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    Scoutmasters as Merit Badge Counselors?

    What Scoutmaster other than a micromanaging egomaniac wants more stuff on his plate? A Scoutmaster’s duty is to his unit, his SPL, and his PLC. Unless he has a truly unique skill (he’s the only civil engineer in a rural district), let others do the counseling. You can find this philosophy throughout the Scoutmaster’s Handbook. Besides, just like parents, MB Counseling is as much about the Adult Association Method as it is about Advancement. Youth need a broad exposure to the ways of adults. We have seven years before some of them are out the door and on their own.
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    Vigil Nominee

    I defer to your Lodge and Section Adviser.
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    Vigil Nominee

    Leave it be. You don’t know how many others nominated him.
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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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    Advice for a Camp Health Officer?

  6. Saw this elsewhere, thought it worth sharing. https://apsari.com/these-glow-in-the-dark-ropes-are-a-must-have-for-camping-trips
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    Advice for a Camp Health Officer?

    Go buy a working supper for the Council Surgeon. Ask him for his/her guidance and advice. our Council requires an MD be the Reservation Surgeon at one of our properties, and a RN-NP or PA at the other, on property 24/7 when camp has paying campers on property.
  8. Remember the app specifies parental letters. As to why, in both cases divorce was involved. BITTER divorce.
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    Discussing LDS beliefs in relation to Scouting

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    Global Climate Change (AGW)

    We have infinite quantities of solar, geothermal, and wind sources. We should use more of them and less carbon based fuels. There are other uses for hydrocarbons.
  11. I’ve known a couple occasions where the Scout asked for and received copies of the recommendation from the people they asked. I’ve also known at least two occasions where a Scouts’ parent refused to write a letter.
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    BSA Mortgages Philmont Scout Ranch

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    BSA Mortgages Philmont Scout Ranch

    I went to the Colfax County Clerk’s website. There are filings between BSA and JP Morgan Chase in April of this year.
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    BSA Mortgages Philmont Scout Ranch

    First, thread title edited. second, my late Dad was a CPA. When he discovered businesses were borrowing for operating funds instead of capital growth, he’d get out of any positions he held in them forthwith. I pray the National Council does not need these funds for operating revenues. If they do, BSA is on some form of borrowed time.
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    Troop Trailer Stolen

    I have to wonder if in some cases, “survivalists” are availing themselves of equipment for the field...
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    Old Guys on Forum?

    Actually, Keith Kaiser of the Heart of America’s Council runs that amateur Station.
  17. Since Mizzou went to the SEC, I don’t the follow Big 8 12 anymore. Does OU suck this year?
  18. Bingo. This should have moved down Council pathways at least a month ahead.
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    Guide to Advancement #33088 2019 Edition

    Remember, 33088 is the policy book, not the requirements book.
  20. Worth reading, there were more than a few substantive changes beyond the “happy to glad” of Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA... https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf
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    Old Guys on Forum?

    I was here before I went to WB. I’m still here.
  22. I’m in my 60s, had 14 MB as I recall, and I know I’m a “Life for life “...aka, I was a Boy Scout. I have no need to “validate” my life by buying an Eagle. I have far more than one defining moment in my lifetime.
  23. 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/
  24. 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.