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  1. T2Eagle

    Unit Scouter Reserve

    What position did your unit intend to register the person for? Presumably the person filled out an application for council to apply the code to. The only exception to that I can think of is if the person is supposed to be a Tiger parent. My only experience with scouter reserve is college scouter reserve, and they pay regular registration fees, as do all adults who are registered scouters.
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    Eagle Project question... help

    I think this is the start of a good project, and i'm not surprised that it wasn't given the green light right away. Projects that are unusual are often treated skeptically because that's human nature. I suspect that what caused the greatest skepticism, besides its novelty, was that it is centered on donating only his legos and that the benefit to the school may not have been clear or convincing. If your son wants to follow through with this I would suggest two things: 1) get in contact with the school and get their support, in writing, for the project, including specifically why this would be particularly helpful to the school's unique mission; 2) expand the project to include a drive to collect other lego kits so that it isn't just about his own donation, and yes, include some sort of storage container, purpose built or purchased, so that you are giving the school a complete package. Best of luck to him.
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    Cub Scout Shooting Sports and NRA

    We include other groups' ideas when they are relevant to what we're teaching and when they are consistent with our Aims and Methods. BSA has its own requirements for shooting sports certifications. NRA certification is not a component of certification for BB range. I don't recall whether it is a component for more advanced ranges like .22 and shotgun.
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    Linked Troop Mission Statement

    What strikes me is that you're assuming both an extreme lack of knowledge on the part of the parents and an extreme level of complexity for youth running a program. How would you be doing this if you were starting a new troop for boys --- as has been going on for 100+ years? There could be some value in the girls observing how the boys run their troop for a few weeks, but mostly I think what you need to do is get the girls to jump in and start putting together THEIR program. Get your troop together, see who wants to be the leaders, have them work with the their fellow scouts to plan a campout --- where do they want to go, what do they want to do, how are they going to feed themselves. You can help them find equipment, but see what they think they know already and what they think they'll need. Skip the joint opening, closing, and game; Troop 123 isn't a subset of Troop 456, it's Troop 123, they know how to say the Pledge, they'll learn how to say the Oath and Law, they're as capable of deciding how to organize and enjoy themselves as any other troop. Once they get back from the first campout, great, what did we do well, what do we want to do differently. Now plan a couple more trips and start thinking about other things like advancement, if they're interested in that they'll read the handbook and start planning how to knock out requirememts. But what they probably want to do most is what all youth want to do: get together, get outside, and have some fun. Some of the other things you mention could be helpful, like having the parents of the new scouts observe how a current troop operates, however, maybe I'm wrong, but I would guess that many of the parents of girls joining the program are going to be the parents of sons already in the program. The essence of scouting is a group of youth being empowered to develop their own outdoor program. Focus on that and the rest of the stuff will follow.
  5. Thanks for the replies. The scout who contacted me came to our meeting tonight, said one of his buddies may also be joining. Of interest, the scout's mother told me that the reason they want to transfer now is that the troop is folding early, a year before the rest of the LDS troops, because they were going to be part of the pilot program for the new Church youth program.
  6. Could you be more specific and point out exactly where you see it not meeting Scouting's Barriers to Abuse. As described this is youth to youth communication. If a scout texts or emails or snapchats another scout is that now a violation or a situation where we adults have to require we are copied in? Pointing to several pages of verbiage and saying read here is unhelpful.. If it was obvious we'd all see it, if you want to be helpful, and help us both both serve our scouts and keep them safe then spell out exactly where you see what we apparently cannot.
  7. I can't think of any policy that would cover this, other than to say that YPT rules DO NOT APPLY because there are no adults involved and it's not actually a troop account.
  8. Thanks, I was misinformed. There are very few LDS units in our council and none in our district so it's rare that I interact with any scouters from those few units.
  9. I received a call recently from a parent who's son wants to transfer from an LDS troop to our non LDS troop. The scout and family are actually members of our Catholic parish, but he joined the program with his LDS buddy and has been continuing with them ever since. When I spoke with the mom, she said there may be COUPLE OTHER BOYS INTERESTED IN SWITCHING, IT WASN'T CLEAR WHETHER or not they were members of the LDS. The scout is currently 2nd class. My understanding is that there are some differences in advancement requirements between LDS and non LDS troops. Has anyone any experience with this kind of transfer, are there any rules that might govern the transfer of rank and requirements between the troops?
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    I HATE the new YPT rules

    If a smaller troop, say 5 scouts, was scheduled to go to a camporee, but couldn't get a second adult to camp with them, I don't think anyone would hesitate to offer them a scouter from the district or another troop to make sure their scouts could camp. This situation is no different. It has nothing to do with the gender of ether the scouts or the leaders. It is not uncommon for troops to sometimes struggle with this and for other scouters to help. I've done this a handful of times over the years.
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    Eagle Scout Extension for new 2019 Scouts

    We talk often about lawsuits being filed, or the fear there of. Can anyone list any significant successful lawsuits against BSA , or a troop, or a CO for its membership or advancement policies that actually resulted in a court ordering a change in either advancement or membership. I play an attorney in my day job, and I can think of almost no grounds for bringing a successful suit that would ever make anyone an eagle scout or force any individual unit to do anything about admitting a particular individual as a member. This is mostly a boogeyman fear, and as scouters we should be good enough citizens to recognize it as such.
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    Boys-only weeks at camp

    Our council hasn't announced anything. Given the expected numbers I think most weeks will be boys only, or effectively so, without anyone doing much of anything. We have five districts in our council, the goal is to have at least one girls troop in each district, I think we're going to meet that goal but not exceed it by much. So at best we'll have eight maybe ten troops in council. I think our camp is almost 50-50 in and out of council units these days, and it looks like we camp about 200 units each year so if we had all our own girl troops and doubled it with out of council troops that would mean we only have 10% of units would be girl troops, and I think that's optimistic.
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    Eagle Scout Extension for new 2019 Scouts

    This is an exceedingly wise decision.
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    Scout dies while digging into sand dune (MI)

    Ouch, This one hits close to home. We regularly camp and hike on the Michigan dunes, and based on the accompanying picture I shared last summer camp with this young man. I pray his family, leaders, and troop can find peace some day.
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    Council Merger

    I'm not familiar with either council, but Lincoln Trails scouts will represent just 3% of St. Louis council scouts, and 2100 scouts seems pretty small so this looks like an almost inevitable and logical move.
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