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  1. 2 points
    Seems like such a STUPID solution that only exists to provide cover for Mr. Surbaugh after his previous statements about "no co-ed troops". Trying to have it both ways. I'd rather have intellectual consistency since we have to go out and explain this Potemkin Village to the parents. Not that I have an opinion. I may just name this "Surbaugh's Skort Solution" as something that is a hacked hybrid that is neither co-ed or single sex. Really. Your not going to listen to us Scouters anyway so just make a freaking decision--he needs to stop thinking this is a new chapter in "Profiles in Courage".
  2. 2 points
    FAQ document updated Program for Older Girl Update and FAQ 3-5-18.pdf
  3. 1 point
    See attached update sent out today by Nationals to SEs. Family_Scouting_Overview_Presentation_3-5-18.pdf
  4. 1 point
    The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, March 6 in Grand Rapids against Michigan Crossroads Council claims the Lansing-based scouting organization owes a food service provider approximately $90,000. CORD Inc. says it entered into a contract with Michigan Crossroads Council and the Boy Scouts of America to provide food services to summer camps, including the Gerber Scout Reservation in Muskegon County and Rota-Kiewan Scout Reservation in Kalamazoo County. Under the contract, CORD furnished, stored and prepared food from scratch, according to the lawsuit. The company fronted operating costs, including paper and cleaning supplies. In turn, Michigan Crossroads Council agreed to pay CORD for its food services, the lawsuit says. The company says Michigan Crossroads Council owes approximately $90,000 for food services and an additional $45,000 for costs CORD incurred, as well anticipated loss of sales and/or profits "as a result of MCC's breach of agreement.'' The Michigan Crossroads Council was formed in 2012 by the merger of nine councils, including one named for President Gerald R. Ford. MCC membership is about 67,000 youth. MCC oversees Boy Scout properties and programs in the Lower Peninsula. http://www.wzzm13.com/article/news/michigan-boy-scouts-group-under-fire-for-not-paying-food-tab/69-526357992
  5. 1 point
    Have you seen the amount of open treks listed? 62 crew openings in June 93 crew openings in July 145 crew openings in August
  6. 1 point
    My word of advice for the family is to be careful of joining too early if they intend to go for Eagle someday. I have seen several scouts who file their Eagle application with a date that was too early and it stops the whole train because that may be the one time it really gets checked. If they are 18 and running out of time it adds to the stress. Even unofficial early tag-alongs can get messed up if awards are recorded by volunteers before the official date.
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    If the boy is in the 4th grade and just turned 10 in December, how did he meet the 6 month tenure requirement ("six months since completing the fourth grade or for at least six months since becoming 10 years old"? He hasn't completed the 4th grade yet, so December + 6 months would be June.
  8. 1 point
    As a scouter with two boys in the Troop, I would occasionally skip a campout, just so the boys had the experience of camping without me. I also arranged it so that they would occasionally camp without either me or their brother. I didn't go to summer camp with the troop until my oldest was an Eagle, and my youngest was Life and the SPL. I was pretty much hands-off with the boys when I was there, until they became older scouts. Then, as they were involved in troop leadership, we interacted more.
  9. 1 point
    How did he achieve 6 months of tenure since turning 10?
  10. 1 point
    It doesn't look that different to the group system that we have in the UK that you don't have at present. Most commonly a group consists of one each of beaver colony, cub pack, scout troop an explorer unit with one committee sitting over the top. However at larger groups such as mine we have two scout troops and two cub packs. We have two SLs (what you call SMs) two sets of ASLs (ASMs), although we do fill in with each other if we're short on adults on any given week, and two PLCs. Most of our programmes are separate. My troop meets on a Thursday, the other troop meets Wednesday at the same location. We have one pool of camping gear that we draw from. In fact the patrol boxes are twinned, ie shared between one patrol in one troop and one in the other. We have one bank account. Camps are variable. Our lower key weekend camps are mostly separate. However summer camp is always joint as are a few other headline events. eg we have gliding lined up for April. True we have two troops for different reasons to you, we simply ran out of space to accomodate everyone that wanted to join so started a second troop. Both troops, to be clear, are coed. However I suspect that it's a model that may end up looking familiar your side of the Atlantic just with boys in one and girls in the other,
  11. 1 point
    So the first scentence ("No."), doesn't mean "No"? Not a very progressive step in welcoming young women.
  12. 1 point
    Moved as requested by OP
  13. 1 point
    Welcome to the forum James. You may use one of the three types of targets listed. You do not need all three.
  14. 1 point
    Link for that poster above: https://www.scouting.org/familyscouting/ Looks like girls in the troop can start Jan. 2019.
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  16. 1 point
    Except for the fact I know it will happen, I would bet a beer that there will be at least one pair of troops in the nation who will have the same scoutmaster and ASMs, and the PLCs meet as one.
  17. 1 point
    Ladies and gentlemen: The attached was just sent to me by a council scout executive who is a good friend. The source is from national. I've opted to lock the topic on posting, those who wish may create a new thread. Please remember a Scouter is friendly, courteous, and kind
  18. 1 point
    This attitude really bothers me and I worked hard in our district to change it. I'm guessing, but I think National created the perception by adding Venture Patrols to the program in 1990. They suggested troops put all their older scouts I Venture patrols at age 14. Between the First Class in the First Year concept and the Venture Patrols, what are adults new to scouting supposed to think? As you pointed out, there isn't really that much adventure that younger scouts can't do if it is planned wisely. Barry
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    Congratulations @Hawkwin . I guess it's up to me to ask the politically incorrect question. Spin or no-spin? Or do girl Bobcats just cartwheel and save their Dads' backs?
  20. 1 point
    When is the election? You said you have a little over a month. Is that to the election or to an earlier date? IMHO, a voter guide is useful when it is weeks or a month or more before the election. As such, I would not want to use the election as the due date. IMHO, it should be weeks before as as due date. If I was approving your project, I'd be looking at Will you be successful? Will you have a good experience? Will you meet the expectations to "develop, plan and lead" a project? View your proposal as an agreement. Only put in as much as you need to clearly communicate. It is not a plan. But you do need to be specific. I'd want to see your proposal say something like "I will be leading a team to produce a voter registration guide, host a pre-election debate and coordinate a voter registration drive." As part of reviewing your proposal, I'd be looking for you to demonstrate your understanding of your project and how you will successfully make this happen. Here are some random comments Usually an existing civic organization or newspaper holds debates. Usually those take a long time to put in place. If you have just over a month, can you make this happen? Which position? One debate for all positions on the ballot or individual debate times for each? Where will it be held? Can you reserve the space, advertise the debate and get the summary results out in a timely way? I'd be concerned you just can't make a quality well structured debate happen in less than a month. If I was a candidate, I'd really hesitate committing to something quickly thrown together. You don't have to have the city be your beneficiary. You could have a local non-profit. Chamber of commerce. Elks club. Rotary. Lions club. League of Women voters. You could even have a newspaper be a beneficiary as long as the benefit goes to the community and not the paper. How do you measure success? Direct to the requirements ... To get the proposal approved ... communicate the following What concepts are you developing into a project? How will you plan each part? How will you lead others in doing it? Where are the volunteers? How can you leverage others to help execute the project?
  21. 1 point
    Regardless we are trying to build "resilient youth" (to get all buzzwordy) and we do that through the outdoor method.
  22. 1 point
    CLARIFICATION: Scout with medical condition hates having to camp with dad. He knows he misses out not only when he cannot camp because dad is unable to go with him, but missing out in general because he is not with his patrols mates.... ... On second thought he is friends with my middle son and they are in the same patrol. It may be a good thing they don't tent together, otherwise they would never shut up and go to sleep.
  23. 1 point
    I think you're trying to mansplain something to me, but being a dude, I missed the micro-aggression
  24. 1 point
    When I was SM I would not count cabin camping nights for Camping MB or OA eligibility, and I made sure the Scouts all understood well in advance.
  25. 1 point
    Well calling any weekend in a cabin "glamping" is just rude. There's no "glam" in a box full of boy-scent or man-snore -- no matter how much lipstick your try to put on that pig! But, the nation is rife with scouters wanting to push-back as the comments in @LeCastor's link and older post on Bryan's show: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2015/06/24/ask-expert-isnt-camping-night-camping-mb/ https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/06/07/ask-the-expert-interpreting-camping-merit-badge-requirement-9a/