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    Cost of Uniforms

    Just thought I'd post this. Thought it was interesting how much each costed, difference in programs, etc. All Cub/Boy Scouts include a short sleeve shirt with long pants. I used the Alameda Council, because it was first, and troop/pack/crew number 120 (random). Info from the BSA Uniform Builder: http://scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/forms.aspx Tiger Cubs: $94.68 Wolf: $96.98 Bear: $96.98 Webelos (Green/Khaki): $140.64 Boy Scout: $148.64 (includes merit badge sash) Venturing (M/F): $ 133.89
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    Still No Books?

    I still can't find the Venturing/Ranger Handbooks on Scoutstuff.org, any idea when the new ones will be avaliable?
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    Best pocketknife?

    NC, I'll probabl end up going for the Tinker. Seems to be the best fit in regards to features, quality, and price. I do understand that there are different sizes of the Tinker (small, reg., deluxe, etc) so I'll have to look carefully. However, thanks everyone for your great suggestions!
  4. Looking for a versatile pocketknife that's suitable for a 14 year old. Any suggestions on the best quality for the best value?
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    Best pocketknife?

    Oooh yeah Eagle, sounds like a good knife, but 100 is definitely out of my price range. Tops is most likely 30 dollars, since I will have to buy it myself. Will look into the Navy Exchange, they usually have good deals.
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    Velcro For POR Patches

    Has anyone seen Venturing green color velcro pieces? Can't seem to find a matching color, would like to try this idea.
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    Best pocketknife?

    The Swiss Army knife looks good, not too many attachments to get confused or too heavy but enough to be functional. I'll have to keep an eye out for the handle though. Good to know the guarantee works. Is this only offered through the BSA Supply? I found a similar one at Target for less, but won't get it if they don't come with the warranty.
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    First Merit Badge

    Just an interesting little question. What was the first merit badge you earned (if you remember). Which one was your favorite?
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    Merit Badge Sashes?

    Ok, so this sounds like a stupid question, but I'm not too familiar with Scouting. I was checking out BSA's facebook pictures, and there is one guy who has about 20 pages worth of pictures of him scouting with his son. In several of the pictures he is wearing a merit badge sash. Wondering if that's ok for adults? Also, I saw a tiger cub wearing a tan shirt, nothing changed there right? Cubs still wear blue? Thanks!
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    Cost of Uniforms

    Thanks, I realize that. Just wanted to post it, in case anyone wanted to know. Sometimes the vintage ones are better anyways.
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    Varsity and Venture Patrols/Teams?

    Yes thanks Beavah for your explanation. I was just curious and all the replies helped. :]
  12. Hi, I'm joining a Venturing Crew and came across a program called Varsity Scouts on Meritbadge.org? What is the difference between those teams and Venture Patrols? Are they still around or popular? I can't join anyway, since I'm a girl, but was just curious as to what they were.
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    Varsity and Venture Patrols/Teams?

    I think BDPT00 meant that the age group was wrong? Because from what I've read, Varsity Teams are in the age group of 14-18, cutting off at the same time as Boy Scout Troops. Just my idea?
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    Lone Venturing

    There are Lone Cub Scouts, Lone Boy Scouts, so I'm wondering if there is such a thing as Lone Venturers? Thank you
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    Action Shirt

    Can the Boy Scout Long/Short Sleeve Action Shirt be used as a Venturing uniform? Can you put insignia on it? Thanks!
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    Math and Science Bronze Award

    BadenP,click, I'm not saying the outdoor aspect is not important. I also believe it has an equal spot along with the other methods. Sorry for the confusion.
  17. Can Venturers in Venturing Crews earn: -Totin' Chip -Paul Bunyan -Fireman Chit Thank you very much
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    Math and Science Bronze Award

    Baden P, In my opinion, Scouting is not/ should not be a completer outdoor oriented program. It should be incorporated (i.e sketching pictures of nature while on a hike,etc.) but teens in Venturing should be able to do what interests them. Even in Boy Scouts, there are merit badges like Journalism and Stamp Collecting. Venturing should develop your interests, hence the wide range of activities, sports, outdoor, religion, and even math and science if that's what you like.
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    Scouter - Back In Business!

    Awesome! thanks so much for this site, it's been a great help
  20. I understand Eagle92, he is a GREAT source of information, but I usually verify it with some official sources as well, just to be sure. And John, I tried out the link and it worked fine? Anyway, i copied all the info anyway, sooo yeah.
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    Venturing Crew/High School

    Ok so can a Venturing crew be chartered by a high school? Also, are crews allowed to be "clubs" of the school and chartered by a business? I think it'd be a great way to gain new members, since everyone would fit the age range anyway, and most people would know each other. Thanks!
  22. Good question, John. Not sure, though. you might wanna ask Mike Walton aka "settummanque, the blackeagle" Maybe he can clarify what was on his site??
  23. This is taken from Mike Walton's site. Here's the link: http://www.mninter.net/~blkeagle/sash.htm "And now...a Word About the Gals and Merit Badges The merit badge program is primarily a Boy Scout program feature. Boy and Varsity Scouts as well as male Venturers and Sea Scouts use the merit badge program in order to advance using the standard Boy Scout advancement program. Additionally, special awards such as the William T. Hornaday and Scout Lifeguard require some merit badge work if not complete merit badges to be earned. The BSA allow female members of Venturing and Sea Scouting units to complete requirements toward merit badges and to certify their completion as part of their completion or earning of the Hornaday, Lifeguard BSA or other special awards. However, female youth members of Venturing or Sea Scouting units may NOT wear merit badge sashes nor wear merit badges on the official uniforms. Several former Exploring Advisors/Skippers like myself have awarded merit badges to female members of their units. We documented the merit badge completion and instead of turning the (blue) merit badge application card into the local Council office for recordposting as we would do for male youth, we retained the cards and photocopied them as attachments to Exploring Achievement Award and other award applications. Now that Venturing has taken the place of Exploring, many Skippers and Advisors of Venturing units with female members willing to earn the merit badges needed to earn the Bronze or Silver Hornaday Medal or other awards are doing the same things that myself and other Advisors and Skippers have done before. This IS NOT RECOMMENDED BY THE BSA; the BSA's stance is still that female youth members CAN NOT EARN BOY SCOUT ADVANCEMENT (to include merit badges). For this reason, females may not wear merit badge sashes of any kind with the official BSA uniforms (including the kelly green Venturing uniform nor the white or blue Sea Scout uniforms.)"
  24. Thank you very much guys! Seems like you all answered my question. Venturing gets a bit confusing to the newbie, so thanks! By the way,John-In-KC females CAN earn merit badges. I'll try to find the link, but my Internet's been quite un-reliable.
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    My Disappointing Troop

    Ahh... I remember being a little kid (i'm 13 now )and watching by older brother become a Cub Scout. He was a... Bear or Webelos, not really sure, and all I wanted was to wear the uniform and get the "little belt badges", as I called them. I used ta walk 'round the house in his neckerchief and carved my name into the dresser with his new pocketknife. I wanted nothing more than to be a Scout...So I got signed up for Daisys! :] woohoo. All I got was a blue tunic from my troop and we didn't do ANYTHING! No camping, no outings, no "little belt badges" and neckerchiefs. Boys are so lucky.