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    Supporting the Patrol Method - as Unit Commissioner

    Our District Committee voted unanimously to do it as a district, to be awarded at Klondike Derby or Camporee or District Dinner, with ceremony at the unit as a last resort. Council Exec vetoed on grounds leaders might see it as pressure. Imagine that , a ribbon's-worth of pressure to deliver Scouting to youth. 😉 Shortly thereafter, all districts were abolished, creating some interesting Bylaws issues.

    Supporting the Patrol Method - as Unit Commissioner

    Not black and white, and, like all scoring system, subject to "gaming," but JTM doesn't even try. If you have more than one patrol. all Scouts, except troop leadership, belong to a semi-permanent patrol that meets, camps, performs service, learns, and participates in troop program together. Patrol Leaders and,If you have more than one patrol, the SPL are elected by democratic vote of the Scouts. If you have more than one patrol, have at least X PLCs, including an annual program planning event, at which the patrol leaders, chaired by the SPL, plan the troop's program for the year, inclusive of all troop meetings and other activities, and prepare a written annual program plan. The SPL presents the troop annual program plan to the Troop Committee and, with the SM's support, asks the TC to support that program Have at least X patrol meeting lasting at least one hour every month. Have at least x patrol outings a year Have at least x patrol service projects per year. Scouts primarily learn Scout skills in the context of their patrol. All patrols by month x of the program year have names, patrol medallions, flags and yells, cheers, or songs. Every Scout by month x of the program year has a job within his patrol and can explain the responsibilities of that job in summary fashion. All troops certified by their UC (judged by the DC to be performing as UC to minimal standards ) to be complying with the X points of the Patrol Method certified by the District Program Committee, to be annually awarded a ribbon for the troop flag bearing the words " Scout Troop" and the program year (e.g. "2020"). The ribbon shall be publicly awarded at a district event. The SPL leads troop activities, working through the patrol leaders whenever practicable. Of course, this would be more fair if BSA actually explained what The Patrol Method" is.

    Supporting the Patrol Method - as Unit Commissioner

    I note with interest the centrality of JTE in the UC's assessment role. "Patrol method" is one category for JTE scoring points. Yet JTE gives no points for actually using the Patrol Method. You can score "Gold" if the PLC plans nothing and the patrols do nothing. One "Gold'""winner" for 2016 with which I am familiar, had PLs (wearing the patch) who could not say which patrol they were in. They had no actual leadership responsibility - apparently wore the patch for POR purposes so the troop could churn out "Eagles." Even troop games ("Time for recess," the SM would announce.) were 1s vs 2s. The UC for that unit only attended Eagle courts of "honor." Scoutmaster is also the defacto unit CC. He was council "Scoutmaster of the Year' for 2011. Down the road in the next town was a "Scout-run troop," whose Scouts, I was told, had "no time" for any patrol activities whatsoever. At least the PLC was given a menu of adult-choices for campouts and really got to pick from those choices - except summer camp ("Too important for kids to choose."). They had patrol contests. SPL ran the meetings. PLs or ASPLs were assigned by the SM to run piece-parts of meetings, , although the SM would regularly interject emphatically if things got messy . ("We have our standards," he related.) I saw six meetings. Each was the same sequence of elements: opening; half hour of adult announcements; Scoutcraft instruction by an adult; game; more announcements; closing; PLC run by SM or ASM. JTE could actually encourage use of the Patrol Method.

    Advice for a new CC

    Ah yes, the 317 Commandments. Guidance or CYA?

    Sea Base Staffer Arrested on Drug Charges

    About twenty years ago my troop attended Summer Camp at a council camp in West Virginia. Three youth staff were caught smoking MJ with campers. How does that rank, ethically, with the practice of handing out merit badges with no requirements met? Lesson learned? Rules are for suckers?

    Patrol Method not so much

    Because my first SM was Council Training Chairman for Life (11 consecutive years High School Teacher of the Year selected by students and faculty- Wood Badge at Gilwell Park while in Army overseas), I got to see lots of Patrol Method Scouting. “[The patrol members] interact in a small group outside the larger troop context outside the larger troop context, working together as a team and sharing the responsibility of making their patrol a success.” B.S.A., Scouting.org (2018)[emphasis added] “Patrols will sometimes join with other patrols to learn skills and complete advancement requirements.” B.S.A., Scouting.org (2018)[emphasis added] “Your Boy Scout troop is made up of patrols, with each patrol’s members sharing responsibility for the patrol’s success.” B.S.A., The Boy Scout Handbook, 13th Ed. (2016) at p. 25 (current publication) In Scouting, a troop is composed of several patrols. Scouting happens in the context of a patrol. The patrol, a small team of eight or so Scouts, is more than an organizational convenience or a Scouts BSA version of the Cub Scout den. It is the place where Scouts learn skills, take on leadership responsibilities, and develop friendships that will often last throughout their lifetimes. B.S.A., Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training (2018)(current ublication) at p. 20 [emphasis added]. Team The troop is not the primary team in Scouting; the patrol is. Every Scout needs not a duty but a job. in his/her patrol He or she needs to be trained to do that job and supported in that job. He or she also needs to be responsible for doing his/her best to perform. The Third-baseman is not to expect the Catcher to field ground balls hit towards Third Base. Not everyone wants to play, but those who have no desire to play a position, after counseling and encouragement of effort, have no place on the team. Life. "Mr. Smith, Johnny does not want to play the game. We are not in the business of forcing him to play. If he changes his mind, we would be happy to have him. if not, no good will come of trying to force him, and we are nor set up to do that." "To share responsibility – to be a 'team' – everyone needs a job within the patrol." B.S.A., Scouting.org (2017) The Patrol Leader appoints every other member to a patrol job, such as Assistant Patrol Leader, Scribe, Quartermaster, Grubmaster, Hikemaster, Cheermaster, Firemaster, Photographer, Webmaster . . . B.S.A., Scouting.org ( 2018 ) "Everyone has a position on our team. No one just sits on the bench. Everyone plays. Sue has agreed to the Assistant Patrol Leader, to back me up, to lead the Patrol in certain activities, and to and lead the Patrol if I am absent. Someone has to be Grubmaster, who does x,y,z. No Grubmaster; no food. Who will take that job so we can eat on campouts?" To share responsibility – to be a “team” – everyone needs a job within the patrol. B.S.A., Scouting.org (2017) To share responsibility – to be a “team” – everyone needs a job within the patrol. B.S.A., Scouting.org (2017)

    Advice for a new CC

    Scouting already has a Code of Conduct. it is notably and intentionally positive" "A Scout is ....."

    Advice for a new CC

    Have your patrol(s) meet separately every week for a month. Only then have troop meetings - to the extent that they do not interfere with patrol meetings. "If it's not happening in the patrol, it isn't so."
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    Boy Scout Handbook banned in prison

    An inmate requests a specific publication. The request is approved or denied by an employee given authority to do so. Someone, once, requested the 1911 edition or 2011 reprint. It was denied, as was one request for a copy of Popular by another inmate.Mechanics. There is no list of items approved at that linked site. There is a pattern of denial of requests for escape, survival, racist, anti-prison, and sexual publications.
  11. What are the Military Explorers? The Military Explorers is a Boy Scouts of America sponsored program for young men and women ages 14 (and have completed the 8th grade) through 20 years old. There is also an Expoloring Club for youth in 6th to 8th grade. The purpose of the Military Explorers program is to provide real world career experiences and develop critical skills necessary for success in any branch of the United States Armed Forces and in life. Our purpose is to help our youth grow both mentally and physically through the United States Military training practies. Military Explorers participate in many activities: Flag Etiquette and Patriotism Rappelling Land Navigation First Aid Training Leadership Development Community Service Tactical Training Physical Fitness Training Recreational Activities Survival Training Rifle Skills and Weapons Safety Training" http://militaryexplorers.com/ info@militaryexplorers.com Illowa Council EXPLORING What is Exploring? Career Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women ages 14 (and have completed the 8th grade) through 20 years old. The purpose of the Exploring program is to provide real world career experiences and develop other critical skills necessary for success in a college and a career including: Leadership development Character development Social & professional networking Community service Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Businesses and community organizations initiate a specific Career Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of youth in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop. We work with thousands of local, regional, and national businesses and organizations to deliver the Career Exploring program. Career Exploring posts have been successfully established representing over 100 different career fields. Check out the career clusters below to learn more. Also, check out the national Exploring website for more information! . . . Military Army Post 44 (Davenport)" http://illowabsa.org/Exploring/
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    1st court of honor

    i believe that we have established that, according to B.S.A, only insignia "awarded by" BSA or may be worn o n the uniform. All BSA insignia remain the property of the BSA. We are merely custodians. Those insignia include rank insignia. E.g.: Famously, the council decides who serves as Board of Review for Eagle Scout. In my case, it was the Council Executive Board. in my current Council, it is selected by the Advancement Chair of the "service area"( We no longer have districts - somehow. When we did, it was the District Advancement Chair.) and may, or might not, include a member of the unit's committee. The Board of Review members of such a Board need not be registered in BSA Scouting. ("A board of review shall not occur until after the local council has verified the application. In the case of a board of review under disputed circumstances, the council must verify all the information that is not in dispute before the board of review is scheduled.")
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    1st court of honor

    A novel concept in my experience. Source? Please consider: "The general rule is that badges awarded by organizations other than the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) may not be worn on an official uniform. This includes military medals and service ribbons." A unit is not "the Boy Scouts of America."
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    CO emblem on neckercheif

    "The Neckerchief Official neckerchiefs. Official neckerchiefs are triangular in shape. The Lion neckerchief, No. 646377, is gold with a dark blue border. The Tiger neckerchief, No. 620616, is orange with a dark blue border. The Wolf neckerchief, No. 802, is gold with a blue border. The Bear neckerchief, No. 801, is light blue with a dark blue border. The Cub Scout rank emblem is displayed in a central position on the downward corner of each rank’s neckerchief. Cub Scout leaders may wear the blue and gold Cub Scout leader’s neckerchief, No. 64070. Webelos Scouts wear the gold, green, and red plaid neckerchief, No. 64077, with the Webelos emblem on the downward corner. A Webelos leader wears a neckerchief, No. 64078, similar to the Webelos Scout neckerchief, except that it has gold embroidered edging and is larger. A special Lone Scout neckerchief, No. 611209, is gold with the black and red printed insignia of the Lone Scout. It is worn by both Lone Cub Scouts and Lone Scouts. Scout neckerchiefs are optional. Troops choose their own official neckerchief. All members of a troop wear the same color. The troop decides by vote, and all members abide by the decision. If the neckerchief is not worn, then the shirt is worn with open collar. Scout and Scout leader neckerchiefs may be worn in a variety of plain colors and contrasting borders. Neckerchiefs available through the Supply Group include the embroidered universal Scouting emblem if permanent press, or printed if not. Local councils may prescribe that the specific official neckerchief be worn by Scouts and Scouters on a council or district basis. When engaged in Scouting activities, members may wear the neckerchief with appropriate nonuniform clothing to identify them as Scouts. Special neckerchiefs, the same size as the official ones, may be authorized by local councils. Such neckerchiefs may include identification of the chartered organization. The standard designed neckerchief may be personalized with troop number, city, and state. By troop approval, an Eagle Scout may wear an Eagle Scout neckerchief." Boy Scouts of America, Guide to Awards and Insignia, ISBN 978-0-8395-3066-4 ©2018 Boy Scouts of America 2018 Printing [italics added]
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    Patrol Method/System Resources

    Our Canadian friends, like our UK brethren, use the Patrol System. We use the Patrol Method. They differ, most significantly in the adult appointment of leaders under the System. Which is why the "famous" BP quote about the patrol method was actually by Bill Hillcourt.