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    Northeast Florida
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    Load planner/driver manager
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    I used to be an Owl S4-87-16-1

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  1. Jackdaws

    Chapter 11 announced

    Do we know if insurance covers the past victims? From Wikipedia: The annual report states that the BSA may have "to pay damages out of its own funds to the extent the claims are not covered by insurance or if the insurance carriers are unable or unwilling to honor the claims. Accordingly, the BSA hired a law firm in December 2018 to investigate filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Such a bankruptcy could stop litigation of at least 140 lawsuits and prevent further lawsuits. In October 2019, a substantial membership rate increase was announced related to increased operational expenses, especially substantial increases in insurance costs. If not, then why the rate increase? They claimed rising insurance costs. And if bankruptcy can possibly prevent further lawsuits, then the lawyers will have no choice but to go for the local councils, who will in turn also file for bankruptcy protection.
  2. Jackdaws

    Donuts

    I have also been curious to the profit margin on KK. In our district there are 2 standing KK stores that do pretty good business so customers have the availability for fresh doughnuts if they get the vouchers. Funny story on the cops/doughnuts line. My brother is an Eagle Scout and now a cop. He and my husband were out one day and decided to get some doughnuts. My husband said I bet you like them because you get them for free (my brother is very thrifty!). My brother said "Contrary to what you believe, we do not get free doughnuts." They pull around to the p/u window and he tries to pay and the man said "Nope, they are free. Your money is no good here. Please take them." My husband started laughing. My brother probably wished the floor of his cop car would have opened up and swallowed him into the hole.
  3. Jackdaws

    Chapter 11 announced

    Yes I read that between the lines in October and warned our troop to expect that to possibly happen. If the lawsuits attempt to go after local councils, they will want to strengthen their war chest so to speak.
  4. Jackdaws

    Chapter 11 announced

    I also expect some snide comments from people to the scouts who are out there currently trying to sell camp cards. You know the whole " why should I pay for an organization who abuses kids? " or something to that effect. It is not the scouts fault and their adults are forced to step in and try to get them to move along. Sigh.
  5. Jackdaws

    Chapter 11 announced

    I fully expect to see membership fees either double or triple in the next year or two. If the BSA can find a way to not hit us with another increase, it would be great otherwise it may really scare off those who are on the fence and pondering the future of the organization. My son will be 13 next month and is a First Class currently. I am going to try and light a fire under him to push forward towards Eagle. I am hoping we can hang long enough. Best I can figure with the time requirements for rank, it would be about 18 months till he can earn Eagle. I feel that is kind of young, but I would like to see him complete it out and earn Eagle before the BSA dies off(hopefully not!). As for the more popcorn speech we will undoubtedly get. If we are truly to survive, we need another product for fall sales. I have no problem selling the $5.00 camp cards and we all know the Girl Scouts have no problem selling their $4-5 box of cookies. We MUST have something that can compete with those price points earlier in the year. Is the profit margin smaller per sell? Yes. Do you stand a chance of someone buying 3-4 items for $20 instead of one item for $20? Yes, I believe so. I live on a side of town that is considered one of the poorer sides so $20+ popcorn is a very hard sell. $5-10 for something is much easier. Council fees will also increase. As the Troop CC I am hoping that we can start to fundraise for re-charter next year just after summer camp so whatever announcement they drop in our laps next October won't be such a sticker shock again.
  6. Jackdaws

    One rocking, one struggling

    This actually something we are working on putting in the Troop handbook. Asking that the parents continue to medicate the scout so they have the best possible experience.
  7. Jackdaws

    One rocking, one struggling

    This was a very real struggle in our troop till the end of last year. Some parents see the BSA as Baby Sitters of America and would send their son on every possible campout/lock in to get a break. But they would not medicate their son during the outings thus creating constant chaos in our troop even during the week at troop meetings(no evening booster dose). If enough boys from each patrol was present for a campout, we would sometimes combine the groups and it would be groans from the others if one of those 2 scouts were in their patrol. We tried to preach patience and understanding. We could never put the 2 in the same patrol, it was just too much for everyone involved. For one scout, on a rough campout, he was arguing with everyone, saying foul words and apparently a racial slur. Scout was warned with each occurrence that it would not be tolerated. At the racial slur incident, the parents promptly were called to come pick up their son. Parents were told that they must accompany their child on any future outings to help curb the behavior. The other scout, most camp outs were him whining loudly or crying. Then on campout last February, where there was worrisome behavior witnessed and an almost fight between him and another scout, we then asked that the parent accompany their scout on any future outings. These were not isolated incidents, it had been a year or more of various issues. So guess who no longer went on anymore campouts? Yep. We were being for lack of better words: used. It was our only option as we had tried to work with their behavior for quite a while but we could no longer tolerate hateful speech/un-scout like and violent behavior. I will probably get flamed but I was never more relieved to hear that 2 scouts were not re-chartering. Its been much smoother sailing since. If they had gone to another unit, I am sure it would have been the same situation for whichever unit they went to. I do feel bad but these 2 scouts just killed our program for a year. We couldn't get them to cooperate, work on advancement, earn merit badges or participate in meetings other than distracting the others by running around or laying on the floor while someone else was talking. Most 13 year olds are impatient at the best of times and to add further friction in a situation, we were lucky to only have some bad language and a shoving match be all that happened.
  8. Jackdaws

    Cub Scout Cooking

    Webelos should be creating their own menus. Its required for Cast Iron Chef. You can break down meal planning by the ranks. That way everyone has a role. Logistically this may create some issues. Depends on the size of your pack. As mentioned above, dietary restrictions are a challenge. My son has a nut allergy so PB& J are a no no. But my son knows he must be careful. We have had youth with dairy issues and families with the religious restrictions. Baked beans were almost always on the menu, we had a family of Seventh-Day Adventist and could not have pork. We would make a separate pot of beans to accommodate their needs. Or they would tell us to not worry about it a head of time. Webelos Adventure: Cast Iron Chef Complete Requirements 1 and 2 below. Requirement 3 is optional. Plan a menu for a balanced meal for your den or family. Determine the budget for the meal. If possible, shop for the items on your menu. Stay within your budget. Prepare a balanced meal for your den or family. If possible, use one of these methods for preparation of part of the meal: camp stove, Dutch oven, box oven, solar oven, open campfire, or charcoal grill. Demonstrate an understanding of food safety practices while preparing the meal. Use tinder, kindling, and fuel wood to demonstrate how to build a fire in an appropriate outdoor location. If circumstances permit and there is no local restriction on fires, show how to safely light the fire, under the supervision of an adult. After allowing the fire to burn safely, safely extinguish the flames with minimal impact to the fire site
  9. Jackdaws

    Top Scouts?

    Politics is the issue. You could have a scout who goes above and beyond and earns a lot of merit badges and goes on every campout but if the other youth don't like them they wont award it to them. Troop elections are a popularity contest at times
  10. Jackdaws

    Cub Scout Cooking

    Yes on having the youth (bears and up at the least) planning out the meals. We usually had something around if someone wanted something. Usually it was left over pancakes from breakfast that we just covered and put on a table incase someone wanted a quick snack. I know its sometimes frowned upon(for critter purposes) but most families bring their own snacks. Personal pizzas are always a hit. Just need some loaves of French bread, sauce, whatever toppings you want, some tinfoil and a fire. Kids get a kick out of getting to make their own. Trick is trying to get the cheese to melt w/o burning the bottom of the bread. Just have an adult do the rotating of them. Something like this: https://athriftymom.com/french-bread-pizza-easy-make-ahead-camping-recipe/ I wouldn't go too elaborate for the younger kids but the Webelos need to work on learning to cook and prepare for Troop camp outs.
  11. Jackdaws

    Parents, Non-registered and YP awareness

    Really its a little of both. We are just now starting to have interaction with other units that have girls in them so we are trying to make sure we have our bases covered.
  12. Jackdaws

    Parents, Non-registered and YP awareness

    Sorry we keep getting off your question. We want our boy scouts to know that they cannot be one on one with a female scout. It maybe innocent but the other parent may not view this as that. We are going to tell our boy scouts that another female cannot be your buddy when we do joint ventures. I got onto my son when he was a wolf for being in our tent with a female sibling tagging along. They went to the tent to get my phone and play games on it. The flap was open. I sent her back over to her family and told my son that is not to happen again. No one other he and I should enter our tent nor should he enter anyone else's tent. I told him, he can't go off alone like that. And he was not to be on my phone during a scouting event. I left it in the tent for a reason. I tried to instill this into him young. We talked about not going off with anyone alone or how no one is allowed to see him undressed. Its a sad state when you have to press this into a child but its better safe than sorry. I don't know if there were really any issues at this past years summer camp that we attended. I specifically tried to watch the girl troops to see how they did while in the big crowds like at the dining hall and flag ceremonies. They did very well. One troop was taking a breather up at the dining hall porch in between sessions. One girl did say that a couple boys said a crude remarks. She said she set them straight and walked off. As for parents, if they will not get registered or do not need to and are attending an event, I would have a meeting before the event began or at Friday nights cracker barrel. Give them a run down of what YPT is and the no no's and let them know, that if observed violating the policies they will be promptly asked to leave for everyone's safety.
  13. Jackdaws

    Parents, Non-registered and YP awareness

    I totally get that. I live in a metropolitan city that does have some very rural areas w/in our city limits. Our own district is quite a mixture of country and metro areas & 2 counties. I just kept telling those people who fought me on it and who I know live here in the city to go to the library to try and complete it. Some of our libraries have meeting rooms you can reserve that have computers in them for more private use. We gave people 8 months to complete it and each month at roundtable and district meetings I caught crap from people complaining. I had one person complain to me that I had put on a bulletin board at roundtable that their current YPT expires on 9/30/18 at 2359. She said I thought it was 10/1/18? I just rolled my eyes and walked away. Some people just like to complain and make waves. The "we used to do it this way" & the "well 25 years ago we did this" people just killed me so instead running the risk of being really rude and un-scout like I chose to step away from the role and them beat up on someone else. I doubt they will get very far as the current person is a former WB course director and has staffed several courses.
  14. Jackdaws

    Parents, Non-registered and YP awareness

    I left being the training chair about the end of 2018 mainly due to frustration on trying to get it thru peoples heads that it was not ME implementing these rules, its coming from lots of other people before it gets to little peons like me. If they want to complain, start in Irving TX and work their way down but let me know how it goes. At the time of the new YPT roll out and for several months after they (council) said that no in person trainings for YPT could be held w/o the SE and other key people's approval. Everyone kept saying it was like a 3-4 hour training when the online version would take 1.5 hours so just do it at home. Council did hold a couple in person trainings but I don't believe the turn out was very good.
  15. Jackdaws

    Parents, Non-registered and YP awareness

    Prior to the new YPT rule coming into effect in 2018, our pack would hold several group Youth Protection trainings for all parents/guardians. We would do a parent orientation right after round up and then a couple more before we went camping for the first time. We filled out training rosters and I submitted them to council for them to hold. Then they came out with the new training and no one could get an in person copy to do a group training. It had to be cleared by the Scout Executive and several others at council. Jeepers. We had to drop committee members because for whatever reason, couldn't seem to find that 90 or so min. to take it at home(really lame excuses). It was a huge pain in the rear end. I was the district training chair at the time and I was ready to pull out my quickly graying hair. I caught so much crap from the 60-80 year old leaders who tried to say they didn't have a computer. I said you can go to the library and use one there for free. Even offered them a ride if that was really the case. They got it done but sheesh it killed me and soured me on being the training person. By not allowing in person group trainings, I feel like the safety levels have gone down. Those who would have been informed previously now are unaware of all of the new protections in place. We have asked that parents of boys in our troop sit with their son and do the YPT. We had some issues with bullying last year so we asked it so the boys are aware of their actions and behaviors. We are thinking of asking it again as the boys are now starting to notice girls and will be interacting with them at certain events and at summer camp. We want to make sure they know the boundaries. I think where the main issue maybe is the 72 hour rule and requiring the adults to be trained. If you go on 2 camp outs that makes for over 72 hours. In Cub Scouts that is going to make for a lot of irritated parents if packs stick to their guns on that rule.
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