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Lessons and questions of Scout leadership and operating troop program


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    • ❤️ Copy and paste as you like. Now if I could just upload it into forum directory....
    • My only wish is that all requirements were in one plain-old-ascii file. Same thing for annual reports.
    • True, but I will say that there is a responsibility of adult leaders to make scouts aware of the opportunities. For example, I know one troop (not mine) that the SM in his newsletter once a month to parents and scouts has an "award of the month" that describes the award and requirements.
    • We forget , as Mashmaster notes, it is (or should be) up to the Scout.  Not every Scout will earn every award. Life is more than piling up bling. Scoutson earned Eagle. His time in the Troop was spent helping other young Scouts. He was the Totin' Chip Instructor.  Had no interest in OA, or Seascouts (he went to Seabase, had his own sailboat, loved canoeing), or Venture Scouts (active in 4H, won awards for Rabbit breeding, earned Diamond  4H Award) , did not want to devote any time to the religious awards (altho he had more than half already accomplished just by "habit" and osmosis).  Mom and I have no complaints about his life.  His choices reflect the Scout Promise and Law in many ways that others of his generation do not.   Camp Award?  Keep count (excel spreadsheet? )  if it adds up, so be it. If not,  count the rest of your Scout's  acheivments and smile and wave as they go by.  They will choose your Assisted Living Facility , after all.  See you on the trail. 
    • "committed" = thinking about it for some undetermined time in the future; a possibility  E.g. putting insignia and uniform rules on line - BSA "committed" to that some years ago.  I was curious back thenwhen I was  teaching the "Uniforming" course at more than one "University fo Scouting."   I gave up waiting after eleven years had passed.  I even volunteered several professional writers to help, an offer not acknowledged in any way.   😐
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