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  1. > Can a Scout use the hours accumulated from a Scout Service project for both rank advancement requirements and school requirements? Short answer: Yes Long answer: Read the requirements. If there is no restrictions in the requirements, you cannot add them. No one can add to the requirements but national.
  2. The chartering partners own the BSA units. I don't think the same is true about the GSUSA units.
  3. AZMike, the chances of the BSA doing something that would cause the LDS church to pull their charters is ZERO Your talking about the elimination of Scouting in Nevada, UT, AZ and NM and the closing of Philmont. Ain't gonna happen.
  4. I would caution against awarding a rank or merit badge before at least entering the advancement in Internet Advancement. There have been too many cases where an unregistered Scout has been advanced and it is only caught when the Scout goes for his Eagle and council does the checking.
  5. The Methodists are recommending delay in the implementation, not rejection of the new policy. They need more time to prepare.
  6. Skeptic your looking at the wrong file on that website. Click on the 1st picture
  7. see letter here: http://www.gcumm.org/
  8. 2/3rds of the councils want a change? I guess I missed that, can you reference where you got that please?
  9. A lot of PLCs make the mistake of planning the meetings first and then the outing. Start with the outing. The meetings exist to support the outing. PLC Planning Process: 1) Figure out what your outing will be. Choose something interesting and exciting. 2) Make a detailed plan of your outing making sure there is stuff for all levels of Scouts to do. Make sure all time is accounted for, and it is FUN, new and exciting! A template is available for outings in the Scoutmaster Handbook 3) Based upon the skills needed on the outing, plan your instruction sessions at your troop m
  10. Much of the merit badge program is financed from the sale of merit badge books and badges. The BSA has looked into and will be offering electronic merit badge books in the not too distant future that will be dowanloadable to iphones and tablets and the like and sold where you get applets.
  11. I don't know of any suits of a troop allowing homosexuals attend. And I don't know on what grounds such a suit would be raised. As long as the troop was following BSA policies, the BSA will defend them and the CO.
  12. AZMIke, if we left it up to the boys, the policy would change today
  13. BSA has changed the way it is getting feedback. Please do not use the phone number any longer. Feedback link is on the site: http://www.scouting.org I do agree with those saying it is probably more cathartic for those who want to express an opinion than will actually be used to decide anything. Too many outside groups organizing call-ins. NJCubScouter, The way the BSA is now getting feedback about the program from the field is with Voice of the Scout. They send a survey to those with valid email accounts in ScoutNET twice a year. More on Voice of the Scout is here:
  14. Twocubdad Technically they are only giving you a heads up on a requirement change. The change is not in effect until 1/1/2014. The reason for the lead notice is so no one is caught off guard on 1/1/2014. It is a good thing.
  15. Tampa Turtle, He can complete it now. When 2014 comes around it will count as an Eagle required badge. Right now it doesn't but then, it sounds like he isn't ready to make Eagle this year anyway.
  16. Twocubdad makes a good point. The Advancement Chair does not works as a gatekeeper, and they do not sign Scouts off on advancement. Their major job it to make sure boards of review are held and do the council paperwork to obtain the badges.
  17. He can't use it as a Star or Life Eagle Required badge until 2014. Your definitive guide is the 2013 Boy Scout Requirements book (should be at your local Scout Shop now) Cooking Merit Badge to Be Required for Eagle Starting Jan. 1, 2014 Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the Cooking merit badge will be required to obtain the Eagle Scout rank. Regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working toward Eagle, unless he fulfills all the rank requirementswith the exception of his board of review before Jan. 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout. N
  18. There are two definative books for Boy Scout advancement (and the Boy Scout Handbook and Scoutmaster Handbooks are not either of them.) The definitive book for advancement policy and procedures is the Guide to Advancement. It is available online and as a hardcopy you can purchase at the Scout Shop. The online version is here: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/GuideToAdvancement.aspx The definitive book for requirements is the Boy Scout Requirements book, it comes out annually, the 2013 version just arrived at the Scout Shops. The wrong quality unit patch, really? Well the
  19. Boards of Review are formal occasions and it is recommended (but you can't insist) that they are in full field uniform. Scoutmaster Conferences are NOT formal occasions and are not meant to be. There is not even a recommendation on uniforming for SMC.
  20. It's not the office, it is the service desk and that is where they have setup a phone bank to take a survey. Your on and off in a matter of seconds. If you want to write a long rationale, use the email. BE POLITE ! Remember a Scout is courteous.(This message has been edited by bnelon44)
  21. See: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/10-553.pdf
  22. Please do not call the BSA office to complain or praise about the potential new policy. The BSA has established an email address you can send your thoughts to: nationalsupportcenter@scouting.org or call: 972 580 2330
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