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  1. I have been told that at any council/district event that will have to charge the scouts and leaders for supplemental insurance. Appearantly the going rate is $2 per scout per night. When I called council about it they kinda gave me the run around and said its about $1.70ish per scout and most districts round up to $2. I have a hard time understanding why there is a charge. If the event is a camporee , I must charge for the event, but if I take my troop to the same site weither it be a boy scout camp or off site to camp I do not have to charge. I am just wondering if other councils are bei
  2. I do not mean to step on anyone toes, as you can see I have been a member since 2008 but only 14 posts, why because I like to learn and understand, but look at the orginal posts, it was asking specific questions about something I did not understand. Since being in BSA I have learned alot of things, and one of them is that there are more than one way to do things. Venividi, I do understand where you are coming from, and I give my scouts any oppunitity to earn MB's and not all them come from MB days, Everyone thinks summer camp is the a great place to earn MBs, but MB couslers at summer
  3. Ok I may just be stupid or looking at it from a different point, Venividi, I never said anything about scouts teaching MB classes. I have a list of adults to teach the classes. and why not a MB day to earn money, what better way to earn money for the troop than to put something on where other scouts have a chance to learn? Let me ask this question where does the money go right now from MB days?????? Not to a troop? But again my goal is to send my troop to Gilwell England. So thinking outside the box may be in order to raise 40k for the trip.
  4. ok, I am thinking of doing a MB day in my district to raise money for a troop trip. I have been told that if you have any event with scouts present you must pay $3 per scout on insurance. Here are my questions. 1. if this is true, can anyone find the link to it on BSA web site so I can verifiy it. 2. Would scouts out of my district need to fill out a tour perment. 3. if so would the insurance on the tour perment override the insurance needed at the day event thanks in advance Namu
  5. I have no clue on this, just asking At one point were woman excluded from being leader? Where African Americans excluded from being members? And here is my point (however weak it maybe) these groups have been excluded, descrimiated against in the past for being different. Society changes
  6. Ran across this article DALLAS (Reuters) - Boy Scouts of America is discussing ending a longstanding ban on gay members and whether to allow local organizations to decide their own policy, a spokesman said on Monday. The organization has been under attack from gay rights groups and some parents for discriminating against gay members and gay leaders. "The BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation," spokesman Deron Smith said in an email to Reuters. "The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic
  7. My troop has decided to go the summer camp every other year. And this year is an off year. So they decided to go to Philadephia PA, and stop at a dude ranch on the way. LOL, not sure they know it but it is 13 hour drive from Alabama to Penn. But with that said, was wondering if anyone could help with ideas, scout friendly places, events, during the summer, in Philadephia, or on the way from Alabama to Penn. Call in an net trip planning, Thanks in advance
  8. I am with you Basement, have not given in a while, I gladly give my time and alot of money to our troop. I have yet to get anything from council. And find it laughable and distrubing that as a volunteer I have to pay for all my training. My job pays for my training, so I have to pay to be a volunteer?? A Scout it thrifty seems to be forgotten at the council level
  9. interesting subject, I dont own a gun, just was not brought up in that environment, With that said, I think it is good for scouts to learn about firearms. If it is really safety we are worried about on outings, is there a rent a cop for a mile hike in the future>????
  10. I have copied and pasted this from a council web site: Friends of Scouting is a voluntary program whose purpose is to encourage the support of the Scouting Program by Scouting Families by asking them to share in the cost of the program that serves their youth. As volunteers in the Scouting Program, we invest our time to make the program successful. But there are things that volunteers cant do, that still must be done. Scouting Dollars pay for the things volunteers cant do: Training for adult volunteers Leadership training and advancement programs New unit organization
  11. We have a 2 BSA climbing instructors, have 4 Range Masters, we found out that you could not offer climbing wall, or BB/Archery to Cub Scouts unless it was a district event, but if Webelo woods is district event, how can Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts spend the night together and do the activities? You can do one of the other, just not both at the same time.
  12. ok need everyone opinion and or facts. Another district was having their camporee/webelo woods in our district, since it was in our district they decided to invite us. No problem, after looking over there leaders guide we decided that the event was to expensive for our troop, also a couple other troops decided the same thing. We decide to hold a "mini" camporee/webelo woods, involuing 3 troops and 2 packs. We thought about holding it at a local scout camp and use the climbing tower and rifle range for wrist rockets. Took all the training, but found out that for Webelos to use wrist rocket
  13. http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/06/18/points-in-the-paint-ohio-troops-trailer-a-slam-dunk-for-the-bsa/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+scoutingmagazinefeed+%28Scouting+magazine%29
  14. Just saw a cool picture of troop wagon that was painted for Troop 4, The article said that this troop was the longest continues chartered. Our troop was chartered in 1934, and we have been chartered by the same CO since them, wondering how long have others been chartered and is 78 yrs by same CO a record?
  15. Hiking MB what a great idea, have young boys explore the woods. And its Eagle required. Well may maybe not, talking with other SM in my area and its seems no one is doing the Hiking MB anymore. Think about it, you can earn the swimming MB in a MB day school, so why even look in the hiking direction. 5 10 mile hikes and a 20 miler and doing the paper work with it? seems like a few months of work when I can get swimming in one day. Plus, remember boy led? they choose which MB to earn, I took my troop on a 10 mile hike, 10 times around a mile paved track, I told them for the trips we wante
  16. Ok everyone, thinking of a cool trip for the scouts to take in 2013. Had the idea of a working dude ranch where the boys can learn about horses, cattle, and general how the west was years ago. But I dont want it to be a vacation, I was thinking also of having the scouts do some work, cattle drive, cleaning stalls, etc. What is everyones thought on this, and if you have done this before, what did you like or dislike? and where did you go? LNT when your out
  17. I want to thank everyone for the replies, and I understand the responses. It has been an eye opener for sure. I am still 100% for scouting and will do my best to for my troop, but at the same time makes me scratch my head and go humm. And here I thought scouting was all about the boys.
  18. KC and Eagle thanks for the replies. I am not totally in the dark when it comes to "breaking even" at events. This was at a council property, and actually, they have put a lot of money and work into the camp in the last couple of years. And yes $5 is cheap for a weekend of camping and fun. Maybe it was just the whole weekend that put me on the soap box. Here is a short list of some of the problems we ran into. 1. sign ups: suppose to start at 6pm, arrived at 6:30pm no one around, actually sign ups didnt start until 8pm 2. Shotgun and rifle shooting canceled, no range master, this was a bi
  19. I was just at out fall camporee, and the charge for the camporee was $10, at roundtable they said the charge would be for ammo, no problem. I show up at camporee, and ask what would the leaders charge be for the camporee, leaders where not shooting so I thought we would not have to share in the cost of ammo. DE said still the same. No offense to anyone, but scouting is expensive enough, so the DE pulled me aside and basicly said he had to show a profit for camporee. Profit??? I have no problem paying for something that I am doing, use of material, camp site. But if BSA is a non profit, tha
  20. Ok first of all I am new and green as SM, our last one left when his son hit eagle and gave me all of one month of training. So trying to plan a summer outing besides summer camp. Troop has decided on water rafting in Tenn. I decided to break up the parts of the trip.(cost, menu, places to stay, transportation, etc.) and give each one to a scout and let them do the research on it. But I have this nagging feeling like I am forgetting something. Checked the Guide to safe scouting and could find very little on water rafting. So I guess I am asking for help in making sure I have all my ducks
  21. Fall Camporee is coming up and usually there is not much to do on Friday night, so I thought about taking the Troop on a night hike. Was hoping to get suggestions on things to do on a night hike. Any Ideas?? Thanks in advance
  22. ok guys I am new to the scoutmaster duties and wanting to do a good job. I am a information junkie and like to be organized as much as possible. So I started looking into troop tracking software. Looking for suggestions about which is good and offers the best features. Also would like it to be free if possible. Thanks in advance for the advice
  23. popcorn is getting old and is to expensive. I have a few ideas for fundraisors, my question is if we raise money on a troop level how much do we have to give to the district??
  24. Hello everyone, I am fairly new to scouts, (been asst for a couple of yrs) Our scoutmaster is stepping back and asked if I would take over. I dont have the experance he has but willing to try. I am looking for ways to recruit some new boys to scouting, and I read somewhere on here to invite non scouts to scout functions. I think that is a good idea, camping, high adventure, etc. My question is what type of liability will the Scouts have if a non scout gets hurt?? Myabe sign some type of waiver before going?? Thanks
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