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  1. I am good with what you are doing and your goals. I wish you where in Salt Lake, I would take advantage. Over the winter when we have two feet of snow on the ground, I think Leather work would be a great opportunity/activity. Our challenge is the cost of repeat projects. $5 each person and they get a 3" round thing, while that is cool the first year, I don't see it holding their interest every year. I feel, having a variety of projects that a group can work on, but, at the same time keeping the price low is a must. So, what are your plans or what are you thinking for projects?
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    Scout BSA Uniform Survey (Girls)

    Is it just me or are those shirts really just the same shirt, they appear to just have additional pockets on top of pockets. I want to see the shirts with the typical display of patches in the correct proposed locations. Put some bling on them and then use an anatomical manikin so we can see what they will actually look like on a Scout. Or better yet, make a National Executive SEW the badges on and then get some Venture girls to model them and give feed back. Also I spoke with some friends that have strict religious / moral standards and the skorts do not make the cut.
  3. "Linked" Troop is code word for "Coed" Troop
  4. Yes, we would like to. We need reliable consistent access to tools and knowledge. I would like to see Belts & Knife Sheaths. Axe Covers, Yes, I don't think we could afford dutch oven cases. I would use both options 1 & 2. Option 3...avoid like the plague.
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    Linked Troops - What are these?

    At Least we will not need to buy a second Troop Flag, those are expensive.
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    Why Did You Leave Scouts ?

    I knew a troop that would hold Board of Reviews with every scout, every month, regardless if they where getting rank or not. They had a pretty good knowledge of the scouts and what motivated them.
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    Why Did You Leave Scouts ?

    I have had a few parents complain that sports give their kids something to do every day, but scouts is only once a week.
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    Girl Scout Camp/Organization Better than BSA?

    Around here: Tigers are $35 for a one day day camp. Wolfs, Bears, and Webelos are $55 for two days, but, no over night camping. Leaders are free and most of the staff appears to be paid.
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    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.
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    Troop Bank Accounts

    All LDS Scout units run their financials through the church's system.
  11. 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.
  12. @@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.
  13. @@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.
  14. Scuba Diving - around here the going rate is about $250 Hiking - 20 mile day hike Citizenship in the Community - 8 hour service project
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    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.