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  1. RichardB

    Scout to Merit Badge Counselor Ratio

    Suggest a review of the Barriers to Abuse as two scouts with a counselor is no longer acceptable - https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss01/#a Adult Supervision Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided. (FAQ’s)
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    Wood Badge and Part C

    Cardiac related issues, for men over the age of 40 are a real issue in and out of Scouting. Hypertension is just one risk factor. Would suggest the OP engage a PCP and address the issue and potential others. Would also suggest that it's something the OP should discuss with the leadership team of the WB course, no differently than you would want a participant in your unit to address any restrictions or potential work around. Not sure where the OP is going to WB, it might make a difference.
  3. Circle Ten Council does a WB course at Philmont Scout Ranch in August. http://circleten.org/wood-badge If you are looking for something different. I've sent several folks to this course in the past.
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    Scouts BSA FAQ dated 9/14/18

    https://www.scouting.org/familyscouting/ is the one source of truth from the national council.
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    For the good of the order, atlatl is a prohibited activity. You can reference Appendix 8 of the Shooting Sports manual. Spears.
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    Anyone actually read the Camporee Guide? https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/outdoor program/pdf/430-001.pdf Especially this part: A camporee starts with the recognition that a patrol is the basic camping unit. The patrol demonstrates its very best camping techniques and shares its experiences with other patrols. The camporee involves the type of equipment that can be carried in a pack by boys and can be set up entirely by boys, allowing them to be completely self-sufficient for a self-reliant experience over a period of two or three days.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/12/05/scouts-bsa-brand-guidance I'd suggest clicking thru all the resources included. You should have also gotten a link to this via Scouting Wire if your email is up to date and you are a BSA volunteer.
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    WFA: Required or not?

    @Eagle94-A1 There was not such a rule. Recommended, sure, required no. I happen to know the guy that writes those. Rumor, BS, folklore, well intended volunteers pushing a WFA agenda all could be the source, but not the BSA this time..... ECSI and the American Red Cross both have agreements with the BSA to facilitate instructor development and capacity locally. https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/training/ The American Camp Association recognizes several other nationwide providers like SOLO and NOLS who have courses that meet their standards. Several BSA camps including Philmont Scout Ranch are ACA accredited, which means that they have chosen to follow the ACA standards (which require WFA when away from medical care). Need a class, check with your Council Training committee.
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    WFA: Required or not?

    "They" never had such a rule......Are you confusing this with when the H/W chart on the AHMR applies? https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/ahmr/medical-formfaqs/
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    Cub Scout Shooting Sports and NRA

    Would be interested in who this forum thinks could fill the role that NRA Instructors, TC's and RSO / CRSO's provide to the shooting sports?
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    Cub Scout Shooting Sports and NRA

    https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/shooting-sports/cub-scout-shooting-sports/ Cub Scouts shooting BB guns use a BB Gun Rangemaster, that particular training is done locally and is BSA developed training for a specific purpose. Not an NRA program.
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    Contagious Disease Outbreaks

    Communicable diseases are a real risk, there are some incident reviews that are in the works but are not ready for publication. The American Camp Association also has some great resources. https://www.acacamps.org/staff-professionals/core-competencies/health-wellness/communicable-diseases-infestations
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    Contagious Disease Outbreaks

    Might suggest review of this: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-103(18)_Prev_of_CommunicableDiseases.pdf
  14. I'm sorry, did you read the reference / source material? OP asked about a private online forum set up for PLC use and connected to the Troop. Seems pretty clear (it's not a hypothetical) that this was set up and being done in the name of Scouting. From the Scouting wire that outlines not only why but the risks: "..To help ensure that all communication on social media channels remains positive and safe, these channels must be public, and all communication on or through them must be public. This enables administrators to monitor all communication and help ensure there is no inappropriate communication between adult leaders and Scouts or between Scouts themselves. Therefore, no private channels (e.g., private Facebook groups or invite-only YouTube channels) are acceptable in helping to administer the Scouting program. Private channels and private communication put both the youth and you at risk. If you feel the information you seek to share via social media channels should not be shared in public, you should not share that information via social media..." From the Barriers to Abuse: "...All aspects of the Scouting program are open to observation by parents and leaders. The BSA does not recognize any secret organizations as part of its program..."
  15. https://scoutingwire.org/marketing-and-membership-hub/social-media/social-media-guidelines/ The private online situation should cause pause, and does not meet Scouting's Barriers to Abuse. https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss01/#a