October is on the way - unit plans?

Community Leader
Registered: 05-28-2000
October is on the way - unit plans?
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Thu, 09-29-2011 - 10:42am

1 - J and DH completing Orienteering Class sponsored by a local group.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2002
Tue, 10-04-2011 - 8:18am
Question #1- Tell me everything you can about the orienteering events.
#2- What is your conservation project?
#3- Amusement Park- Really? Is it just his troop or multiple troops?
#4- I've never heard of anyone doing a Bobcat Day... always just up to the parent or den leaders to get bobcat requirements done... sounds interesting... what makes it fun?
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Registered: 04-26-2002
Tue, 10-04-2011 - 8:29am

1- I took the day off from everything!

2- I went orienteering with my club- new park, new map- very exciting, but very rainy!

Community Leader
Registered: 05-28-2000
Tue, 10-04-2011 - 11:48am
The first orienteering event was was held out an old scout camp in conjunction with the camp's pancake breakfast fundraiser. The boys could work on merit badge requirements. DH found all the information on his own and took J out to learn about it. There was a beginner class in the morning & then the opportunity to complete a course and use punches at each station. J did great with that one and got every one correct.

The next seesion was an intermediate (is that what it is called?) & then they got to use some type of electronic fob thing at each station. J missed one of the posts and had to go back to find it. After that he got it all. He met with the counselor and had several things marked off.

He was psyched to go to his troop test on Sunday. He failed the course. There were 30 points in a mile long course. He was not given a map - just the degrees and paces. After he got home we talked and helped him learn how to do what the troop wanted. He will test again on the 30th.

Note: the troop guide (all of 12 years old) said he would not approve the courses J did on Saturday because his documents could be faked. So much for a Scout being trustworthy.

Note 2: Apparently the troop guide had to practice the course the weekend before he started testing the boys and he missed several of the posts.

Our project is cleaning trash on the trails at a local nature preserve. We'll also clear some of the fallen branches, etc. I'm not excited about the project, but we needed something simple & close to home.

It's just J's troop going. I'm disappointed in the choice.

We started doing a bobcat program for all new scouts last year. The idea is to get the kids started and to get the parents on board. It seems like we always have a few kids who never earn bobcat in a timely manner. It's also harder for the established dens to introduce bobcat and work on it with just one or two new scouts. We meet at a local park & then divide up into groups to work on the different requirements. Most of the kids will complete 6 of the 8 sections there. Some will have the Law of the Pack down. That just leaves the Cub Scout Promise. We have a snack (last year was ice cream sundaes) and then go on a hike on a trail near the park. Not sure what snack will be this year. Waiting to see what the weather does...



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Registered: 04-26-2002
Wed, 10-05-2011 - 11:49am

I love how the orienteering event at the camp was set up.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-12-2004
Thu, 10-06-2011 - 2:41pm
Jen- our pack does something like a bobcat day. It's a lot of fun. They do it at our outdoor education center. They have stations set up and the boys go from station to station. They learn the handshake and the law and they take part in a flag ceremony plus they get to earn some belt loops- archery, bb gun and frisbee golf. They feed them a hot dog lunch and have songs around a campfire and some of the older boys do a skit and get the younger ones involved. It's mostly for new tigers but any new boy can go and it is really fun. They get a card when they walk in and they take it to each station to get signed and then at the end they turn their card in for their award/belt loops.
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Registered: 03-12-2004
Wed, 10-12-2011 - 2:37pm

Well plans for the badge fair are under way and I REALLY hope that we get some response!! Monday night I had my co-leader go to the SU meeting to deliver fliers. I asked my membership specialist to send out the email with the flier attached but so far no response- seems par for the course. So the plan is we are doing it for Brownies and we are going to do the painting badge, the community badge and GS ways badge. We need to find an artist to come and share their paintings with the girls and give them a small talk. We are charging $9. I hope people will find it worth while and be willing to pay our group to do this as it is a lot of work and no small expense. I'll let you know how it shakes out. The event is on the 29th.