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    • I am not sure where you are getting that implication. I simply stated that the requirements for advancement can be achieved in four months but the other recognition takes a year. In other words, the Den Chief should qualify for their Conference just like any other scout in an authorized position. Doesn't mean they quit being a Den Chief.
    • Thanks for the feedback.  Yes, I am RC and am aware that I can get a dispensation for missing mass, but as mentioned above, that don't seem the right way to address the problem.  I am a staffer and am concerned about the participants.  Because of the shortage of priests it is nigh on impossible to get one to come and say mass.  When I am a Course Director, I specifically mention at the participant meetings to let me know of any religious requirements, and then make a special arrangement. Thanks again for your help and ideas.   JPS
    • County had a field of blueberries, over a thousand bushes on nearly 2 acres, which needed farming. A couple of scout troops stepped up to work the field and harvest crop which was theirs to sell.  Fresh blueberry cobbler anyone? Scout salute to county Blueberry Czar and scouts! https://www.conwaydailysun.com/news/local/boy-scouts-blueberry-project-a-success/article_2b524720-a171-11e8-9549-1bd0d97ca3b3.html
    • A memory from over 20 years ago.... As a scout and venture scout I had been on a series of mountaineering courses run by my scout county in the scottish highlands which covered, among many things, avalanche awareness and how to assess a given slope for avalanche hazard. I went on a trip to the Cairngorms in Scotland with my university mountaineering club one February. The group I set out with initially seemed competent. The first steep slope we encountered they took a long look at and dug an avalanche pit and we all agreed that it was safe to head up. So far so good. Note that this was a north facing slope. Later in the day we came to another slope, this time east facing, which we needed to traverse. If you have any avalanche training you'll know that the aspect of the slope, ie what direction it faces, is one of the most important factors in assessing risk. Also that traversing a risky slope is inherently more risky than going up or down it. In addition to this it had every visible risk factor imaginable. There were no rocks sticking up, so clearly deep snow,  was on a leeward facing aspect, it had a funny looking off white tinge to it, made a strange "woomping sound" under foot and slaps about 4 inches thick were sheering off. In all it looked pretty dangerous. I pointed this out to the group I was with but they were convinced that they had done all the risk assessing they needed to do earlier in the day and merrily set off across it. I chose not to, instead I took a detour and met up with them later. Now the fact is that they got across that slope perfectly safely. However... according to the scottish avalanche info service that whole slope colapsed a couple of days later. Thankfully no one was on it when it happened. It was clear though that some of the club members, many of who had, at least on paper, a hell of a lot more experience than me, really seemed to have missed the point on risk assessment.
    • Thank you for bringing up this topic.  Yes this is the exact reason I haven't taken Wood Badge too. Other than Wood Badge, our camps usually don't start up on Sunday morning until 8:30.  One of the local parish's have a 7:00 am mass that I can make it to.  When we go camping I make it a point to find a parish near our camping site and schedule around them.
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