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    Eagle Project Approval

    I serve my district as the chair of the Eagle Board of Review and Advancement Committee Co-Chair. When I recieve a project for approval, I look it over, approve or deny and send it back within a day or two. There is no reason to sit on it for any length of time. Some districts have done only through the Eagle BOR and that can add time. Each council or district may set their own way of approving the projects. The Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures gives no guidelines on how to approve Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects, only that it "must approved by the district or council advancement committee or designee to make sure that it meets the stated standards for Eagle Scout service projects before the project is started." Scott
  2. I have just been appointed to the position of District Advancement Chair for our new district. I have read and re-read Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures and have sat down with the District Executive to plan things out, including forming our district Eagle Board of Review. Any advice from the distinished forum members?
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    Memorial Day - Scout ceremonies

    Our Troop participates in the Memorial Day services put on our local American Legion Post. They do a service at the Post's Memorial Park and 4 local cemeteries. Yours in Scouting, Scott
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    Welcome Newbies, Lurkers, and Geezers

    My Scouting story begins in the fall of 1969, when my father wanted something for me to do. He and several others founded Pack 91 and I got started. In 1973, I joined Troop 91,with my Arrow of Light. In 1980, I recieved my Eagle Scout. I went into the Air Force the following year and joined a troop on base as an ASM. Following the Air Force, I rejoined Troop 91 and served 2 years as Scoutmaster. I went into the Commissioner ranks until I hit a political snag within the council in 1987. I rejoined Scouting in 1990 as the Cubmaster of Pack 91 and in 1993 moved up to the Commissioner ranks where am I today.
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    Troop Committee Challenge game-help!

    Part II Pass out a copy of the Troop Committee Guidebook, chapter 4. Give each participantthe Troop Committee Member Responsibilities card that matches the responsibility shown on his or her game piece. Tell the participants that they will have 2 minutes to review their specific responsibilities. They will have 1 to 2 minutes to report on the two responsibilities they think the most important to their role. Then outline a sample committee meeting adgenda. That should see you through. Scott(This message has been edited by shemgren)
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    Troop Committee Challenge game-help!

    The puzzle pieces are numbered and the trainees are to label each one to the topic of the piece. The answers from the syllabus: 1) The Scout 2) The patrol 3) Youth Leaders 4) The patrol leaders' council 5) Adult Leaders 6) Troop Committee 7) Chartered organization 8) Unit Commissioner 9) District Committee 10) Scouting District 11) Local Council 12) National Council As they label them, have the trainees put the puzzle together, which makes the game board for the next section. The trainees take the game piece for their position on the committee. Place the pieces at the trailhead. Choose a number between 1 and 10 and have the trainees guess. The closest goes first. This person takes a card and reads it to the person on his left. If the player answers correctly, the player moves the number of spaces indicated on the card. If incorrect, the reader gives the correct answer and the player doesn't move. Move on clockwise. A player stopping on a space with a arrow, must move up to the space indicated. Players cannot stop on an already occupied space, but move to the next empty space. A player landing on a "Take a break" space selects a "Take a Break" card, reads it aloud and moves as indicated. Winning the Game It is not necessary to reach the end with an exact number The first player to reach the end wins the game. If all the question cards are used without a player reaching the end,the player closest to the end wins. Then do a group discussion. (This message has been edited by shemgren)(This message has been edited by shemgren)
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    AOL (Arrow of Light)

    The advancement program in Scouting has "ranks" to recognize the Scout's ability that has been demonstrated by meeting the requirements of the rank. A 1st Class Scout should be more capable in skill then a Tenderfoot. The ranks recognizes and stand for what a Scout is capable of, not just what he has demonstrated.
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    The switch from green to kahkai

    I got my Eagle when the uniform was changed (1980). I bought my new style uniform in 1981. There was no exchange, and the badges slowly changed to the new uniform style. In my area, the new uniforms took 6 to 8 months to showup. Back then, my council only had a small trading post and didn't get new stuff very fast. YIS Scott
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    New District

    I was just informed that our district will be split into two districts and was wondering if anyone has advice on a smooth transistion into the new district structure. The change will take effect May 1st. Thanks for your attention. Scott
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    Award Presentation Secrecy

    When I recieved the District Award of Merit, I did't know until the dinner and it was announced,that I had recieved it, however, the council formally notified me when I recieved Silver Beaver to allow me to invite family and friends and to provide a photograph, updated bio, etc. Scott
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    patch location help

    It goes on the right shelve, postion 3, leaving space for the patrol medalion below the American Flag. I wear a American Legion Boy Scout patch in that position. Scott
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    Religious Emblem Question

    They are available at your local Scout Shop. Just ask for them.
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    Religious Emblem Question

    1. The purple square knot may be worn by the Scout as soon as he earns the award. This will remain on his uniform through audlthood. (I wear the knot on my uniform from my youth.) He may attach a device (a small pin) for the age level he earned to the award. I wear a Cub Scout and Explorer device on mine. 2. A Scout may earn all the award at each age level if he wishes. Each one explores a different area of faith. 3.See # 1 Scott
  14. I am in Scouting because it was a great influence on me when I was a boy and I am striving to provide that opportunity to as many youth that I can. Training is vital to providing a quality program to youth by quality trained leaders. I have done training since I have been an adult in the program and feel that it is necessary to this aim. Scott
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    Happy 94th Boy Scouts of America

    Many Happy Returns, BSA
  16. The "Boy Scout Requirements" book, no.33215 has been updated as a 2004 edition. This lists the new requirements. Merit Badge.com seems not be updated since 2002. The following MBs have been changed: Archery Basketry Collections Communications Dog Care Electronics Emergency Prepardness Fingerprinting Horsemanship Model Building and Design Music and Bugling Nature Oceanography Orienteering Personal Management Railroading Reading Salesmanship Textile Woodworking (This message has been edited by shemgren)
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    Rank Posters

    I just got my new catalog in today's mail. The posters are on page Leaders 8 and they are item # B34151,$18.95. Scott
  18. My Troop recently lost a member due to a hay ride accident and the Committee put the Scout in for the Spirit of the Eagle award, which came in today's mail. I ask this esteemed panel for suggestion on a ceremony for presenting this award to the family. I am thinking about a modified version of Spirit of the Eagle Eagle Scout Ceremony, found in the Eagle Scout Court of Honor Book by Mark Ray. The troop was the honor guard at the Scout's funeral, including folding a casket flag at the gravesite, that I secured from the local Legion post. Please let me know what you think to help us honor this departed Scout.
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    Other Hobbies

    computers, especially building them from scratch collecting rare books collecting eagles military history learning trivia
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    Merry Chistmas

    I wish to all a very Merry Christmas and a fruitful 2004! Keep the spirit of season and of Scouting burning bright in the time ahead. Scott Hemgren
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    Committee Chairman Duties

    There are two resources: 1) Troop Committee Guidebook, No. 34505 and 2) The Troop Committee Challenge, No. 33643 both of these should be available from your Scout Service Center.
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    Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my esteemed fellow posters! Keep the Scouting spirit burning bright and well. Scott
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    Big Council vs. Small Council?

    Central Minnesota Council where I serve has 9,700 youth served by 2000+ registered adults. It covers 11 counties in Central Minnesota with three districts, however four funcutionally. One district has a large town in it and that is treated in alot of ways a separate district.
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    Favorite eagle projects

    One of the Scout in my unit planted, weeded, harvested 10 arces of land, gave all the produce to the local food shelf. He had in excess of 100 volunteers and in excess of 3000 hours into the project. He transported over 4,000 lbs of produce in donated trucks. He did all this organically. He found volunteers from all over the area and got the seed donated. The land belonged to his family. It took over 6 hours to assemble his Eagle packet. Whew!
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    Not sure what to name this thread

    SME is Supporting Membership Enrollment or also known as FOS (Friends Of Scouting); the annual appeal by the local council to get funding from the families in the units and the community at large. Councils use this to make a large precentage of their budget. The SME committee work behind the scenes to raise this support in the local community.