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    I guess it is all part of the larger issue of why ANY volunteer should have to pay to volunteer, not just for a uniform or a book or other tangible things, but an actual membership fee for the organization they are volunteering. But I know I am just talking crazy talk now.
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    So, in other words, you provide similar content, only diluted by FB's feeble interface and maniacle commitment to oversize adds.
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    To me this thread comes down to a simple question: As an adult leader which is more import, personal choice or roll modeling common sense outdoor behavior that the scouts can emulate and succeed at. While I may wear sandals on a personal trip with my buddies, I'm not going show them off at scout camp if the kids are expected to be in closed shoes for obvious safety reasons. I'll find something that works for me and the guidelines. I also have no problem telling a parent their kid's chance of completing an outing, healthfully, is going to be less with improper footwear. I believe it is asking a lot of an energetic 13-year old not to cream his feet , on rough terrain, in a pair of outdoor sport sandals. A kid leaving an outing early, is a lost opportunity.
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    We have used a couple, typically have a few around. We are 100 +/- so there is the bench strength. Got some active scouts, they may be responsible and good leaders but did not want to be SPL, we put them in the JASM position to sort of be a backstop to the SPL. Good to have extra set of eyes and assist the SPL and various PL's. Sometimes if leaders see something, working through a JASM to the SPL is more subtle.
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    Back home again.... Rrrround Table... Invented by the BS of A folks so local Scouters would have a place to meet and get to know each other and learn from each other (at least, that is my interpretation). Again, It is what you make it... If your DE or DC or DChair takes it over to make the RT a "Listen To Me" event, that's not totally his/her fault. It just means no one else cared to step up and use the opportunity to benefit all the rest of the Scouters. "The Usual Suspects" will show up, the trick is to get more folks to see the benefit of attending. This is done by not just following the BSA RT guidelines, but that is a good place to start. Cub Round Table attenders are mostly (natch) Scout beginners. The successful CSRT here abouts is run like a Pack Meeting. Ideas, crafts, skits, get the folks up and involved. Pass out beads for attendance, awards for participation. BSRT needs a different approach. These folks aren't usually total newbies, but would like a more adult "help me" approach. Frame it around a Troop meeting, but ASK the Scouters what they might like to see/hear/do... Give them topics/themes that will make it GOOD to come... Talk about Philmont, High adventure organizing by getting someone from Council . Fundraising : Let the Scouters tell each other how they do it. I invited a podiatrist to come and talk about foot care, blister prevention, boot choice. Turn the chairs around to face each other rather than all face "front", and have a real discussion. Breakout sessions? If you have that big a group and really have multiple topics, sure, but why water down the discussion? Face time is important. Give everyone a 3x5 card and ask them to write down a question or two they would like answered . Put them to the DE nd other Old Timers... CSRT and SRT and (if you have one) should all cooperate their efforts. At least one RT should be a "Program Launch", try to invite lots of activities and places and events to come to a "Midway" type of event. Our three local Districts cooperated to host over 50 "vendors" and it went very well. Museums, parks, BSA High Adventure, COPE Courses, the OA, council and government things. WATTA ROUNDTABLE !! And promotion: By email newsletter (somebody can be identified to be a techy editor) , Facebook.... to every adult Scouter in your District (DE should be able to provide the emails) and beyond (we include the Chief Scouter and Council Staff, and any other Scout friendly person you meet), promote at Camporees and CSDC. Oh, it can be done, but when you raise your hand and say "why can't this be better" don't be surprised when they elect you as a committee of one to help MAKE it better! Have fun!
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    IMHO, this position and den chief are ideal for older scouts who want to continue their leadership development but have sort of grown out of life in their patrol. I enjoyed serving in both positions when I was a youth. MC's don't recommend positions, but they could bring the possibility up with the scout on his board of review.
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    I agree..."dress appropriately for the occasion" should be common sense. It is a policy at most summer camps. Sandals and flip-flops allowed only IN the showers...to and from must be closed shoes.
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    If you make it a "Unit Policy", then whether or not its a BSA Policy is irrelevant.
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    When I need a little cheer-me-up I look at this Flikr set: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11435930@N06/sets/72157601553715652/ Look at the camp staff and the other Scouts in uniform. Everyone's on the same page. No showing off of high-end gear or shame of having no name-brand stuff.
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    Hmm, a bunch of whining, but no real answers to LeCaster question about the present uniform. The difficulty of the uniform is the ages of the scouts in the program. New scouts are at the age they want to look like the older scouts, so the uniform is easy. the 13 and 14 year old scouts are going through a change where they are questioning their identity and no uniform is acceptable. The 15 and older scouts have little trouble with the uniform because they know the uniform is part of the program. So no matter what uniforms are selected, not all scouts will welcome them. So what then? First off I find the adults are as much of the problem as the scouts. The responses on this thread show how willing adults are willing to undermine the method as the scouts. That makes it more of an uphill battle using the method. to START, how the adults feel about the uniform shouldn't be important, how the role model making right decisions is the "Most" important. If the adult decided to protest the uniform by not wearing it correctly, the scouts will follow. And sadly the scouts will learn a lot of lessons from that example. No matter what the scout choose to do for themselves personally, the adults have to set the highest example. Scouts should always see the model for which they should aspire, not down to the lower. The adults are the primary method for setting the "Best" example. Also, adults should have a basic understanding of why the uniform is important in the scouting program. When a scout say the uniform is stupid, the adult needs to be ready for explaining how the uniform identifies each boy in the patrol as an equal partner to the team. From the outside, no boy is richer or poorer, smarter, or set apart from the group. For better or worse, the scout is an equal partner. "But I don't want to look like everyone else". The uniform give each scout their own personal identity that sets them apart from the group through rank, special awards, order of the arrow, and even outside troop activities like high adventure. The individuality the uniform provides allows the scout to be honored for his personal accomplishments within the scouting program and in the community. Any person with an understanding of scout only has to look at a scout uniform to know his experience and accomplishments. Of course there are many many more answers to guiding scouts on the uniform, these are just a few examples of helping guide a scout in a way of thinking for the value of the uniform. Of course as I said, some adults have to get past their own hang ups. Barry