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    • Ask a few scout shops as well.  Sometimes they get old uniforms, and occasionally some of the less sentimental patches are left on.
    • ...as he embarks on his latest adventure as the new chief ambassador for the global scout movement, Bear Grylls now wants to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society - including gang violence and extremism. After being appointed the UK’s youngest ever Chief Scout nearly a decade ago, the father-of-three has set his sights on mobilising the Scouts into some of Britain’s hardest to reach areas. With scout numbers having swelled by an unprecedented 43 per cent to 638,000 under his leadership, Grylls believes growing demand from Muslim communities could help in the fight against radicalisation. “We have hundreds of mosques every week, reaching out, asking, 'Can we start up groups?' “MI5 is spending resources to stem the blood but we’re saying, ‘Don’t create the wound’. That’s why we have the mosques coming to us. They’re saying: ‘Hold on, we can see that you’re providing hope, purpose, pride, British values, sense of discipline. All the things that ISIS give people, but for good, not bad. Come and speak to our youths.” Insisting the Scouts are providing “a positive alternative to kids joining gangs”, he adds: “It’s what I was saying about the young, Muslim kids in this country. If you don’t give them something good, they go to the bad.” Grylls is convinced he can persuade any teenager to join the Scouts, even those on crime-ridden estates. ... it is probably no surprise the 44-year-old, who has sons aged nine, 12 and 15, thinks parents are too risk averse. “No one is equipping kids with the life skills they need. School isn’t. And I do think we have a culture where everyone is always nervous of risk. When you strip risk out of kids lives, you do them a disservice. Life is full of risks. Lack of risk leads to a lack of independence which explains why anxiety is such a big problem among young people.” Very hopeful and interesting report at source link: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/08/scouts-can-save-children-extremism-gangs-says-bear-grylls/
    • My wife is a GS leader. This is understandable when you look at how they organize troops.  Each troop is usually 1 or 2 age groups, unlike BSA where we're 11-18 in the same troop. The troops are smaller and can only handle so many girls at a time. There have been times when my wife could not find an available troop for a girl who was not in my wife's troop's age group. Like most groups, finding enough volunteers is a struggle.
    • Just checked my drawer. Not only is the "1" that I have not shimmery, it's a little dingy. Just my opinion: There's something special about insignia with a little age and mismatch. It's like inheriting a bit of the careers of different scouts and scouters. If you can't find used matching #s, help your scout save up for a new set with her own money next year.
    • Maybe a bit off-topic, but I think the question has been answered adequately already.  My observation over time has been that the Den Chief position is very valuable. Every Scout that I have known who has taken up that responsibility has found it rewarding and fun.  It creates a very strong bond and bridge between the Pack and Troop.  I have seen several times an entire Den complete Cubs/Webelos and cross over to the Troop and be very successful in the Troop because of the influence of a good Den Chief.   
      I may be over-stating my case a bit, but I really feel that the Den Chief is as important to Pack as the the adults.
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