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  1. Chisos

    What's your best Scouting memory?

    Like others have said it's hard to narrow it down to one...but a few would be: (a) The whole crew singing Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" as we hiked into base camp over via the Tooth of Time at Philmont (a bunch of Texas boys, go figure!); (b) At Sea Base, anchored up off Key West, grilling steaks and fresh fish on the boat, and (c) Our wickedly awesome OA Brotherhood Ceremony team.
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    New and comprehensive Family scouting FAQs issued:

    Well, Indy *was* a Boy Scout!
  3. You'll have a great time! Looking forward to your post-trip report afterwards (to make us all jealous...) I'm starting to drum up some interest in my unit for a 2020 Sea Base trip. We'll see...
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    OA membership as a Cub Leader

    Our lodge has several cub-dads there were OA as youth and have reactivated. So, for sure not out of the ordinary.
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    Switching OA Lodges

    I'd guess you could register with a unit in some capacity in the "north", which would put you in that council/lodge. I don't think that would require you to drop your current troop membership. However, if memory serves, you can only be in on OA lodge at a time. So you wouldn't be able to register with the lodge your current troop is associated with.
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    Cub Scout Uniform Changes

    Sounds like a "Pack Set" of these items might be a good idea...
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    My apologies. I do tend to come up with quite a few half-baked ideas! 🤔 I guess what I was getting at, is that I see hiking or cycling MB's as more significant accomplishments...planning and doing the 20 mile hike or 50 mile ride, especially. But yes, for a scout who's not comfortable with swimming, that MB will be just as much of an accomplishment.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    I've never quite got the Swimming/Hiking/Cycling choice. Swimming just seems so much easier than either of the other two...maybe require swimming for everyone, then a choice of Cycling, Hiking, or (Lifesaving + Mile Swim).
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    Exactly. When paintball is perfectly fine for the church youth group but banned by the Boy Scouts, we have a problem.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    I think it's a variety of things. Top of the list is top-down risk avoidance, which results in some policies that provide the basis of the "scouts are going soft" narrative. I'm thinking of things like rules against water balloons, wheelbarrows during service projects, Lazer tag, etc. Every time there's another "you can't do that anymore" we take a hit. You can be safe and be adventurous and challenging at the same time. You just have to accept some level of risk. Perhaps a good start would be to accept the same level of risk as a high school football team.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    It's not that being safe is a problem. The problem is that, any program that promises adventure is going to have have some associated risk. And, given the current state of risk management is now devolved into complete risk avoidance, you wind up with the "watered down" program that is not as popular/marketable/whatever you want to call it. So, rather then building independence, you wind up promoting hand-holding. BSA's not there yet, but I can see how the public perception is that we're headed in that direction.
  12. https://www.nccs-bsa.org/index.php/national-css-administration/bylaws Voting members of the NCCS are appointed by diocese, by their various bishops. An episcopal liaison (currently Bishop Guglielmone of Charleston, SC) is appointed by the USCCB.
  13. I"m not sure why a unit would have contact with NCCS; contact would typically be with your local diocesan Scouting committee (whose chair and chaplain are appointed by, or at least recognized by, your local bishop). NCCS administers the various Catholic religious emblems at the national level, but again, those are processed via the local committee or chaplain.
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    Summer camp - too many adults?

    Oh, and the one adult that just crossed over...sounds like they're well meaning, but I'd try to get a different adult to go to the new scout program. I'm assuming he's the previous Webelos den leader? Have him take SM specific and/or IOLS or something like that.
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    Summer camp - too many adults?

    Like others said it's not the numbers it's what they're doing. If they're registered, trained, stay out of the way, etc., I don't think it's a problem (unless you pay the adults registration fees, and you've got more than you need). Get any new/unknown/helicopters signed up for adult training so they'll be occupied with something.