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  1. Okay shovel is down. I am surprised the Boy Scout MB Counselor form says nothing about this. Not to be dense, but if one is a First Aid MB counselor is one also accepted as a Venture First Aid consultant or does one submit another MB counselor form marked Venture First Aid consultant? Thanks for your responses.
  2. Thanks for the info. Have not seen any online forms for "consultants" but I will dig some more.
  3. Releasing a patch like that seems the first step in a fundraising campaign to purchase a new camp.
  4. Who instructs/signs off in Venturing? Is it other crew members or are there adults like the Boy Scout merit badge counselors or someone else?
  5. From the 2006-2010 Strategic Plan, here are the five objectives with their respective metrics. I added the outline format to aid discussion. 1. Every eligible youth has an opportunity to be involved in a quality Scouting experience. a. Increase market share and/or growth. b. Increase the number of new members. c. Improve member retention. d. Increase the number of units 2. The number of engaged, accountable volunteers is dramatically increased at all levels of Scouting. a. Add 1 million new volunteers. b
  6. The 2006-2010 Strategic Plan http://scouting.org/filestore/pdf/45-016.pdf emphasized 5 objectives each with measurable goals. Today, I was curious about our progress towards that plan and surprise there's a new Strategic Plan - the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan Update http://scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/Media/StrategicPlan.aspx which unfortunately is not a pdf but a 10 min video slide presentation that dies about 2 minutes in when the slide "Our Structure for The Strategic Plan" The Strategic Plan" appears (I tried both Firefox and IE multiple times). I'
  7. At this time of year, I really appreciate Painting merit badge. I like the idea of using the "harmonizing" color wheel, so the scout who paints the west side of my house uses the same color as the scout who painted the south side and the trim is all white. Now, if any merit badge needed an exemption from the "No more no less" policy, it is Home Repairs. Or maybe they could release new requirements each year inline with the repairs needed around MY house. Further, I would like to propose that Painting AND Home Repairs become Eagle required so they receive the emphasis consistent with
  8. Saw this - Camp Daniel Boone, N.C. sends home 19 scouts, 10 tested positive. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31372626/ns/health-swine_flu/
  9. No, Advancement was not always #1. It used to be Outdoors was #1 with Patrol Method and Leadership close behind. It wonder which group earns more merit badges and has more Eagles: FIVE+ million Boy Scout membership in 1960 OR less than ONE million Boy Scout membership in 2010 Why did this happen? CUB SCOUTS sets the wrong expectation with awards: Everyone should advance in rank each year. Penny candy awards for anything and everything that scouts are suppose to do as a given. Do a good turn. Get a patch. Pick up the litter you just dropped get a bea
  10. Let your program be your guide to your equipment purchases. We have units with quite different outdoor programs - one is heavy into water treks (canoeing, rafting, kayaking - many PFD's), some backpacking (no dutch ovens there), and a few too many are 100% car camping (don't get me started). Once you have roughed-out your program, talk to other units with similar programs to get gear recommendations and who to buy from. Ask questions and research. For example, should I buy a Coleman propane lantern or an Orbit 3W LED lantern? Top ten equipment list 10. Cool troop neckerchie
  11. No disrespect intended, but this "new look" reminds me of Simon for some reason my $0.005, (This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
  12. Welcome. Give advice too! Would you have a recipe for making panzarotti's with a dutch oven?
  13. Have scouts propose "den rules" to make sure they can do all the fun stuff that their DL has planned. My scouts proposed these rules at the start 1. Quiet when the sign goes up 2. Wait your turn 3. Raise your hand to speak. Print these rules in large letters on a big white poster board "Den 7 Rules". Display rules poster prominently on one side of the American Flag and the den meeting agenda ("structured meeting") on the other side. Read rules aloud at start of meeting like in the "Dirty Dozen" or pick a scout, 'Chris Rule #3'. Break the rule, activity stops, and lawbreaker(s
  14. I changed my bookmark from scouting.org to this entry point http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home.aspx which makes it easier to reach Boy Scouts http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/BoyScouts.aspx and Information Center http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/Media.aspx which I commonly used. For me, the same problems remain CONTENT and CONTACTS, finding existing content, and navigation is now more time consuming. Little advice, if you have a somewhat working website, you don't go live with the new website until it is ready to go live. Still no c
  15. I will now wear two red shoulder loops on each silly epaulet if it gives Irving boys vacationing at Orlando something to do.
  16. MD, Del-Mar-Va Council, Rodney Scout Reservation 8/9-8/14 http://tinyurl.com/rea2he
  17. South Jersey, Pine Hill Scout Reservation 8/16-22/2009 http://tinyurl.com/p2hgpv
  18. Maybe the position of Honorary President of the BSA is now an "opt-out" position instead of an "opt-in" position
  19. I thought there might be some mention of the new Honorary President, maybe in the photo caption of the White House visit. I found this on the Boy's Life website, maybe I missed an official announcement http://boyslife.org/home/380/who-we-are/ HONORARY PRESIDENT, BSA THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES Barack Obama Scouting magazine still lists President Bush http://www.scoutingmagazine.org/about/masthead.html The President of the United States, George W. Bush, Honorary President, BSA I had hoped membership would stop declining and maybe looking at the numbe
  20. http://www.scouting.org/Media/AnnualReports/2008.aspx Membership numbers reported http://www.scouting.org/Media/AnnualReports/2008/11memsummary.aspx I did not see a new Honorary President of BSA mentioned.
  21. Agree that cellphone and gps units are new tools that we need to teach proper use as mentioned in the Wilderness Survival mb book. I like the Electronic Chip idea. We do not allow scouts to bring knives if they do not have a Totin' Chip card, the same could apply to cellphones. As I stated earlier, my unit has not had a problem with scouts carrying cellphones maybe that is because patrols have carried walkie-talkies for years and it was a natural transition or maybe it is our New Parent Orientation. Anyway when cellphones came along, parents wanted their sons to carry them. So far, no pro
  22. Doubt it. The minimum age to take a WFA course is usually 16, though I have seen 14.
  23. If I am running the activity, scouts can carry cellphones (turned off). If they do not have a cellphone, I make it clear that mine (always on) is available. Reception has been spotty, otherwise no problems. Frankly I am surprise no cellphones have been lost. Parents want to know that if their child needs to call them, he can. I have not had any parents call me yet during an activity, bad weather or not. Many scouts call their parents on the drive home so no more late pick-ups. Times change, we are a wired society. Find another troop that is not in denial.(This message has been e
  24. CNYScouter commented "We actually were in talks with Disney/Pixar about having an active promotional role with UP!, and the branding/marketing team at Disney was really excited. That it at least, until it went up their flag pole and reached the legal department, at which point it got declined due to our membership/leadership policies." I thought the problem was BSA Legal being a licensing PITA. Got me wondering why Hollywood doesn't outsource Boy Scouts from another scouting organization. But "Boy Scouts" negatively impacting sales, I am stunned. So Disney, the studio that produced
  25. I wonder if Wilderness Explorer Russell will help recruiting. Looks like another fun family animation movie, maybe we can all laugh at ourselves. http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/up/ I receive as a joke gift Disney-Pixar Up Wilderness Explorer Guide which has the usual (merit) badges plus some interesting new badges - Cellphone, Kite Flying, Karate, Sewing, First Aid and Second Aid, Badge Overload, and a make your own badge.
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