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    Venmo

    Anybody use Venmo to receive payments for scouting activities? We've had a request from a parent for our troop to consider this. Might not be a bad idea. I can't tell you how many times I try to chase down people for payment only to be told they don't have their checkbook on them. Just wondering what the pros and cons are for using Venmo.
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    Campfire Smoke Allergies

    If your troop is car camping, you could invest in a propane campfire.
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    neckerchiefs

    I believe the neckerchief slide is where you can express your individuality.
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    Venmo

    If people don't want to lock down their privacy settings so that others can't see that they paid BSA Troop xxx money for something, I kind of see that as free advertising for scouts. "Hey, I noticed when I was spying on you on your Venmo app, that you paid some money to Scouts for your son to go on a camping trip. I didn't know your son was a Scout. Tell me more about it because I have a child who might be interested in joining."
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    Tenting: 2 years apart

    I stopped counting my kids ages in months when they turned from 23 months old to 2 years old.
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    New Sex Abuse Charges

    Two or more adult leaders be present at all times? Maybe I didn't pay close enough attention when I watched the new training videos, but isn't there still a difference between two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact?
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    Best comfort items & traditions for summer camp

    Interesting about all the desserts people are talking about. None of the summer camps my son has been to in California allow food in the campsites because of the critters.
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    Boys-only weeks at camp

    Many camps have been dealing with this for years when it comes to adults and scouts having to share a bathhouse. Problem is easily solved with a few portapotties and designated shower times for female adults, male adults, male scouts, and female scouts. And let's be real. My son barely changes his clothes when he's at camp, let alone take a shower. This is not a valid reason to keep girl troops from attending all weeks of camp.
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    Lessons for BSA Summer Camps?

    Sounds like summer camp for the Montessori crowd.
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    Voting discrepancy

    I am a Committee member for a Scout troop. I happened to be in the room at the end of the meeting where we had our OA elections. The OA rep and the Committee Chair spent a fair amount of time going over the votes, so I'm confident the count was done correctly. After the meeting the OA rep was discussing the results with the Scoutmaster. I happened to see the results and only two of the three boys nominated were selected. The one who wasn't chosen was the SPL, and this was clearly troubling to the SM and the OA rep. I left while they were still talking about it. Fast forward a week to Camporee where they announce those who were selected to OA. I find out from my son that the SPL got in and one of the other boys (a younger scout) didn't. Somebody basically did a swap. I'm dumbfounded. I see from reading other threads in this forum that the SM has some control over who is on the ballot, but I couldn't find anything that said the SM can override the vote of the scouts. I sent an email to the OA rep asking what happened, but haven't heard back yet. I guess I don't have a problem that the SPL got in even though there may have been a reason why the scouts did not vote for him, but I am particularly upset that one of the other scouts who was voted in, didn't get in. I think they need to make things right by that scout. What should I do?
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    Voting discrepancy

    I talked to the Committee Chair tonight. Apparently, the paper I saw with the two names on it that they were discussing was not the result of the election. Odd that they would have those names on there when they didn't really represent anything, but I have no reason to doubt him. That will teach me to stick my nose where it doesn't belong! Never hurts to verify, though.
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    Voting discrepancy

    Not North Carolina.
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    Philmont 2019 Treks / Itineraries

    We're going in 2020 and looking over these itineraries is really getting me excited. Does anyone know if we can rent stoves at Philmont? Our troop now only uses Jet Boils and those aren't big enough for an 8 quart pot.
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    "Please know that these matters continue to have the full attention of the highest levels of our organization, and we will communicate transparently as there are developments or updates to share." From the vague letter they emailed me this afternoon, if this is their idea of transparency, we are in trouble.
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    Philmont 2020 slots

    Our troop from California got a 12-day slot for July 2 to July 14, 2020. I think I'm more excited than the Scouts. One thing, though. I have been frustrated with the lack of information or conflicting information available on their website and hope it gets better now that we have a slot and should be getting regular emails. One thing that was frustrating was a quote I pulled directly from their website that said scouts needed to be 17 years old or younger on the first day. We have a scout who will be 18, and since all the adult slots were filled, I told him he couldn't go. The scout's mother got upset and said that one of the adults should step down and make room for her son. That didn't go over very well. Then I came across some other information that said a scout 18 to 21 could register as either a youth or an adult, so I guess he is able to go now because we had one youth spot left. Also from the website, I kept getting pages with links that didn't work. Did you see how many slots are still available for 2019? Is this normal? https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/registersection/availableslots/
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    Stepping Down

    I agree with the others about looking at where the District needs are. As a leader, the District people have been invaluable to me in helping deliver an awesome program to the scouts.
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    Summer Camp Tier pricing

    As the person responsible for collecting all the payments from the families and sending them to the Council on the various payment due dates, I would find this system very confusing and it would add a lot of extra work on my part trying to figure out who is going to pay what amount and then making sure I send the correct amounts to the Council.
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    Scout game ideas

    How many scouts attend your meetings on average?
  19. Our troop is going to try to put together a crew for Philmont 2020. I have lots of questions, but the most important one I need answered ASAP since the registration is due this week is: Does the number of days in the trek (7 or 12) include the days at base camp, or are you actually hiking for 7 or 12 full days?
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    broken lantern globes

    Our boys bring their own lanterns, which are usually Luci lanterns. No batteries or breakage to worry about. The Luci lanterns don't put off a lot of light like regular lanterns, but I've found if we have two or three propped up on walking sticks or hanging from a canopy, they put off plenty of light.
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    Winter Camping Plans?

    We live in California near the coast, so we have the luxury of being able to camp all winter long if we so choose. We try to do one snow camping trip per year and will tentatively put a few dates on our calendar, but the drought has interfered with that several times. There's a national park only 4 hours away with a bathroom in the campground that stays open year round and is slightly heated to keep the pipes from freezing. As a woman, this is a godsend. Squatting in the snow to pee is not my idea of fun. Since we often don't get snow until after the first of the year, we have to squeeze our snow camping trip into a single weekend instead of over the school's winter break. We leave on Saturday morning to avoid driving at night on possible black ice and trying to set up and stay warm in the dark. Arriving on Saturday mid-day gives the scouts time to dig snow caves to sleep in if they want. It's a lot of work for a one night trip, but well worth it.
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    Philmont Questions

    Thanks, I can't tell you how many times I clicked on that link, but I just kept trying to click forward to the register portion where I thought it would give me more info. I feel stupid that I didn't even bother to read the text that was above each link. More stupid questions to come...
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    Philmont Questions

    Thank you! I swear when I first was researching Philmont some months back, I found some information about the various treks and the schedule, but now when I look I can't seem to find anything. So I assume a 7-day trek would leave on Day 2, hike Days 2 through 7. Arrive back on Day 7 and depart on Day 8?
  24. We aren't new to Scouting. My son has been involved in Cub Scouts since he was a Tiger, and I was his den leader the entire time. He just bridged over last night to Boy Scouts with his Arrow of Light. I just had to share because I am so excited for him!
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    Youth Behavior at 2017 Jamboree

    My son went to Jamboree and had a great time. He said that there were things stolen from his troop, including patch sets, but the boys just shook it off and continued to enjoy themselves. He's even thinking about going to World Jamboree in 2 years.
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