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  1. Mayor Give Pack Awards?

    Yes, involve the Mayor ! I assume those who object is not involve any political position. If not an award presentation, maybe leading the Cub Scout Promise in the opening ?
  2. Who discussed BSA branding at Hong Kong conference?

    Probably nil BSA products sold outside the USA. Assuming main buyers are BSA members buying patches and T Shirts, $75 mil from 2 mill people seems reasonable. Reading the magazine article footnote, the revenues may be self reported. Not much representation on the list from Asian companies. Many companies probably will not disclose such proprietary info. Thus the list is not "global" and not all encompassing. Many organizations are self promoting themselves to attract licensees, like the BSA... http://www.licensingbsa.org/ I hope the BSA has a stringent review process of the product & manufacturer to maintain a high quality image and we'll not find BSA logos on products at the $1 store or a product safety recall!
  3. Who discussed BSA branding at Hong Kong conference?

    WHY? “…trademark licensing program has grown from $6 million dollars in retail licensed product sales annually at the end of 2006 to more than $75 million dollars in retail licensed product sales annually at the end of 2016…” WHO? Mr Greg Winters, Manager, Licensing Programs, Boy Scouts of America http://www.hktdc.com/ncs/alc2018/en/s/Speakers.html According to a trade magazine http://images2.advanstar.com/PixelMags/license-global/digitaledition/05-2016-top150.html#46 the BSA is # 150 of the Top Global Licensors. Bigger than I would have guessed! Girl Scouts were # 104. That's a lot of cookies and pinewood derby cars. As a revenue source licensing make sense for the BSA and if I was in charge I would do it. But... on the bigger issue of BSA as a franchise and public image (brand), the BSA has not done well. At least in my Council the number of Organizations interested in chartering a Scout Unit continues to decline. The BSA is a tough "sell" and assigning your newest entry level person, the District Executive, as your "sales rep" has not worked well.
  4. District meetings - what's the point?

    What's the point? Alas, too often for too many the point is to have a meeting. The Roundtable point should be additional training with camaraderie, but my experience: o Agenda is usually nothing of value worth the trip and time to attend. o Roundtable Commissioner lacking the skill or drive to make it worthwhile. o District leaders do not appreciate that for many dedicating another evening a month for Scouting is not easily or willingly done. Thus when the Unit Scouter does give the Roundtable a try... if not a good event (program, location, day of week, camaraderie, food, whatever)... it’s difficult getting them to come again. When I was a District Commissioner... The Commissioner staff scheduled (4) four well-planned Roundtables per year. The same Unit Leaders were also invited to awards dinner, camping promo, recruiting events, etc. It didn't turn out well... the District Executive (DE) scheduled monthly Roundtables. Since there was no agenda attendees were unlikely to come back. The "silver lining" is that the DE did not give the Friend of Scouting or Popcorn pitch. What I suggest: Rather than the onus on the Cubmaster, try getting other Pack Leaders to take turns attending the Roundtables. Request your District distribute Roundtable “minutes” or newsletter with the info for those who could not attend.
  5. Does your Troop have dues?

    I've been with a few Troops... Dues determined by adults and collected by Treasurer every September to cover annual registration (due to Council in Feb-Mar), awards, leadership patches etcetera. The costs of common equipment (tents, pots, etc), "subsidizing" for all the cost of far away trips, financial aid for some boys, et al, was funded by fundraising and/or Chartered Organization budget. Boys' Life subscription varied by Troop... (a) required of all and included in dues, (b) only for younger boys or © optional for each Scout with addition dues payment. Adults in Troops with a few ASMs & Committee members did not pay their own registration. Adults in Troops with many adults paid their registration fee. One Troop added the cost of Troop T shirt to dues. Others do not want the hassle of maintaining inventory. Some Troops attempted weekly/monthly dues collected by Patrol and/or the Scribe keeping dues records... never worked! Fund raising decisions had at least youth input & buy-in from the youth and ideally final decision making since they are the ones selling product, washing a car or making a spaghetti/pancake breakfast. All avoided candy or popcorn sales where product had to be pre-bought and no return of un-sold product. Christmas trees were very profitable high margin, fun, profitable and lots of work for adults. Once had concert performed by professional parents with their own "following" which was easy money.
  6. Creating a Wood Badge troop scholarship

    Do you really want to decide who receives the scholarship, especially if more then one person is interested? Potential for misunderstanding and hard feelings? You indicated funding one a year for ten years, alternatively consider funding all who want to attend in the next year or so and see how it goes. Unlikely you'll be swamped. Better chance of people attending if they go with someone. Your check should be made payable to Council Wood Badge account, Chartered Organization, Troop... minimize notion of charity to the individual. Your offer is commendable, especially if there are some in your Unit who could use the help but are hesitant to submit a Council financial aid application.
  7. Boy Dens - Girl Dens

    I've always wondered roughly what percent of Cub Scouts actually meet in Dens SEPERATLY and then attend a monthly Pack meeting. In my urban District there are no truely seperate Den meetings. All meet weekly as a Pack. The 2 or 3 bigger, better Packs at least have Dens go to a different room or corner of a room for part of the meeting. Reason I ponder this now... In my District any CO registering girls will most likely not have SEPERATE girl or boy dens. Similar to Packs who do not have enough youth or adults for seperate Bear and Wolf Dens.
  8. Council Records Screw ups

    My Council has had issues for as long as I can remember over 30 years thru different Professional staff, Advancement chairs, systems, etc. In the era of the paper Advancement Reports, the problems included illegible hand writing and matching names on the Report with names in the membership roster due to name variation, lapsed registration, etc. At various times they were not input by anyone. Reports not getting from National Scout Shop to Council office. Same problems wether volunteer or office staff doing the entry. Seems often the task might not have had Scout Executive's backing to improve. Currently reporting only on-line by the Unit which makes sense to me, but as a District Commissioner I quickly learned the Units who didn't submit paper don't update their on-line records. Only time it mattered was when an Eagle candidate from a lax Troop submitted his application. Suggestions I tried to no avail (as expected) to push up the Council - Region - National chain to ease record keeping was first (minor) eliminate Merit Badge reporting & second (major) eliminate all reporting and rely on the annual rechartering membership update to monitor the advancement method of Scouting. Side note... One similarity between some bosses at my job and some BSA professional or volunteer leaders... if a report is printed out from the computer system it's assumed to be accurate, despite advise that the info is far from 100% accuracy.
  9. Asking an SPL to Resign?

    Your SPL son is doing the right thing. He's working with the ASPL. As a practical matter, it's Sep 3, the event(s) are Sep 16-17 and his term ends at the end of Sep... Any election advanced with nil notice to the Scouts before Sep 16 is a farce. And wat are the prospect of new SPL doing a decent job with a week's notice compared to ASPL? In summary, SM is an ass. If not already done... your SPL son should get the Patrol Leaders to decide and announce date of upcoming election so potential SPL candidates are aware.
  10. Advice for disrespectful cub scouts

    Yelling... Not good. If you have to yell, you've lost control, you're setting a poor example. Ask a new first year teacher and an experienced one about yelling. I find it "telling" there is no mention of the Webelos Den Leader in the original post, ie lack of leadership. Do the Webelois have a good program to keep them busy, ie "idle hands..."? Re the one boy in particular being trouble, different Scout leaders have their own limits with how much to put up with... but if you going to suspend or expel, do it now at the start of Scouting/School year.
  11. Youth Protection Training Not Done

    Re: "...Den Leaders this year who have stated they have not taken YPT..." ScoutMom My Council will not register Leaders who have not completed YPT. Some Councils may register with a grace period of future YPT completion. Some units may not complete and submit Leader applications to the Council. I'm guessing your Den Leaders are not registered with the BSA.... so I'll add one more suggestion: Communicate your concern to the Pack Leader about Den Leaders not registered with YPT. A lack of protection for all... youth, adult, and chartered organization, including no background checks. For the adults... The BSA General Liability Insurance provides primary coverage for registered Leaders, but for unregistered voluntees its excess over other insurance the volunteer may have. Thank you for your interest in making the Pack's program better. As with any organization... you work with who and what you got. but YPT & registration can be achieved with some patience and prodding.
  12. Charter location question

    There may be applicable clauses in the Council(s) Charter & By-Laws. but as a practical matter... (a) Troop Committee and CO pick the preferred Council to register with. (b) IH, COR and/or you (SM) meet with the DE, and © sign papers and and pay whatever is due. If the Scout Professional is new, he/she will probably have to ask the boss. I assume you want to stay with current Council, the services they provide and keep existing Troop #. If the Council of the new CO location is not far away, at least investigate if this Council has better benefits .. camperships, activities, etc. It's all possible in the Scouting computer system... I'm familiar with a Unit whose CO is within Council A territory, registration is with Council B and meeting place is in Council C.
  13. Youth Protection Training Not Done

    (1) Council is probably not concerned because BSA does not require parents who are not Leaders to complete YPT. The BSA Council will confirm YPT of new Leaders and the Leaders registered annually when the Pack re-charters with the BSA. Some units ask parents to take YPT to familiarize them with BSA policy and especially when adults who are not BSA registered and are helping out with tasks such as driving to day camp... (2) If I recall correctly... Generally two deep adult leadership does not apply to a car ride. No one on one contact applies. Two deep applies to the trip, ie day camp. Lack of seatbelts is a no-no...!! good sense, safe Scouting, State law.... et al. !! I would speak with the Pack Leader about it before I let anyone in my care get in a car associated with the Pack and ask about the Pack's plan for a Time To Tell meeting... a youth protection video that Scouts should view annually.
  14. How to motivate the scouts to fundraise

    If I understand correctly... selling is done individually. It's likley turnout woud be better if fundraising is a group activiity. XMAS trees, car wash, pancake breakfast, spagetti dinner etc. More fun, teamwork, leadership opportunity for PL, SPL, Scribe...etc.
  15. Veteran Unit

    Agree with Eagle94, with caveat that it's been same CO.