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    If you are a Webelos/AOL Den Leader then you should absolutely take IOLS, as it prepares you to function as a patrol and will help you better prepare the AOLs for life in the troop.
  2. Long overdue! https://oa-bsa.org/article/2018-membership-update
  3. Our PLC meetings are also open to all youth who want to participate. It's usually just the SPL/ASPL, PLs, Scribe, and QM who attend. However, I think it's helpful for the APLs to attend occasionally to see how decisions are made and prepare them to become PLs in the future
  4. I never bought into the corner clipping scene. Our scouts saw it as a badge of honor to have corners missing... We just take the card and require that they go without for a couple of events, and then re-earn the privilege. This seems to get the message across, and we rarely have repeat offenders
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    Is WFA worth it?

    I just completed the Red Cross version of WFA and found it to be more of a First Aid refresher with an introduction to triage, and very theoretical. I was hoping for a more in-depth experience showing how to adapt to situations where you may not have all the resources you'd like, and ways to improvise. Additionally, our instructors kept skipping over certain skills shown in the handouts saying that Red Cross no longer required them, which was confusing and occasionally contradictory. So, my question is which flavor of WFA has provided the best overall experience?
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    SM Discretion on OA Elections

    From this Scoutmaster's point of view, it's a shame that your OA experience has been so negative. The scouts in our troop who are active in the OA are by far our strongest leaders, and bring fresh new ideas to continually develop our program, which leads to better scout retention (and continued interest in the OA). Done properly, the OA is far more than free council labor...
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    SM Discretion on OA Elections

    Scoutmaster approval is required to be placed on the ballot, but the Guide to Unit Elections does not provide for alternate election procedures. I recommend following the advice in the following link https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2015/06/30/keep-oa-elections-popularity-contest/
  8. I take it to mean an event like summer camp, where you spend 2 days at camp at the beginning of the week, go home for a couple of days and then return for another couple of days. So, you've spent over 72 hrs at the event, but over two or more visits.
  9. "Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive." https://scoutingwire.org/updated-youth-protection-training-now-available/?utm_source=scoutingwire&utm_campaign=SWVolunteer3142018&utm_medium=email&utm_content=A
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    Unit Leader Award of Merit

    Our council gives out annual "God Send" awards to recipients nominated by each unit. It's a great way to publicly recognize key individuals within the units who may not have an impact at the district or council level, but are nonetheless invaluable to those they serve.
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    Supplemental Training for Youth Leaders

    Before launching a top-down, District-sponsored training program, I'd meet with current and past Webmasters (and any other youth leaders) to hear their experiences, and then involve them in the development of training materials - they are our clients, they need to be heard.
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    The "new" format of modular YPT has only been around for a month or so. Several of our venturers completed the "old" Venturing-specific YPT last month. The crew committee training was revised close to a year ago, and now consists of a dozen or so modules. Regardless, the question remains - how does this "new" YPT format serve Venturing? For that matter, how does it serve the newly-forming dens of female cub scouts?
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    Has anyone in Venturing completed the new YPT? I'm hearing that it's missing coed issues as well as older teen concerns. Seems like the one-size fits all may not adequately address the Venturing program...
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    Arrow of Light Ceremony - Flaming Arrows!

    This might just work! Adding details like this can make a relatively simple action quite impressive and highly memorable - and what soon-to-be Boy Scout isn't going to love fire raging at the sound of his name!
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    Arrow of Light Ceremony - Flaming Arrows!

    We tried the adminstrative approach, but the camp ranger wasn't into playing games, and we're not interested in incurring his wrath! So, no bow-fired projectiles, pointy or not. And yes, the Boy Scouts had great fun retrieving the "spent rounds"