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    • This is the same uniform debate I've seen on various Scouting discussion forums for the last 25 years.  Lots of passion for a few days until the participants are worn out, but no resolution. Maybe redefining the issue might help us pin down the areas where differences arise.  What if we took sewn-on, glued-on, pinned-on, and hung-on awards and insignia out of the equation:  Suppose that for both Scouts and adults, their council, unit, patrol, rank, and position of responsibility were all indicated by a combination of pre-printed shirt logos, pocket flap color, and neckerchief design; no badges, patches, pins, or other items were authorized to be attached to uniform shirts.  How would that change the debate?  
    • We let the PLC that is elected 6-months-in review the plan and make changes if needed.  Nearly every time *something* has come up that's going to require a change anyway.
    • We used to do ours the week after elections and both sets of PLC members attended (incoming and outgoing).  The outgoing group served as advisors to their incoming counterparts (assuming every position changed).  That ensured that every group of PLC members participated in the conference in one way or the other.  We also did a mini version on the other election date (both groups in the room) that served as a review and update of the plan.  
    • Our troop budgets an average of $4 per meal per scout (or adult). One person in each patrol is usually responsible for buying for the entire campout, based on a (hopefully) detailed menu agreed to by the Patrol.  Scout or adult submits to the treasurer for reimbursement based on actual costs. Seems to average out pretty well. Patrols share some common items, like condiments, or will share something like a head of lettuce to cover 2 or 3 patrols for sandwiches, so there isn't as much waste.  
    • I think Learning for Life has always had a different set of rules.  It seems like the "non-military" part of it would also be different.  Several of our local schools lost their JROTC programs because they couldn't maintain 100 students enrolled and there were no accommodations for one unit serving more than one school.    Here is the relevant page: https://www.exploring.org/law-government/ "Military careers" is right there. 
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