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    • Well it is still a Bill which will be debated by politicians so I put it here. IMO, the bill needs more public awareness. When it becomes law then its NEWS and I will move to Open Discussion. https://www.mountaineers.org/blog/soar-act-to-help-groups-get-outside Sound reasonable? RS
    • IMHO, ideally the CO should do this as they select and approve adult leaders. But the reality for me has been the CO does not do this. Since the Program (common goal) is easier to deliver with adults who are on the same page (who then attract similar adults), the unit leader and committee have to seek and recruit those adults and possibly turn away those who volunteered first.  I can recall a Pack trip to a AA baseball game. We managed to get scouts and adult leaders to attend in uniform, the fact it was Scout night with a discount helped. Hurray, easier to find and keep together. Hot night, by the third inning, I noticed some leaders who were also drivers, having a beer. Heh its a ball game, gotta have a beer!  Despite existing BSA guidelines regarding alcohol, we adults could not get on the same page, so no more ball games. Now, our unit is struggling with adults who use their cellphones while driving to events with scouts.  IMO, guidelines are only as good as the adults. Recruit better adults. My $0.02,
    • With all due respect, why is this in Issues and Politics? THIS IS AWESOME NEWS!  
    • The Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act, in part, would allow agencies to issue a single permit for trips that cross agency boundaries—USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—a process that is currently time-consuming and entangled in red tape. Every year, Americans spend more on outdoor recreation than they do on pharmaceuticals and fuel, combined, the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) reports. The outdoor recreation economy generates $887 billion in annual consumer spending, 7.6 million jobs, $65.3 billion in federal tax revenue, and $59.2 billion in state and local tax revenue—and it’s still growing. Recreation is a huge part of this country, but for a lot of people, there are still barriers to participate. Often, they turn to backcountry guides as their sole way of recreating. So why is it so hard for guides and their groups to access public lands?  Senators—Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the bill. Source: https://www.snewsnet.com/adventure-travel/senate-introduces-simplifying-outdoor-access-for-recreation-act
    • I am no expert but I would think it would be entirely appropriate especially if the content is taken directly from the BSA guidelines.  If you're thinking about making your own rules, then your COR and your committee would probably need to approve the ideas first. But if you're talking about a "quick summary" of BSA guidelines for uniforms and smoking rules and other adult behavior guidelines, I don't see how that could be inappropriate. 
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