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    Suggestions for a new commissioner?

    Really, you are in a good spot to make your district's Cub program top-notch. I know from your posts that you have the passion. You are doing well by devouring all the training you can get your hands on. Mainly, I would say, just be available and approachable. By the very nature of the program, Cub leaders will welcome all the help and expertise you can provide.
  2. I probably will just go ahead and take it, even though technically I'm good till 2020. A bit off topic: Although I'm considered "trained" for my committee member position (per my dashboard on my scouting) they have added quite a bit of new optional training for that position targeted at the new Scouts BSA model. So, I'll probably invest some time in completing those modules. Where I'm at in terms of time and availability, online training is great. I'm totally cool with learning stuff at 2am.😆
  3. I took it in August 2018. This news kinda raises an interest in taking the next version. I thought the current one was quite an improvement over previous iterations.
  4. This whole affair could be made into a very frightening episode of "The Twilight Zone."


    Great letter, but, as you said, it was probably more helpful to you than to the intended recipient. Thanks for sharing it. I think we can all see snapshots of some things we as adults in Scouting have experienced.
  6. I agree with the whole "Be Prepared" thing. Scouts from around the country will be visiting D.C. as a side-trip while going to the Jamboree this summer. It's pretty much a tradition. In the past, there has not been quite as much "programmed and professional protesting" at the Washington sites. That has drastically changed in the last couple years. Those Scouts who visit there really need to be taught how to not engage, but ignore. IMHO, the streets of our Capitol, and other major cities, have become sort of a demented Piccadilly Circus.

    First Camp Out With the New Troop

    It sounds like the new troop is going to be a great fit for you and your sons! I like the campsite cooking emphasis, which appears to be something your troop does well. That was a big thing I got out of Scouting as a kid, and my sons enjoyed that part a whole lot too.
  8. Personally, I love that Scouting provides a quality learning experience in handling firearms. I learned everything I know about rifles and shotguns from Scouts, and my sons did as well. The programs we run at the camps in our Council are top-notch and have been for years.

    My kids love scouts, but....

    It sounds like you are in a fairly isolated area (in terms of Scouting opportunities). You may have to take the hit and drive quite a way to get your Scouts into a better situation. Another option would be to find enough families to form another Pack in your area. Just a thought.
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    I got the impression that the interviewer wasn't really into Scouting, and finds it silly. SFE guy, who was very articulate and knowledgeable, seems to try to drive the idea that membership will increase when barriers are removed. It's a nice thought, but it will NEVER happen. You can remove every barrier imaginable, and the increase in membership will be negligible (IMHO). You can remove all barriers and give all new recruits a bonus of $100, and you will still fall short of the 4 million that we had at peak. Also, expect Scouts for Equality to launch, in the next year or two, another "turn in your Eagle patch" campaign to get National to relax any religious ideas. Like they did 5 years ago on behalf of homosexuals. It WILL happen and National will go through a number of gyrations to satisfy the protest.
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    Merry Christmas! (I&P Version)

    God bless us, every one!
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    Den Chief Leadership

    Maybe a bit off-topic, but I think the question has been answered adequately already. My observation over time has been that the Den Chief position is very valuable. Every Scout that I have known who has taken up that responsibility has found it rewarding and fun. It creates a very strong bond and bridge between the Pack and Troop. I have seen several times an entire Den complete Cubs/Webelos and cross over to the Troop and be very successful in the Troop because of the influence of a good Den Chief. I may be over-stating my case a bit, but I really feel that the Den Chief is as important to Pack as the the adults.
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    Chartering a New Troop for Girls

    Since all this really isn't supposed to go "live" before Feb. 2019, your Council may be hesitant in giving concrete answers to anything. In theory, the chartering of girls troops is two months away. On Feb. 1st, I suspect your Council and all the rest will be fired up and ready to process applications. As best as I can tell, a linked troop is what it is. No special steps required. The boy troop and the girl troop share the same CO and committee and that is the extent of it.
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    Scout game ideas

    Your SPL and/or the Scout who helps lead the games should poke around on these sites. For sure, there are some good ideas, and every game is adjustable. http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/boy-scout-games.asp http://www.macscouter.com/games/Games4BS.asp https://www.programresources.org/alphabetized-index/ PS: Google is your friend. ☺️
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Yes. That was indeed the case in the mid-70's. At least where I live. Us kids, and a fair amount of adults were fairly convinced that BSA was going coed at or before 1990. Most of us expected a merger of BSA and GSUSA. Whenever this topic came up around a campfire when my sons were Scouts (2000-2011), I always said, "Yep, it will happen any day now." Folks looked at me through the glow of the fire with that look that you give one who is a bit off his rocker. So, it's here now. Embrace the change and make it the best thing ever!!