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    • Update 9/16/19  Mid-Michigan Materials has closed on its acquisition of a Grant Township Boy Scout camp, according to a statement from the quarry operator. Earlier this year, the Michigan Crossroads Council of the Boy Scouts of America entered into a purchase agreement with Mid-Michigan for the nearly 300 acre camp near Jeddo. The purchase was contingent on positive mineral tests on the property. The purchase was finalized Monday, according to Mid-Michigan. In a statement, vice president Robert Wilson says Mid Michigan Material’s next steps will include discussions with local governments and conservancies. “Our intention is always to preserve the best assets of our community,” said Wilson. An online petition to “Save Silver Trails from becoming a gravel pit” was created earlier this year, with over 5,000 signatures to date. Silver Trails Scout Reservation was established in 1945. https://www.wphm.net/2019/09/16/silvers-trail-sold-to-gravel-quarry-operator/
    • Why be sensitive to appearing too highly militaristic? Let's see . . . a British army officer and war hero writes a book "Aids to Scouting", for soliders, and finds that it has become popular with boys.  He had observed the poor quality of army recruits, and seen a need for better training for the ordinary youth of the nation. He thinks that scouting as an outdoor game for boys could help them grow into good citizens, and to that end writes "Scouting for Boys", emphasizing that the boys will be "peace scouts" rather than soldiers. Still, some people thought that Boy Scouts might be too militaristic, coming too close to training boys to be soldiers.  And the fear was not irrational: indeed the Hitler Youth borrowed aspects of the boy scout program as it trained boy soldiers. No wonder BSA today still avoids the appearance of militarism -- even down to the extreme of banning water guns.   So, yes, military Explorers is surprising.
    • Our general practice is to charge a "troop fee" for campouts ($10-20, based on campout, covers campsite fees, transportation, troop gear like propane, etc.).  Patrols get their own food, and deal with the cost themselves. The "ideal" is that they plan a menu, grubmaster shops, then divides cost by attendance and the boys pay up.  In practice, it rotates...a given scout may be they "buyer" once or twice a year, and it more or less evens out, instead of settling up after each individual campout.
    • In our troop, one member of the patrol acts as "grubmaster" and picks up the food for the menu the patrol decided upon.  Usually this person is working on either rank or Mb requirements, if no one in the patrol is then it's just a volunteer.   We reimburse the costs from the fee for the campout.  We don't have a specific budget for the weekend, but it averages out across the year. We used to have the scouts get reimbursement direct from their fellow scouts, but it was very uneven in its success rate so we switched to the current system.
    • Sea scouts wear what are effectively Navy E6 and below dress whites.  What's to object to?  I think these boys look damn sharp.
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