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Discussions for OA Members and those interested in Scouting's Honor Society. Also includes a private sub-forum for OA Members only.

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  1. Western Region

    Sections, Lodges and local discussions

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  2. NOAC

    Been to NOAC? Heading there? Chat about the Order's bi-annual gathering

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  3. Central Region

    Sections, Lodges and local discussions

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  4. Northeast Region

    Sections, Lodges and local discussions

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  5. Southern Region

    Sections, Lodges and local discussion

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    • I read so many threads with very experienced Scouters speaking quite negatively about merit badges and rank advancement. There is so much disparaging talk about Eagle mills and merit badge factories. Focusing on merit badges and the trail to Eagle means you are missing the point of Scouting and not having a quality experience. You are only a true Scout if you are in it for the fun. Some have even advocated for eliminating merit badges classes entirely from troop meetings and summer camp schedules. In the minds of some, advancement seems to be at the root of all that is wrong with Scouting because it introduces a corrupt motivation and becomes a distraction from having fun. This talk never ends here on Scouter.com which leads to me ask ... How many folks think that eliminating merit badges and rank advancement from the Scouting program would be a good thing? I'm actually not trolling - I'm asking a serious question.
    • Yes.  In scoutbook, the forums contain the info and the documentation.  It is far from an ideal, practical or good situation.  But it is what it is.  You can search and find stuff. A TRICK you should know about ... Some commentators in the forum have an icon for "ScoutBook user Advisory Council.".  If you click that patch, it takes you to this set of four page ... where all the documentation exists.  https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/forums/using-scoutbook/86040/suac-scoutbook-faq-and-resources-table-of-contents/
    • The Cubmaster is fine with it. It is the Committee Chair who is opposed. 
    • Yes, involve the Mayor ! I assume those who object is not involve any political position.  If not an award presentation, maybe leading the Cub Scout Promise in the opening ?
    • I wish someone from my town did something like that! We couldn’t even get a council member... I find this a great oppurtunity and a great achievement that the mayor appreciates their pack. Traditionally, yes, DLs, CMs, etc, usually give out awards, but why not switch it up?
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