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    • even if it's just asking the simple question, "Have you ever thought of...?" And during this situation with Covid, where there are restrictions or opportunities that youth may not even comprehend, I think some adult input might be helpful. No one has ever lived through this before.   ^^^ this When I say my scout is a germophobe, I mean it.  Like getting him to go out at all this summer has been a chore.  I was looking for ideas that I could seed into his mind as safe, because he doesn't look at doing anything outside of the house as safe. For instance, weeding... that's a safe activity.  Now think about who could use this and then go pitch your mbc about it.  I want him to come up with a project that he feels safe doing, but a lot of the normal things our scouts do for this merit badge are not something he can/would feel safe doing. He knows he has to make calls to find out what an org might need. I'm not doing that for him.  He is hanging back out of fear/phobia.  I'm trying to find a way he can move forward safely and be that brave scout I know he can be.  I'm not going to pick his service hours place for him.  He has to do that.  If he would feel safer with me going with to help, I'd do that too. (I am horribly allergic to grass, but would suck it up for my scout).  
    • I agree about the self motivated part to certain degree. However, I have also seen scouts and units get stuck in a rut,  doing the same thing year after year. Service projects for the same community organization simply because it's easy, regardless of whether or not they really need more aid; camping at the same campgrounds just because they are part of the known universe and not because anyone thinks they are particularly fun. I think adults have an obligation to help scouts brainstorm and think outside the box. That doesn't mean doing research for them, but it does mean making sure they realize all that's possible, even if it's just asking the simple question, "Have you ever thought of...?" And during this situation with Covid, where there are restrictions or opportunities that youth may not even comprehend, I think some adult input might be helpful. No one has ever lived through this before.  
    • Moderator note please stay on topic. 
    • I find it hard to believe that in these times of cancelled meetings, meeting places unavailable,  no campouts, cancelled summer camps and High Adventure activities, etc. that a Troop Committee would get bogged down in the minutia of whether a spare tire holder should be powder coated or galvanized.  Come on people! 
    • I double checked my positions and I've got the little keys next to my name. I've logged in from my phone, and two different browsers on my laptop to try it, so I don't think it can be a cache issue. I'll try the forums. Thanks.  I probably won't encourage parents who aren't den leaders from using Scoutbook unless we have to. 
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