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    • The Great Rivers Council's Executive Director Doug Callahan said last week that a decline in fundraising revenues — which are currently 19.1 percent of the council's budgeted income — has led to the creation of a new "flat council support fee." The Great Rivers Council covers Boy Scouts of America districts in northern, northeastern and Mid-Missouri, including the Five Rivers District that includes Cole, Osage, Gasconade, Moniteau and Maries counties. The $125 council support fee is a per unit fee. Callahan said that means it applies to Cub Scout packs, Scout BSA troops or Venture troops — which are the units. The $125 will be multiplied by how many members of a unit there are at the beginning of the year — when units are rechartered in December for 2020 — and that's how much money the pack or troop will be expected to contribute in total to the council. for more confusion, here's source: http://www.newstribune.com/news/local/story/2019/may/21/local-boy-scouts-of-america-units-to-pay-council-support-fee/779620/
    • Here is the ceremony from our chapter. Since the ceremony is performed in public, I see no need to post in the safeguarded area.  I hope this helps:     Broken Arrow Ceremony   Introduction: This ceremony is a final tribute to a deceased Arrowman who served others cheerfully and embodied the Scout Oath and Scout Law in his daily life. At the request, or with the consent, of the deceased’s family, it is performed at the wake or funeral home. The Lodge and/or Chapter Advisor, Chief, and acting Allowat Sakima and Meteu should offer appropriate condolences to the family at the ceremony’s  conclusion. All Order of the Arrow members attending the Ceremony should be in full uniform and wearing OA sashes.   Materials: Arrow that has been painted red with notch in center of shaft Scouting history of the deceased   Ceremony: The Lodge Brothers file into the parlor forming two equal lines extending from each end of the casket. One line is led by Allowat Sakima while the other line is led by Meteu. Once in position, the Brothers shall cross arms, right over left, and join hands with the Brothers on each side. An arrow (which has been painted red) will be carried by the second Brother in Meteu’s line. Once in position, the arrow is held between the second and third Brother in Meteu’s line. Each of these Brothers shall hold the opposite arrow ends, leaving a space in the line bridged by the arrow, to indicate the spirit of the departed brother. Allowat Sakima and Meteu will be in full Scout or Explorer uniform with OA sash and may wear appropriate Indian head dress. Allowat Sakima and Meteu step out in front of the casket about three feet and face the mourners.   Meteu: We are members of (INSERT LODGE HERE) Order of the Arrow. The Order of the Arrow is a society of Scouts and Scouters who have been recognized by their fellow Scouts for their outstanding devotion to the high ideals of the Scout Oath and Law – a Brotherhood of Cheerful Service – whose foundation is modeled after the legends of the Delaware Indians. We have come here tonight to pay our final tribute to our departed Brother, INSERT NAME OF DECEASED HERE. Our mighty Chief shall now present a brief review of our Brother DECEASED personal Scouting history. (Nods and turns to Allowat Sakima)   Allowat Sakima:   (Gives a brief Scouting history of the departed Brother.   Information may be obtained from personal  history, forms, family, or close Scouting friends). INSERT HISTORY HERE   (Allowat Sakima nods and turns to Meteu)   Meteu:  Peace my Brothers of the Arrow Of this Lodge and humble tribe, Bear with me this obligation To our Brother gone before us On the trail of fulfillment.   He who camped and served among us, He who always stood beside us Now has left his earthly trail For the trail of his Maker.   Let us in our hearts and minds Remember he who was our brother On the Earth . . . but now forever Brother Deceased in spirit with us.   Meteu gets the arrow which has been held between the second and third Brothers in his line. These Brothers will not join hands when the arrow is taken by Meteu. The space in the line is to remain as an indication of the position formally held by the departed brother. The arrow should be taken and given with both hands on the arrow at all times during transfers. Meteu then passes the arrow to Allowat Sakima.   Allowat Sakima takes the arrow with both hands.   Allowat Sakima: As a symbol of our Order,                              The arrow has been fitly chosen.  It must be straight, its point keen.  Aimed high, its course undeviating.  Its direction onward and upward.  It is, therefore, a symbol of leadership.    The breaking of the arrow (break arrow) is symbolic of the end of strife  Leadership given, service accomplished, and the beginning of peace.   (Give the arrow to the widow or family member  or place the arrow on the deceased with the point of the arrow over the right shoulder.    or an OA sash can be placed across the deceased’s chest or over the casket by Meteu).    Meteu, will you strengthen our spirits with a prayer?   Meteu:  Oh, Great Spirit, Hear us in our prayer this evening, A final tribute to our Brother.   He who loved the haunts of nature, Loved the moonlight on the water, Loved the sunshine on the meadow, Loved the shadow of the forest, Loved the wind among the pine trees, Loved the rushing of great rivers, Loved the thunder of the mountains, Loved all nature in its splendor, Found in nature duty to Man, Pledged himself to cheerful service, Serving his fellows and his Master Pondering that which is our purpose.   Rest Brother, . . . We’ve known you well indeed And now in peace you’ll sleep. You’ve done your work and done it well So none of us need weep.  (pause for 10 to 15 seconds)
        So be it.   Allowat Sakima then leads his line past the casket and files out of the parlor. Meteu then follows by leading his line past the casket and also files out of the parlor.
    • I'm with @TAHAWK and @DuctTape. Being an adult leader is not always easy. Particularly if you are going to truly follow patrol method and youth led. Being hands off, or more accurately, the invisible hand that guides, is much easier than it sounds. Gut instinct is to jump in and take charge, but resist that urge. Mentor, guide and set expectations, but do not try to run things. The PLC makes the rules of the Troop as long as they adhere to BSA Policy (G2SS, YPT, G2A etc), the law and CO rules. The PLC is also responsible for the all of the planing, for meetings, outings, service, fundraising etc. for the TROOP.  There are elements of the opening and closing that must be maintained, but everything in-between is theirs to do with as they wish. It is their program, they make it. The Patrol/PL plan and run the patrol corner.  The only way to keep the youth engaged is via the program. If they don't like the program they will not attend. If they plan the program, hopefully it will be one they like, but if it is not, then they can change it. If the program is boring to them, it is because they made it boring, but they can fix it.  A better way to get Scouts to outings is to help the PLC plan outings that the Scouts want to attend. It is all about the program. If they don't like it they will not attend. If they see it is fun and they are missing out, they will bend over backwards to get there.  We had an SPL use Roberts Rules of Order to run PLCs. He did it to make sure things ran smoothly and quickly, everyone provided input and that issues/program was actually put to a vote. He had several years of practice with RRO from school. He was smart enough and well versed enough in RRO that he didn't try to run the PLC using strict RRO, but a streamlined version. It worked well and was still being used by other SPLs when I left the troop. I think using RRO is great as long as it does not become an obstacle or a way to bludgeon scouts.
    • I teach SMs to guide their scouts to at least use an agenda because it keeps them on track from a starting to an end. Without an agenda, meetings tend to run really long because the leader will jump to what they remember in the moment. I let my SPLs run a couple of meetings without agendas just to prove me wrong, but they have always admitted agendas are the greatest thing since internal backpacks. The participants of our NYLC course planned at least 12 meeting agendas, and lead 3 during our course.  I believe the SPL Handbook, or PL Handbook has a simple agenda. Basically: Officer and PL reports Old business New Business Closing if you need one. You could add Roberts Rules and let the Scouts work out what they like to use. Our SPL plans and runs an averages of 50 meetings every six months. They get quite good at them. Barry
    • I agree.  I was attempting to say that scouts is not about teaching Robert's Rules.  If anything, those rules can get in the way of our teaching our scouts to listen and be compassionate and thoughtful to each other.  But if you can use those rules in a constructive way to teach listening and compassion and thoughtfulness, then great.   The key is ... We are not there to teach our scouts to master bureaucracy.  It's about the social dynamic and how to work with others.  That's the leadership we're teaching.  
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