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  • Latest Posts

    • Amazed at times how many scouters do not fully understand the concept of 2 deep leadership.  We had a parent show up at 10pm last month during our chapter ordeal (one of 3 chapters at the camp that weekend) because the SM had told him that they only had one adult there from the troop and had to have 2 deep leadership.  Between the 3 chapters, along with lodge advisors, there were easily 20 or more adults, not to mention the adults going through ordeal.  Imagine how unwieldy things like ordeals and such would become if every scout had to have 2 adults from his troop present. 
    • $0 and we also don't collect dues.  Pack typically provides entree (e.g. fried chicken from Walmart).  Families fill in sides and desserts.  Any extras depend on the success of fund raising.
    • $0 We have a pizza and pool party.   We do charge $55 in pack dues each year and raise money through popcorn sales.
    • Michigan special needs troop of adult scouts are struggling to find volunteers A tradition...back in 1964 https://fox17online.com/2019/02/17/special-needs-genesee-county-man-becomes-eagle-scout-at-age-61/ https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2019/02/special-needs-michigan-man-becomes-eagle-scout-at-61.html?utm_campaign=mlive_sf&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
    • My stepson's pack in Michigan in was $25-35 a person. I believe the scout's fee was covered but I could be wrong. It was catered at a banquet hall.  Our pack is having theirs today, it's a potluck, so people can adjust the cost to fit their budget. The pack covered the cost of renting a pavilion at a local park. 
  • Recent Status Updates

    • The Latin Scot

      My doctors say I have made a complete recovery, and I have just been made a Unit Commissioner! Excited to start a new chapter in my Scouting career!
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    • swilliams

      Well, we didn't cook in mess kits. We made scrambled eggs in a pot of boiling water with Ziplocs.  LOL.
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    • Longhaired_Mac

      In the late nineteen eighties my Scoutmaster was a rather jolly fat man with a curly beard and a chew-can ring in all his back pockets. He found laughter in most everything as I recall, appropriate or not. When I hear things at Scouting U like, "if you can't act like a 10 year-old, then you shouldn't be in scouting," well he comes right to mind.
      He had a brown with tan stripe truck that hauled scouts and equipment every direction for a few years. Inside that 80's Chevy Scottsdale of his at all times was a cassette tape of Chuck Berry's greatest hits. The last song on the B side was My ding-a-ling (2 bells on a string). There wasn't a hike, camp-out, camparee, or outing where he didn't manage to squeeze in at least one play. And if one of the boys riding with him was quick enough to hit the repeat button on the tapedeck before his hand got smacked, we might hear it an extra time or two. It always started us off with a laugh or lolled us to sleep smiling on the drive home. I still sing it now and again when camping or flirting. Or showing off for my son.
      Now the Scoutmaster was far from Santa and the song is equally distant from anything that could be called a carol, yet as the end of the year draws near and the holiday cheer comes around...some of the coincidental similarities have my brain humming that old Chuck Berry tune. Any time I hear a Salvation Army station outside store fronts ringing thier bells, or clanky bells on doors. Happy Holidays to all my friends in scouting, new and old.
      https://youtu.be/UaEC-lWSlmI
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