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  1. He waited too long. It’s his problem, not BSAs. If I waited and did not give myself enough time, then it would be my poor time management skills. Thankfully, all I have left is the application.
  2. I’m not aware if some of you know this so I’ll put it out there. Office supply stores such as Staples will bind (with plastic spiral) your scoutbook for cheap, and it’ll hold really well. I had mine done a few years ago and stays great.
  3. Camp is over.. an experience I will never forget, friends I will always have, and a need to return to staff.

  4. Is there like a generic leather belt for the BSA? I know places like summit, Philmont, etc... have custom ones but I have never been to any high adventure. I had a leadership belt buckle presented to me and I would like to use it but I don’t have any leather belts. PS Only one week of camp left!
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    Generic BSA Leather Belt?

    They do not sell blank, only pretooled.
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    Generic BSA Leather Belt?

    The one I’m staffing is not carrying custom leather belts anymore, and never carried blank ones. They lost money when they sold them and took to long to produce.
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    Generic BSA Leather Belt?

    Sadly it’s out of stock. I couldn’t find anymore on website.
  8. ItsBrian

    OTC First Aid Permission

    Off topic but, I suggest adding Asprin to your first aid kit. I would include it on the form and contact the parents if possible to have them agree.
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    Looking for some insight

    I was not saying the Camp director should not handle it, but I’m saying expecting a young counselor to know what to do and handle it themselves.
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    Looking for some insight

    As staffing a boy scout camp this year, I have learned we can physically not meet everyone’s need. Counselors go through a lot - more than I expected. I am currently a first year scout instructor and if I had followed every detailed request a scoutmaster or parent asked me, I would be ruining the program for others. If the counselor did handle the situation, the other kids would have had a poor program experience since the counselor would be dealing with a families personal problem. If you do not want her there, then why don’t you stay? I’m sorry to be blunt as well.
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    Summer camp hacks/gear suggestions

    I have had Columbia boots for over two years now and they work great. They are not too expensive, I got mine for under $100 on sale.
  12. 2nd week of staffing resident camp done. It’s exhausting but fun!

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    Summer camp hacks/gear suggestions

    As I just finished my 2nd week on staff, I have a few tips. -Bring a hamper for dirty laundry so they don’t shove it all into their foot locker - Backup power charger for adults (our power has gone out 4 times already this summer, once for a while day) - If not in first aid clip, nail clippers. I have seen SO many scouts ask the health officer to help with ingrown toenails, but isn’t allowed. Ill think of more eventually
  14. See you all next Saturday! First week of camp for me.

    1. RememberSchiff


      Enjoy and Excel.


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    Should a boy hold two PORs?

    I’m from a small Troop as well, some positions we have no need to fill such as webmaster. But we a few years ago when we were really small we did have some scouts with two positions. Nothing wrong really with having two positions. I find it would look awkward with two positions sewed onto the shirt.
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    Austistic Scout being bullied

    I have first hand witnessed the treatment of autistic scouts/special needs scouts through the day camp I worked at last year and also through clinical trips I have done. Some are just not educated on how to help them or their “triggers”. The committee chair may be a fantastic person, but is awkward when it comes to special needs children. Have you tried talking to the committee and educating them? If it keeps getting worse or continues, use the 24hour hotline @RememberSchiff provided above. I would contact the COR for help, as they are above the committee chair.
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    In need of ideas

    I would just do whatever is equivalent to the cost of the trip. I would do day trips for the weekend, such as, museums, local parks, etc.. It’s better than sleeping in a tent for two days, but can still be fun for the cub scouts.
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    Help with stain!

    I used cornstarch and let it sit for a while for a grease stain then washed it.
  19. As I said I will be working in the first year program, if anyone who has staffed one or even watched some of the programs could give me some tips. I don’t want to go into too much detail or too less, and don’t want to make it boring. Unfortunately I am missing staff week and the first week of camp due to PA ending school before me. Any advice would be great.
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    2019 World Jamboree

    I just had to do all that for a resident camp in PA. It’s expensive.
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    Sea Scouts

    Has he looked into explorers? It seems fun & interesting, but none of them are around me.
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    Best Eagle Project 2018 - LCS Joyful Noise

    At least they give a scholarship for completing a requirement / giving back to the community.
  23. I’m more afraid of forgetting how to do a specific thing, even though I know that I know everything that will be taught.
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    What do you want the District to do for you?

    Some may not even do that.
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    What do you want the District to do for you?

    From reading on this forum, many districts do not provide information on special needs scouts. A SM with no experience of how to help special needs scout will run the scout of the troop.