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  1. For Emergency Preparedness there is a requirement for participating in a Troop Mobilization, and also take part in a Emergency Service Project ? what are these ? how to do them?
  2. You brought out the issue that is clear to most non-LDS scouters. In my district, most of the LDS unit leaders don't know what a scouting unit is, they don't like to go to training, and are just waiting to get away from their calling. It's that secret we don't want to say out loud. It's just something we don't want to say out loud. However, when when I first read the story I told people, "I bet that was a Mormon group...." And yep... Learned later I was right..
  3. We have a small unit where the Scoutmaster also wants to serve as the COR. Is this allowed ? I thought I read somewhere that the COR can serve on the Committee or a Committee Chairman.
  4. We have a small unit where the Scoutmaster also wants to serve as the COR. Is this allowed ? I thought I read somewhere that the COR can serve on the Committee or a Committee Chairman.
  5. I've heard something about a new requirement of 10 scouts minimum in a troop? or is it still 5 scouts ? Or 5 min with a recommendation for 10 ?
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    Mom & Pop Troop... wont grow, won't invite new leaders in....

    Yes, the minimum used to be 5 ?? , but I think the new recommendation is now 10 by BSA. Bigger issue is that that the dual registered "COR/CM" left the troop in June of this year. At this point, the husband and wife team are scoutmaster, and serving as their own committee... Doesn't a troop need a CC, and three MC's... that are 4 independent persons ?
  7. I am a new District Commissioner, and one of the first things that I did was to review the rosters of the units and I found a troop that somewhat startled me... They have only 4 boys in their troop, and they have a total of 3 adults for all positions.... all the adults doubled up on "positions" in the troop. The Scoutmaster is also the IH. (He used to be the IH at his unit 3 years ago, but it never changed on their recharter for some reason) His wife is the CC and a MC. (She also serves as a de facto ASM) Their COR is also a MC. (He also serves as a de facto ASM My understanding is that they must have a COR, CC, and 2 MC's. The COR can serve as the CC... correct ? Can the COR also be a MC ? (I guess so ??) But the CC cannot also serve as a MC. I have been told that this unit is a "Mom and Pop" troop, where they have no desire to grow larger, and that they like having a small troop of less than 5 boys. What are the rules about their being allowed to "double up" on positions in a troop ?
  8. I am the new District Commissioner for a district that is in a rebuilding mode. We have not had roundtable meetings for about 3 years now, and I was wanting to get some ideas as to Roundtables that might "jumpstart" the SM's interest in attending. Sorry.... I do not yet have a Roundtable Commissioner yet.... So I am hoping to at least have a Roundtable every other month this year as at least a starting point, and then grow from there. So please if you can comment on some good topics that might generate some interest and attendance... Thanks everyone !!
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    Allowed to use liquid fuel ??

    A camp that I recently went to had a "No Liquid Fuels - Propane Only" rule.... Is this a camp rule (High Fire Risk area)?? or is this a BSA rule ? Are Scouts allowed to use liquid fuel stoves and lanterns? or only propane ?
  10. As we are coming closer to Summer, and thus summer camp.... I am wondering if anyone has ever used steel mesh globes as replacements for broken glass globes? I hear that they allow out a little less light, but are worth it to prevent broken glass globes? ...and yes... I know that battery lanterns are even safer.... but I somehow need to hear that familiar sound of a propane (or liquid fuel) lantern... :-)
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    Chit patches on pocket flap??

    I am in charge of uniform inspection contest this weekend at Camporee. There is a question about the totin and firem'n chit patch placement. Some scouts are placing on their right pocket flap. Where an OA Lodge patch also is placed. My understanding is that although it is similarly shaped, that these chit patches do NOT go on the right pocket flap. Only OA Lodge patch goes on the flap. Am I correct. In the insignia guide there is no mention as to where to place the chit patches, but the OA patch, and the Cuc Summertime Pack Award patch is specifically mentioned as to be put on the uniform pocket flap. So I assume that if they wanted the chits to go on the flap They would have specifically said so.
  12. Does anyone know if there are any materials that are for helping encourage a church/club/organization to charter a pack or troop ? Brochures, pamplets, etc ? That we can take on our visit to these organizations when we are trying to convince them to charter a group ?
  13. Has anyone heard of using or working with the Red Cross or other organization to put on a Saturday, or two evening First Aid course that covers First Aid Merit badge? If so, how did it go?
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    Can we give out our own created awards at District Dinner ???

    I dont want to jerk anyways chain... we are the sick District of the Council and I've heard we used to be the Gold Standard. I just want to make sure I'm not going off the deep end, if I just say, DAMN THE TORPEDOS... WERE DOING IT ANYWAYS !!
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    Can we give out our own created awards at District Dinner ???

    Are these "official" district awards, or just ones that you've created within your district ?(This message has been edited by westcoastscouter)
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