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dcsimmons
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Joined: 12-03-2006
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  • dcsimmons
    replied to Pack Budget
    We used to charge $40 dues. The dues covered $24 charter renewal, $12 Boys Life subscription, $1 insurance fee to council and $3 for the unit for miscellaneous...
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  • I personally have never cared for the ceremony where the flag is cut into pieces. To me the action of cutting the flag feels like desecration. That...
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  • Well, to be clear, religion isn't doing anything to scouting. People professing belief systems (religious or not) and taking inflexible positions based...
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  • I don't believe the flag code requires anything to be done with the ashes. If your experience is like ours, you're going to get more of a molten pool...
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  • dcsimmons
    replied to New Structure for BSA?
    Along with KDD's comment about bringing the structure in line with the LDS configuration, the head-counters have already moved Varsity into the Venturing...
    At age 15, the Venturing program is beginning to show its age. Membership has declined since 2008. Venturing has the lowest retention rate — 53 percent — of any BSA program. And advancement hasn’t caught on with teens; just 0.66 percent of Venturers earn any awards. But it’s not all bad news. Beginning next year, big program changes are on the way that amount to much more than just a fresh coat of paint. I sat down last week with Bob Scott, senior innovation manager, to discuss the complete revamping of Venturing that will change the way the BSA’s youngest program serves young men and women. The new “Venturing Road Map,” which outlines the program’s first substantial change since its inception, is broken down into six parts:  Part 1: Create National Venturing Committee The BSA will reinstitute the strong, national Venturing committee supported by parallel structures at the region, council, and district levels. The new committee will be lead by the National Venturing Committee Chair, who is an adult volunteer, and the National Venturing President, who is a youth member. The National Venturing Staff Advisor is a professional who will provide assistance as needed. The National Venturing Cabinet will continue to function and will [...]
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  • dcsimmons
    replied to New Structure for BSA?
    I think you answered your own question about why 16-17 year old boys may not want to associate with younger scouts. It's not new. When I was a 16 year...
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  • dcsimmons
    replied to OA Anniversary Service Award
    JP, my understanding is the centennial patch can be earned by anyone in the order and worn on the white sash w/ red arrow. The red sash with white arrow...
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  • I was a smoking scoutmaster. I tried to keep it away from the boys on campouts by waiting until they were off and running or going to the designated...
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