Laura Sowdon
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Northern Virginia Brownsea

Started Jun 21, 2016 0 Replies

The 17th Black Bears are going to be hosting a Brownsea in Northern Virginia!  The cost is $40 for the weekend- Sept. 16-18 in Triangle, Virginia, at Prince William Forest.  We have rented a group…Continue

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William Carter replied to Laura Sowdon's discussion Otter Badge Rotation in the group Otters
"The ages are rough guidelines.  A scout is supposed to have fun and be comfortable with his/her friends.  It may make more sense depending on your group size to have a couple 8 year old otters and then let a group of them graduate to…"
Nov 18, 2016

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Astrid Potter replied to Laura Sowdon's discussion Otter Badge Rotation in the group Otters
"How do you handle kiddos that join Otters that are already 7?  We are just now starting our group, but will have a few Otters that will be 8 in less than a year.  "
Nov 17, 2016
Rebecca Durst replied to Laura Sowdon's discussion Otter Badge Rotation in the group Otters
"Here's what the 66th Confluence does. Year one: Safety Badge and Helping Badge (Red Paw) Year two: Activity Badge (Blue Paw) and Handicraft Badge (Tan Paw) Year three: Nature Badge  (Green Paw) and Service Badge We tackle…"
Nov 17, 2016
Laura Sowdon commented on Suzanne Shafford's group 17th Black Bear
"Today we visited the Marine Corps Museum to honor our Veterans! "
Nov 12, 2016

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William Carter replied to Laura Sowdon's discussion Otter Badge Rotation in the group Otters
"Thanks Laura. We are in our third year of Otters and do about the same. In their third year we also have some Scouts who could ear their Camping and Service badges. We will be stretching out them earning their Swimming Otter to keep them busy in the…"
Oct 24, 2016
Laura Sowdon added a discussion to the group Otters
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Otter Badge Rotation

Hi All- This is our 4th year at the 17th Black Bear Group- and I thought I would share some insights into how we have done badge rotation with the current otter handbook.  We have 3 years- A, B and C.  Year C is new- so if others have experience with this- please let me know how you handle this.  Year A-  All scouts do the Blue Paw, Red Paw and Safety Paw.  We try to do half of the reqiurments towards the Service Badge.  Year B-  Green Paw, Tan Paw, and continue the Service badge- finish if the…See More
Oct 23, 2016
Laura Sowdon commented on Suzanne Shafford's group 17th Black Bear
"Our September event of a Bike Rodeo was a great success!"
Oct 10, 2016
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Oct 10, 2016
Laura Sowdon replied to Sue Pesznecker's discussion How to Obtain the Ten Year and Inclusive Scout Awards
"Nice!  "
Oct 1, 2016
Laura Sowdon replied to Will Adamson's discussion SW Virginia BTC/Moot Oct. 7-9? in the group South Region
"Hi Will,  How does a MOOT work?  Can you help me find the guidelines?   We aren't ready to host one now- and our Pathfinders are going to BAT that weekend in NY- but I would like to learn more so we can talk about it later. "
Sep 28, 2016
Laura Sowdon replied to Sue Pesznecker's discussion How to Obtain the Ten Year and Inclusive Scout Awards
"Has a decision been made about what the group 10 year award is going to be? "
Sep 28, 2016
Laura Sowdon replied to Joe Edge's discussion Scouts for the low income families
"You can get discount t-shirts from craft stores- when on sale or with a coupon very cheap- like $2-3 per shirt- they may also carry hats.  There are also on-line sites to order from.  Our group has made our own neckers - we have a simple…"
Sep 28, 2016
Laura Sowdon posted a discussion

Northern Virginia Brownsea

The 17th Black Bears are going to be hosting a Brownsea in Northern Virginia!  The cost is $40 for the weekend- Sept. 16-18 in Triangle, Virginia, at Prince William Forest.  We have rented a group camp space there.  Our location should be good for members in both the Southern and Northeastern areas.   If you are interested- please email me at sowdon2000 @ gmail dot com though I will check back with Trailhead, I have been known to miss messages on here.Deadline to sign up is Sept. 1, sooner if…See More
Jun 21, 2016
Laura Sowdon replied to Caitlin Porter's discussion Otter Camping in the group Otters
"Our troop does 2 camping trips a year with all 3 youth ages there.  For the most part, otters often bring parents- but instead of treating it as a family camping trip- we try to make it a scout event. When we have treated it like family…"
Mar 20, 2016
Laura Sowdon commented on Richard Sowdon's event Washington DC Area Brownsea
"This event is definitely happening- sorry to everyone that we did not see your comments before.   If you plan to attend- please paypal $40 to sowdon2000@gmail.com  to cover food and the campsite.  "
Mar 20, 2016
Laura Sowdon replied to Caitlin Porter's discussion Participation Beads in the group Otters
"http://www.ozarkcampfire.com/files/belt_totem_program.pdf This pdf explains the basics of the program- we made some changes to it so it fits our BPSA needs.  And we made up some ones that hang round the kid's necks- for the otters and…"
Mar 15, 2016

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Are you a member of a current BPSA group? If so, which?
I help my husband with the 17th Black Bear Group, which now includes all 3 of our kids, and all 3 youth age groups.
Are you interested in starting a new BPSA group?
17th Black Bear
Any previous scouting background?
Girl Scout leader for a brownie troop for 2 years

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