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    on the trail to ... Scout?

    Kids not worrying about it, I can handle. My own son was in this camp until recently. It's some of the parents that are just outright indignant: "My son shouldn't have to ask you to sign off on xxxx! If he was there and did it, you should sign for it." I will say this about our Troop - I believe that we have some of the most flexible adult leadership. Our SM has done Scoutmaster conferences at a McDonald's on a Sunday afternoon because that worked out for a Scout's schedule. I was even able to set up a BOR for one Scout while he was at summer camp because he reached his time in a position of responsibility and we had enough adult leadership ready to make it happen.
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    on the trail to ... Scout?

    As a relatively new Advancement Chair for our Troop, we've had some difficulty with the group of Scouts that crossed-over this past February / March with most not having earned their Scout rank yet. What is particularly frustrating is the fact that most of those that haven't "ranked up" went to summer camp and continue to be active participants in Troop meetings and other activities (camp outs, Scouting for Food, Popcorn, hikes, etc...). The root cause, as I see it, is still the Cub Scout mentality that they should have things signed off simply by participating. They don't seem to grasp the concept that THEY need to approach the SM or ASM (or SPL or Troop Guide) to get tested and signed off. I feel at times I'm talking myself blue explaining this to them. The other leaders explain this to them. I guess you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink...
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    Parking cars as fundraiser. over $25K (NE)

    I think LaSalle Council themselves raise money by selling parking spaces at their council headquarters in South Bend, right across the street from Notre Dame, on football Saturdays.
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    Blastcars and Model Building

    I wonder if the intent with the Blastcars was to provide a source of parts for someone building their own model: i.e. axles, wheels, eyelets, etc... It might be an easier source of parts if the Scout in question doesn't have access to a fully stocked hobby shop where they could get what they need for their own model.
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    Who's got these Boy Scout Movies?

    If I'm remembering Jaws correctly, there's a brief mention/scene of Scouts doing their Mile Swim. At the end of Dolphin Tale, there are Scouts in uniform acting as crowd control during the dolphin race/fund raiser.
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    Ideas for stories around campfire

    When I was a mere Tiger Den Leader, I took OWL training, and one of the presenters was a 90 year old Scouter and he explained the importance of a good campfire story. Then he proceeded to recite "The Cremation of Sam McGee" from memory. While I found the prose to far over the heads of a group of Tigers, I think that poem's mix of an outdoor tale, humor, and the macabre is perfect for older Scouts.
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