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    National Leadership, Surbaugh Leave of Absense

    We do most everything electronic at the front end. Scout sends an email for their project scope to the District Advancement Chair, who reviews, asks questions if necessary, and approves- in a rare instance, they may ask to meet with the Scout if something isn't clear or needs revision that isn't coming across via the email chain. Once project is complete, the Scout completes the Eagle workbook and 3 copies of the application, and requests letters. Letters are sent to the unit (typically SM, but some units have it come to the Advancement Coordinator). All is brought to the Eagle BOR. The BOR members review the workbook and letters for about 20-30 minutes before the BOR begins. District Advancement Chair reviews the application during that time. When BOR is complete, the copies of the application are signed- two are sent to Council. Once copy goes to National, one stays with Council as a backup in case it gets mishandled by National, and the third is given to the unit for the same reason.
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    Troop Pressure for OA

    Our staff adviser wants the LEC to "increase Brotherhood numbers"- presumably that is coming from the SCF. I'm with @Oldscout448 that I'd welcome anyone to Brotherhood, if it truly was in their heart as a desire, not just because it fulfills someone else's wish.
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    Anyone hear of Raise Craze?

    Not sure I like "selling" service. feel like giving back to the community for raking an elderly person's yard, etc. is just something we should do to fulfill our "do a good turn", not make money off of it.
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    Three Sisters Pottage

    here are some more for you: http://manyhoops.com/wampanoag-food-and-recipes_1.html
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    What happened to meritbadge.org?

    I was on meritbadge.org last weekend , so it may just be undergoing maintenance.
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    Parent Reaction to Fee Increase

    We only charge the BSA registration fee + our Council Activity Fee, so $90 total for 2020. We have one large annual fundraiser that gives us several grand for operating budget, as well as several thousand to split into scout accounts. So far, only 2 will be leaving, but those two youth weren't involved more than a couple meetings this year, they never camped or attended Memorial Day parade, etc. There are couple parents that grumbled about it, but our Council has created an application to appeal for financial hardship exemption to seek waiver of the $30 Activity Fee to assist families, so they will probably at least try to get that waiver. The bigger concern is what to do if the fees raise again. Our council made a statement on the Activity Fee waiver to the effect that units should be assisting families first, which made my stomach turn.
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    on the trail to ... Scout?

    By far the biggest challenge- stay in solidarity to the SM. That is very important when it comes to parents. They will push- and often you'll hear them talk about "Eagle" in about every sentence they ever utter. It is hard to sway their mindset. At our recent parent meeting, I spent 5 minutes explaining to the parents that if it has been a year+ that their son has not advanced in rank, it is far more likely that the scout just hasn't asked anyone for signoffs, not for lack of the troop providing program needed for the scout to advance. I gave them perspective to feel free to spend time with their son and his handbook, look at requirements, read the appropriate sections, ask their son questions (watch Youtube videos if necessary to understand the skills)- while we can't have parent signing off, they can help build the confidence in their son to come forward and ask for review/signature. All testing/signoff is going to come from the troop, but if any parent is thinking we need to literally drag their kid to advancement, it isn't going to happen within our unit.
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    on the trail to ... Scout?

    I can assure you, you are one of thousands who have died on this hill The younger kids hear you, that I am convinced- caring about it, not so much. My findings are that they are not so worried about it. You have ~7 years to get to Eagle, anyway, don't you? Most are just happy to be having fun, and often glad to be away from the "structure" that sometimes shows up in the cub program, that advancement isn't their priority.
  9. Largely agree with your thoughts. MB universities/colleges/fairs can be structured so that the selection process/choice/approval still happens. Similar to summer camp, if you know the schedule of what is being offered, that is shared to the scouts, and those desiring to attend can make selections from the list of what is available and discuss with their SM what they have selected. If SM deems appropriate, blue card issued, scout goes off to the MBU to work with the counselor. Some may feel that the BSA is implying that MBs are supposed to be one-on-one, scout to MBC- but it does not explicitly state that. We would never be able to offer MBs at summer camp if that were the case. Group instruction is a part of the lives of the youth. In any given school year, they are learning much, much more information in any given subject than that which is learned from any MB, and they do it with group instruction. Are limits on the size of the group important? YES! However, I would hope that is up to the MBC on the appropriate size. As an MBC for Citizenship in the World, an ideal size for me is no more than 5 scouts. I want the requirements to be dynamic discussion, not just "you listened to me, now repeat back what I said", and a group larger than 5 for me makes those discussions too lengthy that I feel many scouts tune out what their fellow scouts are saying by the time it gets to the 6th kid/7th kid, etc. I am also an MBC for Art MB, and I have no problem with that being a group of 20- most art classes in elementary/middle school/high school/college are larger than that. Are there MBUs being run as "show up, you get the badge"? I'm sure there are. Improving quality would be what I would focus on, rather than just trying to eliminate them completely. Offering MBs at unit level is important as well, but I wouldn't want to confine a kid to only what the unit/council can offer. If your unit doesn't have a chemistry MBC, and the nearest one within the council is 65 miles away, likelihood that Billy/Sally Scout is going to realistically be able to work on that MB is small to non-existent. However, if the council is going to have a MB fair at a site that is 10 miles from Billy/Sally Scout's hometown on a given day, and that MBC is going to be there, I'm all in on it! Billy/Sally Scout may already know that chemistry is their passion, and they may go on to be the person who finds the cure for a disease later in their life, and that opportunity as a Scout to work on a MB was the catalyst.
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    Uniform During Fund Raising

    That's a new one on me. What exactly is their logic? You are selling a ticket to a product/service, similar to how units are selling popcorn. If what they were concerned with is having a fundraisers selling chances on a 50/50 raffle, yes, I would say no field uniforms for that, as it is gambling and the unit shouldn't really be doing it.
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    Have to find a new Pack... again. :(

    Perhaps they can be a “bridge” of sorts. Not that they have to only work with other girls, but their DLs might find it advantageous to have the few girls from the two packs have some weekend events held jointly for just the girls to have their own time together. A few troops in my area are doing a mini camp ore of sorts this spring to let the girls learn from each other, share ideas on growth, lessons learned, etc.
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    Have to find a new Pack... again. :(

    Sorry that this has to be such a major issue, but applaud you are thinking of what is best for your kids rather than just taking the easiest road of what is shortest commute for you. I empathize with that. Think beyond the next year though, what would be the landscape for your daughter once she is moving to the next level? Would it be likely she would be in a troop with this 1 girl that is in the pack near you (and would that be a troop that is near you)?
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    on the trail to ... Scout?

    Too much change can really take those changes a long time to fully execute. My advice is start small- have it for Scout rank to start off with as you plan, then maybe have it be "former SPL/ASPL" can sign-off up to 1st Class for the next year after that, and within just a few years you should have a handful of "older" scouts modeling to the others how it should be done, where you could either let it be any Star/Life/Eagle, or just keep it that way.
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    on the trail to ... Scout?

    I can appreciate your view. NSPs can go in a bad direction, in a very short amount of time. We're maybe a little non-traditional in how we view the role of TG. To us, it is a short-term, temporary position. Generally, we encourage the SPL to pick the scout the they see as their potential successor, and that scout may wear two hats for those few months if they are currently scribe or QM, if they are ASPL they may step down their duties as ASPL a bit. Crossover for us is early March, and summer camp is the first week of July, elections are just before camp, with the new SPL/PLC taking over after camp is over. At summer camp, its our expectation that all the "veteran" scouts will be looking out for the NSP kids. We typically will have had 3 campouts with the new kids before summer camp, and I like to see the TG sort of step back a bit during the 3rd campout and let them see if they can find their way. Then encourage the TG to regroup with them to ask them how they think such and such activity went, how could it have gone better, etc. Usually their first meal without a hands on instructor is a disaster, but once the have had the time to cool down and regroup with the TG, they begin to really storm and find their way toward a norm (or at least recognize how much more they need to learn to get to the norm). Our troop had an adult implosion a few years ago that nearly killed the troop. And they were adult run then, so it took a solid year and a half to regroup.
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    on the trail to ... Scout?

    1000% agree. I have barked at several leaders that object to youth signing for youth. It's a requirement to reach Life you have to teach skills- why would you ever want a kid learning how to do that, only to do it once??? Seems insane to me. We keep the crossovers in a NSP until summer camp, then integrate them at the stat of the next school year (that's based on we only have had 3-5 crossover the past few years- if we get back to having 6+, we'd probably leave them as a patrol).
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