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  1. awanatech

    When beneficiary destroys Eagle Project

    Knowing how much work can go into an Eagle project, I'm sure that this was very discouraging. However, we must keep in mind that the project belongs to the beneficiary. While we always hope that it will provide a long lasting legacy to the Scout who completed it, the needs of the beneficiaries change over time. I have a relative who has a really hard time with this concept as well. This relative will give a gift, but will get quite upset if the recipient does not keep and use the gift. Once that gift is given, it belongs to the recipient/ beneficiary to keep, regift, or otherwise dispose of as they desire. It would have been great if the state had reached out to the Scout first and maybe they could have helped to resolve the issue without destroying it though.
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    Camp info packet

    Every once in a while we may see a Troop or 2 who will build a gateway, but around here it is not the norm. I have seen some pretty cool ones, but they are usually built by the Scoutmasters while the Scouts are in MB sessions. It's not as cool when you realize that they were built by the SM and the Scouts may not have had much input into them. It is much better when the Scouts take it upon themselves to do it.
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    Camp info packet

    I give the Scouts a copy of their MB schedule, that they had picked out & signed up for. We also post the MB schedule, Camp Daily Schedule & a camp map on our Troop bulletin board. I do recommend that they look at their schedule to make sure they know where their MBs are, and if they don't know, that they should ask (SPL) so show them before the classes begin. Other than their MB schedule, we don't directly give them any kind of packet or map.
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    ECOH Complete!

    Congratulations Brian!!
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    Our District had a lady who used to do a lot of embroidery and sewing. She made the ones around here that I knew of, but she isn't doing much sewing anymore. I think she would take old shirt material and make it into a name patch. That way it matched the thread & font of the BSA fabric/ stitching.
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    Congrats on getting trained and getting involved. Many units are having a hard time getting new parents to step up and get involved at any level, let alone get trained and have a uniform, too.
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    The uniform looks great and ready to go. Over the years, I have only seen a small handful with sewn name patches, but they looked sharp. Most around here don't even have a name badge, but the ones that do are pretty much all magnetic backed bars.
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    Who carries a firearm on Scout Outings???

    BSA also has policies in place about the mixing of males & females in Dens, Packs & Troops, but many here have no problem talking about how they work around those policies, often with an under the table "wink, wink" from the DE, SE or other BSA representatives. So BSA policies have become like employee handbooks. Basically, these are the rules. But some of them we let you break, some of them we don't. You won't know which ones are ok to break until we want to enforce them, even if another Council is ok not to enforce them. Then, we may terminate you (revoke your membership), or we may tell you that your doing great by getting more Scouts signed up. When BSA gets lax on enforcing some policies, they lose credibility at enforcing other policies, too.
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    Policy on going through scout totes

    I have one son who just graduated high school and another going into 9th grade. We have had many school (grade level), band & church outings over the years. We have never had the adults open any luggage or pack to inspect for any contraband items. I don't know of any times that there have been unannounced searches without the owner of the bag (at minimum the student) being present. And even in those very limited situations where a bag has been searched, it was a limited scope to include the bags of a very small group. In one case, 4 students were staying together in a room. One student claimed that something was missing. The bags of those 4 students were searched, with the students being present. There was no room to room search of every bag of every student. We have never done this in Scouting either. As a Scoutmaster, I'm not searching bags without a very valid, specific reason. The situation in the OP seems quite troubling to me. As a parent, I would have a problem with adults arbitrarily searching bags like that also. In a Scouting context, there is no 4th amendment issue as BSA is a private organization. However, with the schools, that could come into play as the adults leading the school sanctioned trips would be agents of the state at that point. How do you articulate that you have probable cause to search each bag, of each student, just to make sure there is nothing in there that they aren't supposed to have?
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    Extreme Anxiety at Summer Camp

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    Extreme Anxiety at Summer Camp

    I've never had a Scout who got to the point of crying for hours, but it could easily have been my oldest son. He is 18 now and earned his Eagle rank last fall. He has dealt with severe social anxiety for many years. He started Scouts as a Tiger Cub in 1st grade, so he has grown up in Scouts and camping. However, his anxiety is one of the reasons that I got started as a leader 12 years ago, actually being the Committee Chair for 10 years and now 2 years as Scoutmaster. My being there eased his anxiety to where he can function. He learned a long time ago that I'm not there as dad, I'm there as Scout leader. I didn't want to bring any dad/ son issues from home to Scouts, so I stayed out of their way to let the Scouts lead & function as a Patrol. But by me being there, he was able to function and be a part of the Troop without having his anxiety/ breakdowns. Is there any chance that you or his dad could be active, at least as another adult on the outings or to spend some time at camp? I know there are several who will say to leave him and let him get past the anxiety on his own. But having a son who can be paralyzed by his anxiety, I have become much more sympathetic to the youth who have very real issues. Many of these issues will not be overcome by just "sucking it up and dealing with it". However, there is certainly a time for some Scouts to just suck it up and get over it. As the Scout leader, it isn't always easy to discern which Scouts need which level of response. As far as making him do things that trigger his anxiety, I will add that from the time he was young, we have been easing him into uncomfortable situations. Things like making him start to order his own food at a restaurant. This forced him to look at a menu and find what he wanted. It forced him to speak clearly and loud enough for the cashier/ server to hear his order. I would also let him answer questions about his order (i.e. do you need any sauces?). There have been many things like this that I have pushed him into, some of which have been very hard for him. But over the years, we look back and see that each step has moved him towards dealing with his anxieties. It's much easier to deal with that level of anxiety knowing someone who knows you is nearby. I say all of that to say that you know your Scout the best. I hate for his anxiety to keep him from all that Scouting has to offer. Scouting can offer him ways to face and deal with his anxiety. Look for ways that you can help him to deal with it & support him, while maintaining some distance and give him room to excel and thrive, knowing that he isn't having to do it alone. It may mean that you or dad end up on Troop campouts. There are certainly worse things than that.
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    Privacy of Health Forms

    The adults in my units have always known how I handle their private information. They trust me with their children, they also trust me with their information. I have never had an adult with any concerns or objections as to how I handle any of the paperwork, whether applications or med forms. I have had several who have expressed appreciation that I am aware of issues that may arise as a result of medical conditions that either my adults or Scouts have. There has never been a question as to how I handle their information from anyone in my units, only random strangers on the internet. While I am not a professional healthcare provider, my wife is and I am very aware of HIPAA and how it works. I know that I am not bound by HIPAA, but I still treat the information with the privacy that it deserves. I am the one responsible for my unit & I am the one who will be the first responder when something happens that affects one of my Scouts or adults. In the example that I shared from one of our recent outings, as far as my unit is concerned, yes, I'll stand by my thinking that it was a positive outcome. You & your unit can handle things as you see fit and I'll do the same. But thanks for the assumption that I & my other adults sit around snooping & gossiping about our unit's medical histories. That speaks volumes of how you feel about Scouters who do things differently than you.
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    Privacy of Health Forms

    I always glance over the medical forms to make sure I am aware of any pertinent information. I want to know before heading out if I have a dad with a heart condition. Or that Scout that has asthma, or another that has a peanut allergy. These are all things that I've learned by glancing at the med forms, but had never been verbalized to me by either Scouts nor parents. I had another incidence years ago when we were camping on an aircraft carrier. A dad developed a medical condition at 3am where I ended up going with him to the ER. He was conscious, but in & out of awareness. The medics were there at the ship when it happened, so they were on the scene before another leader could go get the med form out of my bag. Since I had looked over his med forms, I was able to tell them of his drug allergy before the med form was brought to me.
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    Just got 1 girl

    It's too bad that as Scouters, some pretend to go by the rules (on paper), when in reality, so many dance around the rules that are set in place. And then we wonder why our youth take it upon themselves to decide which rules to follow and which ones are ok to just pretend that we follow. Either we have co-ed dens, or we don't. If co-ed Dens are what BSA wants, then why do we have to whisper it? If co-ed Dens are not what BSA wants, then why do we pretend to follow the rules, on paper, but really openly go against it?
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    Webelos - Participation as Den After the Cross Over

    When I was leading the Pack, we never had a problem with recently crossed-over Webelos continuing to participate in Pack activities. As mentioned, they wouldn't earn any award for anything, but many have spent 5 years in the Pack and we had Spring events that they had grown accustomed to. We all knew that they were Boy Scouts now & no longer Webelos, but saw no harm in letting them continue with Pack activities if the choose to until the end of the school year. Whether they paid for the activity, or the Pack paid, all depended on the activity and how the payments were being handled for everyone else.