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  1. Interesting history of Brownsea Double-two on" pinetree web.com". It does list the agenda for the week. Find the search box and enter "Brownsea", or find the index and down at the bottom of it is the link to the Brownsea training history. The link at the bottom of the article "Learning About Leadership" was worth a refresher
  2. I am not aware of any vast subsidies unless the inner city Scouting program is referred to. I feel that the gist of this thread is that National and some councils seem to be more focused on the money-raising than with program. It makes one wonder how Scouting survived the Great Depression when donations were down. I \'ve spoken with many of our elderly who were Scouts during the 1930s; they had a great time!
  3. Promote the clinic as a freebie except for the cost of supplies. That way many more Scouts will show up. Announce that refreshments & fried chicken will be available. Sales of soda pop, water, iced tea, snacks, luncheon entree should bring in the money.
  4. Most non-profits have a board of directors. I believe BSA has the National Executive Board - comprised of about 72 members. Many franchisees sue their franchisor; some of these lawsuits are won by the franchisee. Anyone recall Chicken Delight? While business CEOs may make the bucks, CEOs of non-profits usually have little business experience. These people chose the feel-good majors in college, and run their enterprises on feelings rather than the bottom-line (usually). So, saying they could make more in the business world may not hold. Perhaps chief Scouters should be restri
  5. You might consider contacting your National Youth Network (?) about the FAST youth leader training program. A preview is given at http://www.scouts.ca/sites/default/files/Fast.pdf Also, consider Google for "the Dump Scouts Canada" That site offers several editions of the Canadian Patrol Leaders Handbook. The 1950 edition seems to have a good intro on why trained leaders are necessary
  6. What time of year does best for your nut sales?
  7. you could always pitch the tent inside the shelter. Also, there seems to be enough of a platform or porch at the front to lay out the sleeping bag
  8. All these orgs also allow gays, amd some of them involve overnight trips to various competitions and meetings
  9. Why? Considering the shooting merit badges include " Explain how hunting is related to the wise use of renewable wildlife resources."
  10. I did find this: "Neither does the National Council place a limit on the number of merit badges a youth may earn from one counselor. However, in situations where a Scout is earning a large number of badges from just one counselor, the unit leader is permitted to place a limit on the number of merit badges that may be earned from one counselor, as long as the same limit applies to all Scouts in the unit. Approved counselors may work with and pass any member, including their own son, ward, or relative. Nevertheless, we often teach young people the importance of broa
  11. the skill might help you get out of jail. It did for Woody Allen in 'Take the Money and Run'
  12. Does anyone know how much Seton, Beard and Hillcourt were paid by the BSA? How did their salaries compare with comparable positions in retailing of the time?
  13. disagree that new Scouts automatically go to the "short" patrol. Scouts should be in patrol in their own neighborhood so they can walk/bike to meetings instead of having to be driven everywhere
  14. chocolate melts in summer weather maybe when soda pop is on sale at 12 cans for $2.50 to $3 stock up. Get a wagon, a cooler chest, some ice, set in the cans and look for crowds. Sidewalk vending permits aren't that expensive. Oh yes, get some paper wrapped plastic straws for the ladies An elderly couple I met sells homemade ice cream at music festivals. Their ice cream makers are belt driven by old one cylinder farm engines with the flywheel (flywheel is about 18 to 20 inches and has a guard over it). Down South someone always seems to be selling boiled peanuts in front of W
  15. Some namby-pamby councils may thus rule based on their mis-interpretation of state, county or town knife ordinances. As long as knife is not double edged, nor looks like a ninja fighting knife it should be OK if carried openly. However, some laws disallow anyone under 18 from carrying any kind of knife. One of my sheath knives was purchased at a Scout Shop a few years back. Since it has the Good Turn knot embossed onto the sheath, and the Scout insignia on the blade itself, couldn't I just say it was part of the uniform?
  16. A slightly different take on using a hatchet is "Swing Your Axe but Safely" by Green Bar Bill in the August 1953 issue of Boys Life
  17. Ouch! We must kindly ask you to turn in your Totin' Chip. At no time do your ever swing a hatchet down while holding a billet of wood upright. No, you use a hatchet as a wedge in this case: insert the bit into whatever crack you find in the end of the wood, press in in hard. Then, with both hands on the handle, lift up the joined wood-hatchet about 4 - 6 inches and hammer back with the billet vertical. Do repeatedly and the wood will split. Your baton method is more easily done with a froe rather than a knife blade -- keeps the hand away from the baton/mallet
  18. I just read Along the Mohawk Trail, written 1912, (online via Google Books) and found it utterly preposterous. It portrayed Scouts sleeping under the night sky instead of in a proper tent, using Morse code to signal across a distance of three miles by using a bonfire, actually throwing their pocket knives to play mumbly-peg; it even had two Scouts hike around the Adirondacks for two weeks without any adult supervision. Total fantasy. There was mention of a rather interesting POR. I'm not sure what 'troop jester' actually did
  19. I can see consolidating the purchasing departments to get better volume discounts on stuff they need to buy. However, it has been shown that decentralizing is a much better model than centralizing - more responsive to local needs instead of trying to fit the one size fits all decisions from Central City Michigan seems to have gone overboard on consolidating. Has it been nothing but good for them since then?
  20. Oh, absolutely. Most have a one-time coupon attached to be used at a popular grocery. The coupon's value equals the cost of the card.
  21. Since Councils are full of high powered executives, they should be doing their own funders and sending each troop some money. Council can sponsor/host a bass fishing tournament, semi-pro or better golf tournament, a marathon, le tour de council bicycle race, clay or trap shooting competition, high dollar sponsor appreciation banquet, sailing tournament, Grand Portage relay race, celebrity auction, polo match, seek donations of boats and vehicles, put on a community wide juried arts & crafts show. Living off the backs of bent and broken children is just too shameful
  22. It is easy to pass out job descriptions. What I am wondering is what kind of leadership training he has had/will have. I assume he has been through the troop leadership training by someone qualified. Has he also been through the Council's training program?
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