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    • I definitely agree with this advice.  Aim for 10+ campouts per year.  Maybe 2 per month during the summer when Scouts don't have to deal with homework, conflicting extracurricular events (sports, band, clubs, etc.).
    • This is no different from many boy troops that have started over the past.  All this information is in the rank advancement portion of the scout manual.  I work with boys and girls in troops and tell them the same thing.  "Read your manual"  It really has everything they need for the ranks up to 1st class.  You seem very focused on getting the girls to Eagle rank, that is no different from just about every new scout parent I have worked with in the past.  Advancement is only one of the methods of scouting.  Nobody here is telling you that the girls shouldn't get Eagle or have a plan.  What everyone is saying is that your position is no different from what people have gone through in the past.  There has been great advice given here that it seems that you have dismissed.  My advice: I recommend you start attending your district round tables and networking with other leaders in your district.  Do some activities with another troop or crew or ship to help  get through the initial obstacles. Go camping every month not just seven.   Read the BSA leader guides especially volume #1 Talk to your unit commissioner on a regular basis.  
    • @scoutmaster759, welcome to the forums and thanks in advance all you'll do for the youth.
    • Attending multiple summer camp weeks can also be expensive.  Summer camps in my area run around $300-$450 per week.  A motivated and focused Scout can earn 6+ merit badges in one week of summer camp, which could take care of a few of the Eagle-required merit badges, plus many of the electives. The quality of instruction at summer camp can also be hit or miss.  If there are merit badges that a Scout is interested in that can't easily be done elsewhere (Climbing, Kayaking, etc.) then summer camp is the place that I would recommend doing them.  I wouldn't recommend doing a merit badge like Cooking or Camping at summer camp, where most of it can't be done in a group setting anyway. We have some local pools that have merit badge counselors for Swimming and Lifesaving.  Earning Swimming prior to summer camp would be good preparation for the swim test at camp and would free up a class slot for something else that the Scout might want to do.
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