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    • David CO Sorry, I would have no problem with the boys presenting themselves for inspection. I have a problem with the fact that this was done behind their backs. 
    • That is correct. June 1 (or the end of school, whichever is later, for those schools that don't end until after June 1) is the date that one program year ends and the new one begins. On that day, Lions become Tigers, Tigers become Wolves, etc. (in the Scouting sense, of course. Not in nature. That'd be weird.) That means that in your example, a Cub Scout who will be entering First Grade in the fall would be doing summertime activities to earn the Tiger summer pin. If they will be entering Second Grade in the fall they will be working on the Wolf summer pin over the summer.
    • My $0.02 worth - I would go with the GG pack.  Partly because of the weight savings, partly because smaller pack prevents adding unnecessary items (which saves more weight), partly because of the questionable stitching.  Mostly because Im a gear geek and enjoy trying out new stuff. Ive carried a GoLite Pinnacle on 2 treks (and a bunch of other week-long hikes).  THe specs put it at 70 liters and 30# weight limit.  My personal gear was right about 18# so very similar to yours - add Philfood, water and tent and I was about 35#.  That pack was comfortable at that weight.  It was full to the top at our biggest food pickup but everything fit.    
    • The boys should trust their scoutmaster. They should consider him to be trustworthy. They should feel comfortable with him, and should not even hesitate in allowing him to inspect their gear. 
    • Not only should it be allowed, it should be required. It is called an inspection. It used to be a routine matter for Boy Scouts to present themselves, and their gear, for inspection, before leaving for camp. It should be a unit policy, and all scouts and parents should be aware of it. At my school, all lockers are subject to search by an administrator, at any time. There is no expectation of privacy.  Before any field trip (scouts, sports, band), all bags and luggage are opened and inspected before leaving the campus. There is no expectation of privacy.  As a parent, you should be more concerned with your child's safety than with his privacy. 
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