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  1. Congratulations! Finishing your ticket is really only the beginning.
  2. It won't change it much. AQ will probably be a little more disorganized than usual for a little while, but someone will rise to the surface to take on the the role of serpent head again.(This message has been edited by jhankins)
  3. I think I saw the Jambo fee posted at $900, not too bad. Our council tour fees and airline costs jack it up to $3500, though.
  4. Trainer's Edge is now every 3 years. Can you feel the excitement?!
  5. Many of the parks are making a rule for packing in and packing out everything, including excrement. Burning may be an alternative, but what about no burning in an area, too?
  6. I took a gander through the reproduction 1911 Scout Handbook (an excellent Christmas gift), and there are companies still alive today who advertised in the handbook. Their products were offered at a reduced price for Scouts, and they helped pay for advertising. I'd love to see corporate sponsorship again.
  7. It very well could be the money doesn't go into the big pot, but rather a designated pot. For instance, the professional pension fund is rumored to be funded from National Supply profits.
  8. I really hope the money does go to helping ease registration costs. That's now what I was told before.(This message has been edited by jhankins)
  9. It's tied to the approved Rules and Regulations of the BSA, Article VIII, Section 3: Clause 1: All individuals in unit leadership positions (including Lone Cub Scout and Boy Scout friend and counselors) shall be issued commissions by the Boy Scouts of America Clause 3: Commissioned officials must be at least 21 years of age, with the exception of the individuals at least 18 years of age who may be commissioned as assistant unit leaders. (Associate Venturing Advisors must be 21 years of age.) I'm not sure why it's written that way, but Eagle makes a good point, but it could very
  10. Just have to say a big "Congratulations" to the boys and members of Cahuilla Lodge #127, now the 7 time winners of the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award!
  11. I'd talk to your Field Director about it. I'm one of three or four registered in my council and I get called about once every six months to give a speech to a service club or church. The SE may or may not want you on the Bank list until after you're officially commissioned.
  12. Woah, I'm finding myself agreeing with Eamonn The work of the district certainly doesn't slow down over the summer, so I question the use of a DE during those summer months. It may save money in the short-term, but at what cost for that district? For the unit-serving executives, I would say camp service isn't in the best interest of all involved. For the program oriented professionals, I think it's another story entirely.
  13. I talked with a guy from National about the Trainer's EDGE requirement, and was told that the plans are to revise the syllabus every so often to keep new and interesting platform and presentation techniques on tap. We'll see!
  14. I didn't say volunteers should recognize their DEs and I'm not advocating for anything in this thread. I said if a volunteer chooses to nominate a volunteer who also happens to be a DE for their profession for an award that they feel that person deserves based upon volunteer service, and it's ratified by a volunteer committee, it's not anyone's place to say whether they should have received the award or not. I've met Scout Executives who proudly wear Tiger Cub Den Leader knots. I've met an ASE who proudly wears a DAM he received while also serving as a DE. I'm not saying it's right
  15. Please note I said the "five years" portion was flexible.
  16. I've seen units lose the church as a CO despite the Diocese committee on scouting and some units using Catholic owned properties lose the meeting places. It's not pretty, and unfortunate. See what can be done at the Diocese level, and then go from there. You can also approach the Knights of Columbus and see if they can help, either becoming a CO, or helping pay the funds.
  17. I'll present to a unit once. But I won't go present to a unit again, or to a unit that's already been hit up once. One of our local professionals insists on hitting units again and again to see if he can eek out a few more bucks toward the goal, and in my opinion, that's the wrong people to ask. We're in a county with 12%+ unemployment rate, and 70% free lunch in the schools. It's a rough crowd to ask for more and more money.
  18. Really, no one should seek those awards anyway, especially a DAM and SB. But if a volunteer sees fit to nominate someone, and the volunteer committee approves it, I say it goes to the DE.
  19. My favorite Owl Yell: "1...2...3... CRUNCH!" My favorite Bear Yell: They Sang Winnie the Pooh. My favorite Bobwhite Yell: We feed the forest!
  20. Welcome home! I'm sure your second weekend will be even better. I don't have any patrol yell ideas for beavers, but there are beaver seat cushions that you can wear that can facilitate the "talk to the tail" yell
  21. The DAM says right on it that it's based on volunteer service, but the SB does state that you have to be out of the profession five years to get it. Our Scout Executive told me, though, that even that is flexible based on the national court of honor's decision.
  22. Something I'm asking participants to do this year is to at their units' scorecards for the JTE and see if that sparks any ideas for a ticket item. If someone is looking for something to improve, it's a good place to start. Not everyone will find something that way, but it gets the proverbial wheels turning.
  23. I've seen this many times before. Don't put the cart before the horse. Wood Badge isn't just about the ticket, it's about defining a goal for yourself and your time in scouting. You're modeling something during your time finishing your ticket-- setting steps to complete a goal. The five items you select are things that will help you accomplish your vision. Attend Wood Badge as whatever position you see benefiting the boys the most, and then go from there. Your own personal vision can then be shaped based upon what you learn and experience during your Gilwell journey. Remem
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