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    • I have carried a tick key in my first aid kit for a few years yet never used it. Over the summer at the camp I worked at, I got 3 ticks within a 24 hour period on the same leg. I’m still not sure how that happened, but that’s besides the point.  I found them later at night, so they were on there for a few hours each time. I decided to try the tick key because I wouldn’t of been able to use tweezers in two spots due to it being an awkward angle. I must say, I’m a fool for never using this before. My ticks weren’t big but weren’t small. The key was so simple and effective. It took no more than 2 tries each to get rid of the whole entire tick. It took me less then a minute each time.
    • Tweezers from my Swiss army knife works for me, that and staying on the trail. 
    • Remove this sentence "Except as otherwise prohibited by applicable law, I consent to and authorize the Company to share this information with Company’s current or prospective clients, customers, others with a need to know, and/or their agents for business reasons (e.g., to place me in certain positions, work sites, etc.). " Legally, the BSA can perform only the specific personal background checks related to YP which I consent. If I do not consent , no check is done and I am no longer a member. But if I do consent, my information (CRA, etc.) is only to be shared with me.  If others want that information, they can submit a request to me stating who they are and reason. All Council and my unit need to know is National's membership decision: approved or not. I understand the BSA may revoke or approve  my  membership based on the information in those background checks. Either way, the BSA needs to understand I want to fact check that information (same as AZ and MN folk),  after all I paid for this screening with my registration fee.  
    • Why would removing that clause give anyone time to review the background check?  The BSA isn't under any obligation to reveal what they find as far as I am aware.  They would be more likely to just say "no" and move on.  Once I had a volunteer rejected by national with no answer.  Everyone around him was shocked but he didn't really seem as surprised as I thought.  A couple years later I found out what probably showed up and I wasn't surprised national responded as they did.   Background checks are there to identify people we think are good but have something hidden in their past.  These background checks are part of our YPT process.  Why would we be less serious about them than other things.   I don't really trust anyone more than I have to.  However, I see no reason for them to start doing credit checks.  I don't know what is behind the dodgeball thing. My understanding is that that clause is there for compliance with FCRA. 
    • From my old handbook, the famous ISP edition, 1972, coat tick with grease or oil.  After it lets go, wash with soap and water.  I recall a lit match or cigarette held close was also recommended back in the day.   These days I find good success with the tweezers from my Swiss army knife and forego the grease/oil/gasoline/ammonia/match/cigarette.  Soap and water is still adhered to.
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