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  1. Our troop charges $0 per year and $0 per month for dues. Being a member of our troop is 100% FREE (the registration and charting fees are covered by an annual unit fundraiser along with left-over funds from campouts). We charge $15 per person per campout (to cover the cost of food and campsite fees, etc.) but we usually end up "making money" on the event (it's rare that we spend $15 per person on food and lodging, so an extra buck or two per person usually goes back into the troop funds for other expenses down the road). For a Scout that attends every campout (we don't do June or July bec
  2. I am a counselor for both Personal Management and Personal Fitness. The requirements for Personal Fitness specifically state: "#7.Outline a comprehensive 12-week physical fitness program using the results of your fitness tests. Be sure your program incorporates the endurance, intensity, and warm-up guidelines discussed in the Personal Fitness merit badge pamphlet. Before beginning your exercises, have the program approved by your counselor and parents." The Scout must meet with the counselor before starting their 90-day fitness program. The requirements specifically say "before
  3. So I had a few Scouts in my unit recently earn the Textile merit badge and in one of the boy's most recent Scoutmaster conference an interesting question came up. It was one I did not know the answer to, nor have I been able to successfully Google an answer to it either. The question is: where do the merit badge patches come from? I know where we buy them (the Scout , but where are they made? Where exactly do all the merit badge (and for that matter, the rank badges and other stock emblems) come from? Who makes them? I know they come from the BSA National Supply group (that's obviously wh
  4. I guess the whole flaw in the BSA policy/logic is that they say "the formation of peer-based, social relationships between adult and youth members is not permitted." However, what type of relationship should a 20-year-old and a 22-year-old-have besides a peer-based, social relationship? They are peers! Yes, the BSA draws a line at 21 for who can participate in the program, but being born 18-months apart does not change one's peer group. I would be more concerned (not only from a youth protection standpoint, but also from a social health and development standpoint) with a 20-year-old
  5. Thanks for all the feedback, opinions, and facts here...however the more I've look into this issue, the more questions I have. I have two young men in my crew - one is a 19 year old youth member (and a vice president in the crew), the other is a 22 year old associate advisor (and one of the best adult leaders our crew has). While at Scouting events these two follow all the rules for youth protection and fulfill their roles wonderfully. However these two young men also attend the same college and are roommates (they share a house with 4 other guys). There is nothing romantic or sexual
  6. You're right, qwazse. This is a matter of "status". These two aren't worried about how this will affect them while they are at Scouting events. They don't mind having to show discretion or change their behavior at Scouting events (they are always appropriate for the program; and unless you knew them personally, you would not be able to tell they were a couple by the way the act at Scouting events). They aren't asking to tent together or for any special "couples" treatment. But I do know that they are both involved in (and very passionate about) their summer jobs at our local council
  7. Yes, the question isn't can they share a tent on a campout nor is it even can they share a kiss or hold hands while on a BSA outing (they currently don't do these things at Scouting events, and aren't expecting to be able to start doing it). The question is will it get them into trouble if he (an adult leader) goes out to the movies on a Saturday night with someone who is a "youth member" (even though she is over 18 and legally an adult). Does fraternizing of two adults outside of Scouting event violate youth protection if one of them is a youth in Scouting and another is an adult?
  8. The rules of public displays of affection at Scouting functions and where they can bunk (whether they are adults or youth) is something that is easy for them to deal with. However in doing more research on this, I found that the Venturing Youth Protection training (http://www.scouting.org/filestore/ypt/pdf/25-026.pdf) states that: "The roles of volunteer adult leaders in the Venturing program require that clear boundaries be established between adult leaders and youth members. For this reason, fraternization the formation of peer-based, social relationships between adult and youth mem
  9. I received the following question in an E-mail from one of my Scouts. Not sure on how to respond. Could someone more familiar with the rules and policies help: ==== As you know, I am 20 years old (and will be turning 21 next month). I plan on remaining active in the crew as an adult leader. As Im sure you also know, [Name withheld] and I have been dating for the past 3 years and are engaged to be married; however she is 19 (she wont be 21 for another 19 months). Both [my fianc] and I are heavily involved in the Venture crew and both of us work on the summer camp staff at [our local coun
  10. A young female member and vice president of the venturing crew I am affiliated with recently announced she is pregnant. While I was personally shocked by the news of this 16-year-old's pregnancy, I was even more shocked when several parents came forward and voiced their opinions on the situation at a committee meeting. These parents wanted to know if the crew could suspend or remove this young lady from the crew. They said her activity was un-Scout-like and she was setting a bad example for the other young men and women in the crew; and just as the BSA prohibits atheists, agnostics and avowed
  11. I've been told that once once you become an Eagle Scout, you are always an Eagle Scout (even when you're over 18 and even if you are no longer a registered Scout/Scouter). I am in my 40's (earned my Eagle long ago) but I will proudly say "I am an Eagle" (not "I was an Eagle"). However is this true for the other ranks? I was recently in a businees meeting and the topic of Scouting came up. One of my co-workers said "I was an Eagle". Now I did not jump in to correct him ("you mean, your ARE an Eagle, right?") because another co-worker chimed in and said "Oh, I was a Star Scout" and then an
  12. Thanks again, for all the great feedback here. I understand that Venturing crews can devise their own uniforms - they can use the official grey shorts, or they can simply use other grey slacks, or they could opt to do something completly different for their uniform pants - that's their right as a crew and is part of the Venturing program. Venturing crews have freedom with what they can wear, however do they have the freedom to use parts from other BSA uniforms however they want? What is the stance/policy on wearing BSA uniform parts in ways they weren't intended to be used? Can a Ven
  13. Thanks everyone for the feedback and insights. My feelings is that the old difficulties with merit badge management at camp will still exist switching from "blue cards" to a computer system just changes the tools but won't cure any of the problems with poor managers, sloppy instruction practices, or lazy record keepers (it may save a staff member's wrist from 500 signatures on Friday, but the computer won't track the process and do all the work for you). But I don't think it will make things any worse and maybe it will streamline things and at least make records neater. However my
  14. I understand that venture crews can set their own uniform a crew has the right to devise their own uniform if they wish, whether they want to use the recommended "overpriced" pants, shorts, shirt, socks and hat to be their uniform, or some kind of crew t-shirt, or a polo shirt, or something else. They can devise their own uniform. So in a sense, the camp staff (which all belong to a single council-sponsored venture crew) could use the green shirt with the green shorts as their uniform. However, does a crew have complete freedom to do whatever they want with the official uniform parts? Co
  15. This summer our council is thinking about removing "blue cards" (aka merit badge applications) from the merit badge earning process at their summer camp. They are looking at getting a computer program called BadgeTracker (http://badgetracker.com/) to handle the paperwork and record keeping of this new system. At the end of the week Scoutmasters would simply receive a print-out of what badges were earned by their Scouts rather than receiving a stack of "blue cards". The council says this will reduce the chance of loosing a card, save the staff from having to spend Friday signing a stack of hund
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