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NealOnWheels

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  1. Good point! But they should at least be able to call a parent when they don't have access to their own phone.
  2. #14 Recall a friend or relative’s phone number from memory. How about home numbers? I am shocked by the number of the scouts in my troop who do not know their home phone number. They rely on their smart phones.
  3. Our council is changing the title for District Executives to District Associates. They are requiring them to keep detailed hourly reporting. They are capping their hours. They are prohibiting them from serving in any voluntary capacity. All because of the Dept of Labor rules becoming effective Dec 1st. One DE I know plans to quit his job since he is closely involved with a Troop in a volunteer position and does not want to give that up. Maybe the court ruling will prevent all this from happening.
  4. Judge blocks Obama rule extending overtime pay to 4.2 million U.S. workers http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-employment-overtime-idUSKBN13H2JY
  5. Four adults are required on a backcountry trip in case someone is injured and part of the group needs to stay with the victim while the rest of the group goes to get help.
  6. You cannot take a boy on a camp out without registering him first because insurance will not cover him.
  7. There should be a nameplate on the trailer. Look up the ratings on the nameplate. Combine those ratings with the ratings of the vehicle you are considering to see if the tow vehicle can safely tow the trailer.
  8. All adult leadership serves at the pleasure of the Chartered Organization not the Committee. That goes for the Chartered Organization Representative as well. If you feel you must take this further you should talk to the Chartered Organization Head. Don't be surprised if you don't get the results you want. The Council will not likely get involved unless there is something of a serious nature. Or you can skip the drama and move to another unit.
  9. From the Guide to Advancement... References: Must list all six (five if not employed). If not affiliated with an organized religion, then the parent or guardian provides this reference.
  10. Here is what our council offers our units: $10.00 for Boosting Your Recruiting Event on Facebook! Get a $10.00 credit to your Scout Unit's Council Account when you spend $10.00 Promoting your recruiting event on Facebook! Steps to earning your $10.00 credit: 1. Create Your Event Learn How Here https://www.facebook.com/help/210413455658361/?ref=u2u 2. Promote Your Event Learn How Here https://www.facebook.com/business/help/380628382074604 2A - Use the Tips Below on Audience, Budget and Scheduling to maximize your reach! 3. After your Event, send screenshots or page prints of your
  11. An interesting article hear about "Honorary Scouts": https://www.scoutstuff.org/media/content/docs/pdfs/BePrepared_Vol_7_No_3.pdf HONORARY SCOUTS In 1928 the BSA national council established a new recognition – Honorary Scout. James West explained it this way: Honorary Scouts “American citizens whose achievement in outdoor activity, exploration and worthwhile adventure are of such an exceptional character as to capture the imagination and stimulate their enthusiasm for the outdoor program of the Boy Scouts of America.†Eighteen men were selected as the first Honorary Scouts, incl
  12. Anyone notice that the chart indicates camporees are not for older scouts? Not sure I can put much faith in that chart.
  13. So it is - thanks Chisos. Not easy to find though. You can find "Advancement" in the index. There are quite a few pages listed. It would take a long time looking at each page before you would find it. A much longer time than the typical attention span of a Scout (or mine for that matter). An index entry called "four steps of advancement" would have been better. Page references on the requirement would be better yet.
  14. I had some older scouts helping some brand new scouts with the new Scout Rank requirements this weekend. Requirement 2b asks the scout to describe the four steps of Boy Scout advancement. This stumped the older scouts and they could not find reference to them in the new handbook. I looked over the handbook as well and could not find them. From various literature for adult scouters I am familiar with them. But it seems to me the handbook should reference them if it is a requirement. Has anyone found them in the new handbook? I miss the page references in the requirements in the l
  15. See http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Marketing/Recruiting_Build/PSAs_Eng.aspx I think it is up to each council to fund air time in local markets.
  16. Sure they have TV and radio ads. But it generally is up to each council to run these ads. The ad spots would come out of the council's budget. I have seen a few over the years but they tend to be at less popular times and channels. See some ads here: http://www.scouting.org/Home/Marketing/Recruiting_Build/PSAs_Eng.aspx
  17. What state are you located in? We tend not to want to spend too much time traveling and not enough on activities.
  18. Maybe you should first get a feel of what types of activities they are interested in so you can recomend places providing those opportunites.
  19. Previous years: Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail & Gettysburg. Shenandoah National Park Black Hills / Mount Rushmore Washington DC (more of a tour than high adventure) Next year: Smoky Mountains
  20. Did the mother explain what the issue was? I assume a mental health issue. Sounds a lot like one of my sons who has an anxiety dissorder. They typically develop in the teenage years and make big changes in personality. Can be very frustrating for parents. Sounds like mom needs as much support as the son.
  21. As a Scoutmaster I have actually twice talk to parents about their son's who clearly did not want to be Scouts. They were miserable. It was just not for them. In one instance the parents allowed their son to quit. The other parents made their son stay. So no, not every child should be a Scout.
  22. Sounds like your Senior Patrol Leader could use some help from the older scouts. Might need to coach some of the key older scouts to "have the back" of the Senior Patrol Leader.
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