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  1. WAKWIB

    Troop Pressure for OA

    Yep. OA is something extra and requires more investment of time. By all means, I think a Scoutmaster should do his part to facilitate OA elections and try to insure that those elected attend the Ordeal stuff. Beyond that, it is purely up to the Scout to determine his plan and purpose in the Lodge.
  2. And, we will see a lot of that in Lodges around the country. The girls in my council are gung-ho about getting involved in OA, Mic-O-Say, and camp staff. Where it sometimes feels like pulling teeth to get a boy to step up into a leadership role, it seems like there are more than a few girls that are wired for it.
  3. Hopefully some replacement ceremonial team members were discovered and trained in time, (under short notice, I know). The camping situation will be what it will be. That part is probably out of your hands. Decent ceremonies around a roaring fire will be impressive, and the day of cheerful service should go on, even if the Scouts sleep inside.
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    Troop Trailer Stolen

    A trailer, especially one that is all decorated with troop and scouting logos and such, is just awkward to drag around town. I imagine most of the good stuff stolen from these trailers gets sold.
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    Scouter.com Slogan Contest

    Don't Walk The Trail Alone!
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    Scouter.com Slogan Contest

    Be Prepared For Anything!
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    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    Here's how it's rolling out in my corner of the world. http://www.hoac-bsa.org/Data/Sites/1/media/membership/hoac-membership-fee-structure-overview.pdf
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    Grace before meals

    At a Troop level, in my experience as both a kid and as an adult, a prayer before the meal sometimes happened and sometimes not. There was always some type of Sunday morning gathering on campouts where prayers would be said. Summer camp was quite a different story. "Grace" was and is said before every meal. There are a couple of favorites from my youth. At camp we would often sing (as a group of about 500 people in the dining hall) an old Methodist hymn: "Be present at our table, Lord, Be here and ev'ry where adored, These mercies bless, and grant that we May feast in Paradise with Thee." When I was on staff as a kid, I really loved when one of my brother staff-men would give the prayer in the dining hall. He was Jewish, and would do the prayer in Hebrew and give the translation: Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam, hamotzi lehem min ha'aretz. Translation: "Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth."
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    Old Guys on Forum?

    I had to look at my profile, because I honestly couldn't remember. I've been here since Dec. 29, 2003. It's been fun and informative. The Issues and Politics Forum was quite a show back in the day. I was just thinking, that maybe the reason it has quieted down is that all the hot political, social and religious topics get hashed out to the max on Facebook and Twitter. It may be that a lot of us get so burnt-out on it on those platforms that we don't want to drag it over to this space. Just a theory. To be honest, the frisky debates of the past here on Scouter were far more rational and polite than what we see on social media these days This is still my go-to source for the latest things going on with the program. Many times I learn about the latest "news" here before it gets out through our council's channels.
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    New Things...

    The thing that drives me and my peers (old codgers by most standards), is the desire to deliver the best program possible. All of us have had to take a leap-of-faith in the face of the recent changes. In our council, the girls who participated in our summer camp program loved it to the max, and we changed absolutely nothing about it. We were quite surprised and it has motivated us to drive forward because we know the interest and participation from young ladies in our community is only going to increase.
  11. @John-in-KC When was the last time you were at camp Brother John? True, there have been good times and bad times when it comes to food at Bartle-Land, but this year there were few complaints. Neither you or I can fully comprehend the challenge of keeping the cost low and the quality acceptable.
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    New Things...

    Spinning this from another thread. Regarding the "new BSA," I am very happy to report that in my Council many of the volunteer folks that are driving the program into the future have 30-50 years of Scouting experience. We intentionally mentor and listen to our future leaders who are currently in the 18-30 year-old age demographic. This is mostly done through cultivating relationships with dozens of people who serve on our summer camp staffs for 6 or so years. Our goal is to infuse the New Things with as much of the old traditions and practices as possible. In short, old guys and gals are embracing the changes and are doing our best to influence the outcomes. Will everything be perfect and meet everyone's expectations? Obvious answer is NO! But, we are trying.....what say you?
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    Faith and Chaplaincy Issues

    True! And maybe I could share this lack of Zeus' integrity with the Scout in this very goofy scenario. Keep in mind that the original poster of the Zeus comment was doing it in jest. I seriously doubt that I will ever have to deal with such a situation.
  14. Believe it or not, we have a Troop from Oregon that has been coming to our camp for the last few years. Admittedly, one heck of a journey!
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    Summer Camp during a heat wave

    Glad you survived @ItsBrian! Despite the conditions, you made Scouting happen for a bunch of kids. I hope you return to be a staff man or a unit leader at your camp next year!
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