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    Nov 16, 2018 Today, the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) announced Bear as its new Chief Ambassador, making him the first public figure to be named for the role. Bear has been the youngest ever Chief Scout in the United Kingdom for nearly a decade, leading the way during a period of sustained growth. In his new role as Chief Ambassador, Bear will continue that effort on the world stage by acting as a global voice for youth education and inspiring Scouts to create positive change in their communities. “I’m very proud and humbled to take on this new role as Chief Ambassador of World Scouting and continue to promote the great work Scouting is doing across the globe. Scouting is a worldwide force for good that unites young people with positive values and an adventurous spirit,” says Bear. “We aim to make a difference in our communities, help young people learn new skills, and be kind to all people.” As one of his first acts as Chief Ambassador, Bear was on hand for an event at the United Nations headquarters today to launch Scouts for SDGs – a mobilisation of 50 million Scouts to make the world’s largest coordinated youth contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Never before have so many Scouts come together around an engagement of this scale and I’m excited to launch this global activation of young people to contribute to the SDGs,” added Bear. More at source link: https://www.scout.org/node/511831 Congratulations to Bear!
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    Here are instructions on how to explain things to the IRS from the Sam Houston Council that look like they cover (through Plan B) your situation: http://www.samhoustonbsa.org/checking-account-instructions
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    British Ex-Mil with good camera presence who made his name simulating survival situations for TV. His shows are fun to watch. He's been Scouts UK's Chief Scout for some time. And, yes, he gets a lot of attention. Flys in on helicopter to scout conventions, signs autographs, gives motivational speeches/videos. Projects a likable personality. Genius move on the part of Scouts UK. He's a good choice for highlighting what scouts do.
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    And also, if you want to look at old scout books, The Dump is your friend. pdfs of loads of scout books. Pertaining to girls in scouts, there's a chapter at the end of this one... http://www.thedump.scoutscan.com/21years.pdf I only had a brief scan but it looked pretty relevant. Ian
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    I’m sure this family is in turmoil. As frustrated as you are, this is still a child. Please remember that part about “ A Scout helps other people at all times. “ - it applies to us adults too. Maybe this young man needs someone to give a damn to be sure he can get back on track to “keep himself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight”. An ounce of kindness can go a long way. Kids don’t get involved deeply with drugs because everything else in their life is hunky dory. It usually starts out as something to try and then mushrooms or spirals into something more difficult to get out of - add in any other issues (educational/psychological) or familial problem. Kids can be hurting in so many ways adults don’t always see. Just like the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree - maybe he just needs a little love. Remember kindness.
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    You can read more about the Philmont hunting program on the Philmont web site: https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/ptc/fallwinterspring/hunts/
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    I have often bragged that my dad was a 16 year old SM. It was the middle of WWII and there weren’t any male adults around to lead. My dad worked a deal with my grandpa that if he would sign all the paperwork, my dad would do the rest. And he wasn’t the only one, I met another adult who was a 16 year old SM of a troop that couldn’t find a volunteer in their small town. He was one of the best trainers I’ve ever worked with. Maybe we adults are making this Scouting stuff too hard. Barry
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    JMO, but I would not sign the Scout spirit requirement #2 (assuming that it's not already signed off) or sign the rank application. The Scout can request a board of review under disputed circumstances and the Scoutmaster can explain in writing what's going on and why you did not sign off in those two places.
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    Unit leaders do not have the authority to deny a Scout a conference that is necessary for him to meet the requirements for his rank. If a unit leader conference is denied, a Scout—if he believes he has fulfilled all the remaining requirements—may still request a board of review. The above is the stance of the BSA Guide to Advancement (section Unit Leader Conference). I can understand the pickle of this situation, as well as the desire of knowing does he truly regret it. Unfortunately, even having a conversation with him about that can be constituted as his SM conference. I would say have the discussion with his father, see what Dad is thinking. Ultimately, the scout can request an Eagle BOR under disputed circumstance (see section Initiating Eagle Scout Board of Review Under Disputed Circumstances), and a denied SM conference or the unit leader(s) not signing the application are grounds for requesting this. It comes down to your own personal convictions here- I have seen leaders bend because "he's going to get it anyway", but you do have the right to let that be someone else's moral dilemma, not yours.
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    WORCESTER ,MA – Boy Scout Troop 54, founded in 1915, has the distinction of being one of the oldest continuous troops in the United States. But, it may also hold claim to another remarkable accomplishment. This weekend the troop based out of Epworth United Methodist Church at 64 Salisbury St. is embarking on a campout marking the 120th consecutive month of at least one overnight campout. While camping is somewhat synonymous with scouting, ten consecutive years of monthly campouts is a rare feat. Scoutmaster Joshua Froimson said there are no statistics kept on scouting camping trips. The most that Boy Scouts of America asks is if a troop goes camping at least 10 times a year. For that, a troop receives a Journey to Excellence Gold award. But, he has scoured the internet and has not found any troop in the country that has camped out as often and as long as Troop 54. ... Mr. Froimson said probably one of the key things scouts learn from camping is to plan and lead. “Especially going on a backpacking trip, there’s no opportunity to go to a store and pick up things you forgot. You have to learn to think through everything you will be doing and picture all the things you need to do them,” he explained. “That’s something you need to do in life as well.” More at source link. If there is a Mrs. Froimson, her opinion was not reported. https://www.telegram.com/news/20181129/boy-scout-troop-54-heading-to-connecticut-this-weekend-may-hold-campout-record
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    Because when I was a kid, I couldn't wait to get a spoonful of crushed condensed tomatoes! Almost as exciting as helping dad open cans of motor oil.
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