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KenD500

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  1. What tents does your Troop use? Are they outfitter quality?
  2. I'm helping my older Scouts plan a back country trip in Grand Teton National Park. Has anyone been there in the last 5 years? Any trails you highly recommend?
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    Pl - Spl For Small Troop

    I'm the SM for a small Troop. 10 Scouts (a new one just joined on Monday). 2 Patrols: The Merlins - 4 Scouts, 16, 16, 15, 15 yrs old; & the Ghosty Goats - 6 Scouts, 12, 12, 12, 11, 11, 11 yrs old. 3 out of the 4 Merlins are active, we see the 4th ~once a month - he just finished his Eagle project & then he's done; 6/6 of the Ghosty Goats are active. We split into two Patrols in April. Right now, we don't have an SPL. Just 2 PLs. They'll soon be electing their new PLs. I'm struggling with the SPL position. If they elect an SPL, he would most likely come from the Merlin Patrol- which would reduce the effective number of Scouts in the Patrol to 2. One option is to have the Merlin PL also be the SPL. I need your opinions/suggestions/comments.
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    References

    Field book. Besides that, most of the Scouts get their info from youtube.
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    Harvey impacted scouts & scouters

    They provided masks.
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    Harvey impacted scouts & scouters

    Circle Ten Council (Dallas area) is putting together another clean up trip to Houston for Scouts/Scouters. Here's the link if interested. Last Saturday, the group worked moving debris closer to the streets so the claw trucks could reach the piles.
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    Harvey impacted scouts & scouters

    Circle 10 has a bus of Scouts headed down there on Saturday to start mucking. If you're local to DFW & want to help out, here's the sign up link with more info.
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    Harvey impacted scouts & scouters

    From Circle 10 Council: Scouts are prepared and ready to help. We know that our units want to do what they can to help the families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Circle Ten Council is in communication with the Scout councils who are in the areas affected by the hurricane. At this point, it is too soon for them to be able to tell us exactly what they need in way of support. We will continue to update our Scouting community as we find out specific needs. We have set up a website to collect Hurricane Relief Funds to help the victims. This fund will be distributed with the assistance of the councils who have been affected to provide support for their Scout families. The Circle Ten Council Executive Board has also pledged to match those funds collected, up to $10,000. We also encourage our Scouts to do what they feel is appropriate in locally assisting those who have taken refuge in our community. We encourage you to reach out to the Salvation Army, Red Cross, SPCA of Dallas, or your chartered partner to find out what is needed locally. The Circle Ten Council has offered our camps as relief shelters. We may need assistance in preparing the camps or during their stay. We will be posting these needs as they become know on our website and social media channels. Thank you for your Scouting spirit. Link to BSA Emergency Assistance Fund donation page
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    Who manages the ASMs in your troop?

    I aim for a SM/ASM meeting 2x a year. During these meetings, I discuss - vision, boy-led Troop ladder (where we are on it & how to move further), upcoming campouts, any Troop behavior issues, prospective ASMs, etc. This gives us a chance to make sure everyone is on the same page. During the 1st one, the ASMs asked for defined responsibilities. Communication is key.
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    Grand Tetons National Park?

    We were planning on taking a Greyhound bus. 2 travel days each way. $200/person.
  11. I was just talking with the SM of another Troop down the road about the events in Charlottesville this weekend. During the discussion, I asked if he was preparing a SM Minute to discuss the events & lessons learned with his Troop. His Troop doesn't do things like that. My question to you - do you discuss current events & the lessons learned with your Scouts? Have you prepared one for the events in Charlottesville?
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    Grand Tetons National Park?

    Nope. We had it all planned and the parents got cold feet 1 at a time.
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    Scoutmaster Transition

    Let the oncoming SM know you're there to assist in any way and then assist in any way.
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    Election question

    This is one of the best comparisons I've heard. Analogy? Simile? Metaphor?
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    Secret ingredient noncompetition

    Tang in the pancakes. My Scouts came up with this one & it's actually pretty good.
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    President Trump to visit 2017 Jamboree

    Here's the article from Scouting magazine about presidents at Jamboree. link Several presidents did not attend. Kind of interesting to listen to the past president's speeches.
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    Program area supply shortages

    After having a similar experience 1 year, I no longer schedule Summer Camp during the 1st week. Approximately half of the program areas did not receive their supplies until Thursday.
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    It's really very simple

    The mental cleansing that occurs on trips like that is why I camp. You really realize what you NEED when you have to carry it.
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    A letter from my SE

    My Co-ed thoughts: 1. it's going to happen. National will roll it out at the Cub level. a. This will make 1/2 the membership angry that they went Co-ed. b. It will make the other 1/2 angry that they didn't open up the Boy Scout program also. c. End result in membership = no change 2. By the time girls are age eligible for Venturing, they are committed to other things that caught their interest (band, dance, softball, etc). 14ish seems to be the time most are trimming back activities to focus on a few. 3. There is no other program that does what the Boy Scout program does. Other programs try, but miss. 3a. Pre-teen & Teen girls need a program like the Boy Scouts. 4. Pre-teen & Teen boys act differently around girls of the same age. 4a. This leads into the argument that the boys need a program that allows them to be boys. I'm obviously of 2 minds on this. I'm guessing all programs under the BSA umbrella will be co-ed in the next 3-5 yrs. Using the "local" option of allowing the CO decide what type of Unit they want. I have 2 girls (14 & 15) & 2 boys (17 & 28).
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    Wearing uniform hats indoors?

    At some Summer Camps, they have a rule for no hats in the mess hall. It's the only time I'm a stickler for it as it's gone from etiquette to a rule. Even then, I'm ensuring my Scouts comply not other Troops.
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    Wearing uniform hats indoors?

    To me, this is the key sentence - "Official headgear may be worn while the unit or individual is participating in an indoor formal ceremony or service duty, except in religious institutions where custom forbids." Similar to military practice (ex-Navy here), one will wear their cover indoors when on duty (quarter deck watch, master at arms, etc). If I remember correctly, it comes from wanting to keep hands free to perform official duties and to indicate the duty personnel.
  22. Do you give guidelines for any letters coming from home to Summer Campers? Have you had any negative effects from letters?
  23. BORs can also be called if a Scout is not advancing. 2017 Guide to Advancement: 8.0.1.3 How Boards Can Lead to Program ImprovementPeriodic reviews of members’ progress can provide a measure of unit effectiveness. A unit might uncover ways to increase the educational value of its outings, or how to strengthen administration of national advancement procedures. For example, if it is discovered troop leaders are not ensuring that all requirements have been met before Scouts present themselves for the board of review, then process improvements can be recommended. A board can also help by considering the style of leadership best suited to current circumstances and ways to adjust it to different needs. Note that boards of review may also be held for Scouts who are not advancing. Much can be learned from them, as well. (bolded for emphasis)
  24. I'm digging into the Aquatics Supervision now but this is from the Guide to Safe Scouting: Tow SportsAll participants in towed activity afloat (waterskiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, tubing, etc.) must have successfully completed the BSA swimmer classification test and must wear a life jacket with an impact rating consistent with the activity. Supervision must include both a skilled boat driver currently trained in Safety Afloat and a separate observer. Participants should observe the Water-skiers Safety Code and the Boat Drivers Safety Code found in Aquatics Supervision, No. 34346. Use only floats specifically designed for towing that provide secure handholds for each rider.
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    Summer camp letters from family

    After having 1 1st year Summer Camper receive a letter that the dog had died, I've developed guidelines. 1. Don't talk about the cool things or movies you're seeing without your Scout. 2. No negative news. 3. Everything should be upbeat & positive. 4. Don't end it with "We miss you". Try "we love you" instead. I heard a story from an experienced Scouter that he had 1 Scout get the news his parents were divorcing in a letter at Summer Camp.
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