We've not been as active as my sons would have liked. We're meeting outdoors for an hour, once a week, but trips have been non-existent outside of one October trip out to PA. I wish we could do more, but the real issue for my boys right now is summer camp.
My older one outgrew his scout shirt, and as we were taking patches off to transfer them to the new shirt, he suddenly realized that he was going to be missing his 'full circle'. There's a round Sabattis Camp patch in the middle, with rockers for each year surrounding it. Due to the camp closure las summer, he'll be missing 2020, and will only have five of six rockers unless he goes back as an adult.
Anyway, he doesn't care too much about the patches, outside of the cool factor of having the circle complete, but he DOES care enormously about camp. He's already pessimistic about the prospects, sad about how few trips we've taken and will occasionally say "scouting is dead".
One of the ways we were able to track MBCs in our district was require them to come to our training once a year. The training was a half hour long. Now, things are more complicated and challenging, but I threw that out there for ideas.
Well, I only meant a "valid" number, not necessarily an "un-expired" number. And mostly just so that you need to be registered to be an MBC. I wouldn't suggest actually trying to match up registration dates with MBC signature dates and all of that. The only things I'd throw out would be people who put down 8675309 or 3141592 or something.
I'm absolutely supporting YPT, registered MBCs, but I hope never to have to see that. It's hard enough to keep unit records straight. I can easily see having to record a six month old MB, but the person is not registered anymore as a MBC. It would create real nightmares.
BSA needs to rethink / redesign the role and process of MBs.
Yeah. That should have changed a long time ago. How tools work is effectively another training mechanism. If ScoutBook allowed units to register their own MBCs, that exactly the same as BSA saying units can manager their own MBCs. That was never intended.