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  1. 3 points
    Most of the units in my Service area are not asking the parents to fork over the extra $27 and instead dipping into their unit funds to supplements the costs.. I actually don't think we will lose a lot of youth over it. Adults yes, but youth no. Now, what I really see it having a bad effect on is brand new Scouts. When you start a new unit in the fall, you do what called a "long-charter". That means you pay for the rest of your current year AND the next year. So if I wanted to start a new unit in September, I would be asking a brand new scout to fork over $75 just for registration! Never mind the uniform and handbook. So basically starting new Packs will be more impossible than it already was.
  2. 3 points
    I went to Roundtable tonight so I was able to speak to people in person. Always better than email of FB Messenger. This is my third year, but I have made enough of an impact that District level people know who I am. I talked to the District Membership Chair tonight and she really encouraged me to reconsider. I think all I have to do is ask and I will have a Unit Commission at my beck and call to help out. We also have people on our Committee that have been involved locally in Scouting for a long time. One really wants me to reconsider because she thinks that unlike many, I do have the heart to be a good leader. I am supposed to have a Den Leader Meeting after Den Meetings this week to go over Scoutbook and things. I am thinking it might be a better use of time to set expectations and explain what I need to happen. I can't have DLs not showing up at all or letting me know an hour before meetings that they are not going to make it because its their birthday.
  3. 2 points
    Kudos to my council - Northern Star ... centered in Mpls / St. Paul, MN. I listened to a presentation last night about pending district changes and re-aligning how the council / districts serve units. Re-engineering to serve units first. Re-aligning districts. Though few precise details were given, the right words were said and the presentation was very good. The timing was right to ease into a significant change. The right change processes seem to be happening. ... I trust the delivered changes will rise to the level suggested in the presentation. I'm proud to be in the council. I've always been extremely impressed with the council leadership and staff. My family and I are very lucky to be in such a great council.
  4. 2 points
    Some clarifications and easing of the rules above. I thought this contest would be a fun diversion, but it seems more like the campout where only 3 or 4 scouts sign up. ~ RS
  5. 1 point
    I'll be very sad if it's the end of meritbadge.org. I very much enjoyed using the Wiki interface to look for scouting information.
  6. 1 point
    I own only one council patch of which I am not or was not a member.
  7. 1 point
    I have often heard good things about the Northern Star Council. Several years ago a couple of districts in that council set the gold standard for Unit Commissioners Corps. I've been told over the years to look at Northern Star Council for good examples of several projects I was on. I will be interested in hearing what they do with this re-engineering. Barry
  8. 1 point
    My first thought as a fan of both Fred MacMurray and Kurt Russell was "Follow Me Boys!"; but it would now be "Follow Me Scouts!".
  9. 1 point
    I don't know, mine is the best one and nobody voted for it. Maybe everyone misunderstood the instructions.
  10. 1 point
    That's how it's done in my current Council and in the Council I was in before. At least in the previous council the round patch placed on the right pocket was a District patch which you could argue had some value by itself (the segments being a different matter). But in my council it's just a 2nd council patch, which is, if nothing else, redundant. If you buy a shirt with patches pre-sewn at the local Council office, they even include this extra council patch. I don't like it. I grudgingly complied with it on my daughter's blue uniform, but now that she's in tan, nope. My older kids did it and I always thought it looked tacky. I'm far from uniform police, but this is so far away from a neat and tidy look that I just boycott it.
  11. 1 point
    OK, I found this in the Troop Committee Challenge instructor guide / syllabus. The duties and responsibilities should also be available in the Troop Committee Guidebook.
  12. 1 point
    No way. SM works with scouts! This is backoffice for sure CC is wrong.
  13. 1 point
    Agreed. I think the fee increase will have an effect on those currently in scouts. We will, no doubt, lose some. I think it will have a much larger effect on recruiting new scouts into the program. A lot of the people in the program are already "sold" on scouts. Retaining them might be a challenge. Recruiting new people, who aren't yet "sold" on the program might be much more difficult.
  14. 1 point
    Scouters.com - Uniting Scouters Worldwide
  15. 1 point
    Those are patches & segments from Tomahawk Scout Reservation. Our troop promotes the segments for our boys - it gets them out of the campsite & trying things that they might not do without the opportunity of earning a segment (like the 5k rootbeer run). It's also a bit of bragging rights too - there's some very competitive scouts that try for the highest total each year. Now how they wear the segments...that's a different matter. The majority of our boys wear them as pictured in the OP - the middle patch is their first year at Tomahawk, surrounded by all the segments they've earned so far. I've seen quite a few from other Tomahawk troops that wear them on the back of their MB sash. It definitely clutters up the shirt, but it's also been a great jump off point for conversations when meeting scouts from other troops.
  16. 1 point
    Interesting article. I followed the links in there to the FAQ and the Fund Raising Application. There, I had to pause at guideline #5... 5. If a commercial product is to be sold, will it be sold on its own merits and without reference to the needs of Scouting? All commercial products must sell on their own merits, not the benefit received by the Boy Scouts. The principle of value received is critical in choosing what to sell. Soooooo, you're telling me that popcorn is actually *WORTH* the ridiculously inflated prices shown in the Trails End catalog? If it weren't for the promised "benefit to the Boy Scouts", would ANYBODY ever buy so much as a kernel of the stuff? Sign me, Skeptical
  17. 0 points
    Well, if you want more suggestions. Take the "liked" slogans, put them in a poll, and invite everyone to vote on their favorite. Then you'll get hundreds of comments with alternate suggestions.
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