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  • Latest Posts

    • This came up in another thread, but I wanted to pull this out for this reason. I've seen units with 12 scouts and 120. I've seen units with 1 ASM/Den Leader and 12. The one thing I have consistently seen is a complete and total lack of succession planning for Scoutmaster/Cubmaster (I know there's difference, but bear with me). I know it isn't about the awards/knots, but I wanted to point out the following is part of the Unit Leader Award of Merit. Think about about that: It is an "Award of Merit" item to have a succession plan for the Scoutmaster/Cubmaster. The result has been time and time again that someone is forced/shoved into a position not because they want it but because they are, in effect, threatened: you are our last hope, if not you then no one (and in the case of the 12 scout troop the person was told "if not you, we fold.") And sadly, in 11 years (this was a post from 2009) nothing has changed. Cornered. Threatened. Do it or we are screwed. Not knowing what they are getting into. Etc. Of course you don't want a succession plan that looks TOO much like you are plotting to toss the existing unit leader, either. Has anyone figured out a better way to square this circle?
    • Sadly the Charter Org has known about the deterioration in program for more than a year, however no one would step up to take the Scoutmaster position.  The complaints were escalated to the CC, COR, and IH, so the correct procedure was followed.  As of this week the Unit is being dissolved and the Scoutmaster still will not respond to the Scout about his partial.  What a 'LEADER'...
    • RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA June 2018 revisions and current September 2020 says same Compare the above to the 2007 version
    • I'm sure this has been discussed before but I believe there was a change in 2018. In the event of a Troop dissolving who owns the assets.  Troop bank account, trailer, chuck boxes, tents and all the other stuff that has been acquired over the years. I always thought the CO owned the Troop and all of its assets but now I'm reading that the Council might have claim to some of it. Our CO has given the Troop a place to meet and nothing else.  Not a dime.  The Troop has acquired everything on its own. I just need a clear answer as to who owns what and what they can do with it if the Troop is not re-chartered.    
  • Recent Status Updates

    • CommishJulian

      Practicing kindness through Scouting ...  or at least trying to.
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    • WisconsinMomma

      Family update -- Son #1 earned Life, Son #2 earned 1st Class, Son #3 joined Scouting, and husband is Scoutmaster. Wish us luck!
      · 1 reply
    • CommishJulian

      Kindness sells
      Youth only get one shot to be touched by the magic of Cub Scouting.  It is wrong that adult-children weasel their way back into BSA activities and pervert the program to shine back on them, robbing the next generation of their opportunity.  Bullying is a serious problem in Scouts BSA and the decimated numbers of Scouts in the US shows that.  I've chosen to stand up to the bullies, and they've done everything they can think of to hold on to their empire of dirt. 
      While I won't ever get a single silver anything, the appreciation that single moms show me more than make up for it.
      Long live us stubborn idealists!
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