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T2Eagle

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  1. I've had several scouts from other troops join ours. I 'll ask why they're looking for a new troop. Most are variations on a theme of personality clash. I'm more interested in finding out what they're looking for in a troop and being sure they understand ours before they join. I leave it up to the scout and family to let the other troop know they're leaving. There's never been anything that I heard that I thought I needed to convey to the other troop. What am I going to tell them: that the scout and parents didn't like how they run advancement, or campouts, or planning, or whatever ? I've also had scouts come visit and not join. I really wouldn't contact another troop to tell them their scout is looking, that could make a precarious situation much much worse.
  2. I'm willing to triple your pay , now hop to it.
  3. We use troopmaster not scoutbook. In TM you can just use the BOR date and it back fills all the other dates. At the times when we've been in between advancement coordinators and I've picked up the ball that's all I did. Our current AC makes a copy of the handbook page as part of the BOR process and enters each separate date. I don't see the need to do it, but I leave it up to her.
  4. Vote for Bernie? I kid, I kid. AS DavidCO said, ER if you need to, otherwise take your cue from the parents. Many councils provide Health and Sickness coverage for injuries and illnesses arising from scouting activities. Check with your council to see if this applies. https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/alerts/insurance/
  5. Prayer is not banned in schools, prayers led by the government, i.e. the school and its employees, are banned. To add a little historical perspective, OUR PRAYERS, that is Catholic prayers, were always banned. No child was allowed to say the Pater Noster or Ave Maria. Catholic children attending public schools were made to pray in a way that was inconsistent with the teachings of their own faith. The rise of Catholic parochial schools in the US was largely driven by a fear that attendance at public schools with their compulsory Protestant religious indoctrination would lead to a weakening of the Catholic faith in our children..
  6. As it is, according to the article they've already made $6,000 and are on track to get to $10,000. I'm not sure trying to make more money would really be a good idea.
  7. Does that actually answer the question? Gliders are not the same thing as a "hang gliders, ultralights, experimental aircraft, or nontethered hot-air balloons" It appears that "flying ... following completion of the Flying Plan Checklist" would not be prohibited, and after looking at the Flying Plan Checklist I don't see anything that prohibits flying in a glider so long as it conforms to the requirements for pilot and aircraft worthiness. Any aviation experts out there want to chime in?
  8. NOTHING is better than Thin Mints. But I did order a box from my niece. Purchased on line through NYPenn Pathways council. I'll post my opinion when they arrive.
  9. Consider the yurt a cabin not a tent. Whole troops with a full range of ages share cabins all the time. For the adults, do whatever separation makes everybody most comfortable, be it hanging tarps or the lone male sleeping in his truck.
  10. Does a scout have any say? Only so far as the troop follows his suggestion. But there's no reason in this story to think the scout on his own took some of the proceeds of his sales and gave or ordered the giving of those funds to anyone else. This is a news story that has two facts: 1) a scout sold $15k popcorn, 2) some portion of the money raised from those sales was used to help a local nursing home. There is a causative relation between the two facts: in order for there to be money to give to the nursing home there had to be a sale of popcorn. There's nothing inaccurate about the story as told, but in a local feel good news item of less than two minutes duration there's no time and no reason to walk through the obvious chain of events: 1) Scout sold $15k popcorn, 2) after paying council troop retainss $5k from those sales, 3) troop decides by whatever process they used (presumably including some input from scout and his family) to pass some of that largess on to nursing home. As a practical matter there's no other way for this to work. Unless the scout only accepted cash, or cash plus checks made out to him personally, the money from the sales all has to pass through the troop's accounts, and ultimately it's the troop writing whatever check or other form the donation took. It's just a pleasant little story to fill up one third of the time between two commercials on the local news broadcast and nothing more. Don't over think it.
  11. I enjoy singing, people near me may not enjoy that as much, but my WB experience was definitely on the misused end of the spectrum.
  12. Do I have to sing, or worry about silly totems, or pretend my shirt doesn't have a collar and have a uniform inspection? Because all the good leadership development programs I've attended contained none of those elements, and the in one that included them it seriously detracted from the program.
  13. What you can do with the grant money is most dependent on what the terms of accepting the grant are. It's important that you understand that your unit is not an entity, it's a subset of your Chartering organization. When you are making the application for the grant it will be the CO making the application for the grant to be given to the CO. My interpretation of "solicit contributions for unit program" is you're not supposed to go out and just ask for cash donations. As mentioned above, most grants have some sort of quid pro quo or otherwise limiting condition that makes them something other than just a straight cash donation. Work through your CO, if they're OK you're OK.
  14. DavidCO is right, there is no accusation to be made, but it's unusual and you can inquire about it. I would email the dadASM and scout and say I just received nine MB cards from Scout and they're all the same merit badge counselor and all signed the same day, this is really unusual, could you tell me more about this. Then see what they have to say. Maybe an uncle or cousin is actually a MBC for the badges in the other council, and maybe there's a half decent explanation for it all. The best way to approach it is to refrain from making any kind of accusation or insinuation that anybody did anything wrong, but rely on the BSA's rules that MBs can only be approved by a registered MBC. The MBC can be from another council, but you need to be able to verify that in order to represent them as completed in reporting them to your council for recording.
  15. You weren't in violation of any rules. From the GTSS "In most cases, each youth member will be under the supervision of a parent or guardian. In all cases, each youth participant is responsible to a specific adult." Your son was responsible to a specific adult, your friend. There are plenty of times when neither of Jimmy's parents can go camping so Johnny's parent says "I'll be responsible for Jimmy." And of course you can have one adult responsible for more than one Cub or else siblings would almost always be out of luck.
  16. it doesn't depend on where the event is being held. It does depend on whether it is a scouting event. Every Chartering Organization agrees to "Conduct the Scouting program consistent with BSA rules, regulations, and policies." BSA has specific YPT rules, they're not onerous, they're not unreasonable, and they're not hard to follow or enforce. If you are participating in a scouting event, or any event outside your own home, you are implicitly agreeing to follow the rules of the event or to forfeit whatever right you might have to be there. You can't walk across the basketball court or join the team huddle when you're at a kids' basketball game, and no one needs a prewritten agreement in order to enforce those rules. A CO's responsibility is to ensure that BSA's rules are followed at any scouting event they're conducting. If there's anyone who is not willing to follow those rules it is the CO's responsibility to enforce the rules and/or remove the offender from the event. That's not a violation of anyone's rights, including the CO's. If a CO can't or won't do that then they should end their BSA relationship.
  17. Even in the military there is a distinction drawn between lawful and unlawful orders, and my understanding from close relatives who are officers is that there is a lot more questioning and give and take than you would expect if your image is the drill sergeant from boot camp or OCS.
  18. Strongly disagree, I've raised my kids to do what they're told if it's a good thing, the right thing, and the smart thing. Neither rules nor authority are self justifying, they're means to accomplish ends, and if they're not accomplishing those ends they're due no great deference.
  19. It's not your scouts, it's not the UK, and it's not just kids. Humans are social animals, much of our behavior is determined by the dynamics and perceived structures of the group we're in at the time --- how we see ourselves in it, how we see others and their status or position in the group, and how those others see themselves and us. Kids generally are in groups where there is a defined or assumed authority based on age, and they behave accordingly. In groups where the norm is to have some hierarchical structure it is more challenging than in a pure peer group to speak up and try to overcome instructions. Overcoming that deference to the structure is a learned behavior --- on the part of everyone, including the folks who see themselves as a natural leader or authority figure in the group. A great example of this and how it applies even to adults with a lot of expertise can be seen in the deliberate change in the "cockpit culture" of modern commercial aviation. Post WWII. as commercial air transport grew in size, an analysis of accidents and near misses revealed that many were due to over deference in the cockpit to the pilot's decisions. Other members of the cockpit team recognized when mistakes were being made or problems overlooked, but they were reluctant to point them out because the pilot was supposed to be in command and questioning his judgment was anti-social. In addition, even when errors or omissions were pointed out by subordinates, pilots routinely ignored them because of the same social dynamics. Today, every member of an aircrew is trained in overcoming the natural reluctance to speak up, and pilots are trained to ignore their own bias towards dismissing subordinate concerns and to take them seriously and respond appropriately to them. This has driven down human error accidents dramatically. What you saw at the motorcycle accident, and your scouts' reluctance to speak up, are the natural norms. You will be doing your scouts a great service if you continue to train and drill them in ways to overcome normal group dynamics, especially in an emergent or dangerous situation.
  20. I’ve been doing recharter now for 15 years, so I’m used to the inefficient, illogical, and kludgy systems that constitute BSA IT. But the new and different ways that the systems manage to be inefficient, illogical, and kludgy will never cease to amaze me. As part of recharter this year I needed to register two adults who are currently MCs with the pack as MCs in the troop, I needed to register one new scout, and I needed to clean up the registration of one scout who crossed over earlier this year but for a variety of reasons never got registered in the troop. Our unit opts in to online registration so I sent them all the instructions for how to do so. But, it turns out that during recharter time when presumably lots of units are straightening out their membership, BSA in its infinite wisdom turns off online registration --- don’t ask me why. OK, collect paper applications from everybody. But, lo and behold, when I actually go into recharter there is a feature there that I’m pretty sure was not present in past years, where you can simply promote youths and adults from one unit to another without any paperwork at all. This is a good thing, even if unadvertised, but I could have avoided getting the paper apps that I did if I had known about it. And, it is worth noting that my need to promote these three individuals at this time is a bit unusual; back in the spring at the height of crossover when I had eight scouts and two other adults I needed to move from the pack to the troop this feature wasn’t available, and the online registration system also could not be used for transfers --- once again, don’t ask me why. Finally, my favorite trick of this year’s recharter. I have a scout who turns 18 at the end of this month, he just had his EBOR and the last thing I want to do is mess with his registration status while his paperwork wends its way up to national and back. So I renew his registration just like all the other scouts. But the system says he’s too old he’ll need to be registered as an adult. Anyone want to guess what happened when I tried to register him as an adult? Of course he’s too young for that. My registrar assures me she can work some magic if I give her a paper application for him. Year in and year out these aren’t the hardest challenges I encounter as a scouter, but they may be the silliest.
  21. That sounds cool and old school until you've got a troop full of kids with it coming out both ends because someone served or prepared food with dirty hands. I've been there, and do not want to return.
  22. You want their hands clean before they eat. So have an adult stand at the line right before they receive their food, and squirt a BIG dollop of hand sanitizer froma big bottle onto each kids hand as they approach the serving area. Also, take a moment just before you start to have an adult demonstrate how they should use the sanitizer --- all over fronts and backs, in between fingers, etc. It should take about 20-30 seconds for them to do thoroughly before it dries.
  23. According to Linkedin the average salary for a DE is $40,000. At 55 hours a week that's under $14 an hour, which is a tad more than my kid gets at Best Buy part time.
  24. I have long thought that any organization where virtually everyone in it has been in that organization and that organization alone since they were in their twenties is going to be weaker as a result. Every organization needs folks who have seen other challenges and other solutions, been exposed to different ideas, had to design and implement different organizational schema.. The BSA model's for selection of leaders is stuck in the seventies. There's probably no organization of comparable size that uses this model.
  25. Your CC has a gavel? Man, I need to talk to my committee.
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