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      In answer to many requests, we established a separate forum for these topics. Those not interested can skip this forum instead of spending time reading unwanted messages to identify content.

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  10. Patch Trading Central

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      Have a patch or memorabilia you're looking to swap? Use this virtual patch trading blanket. (This area is intended to facilitate memorabilia swapping, not necessarily commerce.)

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  12. Uniforms

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  14. Girl Scouting

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  21. Scoutmaster Minutes

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  • Latest Posts

    • A half-hour north of me, there is one of the oldest Troop cabins in the country. Huntington Beach Troop 1 has been meeting in the same place for a century, and it's a treasure trove of Scouting artifacts. Here is a link to their website's images: https://sites.google.com/site/troop1hb/about-us/inside-the-cabin
    • I think there are different levels of outdoorsy. We have some parents that like the outdoors (skiing, biking) but have not camped much and it wasn't too hard to get them involved. Maybe outdoorsy is not the right word. Maybe sweaty is closer
    • Death is such a cruel description for a program that is no longer being used ... but yeah. BSA is no longer providing a Varsity Scouts program.
    • Yes. When LDS church announced their decision to start backing away from Scouting, National decided to end the Varsity  with a date of 12-31-17 as the last day. Varsity Scouts can join troops or crews now. The LDS church was the largest user of the program. In fact, I only heard of one group outside the LDS church using the program, and I only ever saw Varsity Scouts once in it's 34 years of existance, and that was at jambo. 
    • Is the Varsity program dead?  Both the youth and adult applications as well as the BSA's program site now make no reference to Varsity.   https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-406.pdf https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-501.pdf https://www.scouting.org/programs/
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    • WisconsinMomma

      Adding a wetsuit and prescription goggles helped my oldest with his swimming so much.  He did great at his last swim lesson. Thanks to Amazon.com for their selection, pricing and quick delivery.  I was able to outfit him for under $50 - a good deal and convenient to find the items we needed. 
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    • EmberMike

      “I could not help feeling how splendid it would be if one could only train [girls] in peace time in the same way one trained the young soldiers—that is, through Scoutcraft.
      I afterwards took to training boys in that way, but I had not been long at it before the girls came along, and offered to do the very thing I had hoped for, they wanted to take up Scouting also.” - Robert Baden-Powell
      Excerpt From: Girl Scouts of the United States of America. “Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts.” 1919
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    • WisconsinMomma

      My sons took on new roles in their troop -- 11 y.o. is Assistant Patrol Leader and 13 y.o is Scribe. 
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