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  1. scoutldr

    Does mb counselor status expire?

    Merit Badge counselors (MBC) should be properly registered at the District level. It is not a troop level position. If a troop does not recharter, it should not affect their registration. They also need to keep their Youth Protection training current. Your son's SM should be able to get a list of currently registered and approved MBC from the District Advancement Committee. These are the ONLY people who should be signing off on blue cards.
  2. The judgments will be for cash. How the BSA/Councils/COs raise that cash will be up to them.
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    The ascent of the handbook as part of the uniform

    Also a Scout since 1962. I recall that the "Card" required was a current membership card. Back in B-P's day, the Scout Stave was part of the "kit" that every Scout was expected to have with him.
  4. scoutldr

    Duplicate Troop numbers

    Years ago, before the earth cooled, there was Pack and Troop 66 which were in existence when I was a Bobcat. When I went to sign up my 8 year old son (before Tigers were a thing), I was told the Pack had become too large and was going to split. Sooooo, I became a DL in the newly cleaved Pack 99. Made it easy to just turn the numbers around. A year later, I became CM for 5 years. Within a few years we had 130 boys, 15 dens and 4 Webelos dens. Time to split again. A group moved to a neighboring school and became Pack 991. Then troop 991. Then we split again and begat Pack 996, then Troop 996. I am now 65 and my Scouts are 41 and 38 with prospective Cubs of their own...that's how we did it.
  5. I went and read the bill...summer camps are specifically exempt. In fact, there are so many exemptions now, it's all meaningless.
  6. I just read that, in my state, the Democrat-controlled stage legislature is pushing forward a bill that will raise the state-wide minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 and our liberal Governor is sure to sign it. No mention of exemptions. Wonder what this will do to the Council budgets who will now have to double the salaries of the DEs and pay a teen camp staffer for a full 40 hours a week, plus overtime?
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    Which square knots to wear and why

    I think I just met her on Facebook. Rude and nasty, too.
  8. Then they are not fulfilling the terms of their Charter agreement. To me, this is one of the biggest failures of the current model. The CO/COR are ignorant of, or simply ignore, their agreed upon responsibilities...and the Professional staff are just as happy to be given free rein without outside interference, handpicking the Executive Board to do the SE's bidding. Perhaps scout camps would not be sold off to continue paying 6-figure salaries if the CORs showed up and voted.
  9. Councils are independent corporations. And our new SE is advertising that if the current FOS campaign meets his goals, he will eliminate the "Council Program Fee" that has been levied on each member.
  10. scoutldr

    Schools & Religious Principle

    To be "reverant" is "to revere". It need not necessarily refer to God or religion. I know people who "revere" their favorite actor or football team. borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French reverer, borrowed from Latin reverērī "to stand in awe of, treat with deference," from re- RE- + verērī "to show reverence for, fear" I would submit that perhaps the wrong word is being used in the Scout Law and is not specific enough.
  11. scoutldr

    Setting the tone with a new CSE

    A hundred large ain't what it used to be...
  12. No, but we use that information to guide the discussion and see if the Scout owns it.
  13. I can vouch that not all reference letters are positive. I have NEVER seen them returned to the Scout. They are read by the BOR members prior to inviting the Scout in the room and then retained and destroyed by the BOR chairman.
  14. scoutldr

    Stonewall Jackson Area Council Changes Name

    You also need to read Lincoln's writings on slavery and the black man, to get a fair view.
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