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  1. Found this elsewhere. National is consolidating resources. That said, I’m not sure the US Scouting Service Project will be obsolete any time soon... https://troopresources.scouting.org/
  2. Scouters, for your reading and compliance. Here’s the online version. Here’s the link to the downloadable version.
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    He Struck Again

    If your child(ren) is(are) in this pack, time to find a new one.
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    Troop Trailer Stolen

    Once again, a unit troop trailer was stolen from the Chartered Partner’s parking lot. It’s from a unit I know, so it really sucks Friends, if you’re an IH, COR, or CC, you’ve some work to do... Annually, empty out the trailer and do a physical, photographic inventory. Document your inventory on some form of spreadsheet. Tents, camp stoves, gas bottles all add up quick. Put the trailer/contents on the Chartered partner’s property/casualty policy, or obtain one WHY ALL THIS? BE PREPARED. Get and use a hitch lock. Through your local police, get and use a tire “boot”. Deep etch on the frame and walls unit and Chartered partner info Make your trailer not worth the time to steal. may it never happen to you
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    Military Explorers sponsored by BSA Learning for Life?

    Well, let’s drop the dime and see what happens. Ping @RichardBourleon.
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    Boy Scout Handbook banned in prison

    How to learn to escape. It makes sense.
  7. My gut tells me that either has or is about to change.
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    @Jlplemon, welcome as well. There’s a professional at Council who is the OA staff adviser. Talk to him. 🙂
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    Youth Protection - Parent Unwelcome

    Moderator Note, Scouter is not a forum for legal advice. This matter belongs in the hands of the parent, the CM, the COR, and the Scout Executive of the Council concerned. While we review this topic, it’s locked. We will let you know if we unlock it.
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    So it Begins: Great Salt Lake Council lays off 21 employees

    one Thing the story doesn’t tell us is how many are professional service, and how many are admin employees.
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    Beginning of wolf year but only 2nd year for son

    I would look at other Packs in the area. I’d also take an objective look at the Den he’s in. How many youth? How many adult leaders? Is there a Scouts BSA Den Chief? Is he being used as a big brother or sister the littles look up to and want to emulate? Cub Scouting IS herding kiddos, but the leaders need to be doing said herding.
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    Personal Fitness merit badge question

    It’s absolutely true. I took a group of youth who needed citizenship in the nation through it in my sons troop. I would not do the counseling for record, but I made damn sure he knew the answers. He uses it even now, in political debate, as a starting point. It’s amazing what understanding our Constitution does to shut a blowhard know nothing up.
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    Beginning of wolf year but only 2nd year for son

    @Johnapollo138, welcome to Scouter. Need more information, please. Does this pack meet at your church, at your school, or someplace else? What is the age group? My guess is Wolf or Bear... The program goal of cub scouting is “keep it simple, make it fun.” If it’s not fun for him, then Matt above has a very valid option. I await your responses 🙂
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    Personal Fitness merit badge question

    Why are you counseling your own son? You KNOW he knows every button of yours to push. Merit badges are a tool of the ADULT ASSOCIATION METHOD. Let someone else counsel him. Now, as to his fitness plan... have him do 5 sets of 10 x 100 yard sprints, 3 times a week. That the distance from shallow left field to the wall.
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    Advice for a new wood badger

    @Scoutmom1989 Welcome to Scouter. If you’ve had leadership psych or management in college or the workplace, this will be a rewview. Regardless relax and enjoy!
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    Moderator Note As @Beavah reminded us often, BSA is not known for its consistency in products. Noted: The prohibition on dodgeball by youth members is inconsistent with what several councils, not to mention other parts of the scouting dot org domain, say and do. lets move along...
  17. @Scouter4Family, welcome
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    BSA designates Philmont as a "No Adventure Base"

    @WAKWIB Don’t get me started about the excrement HRB Reservation serves for “food”.
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    Hiking trail patches (multi parts)

    Welcome, @dcb Mod note...moving this to the patch trading/collecting forum.
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    BSA designates Philmont as a "No Adventure Base"

    They’re still gonna eat Philmont food ... just sayin’
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    GPS usage may cause dementia

    But they don’t anymore.
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    GPS usage may cause dementia

    Yes, I use Waze. I also use Google maps. I like having a mental map, and details. My wife and I were in Eastern Indiana this summer, on one of the Interstates. Waze diverted us onto two lane. Turns out there was a major wreck, and we’d have been stuck for some time.
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    Back to Scouting

    @Nemo, first, welcome. With your skills, I’d recommend two areas as you get back into the program: Merit Badge Counselor and summer camp lodge director. Id start by taking training online. Youth protection is absolutely vital these days. Enjoy.
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    BSA designates Philmont as a "No Adventure Base"

    Mr Bourleon, considering you probably stayed in the Villa itself, that’s a good thing. People need to understand PTC tents were always the large version... 11x14, with power and a GI metal rack with a decent mattress. Adding a front porch isn’t that much...
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    Campout planning...who does it?

    Having been a COR and a CC, I want you to be both the resource person and a bit of appetite suppressant for the youth. Help your SPL have options for camping weekends. At the same time, help SPL understand limits, before the planning meeting...it fails common sense to drive 150 miles on a Friday night in Michigan in November. Finally, BSA has its annual program monthly themes. I’ve linked the program planning guide from the WD Boyce Council, which has them for Cubs (think den chiefs) and Scouts... http://www.wdboyce.org/document/program-guide/181492