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  1. We were told today by our DE that the $66 bsa national fee can be prorated to $5.50 per month. And our council program fee of $60 can be prorated to $5 a month. $10 discount if we do online applications, but those are currently turned off as we go thru recharter process. But the $25 new member fee is not prorated. A new scout in our area will have to pay $66 + $60+$25 = 151 before buying a uniform or a book. Our troop waived any troop fees for our recharter with new year starting August 1st. That's not sustainable but we have only had a few virtual meetings since shut down
  2. how bout call your local church and see if the pastor needs help calling elderly shut ins? Just to check on them, say hi, ask if they need anything. make a list and give back to the pastor so they can follow up. yeah you probably need to already have a relationship in your church. You could probably go around and wash cars sitting in driveways, or sweep front porches. with the owners permission of course. You'd have to figure out how to ask who needs this service, without getting face to face Make your own mini food bank with any extra food you can gather, and put it o
  3. Find a council/camp that does ATV riding and maybe the pistol markmanship course. Go to a high adventure camp like Philmont, but gotta find one that is open at this time of year which prob doesn't exist. Earn the National Outdoor Awards or some other awards that no other scout in his troop has ever earned. Earn all the merit badges related to what he wants to do when he grows up/goes to college/gets a job. Do more service hours, or hiking or backpacking or insert thing here than anyone else in his unit, district, council. Have him help along other scouts who are also o
  4. For a brand new small troop, I'd want a committee chair, Sec/Treasurer, and Advancement Chair. SM and ASM work the program side as they should. working with the scouts to make a new scout appropriate first year calendar of events. At first, almost every scout who submits an application you are gonna need an adult to also submit an application and take training. At first all the adults of a small troop need to be on the same page so all going to training together would be great. Although you do have to remember there is program side(sm/asm directly working with the youth) and pa
  5. DE I was talking to at council office yesterday said they were told registration fee has to be minimum of $48 just to cover insurance. So how much do you think they want to make on each registration over top of breaking even? Grand canyon council announced they will change our recharter year from jan to dec instead to fall in July. That way we'd pay a prorated amount of the new BSA fee and they think it will be close to the same. So to pay a prorated amount Jan thru July close to $33, would mean an annual fee of $60 (7/12 prorated of $60 is $35 if I did my math right.
  6. Oh gosh, you can't have a SOCK FIGHT? We had a cub scout indoor snowball fight, using brand new socks. Socks were then washed, packaged and donated to homeless shelter. We got over 800 pairs of socks and not a single person was injured by cub scouts throwing socks at each other.
  7. Grand Canyon council used to add $2 for insurance. Till last year they added a mandatory Friends of Scouting donation per scout to each unit. $63 per scout or if paid before recharter $50 per scout. huge jump. Not helping retention. Luckily our unit has a good (separate from popcorn) fundraiser, so we could cover most of the $50 ourselves, but did pass on some of that to parents in the form of raising what we charge annually.
  8. Grand Canyon council had already started laying off the council office employees months ago
  9. So if 2 adults over 21 need to be there for outings and meetings as of Oct, how is this going to work with summer camp program areas. Currently most program areas run with a Director usually age 21, and an assistant age 18 and a handful of staff of various ages and genders. They hold meetings with their staff in their program area, program area set up on pre-week before camp gets started, clean up after scouts are done with merit badges for the day, where other adult lleaders (scoutmasters with their scouts) aren't around, but where the director and asst director are around youth and aren't
  10. Our Chartering Org has a different COR for the pack, troop and crew. But national wants it to be one person Every year at recharter whoever's charter that gets renewed first resets the cor for each unit and then council registrar has to go in and change em back.
  11. If you are running a one room schoolhouse version of cub scouting (all dens in one room cause you only have 1 or 2 scouts in each rank) this is probably going to be the hardest to implement as coed. Because you will not have enough parent/leaders to make separate accomodations for gender. In that instance a suggestion would be to do a different night of the week for the girl dens (whether all the same pack or two different packs will depend on if you get enough core committed adults). To help get more adult leaders, require all scout applications to come with an adult application attached wi
  12. Well since he did all of the WORK (earned all the mb) before he turned 18, and he was just waiting on the BOR to be scheduled to complete the last portion of the requirements for eagle and his palms. So he gets the palms.
  13. If you catch your error on a rank or merit badge or award in internet advancement before you click SUBMIT to council, you can cancel by clicking START OVER on the top right side of the screen. and then reload the roster and start over. But that's cause the report doesn't go anywhere or do anything with scoutnet (or whatever they are calling it now) until you hit submit. If you do not catch your error and have already submitted to council, you can't go in and delete the date on the next go around, it won't save as blank fro the date. You can CHANGE the date, so if you just entered t
  14. I would think you would want him to step up to the next level Cyber Chip requirements to ensure he learns the next level of online safety.
  15. Around here, in our district, the LDS adults tend to stick around in their called position for a long time. They might be working with cubs again after years working with boys, but they are also running the eagle boards, or roundtable break outs or other larger things. They have a lot of commitment to scouting in the LDS church, and I admire that. I hope that the change to drop Varsity and Venturing and the ensuing drop in units, doesn't kill off LDS scouters commitment to all the rest of scouting that they do. I hope they keep/ allow/ encourage older youth to continue registration in their
  16. The only fundraising we did at pinewood derby races is the Webelos would get pizza cheap and they'd sell pizza, water, soda, and things like little Debbie snacks. Any profit would help the den go to webelos summer camp. That's of course, not what you mean. lol
  17. For expired mb counselors, fill out the adult application, put position code 42, mb counselor, sign it sign the disclosure write your bsa id number on it if known and write duplicate position at the top if you are also registered in somewhere else so they don't MOVE you from your unit to the mb counselor list (they do that sometimes) print copy of your ypt certificate fill out the mb counselor information form find your proof of safe swim or shooting sports training as needed. Scan the whole shebang and send it to your council registrar say you seem to have been dropped from the mb
  18. Used to be that you'd have to attach a copy of the blue cards to the handwritten advancement report to buy awards Scout shop would take that advancement report and council would file it in the troop's file folder at council. Sometimes at council someone would actually enter the scout's advancement in something like scout net, because units didn't have internet advancement yet. Then when a scout went for eagle they'd pull out the file and make sure there was actually advancement records and blue cards for every merit badge. I guess that was when councils had a lot of volunteers hanging ou
  19. It's very easy to get caught up In who approved these expenditures of the funds and trying to prove it was approved or against the rules of the unit. But overall, the important thing is here it appears that the $ was spent on scouting, and that's a good thing in your favor. To give you an idea of how hairy it can be, sometimes the decision is made as a quiet covering of a scout's camp costs without discussion of the full committee, due to the pride of admitting out loud to others that you can't afford camp for your own child. Without further proof, I would assume that is what it was,
  20. WE have a patrol that just renamed itself the Old Spice scented Leprechauns. I'm not sure the patrol yell yet.
  21. We always use the data that is in this http://www.boyscouttrail.com/content/award/tech_chip-2052.asp but not the actual award/card. Scouts using the linked training ideas will mostly get the point across to the rest of the scouts that there is a time and place for using your cell phone and when it interferes with other's enjoyment of the outdoors or interferes with scouting it's a problem But that it can be a useful tool. I think MOST people nowadays are poor in their cell phone etiquette and could use some training.
  22. Take em to your district roundtable and see who wants them.
  23. Well first they say if you make the csv file out of troop master or troop web host or whatever, they tell you do not open it, cause when you open it, that changes the file somehow so it won't upload properly. So that's not helpful at all if the format is changed by opening and viewing it. The problem is there are some fields that make no sense. They are numbers that mean nothing when you look at unit number, Internet advancement/unit ;log in number, or anything that makes it seem to be reproducible without knowing some secret BSA codes. If you could get the gobbledygook numbers fi
  24. It should show immediately if you saved it to internet advancement. Did you save it and print the advancement report?
  25. Waiting a week for the herbicide is no issue, perhaps the use of said herbicide was targeted on unwanted plants only instead of broadcast spread, so replanting right away did not effect the new plants. Or that roundup was used, but roundup resistant plants were planted immediately after so there was also no effect. Or the scout showed up, and as you said the city provided all the stuff, so the scout did was the city provided, an on their schedule. Or the city changed their mind when the scout asked them about doing this project on two weekends instead of one. You do not know these details un
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