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  1. The Counselor keeps it as part of his/her records for a period of years. (just like paid bills & taxes)
  2. We flip-flop every other year going in-council and out of council. This seems to work for us and keeps everyone happy.
  3. Our Troop washes only their towels and field uniform shirts (class A) at the mid-camp point.
  4. Board of Review Training - http://www.scouting.org/boyscouts/trainingmodules/board%20of%20review%20training.aspx How to Hold a Board of Review - - - - A board can expect a Scout to be neat in appearance and properly uniformed.
  5. That's easy! Horses don't even wear shirts so they have nothing to worry about, dead or not Actually my son went to NYLT and that paperwork said he needed to have a full week's supply of FULL BSA UNIFORM. It said (and I quote), "ONLY THE OFFICIAL UNIFORM - SHIRT and SHORTS or PANTS ARE ACCEPTABLE" That indicates to me that it's a policy of some kind. The Required items list says the same thing, must have short sleeve uniform shirts, at least 2 pairs of uniform shorts or pants, official belt and buckle, and Interestingly enough it does say he can have "plain or Scout related T-shirts" so he packed those too. I think whoever spurged this "policy" on you Diver66, was full of some very fat bologna!
  6. We have a pretty poor District - so poor that we underestimated on the number of folks that would show up to our District Banquet. The District Committee made reservations at a local joint that serves up BBQ and salads. Well they kept shoving more and more people into the dining room by the time everyone showed up we filled the room and then some. It was OVER filled..... and the guy that actually got the District Award of Merit didn't get a place to sit down and eat his dinner. His wife gave up her seat too - so others could sit. many people didn't get a dinner that night even though they paid for a plate. The waitresses couldn't even get inside the room to serve..... it ended up the guy that earned the DAOM helped out by calling out people's names from the waitress tickets.... it was crazy, and hot as heck in there, a room so stuffed that the A/C was pointless. But you could see WHY the guy who got the Dist. Award of Merit was nominated for that thing. Before he knew anything at all about the fact he was the recipient, he was giving up his seat so others could sit, he was helping the waitresses serve others their meals, he was exactly the kind of person you want to think about getting such an award. Like I said some people didn't even get to eat at all or were missing their salads, or whatever.... money makes a huge difference! I agree..... it seems sometimes like money is a focus point. Because if you don't have money you can sure tell! This guy that got the award clearly didn't pay his way into it, but I hope the District does a better job, and is a little more generous next year - and chooses a different place to have their banquet. Come to find out, the owner of the restaurant is a friend of someone on the District Committee... so obviously someone was scratching their back bringing them all that business like that!!! I have to wonder, why didn't any of that back-scratching make it to the hard-working folks that actually make that district what it is instead of all the hierarchy pork having a nice cushy seat up at the head table??? And yeah those guys all have knots and spiffy uniforms. Us guys down at the unit level are lucky if we can afford the 2 for 1 switchbacks on clearance! lol
  7. I personally think Fast Start is a waste of time if you are already going to do Position Specific training, New Leader Essentials AND Youth Protection, but that's my opinion. Luckily fast Start can be taken online at one's convenience.
  8. Oh man! It must have been contained immediately or at least wasn't too bad because there's just nothing about it at all in the news. I hope all is well.
  9. Joni4TA


    Spitting off buildings and high places.................. must be a testosterone fueled thing because I can honestly say I have never had the urge to spit anywhere
  10. Yep, he's real - while I do not know him personally, he is in my Council and the word about is that he's a real person, and even a SM lol (This message has been edited by Joni4TA)
  11. That's it! That is what I needed, thank you
  12. Thought provoking post, thank you.... as our community is on the brink of starting a new pack... this is the kind of thought process I need to be reading and thinking about.
  13. Add another ignorer to Trev's list... his excessive use of the word hello just really got my goat. I found it extremely antagonistic
  14. My son went to NYLT last week and I am glad; it seems like he has gotten something out of it, and he was well complimented by one of the adult volunteers at the camp. Apparently they have already interviewed him to be on the NYLT staff next year. He announced this to his Troop on Tuesday.. that he had "A LOT" of fun, and learned a few things as well as refreshed on some things. He seemed proud, a little different, more aware of how he represents himself in the group - all good things. I am glad he was recommended by his SM! Even though he whined and cried about how it was his first week out of school and he wanted to sleep in... he made his week at NYLT count and mean something, to him. I couldn't be a prouder parent
  15. My daughter #1 is a 2cnd year Brownie and I am the Brownie Leader. My other daughter #2 is going to be a 1st year Daisy this year (we early bird registered her). I waited several months back when #1 signed up to see if anyone else would be her troop leader. I didn't really want to do it because I have a lot on my plate. But basically I ended up finally stepping up in November when it was clear no one else was going to. We missed fall product sales and almost missed cookie sales because we didn't have a "formed troop." I am thinking rather than go through all that again with daughter #2, I would just convert my troop into a multi-level one, and have #2 join right in with my 2cnd year Brownies. Then I can run the Daisy and Brownie meetings concurrent rather than fall at the mercy of the scheduling of whoever may or may not step up to be the daisy leader. What are some of the challenges some of you others have faced with a multi-level Troop? Please tell me some pros and cons. thanks!
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