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    Scouting, reading, memorabilia collection
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    Eagle Scout 1971; Woodbadge MT-14 1972; Woodbadge Staff SC-1 1974; Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor 1972

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  1. MikeS72

    Eagle Scout Rank Patch wear after age 18

    As long as there are no critter hiding in said lion hat, I will gladly wear it!
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    Eagle Scout Rank Patch wear after age 18

    I can tell you, having tried, that I will probably never find a Lion hat that I could possibly wear.
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    Neckers back in the "news"

    Our troop does not wear a neckerchief, and I cannot remember seeing any leaders in our pack wear one. I still have my original neckerchief from 1964, along with a collection of others, ranging from camp neckerchiefs to my Eagle one. The only one I currently wear, and then only at formal district or council events, is my 46 year old Woodbadge tartan.
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    BSA Museum at Philmont Scout Ranch

    My troop and I visited the museum when it was in North Brunswick. It was probably a 3 hour drive or so for us, but well worth the trip.
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    Summer camp - too many adults?

    This is part of why our monthly Roundtable not only features CS & BS breakout sessions, but also a parent breakout. Hopefully we will be able to have some parents 'see the light'. We are also coming back this fall with a possible Webelos breakout, designed to help some of those new WDL's to learn the patrol method before they plunge head first into the icy cold waters of Boy Scouts.
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    Adults having membership revoked?

    Revocation of membership may only be a formality if that membership had already expired, the end result is not. Depending on what caused said revocation, it would really not make much difference whether the individual was registered or technically just a parent. If severe enough, it would, in my opinion, preclude him/her from any contact with the unit; regardless of registration status.
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    New uniforms as soon as they were available. Had to buy several pair of the new shorts, as I was on camp staff that year, and wore them daily.
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    Just curious about background

    Actually, the OA was founded in 1915, thus celebrating it's 100th anniversary 3 years ago. I have been a member for half of that time.
  9. Not the way we do things in our district. This should be done face to face, particularly when looking at the reason some of the training numbers might seem a bit out of whack to someone who is not familiar with your unit. You should also be getting at least somewhat regular UC visits.
  10. Yes, it is a Commissioner task, and is usually done in a meeting with the Key 3. I had the info when we met, and we reviewed to for accuracy. Several who showed as not trained were parents who registered but left the unit.
  11. Yes. The leaders not trained list and YPT status list would then just be a print out showing those individuals.
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    Challenging Scout and his dad

    I have spent the last 42 years in the public school system, so I am very familiar with special needs children. I work with a number of those children on a daily basis, and fully understand the amount of patience that can require. It is a little different in the troop than it is at work however. We do need to make reasonable accommodations in Scouting to give every child every opportunity to participate; in the situation you have described it sounds as if your unit has done a lot to help the boy. I also get the sense that part of the problem stems from the parent, who also sounds as if he may not be the most adept at following directions, planning ahead, or seeking information on his own. At some point the boys is going to miss out on an event due to his, and his parent's, lack of communication skills. That is unfortunate, but may be what prompts change for the better.
  13. Just did one of these a couple of weeks ago, as a UC. Section 2 information can be pulled up by your Key 3, or any Commissioner. You are looking for the number of leaders who are current with Youth Protection (right now we are also looking at who needs to take the new YPT before Oct. 1), are there any current leaders whose YPT has expired, do you have any leaders who have never taken YPT (that answer, hopefully, is no, especially since we now need to include a copy of the YPT certificate with the adult application). Training data as of would be the date the report was pulled. How many of your leaders show on the report as position trained (a challenge for my own unit, that we are working on). A list of who is position trained and who is not (that report will show what they lack to be position trained - it is amazing how many SM/ASM folks do not realize that in addition to the online training they must complete IOLS to be position trained). The YPT status list shows all registered leaders and when YPT expires. Youth/adults registered in unit is just how many are currently on your official roster.
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    Just curious about background

    Very brief time as a Cub in 1961 (we were a military family, and after a PCS found ourselves in a small town with no Pack). Got back in as an 11 year old Scout in 1964. Being military meant changing troops several times along the trail to Eagle. Elected to OA in 1969, Brotherhood in 1970 & Vigil Honor in 1972. Chapter Chief and Chapter Advisor, along with many years of ceremonial teams. Served on camp staff for 6 years in 2 councils. Attended Woodbadge in 1972, at the ripe old age of 18 (first year the age requirement dropped from 21 to 18), BEAVERS ARE BEST!! Woodbadge staff in 1974. As an adult I have served as an ASM, SM, Chapter Advisor, Explorer Post Advisor, ACM, Webelos Den Leader. Currently serving as a Lion Guide, ASM, UC, and getting ready to move into Cub Roundtable Commissioner. At our first Commissioner meeting after the decision to admit girls was announced, one of the ladies in the room commented that the people most likely to object to that decision would be the 'old timers'. My response as one of those 'old timers' was that we have had girls in the older programs for many decades, and that it is about time we joined the rest of the world in opening all of our programs to girls. I see that as no different to my telling a Cub leader who felt the new AOL requirements were not fair to the boys who had been in Cubs since Tiger, that the only thing that would not be fair is to tell any boy who wanted to be a Scout that he could not join. I can now rephrase to say any child who wants to be a Scout.
  15. I think @ParkMan may have been referring to a video with the OA National Chief and Vice Chief, in which Bryan & Anthony appeared to be wearing a neckerchief/t-shirt combo, common in a lot of countries.