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    Boys-only weeks at camp

    Yep, you read it right. The Mic-O-Say part will work out in due course. We won't be bending or changing any requirements for that. And, as far as being slighted by being parked into one session at one camp, yes, there is an emerging negative reaction to that, and the news of it just hit Friday (10/5) afternoon. I expect it to pick up steam. There are quite a few linked troops developing and it will be a big strain. It's not what the enthusiastic supporters of BSA4Girls in our area envisioned. One option for the linked troops may be to have the boy troops camping in one of the two adjacent camps during that same 5th session. I have not heard anything about that option, but I wouldn't be too surprised if that's what's offered. This is perhaps another reason why coed needed to be just that, instead of the hybrid we got from National.

    Boys-only weeks at camp

    This is what our council is doing. https://www.hoac-bsa.org/scouts-bsa-all-girl-camping-session-at-bartle-2018-10-05 For context, this will take place for 1 session out of the 5 we have on the reservation. The camp used is 1 of 3 camps on the reservation. They are in relative close proximity to each other. They will share some program areas such as lakefront, shotgun range, climbing tower and COPE course...and probably a couple that aren't coming to mind. So, it's separated, but not so much....

    "Classic" Scout Socks are now a thing?

    How about a vintage, retro, classic, original red beret! Ugh....

    Reflections on the program

    Love how you use the word Mizzou, BTW. Are you a native of my fine state? Scouting flashbacks are the best!

    BSA: The POLARIS Method

    @John-in-KCWell, since our collective wisdom on this forum is having difficulty deciphering what Polaris really is, I would not expect any better from the folks in my group. It's just a worm-can full of wiggly speculation at this point and the admin team is loathe to open up stuff like that. It would be interesting to see the folks at 103rd and Holmes post the Polaris thing to to the official page.....but my guess is that those folks got blindsided by this and are scratching their heads about it and would rather not post something without some understanding and context. As you accurately pointed out, for many folks it's just a page full of buzzwords.
  6. I think you got the gist of the plan. The "three flavors" thing will happen very soon. I have talked with many long-time Scouter friends(a few of them on our Council executive committee) and that is the conclusion they have come to and are preparing for.

    BSA: The POLARIS Method

    Based on reading the Polaris site, https://www.scouting.org/polarismethod/, the focus of this initiative seems to be more toward the offices and employees of BSA. I have a lot of experience with Lean Manufacturing principles as it relates to an actual manufacturing (high-volume printing) environment. When it is properly engaged, it will yield a lot of positive results. However, for every success story, there are many stories of where it didn't work. It's not because the methods are flawed, it's because of the effort it takes. Unless there is real interest and momentum, it never gets beyond the baby-step stage and dies. In the company where I saw it deployed it took close to 5 years to really see the fruit of the effort: A lot of training, a lot of coordinated events, a lot of observation and documentation....etc. I think you get the picture. It requires a complete change in culture and ingrained habits. I could write a small book about how it all works in a physical workflow, where you are moving product from one step to another. But, I really haven't read or heard about how it might work in an office/field service environment. I can certainly see where many of the principles could be applied. One thing for sure, it is NOT a quick process. It will take a lot of time and commitment. So the real question would be, does BSA think this is a quick-fix? Do they have the attention span and patience to see it through and follow all the steps? Believe it on not, Lean Manufacturing is really just glorified. and structured common sense. Can we assume that BSA is truly willing to re-discover common sense?

    Have you done the new Youth Protection Training?

    I took it a couple days ago. Aside from the general clunkiness of myscouting dot org, it was a very good course. It reminded me somewhat of the video we had to watch for training about 15 years ago (YPT was done in a group at district roundtable). Overall, a big improvement over the previous online versions.
  9. My guess is that it's shorthand for Church of Latter Day Saints. Maybe....
  10. This was standard breakfast fare for our adult patrol as well back when I was out with the troop often. I'm sure they are still doing it. Most of the time we cooked it up in a dutch oven. The bonus with that was that you could take the lid off the dutch and put it handle side down on a few coals and it would make a nice griddle to warm your tortilla before loading it. It didn't take long for the more observant scouts to see that our breakfast burritos looked more exciting than cold cereal or pancakes. It became a favorite item for them to make as well.
  11. Obviously, the closing of Philmont for the summer left them with a warehouse full of trail food. Here is the info for those interested in stocking up a bit for personal or troop/crew use. http://www.toothoftimetraders.com/2018-Trail-Meals/2021/Dept
  12. @ItsBrian Congrats on the staff position! The six summers I spent on camp staff (many years ago!) were the best. Give it your best effort, make good friends, and have a great time.
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    In short, the fire is 25% contained and has affected 36,664 acres. Rains on Sunday slowed it down a bit and gave the firefighters an advantage. However, "fire-weather" is back in play and may cause this thing to continue for a while. People have returned to Cimarron and Philmont, so that is an encouraging sign.
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    Neckers back in the "news"

    Well, we Scouters have a quaint habit of making complex the simple....and to our credit, can do the reverse. There is a certain class of folks that have been aptly named over the course of time, "Uniform Police." I suggest trying to avoid that lot! 😆
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    Scout BSA Uniform Survey (Girls)

    Knowing the BSA, there will probably be a new iteration of the uniforms every three or four years. I suppose if we don't like what's "new," we can just wear the old stuff we got. Maybe the next one will be better.