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    • Strongly discourage waiting, especially when they are chomping at the bit to join Scouts BSA. Youngest made the choice to wait 2 months to Cross Over when his den did. However he was "visiting" the troop for 2 months before joining. He even did his fair share of fundraising.with the troop as a Webelos.    Forgot to add, while having fun and learning stuff during those 2 months, none of it counted towards advancement. Which is not a big deal for him  or me.
    • Your troop plans a high adventure trek for months. Everything's set, fees are paid, scouts are transported....but then nature strikes!  A tropical storm closes down operations at the high adventure base.  What do you do? When Tropical Storm Barry  happened to scouts at Swamp Base last week, they did what scouts do best. They did community service! Story:
      https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/news/weather_traffic/article_b5b12326-a672-11e9-9395-d70d3ca49706.html   
    • I like both of those!   I think that keeping "the outing in scouting" grows to mean different things depending on the age of the boys.  At the cub level, it's often about the "go see it" kind of activities. Take the den someplace interesting and help widen the world view: might be a local fire station, maybe letting the boys take a stab at tossing a crust at the local pizzeria....just let 'em see and touch.  At the boy scout (Scouts BSA) level, I think it means to put as much emphasis as possible on the outdoors and to help them experience outdoor adventures that can challenge them.  At the explorer/venturer/sea scout level, it's to really trust the scouts and to encourage and enable them to do bigger, better, bolder adventures. (Maybe not outdoor adventures).
    • I wish I could edit more as I bet I could come up with many or refine my thoughts.  Here are a few that I like. "Keep the outing in scouting" ...  My interpretation --> Focus on doing.   In doing, we create opportunities to teach and make a difference. "Teach at all times.  Use words if necessary." ... My interpretation --> Our actions are our greatest teacher.  Flip side, too many "teaching" words kills the scout spirit.  ... Quote is often attributed to Francis of Assisi, but it may be a pairing down of their religious rules and not a real quote.  
    • Just goes to show you that there's always 2 sides to a story, and the hyped up emergencies you hear about in the media are often nothing of the sort.  No biggee, no harm, no foul.  Yeah, a couple canoes flipped and it sure was great that the sheriff deputies came to help get that done. In the end, a good trip was had by all. Happy ending. I LIKE it!!
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