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  1. RememberSchiff

    Tap Out Question

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    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

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    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    National Annual Meeting http://nam.scouting.org/Activities/Events/Sessions.aspx Strategic Initiatives Thursday, 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. After the Business Meeting, join us for a discussion of Strategic Initiatives that will help chart the course for the movement’s future. Discussions will include an update of the Game Plan, Youth Protection efforts, and information on the progress of Family Scouting. There will also be time for questions and answers.
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    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    IMO, Mom and Dad, as members. will agree to come along at SM's request in order to meet YP and other safety requirements. At the unit level, many of us are already doing this with our special needs scouts. Another $0.02,
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    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    Looking at all the discussion of Family Scouting, adding girls may be just an intermediate step. IMO, National's long game plan is to switch from recruiting individual scouts to their whole families - all in the family would be on the books as members whether they participate or not, similar to the Y. Increased headcount and revenue. My $0.02 P.S. Our leaders may have lost their way but at the unit level, we are doing are best to faithfully delivering the program to the scouts we have.
  6. Illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S., with more than 640,000 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. Nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced into the United States during this time. This is impacting our troop's outdoor program more and more. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/p0501-vs-vector-borne.html https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss13/
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    Alps Mountaineering Scout Direct program gone?

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    Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

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  9. In July of 2016 on a 110-degree day, 12-year-old Cody Flom was hiking with his mother's boyfriend on the trail when Cody collapsed. He later died at the hospital. "We just finished installing it this morning and we're just dedicating it to Cody Flom," said Matthew Harwood, a boy scout and a friend of Cody's, teamed up with the city of Phoenix to install the warning signs. "We don't want something like that to happen again so this sign is being installed to specifically warn hikers about the dangers. It's not a static sign, it actually changes with the weather to let people know how dangerous it is," Hardwood said. More at source link. Clever use of thermometer in sign design. http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/boy-scouts-family-of-cody-flom-put-up-signs-warning-of-heat-dangers
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    Minimum time to achieve Eagle Scout rank

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  11. National Shooting Sport Conference at Summit, Sept 28-30. See link below for more info regarding conference and well as recent updates to shooting program materials. https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/shooting-sports/
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    Smile, or Don't. Have fun with it.

    Thanks, post hidden and under moderator review. @NJCubScouter , @Sentinel947
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    From National: Official Name

    I know this is I&P, but urinary aids for the disabled is not funny. I hid those two posts for moderator review. @NJCubScouter , @Sentinel947
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    CDC: mosquito, tick, flea reported illnesses increase 3X

    Talking fun works better for recruitment but If asked, I will mention my boys and our medical response as they both were bit during scout outings. My wife contracted Lyme on a family vacation. Not fun. Thanks for your kind thoughts.
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    CDC: mosquito, tick, flea reported illnesses increase 3X

    The white flag is dragged over brush. On the white cloth, the ticks are easier to see and remove for study. A black, furry bog might be a plan B or a faithful companion.
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    CDC: mosquito, tick, flea reported illnesses increase 3X

    Agree. People may be just reporting more. That said, nearly every family in my unit has a family member who had one of these diseases. Both my sons had the Lyme bullseye and were quickly treated with antibiotics. Their doctor's wife who was also a doctor is a Lyme victim. She is now wheelchair bound. Mrs. Schiff has recurring Bell's Palsy from Lyme. IMO, the problem has been made worse by lost predator habitats - the suburban sprawl. While the predators are away, the mice will multiply. Education and bug sprays may prevent infection but they do not minimize the cause.
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    Neckers back in the "news"

    I have carried a neckerchief (a real, 4-sided one) in my glove compartment and in my suitcase when traveling. Maybe I should carry one in my back pocket as well.
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    CDC: mosquito, tick, flea reported illnesses increase 3X

    Here's a positive step that Scouts might take - a tick drag. Scout Michael Kinsey heard of this research while considering Eagle projects. He reasoned that if Boy Scouts across the state (Texas) would incorporate a tick drag during their campouts, thousands of samples could be generated to accelerate the research. In the process, they would learn important information about protecting themselves from tick bites, and gain greater understanding of the outdoors. https://www.txlda.com/texas-teen-turns-tables-on-tragic-illness/ Maybe Scouts can help mitigate this problem. Another $0.02,
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    From National: Official Name

    I know Councils do sponsor/charter Venture Crews, e.g. summer camp Crew 1. Maybe the same approach will be used with girl troops?
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    From National: Official Name

    Doubt it. If the media bugs a CO, the CO will just say talk to Council. If Council pushes, the many recalcitrant CO's around here will say "We had a Boy Scout troop, bye" and if they are also a savvy CO "oh.. and thanks for the equipment for our new youth group." There are numerous other options for former CO's. IMO, any pressure from the outside and National will be on Councils.
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    From National: Official Name

    Any pressure will be on Councils, not existing CO's as CO's still determine their leadership and membership not the media, not the Council. I agree starting a new unit is hard here, but that is a National-made problem not the existing CO's. As I understand the UK Scout Association has no CO's, maybe they have a solution. My $0.02,
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    CDC: mosquito, tick, flea reported illnesses increase 3X

    Not much we can do about cooties, however the mice population might be another matter. I have wondered if Scouts placing or selling mouse traps might help reduce the number of infected ticks.
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    CSE Letter on GSUSA Infringements

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    Who Should Attend Committee Meetings

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