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    Eagle Scout Bill Gates Sr. passes at age 94. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/william-gates-sr-a-guiding-hand-of-bill-and-melinda-gates-foundation-dies-at-94/2020/09/15/4715b8c8-9456-11ea-91d7-cf4423d47683_story.html https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/obituaries/bill-gates-sr-civic-figure-and-father-of-microsoft-co-founder-dies-at-94/ Scout salute and farewell,
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    I do have to say here that the crudely phrased "Seat for sale" concept is going to be true in just about any non-profit Board of Directors. Not so much because someone willing to donate 10k or 20k is really that big a value to the organization, but because anyone able and willing to cough up that much money will probably know plenty of other people who can also cough up that much money. Most Boards of Directors will have a certain number of seats that can be used for members that may not be "workers" but who provide special access or connections the organization finds valuable.
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    ...Adrian’s kits are full of materials that are described as anxiety and autism comfort items, and as a part of his eagle badge requirements, Adrian supplied the kit to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department to use as a tool when they are responding to calls that involve autistic people or people in extreme anxiety. The kit contains headphones, sensory balls, fidget spinners, pipe cleaners, stretchy men and flavored tongue depressors, which are Adrian’s favorite. These kits are now carried by 42 medic units in Fairfax County, and when they are working with an individual with autism or calls involving mental health crises, the kit might be just the thing they need to help induce calm while the rescue workers tend to the task at hand. More details of this great Scout story at sources: https://ffxfirerescue.wordpress.com/2020/08/07/local-scout-creates-anxiety-and-autism-care-kits-for-fcfrd-medic-units/ http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2020/aug/13/emergencies-autistic-people-now-have-adrians-resou/ Outstanding, Scout Salute
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    The current (meaning last fiscal year) can usually be found online. No need to poke the bear While 990s are due May 15 of the following year (e.g. 2019 was due May 15, 2020) almost every not-profit, including Councils, I know takes advantage of the automatic (on request) 6 month deferral until November 15. The real challenge is when you ask for financial statements. 990s tell you broad categories. Asking where particular funds went/are going is a whole other matter. Asking for THAT gets you the scout executive and/or boards ire.
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    It strikes me that what you are building is more of a wikihow kind of site than a search engine like google. A Scout wants to work on a badge, you'll have all the resources there and put together to enable the Scout to go through the process. I see this as essentially just a modern interpretation of the Scout handbook and merit badge guides. If someone in their 20's or 30's sat down from scratch to build Scouting, it is unlikely that they would write a 100+ merit badge guides. Instead, they'd put them all online and have videos and more interactive content. It just happened to be that when they invented Scouting, a small book make the most sense. Today it doesn't. That's not to say there isn't value in those resources - there is. But, it's not the most obvious format for those materials today in 2020. Just like a merit badge pamphlet could replace a counselor, so too could this. But, it really doesn't have to. The counselor needs to provide more value to the Scout than being just a teller of facts.
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    Keep in mind, tax exemption for IRS purposes covers a broad array of activities that do not have to be 100% what we think of as charities. For example, Boy Scouts of America as an organization chartered by Congress would qualify for tax exempt status as a 501(c)(1) even if 501(c)(3) was repealed tomorrow while the local councils are 501(c)(3). Want to complain that 501(c)(3) is too broad and covers too much? Take that up with Congress, not the BSA.
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    Welcome to Scout camp! Well...most of them... I have said it before...DuctTape for National Commissioner!!! This is how it is supposed to be...a Scout reads the requirements and begins working on fulfilling them. When ready (and after a leader consult) , the Scout works with the Counselor to find a way to meet them. The Counselor can help fill in any knowledge gaps or skill deficiencies, or connects the Scout to other resources to learn. This process iterates until all requirements are complete... See above...
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    Any council that did approve a merger with another council that hadn't gone through bankruptcy first would be exhibiting a practically criminal level of fiscal irresponsibility and negligence.
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    My main concern is that it seems (and I could be misunderstanding your vision) is that the app is an attempt to be a digital mB counselor. My concern is that scouts is already too hyperfocused on advancement to the point it has become the de facto aim in many places. The app, as I see it, would make the problem worse by decreasing time spent with a mB counselor denying the scout the opportunity to grow via the adult association method. With any idea presented in scouts I ask myself "Will this help or hinder us in achieving the aims of scouting?"
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