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    • Pioneering projects over 6 feet in height off the top of my head. Also the ability of troops to use 18-20 year olds towards 2 deep leadership requirements. I remember being the acting SM at 19 and 20 because I was the only adult there the entire week as the two 21+ year olds had to split a week anmd no other adults were available.
    • All of the troop's assets (including money raised or in bank accounts) actually belong to the charter organization.  Troop money is supposed to benefit the unit - not individuals. The Troop Committee is not required to invite all parents to committee meetings.  In many troops, the members of the Troop Committee are the ones who vote, and the Scoutmaster is an advisor / non-voting member.  Different troops may choose to do things differently.  Like @T2Eagle, in my son's troop, we invite all interested parents to attend.  If we vote on something, we allow parents to vote. The Chartered Org. Rep. can veto decisions by the Troop Committee (because the charter organization owns all of the assets and is one that takes the blame if the Troop Committee decides to do something in violation of the law, IRS rules, BSA rules, etc.). Generally, individual Scout accounts are discouraged due to some recent rulings / decisions by the IRS.  (This is mainly aimed at fundraising and how unit fundraising is supposed to benefit the unit - not individual Scouts.)  However, units are allowed to track which Scouts owe for activities, etc. "Funds raised by the unit from product sales belong to the unit.  They may not be transferred to the Scout or another unit, but may be re-assigned to units sponsored by the same chartered organization, such as when a Scout moves from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts or Boy Scouts to Venturing.  The unit committee is responsible for expenditures from unit funds for the benefit of the unit.  Unit funds may be used to reduce the cost of participation, including the cost of attending camp or obtaining uniforms. They may be used to provide financial assistance or awards to individual Scouts based upon their level of participation generally or in specific activities benefiting the unit, chartered organization or community, attendance, advancement and/or need. Unit funds may be used to buy equipment for the unit or for any other legitimate need of the unit." (BSA Product Sales Guide, page 9) BSA Product Sales Guide Fiscal Policies and Procedures for BSA Units FAQs December 2014 CubCast - How to Handle Fundraising Dollars (also applies to other BSA units such as troops, crews, ships, etc.) Bryan on Scouting: BSA offers guidance on individual Scout accounts
    • Get as large a group of current parents as you can to contact the CC and express just how bad an idea you  collectively think this is.  I would also get in touch with the COR and do the dame thing.  Frankly, if the COR is as uninterested as you say than he may be MORE willing to intervene in something like this just because he doesn't want to start being bothered with issues. As to your question, we invite any parent who is interested to come to our committee meetings and if we vote on something then they vote.  
    • Having thought about this over the years, and having noticed what you have noticed, I think what happened is that BSA began watering down outdoor-related advancement requirements, particularly in the Tenderfoot through First Class ranks (maybe to encourage more rapid advancement to First Class), began moving away from high-impact camping practices (lots of fun, little thought required) to environmentally friendly practices (more thinking and planning necessary), and began adding safety-related restrictions in the Guide to Safe Scouting.  Together, these shifts created the impression that BSA was taking outdoor fun out of the program.  But I think what was really happening was that BSA was and continues to be encouraging outdoor adventure as much as ever, and providing great venues for it, but offering fewer incentives to Scouts to participate in outdoor adventure (fewer outdoor-related advancement requirements, less pyromaniac and tree-chopping fun) and more dis-incentives to leaders to participate in outdoor adventure (G2SS removing some activities, more training and certifications and approvals and experience and fitness required).  
    • If you're clever you can also creates something like http://boys.troop123.org and http://girls.troop123.org assuming you now have http://www.troop123.org.
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