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  1. Eagle1993

    When do the necker colors change?

    I think the only “hard” cut overs are the books that hit in early June and the Scouts BSA uniform late this year. Otherwise, completely agree there will be a long phase in.
  2. I’m a member of this FB group and that video did cause a stir. That said the female CM/ACM was never listed as a requirement in any official document. Since the video release there was no further confirmation that this is an actual rule that will be implemented. I’m hopeful that the response from the early adopter group will prevent this rule from going into force. We are all breathlessly waiting to see what is announced next week.
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    Scout BSA Uniform Survey (Girls)

    The other issue is that the blue triangle Webelos patch is going away.
  4. The question isn’t conservative/liberal. There are plenty of youth in any segment of population to sustain BSA. The question is what is missing in youth development today that scouting can help solve. In general: Rich kids are rushed around to various sports, music, language, STEM and other structured activities..led by adults. Poor kids have less structured activities but more experience of youth led/created play. Scouting can bridge this gap. It can provide overly structured wealthy youth the chance to lead and get outdoors (less adult structure than they typically see). It provides poorer youth some structure and exposure to various skills and adult mentorship. I believe BSA is trying to do too much (STEM, learning for life, etc) and should get back to a clear mission, help units easily follow that mission and advertise that mission and its impact. I know this is simplified but these other scouting organizations are not the issue BSA should focus on.
  5. There is roughly 60M youth in scouting age in USA. All scouting combine probably has 4M youth? I would be more interested in seeing why 56M youth are not in scouting vs worry about the 0.03M in Trails Life or few thousand in all of the other various scouting organizations.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    Rowe is right in some ways. G2SS should be written to actually prevent serious injuries and not to lower insurance rates. My 9 YO son went to a non BSA camp and used power tools. He went on a raft that he and other kids built... on a river. They were in life vests but I’m sure not all would pass the BSA swim test I’m sure it was overloaded, it broke they all fell in and they had a blast. Adults were present and had the situation under control. He probably got a few bumps and bruises but no issues. He asked if we can do this with our Pack...
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    Advancement Charts

    Looks great! How much do you charge! 😁
  8. Copied the about us section... WHAT IS THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING®? The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) is a church committee of concerned Catholic lay people and clergy who see as their mission the constructive use of the program of the Boy Scouts of America as a viable form of youth ministry with the Catholic youth of our nation. The committee, which is advisory to the Boy Scouts of America, seeks to sustain and strengthen the relationship between BSA and the Catholic Church in the United States. Through interaction and dialogue with the Secretariat on the Laity and Family Life (the formal connection between youth ministry in the United States and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), NCCS works cooperatively with various other groups involved in youth ministry in the United States. OUR AUTHORITY. The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) is a church committee of concerned Catholic Laity and Clergy which is advisory to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and relates to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) through its USCCS Episcopal Liaison. NCCS MISSION. The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) exists to utilize and ensure the constructive use of the program of the BSA as a viable form of youth ministry with Catholic youth of our nation. OUR PURPOSE. The purpose of the NCCS is to utilize and ensure the constructive use of the program of the BSA as a viable form of youth ministry with the Catholic Youth of our nation. The NCCS seeks to sustain and strengthen the relationship between the BSA and the Catholic Church and to work cooperatively with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) and various other groups involved in youth ministry in the United States.
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    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    I thought Mike Pence would be too busy to join our forum.... I kid ... I kid... 😀
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    Patrol Method - Best Practices

    Do you have some recommended parks? We are looking for some good options in Wisconsin this July for a Pack Family camp.
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    Online VS Paper Applications

    Here is what I did Chrome version 66.0.3359.139 open Invitation manager click + New Lead entered First Name, Last Name, email and phone number... clicked save clicked Select Multiple Selected check box next to name(s) Selected Send Invites Selected Send Name disappears from list, go to By Status Select Invitation Sent you should see the leads there
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    Lifetime of Leadership - new Girl Scout ad campaign

    That is their own fault. My daughter has monthly Troop meetings. 3 have been heavily focused on cookies. The girls have 1 pin and 3 patches on their uniform linked to cookie sales. I figure if they do coded messages it would be “Don’t forget to sell those cookies.”
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    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    A good (and sad) interview explaining some of the impact to an Idaho council. 😥
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    Online VS Paper Applications

    I think there is a button called select multiple or something like that. Click that and then the checkbox next to several names. After that the invite button should show up as clickable. Click that and it should work... hopefully
  15. Eagle1993

    Online VS Paper Applications

    If you have a large list, try selecting a few then submit invitation request. I’ve had trouble when selecting all on the list at once. I also think Chrome works a bit better. I just tested it on my iPhone using my own email address and it worked. Hope this helps!
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    Online VS Paper Applications

    Yes, I have sent invite through invitation manager.
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    Online VS Paper Applications

    I use both Invitation manager and online applications. For invitation manager I only use the email addresses I collect at various events. I fill in dummy info for phone and address. Once I receive an application or decline from the lead I close them out. It is a great way to easily track leads and get them to your online app. Online app works well 90% of the time. It eliminates typos between the paper app and what council enters in. Also, it takes care of the BSA and Boys Life fee which is nice. Finally, it is also useful as I can always go back online to get info about the scout... so it’s available everywhere. Some downsides is that current scout parents accidentally dual registered their scout and parents think they paid the full fee with the app when I approach the. For the Pack fee (it is clear on our application but parents don’t always understand). Overall, I’ve had 30+ Scouts register online and would never go back to paper.
  18. Eagle1993

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    This was one video that was brought up frequently. That said I’m not sure this decision was based on altruism. I’ll definitely take advantage of the decision for my daughter.
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    Scout BSA Uniform Survey (Girls)

    It is only in person at various scout shops. My understanding is that National Supply plans to rotate these shirts around the country at various scout shops to get in person feedback.
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    Getting the Value and Pride back in Eagle.

    Parents are a big part of the problem today. My father is a District advancement chair and also approved Eagle projects and sets up EBORs. The number of times he receives emails/calls from parents vs scouts is ridiculous. One example... a mom called to get an update on an approval for her sons Eagle project. My father asked to speak to her son directly (who was with her) and she refused as he isn’t comfortable talking with adults. Eventually she relented and the Scout did fine. Parents should let their scouts breath and even fail to achieve Eagle. That could be a great life lesson. Padding a college resume is not worth undermining your own sons development. Not all scouts, but too many have parents who are doing the real work earning Eagle. Other scouts can see this and I think that dilutes the honor in the rank.
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    Scout BSA Uniform Survey (Girls)

    From FB link: Each of these uniform item samples has different specific features the survey asks about. It is not a simple 'Pick A, B, C, or D' survey, but rather 2 pages (front and back) of specific questions. The survey forms will be sent to National Supply for review and the next step of designing. Here are a few clarifications for these uniforms based on questions received: -Skorts: These will be the same color as our current Scout Pants. They will be the same length as Scout Shorts. The skorts also have dry fit/athletic style shorts built in to them. -Shirts: The shirts are a more fitted style and the curved bottom would be worn untucked. There is also a different vent in the back, just at the arms - rather than across entire back. The sleeves will also be a few inches longer. -Capris/Pants: These are the number one style sold by other outdoor retailers. In store, there are two pocket styles that you'll be asked about on the survey. -Womens Fitting: BSA has been working with an Expert Fitter to help redesign the uniform fit. They will also be focusing on Plus Size fit, youth fitting, and overall design.
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    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    UK numbers look a lot better than Canada. UK is 1/5 the population of USA. Cub Scouts/Beavers UK: 286,218 BSA: 1,252,311 UK has 13% more Cub Scouts than BSA per capita. Scouts/Boy Scouts UK: 127,127 BSA: 822,999 UK has 23% less Scouts than BSA has Boy Scouts. Note the BSA number includes varsity scouts so that could drop a lot. I didn’t include UK explorers or BSA Venturing, Learning for Life or Explorers Now, with the UK apparently growing their numbers recently and BSA losing (especially after LDS exit) I wouldn’t be surprised if the BSA older program drops below UK’s. So, we should really look at the UK to see how they recovered while other scouting programs have and continue to drop. Also, we shouldn’t give up on LDS scouts. My father is a volunteer in a District that does have its fair share of LDS scouts and apparently many scouts and even LDS scout leaders have indicated they plan to continue in scouting into 2020. That could be wishful thinking (on both sides) but I do think the BSA should be aggressive in working with LDS scouts and leaders to see what can be done to keep as many as possible.
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    Scout BSA Uniform Survey (Girls)

    I don’t get the skorts... I can’t imagine that will be more than a short fad with some of the early adopters, but I’m not an expert in fashion or clothing trends. The comment about the discussion of purpose of the uniform came from a review with an OA group. I don’t know if that was from National or scouts/leaders. I think (speculation) the point is that some of the changes (extra large pockets on shirt) could help if used in the field but doesn’t look as good in more formal settings. It sounds like they have both male and female uniforms out for feedback. There are discussions on what to use to close pockets (zippers, Velcro or buttons). One comment I did see was that the material felt better than the current uniform. Overall the FB comments are pretty negative but I think it’s tough to tell without seeing in person Personally, I would vote to keep current uniform with females able to get the same just tailored for women. I’m not a fan of B above... those button locations... @Eagle94-A1 What is the deal with Urban Outfitters selling weird BSA uniforms? These look like official uniforms that were modified. Given your history at National supply I thought you might have some insight. https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/urban-renewal-recycled-tie-front-scout-shirt https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/vintage-patched-button-down-scout-shirt
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    Scout BSA Uniform Survey (Girls)

    Apparently there are 4 options. All have the fleur-de-lis. One is simply the current shirt that is tailored for girls. The other three are above. Yes, large pockets with zippers are on the front (I added another pic that shows that in more detail). Some are designed to be untucked. The debate within the council and National Supply is regarding the point of the uniform. Is it a dress uniform for more formal events or should it be functional for field use.
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    Scout BSA Uniform Survey (Girls)

    When I talk with female scouters there are complaints that the shirts and pants don’t fit women’s bodies. They are cut for men’s shapes. One example I heard is on pants. Girls have larger hips after puberty. Breasts are also cause the tops to not fit in many cases. Many women leaders simply don’t buy the pants or buy pants at 3rd party stores that kinda match. Uniform shirts they just deal with. Finally, some religions require that women not wear pants... or so I’m told. That said I know Orthodox Jews don’t allow pants but they require full length skirts... so I’m not sure what religion would require skorts. To me the styles should be identical, but I’m ok with different sizes and fits.