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    • Unfortunately  I have  seen that a lot from adults in the past several years at several troops. Camp Dietler gives scouts a great experience, and highly recommend  it or other patrol-cooking camps that may be closer to you.  At Dietler the scouts get to know the staffers as they rotate, eating meals with patrols. Yes even the camp director eats what 11 year old  scouts cook.  Patrol method summer camps is not about the number of merit badges one can earn, it is about growth as a team and as individuals. Too bad so many people don't understand that, and focus only on how many merit badge sessions there are.  I also find the food at patrols is far better than at dining halls. 
    • Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board Resolution Reaffirming Duty to God WHEREAS the foundational values of the Boy Scouts of America are reflected in the Scout Oath and Scout Law; WHEREAS the first part of the Scout Oath declares “On my honor I will do my best to do my Duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;” WHEREAS the Declaration of Religious Principle in Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America states that: The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe and the grateful acknowledgement of His favors and blessings are necessary to the best type of citizenship and are wholesome precepts in the education of the growing members. No matter what the religious faith of the members may be, this fundamental of good citizenship should be kept before them. WHEREAS the twelfth point of the Scout Law is Reverent and while the Boy Scouts of America is absolutely nonsectarian in its view of religious training, Reverent means that a Scout is faithful in his or her religious dutiesand respects the beliefs of others; and   WHEREAS these faith-based tenets have been a part of the Boy Scouts of America since it was founded and, notwithstanding any changes to Scouting programs, the commitment of the movement to Duty to God is unwavering;   Now therefore be it resolved that the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America hereby reaffirms its unequivocal commitment to the Declaration of Religious Principle as a fundamental component of the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. —- The Boy Scouts requires a scout to be religious, it does not specify what religion. This is a major gray area. However this means atheists and not religious people are not allowed in the Boy Scouts. Therefore not to blame anyone but you signing that off is not allowed as a scout must be religious.
    • A perfectly reasonable precaution. I think many people would feel that searching the bags is a perfectly reasonable precaution.
    • Thank you guys for all the advice. I leave for camp tomorrow, hope everything helps. I’ll add suggestion for others as the summer progressss
    • A 'scout is trustworthy' will not be an adequate legal defense when a scout arrives at a camp site with an inappropriate item and something unfortunate happens because a leader didn't check the bags. We're involved in a youth organization and as adults it's our job to keep them safe. No other youth organization would allow kids on an outing without checking bags. On school, church and sports outings I've been involved with, it's been done by adults as part of the routine while loading buses and cars and no kids are present. 
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