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    Linked Troops - What are these?

    Thanks for clarifying. I don’t think I’ve heard of crossovers before a Scout enters 5th grade but it appears possible. Most of the Packs I’ve seen cross over at the earliest in December.
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    Family Scouting Update

    Oops. Posted this series in wrong topic. Could an admin move this one? Thanks!
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    Family Scouting Update

    Few interesting points...FAQ indicates boy and girl Troops cannot have the same SM. boy and girl Troops can meet at same time and place
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    Family Scouting Update

    FAQ document updated Program for Older Girl Update and FAQ 3-5-18.pdf
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    Linked Troops - What are these?

    A fifth grader approached us and council had given the ok. We made it clear there would be a time period where they wouldn’t be in scouting. In the end she decided to wait for the Troop option (I think that was for the best). I’m not sure if we would have had her app approved all the way through Nationals if we did go thru with it.
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    Linked Troops - What are these?

    I think you need 6 months in after completing 4th grade ... which typically means earliest anyone should cross over is December. So they would have to wait ~2 months unless I missed something. I don’t think this would represent many scouts. Has anyone done the math to see when the first girl Eagle will be awarded?
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    Linked Troops - What are these?

    It looks like Troops start Feb 2019. That should be early enough for most 4th Grade girls. 5th graders were not supposed to join but I’m not sure how well that was enforced. If they exist they’ll have to wait after this summer when they age out of Cub Scouts.
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    Linked Troops - What are these?

    Thanks for sending this out. Looks like they plan to keep separate Troops but worked out a way to allow some of the overhead (CC, Treasurer, committee chairs, etc.) to essentially work coed. I wonder if they will force separate names for ASM and SMs between the boy and girl Troops under one committee. Good to see dates out there. While I would like to see earlier the linked Troop idea should cut down some of the overhead and allow Girl Troops to form quickly starting Feb.
  9. Good advice above. I think the order of priority would be ensuring the pack is safe, then the activities are fun and in line with teaching scout ideals and finally the advancement tracking. The lack of YPT/Adult applications (background checks) is a concern. I'm surprised the CC wouldn't be driving that issue. Not much you can do now, other than raise the concern. You didn't mention actual den/pack activities beyond B&G. Are the pack activities fun, appropriate & well attended? How are the individual dens run? Do you see high attrition in the pack? If there are issues with the actual program the scouts see, then you are facing a much bigger issue then some incomplete forms & tracking software. Finally, I don't see advancement tracking as a major concern for Cub Scouts. Our pack uses Scoutbook and as CC I help enter in the data, but our main mechanism is simply having Den Leaders talk with the parents. If we miss tracking pins/belt loops we don't consider an issue as long as the scout completes the required ones and we make sure to track the rank advancement. As you only have ~12months left in the pack making lasting change will be difficult without recruiting a parent of a young scout (Tiger/Wolf). If you COR is active (to ensure a good future CC) but your activities are strong, then you may just need a member or two on the committee to help the paperwork issues above. If your program is also starting to suffer, that could indicate an issue with the CC and/or CM. Again, find that young parent that has similar goals and have them join the committee. Depending on when the CC will move on (assuming they are there due to having scouts in the program) the parent can take over CC eventually. That is the role where you can really influence and improve the pack.
  10. This is my first year as a parent of a Girl Scout, my daughter is a daisy. We just received the Girl Scout summer camp guide and to be perfectly honest it blows away the BSA. The Girl Scouts have weekly camps from early June through MID August. They have a great collection of both day camps and overnights. They have various speciality camps. They don’t require parents or leaders of local units to attend. If adult partners do attend, they are not charged and their daughter receives a discount. The Girl Scouts offer bussing to all their day camps. Their guide is in color with pictures and have several corporate sponsor pages. The BSA guide looks like a joke in comparison. Camps are only offered from late June through July. They give a very high overview and no specialized camps. No bussing. Parents or leaders must attend.. and no discount. No corporate advertising... so do businesses still value BSa experience? If I were a busy parent that was not involved in the BSA I would think the GSAUSA is providing the far superior experience. Perhaps in terms of summer camps.. they may be. While I have been underwhelmed with their program to date, the BSA could learn a lot about improving their camp offerings from the GSUSA especially for the grade school age kids. I’m not sure if this is just my area or national but I was surprised.
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    Advice on Treasury Related Conflict

    The Pack committee decides what process to use for handling funds and it is the treasurer’s job to enforce the policy. They should not invent hurdles for your already overburdened den leaders. I disagree with the treasurer regarding the mixing of money, unless that is Pack policy. We have done this frequently (for example a leader to puts a $1k deposit for a camp then deducts that from his sons camp charge to only ask $800 in credit). The treasurer should be able to handle this easily in their ledger. Our treasurer, who is also a den leader and a senior executive at his Corp, has never felt the role was that difficult or time consuming even while working efficiently with our den leaders. If the treasurer is not happy with the policy they should take that up with the committee. All of this should be done with a good attitude. You are all volunteers and systematic conflicts within leadership can destroy a Pack. It sounds like your CC needs to step in to help mediate the situation.
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    Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    I’ve now heard from several sources the plan is to vote on the proposed program for girls during the May national meeting. We should know the answer in June.
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    Adding Girls to Pack

    A group is maintaining a map of every council with early adopter Packs. See below: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1UMMudFUybRb5G2mun-tIQ7_jWU3_Lel1&ll=43.0890255520589%2C-97.97409562070374&z=4
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    Sad sign of the times

    Supreme Court has not been consistent. You can also look at prior decisions that focused on the militia as being the purpose of the 2nd amendment. Presser vs Illinois claimed the national government cannot regulate guns but the states can. US vs Miller “In the absence of any evidence tending to show that possession or use of a "shotgun having a barrel of less than eighteen inches in length" at this time has some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia, we cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear such an instrument. Certainly it is not within judicial notice that this weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment, or that its use could contribute to the common defense. Aymette v. State, 2 Humphreys (Tenn.) 154, 158. The signification attributed to the term Militia appears from the debates in the Convention, the history and legislation of Colonies and States, and the writings of approved commentators. These show plainly enough that the Militia comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense. 'A body of citizens enrolled for military discipline.' And further, that ordinarily when called for service these men were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time."' Constitutional scholars disagree. Liberals focus on the well regulated militia and can point to clear case law. Conservatives focus on the people portion and point to other case law. Even with recent decisions and the current Court makeup there is plenty of space for additional gun control. The Supreme Court just denied an appeal of California’s 10 day wait period.
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    Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    I would imagine that BSA would have filed a trademark by now if a new name is rolling out. I’ve been watching the trademark listing and haven’t seen anything yet. Girl Guides does appear to be available for anyone to claim.
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    Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    What was the experiment? I was 2 in 79 so my memory is a bit fuzzy.
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    Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    BoSco is much better than an alt BoyScAm 😀
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    Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    Probably depends on how many girls join. If girls represent 20-30% of total scouts I think this changes. One guess is that Boy Scouts of America moves to BSA (similar to Federal Express went to FedEx). Boy Scouts would become .... no clue. If girls represent 5% and our membership continues to decline we will become REI Scouts of America (or whatever brand(s) help bail us out). I agree that I don't think any change will happen immediately but a few years down the road it will.
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    Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    They do exist .. at least 1... http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/news/2018/02/01/visalias-all-girl-cub-scout-pack-blazes-new-trails/1086714001/
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    Adding Girls to Pack

    A bit of background (just in case you haven’t seen this already). What has been officially announced is the girls from age 11 - 17 will form new yet to be determined groups similar to Boy Scout Troops. Since that time there has been no official clarification from nationals. Note that the official start date for this group is 2019 but no other specifics have been given. I have not heard of Troops in my district making plans for Girl Troops at this time; however, I expect that to change as soon as BSA officially announces the program.
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    Adding Girls to Pack

    @Treflienne Good to hear your interest and I wish you the best of luck! Thanks for the details and that is essentially what I have seen with my daughter’s Troop and what I have heard from other GSUSA members who have joined our Pack. The other issues I face is that our local Troop meetings are right after school so: - a lot of girls attend as a social activity and free after school daycare, many of them have no desire for doing outdoor activities (their outing that was voted on is going to the American Doll store) - Another Troop is not an option. We would never be able to get my daughter out of school to another Troop meeting on time, so if we don’t like our Troop’s activities we are out of luck. @ItsBrian is correct as I’m sure there are some great outdoor focused GSUSA Troops out there. I just wish it was more common but understand my daughter is probably in the minority (girls that would perfer a hike vs going to a doll store).
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    Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    They also use “youth” for Cub Scouts. I think they are emphasizing separate dens and that is why they are not “coed”. When they initially announced the change last year then emphasized that there would be a new program for girls 11-17 (it wouldn’t be Boy Scouts). As they now updated Boy Scouts to youth it makes me think the Buzzfeed article is correct and they plan to allow girls to join Boy Scout Troops. I tend to agree the word “Boy” will be removed or replaced eventually.
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    Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    Interesting follow up to this article. The www.scouting.org website recently changes Boy Scouting from "Boys" 11 - 17 years old to "Youth" 11 - 17 years old. It also sates "This is the traditional Scouting experience for youth in the fifth grade through high school. Service, community engagement and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout." https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/ Emphasis was added by me. This aligns to the changes they made to the Cub Scouting description before offering girl dens. If you click on Join you can see the prior description that Boy Scouting is for "Boys" 11-17 years old. I think there is a lot of smoke here that BSA4G will be nearly identical to the Cub Scout implementation. Time will tell...
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    Adding Girls to Pack

    I started to write paragraphs of my and other parents’ experience with GSUSA but I decided I was becoming not Scout like. I’ll just say when we started girls in our Pack my wife, other leaders and I were very protective of GSUSA. After my daughter’s experience and hearing reports of others we have all lost respect for that organization and unless something changes I plan to pull my daughter out (as do others).
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    Adding Girls to Pack

    Option 1 - If BSA requires separate Troops for girls they will form a girl Troop and meet at the same time/place. They have enough ASMs to staff up a girl Troop from their existing Boy Scout Troop. Option 2 - Based on rumors we are hearing BSA may allow Troops to add girls as a separate Patrol. They would prefer Option 2 but either case leads to the same functional outcome. One note.. this Troop has had girls unofficially participating for years. They can’t do summer camps or other council activities but they go on high adventure and other outings. A few even work on MBs (unofficially). So the culture of the Troop is essentially coed.
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