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    • National prohibits the insurance fee from exceeding $12. So no, your council is not following the rules. If they are mandating it, tell them to pound sand and contact National. If it is a "strongly encouraged donation", just tell them to pound sand.  
    • Technically, you're both right. Technically, we could ignore it. However, it is a "strongly encouraged donation" of $200/scout (plus camporee fees and, for the first time, the insurance fee has been pulled out ($75) as well, so I suppose it's more than $250). The troop, and many other units, could just say forget this nonsense but they feel obligated "to do the right thing" and help the council because times are tough. When asked what the repercussions of not paying the donation are the response was "you will make the donation." Is that really a donation? BTW, this is not just from covid, this has been going on for about 3 or 4 years now. Anyway, we were talking about following the rules. The council is following the rules. They just seem to be twisting them a lot. Unfortunately, this is not helping parents that find $420/year more than what the program provides. Scouts are certainly leaving. This is a no win situation. The council will eventually have to make some hard choices. In the meantime the units are figuring out how to keep kids in scouts. This is why the troop also has auctions to raise some money.
    • I have and IMHO, 1. Redundant. There are already state agencies, local BOH, and ACA to ensure health and safety. 2. Yes, function as a training provider for camp staff.
    • The purpose of the BSA National Camp Standards are to: 1) Promote the health, safety, and well-being of every camper, leader, visitor, and staff member while participating in a BSA-accredited camp program. 2) Guide councils so that each camper and leader obtain a quality program consistent with the BSA brand. If you would like to actually review the standards, resources and FAQ's (for the source on the above statement) on Short Term Camp:   https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/camping/short-term-camp/
    • Thank you very much for making me aware of that.  I didn't know that.
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