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Old 10-12-2006, 06:41 AM
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Bsktbug2 - It's good to here you are involved in an active group. My son's Boy Scout group has over 50 boys. We loose some and they are replaced. They do things atleast once a month year 'round.
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Old 10-12-2006, 12:06 PM
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bsktbug2, I'm glad you found the secret to a wonderful troop Keep up the good work!

My son's Boy Scout troop had an interesting recruitment idea. Unfortunately they picked a BAD weekend to do this (Labor Day--DUH), but it was clever, and I think with better timing it would have worked.

They had a troop campout on the grounds of the sponsoring church, on a Saturday night. The church has a circular drive and the troop was in the middle, in a grassy area. They posted signs all along the edge of the drive. Sunday morning they had an "open house" with their tents, camp cooking--with "food tastings"--and flyers with their upcoming events and how to join. People leaving church could come up, meet the scout leaders and scouts, and ask questions about how to become a scout.
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:38 AM
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Hello fellow scouters,

I haven't posted here in a while but I am still actively involved in my DS Cub Scout Pack. I am the Webelos II den leader. The time is fast approaching for our Blue & Gold Banquet where we will have our crossover ceremony. I am in charge of the banquet this year. Lucky me! LOL The theme this year is a Hawaiian Luau. I have been trying to get the food, decorations,etc organized "in my head" at least before I start checking prices, etc. With a theme like this, creativity is not the problem, it is staying within the budget! LOL

I will be ordering all the decorations from Oriental Trading. They have the largest selection and the best prices. We are also going to try to make some of the decorations too.

The food has been a bit more of a challenge. Our cubmaster has said she would like to have some authentic Hawaiian or Polynesian food. Well, after much research on the WWW, that is going to be too hard and expensive , plus most of the boys wouldn't touch it! So, as a compromise here are the ideas I have come up with. A "southern" Hawaiian Luau!

BBQ spare ribs
Chicken/pineapple Kabobs
Rice
Garden Salad
Rolls

Dessert is provided by the boys with our annual "Dad and Lad" Cake bake.

I would love to have any input or ideas that any of you have as well as hearing about your B&G Banquet!

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Old 01-20-2007, 03:17 PM
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Aloha Blue & Gold

Hey there!
We don't have any Webelo IIs, so no bridging event . . . This left the planning to the committee. We decided, after much discussion of pineapple, to do huge sub sandwiches. Our pack always provides the main dish and then each den holds a mini potluck within their dens. We are encouraging everyone to bring a Hawaiian side dish to share with their den.
For dessert we will have a Cub Scout Birthday cake.
We've taken ideas from Baloos Bugle http://usscouts.org/usscouts/bbugle.asp for games, songs and each den provides handmade decorations/centerpieces.
It should be much fun, but first the Pinewood Derby next week! Gotta get through one big event at a time
Good luck and have fun at your Blue and Gold!
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Old 01-21-2007, 11:32 AM
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I lead my son's Bear den and will probably go back down to lead my younger one's Tiger den this fall.

We are having barbecued chicken and fixings for our Blue & Gold and each den is making our table centerpieces. Our den is responsible for making four palm tree centerpieces. My assistant leader found one online that uses paper towel rolls, which I have LOTS of, and craft paper.

I have a friend who is involved in a Polynesian cultural group and they have several hula dancers and even fire spinners. I'm trying to see if they will get some dancers and drummers to come to our banquet for about a 15-minute show.

We always have a Cake Bake for dessert. With the theme being a luau, this should be interesting! I think we're going to do a cake with limbo-dancing Teddy Grahams on the beach. We've got a month to figure it out!
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That sounds like a lot of fun!

One more year, and Luke will be a Tiger! Big DS is getting ready to start working on his Eagle badge--so DH will be starting back at the beginning of Scout leading.
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Old 01-25-2007, 05:41 AM
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Hello Fellow Scouters!

Thanks for all the input from you guys. Sound like everyone has some great ideas. Thanks for sharing them.

We had a very productive committee/leaders meeting this week. We made some very big steps in getting our B&G organized. The boys will be making the leis in den meetings and I have committees lined up for decorating and clean up. We have a good pack, small, but good. About 30 boys. Our biggest weakness has always been our committee. Just not enough parent volunteer to cover all the positions. But we have managed to survive with many parent wearing several "hats".

Lets keep posting about our progress, OK? It really inspires me and gives me encouragement.

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Old 01-25-2007, 06:56 AM
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What Age Do They Start Boys Out In This Sort Of Thing? Can Anyone Give Me Some Info About It Please? Thanks
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Old 01-25-2007, 09:21 AM
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Boys can begin as Tiger Scouts in first grade.

If your boy is older than first grade, he would just start off with his current grade level. They keep boys together by age, not by how many years of Scouting they have. This way they can keep activities "age appropriate."

Look in your phone book for your local Boy Scout Council or go to the Boy Scout website for information.

We have never regretted the time we have put in with our son so that he can be in Boy Scouts. It has really paid off in helping him to be a leader among his peers, to try new things, and to work toward a goal. Now he's working to become an Eagle Scout!
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Old 01-27-2007, 04:31 PM
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Thank You Sooo Much! My Son Will Be Five In May, So...gettin There! I've Been Wanting To Put Him In This Since I Had Him! I Was In Girl Scouts But For A Real Short Time! Again Thanks.
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