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    • Well, at least $36 is still something I can afford. Glad I don't have kids at the moment though.  
    • As an LDS commissioner, I think 1/4 is being optimistic. Honestly, I'll be floored if as many as one in ten LDS Scouts throughout the country stay in Scouting. Details about the church's new program are finally rolling in and it seems most boys won't look back as they develop and begin the new activities. Here in Southern Orange County, CA, there is only one LDS-focused unit being formed that will likely cover every town from San Clemente to Newport Beach and all the way north throughout Irvine - it's a huge area with LOTS of LDS youth, yet only about 30 families are showing any real interest in pursuing Scouting so far. I think with the new youth program beginning in earnest next year, the number of kids from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints still involved in Scouting will dwindle more than some like to think. We have a new program now, and while Scouting was wonderful for the 100+ years we were together, it's the dawn of a new era for LDS kids and we have an entirely new, equally involving initiative that's going to consume as much attention and focus and dedication as Scouting ever did. Scouting needs to brace itself for a more total departure than they realize.
    • Re: position patches.  When I was a scout, we reused position patches.  We did it so much so that we had a stash of green ones that we still wore.  If a scout wanted to keep the one he wore (with the exception of the green ones) they had to buy a new one for the troop.  It saved a small amount as we only replaced them when they wore out. 
    • Summer camp where I am at is around $400 per Scout.  The cost for adults varies, but can be around $275 per adult.
    • I was looking at one of my Boys Life issue from the 80s.  They should be embarrassed by the product they are trying to sell now.
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