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  1. Major Changes For Our Council - District, Venturing, Troops, Cubs, and etc. As of Feb. 2020. 1) No More Roundtables 2) Merit Badge Counselors will be now be picked by a select council panel and Merit Badge Counselors will now be available to every scout/scout troop in the entire council area instead of just a local district option.. 3) All committees within the district are to be dissolved and taken over by just one committee at the council. Example; District Committee, District Activities, District Membership, District Webmaster <<< All dissolved. 3) Only one requirement/point will be left from the original Wood Badge Training Course. Everything else, will be brand new. 4) Districts can no longer have slogan/chant names. They will be known by Alphabetical Letters ONLY. Huge power grab by the Councils. Is this all coming from the Executive Board? Because of Lawsuits/Payouts?
  2. As reported today by the Minneapolis Star: With $6 million shortfall, UnitedWay alerts nonprofits they'll be getting less. Hurt by targeted giving, the TwinCities branch called 150 nonprofits to let them know their funding will be cut. http://www.startribune.com/hurt-by-targeted-giving-united-way-alerts-nonprofits-they-ll-be-getting-less/419447764
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    Boys and Girls (Co-Ed) Cub and Boy Scouts Are Coming

    Being that I'm extremely active in scouting and also active at the district level, I'd rather not give an exact location or district. I'll leave it at Midwest so I don't suffer repercussions... For those that don't want to believe what I shared to the forum, that's YOUR Choice. Just remember what I wrote when it starts happening in YOUR Area. A Scout is Trustworthy...
  4. We Now Have Our 1st Cub Co-Ed Pack (Boys And Girls) As A Pilot Program. The entire meeting room went silent when given this news by our district. It was just a matter of time...
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    Massive Cuts Coming To Scouting?

    Recently, we were informed of massive cut's coming to scouting because United Way has decided to no longer donate funds to the scout program. So far in our area: Districts are being merged to save costs. District Executive Cuts or with those remaining, are now explected to do double duty jobs. I've even heard of a few Councils now having to merge in some states. On another note - No more salary positions for DE's, just hourly because of new labor laws in 2017. We were also told as volunteers, that we will now have to do much more with less because of this... Great just great...The same ten people that presently do all the work are going to be expected to do more? Sorry, but it ain't happening folks... So, just one question - Will the executive staff at the BSA be taking major cut's to ease the loss of revenue from United Way or is the BSA going to turn into another type of top heavy Girl Scouts organization? Anyone else heard about this yet???
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    BSA Nationwide Radio Itinerant FCC License and Frequency

    It's a radio frequency we can all use on a nationwide basis for scouting activities and just piggyback off of a district, council, etc., Federal Communications Commission FCC License instead of applying for one of our own.
  7. I was wondering if anyone on the forum new of a BSA, Nationwide Itinerant, FCC Part 90, Radio License and Frequency, that our troop and venturing crew could use during some of our events/activities? In the past, there had been a few FCC Licenses that were shared among BSA Troops for nationwide use, but it now appears those radio licenses are expired. Or, do we just pay the $160 for the FCC Application and License for our own official callsign and use? Any ideas?