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  1. In my neck of the woods, there is an extreme shortage of unit commissioners. Is this complicated (and overly pretentious, IMO) training system supposed to make it easier to get people to volunteer?
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    Venturing Shooting Sports Spectacular

    Venturing Scouts ... deep sigh
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    Girls in the BSA

    Thank you for this. I’ve also gotten tired of the constant arguing and trying to turn back the clock. After years of advocacy for girls and gays, we finally have an inclusive program. The decision has been made and these girls - our girls - are going to be Scouts. Let’s give them an amazing welcome!
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    Scouts BSA Girls’ Uniform +

    I agree. I’m going to be checking into embroidery shops / tailors who might be able to copy that and customize.
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    Scouts BSA Girls’ Uniform +

    Because they have taken great pains to note and emphasize that it’s not a coed program. Troops are separate.
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    What's in a name?

    Adventure Scouts Action Scouts Explorer Scouts Pathfinder Scouts Outdoor Scouts Wilderness Scouts Patrol Scouts Arrow Scouts
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    What's in a name?

    Barry, I agree with you 100% for once! Not everyone can or should be a leader.
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    What's in a name?

    I don’t know - never wore them. I joined in 1990, when the berets had been retired but we loved them so much that we ordered military knockoff ones and sewed the BSA logo on. (Or the SM’s wife did, rather.) Some of the older Scouts still had their skill awards. I thought they looked dopey and too much like the Cub belt loops. I’d just gotten out of Cubs, so what would I want to wear belt loops for again?
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    What's in a name?

    My first troop was a beret troop ... we looked darn good, too!
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    What's in a name?

    You wrote back upstream: “We helped them navigate the Eagle process and they all sat for their initial BORs in November or December. They spent Christmas break helping each other with their Eagle projects, which are all solid projects mind you. No weak sister projects in the bunch. five of them, including my son, will sit for their final Eagle Scout BOR next Tuesday night.” I believe John’s comment was referring to the “initial BOR” and “final Eagle Scout BOR.” There is no such thing. There is one BOR for each rank.
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    What's in a name?

    If you feel you can speak for them - why did they feel this way? Why do they see a girls’ troop as an issue to overcome? What impact did they see a girls’ troop having on their Scouting experience?
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    Scout to Merit Badge Counselor Ratio

    I’m sorry your son had that experience. Unfortunately, MBCs are not formally trained teachers and may not have experience working with Scouts who have dyslexia or other issues learning. It sounds to me like the ratio was less the problem and more the counselor’s inexperience and the setup of the program. Thankfully, your son can complete the MB the way MBs are supposed to be completed - by asking the Scoutmaster for a referral and working on the badge with the counselor and a buddy. Your son’s SM presumably knows about his dyslexia and can ask the council or district about recommendations of MBCs who may have some experience in that regard. (A local high school science teacher could be recruited to fill that role, for example.) That said, Environmental Science is one of those MBs with a report/writing requirement that poses challenges to many a Scout. A good MBC shouldn’t let that stand in the way; whatever accommodations your son uses to get his written work done in school should suffice here (dictation, etc.).
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    Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls?

    Do you have a copy of the email you can post? That contradicts what National staffers are telling people.
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    What's in a name?

    This is all covered, though somewhat imperfectly, in the BSA’s FAQ: —— Q: What will the members of the program be called? Just as today, they will be called Scouts. For example, “I’m in Scouts BSA, so I am a Scout.” —— I think we’re just going to have to get used to calling groups of Cubs “Cubs,” not Cub Scouts. That’s manageable and reasonable.
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    What data, Barry? The only membership numbers cited were historical, drawn from National’s own reports.