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  2. prof

    Best Time for Scouting for Food

    Given the strained relationship between Scouts BSA and the Girl Scouts, I wonder if this will continue to be a joint project.
  3. MikeS72

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    Doing that backwards. Shouldn't you have thrown those interns into the volcano ahead of time, thus warding off the increase???😋
  4. MikeS72

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    Not as bad as it could have been. Without any increase our cost would have been $50 per scout, $33 to National, and $17 to Council. This will put our per scout cost at $77. With a little belt tightening I think both of my units will be ok.
  5. mashmaster

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    Sea Scouts are free?
  6. Saltface

    Sustainable footwear

    I'm LDS. I work with an orthodox jew and a vegan. Of those three, I would find living the vegan's lifestyle the most difficult. Know of any good vegan shellac alternatives?
  7. MikeS72

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    Explorers are now a part of Learning For Life.
  8. DuctTape

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    I didn't know Explorers still existed as an option.
  9. 5thGenTexan

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    I think it was posted as a courtesy from the Council early in the morning so people would have an idea of what is going on. There is already a new thread on the Council page discussing the increases.
  10. carebear3895

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    We actually haven't been notified yet (surprise surprise). Circle Ten Council in Dallas leaked it. I imagine some of their volunteers work at National and got this information early.
  11. prof

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    When I went to the OPs link, I noticed that it said "comments are turned off." I wonder how much blow back the councils are getting. I also wonder if the fees would have been higher had it not been for the vocal response to the original announcement about a fee increase.
  12. carebear3895

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    Yes, we made sure they are wearing eye protection. God speed, college kids
  13. Jameson76

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    Roughly another $1,700 for our unit. We have a corporate sponsor lined up, so life moves on I trust you are using the GTSSI (Guide to Safely Sacrificing Interns) - make sure you have the 2018 update
  14. ParkMan

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    I thought that was a normal Wednesday (kidding also)
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  16. carebear3895

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    defcon 1 here at the office. Phones are unplugged and doors are locked. We are sacrificing the interns (kidding of course)
  17. ParkMan

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    I do see they've made it a little easier on families by keeping the adult fees essentially the same. It's small consolation, but it's something
  18. swilliams

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    Slightly less than the rumored $70-100, but that’s a significant jump. Ouch. That’s an increase of about $2,000 for our troop, assuming council dues stay the same. Meanwhile, our fundraising numbers are down for the fourth straight year.
  19. We hear about sustainability in almost every aspect of our lives, but I still get surprised when it comes up in an unexpected context. I was out shopping for some comfy new shoes for light (non-mountainous) hiking trips, and came across a label on a shoe box proclaiming the product to be "vegan". I was mighty glad to see that because I like knowing that if I get lost in the woods, I can eat my shoes without feeling guilty.
  20. RememberSchiff

    What our the BSA priorities??

    @5thGenTexan created a new topic with new fees.
  21. This just in from my Coucil. (Circle 10) https://circleten.ihubapp.org/posts/34541/the-national-executive-board-of-the-bsa-just-approved-a-new-membership-fee?fbclid=IwAR3XPx25zXr6Caf_KUgxzGXLJ4MKX1tpT023gvKAPuf51Jx9DF3BUTiWTjg Beginning with the 2020 recharter (due December 31, 2019) the following fees will be collected by the National Council (no portion will remain within the Circle Ten Council): Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing youth - $60 Exploring youth - $36 Stem youth - $250 Adults - $36 Unit Charter Fee - $60
  22. There are 3 elements to recruiting in any organization: attraction, conversion, and retention. Attraction is the realm of marketing: get the word out and pull people in. Retention is about delivering on your promise and giving value to the members. But conversion....that's where things get interesting because it's all about the vibe in the unit and showing people your energy and passion so they want to be part of the fun. Make newcomers feel welcome and show them the value that can be theirs to share, and you'll have 'em hooked! That's why I was so impressed by Bryan on Scouting's story of a Michigan pack that created "welcome bags". Great way to involve the cubs in their pack's recruitment campaign! Story: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/10/23/the-ingenious-way-this-cub-scout-pack-welcomes-new-members/
  23. Different councils run their Scouting for Food drives at different times of the year. National Capital Area Council usually does theirs in the fall. Ditto Last Frontier Council, which will be passing out flyers Nov 2 and collecting cans Nov 9. Sam Houston Area Council passes out flyers last weekend in January and collects cans first weekend in February. I wonder what month is the MOST effective time to do it....do you rake in more donations early in the fall? Or more in the middle of winter, after the holidays are over and done with? I wonder which council has the BIGGEST Scouting for Food drive....
  24. RememberSchiff

    EEE reported at Scout Camp (RI)

    Yes, as you observed, we re-schedule or re-locate activities due to lightning where the odds are even less.
  25. mrkstvns

    EEE reported at Scout Camp (RI)

    Just to put this in perspective, although EEE is a serious disease, it is NOT "rampant" or common in any way --- even in Massachusetts, which has more cases than other states. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Massachusetts is 6,902,149. According to the Massachusetts Department of Health, there have been 9 confirmed cases of EEE, resulting in 1 death. (There were also 7 cases of EEE infecting horses, and 1 case confirmed in a goat.) Obviously, this means your chance of dying of EEE in Massachusetts is 1 in 6,902,149. Your chance of contracting the disease in Massachusetts is just under a in 766,905. That is close to your odds of being struck by lightning while in Wyoming (about 1 in 1 million). Do those kinds of numbers actually justify cancelling activities and creating a whole lot of hoopla?
  26. swilliams

    Help With Internet Advancement

    Unfortunately, no. Because we don't use Scoutbook (we use Troopmaster), I can only view items on Scoutbook. The good thing is that the MC for the COH is a super bright kid who understood my instructions to ignore the merit badges with an 'R' next to them when creating the program, and add in the list of merit badges and awards I emailed him last night. My daughter asked me this morning if fixing the BSA software would be considered an Eagle project. The project of the century, haha.
  27. Thunderbird

    Help With Internet Advancement

    Are you able to put the items in using Scoutbook? Scoutbook seems more reliable (overall) than Internet Advancement.
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