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  1. Chisos

    Recommendations for off-brand Scout pants

    Another vote for these. A lot of the boys in our troop have these. Agree with the belt comment as well; I wish the loops were just a little bigger.
  2. https://www.nature.org/en-us/newsroom/el-rancho-cima-texas/
  3. Agreed--wish the whole thing could be preserved but I'd prefer this to it being cut up into a bunch of little riverfront ranchettes. I still miss that camp....though SHAC was not my home council as a kid we went to Cima a lot, and it was my favorite of all the scout camps we went to.
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    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    $60 was about what I was guessing. $5/month. Easy to do the math. Hopefully it will stick around for a while. I'll have to plug the numbers into my budget spreadsheet, but a small increase in our annual dues + a bit of belt tightening elsewhere and we should be ok.
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    possible fee increase coming

    But the leadership does not have to be of scouts. The candidate could lead a group of friends from the marching band, or the football team, or the church youth group.
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    Help With Internet Advancement

    That's exactly it (even the part about getting the badges recorded so an Eagle app can get turned in!)
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    Help With Internet Advancement

    So, my cheat sheet from before seems to not be working anymore. When attempting to enter a merit badge, I get to the "Item" field and instead of popping up a list of MB's to pick it just says "No Data". Is anyone else seeing an error like this?
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    My son got a youth survey to do, though he hasn't done it yet. I haven't received anything myself (targeted to adults).
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    Limit for Cub Scout nights of camping

    In what context? Our council (and many others) host 3-night (at least) Cub Resident Family Camps each summer.
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    possible fee increase coming

    $50 or $60. You can call $50 a "dollar a week". Kind of like an "hour a week." $60 is $5 / month. Round number that's easy to use. Anything past that, parents are really going to need to see added value...drops in cost elsewhere, or more support/material/etc. provided. Maybe $100 / year, but that includes 8 belt loops, one rank patch, a cap-slide-necker set, and a partridge in a pear tree.
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    divvying up costs for meals

    Our general practice is to charge a "troop fee" for campouts ($10-20, based on campout, covers campsite fees, transportation, troop gear like propane, etc.). Patrols get their own food, and deal with the cost themselves. The "ideal" is that they plan a menu, grubmaster shops, then divides cost by attendance and the boys pay up. In practice, it rotates...a given scout may be they "buyer" once or twice a year, and it more or less evens out, instead of settling up after each individual campout.
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    Annual Planning Conference question

    We let the PLC that is elected 6-months-in review the plan and make changes if needed. Nearly every time *something* has come up that's going to require a change anyway.
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    merit badge sash q2

    Agreed. I'd assume most Scouts their their first MB while Tenderfoot rank or so, so maybe add, for 2nd Class: "Without assistance, sew a merit badge onto a merit badge sash."
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    Help With Internet Advancement

    This is my "Cheat Sheet" for IA2.0. It seems to work. This is for only reporting completions, not tracking partials or individual rank requirements or anything like that. You have to be a "Key 3" to have access; if you are not, one of your Key 3 can give you Key 3 Delegate access then it should work. 1. Go to scoutbook.scouting.org . 2. Log on using my.scouting.org login/password (same one used for Youth Protection Training). 3. Check the box next to a scout’s name. 4. Click on “Record Advancement”. 5. Put in the date, type and item. 6. If you need to put in another item for that scout, click on “Save and Approve Another”. If that’s the last one for that scout, click on “Approve and Finish.” 7. Select the next scout, and repeat the process. 8. When you are done, make sure no scouts are checked, and click on “Run Report” then “Advancement Report” 9. Print the advancement report, and take it to the Scout Shop to buy awards.
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    New Committee Chair for a New Troop

    CC here. A few things off the top of my head. I'll probably come up with more late 1. Make sure you and the SM have the same vision for the troop. If there's already a SM in place be sure to sort this out. 2. You've got to, for the most part, defer program decisions to your SM. You're there to make the program happen, not to deliver it. This is easy if you and the SM have the same vision (see #1). We have a "running joke" in the troop that I'm the boss until the troop meeting/campout starts, then "management hands it over to operations" and I take a back seat for the SM to run the show. 3. Probably the most difficult part is making sure all the grownups are on the same page. If you've got a SM and and ASM that thinks they're the SM it's a recipe for problems. Your job is to nip that in the bud. 4. Delegate, but do it selectively. Make sure you've identified someone's strengths and weaknesses before assigning them a job. A mismatch means something doesn't get done then you have to do it. 5. Don't read too much into the "org chart" that has the SM reporting to the CC. Yes, if the SM isn't working out it's your job to deal with it. But in practice you need to consider the SM-CC pair as equals with different responsibilities, both necessary to properly deliver the program. I've been in the gig for about three years and about have it down ( I think). I deal with the paperwork, organization, logistics, that kind of stuff, and leave the program deliver to the SM and ASMs. Works great for me, I can get all the "grownup stuff" lined up then go on a campout and just chill while the SM deals with the program aspects.