the Arrow (although not as active with the OA as I should be).
I am blessed with two healthy children. One daughter and one son. I'm lucky that my son also shares in my love for the outdoors.
From when he was born, I looked forward to the time when he would be old enough to start in CS. I signed up to be a Den Leader when he started as a Tiger Cub. Now we are going into our Webelos II year! (LaSalle Council in Northern IN) Where has the time gone? Our Pack is very large and very active. It has provided many great activities that both of us enjoy. Our Pack schedules 5 - 6 camping weekends each year along with many other fun activities. He is looking forward to earning his Arrow of Light award and crossing over to BS. I am also looking forward to this as I plan on moving on to BS with him as a leader.
When not camping with CS, we try to get out and camp as much as we can with other friends or on our own.
I truly believe Scouting is much more then earning a few badges. To me, it's a perfect blue print for life. It provides youth direction and values. The amount of time it has allowed my son and I to be together is unmeasured as well as the memories for both of us it has and will continue to offer.
Please email for any Scouting tips, questions or any discussions. I will be glad to participate.

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emoticon Mel ... emoticon to the team; it's nice to have you with us.

I remember how anxious I was when my son left for his first summer camp. He was 10 years old the day he left ... turned 11 during the week he was gone. He celebrated his 11th thru 18th birthdays at Camp Wilderness. He was an Eagle Scout on staff as a member of the Trail Blazer staff on his 18th birthday. His troop was also at camp the day he turned 18 ... he turned in his adult application to the Scoutmaster on his birthday. As luck would have it, the Charter Rep and Committee Chairman were also in camp that week so he had all the signatures necessary to turn his adult application in. The Scoutmaster gave him the three new scout shirts I had sent along, with his Eagle, Arrow of Light and Religious knots sewn on them along with his Assistant Scoutmaster patch. Of all the birthdays he spent at camp without me, his 18th is the one that really got to me ... it is such a milestone to turn 18 and legally be considered an adult! This year I went to Camp Wilderness with the troop and served on staff as a volunteer camp commissioner. Much to my dismay, my son decided to start his college education early by taking two courses over the summer term ... he also got a job at UPS working 6:30 - 10:30 PM Monday - Friday three weeks before he graduated from high school so he ended up cancelling out of summer camp a few weeks before we left. This year I was at Camp Wilderness but he was at home for his 19th birthday. The best laid of mice and moms can sometimes get messed up.

emoticon to your son at this first summer camp ... I'm sure he will be fine. And emoticon to you in reaching all your goals here at spark people.

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that's when my son's troop (113) is going also - July 25 - Aug. 1.

He's excited about learning archery. Since he's new to scouting he has to do the trailblazer program so he won't have as much "free" time as he thinks.

He was in cub scouts for a short time but we had a VERY bad experience with the leader. We pulled him out 'til he was eligible for boy scouts. The leadership has since changed for the cub scout pack which is why we've allowed our other 2 sons to get involved.

I'm glad I found this team - now I have a "go to" place when I have questions and can't get to the leaders!

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Hi Mel & Welcome!!!

When is he headed to Sabattis??? My oldest is going the last week of July. This will be his 3rd trip and he only has great things to say about it. One of these days I'll take the 4 hour hike out there to see it! I'm told it's beautiful!!!

Sorry, had to get that off my chest!! So glad to have another scouter joining us! Looks like your in my back yard and close to Chris (BRSCLS) too! It's fun to compare notes with scouters near & far.

I look forward to hearing your experiences!!!

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Hi everyone, I'm Mel. I am the mother of 3 boys - 1 boy scout, 1 cub scout and 1 tiger scout.

My oldest son will be going away to Sabattis for the first time this year - and I'm looking forward to him having the experience but am a little nervous about it too (I'm sure that is typical).

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Jody ... Juliane ... If your sons have never been to a National Jamboree I'm sure they will love it. My son went in 2005 and had a great time. He also went to World Jamboree in 2007. Unfortunately we won't be going to the National Jamboree in 2010 ... he'll be between his freshman and sophomore years of college ... and decided he needed to spend the summer working instead of scouting. I was going to withdraw my application for Jambo when he told me he wouldn't be going, but he insisted I should go without him. He says I've worked hard at scouting and I should take advantage of this opportunity ... especially since it is also the 100 year anniversary of scouting.

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I'm a Bear. We had a winter woodbadge so we decided that we are actually Polar Bears because we were not hibernating.

My son is also going to Jamboree.

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Jody ... I just turned in my application for Wood Badge training last week. I'll be attending in August & September. I hope I end up in Fox Patrol ... it just seems appropriate. One of the guys in our troop who is Wood Badge trained is in Fox Patrol and boy does he get teased about it!

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Hello Terrie! Maybe my son will see you at Jambo...he's attending! Pine Tree Council serves the southern half of the state; from about Waterville or so south...if you lived in Loring, you would have been in Katahdin Council... emoticon
emoticon (the closest I could find to a FOX - FOX Patrol Wood Badge rules!

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emoticon Jody emoticon to the Scout Leader team. It's nice to have you with us. Where in Maine is the Pine Tree Council? I lived in Maine for six years ... I was stationed at Loring AFB (now closed) twice for three years each tour.

How exciting to be going to Philmont! I've never been there but would like to go. My big adventure in 2010 will be attending the National Scout Jamboree on staff. I'll be working at the Merit Badge Midway. I'm an Eagle Mom too. My current positions are Troop Committee Secretary, Unit Commissioner and a member of the District Advancement Committee. I have finished Scoutmaster Essentials and Indoor Training ... I'll be doing the Outdoor Training with my son in June. He transitioned from JASM to ASM when he turned 18 last year.

Good luck getting ready for all that hiking at Philmont!

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Hi Jody ~

Welcome to the group. When I saw your name I had to laugh. I get everything I can for scouts in pink and it made me think my name should be pinkscoutmom. LOL. I was at a training tonight and the cub leader training was almost all girls for leaders.

Kris ~ Philmont is strict on weight and they send people home a lot if they don't meet the guidlines. We started our Philmont conditioning hikes and I am going on all of those even thought I can't go to Philmont. I will be on a cruise with the girl scouts as their last trip togeahter other than the camp they are planning. They will all graduate next year.

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Welcome Jody!!! My son & DH are headed to Philmont in 2010 too!!! I don't think it's hit DH yet that he needs to get on the stick about loosing weight, but he'll get there!

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HI! I'm Jody from Pine Tree Council, Maine...I'm into SparkPeople because our troop was picked to go to Philmont in 2010, and I want to hike the backcountry! I have 2 Eagle Scout sons; one is 22 and one is 20; and a Life Scout son, 16...I'm on the troop committee and on the district as Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner and on the Cub Scout Training Team.

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Looks like we're all battling snow today. Take a look at my photo gallery for a glimpse at what we've already got for snow so far this winter. Do you think I really need anymore?

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I think I shoveled about 6" off the sidewalk at home. I was NOT happy about school being canceled....
tonight was supposed to be our PACK MEETING!! But yeah, I'm eating up the shoveling. As long as it's this light crap, I don't mind it!!!

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Yes, not to far from Camillus.

That would be great if they started websites, our council is the the midst of restructuring also because of a retirement so they are not sure if we are merging with another or hiring someone to fill his shoes.

I had not seen that for the fair.

How is the snow for you? we have not gotten to much yet but they did close school and they are calling for alot. The plus to that is my sons does shoveling for people and since he is only 8 I often have to go with him and I will be getting some good exercise in.


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I had noticed that!!! If it helps any, there are rumors going around that National is going to take over or provide council websites. It's an interesting proposition and will definitely help councils like yours!!!

Weedsport is just the other side of Camillus, isn't it??

Have you seen the stuff at Camp Excelsior at the Fairgrounds for NY State Fair 2009???

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Kris, Auburn would be part of our council but we are actually Weedsport. We look at the Hiawatha Website all the time for ideas because our council is still a little behind the times and does not have a website yet.

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emoticon Chris ... emoticon to the team.

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Welcome Chris!!! You are so right, we ARE neighbors!! I had to go look at where you are, but for sure you are right close by!! I had the pleasure of camping with some boys from Troop 11 in Auburn for the Brotherhood Camporee. What great people!!!

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Hello, I am Chris and I am leader for my son's Bear den and have been a leader since he started as a Tiger and my hubby is our treasurer. We have some scout issues going on at the moment not sure what is going to happen but we will figure it out. I am the volunteer queen I guess and I am involved with all kinds of things.

Kris I believe we are neighboring councils, we are the Cayuga County council.

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Thank you, Kris. I'm happy to be here.

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Welcome Terrie!! We are so glad to have you join the team!!!

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Hi Everyone ...

My name is Terrie. My son Paul joined scouting as a Tiger Cub in 1996; my husband was his Tiger Partner. I didn't get involved that first year but have been scouting with my son since 1997. I served as the Pack Committee Secretary until my son bridged to Boy Scouts in 2001, and have been serving as the Troop Committee Secretary since 2001. In addition I am a unit commissioner, merit badge counselor and on the district advancement committee. Paul made Eagle in 2007 and turned 18 in 2008. We have both remained active with the troop; he is now an Assistant Scoutmaster and I'm still serving in the positions I mentioned above.

Paul went to the National Jamboree in '05 and World Jamboree in '07 ... now it's my turn. BSA Hq has notified me that I have been selected to be a Merit Badge counselor at the National Jamboree in '10. My selection for Jambo has me more determined than ever to get my stamina up so I can keep up with all the walking I'll have to do there. My son referred to a couple of the troop movements between their camp site and the arena as death marches. You all may remember the news stories about scouts becoming ill and/or passing out from the high heat and humidity at the last jamboree. I want to be sure I'm fit and ready to go.

I'm looking forward to getting to know y'all better and sharing ideas about scouting and support in getting healthy, fit and slim.

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