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Jackdaws

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  1. Jackdaws

    Jamboree on the Air

    Sadly no. This is something that I have been wanting to participate in for the last 6 years and for what ever reason it just never pans out or isn't that well advertised in my council.
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    possible fee increase coming

    This is the part that just kills me. We can't sell that much popcorn around here. Its way too over priced. So the BSA assumes that we can just wave a magic wand and make it all better. BSA needs to come up with something else that is cheaper and that people wont mind paying for. We really should just seize the GSA and their cookies.
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    Scouts Uniform & Halloween

    As for the original question/costume. I would not damage a good shirt that someone else can wear. Maybe hit up the Goodwill's or other thrift shops and see if you can find a cheap alternative. Maybe a Dickie shirt.
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    Scouts Uniform & Halloween

    I was the kid from Up one year for Halloween. I wore the uniform shirt (It was our Tiger year so I didn't have knots yet or any other adornments) and my shorts. I made my own merit badge sash and copied the badges they had from the movie. We had some left over balloons here at work and I gathered those up and attached them to my back pack. It was awesome. Wish I had a better picture. I am over on the right.
  5. I actually saw a commercial for Scout me in on YouTube the other day. I was stunned as I have not seen a commercial before from the BSA.
  6. Do you really think anyone ever really reads what we type on these surveys?
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    Voice of the Scout surveys

    Yes, I am in the NFC. We were there the last week of June up in Campsite 19. Since it was out in the middle of no where is why we believe the bathrooms there were so nice. But the one down near the handicraft shelter and dining hall wasn't that bad considering it was a high volume usage.
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    Voice of the Scout surveys

    Camp Shands is much nicer than it used to be. Echockotee still has light years to go on getting enough restrooms. One campsite has a bathroom that hasn't worked in years. So it means that multiple campsites are using 1 women's restroom and if someone is taking a shower in there, you can forget it. For some events they bring in porta potty's. In Florida, you want to avoid those as much as possible. Its interesting to see from council to council how the restrooms are. 2 summers ago we went to Rainey Mountain and to me the bathrooms were not that great. My son complained that in the boys shower that several times, someone had pooped in the shower and there were other "bodily fluids" in there also. We went to Woodruff this past summer and it was so much nicer and a lot more private bathrooms and showers. Very clean. I just feel like the BSA isn't remembering the scout law in some of their decisions. How are we supposed to be thrifty when given very little notice about a rate increase? How is that courteous and trustworthy to families? It hurts potential loyalty also. Why should we trust that it wont just go up every year?
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    Voice of the Scout surveys

    I thought that to. LOL
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    possible fee increase coming

    No SE, national or council wide should see a raise or bonus for this year or the next till everyone sees how it all plays out. Its reminiscent of the government bailout of 2008 where we footed the bill but the big wig CEO's of those companies still got bonuses and came out smelling like a rose but their company and employees took the brunt of the mess. If our troop camps every month next year and my son and I both go it would cost me about $600 for just for the food costs. Depending on where we camp if there are fees. It will be more. Then you have our current monthly dues of $10 so that makes it $720. Add another $600+ for summer camp and transportation costs we are at over $1300. If we go to a district camporee or University of Scouting, that's another $100+. Factor in a few other events and maybe a uniform part and we are at minimum $2,000 a year and that is not including the current membership fee. That's a lot of money just for 2 people to participate in something if you ask me. I agree with the "we should not have to pay for past sins" of abuse. I am very sorry and appalled it happened for those involved. But the BSA should have been saving their pennies over the years for payouts instead of churning out stuff like Scouter magazine. I enjoy reading it but it takes maybe 20 min. at most to read and I could do so online for free. God only knows how much it costs to produce it and mail it out.
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    Voice of the Scout surveys

    I agree with this. I think they sent out the most recent one to test the waters before this rate increase hits. I wonder if we will see another one afterwards or at the beginning of the year? These are the 3 areas I said could use improvement and my responses. I saw it as an opportunity for a couple rants. :
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    Limit for Cub Scout nights of camping

    Our pack always does 2 nights. I didn't see anything in the GSS also.
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    Country Meats

    I can't promote Country Meats enough. I love them. Like others say, they practically sell themselves. Yes, in theory you have to move more product but you stand a better chance of people wanting to get $5-$10 worth of sticks as you will with popcorn or nuts. I also like to support them as they are what I consider a local company for us as they are in our council area. Excellent customer service also. Plus as a parent I can use one of the promotional items they send you(for free) and just sit a box of them on the corner of my desk and as people walk by they see them and buy them. I work for a trucking company so items like this are popular with the drivers.
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    KING of BSA Popcorn Sales

    Sorry didn't mean to be a negative nelly. Just popcorn is a hard sell depending on what side of town you live on here. I happen to live in one of the poorer sides of town so its never been a hit here.
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    KING of BSA Popcorn Sales

    I was hoping to see a couple tips in the article. I am sure living in a rich area and having peers' parents who can afford the $21,820-$26,630 tuition for the school he goes to doesn't hurt him at all... Now you show me a kid who lives in downtown Detroit and sells this much popcorn I will be very impressed.
  16. Um if they already have my application from a couple years current, why the need to do it again? My social security # hasn't changed and I make sure my council has the most current info on me address wise. Sounds like something for another data breach to happen. I know council runs background checks on volunteers. They disqualified our assistant cubmaster a couple years ago due to a domestic violence arrest and they told him he was on the banned list...
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    possible fee increase coming

    I agree. They have already had their national meeting in Texas so what's the delay? We knew last year LDS was leaving. Hitting units to tell parents that Scouting will now cost more than they were originally told looks pretty crappy and breeds distrust and for those families who maybe waffling on whether to stay at the end of the year, just go ahead and leave and don't re-charter unlikely to ever return because we didn't tell them the right fee amounts. When I was a membership chair, it drove me nuts that council would always be like "Whoo hoo! Look at our fantastic membership #'s!" but the reality was that those #'s you have in September/October are no where near there come February/March when all of the re-charters are in and then the hand slapping begins about needing to get #'s up. Those #'s are never reliable. Maybe we should have 6 month charters. Then we know where we stand more than once a year. It would be a nightmare at the council registrars office but hey then you know what you really are working with. Councils keep seemingly pumping out more and more exciting things at camps like ATV & Zip line programs that cost a lot of money & higher insurance costs. Pretty sure boys were signing up for scouting years and years before the ATV's and zip lines came along. Lets get back to basics and provide the program that was working. If your council finds our that they have the money for those programs without having to pass on those costs to the parents, then fantastic but the one up manship amongst camps is almost hurting all of us as whole.
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    Advice for a new wood badger

    @Scoutmom1989 So how was it?
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    possible fee increase coming

    I find it hard to believe that with 3 months left in the year, National doesn't have a cost. They need to set it out there soon. A Scout is supposed to be thrifty and springing a cost increase on people during what is sometimes the worst time of the year financially for families. Some families have multiple children in Scouting and it could be a bit hit to them and we subsequently lose them.
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    Advice for a new wood badger

    Our council was one of the few allowed to do the new course this past February. I went in 2016 so I did the old course.
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    Advice for a new wood badger

    I tell people about Woodbadge as what I tell everyone about Scouting: You get out of it what you put in to it. Go in with an open mind. Depending what you do in Scouting now also will shape your journey. I was only a Cub Scout leader when I went. I had no idea on the patrol method and other things that were for the troops. It taught me a lot. You will see that the bond between some patrols is stronger than others and that could be due to a variety of reasons. Sometimes life gets in the way. But its fun to see each person in your patrol complete their tickets and support them in their efforts. I found Woodbadge fun and a good way of networking with other Scouters. It gave me people for training courses when I was the District Training Chair. I have also made a lot of friends along the way. As for the Kool Aid/Bug Juice line, my husband who is not involved in Scouting, came to my beading and they served bug juice with dinner and once the beading was over the fun started (song) and he wanted to know what was in the juice. He thought we were all nuts. LOL I used to be an owl...
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    Flag help needed

    Excellent thanks!
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    New Things...

    In my experience with "seasoned" Scouters, they refuse to acknowledge that we live in a different age and its harder to get some of these kids to engage. We live an a vastly different world than 100 years ago when scouting began. I have been a scouter for about 5 years so I am somewhat new to the game. I do think the Boy Scout program as its made is still something that youth need to have available to them and they will learn life long lessons that could/should serve them well one day. But kids now days are not interested in outdoor stuff. Its sad. I will admit my 12 year old son doesn't know how to ride a bike. Its due to a combo of factors, not living near any other kids his age, lack of interest from him and road conditions. Mainly lack of interest on his part due to not living near other kids. We recently got a bike and have plans of him learning to ride as some troop activities and merit badges can be done thru biking. I have grown tired of going to district committee meetings and roundtables as its an old guard vs. new guard battle each month. Lots of "used to be" or "used to could". When I was District Training chair I got so many complaints about YPT not being offered in person anymore and that it had to be done online when they rolled out the new YPT. I finally had to tell them its "2018 and there are computers almost everywhere. If you need a ride to the library to do it there, please let me know." I didn't have as much gray hair before that. Now there are some older scouters who are embracing way youth are these day and rolling with it. That's great and what we should all do. In my Woodbadge course one of the main lessons for one segment was "Change happens!".
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    Flag help needed

    On a side note, why does the BSA not offer a flag you can put out front of your home? I would love to get one to fly with my American flag but I tried searching for something and come up with nothing.
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    Hobo Pizza Boats

    This recipe is a hit with our pack and troop. I showed it to them a couple years ago. Hardest part is getting the cheese on top to melt without burning the bottom of the bread.
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