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  1. Wëlënakwsu

    Your problems with JTE

    From my Troop and District experience: JTE achieves nil and little interest from good and not-so-good units. Issues include: More paperwork (example - Unit JTE Guidebooks alone are 27-34 pages long), Too complicated (example - many cannot calculate Retention, Confusion (between calendar year and charter year reporting period) and it’s assumed earning a JTE patch is an incentive… for most it’s not. In particular (and my pet peeve): Council already has much of the information, such as Membership Building, Retention, Advancement, Leadership and Training and Long-term camping that could be provided to the Unit. What I’ve done in a District role and I suggest to others: Once a year mail a short letter to Unit Leader (CM, SM, etc), CC and COR reporting their JTE metrics known to the District & Council. If they are so inclined, they can continue the JTE process. For those who do not pursue: the Commissioner/District staff does “triage” and helps those they can… not to fill out JTE forms, but to improve the unit planning, membership, program, etc.
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    Scouts BSA Up 1.2% Youth Members, up 7.1% Units

    'Base "performance' on numbers, and someone will cheat.' I Agree. One example... When I was a District Commissioner I had a ongoing disagreement with some professionals about "quality" versus "quantity". I considered it an achievement when the Scout Executive agreed not to re-charter some Ships and Troops that added membership, but were really military cadet groups. Membership numbers are not an absolute criteria for performance, but is an indicator. Membership changes due to many factors, including the performance of the CO and their adults offering a quality program.
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    Scouts BSA Up 1.2% Youth Members, up 7.1% Units

    From Annual Reports on BSA web site: Basis trend of above... My estimate, really hope, is that after further LDS subtraction of about 15-25% male membership in Cubs and Scouts BSA is nearing its' "plateau" of boy membership. I am aware of nothing that may increase boy membership significantly. This includes USA population growth because Census data projects nil increase of 10-14 year old males during 2016-2020-2025. https://www.census.gov/data/tables/2017/demo/popproj/2017-summary-tables.html (FYI... Census reports 31,751,000 male population between 5 & 19 years old for 2016.) Increase due to girls in Cubs and Scouts BSA...??? Need more info for prediction which I cannot find on the internet. Can anyone provide current & detailed membership data and market research for girl membership?
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    Committee voting

    Do not involve a Committee vote on tent selection, leave it up to those sleeping in them. The Eureka Timberline 4 person is probably the Scout standard and a good choice. I would set the budget max at the cost of a Timberline. For flexibility of sleeping arrangements and avaialble tenting space, I've found that a 4 person is better then 2 person tent. Campmor is great and they advertise a less expensive Mountainsmith Bear Creek 4 Tent. Involve your Troop Quartermaster more and FYI... I've found that putting an inexpensive plastic ground sheet under the tent helps save the floor.
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    Troop Trailer Stolen

    I assume thiefs would steal a trailer regardless of the markings. I also assume the Scouts take pride in seeing their Troop # emblazoned and create fond memories. Thus I'd vote to keep the trailer marked and perhaps greater chance of being recovered. Most trailer thefts are probably for the contents and not the trailer. Thus thiefs probably don't know what's in a Scout trailer... items with nil re-sale value - except maybe scrap metal! PS: I've always been associated with Troops where equipment kept in a CO room or closet and transported to camp in Scouts' packs.
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    Before changing, "Double check" regarding unit number color... The Troop might be doing their "own thing". Red was the color for Boy Scout Troops years ago.
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    To be 100%... Are you with a Cub Pack or Scouts BSA Troop? If Cub Scouts, you should replace Troop Committee insignia with Pack Committee position insignia on left sleeve. If you are a Scouts BSA Troop Committee, then green shoulder loops and tan background unit number. (Rather then red background unit number and what seems to be blue shoulder loops which are the Cub colors.) https://www.scouting.org/resources/insignia-guide/
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    Roundtable Scouter Training Award?

    Near as I can tell... I would say: Yes, it's still listed: https://www.scouting.org/resources/forms/ If your District Training Chairman will sign the Progress Record , you're good to go!
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    Interesting observation - rank advancement

    Regarding questions about a new Scout having Life rank less then a month after joining Scouts BSA, a Scout Executive explains it in the Tweet as "... progress from a foreign Scouting association is... applied to BSA requirements..." (For Ms Ireland I'd be curious if she meets the stipulation that "Youth from other countries who temporarily reside in the United States, or have moved here,..." Regarding other comments about lax application of advancement requirements for girls... After holding Unit, District and Council positions I've learned that lax application of Rank and Merit Badge requirements in my District is common. Alas, the BSA Councils and Districts have never done very good quality control with their franchisee, the Unit.
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    My new Scout's going to camp but freaking out

    Attending summer camp as the first trip for most new Scouts is daunting... news boys, away from home, etc. There is a good chance that if he attends some weekend trips between now and summer, he will be more inclined to attend summer camp. Except in cases where special supervision or support is required, parents should not be attending trips. The situation here does not seem very special, but as others commented... input from the counselor and/or Scoutmaster should be helpful.
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    After tomorrow I am hoping all the hype dies down

    If the girls are meeting, hiking, camping, etcetera separately from the boys... then yes the CO does not have to solicit the approval of others. But... if I was recruiting girls, I would tell existing parents more then 1/2 month ahead of time to help advertise a new Troop. I assume thou... the girls are meeting jointly and will be going on outings with the boys, in which case most definitely the boys and parents should have been given more then 1/2 month notice. A situation where someone signs up for a single sex program and with nil notice it goes coed - is simply wrong. Whether you are for or against co-ed Troops, I think most would agree the situation described was handled poorly. If I was the parent, next time I saw someone of authority in the unit I would mention that more notice should have been given and perhaps - briefly - my view, pro or con. (Some people are clueless unless you tell them). It's now up to the parent(s) and son(s) to stay or go.
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    Just got 1 girl

    Currently Pack does not have enough girls & women to offer girls a Cub program, no hint of near term improvement and assuming Momleader cannot attend all the Bear meetings … as Cubmaster Pete suggested: Let the girl attend Lion meetings with Dad and do a few Bear adventures. (Especially if childcare for the girl is an issue for Dad during Lion meeting time!) In June the girl will be Webelos age and between now and next September the Pack will have to decide if they can offer 4th and 5th grade girls a quality Cub Scout program. PS: I do not know if there is a National rule, but Councils require a Pack to have at least five or so Cub age girls. If you’re not sure, you may want to confirm if she is indeed registered.
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    Juvenile Offenses and Ethics

    Another $0.02... The Scout should have a Scoutmaster Conference. I think the Guide to Advancement says so and perhaps in some small way a Conference might help his problems. It's a separate issue if you do not sign the Eagle Scout Rank Application Unit Leader approval. If it was me, I think I would tell the Scout during the Conference my position on approving his Application.
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    Starting a Crew out of a Troop - Need advice

    Basis first hand experience... Crew meeting at same time/place as Troop with joint open/close and as-needed resource is no different than a "high adventure patrol", only with more bureaucracy of a separate Committee. This is especially true since you mention possibly requiring older Scouts to join the Crew combined with concern about boys leaving the Troop for the Crew. Consider also future issues if a co-ed Crew meets together with all boy Troop. Regarding older boys leaving the Troop for the Crew... This may not be a major concern or Troop active membership loss since you're trying to keep older boys whose Troop involvement is waning involved in Scouting. Generally... if the Venturing program is better for them... they should leave. One possible option: Perhaps Crews do not have to meet weekly and thus with a lesser time commitment, perhaps some boys could maintain Crew and Troop involvement. I assume CO would be same for both Crew and Troop. If so... strongly suggest COR be the same for Crew and Troop. Do it right ie separate meetings and do not require older Scouts to enroll. Venturing Crews are more independent of their adult advisors than Boy Scouts... start now involving the older Scouts in what they want. PS: If the Crew and Troop does meet together, a major benefit I've seen is a way to keep 18-20 year olds registered as youth members.
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    I HATE the new YPT rules

    Tiger DL attending Camp-O-Ree… isn’t this up to the Troop or District? New female Webelos not attending Camp-O-Ree… it’s for the better. A Webelos age girl joins Pack with no other Webelos girls is put in co-ed Den with no female Leader. New girl is then invited to attend a Camp-O-Ree occurring a few weeks later under the auspices by a boy’s Troop that has no female Leader that goes camping. In my summary… while well intentioned , inviting her was a mistake. It does not work starting a new Den or Troop with only one potential Scout. Two woman leaders are acceptable for boys, but two men are not for girls… if I could rule by edict… I’d require two adults, one of which must be male for boy Dens and Troops! In 2014 Scouting Magazine cited 41% of American children being raised by single mothers and Scouting’s value of male role models.