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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 9:48am

I'm logged in and able to post! 

Our year end picnic and crossover to the next trail is this weekend.  I have some running to do to get the supplies for the picnic.  We do not have anything formal planned for the boys.  It's food and ceremony & that's it.  I suggested that some of the families bring some picnic games to play.  After the picnic the Webelos going to Resident Camp will have a meeting.  I have to gather stuff for that too. 

J has a National Jamboree meeting this weekend.  It's an all day event.  I'm hoping he has fun.

I have the last official Bear Cub Meeting scheduled for May 13th.  Our next meeting after that will start Webelos :)

Day Camp planning has been a PIA this year with the new standards.  The book at least doubled in size, but it really isn't requiring many new thing.  Actually, some of the standards from the past are not represented.  I'm getting things completed for it, but there is still so much to do that I'm feeling weighed down. 

I don't have a parent taking on whittling chip for the pack this year, so I guess I am stuck with it. 

J received his confirmation for National Youth Leadership Training.  It'll be his first week away without having a family member with him.  I hope he has the best time. 

I'm off to run errand.

 

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Tue, 05-07-2013 - 8:52am

It's good to hear from you again.  I'm glad you were able to post!

You are still quite busy... it just never stops, does it?  I'm guessing that you have nothing planned for your cub picnic because YOU didn't plan it.  That makes sense.  Don't give in and do something that others should be doing to help the pack go.  I think we will have our end of the year activity either May 20th or more likely some other undetermined day.  And it will probably be me picking day/location/activity and ordering ribbons/patches/books or whatever else is needed.  

It seems as if J will have a good scouting summer.  Is he actually attending the week of Jamboree?  Our troop is talking about the possibility of going for a day or two.  I'm baffled at their logic on this.  But I'm just going to be in the "wait and see what happens mode"  and if nothing comes about from it- I may just drive my sons there for a day myself.  I know you can purchase a day visitor pass.

-Jen

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Wed, 05-08-2013 - 8:39am
I've tried posting several times & then have trouble getting logged in. There are still times when I get locked into a loop with the log in screen. The picnic was decent. The weather was perfect & most of the boys were happy to play kickball (my D brought his bases and a ball). The plus side is that we had 3 parents show up to decorate who were not expected. We used to have our picnic and ceremony the weekend between Mother's Day and Memorial Day, but then Council moved the Cub Camp Weekend to that date. We tried having it the Saturday before Mother's Day, but the parks are a mess on Saturday with baseball, softball, soccer, and lacrosse. It's been the first weekend now for a few years. I hope some other parents step up and help with your pack's program. J is attending Jamboree. They will arrive Monday, July 15th & stay until Wednesday, July 24th. Between the camp fees & the amount that Council tacked on this Jamboree trip is insanely expensive. DH is one of the Ass't Scout Masters for one of the Council Contingencies, so he will be there, too. We've been waiting for the scout's schedule to arrive before I make plans to go down with D. Since day visitors can't go to many of the areas where the resident campers are going to be I dont want to decide on a day when J has programming & not get to see him. DH said he is ok with that. He's worried he is going to be going out of his mind since so much of what he will be doing is babysitting the campsite. I hope he is wrong about that & that he gets more time than expected to go out and enjoy the scout side and the public side. Council is providing bus transportation for visitors, but they want 150.00 per person. If it was just me I would pay it to not have to worry about parking and the like, but 300.00 for me to go 3-4 hours from here for a day at camp with Donovan is insane. My friend is going down and invited us to ride with her, but now she is talking about driving on to NC to visit family. I'm kinda nervous about going & having issues with parking. I find it odd that the troop is talking about going to jambo, but that they have not started making plans. I'd think they would be looking at days & letting people know how expensive the tickets are, etc. Did you get camp worked out? Off topic - The TKD instructor announced a special prep clinic for the US National Tournament they are attending. It's the week they are both at Resident Camp. It just figures. My friend has a son in TKD too. She asked if she can pull him from camp to go to the clinic. I told her she can. I'm hoping she doesn't.
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Wed, 05-08-2013 - 8:40am
The above message was typed with paragraphs. NOt sure what the deal is with the formatting.
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In reply to: jenlivi2
Fri, 05-10-2013 - 12:28pm

HAHA  No paragraph breaks- that's a new one!  I'm going to try paragraphs and see what happens.

I do find that if I don't wait for probably nearly 30 seconds after hitting the "log in button" then I don't really get logged in... my screen kinda blinks when it happens.  Then after that, I'm kinda fine, but not always.  I sometimes get into the loop too.

I think for $300, I'd just deal with trying to drive myself- the roads are all good and I'm betting that they may even have some sort of parking lot with a shuttle to accomodate the extra vehicles that week?  Wouldn't it be SO awesome if we could actually meet up at the Jamboree if we happen to visit on the same day?  Of course I have nobody on the inside to worry about meeting up with.  I think that our scouts "maybe" going for a day or something stems from the last jamboree where the doctor and his family visited the jamboree and stayed in a hotel.  I'm sure he will be going again as he gives his kids every last opportunity.  They have moved along the scout trail so quickly because he keeps signing off stuff in their books when they are at home.  I don't think this has really been noticed yet by the leaders or other families in the troop... my son has noticed because I explained to him why I won't sign off stuff for him except for a few specific items that I would be teaching to the group or I would sign if I was asked to by the scout leaders at a meeting.  Beyond that, he would have to go to someone who was not his parent and I explained why that was too.

As far as resident camp- 2 of the boys (brothers) are now switching over to the "older boy" session of resident camp because one of the boys is a bit older and he has complained in the past about being stuck with all the little kids (5th and 6th graders).  I think it also has to do with what I told the parents about the way things were going down... I was really hoping that their dad would be attending to help keep an eye on stuff at camp- but as it turns out, he won't be at the camp that my son is still assigned to.  I need to talk to him and my husband this weekend to see what we are going to do.

-Jen

PS- do you see paragraphs here?