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    • That's the loophole that people use. I think some common sense has to apply when you have an individual adult walking over to the health office or some other such task. On the other hand, people use that loophole to have only one adult in the camp site or to go off on a hike or take a bunch of kids to a swimming hole, etc., The rationale will be that there are "dozens" of registered adults present and the entire camp facility is the activity. The issue with the 72 hour rule is that it can inadvertently result in an unregistered adult being that sole individual supervising the camp site. I think if you are engaged in any kid related task, you need two adults. Not glimpsed walking through the trees or somewhere in the vicinity but where the kids and other adult are. Most abuse happens at either summer camp or on camp outs so if you want to apply stringent YPT where it will do the most good, do it there. I am frequently incredulous at the people who will leap out of an open door troop meeting if they find themselves 50 feet away but alone with a scout or two in a room for 30 seconds, but will be belligerent about taking a group of scouts for a day hike at summer camp because "camp is the activity". If YPT is supposed to be based on actual safety measures, the logic in those situations does not track. Then we are simply doing YPT for show, not effect, if it's somehow OK to be hiking alone with kids at summer camp.  IMO.
    • I didn't bother to Google it. The point of communication is to communicate. The really important folks here are those who are NOT registered.  They are looking for information.  And it is our duty to provide that to them.
    • I kind of figured that Scoutbook was a stand alone thing vs something monitored by BSA.  Not that they have the time or staff to be doing that in the first place.
    • With my old pack we ended up finding that being flexible on how things got paid helped a lot.  We ended up allowing Paypal (they pay the fee) or Venmo or Cash App (I think the treasurer just collected payment and then transferred it to the troop).  Once we did that, it helped a ton.  There's a lot of people for whom just remembering to bring the checkbook or cash is the biggest issue. Also, think about a better fundraiser.  My pack used to sell christmas wreaths.  We bought them for $11, sold them for $20.  And we sold about 1100 per year.  I did put together a prize package for the kids and we had a roller skating pizza party for everyone who sold. (though everyone was invited in the end)  I think my expenses ran to about $1200 off our $9900 profit.  My troop has also had good luck with selling Lilys for Easter.
    • FYI ... I had to google it as well ... this is not an internal acronym  YGBSM = You've gotta be s$&**ing me   
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