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minn

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  1. New Volunteer, feel stuck

    First off, thanks for trying your best to volunteer for the Scouts. Sorry if this sounds harsh, but it seems like the time and energy you're spending on starting a new unit could be more productively spent on supporting an existing unit in your area. In the situation you're in, you have structural obstacles to overcome, requirements for two-deep leadership, all the fundraising and admin stuff that goes with a new unit, etc. Only a few boys in a unit is going to be a challenge for them too, especially if one or two don't show up regularly, etc. Those families are expecting a good Scouting experience now. Why make yourselves wait? Wouldn't it be better for everyone if you had a heart-to-heart conversation with those boys and their families, then try to find a troop together that does things the boys wants to do? If they joined an existing unit, they'd have a chance at a good experience right away. As a new volunteer, the unit (including all the other Scouts) could benefit from your enthusiasm for the outdoors. Seems like that's a win, win, win.
  2. Ideas to Improve the Cub Scout Program

    Digital versions of the Den Leader Guides returned to the BSA's site months ago: https://cubscouts.org/learning-library/
  3. Struggling to stay in Scouts

    Alternatively, in some cases, boys may choose a troop to leave some of the personalities of their old den behind. I definitely see both possibilities.
  4. Comparing Boy's Life Magazine (an official BSA publication) to Girl's Life Magazine (a mainstream style magazine written for tween girls - and not the GSUSA) isn't exactly a fair comparison beyond title similarities. Still, it's an interesting conversation described by the Huffington Post. (another media outlet with its own specific point of view). Check it out here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/side-by-side-magazine-covers-cause-outrage-among-parents_us_57cee729e4b02c637c57e63f?
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