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2/25/16 11:51 A

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Well, my son crossed over to boy scouts on Tuesday and tonight is his first meeting as a boy scout. I asked him if he wanted me to just drop him off but he said no he liked his parent there. :) We'll see how he feels about that after he is more comfortable in the troop. I passed on all my den leader duties. 5 years went by fast. I thought he would be melancholy about leaving the pack but he was pulling off all the cub scout stuff and wants me to put it on his cub scout shirt. I'll have to make a shadow box with his cub shirt and put all the loops and pins and patches with it. I'm so excited for him to be in the troop. He's grown so much over the years and look forward to him increasing his self confidence and leadership skills in the troop.

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8/3/15 3:19 P

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Hello! I have been a Scouter for 18 years this past June, and am the mom to 3 Eagle Scout sons. I have two grandsons and one granddaughter. I have been involved in Scouting at the unit (pack/troop/crew)/district and now council levels over the 18 years I've been involved. My current position(s) are Assistant Council Commissioner for Venturing (we are wanting to get our VOA going again, and build Venturing within our council) and Associate Lodge Advisor for Programs for our Order of the Arrow Lodge. I am a Brotherhood member in our Lodge, and I want to be able to do more with the youth in service. Being overweight hinders me from being an Elangomat because I can't do the leadership example if I'm huffing and puffing and red-faced...I work as an admin person so I'm very sedentary. I just went to scouting.org for the Challenge and I'm looking it over! I also have doing the backcountry at Philmont on my bucket list. I've been to the Training Center 3 times (just this past June was the most recent) but REALLY want to do a trail. Not the longest, nor the most peaks (definitely up the Tooth of Time, though!) but a trail nonetheless! And I'm not getting any younger to do this either! Time to git 'er done!


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3/11/15 10:22 A

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Well I think we are recovered from the weekend. Son's Eagle Court went fantastic. So super proud of him. And I held it pretty much together until he called his younger sister up to thank her for being there by his side throughout his journey. He got choked up & so did she & they hugged and there wasn't a dry eye in the place.

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3/7/15 9:13 A

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Yesyerthing~ Congratulations to your son on his accomplishment. Savor it tomorrow!

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3/7/15 7:56 A

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TKA you will love being in the troop even more than your time in the pack. Adventures await! It is hard to adjust to letting the boys do everything now, instead of us - that alone was a huge step for me in allowing my son to become who he is today. I am so excited - have to brag: My son's Eagle Court of Honor is tomorrow! SO proud of him it's ridiculous. Just hope I can keep it together tomorrow, which I probably won't. I get teary just watching the other boys get their Eagles. It's so cool watching these boys cross over from Weebs and in just a few short years transform into the kind of men you want in your community. Okay, now back to making vats of potato salad & baking multiple batches of cookies...

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3/2/15 3:58 P

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Wow TKA! You've covered it all! And hitting the ground running in the Troop as well. Awesome! I was Popcorn Kernel for the first time last year. I did ok. I know better this time how to work the system. :) The previous kernel never used the system to its full capability. She just ordered what she needed instead of entering the scouts and their orders in. Makes it easier if you share the load with the other den leaders. :)

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3/2/15 10:31 A

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Hello

I just joined Sparkpeople today, and in completing the new member tasks, I came across this Team....... I have been in Scouts the past 4 1/2 years as a Den Leader, Pack Trainer, Popcorn Kernel, Committee Chair, District Training Chair, and District Popcorn Kernel.... We have just crossed to Boy Scouts last Thursday and have passed on all my Pack duties and will sign on as Assistant Scoutmaster for our new Troop.

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2/27/15 11:32 P

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Gosh, I am so inspired by you all! We're going to make an awesome team!! Yes, i also have signed up for the ScoutStrong challenge - I keep forgetting to log in there though - oops!!! Oh, hey! We can make that a team goal! LOL!!

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2/27/15 1:02 P

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Yesterthing-Yes, there's hope. He's the same way. He doesn't think he will like the camping. That's why I told him to go through the arrow of light because it is an intro to what boy scouting is like complete with camping with them. I know he will love it.

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2/27/15 7:02 A

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Wow, Carole that story about your son is fantastic! My son has been on our district's crossover team for about 5 or 6 years now. They have full Indian regalia (sp?) and do a full bridge candlelight crossover ceremony. When crossovers are in full swing, they may have as many as 5 crossovers per week! Your son's story reminds me of one of my Webelos years ago who did not want to cross over that bridge. He just wanted his patches & was going to go home. He didn't want to be a Boy Scout because he thought he wouldn't like camping. I convinced him to go through with the ceremony, that he wasn't obligated to do anything after that, and he just finished his term as SPL last week! He also serves on the crossover team now; he's a project away from Eagle, and is a great role model for all our younger scouts. You just never can tell exactly who will be bitten by the bug, but it's a really good bug to be bitten by! And, oh, he does love camping. :)

Bill, I am impressed by your inspiring story. You are setting a great example for your boys. Hiking is a physically demanding activity! They may find themselves in a similar position to the one you described some day, and hopefully they will remember what you did and that will motivate them to do the same. Just love it when what we do makes a difference.

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2/26/15 3:36 P

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Ok. I joined the challenge. There are quite a few from my council doing it! 101. Not bad. I don't know whether they are all adults or kids but hey! Worth it. Maybe I can talk my son into it.

About me: I've been a den leader since Tigers and now we are in Webelos. Need to get moving on the citizenship pin and then they will have their Webelos badge. After that they are well on their way to Arrow of Light. My son has been telling me he wants to quit scouts and he was no way going to be a boy scout. I told him to finish Webelos and the arrow of light and then make a decision which he agreed to. So this past meeting we did the cross over for our 2nd year Webelos. The family actually made the crossover bridge. It was soooo well done. The bridge's two bases had the cubscout sign on one side and the boy scout sign on the other. They then read a story about the virtues of boy scouts and with each virtue they added a length of wood to connect the two bases. There were 3 pieces and each had the virtue engraved. (Helping others, etc) Then the narrator continued talking about the 12 values of boy scouts and with each value they had a piece of wood step that they put across the 3 plywood. So by the end it formed a bridge the boys could cross from cubscouting to boyscouts. The Tigers through Webelos first year were transfixed by the ceremony. Afterwards, my son comes running up for a piece of cake and yells, "Wow! I can't WAIT to be a boyscout! That was sooo cool!" Made all the years of leading worth it. :) I'll post a picture of the bridge when I get it off my camera.

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2/26/15 12:36 P

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Thanks for the invite. I finally got around to joining the group!

I guess I will share a bit about me.
I was very active in the Boy Scouts as a youth. I am an eagle scout, worked a couple of summers at a BSA camp and did a lot with the Order of the Arrow. I then did the college thing, got married, and now have 3 young kids. A little over a year ago, I was asked to be the scoutmaster of my churches troop. It has been an adventure but with a bunch of training and some great people around me, we are doing pretty well. As for that whole "physically strong" part of the oath, I have not done so hot. I wish I had really jumped into working hard as soon as I was asked to serve but I just didn't get motivated. When our troop arrived at summer camp this last July, I turned in the medical forms and the camp emt said that since camp was further than 30 min. from an ambulance, I technically shouldn't be there. He let me stay but I will say I struggled a bit with all the altitude and hiking.

I got my act together and am having success. We have 2 backpacking camps planned for the summer which are serving as part of my motivation to succeed. Thats pretty much my story. Make today a strong day!

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2/24/15 9:43 P

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I also find that leading makes me more productive. Along those lines, in order to encourage us toward a goal (I'm very goal oriented), perhaps we could pursue the SCOUTStrong Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Challenge. I would love to do it with you both. Perhaps we can have a forum for inspirational quotes from Baden-Powell regarding fitness, mentoring and setting the example. Also, I was thinking that we could share inspirational fitness stories related to scouting...and if we can't find any, let's make our own! :)

Check it out and let me know what you think. I already created an account.

By the way, preparing for Philmont last summer was the push I needed to get moving. I had to be under the weight limit. Sea Base is fueling my drive to continue for this summer. :)

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2/23/15 12:51 P

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Hey, thanks for joining!!
You know, it's never too late ot have a happy childhood! Scouting has brought me so much fun and joy :)
I was a GS from 1st grade all the way through high school, then got hired by the GS council to pilot their inner-city outreach. My heart's always been with bringing Scouting to kids who normally wouldn't have the opportunity!
We are reforming our Venturing Crew - after my daughter graduated high school, and with some staff changes, I lost my connections at her school, so we are rebuilding pretty much from scratch. My daughter is still registered with the Crew, but that will only be for another year. My boyfriend's daughter is still in high school and still registered, and she got a friend of her's to sign up, but really, that's it right now. :(
I want to have enough to bring to camp for a week this summer - we did that two years ago and had a total blast, even though they weren't quite ready to supply Venturing program at the camp we went to.
So, support & inspiration...
We're supposed to be adult role models for the youth we serve, and for me, that means I better be able to *do* the cool stuff!
How can we best support each other here? I know for myself, if I'm leading something, that helps keep me going!

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2/23/15 10:27 A

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I thoroughly enjoy the scouting program and just wish I had been able to be involved in it as a youth. Scouting adventures keep me motivated to stay active & work towards fitness as a lifestyle. I love all the memories we've made, the places we've been, & the things I've done that I would never have attempted outside of scouts (ziplining, white water rafting, hiking on the Appalachian Trail to name a few). My son has his Eagle Court of Honor in a couple of weeks and we are both Vigil in the Order of the Arrow. I hope to stay involved even after he graduates this year.

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2/22/15 11:28 P

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I have been a scouter for 4 years and have a Life Scout. My current role is ASM and working with scouts pursuing their Eagle rank. I'm passionate about setting the right example for my son and all the boys in the troops we've been associated with. I want physical fitness to be the example I set; one they can look to when making their own decisions. Together, we can make a difference by supporting each other as we strive and struggle towards our own goals and by providing inspiration that will resonate not only with us as scouters, but among our scouts.

Edited by: BEUGEL at: 2/22/2015 (23:29)
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