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  1. awanatech

    YPT required one year out to recharter?

    I just want to make sure that I understand... in one post, you mentioned that you flex your YPT muscle and would not hesitate to report someone for violating YPT. But then admit that you have slipped up and violated YPT at least twice. How would it have played out if someone else had seen you and decided to flex their YPT muscle and report you for these violations? I'm not saying that abuse is not real, nor am I trying to minimize it. However, I know that the consequences for a false accusation can be very real & long lasting. And yes, I also understand that the effects of abuse are real and long lasting. I just don't want to be too quick to ruin someone's life and reputation for something that never happened.
  2. awanatech

    YPT required one year out to recharter?

    Once that accusation has been made, the accused is generally considered to be guilty and will be treated as such. Whether there is any merit to the accusation or not. It may be determined that there is not enough evidence to warrant any criminal action, but the accused will always be branded as such. I have a close friend who was a high school teacher. A female student made a false accusation about him that cost him his career and almost his family. The student later acknowledged that she made up the whole story. There were no repercussions for her and his life was ruined. Many still feel like he must have done something to cause her to make up the story. Once that accusation has been made, or that report made, the accused is as good as guilty in many cases.
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    YPT required one year out to recharter?

    You're right, it doesn't. National already is making it hard enough to try and keep volunteers engaged. It is frustrating though to see that many Councils make it even harder for the unit volunteers to do the work of Scouting that they so enjoy. We are generally working a full time job & trying to fulfill regular family obligations along with trying to keep up with the ever changing requirements to keep volunteering. I'm also the one trying to keep other leaders up to date on their 2 year renewal for YPT, along with other training updates. Then to throw in running interference between National raising the fees after we've collected dues, it just really gets tiring trying to keep up and still enjoy Scouting. I can't imagine the grief I'd get from adults if I had to tell them that their YPT was only good for a year, even though their certificate says otherwise.
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    YPT required one year out to recharter?

    How is it that BSA can emphasize that neither local Councils, units, leaders nor anyone else can add requirements, take away requirements, nor in any other way modify the requirements that the youth are to meet in order to advance, yet all of these Councils are able to require YPT annually when BSA has established it to be valid for 2 years? Isn't that changing the requirements for our adult leaders beyond what BSA has put in place?
  5. awanatech

    Recommendations for off-brand Scout pants

    We've bought these for our sons also. They hold up really well and it is nice that they are convertible like the BSA pants.
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    Recharter

    As Comm. Chair for a Pack & Troop for 11 years, I always did the recharter myself. I have a new CC now who will be doing it this year.
  7. awanatech

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    Don't forget the $60 Unit Recharter fee to national also. But I can definitely see this coming soon.
  8. awanatech

    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    While $60 a year is not a deal breaker for me, and I'm glad that they at least kept the adult fees where they did, I feel like if they hear too much feedback that this increase is such a bargain, they'll figure they haven't reached the max dollar amount that they can charge. Then I'd worry more for what next year's increase will be.
  9. With all of the District, Council & National emails that I get, I have not gotten one about this. I'm not on FB, or any other traditional social media, so if that's where it's advertised, I won't see it. We had our Troop meeting tonight and nothing was mentioned at all about it.
  10. awanatech

    Survey

    I have not received it, at least not yet.
  11. awanatech

    2019 GUIDE TO SAFE SCOUTING

    I am just about at that point now. I'm not sure about rechartering myself for next year.
  12. awanatech

    2019 GUIDE TO SAFE SCOUTING

    In #14, it mentions activities where participants shoot/ throw objects AT each other. In frisbee, baseball, etc, you're not throwing the object AT another player. You are throwing the object TO them. The goal is not to hit them with the object, but rather for them to catch the object. There is a difference in throwing something AT someone instead of TO someone. And yes, according to GTSS & YPT, if you are a registered leader, you'd have to cancel the sleep over if a 2nd registered leader is not present. Then consider the implications if your 8th grade son is in a Troop. Your 3rd grade daughter is in a Pack. Your son wants to have a Scout over for the night, but not as a Scout event. Your wife is not a registered leader. Since your daughter is also in Cub Scouts, you need to have a registered adult female present to spend the night also. Try running that one by your wife so that your son can have a friend over.
  13. awanatech

    Need guidance please

    That's good to hear. I was Committee Chair for the Pack for several years. My oldest son crossed over four years before my youngest. I stayed as Pack CC until he crossed over. It took the Troop leaders to realize that I was serious about staying primarily with my youngest until he crossed over. Our meeting nights were the same, so I would go on outings and knew the Scouts pretty well. But many of the parents didn't know me until I finally crossed over.
  14. awanatech

    Need guidance please

    Thank you for that update. That's great news that it sounds like you and him have found a Troop home that works for him. I have told many families over the years that each Troop has a distinct personality and many times a particular Troop may not be a good fit for some Scouts. I'm glad you didn't give up on Scouting, but rather found a Troop that he fits into.
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    tracking advancement of patrols and troops

    We continue to use Troopmaster for this. We've tried Scoutbook since it became available for free to all units. However, we just couldn't get past the learning curve to make it work for us. We couldn't even get the Scout's data to open in the system properly. After talking to others who have used it for a while, we realized that it wasn't just us, and it wasn't just a learning curve. Many Scouters around here wish they could go back to Troopmaster, but the new price of Scoutbook (free) has locked it in for many units over the competitors.
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