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  1. Educating New Scouts on Merit Badges

    I showed this Youtube video at a Court of Honor in an attempt to teach the parents how merit badges are supposed to be earned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81t74RXWr-s The Scouts got excited and mothers horrified about a Rat Study merit badge.
  2. Troop Bank Accounts

    All LDS Scout units run their financials through the church's system.
  3. The three Councils here in Utah are charging: Trapper Trails = $2,850 Great Salt Lake = $3,450 Utah National Park = $2,995. Looks like all three include a week of touring.
  4. @@vumbi The instructions from the LDS church are that "No Scout sponsored overnight camping should be planned for boys under age 11." Scout Handbook for church Units page 4 section 6.1 However, the Cub Scouts can and are expected to participate in day time activities.
  5. @@ntc As an LDS scouter, here are my recommendations: If it is they have just not been interested then I would just keep working toward finishing the Webelos rank. However, if the Cub Scouts had been motivated and are now just running out of time due to extenuating circumstances, then I would look at pushing the Arrow of Light. Either way you choose to go the most important thing is to make it fun. If we lose a Scout at the Cub level; then it is very difficult to get them to engage in Scouting once they become Deacons, and they are more likely to fall away from the church as they get older. Also I recommend completing the Scouting Adventure, it will greatly help the Cub Scouts transition to Boy Scouts. But, do keep in mind, that even though your Webelos do not camp, the Scouting Adventure still requires that they participate in a day outing with a troop. Fortunately, Klondike session is starting so there are some opportunities to hook up with a troop.
  6. Scuba Diving - around here the going rate is about $250 Hiking - 20 mile day hike Citizenship in the Community - 8 hour service project
  7. Eagle COH Ideas and Scripts

    We have two organizations near by that will bring a live Eagle and do a presentation as part of a Court of Honor.
  8. Ever Had Your Scout Trailer Stolen?

    We had our trailer stolen. They cut the lock on a gate, probably used the safety chains to drag it away because they did not touch the hitch lock, and then cut the locks on the doors. The only thing that was in the trailer was a foldable Lifetime picnic table, a 10 x 20 portable carport that we used for a canopy, and the spare tire. The insurance had a $1,200 deductible for the trailer and $3,000 deductible for the content. We did not even come close to meeting it. A dealer was going to sell us a new trailer at his cost, but ended up just giving us a new spear tire. We have not replaced the table, but we did buy a new canopy Around here, a trailer parked in the corner of a church parking lot is basically guaranteed to be a scout trailer, so we did not feel that having a troop logo on it made it a target. However, we think that it was targeted because it is the only one with its own dedicated and fenced parking pad. The Trailer was reported at a construction site a week later. I do believe having the logo made recovery faster, because that site had a dozen similar trailers seating there for nearly six months. We looked at tracking devices, but, they have recurring fees that we could not justify. So we just got a wheel boot.
  9. Npr Story On Bsa/lds Relationship

    I think that size has more to do with the number of youth being served and not the population. The smallest of the three Utah Councils, Trapper Trails, has nearly 50,000 youth; the Great Salt Lake Council is claiming more than 76,000; and the Utah National Parks Council is reporting around 80,000. If the church splits that will leave around 5,000 scouts in Utah.
  10. Npr Story On Bsa/lds Relationship

    As an LDS scoutleader in Utah here is my take: The LDS church is pissed because of a lack of curtesy on the part of the BSA. The vote seems intentionally planed at a time that the BSA knew that the LDS leadership would not be available. If the BSA and LDS split it will impact the BSA: The church will not simply drop scouts, but will replace scouting with its own youth program. The youth and leaders will stay with the church’s new program. A very small number of youth and an even smaller number of leaders will seek scouting elsewhere. And those scouts will be short-lived once people learn how much scouting costs. I suspect that the farther away from Utah the less of an impact will be felt locally. The three councils in Utah will be financially decimated. And with each reporting close to a 99% LDS membership they will not have any scouts. The word that I am getting from the councils outside of Utah, are that 2 in Nevada, 2 in Colorado, 1 in Idaho, 1 in Wyoming, 1 in Arizona, and even 1 in California are reporting about a 50% LDS membership each. If that is true I would be asking, “What are the impacts of restructuring the Western Region?†I am guessing we will see: Councils being merged and or absorbed. Several hundred people will be out of a job (including myself). A massive sale-off of camps. Maybe the church will buy some of them. But, if I can pull enough scouts and adults together to float a neighborhood troop, it will be a nice change to have a troop of people that actually wanted to be there.
  11. Order Of The Arrow Requirements

    http://www.oa-bsa.org/pages/content/membership-and-induction After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.
  12. They Were "badges", Now "loops", But Actually Pins

    On the Program Updates page at Scouting.Org there is a YouTube video called LDS New Program Orientation. The video points out that of the 14 total Adventures needed the two Duty to God Adventures are intended to be done with family. That leaves 12 Adventures, one for each month. Some of the Adventures could also be completed / worked on with the troop as part of the troop visits. Working on both Webelos and Arrow of Light might need some coordinating, but, it is very doable.
  13. S/o Camping Reuirements

    NJCubScouter the way it is supposed to work: On the Scouts birthday they move to the next group. At 11 they join the New Scouts, which is just an 11 year old age based patrol with the focus on Scout through First Class and they are allowed to go camping three times. At 12 they move to the “regular†Boy Scout Troop. At 14 they join the Varsity Team. And at 16 they join the Venture Crew. At 18 they move on to the adult side. There is some flexibility depending on resources and needs, but the norm is that an LDS Boy Scout Troop is made up of 12 and 13 year olds. Yes, the Varsity still use the same rank structure, but they also have some of their own awards, and focus more on high adventure. The big problem is that must LDS leaders do not know that. As dysfunctional as many LDS troops are it tends to gets worse in the other programs. It is possible for christineka’s son to go through his full scout career and not get enough nights for the Camping merit badge. As I cannot control the other groups, I view it as, I have two years (my two year window) to give the kids the best Scout experience and as many opportunities as I can before they turn 14. I have told the scouts that if they are not happy with how the Varsity program is being run, then they can hang out with us. We have two older boys going to summer camp with us.
  14. S/o Camping Reuirements

    If you are near Salt Lake City your son is always welcome to join my troop either full-time or part-time. We are an LDS group and meet must Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. We are just off the I-215 by the airport. While we are not a perfect troop, we do have a camp out planned for every mouth. As far as getting your troop to camp monthly I have had the best of luck pointing out that as a troop we only have two years to work with the scouts before they move on to the Varsity Team. They need 20 nights with their troop and only one summer camp counts. That means 15 monthly campouts are needed. Divided over the two years that is 8 and 7 monthly camp outs each year, leaving 3 and 4 mouths for options. Knowing that not every Scout can attend every outing do to school, sports, and family conflicts; not to mention flaky leaders and weather; it is vital that LDS troops run year round camping programs so that the scouts even have the opportunity to complete the Camping merit badge in the two year window. On the LDS-BSA Relationships website there are two blog posts that might be of help you, they are: Mac’s Message #1: Gaining a Vision of Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood Mac’s Message #42: How to Encourage Priesthood Leaders to Fully Embrace Scouting
  15. Last Child in the Woods

    I just picked up a copy of the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. Any other required reading for a class I would have just checked it out from the library, however the subtitle, Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, struck a cord within me and I bought the book. I would like to hear what opinions and thoughts people, who work with youth, have regarding the book. Last Child in the Woods Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv