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    Setting the tone with a new CSE

    A hundred large ain't what it used to be...
  2. No, but we use that information to guide the discussion and see if the Scout owns it.
  3. 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.
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    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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    YPT required one year out to recharter?

    My current YPT was good until March, but was told I had to take it now before I could re-register. It was time consuming, and not much change from 2018, maybe more emphasis on females in units. I missed two questions on the exam because they had multiple answers, but it didn't say "select all that apply" like the other questions did. That needs to be fixed...or maybe add an "all of the above" choice. I did learn that in my state, volunteers are not "mandatory reporters", but employees are. Anyway, it's done and the youth are safe from me. I have the certificate to prove it.
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    Committee voting

    Anyone remember filmstrips and records...advance one frame when you heard the beep...
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    Hair-Brained Idea du Jour...

    Yep...not a new thing. Going after youth soccer teams and registering them as Cub Scouts was a thing back in the dark ages...mid-80s as I recall. No Scout uniforms or real program...just soccer. Kinda like the old Learning for Life program that went after kids in school and registering them as Scouts, but not really "Scouts" because then they could register everyone, not just straight young men, without offending the major religious groups.
  8. In my experience, Council never looks at blue cards. just as they don't check the signatures in a Scout's handbook to verify rank requirements. Just the Advancement Report that the unit submits when purchasing the badges...(now electronic??). Unless things have changed...
  9. The BSA has said, to paraphrase, "That's just legal mumbo-jumbo that the law requires. We promise we won't do anything other than the usual criminal background check, same as we've always done. Scout's Honor." I can't believe people are being so naive about this. As my dear late dad used to say..."I was born at night, but it wasn't last night."
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    Scouting in Blighted Communities

    If i remember correctly, isn't that how Scouting got started in London?
  11. There is no "harder" or "easier" in BSA advancement...there is "meet the requirements-no more, no less". Many of us have observed the summer camp or MB "Fair" where the group sits there being talked at, resulting in a signed blue card.
  12. Great discussion, but @DuctTape has it. Merit Badge "Universities" (or whatever the local term is) circumvents one of the MAIN purposes of the Merit Badge program. It is NOT supposed to be "listen to this group lecture and answer a few questions and get your blue card signed." It is to teach INDIVIDUAL initiative, decision-making, and action. Having Mrs. Billysmom say "OK, Saturday we are going to the MBU and getting some meritbadges and here are all the ones you can get. After all, we need to get you to Eagle by age 16 so it looks good on your college application" Rather, it is: 1. SCOUT decides he needs to earn a MB if he's ever going to advance past First Class. 2. SCOUT approaches SM and says, "Mr SM, I think I would like to take Advanced Nuclear Physics MB" 3. SM says, "That's Great, however...how about something more useful right now, like Dog Care. I hear you have a new puppy?" 4. SCOUT, "Ok, sounds good, what do I need to do?" 5. SM: "Here are some names of the Dog Care MB counselors approved by the District. YOU (NOT YOUR MOM) need to call them and see if one of them has time to work with you". And here's a blue card to give to the counselor. 6 SCOUT: "(calling MB Counselor with parent listening in) Hello, Mr. Dog Care? My name is Billy from Troop XXX. I have a new puppy and would really like to earn the Dog Care MB. My SM recommended I call you." 7. MBC: "Nice to meet you, Billy. How about Saturday at 9 am? Be sure to get a copy of the Dog Care MB Pamphlet and look over the requirements before you come. OH, and please bring a buddy or a parent with you!" 8. SCOUT: "Thanks! I will. See you then!" 9. Scout and MBC then meet (following YPT requirements) as often as necessary to get it done and signed blue card is returned to the SM. The program was NOT designed to be a group effort like a freshman lecture hall in college. It is designed to get the SCOUT to get off his/her keister and take initiative and initiate some "Adult Association" and learn about a topic from a recognized "expert" in the field either by vocation or avocation. It grinds my gears when a troop registers a bunch of parents as MBC without regard to their expertise in the field and are listed in the District as "for Troop XXX only." Then at the EBOR, we observe that NONE of their MB were obtained from outside the troop or summer camp setting. By prodding, pushing and leading scouts to the MB trough and spoonfeeding MB we are cheating the Scout out of one of the most important developmental lessons in becoming adults.
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    Scouter.com Slogan Contest

    Remember "Scouting Rounds a Guy Out", which immediately made me the butt of all fat jokes.
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    Fee increase - observations

    My 8 yo Granddaughter goes to dance class for "only one hour a week". I just wrote the check for November...$126 PER MONTH. Her recital costumes will be over $100 each...and she will need two. But it's her passion, and she doesn't do any other extracurriculars. Me paying this allows her mom to have the latest $1000 iPhone, so I guess it's worth it.
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    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    My Council has announced the following, in addition to the national fee of $60 per youth: $12 insurance, $12 Boys Life and $30 Council Program fee, so $102 per youth member. Add to that the cost of unit dues, uniforms, and summer camp and other outings, you are looking at around $500 per youth per year. All adults also have to pay the program fee and insurance fee in addition to national registration. Scouting is now officially out of reach for a significant number of families with multiple registered members.
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    First Campout...

    I hear this a lot with new parents...of my Grandkids. Constantly asking them what they want to do, or bargaining with them. Kids that age don't need to give their permission.
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    Limit for Cub Scout nights of camping

    My Council doesn't charge for units to camp at Council camps, unless you need equipment from the quartermaster barn. Not yet, anyway.
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    Limit for Cub Scout nights of camping

    @RichardB, I think the confusion is over the term "overnight". Is it limited to one night, as in, "go camp overnight and come home tomorrow"? Or does it mean overnight for as many nights as you want? Also, the rule used to be "Cubs only do family camping", but your chart above shows family camping and "den/pack overnighters"...can you define the difference, please?
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    Fooled to want foil?

    That's the only way we cooked back in the 60s...wood campfires. No propane or white gas ...no trailers or patrol boxes either...everything went in our backpacks....
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    He Struck Again

    Smoking in the presence of Scouts is unacceptable. Fine a new Leader.
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    The Frugal Camp Menu

    I have Grandkids age 4 and 8. They wouldn't touch ANY of the foods listed above. They are being raised on a steady diet of Lunchables, juice boxes and high-sugar cereal. I even popped up a bag of Boy Scout kettle corn the other day...wouldn't touch it..."I only eat the yellow popcorn". Whatever happened to the days of "you have 2 choices for dinner...TAKE it or LEAVE it!"
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    Old Guys on Forum?

    Nov 22, 2002 here. Yes, the early days were wild and wooly! My greatest sorrow was when Old Grey Eagle (aka OGE) passed away suddenly. I had a special connection when I found out the troop he served was sponsored by the Moravian church my cousin attends in Bethlehem, PA and is located a few blocks from my Grandparents' home she still occupies. Small world. He was always a voice of temperance, reason and wisdom. I miss his wise counsel.
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    possible fee increase coming

    Yes, we were told over the years that the Executive Board, Council Committee members and District Committee members were expected to be the FOS "Pace Setters" and donate over and above what our unit contributions would be.
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    Pack dilemma

    The Cubmaster should continue delivering the program to the boys through the cadre of Den Leaders. Committee operations and choosing a new chairman is not his/her role, as Cubmaster is not a committee position. The COR recuits and approves the committee chair, then the two of them form the committee as needed.