Thursday, April 7, 2011

100 Days of Scouting - Day 4

I made up for the slow day yesterday.  I started off by emailing with a fellow Scouter about ways the pack and I can help at the District level.  There are plenty of opportunities, it's just a matter of figuring out which will allow me to best use my "talents".  I'm looking forward to helping out, though.

I also did some unexpected work on our pack website.  I've been using Blogger, but I found a great theme on Dave Metz's site to use in Google Sites. It still needs some work before I can share it, but I think it'll end up looking really nice.

And the big event was the Webelos den meeting.  After the boys caught me up on their progress with their "homework", we went out the clean up litter around the lake and surrounding woods.  I don't think I'll ever cease to be amazed at the amount of trash that can be collected in an hour.  Those boys found everything from empty bottles to toys to umbrellas.  We even hauled out a tire!  On the plus side, I think we have 5 new conservationists.  The volume of trash they hauled out definitely made an impression.

Of course, after the meeting I had to plug in all of their achievements in to the tracking spreadsheet.  Google docs finally allows one worksheet to feed another, which means I was able to upload the Trax form and let their parents access it 24/7.  I've been wanting to do that for a long time!  Now they're never more than a click away from knowing exactly where their Scout stands toward advancement.  I'm really hoping that it encourages them to complete more activities from the handbook.

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