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  1. Whelp Effective January 1, 2020 the membership fee at registration-recharter in the North Florida Council is: $72 per youth member in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts $60 goes to the National Council $12 stays with the North Florida Council $48 per youth member registered in Exploring $36 goes to the National Council $12 stays with the North Florida Council $48 per registered Adult Member $36 goes to the National Council $12 stays with the North Florida Council This is worrisome:
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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. :
  11. Do you really think anyone ever really reads what we type on these surveys?
  12. Our pack always does 2 nights. I didn't see anything in the GSS also.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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...
  17. 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!"
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 th
  21. 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 do
  22. 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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