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  1. RememberSchiff

    Merit Badge Program Implementation

    AC? maybe 12. Buys the various badges, awards, ... from Scout store.
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    is this patch official BSA?

    Yes. The "star" designates that the wearer, a Cubmaster is this case, received the Unit Leader Award of Merit http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-003_WB.pdf Why this is done when there are "square knot" awards is a mystery to me. My $0.02 (This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
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    Venturing Eligibility for OA - An Idea...

    Good points Sherm and BP. As I recall back in the day, OA membership was also open to male Explorer scouts. It was and should be Scouting's National Honor Society. As stated, Bronze Award should be sufficient prerequisite for Venture scout (male or female) to be elected. My $0.02(This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
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    Bugling Merit Badge Discontinued

    http://bands.army.mil/music/bugle/calls/taps.mp3 (This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
  5. Inventing merit badge oline requirements http://www.scouting.org/jamboree/sitecore/content/home/boyscouts/advancementandawards/meritbadges/mb-inventing.aspx Related article with link to above http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2010/06/inventing-mb.html
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    BSA abuse suspects files sought

    Yes. Oct, 2009 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/06/nyregion/06abuse.html "The United States Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport to delay the court-ordered release of thousands of legal documents from lawsuits filed against priests accused of sexually abusing children." After losing that, the Bridgeport Diocese is lobbying for a change in the statute of limitations on such claims. http://www.bridgeportdiocese.com/legalert-HB5473-faq.shtml I believe the Boston diocese was required to do so earlier (2003?) by Massachusetts State court. When in Rome, say hello to ex-Boston Cardinal Bernard Law. My $0.01,
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    another double dip question

    Without assistance means no help supplied. The intent here is this is the scout's project to demonstrate his carpentry skills to his counselor just as vocational students do today with their teachers and as apprentices/journeymen have done with guild masters in days of yore. I think the ramp would be a great service project, whether the scouts work equally or not, demonstrate skills or not. Would I credit this for Carpentry req #6. Nope. My scouts had to draw simple plans and build well accordingly. Proper use of tools and materials. Dimensions true. Strong, square joints. Sanded, finished. Pride in workmanship. Historic concepts? My experience has been that double-dipping leads to triple-dipping, etc. The scouter.com webserver has be acting like a SEscouter.com ... not very accessible. My $0.02
  8. This seems like putting the cart before the horse. Council/District trains volunteers but Council/District has not kept track of who they have trained! Before the BSA can effectively mandate that whoever is whatever trained by such and such a date, you first have to get your record keeping in order. Why doesn't the Centennial Quality Council Award http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/513-190-1_wb.pdf include a line item like the following: "11. All leader training records are up to date and these records have been reviewed and certified by all unit training coordinators"...or something to that effect. That said, if I was re-designing this broken process I would augment MyScouting to allow registration of instructor-led courses by Council. At the completion of the course, the instructor lets Council know who completed. Council brings up their courses on MyScouting and checks off the graduates. Whether the scouter is from a different district or transfers later would not matter as his online training information is linked to his name and BSA ID. Council would no longer keep any individual or unit training records that would be National's responsibility. My $0.02
  9. Deja vu all over again? Jan 12, 2010 Scouting Magazine "announces" the Historic merit badges with requirements. Scouts catch the enthusiasm from old timers (like me) and immediately start working on Carpentry, Signaling, Pathfinding, and Tracking merit badges in order to complete by the BSA 100th birthday Feb 8, 2010. They will not receive the merit badge then. Three months later, Apr 1, National "officially" announces on scouting.org these Historic merit badges such that scouts can now start (legally?) working on them and receive badges. Apr 4, 2010 Scouting magazine "announces" Geocaching Merit badge with requirements. BSA partners with Groundspeak (geocaching.com) to develop this merit badge. Groundspeak creates a Geo-Scouts program with many local geocache events. Scouts already have the enthusiasm for GPS as well as many scouters. Many scouts earned this merit badge at May GPS events. Summer camps have borrowed GPS units and ramp up to offer Geocaching merit badge this summer. Two months later, National still has not "officially" announced Geocaching merit badge on scouting.org, no merit badge pamphlet, no badge ... My guess is there is 3 month lag from Scouting magazine announcement to National official announcement so July 4??? More alacrity, less dilly-dallying National. My $0.02
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    Girl Scout + Cub Scout day camp?

    The topic here was to open Cub Scout camp to others, not merging with other groups. I welcome Del-Mar-Va Council's experiment as it may increase membership (albeit just from boys) and lead to improved summer camp programs as we get ideas from others. Or maybe it just keeps another scout camp from going under financially. I for one would take the swimming program from Y-camps or 4-H over what I have seen at our Cub Scout Camps. I would settle for 4-H's prohibition against candy and other junk food at the camp store. But forget program, lets put on a council hat and think just money (you know the ones who see it is easier to sell a camp, than grow a camp). 4-H camps in my state are in sad shape this summer - a well did not get drilled at one, another had maintenance/cost issues, anyway the situation was so bad that 4-H told members to use camps in Maine and Mass. What an opportunity missed to get that business and maybe new members. Meanwhile anybody wanna buy an airshow ticket $25 a head? Another example of short sightedness is a that a unit should be able to invite a non-scout along for a camp week on a space available basis. Good for the the boy and good for us. 'Harrumph, butta butta no way says Council because well because (you pick an non-justification - insurance, never been done, can't participate in the program without a uniform can't wear a uniform without being a member, what no advancement...)' For the MBA-wannabees call it an Outreach program and add the headcount, but make it happen. I think the 100th year of Scouting would be a great time to put out the welcome mat to non-scouts to attend scout camp. My $0.02 (This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
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    Girl Scout + Cub Scout day camp?

    4-H has been doing this for years. Campers are boys, girls, members, and non-members and are grouped only by age for the week's activities. On Sunday or Monday, group members vote for their week activities. Works well for campers and camp (more camp weeks and full bookings most weeks). Less structure, more fun. My $0.02
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    Male Role Models

    "That is why it is important for black male children to see successful black male adults to emulate. Same for white female children and the rest of the world population. That doesn't make anyone better or worse, that's just human nature." I guess if we continue to think of ourselves by race, sex, religion, origin and not as just people that unfortunately may be true. My hope is that the many examples that we have to the contrary, e.g., Baruch Obama will lead children to consider role models from the whole population. My $0.02
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    What is the meaning of the BSA emblem?

    B-P borrowed, collaborated, and organized well, so I think it is hard to know at times whose "work" it was. Was it B-P? Or maybe Simon Fraser (Lord Lovat) who formed the Scottish Highland regiment Lovat Scouts (British Army) or Major Frederick Russell Burnham (an American) who trained the Lovat Scouts and B-P for that matter or ... ? My $0.01
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    What is the meaning of the BSA emblem?

    Thanks for the corrections and embellishments.
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    What is the meaning of the BSA emblem?

    My understanding was that Baden Powell just used an existing British Army "Scout" insignia from those soldiers designated to lead the way. Later he added the Scouting meanings previously stated to this design of a commonly used insignia. Here's an interesting link about the history of the Scout fleur de lis or arrowhead. http://www.scouting.milestones.btinternet.co.uk/fleur.htm My $0.02
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    How far does trustworthy go with your scouts?

    What council wants and what makes sense can be two different things. Do you really want scouts going door to door with a wad of per person per day tickets overvalued at $20 each? For an experiment in trustworthiness, why not just hand scouts a wad of $20 bills and ask for all the money back in two weeks? Gamestop here I come. The sales transaction for a family of four would be $80 with no refund or transfer if the weather is bad. Yeah that will be a fast seller door to door three months before the event in this economy. You might be able to sell some to parents at a troop meeting...maybe. A supervised, group selling event with decorated booth at a mall, etc. would be better than door to door. Still this is alot of bucks to dish out as families are scaling back summer plans. When was the last time you paid money to see the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels? BTW, their performance is free, courtesy of our tax dollars. Ask what percentage after expenses does the Council get back from this national airshow promoter. Probably not what you wanted to hear, so you get a 50% Schiff discount. My $0.01 (which is more cents than this council idea) (This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
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    Embroidered Nametape for Uniform Shirt

    U.S. Cavalry http://www.uscav.com is one , search for name tapes if the link below does not work. http://www.uscav.com/search.aspx?Search=name+tapes&TabID=1&os=1&CatID=5230 hope this helps,
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    When helping is a waste of time.

    Agreed Eagle is NOT the goal of Scouting or the purpose of SM. In the SM role of "delivering the promise", the purpose of the BSA, that does not have to be performed explicitly or exclusively by the SM. Delegate. Other adult leaders with different personalities, perspectives, interests, and approaches may be more successful - "adult association". A SM conference can be handled by an ASM. Very few SM's can effectively reach all their scouts, that's why we have help. Partial successes count. My $0.02
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    Committee Rights

    The DL needs to be at this meeting with DE, CM, CC, COR to give his/her side. Do not be surprised if COR is a no show. Prior to meeting this DL should receive a list of legitimate complaints, who is complaining, and then ask for someone from Council and/or the COR to check into those complaints with den parents, etc. The complaints may or may not be legit and the conclusion may be just adults who cannot get along. If his den loves him/her and you and the CC do not, expect that whole den will transfer elsewhere...maybe to your old pack where you did not get along. Good luck to all involved, particularly the scouts. (This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
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    Committee Rights

    How do his den parents feel about this? If they have no complaints then this situation gets murkier. I take it this leader's son is also in the den.
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    LDS BSA Relationship

    Understand I'm just asking. I know little about LDS, other than hearing that Spock maybe did little too much LDS back in the '60s at Berkeley. 1. Did LDS approve National creating coed Exploring and Venturing which has local gender option with LDS crews choosing not to be coed? 2. Did LDS approve the changes by National to allow women in adult leadership roles which also appears to be a local opt-out with LDS? My $0.01
  22. Nope urban myth. You need not be a resident within a Council's geographic boundaries. Many attend church, etc. across state and council lines and elect to join the units sponsored there. Split custody is another situation where a scout might join a unit in a different council. In my case, I opted for the better Council. My $0.02
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    just curious, what do you think

    Good discussion. Everyone got the merit badge name right but me I used the old name Auto Mechanics, sorry. The merit badge is now called Auto Maintenance and I think it is one of the harder merit badges. Hats off to those ambitious scouts, who on their own, undertake and earn it! By 16 yrs, I would expect a scout to demonstrate more maturity and self-motivation in planning to reach his life goals - college, drivers license, Eagle Scout, whatever. Sadly, my troop has unmotivated, parent-micro-managed Eagle Scouts which to me is a contradiction. Self motivation is part of Scout Spirit for me. Another $0.01
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    just curious, what do you think

    Scouts should be self-motivated towards their advancement. There is more quid pro quo going on today not only between parent and child but within scouting too. An individual merit badge seems innocent enough (Auto Mechanics is a tough mb), but where does it stop? Maybe there should be an added requirement on all merit badges - "I undertook this merit badge because I wanted to and earned it without accepting any bribes". Could be worded better but you get the idea. If I was part of a BOR and asked a scout, "What motivated you to take the path to Eagle?" Scout: "My parents promised me a car." RS: "Was there any other motivation? What if there was no car offer?" Scout: "No. Probably wouldn't be here." I would vote no. He wanted a car not Eagle. My $0.01, (This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
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    Teen Hiker Missing on Mount Washington

    Huh? Mason had two months to man-up before the fine was imposed. April 28 - Mason was rescued. He was praised for using his scout skills sleeping in the crevice of a boulder and jump-starting fires with hand sanitizer gel to get himself through his self-inflicted predicament. Early May, after Fish and Game had interviewed those involved, these statements were released (Nashua Telegraph, Washington Post): Mason was negligent in continuing up the mountain with an injury and veering off the marked path, Fish and Game Major Acerno said. Negligence, he said, is based on judging what a reasonable person would do in the same situation. "When I twist my ankle, I turn around and come down. He kept going up," Acerno said. "It was his negligence that led to him getting into that predicament," he said. "Once he was in that predicament, yes, that's what we praise him for he used his Boy Scout skills, and that's why he's still alive." Mason had crampons, snow shoes and an ice pick with him, but did not bring overnight gear since he was planning a day hike. He discussed his itinerary with a supervisor at the Pinkham Notch Lodge before setting out. His mother, Jory Mason, called the lodge when she did not hear from her son that night. Acerno said Scott Masons negligence began with his itinerary. After he injured himself, Acerno said Mason made the decision to get off the trail to find a faster way back to the lodge. He was not staying on the trail, Acerno said. Our volunteers ran the trails of his itinerary but he began bushwhacking and navigating through places he should not have during the spring. He took an undesirable route, crossed streams that are swollen in the spring, and tried to make his way out rather than turning around on the trail and hiking out that way. We looked at everything and in the departments opinion he was negligent in totality. ------- High rescue costs are being reported which will over-strain Fish & Game's rescue budget. It was clear that Mason donating his $1000 savings and walking away was not a mutually agreeable solution. My opinion, he should have stepped up in May and stated something to the effect 'I cannot begin to repay the costs but maybe there is another way I can pay back you folks'. I would not be surprised if Fish & Game would come up with some options. Maybe work on their Hike-safe program (started in 2003) or do maintenance at the state parks on the endangered list. But Mason did not, maybe he was hoping this 25K problem would go away. Two months! July 11, Mason family receives $25K bill. Time to lawyer-up. Now if NH Fish & Game & the NH Attorney General were the twards or whatever being insinuated, then Mason would have lost his Massachusetts drivers license followed by a lien on his family's home, and they sure could have made his college application process difficult too, but NH did not do anything like that. All that happened was these lawyers from Mass drove up periodically and talked and maybe looked at our autumn leaves. After Oct, there was hardly any news about this matter. In a letter sent April 8 to Masons legal counsel, New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney and New Hampshire Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau wrote: We hope that the publicity about his experience has served as an important teaching moment to others considering hiking in the White Mountains, so they might know that the dangers and risks of doing so should never be underestimated. I doubt NH Fish & Game ever intended to make this young man pay up. I think Fish & Game wanted to teach a lesson and reduce the number of hiking emergencies that were straining the Fish & Game rescue budget. NH turned a negative situation around into a positive, the Mason family hired lawyers. My last $0.02,