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    • Its become a money grab, IMHO. Pack funds should be spent on other things. I let the Webelos stay in blue if they wanted, it's not my job to convince them they need a new uniform. It's my job to provide a good program at a reasonable cost. I never required someone to get a hat OR new slide. I'm just happy they show up. 
    • I'm also thinking of the new neckerchief slides, etc., that go along with each new cub rank. I recall we had one slide/hat/neckerchief for Bobcat/Wolf/Bear.  Webs was a big deal--new slide/hat/neckerchief.  Plus the colors on the right sleeve.  Uniforming seemed simpler.
    • Looking at what other countries do, it seems like they split off k-2 and 3-5 into two different programs. If we are to have a k-12 program, that really ought to be a goal, IMO. Breaking those two out would greatly improve the ability to do fun stuff with the 3-5 kids. More hiking, camping, outdoors, without as much worry about kids being ready. Trying to set standards for activities for all kids k-5 is really tough.
    • And don't get me started on awards costs... we spent $400 on belt loops last season. Sorry, that's insanity for something that doesn't fit thru the belt loops well, and they don't end up wearing the belt half the time anyways because they can't put it on. Beads were much cheaper, and did the job just as well.
    • I hugely agree.  The Cub Scout program is killing Boy Scouts.  Absolutely. I've taken four sons through the program.  In hind sight, I'd never last in the new Kindergarten Lion program.  I'd easily ditch the 1st and 2nd grade scouting years.  Maybe do 3rd.  Fourth is a good time to plug in.  Boy Scouts definitely.  But this whole idea of kindergarten through 5th grade for cub scouts ?  It's ridiculous and it's killing excitement before Boy Scouts where the kids really benefit.   Scouting should start when you can teach and trust scouts with fire, knives, archery, tenting and the traditional outdoor program.  That's what sells scouting.   Until you can trust them with fire and knives, let them kick a soccer ball or play organized t-ball.
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