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  1. You will have separate dens on paper and co-ed dens in real life. The reality is even if a pack wanted to keep them separate, some meeting places are not big enough to accommodate 10-12 separate den meetings at a time. The pack we were in already takes up all available rooms with 2 dens sharing the cafeteria area at times.
  2. Our troop invites the Webelos from packs in the area to a meet the troop night every fall. The boys this year plan on a brief meeting, a game of capture the flag and cooking s'mores. The troop also lets packs know that Webelos can visit at anytime to see a normal meeting. The boys have also made it known to packs that they are willing to join the pack on family campouts or other events to help. This year they helped with pack, that we get several cubs from, with their Join Scouting night. There are also 5 scouts camping this weekend at a pack family camp. We are slowing getting roads in
  3. Our troop does a high adventure trip every other year. They start planning the next one about 6 months after they return from one. They invite all boys who will be eligible for the adventure to a meeting to decide what they want to do, as far as backpacking, cycling or canoeing. Our only restriction is that they must be 1st class, but reserve the right to exclude anyone who does not attend the shake down trips or fails to complete them. We do a min. of 3 shake-down trips to make sure check the boys readiness, make sure their gear works for them. Once they decide that they are asked to go ho
  4. In our troop it is up to the scout to request a BOR once they have completed the SMC. They are responsible for asking the advancement chair for a BOR, normally it takes place during the next troop meeting. If it is during the summer and the troop is not having weekly meetings, the advancement chair will work with the scout and the committee to get a BOR set up as soon as possible. Normally, even the summer ones will take place within a week of the scout's request. We do not allow parents or thSM to make the request. The scout needs to learn to approach adults and make the request. If it
  5. Some additional information. The scout office in Ann Arbor, does have a scout shop attached to it so scouts do shop there. However because of where this scout shop is located, in an industrial park, most youth are accompanied by and adult. An industrial park is a better location for a medial marijuana dispensary than a scout shop. I am not sure where other scout offices/shops are located. But to compare this one to a church or school is a stretch. It is located in an industrial park away from homes and shopping. It does not have a large meeting room and is not used for meetings or t
  6. At this time council plans on keeping the endowment money and the oil rights regardless of who gets the camp. Friends of Camp Teetonkah is working hard to get the camp and save it as a youth camp. They have the support of the community and several local non-profits. If you would like to learn more about Friends of Camp Teetonkah go to www.friendsofcampteetonkah.org.
  7. Encourage those in your area to look at the Michigan Crossroads Council. All of the councils in lower Michigan combined several years ago and it has not gone well. By the end of the year more than half of the camps they started with will have been closed. Council promised that the merger would result in more boots on the ground to help with programming, that also has not happened. The larger council has made it harder to get answers and left many scouters feeling like they have no say in the local scouting program.
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