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  1. I think since we have two troops in the same community, it makes great sense to merge rather than have two distinct troops. I wonder if we should plan in advance for next school year to be the last year of our Troop and then dissolve/merge with the neighbor troop. This would give all the current Life Scouts another year to finish Eagle with this troop should they want it. The issue though is the trailer and all the money. I am sure we can find people to take them, it's just -- what is the right way to to do this? The chartered org technically would get it all. Can troops disbu
  2. Backround: Our troop is down to one patrol, figure 10 scouts in the troop. We have key leadership positions filled. Three scouts will age out this year. The next year, three more scouts will age out. Then two Then two are left. We are not anticipating any new scouts joining from Cubs for the next two years. There is a large Wolf den in Cubs. My husband is the Scoutmaster. He says he will remain Scoutmaster for the next three yeas until our youngest scout gets Eagle in this troop. Frankly, I don't know if my youngest son wants to eagle in this troop, or
  3. My oldest is a Life Scout and turns 18 in one year. He has 5, whoops, now 6 MB's left to finish. I do not think he will finish everything before July 1. Maybe, but it depends on his hustle. Cit in Society will not have a MB book and it sounds more like a reflection and conversation with a counselor. Might not be all that time-consuming, thank goodness!
  4. This should be a lesson to all troops for what to watch out for. All bullying is unacceptable in Scouting. It can be too easy to see scouts with differences as "a problem" and to pressure scouts and parents to leave. Physical abuse needs to be stopped immediately. Our Youth Protection Training teaches this, but leaders have to be vigilant and have to stand up for ALL YOUTH.
  5. For dens, meet in homes. Does anyone have enough space to host the pack on their property? Call your park director and/or mayor and ask for free use of the pavillion for your non profit once a month.
  6. Oh the kids, er, Scouts, have made what we call "tripod with a lever". They LOVED it.
  7. Kiddo #1 has two of four signatures so far on his Eagle Project Proposal. He plans to build a split rail fence at the local nature center to encourage people to stay on the trail in an area where some people have been wandering into the woods.

    His goal is to have it done by early November. Very proudt that he presented to the parent committee, next he needs the scoutmaster and the district sign offs. 

  8. OK, I am a new assistant scoutmaster, and we have two other new assistant scoutmasters. In addtion, the kids in our troop trend younger. We do not have a strong command of scout skills. However, the bright side is that the kids are having fun at the meetings. At our last one, scouts made an activity to play dodgeball and when you're out, you have to answer a question about hiking / outdoor safety to get back in. This was a good idea and they had lots of fun but they did not have a ton of questions prepared. But it was a good effort. At our recent Zombie outing, the kids fi
  9. I will brag about how awesome our local fire department is. They are very community oriented. Our fire chief is extremely into community partnerships and outreach to the schools and other community groups. They are also working to promote work as firefighters and paramedics, dispatchers, etc. They need good people in the future generations. I think that the only difficulty is that every troop in the metro area would want them as CO. But talk about positive adult association. It's possible that our PD's would also do this for outreach and community building. Our fire chief is in
  10. This totally sounds like they want to reduce liability in case of future abuse lawsuits.
  11. One of the things I enjoyed at scout camp this year was seeing the trailers and flags of units from all over, as well as seeing who some of the sponsors were. Fire departments sponsor units. VFW's sponsor units. There are a lot of places that will help with this, and a lot of people who see the value in Scouting. Our units are sponsored by parent-teacher school organizations. If we had to look for more sponsors, I would likely approach our local Friends of the Library and Friends of the Nature Center non-profit groups,
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