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MikeS72 last won the day on July 15

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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

    Properly wearing the OA sash on the uniform

    Over my 49 years as an Arrowman, I have seen all of the 'infractions' discussed here many, many times. I will admit that I do winch when seeing someone wear the sash incorrectly, but over the years i have learned to let it go. I will, if one of my Scouts wears the sash to a troop rather than OA function, remind him that we only wear it when representing OA. At an OA event, I will only mention sash wear to a fellow Arrowman if it is something like a new member wearing it over the left shoulder, and even then, quietly and as an aside. As several folks here, I also have more than one sash, although only one is still worn. One of the problems with being around so long is that the sash I received at my Vigil ceremony 46 years ago no longer goes all the way around me. However, if it was still properly sized, I would have no problem wearing it, stains and all.
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    Who do you contact for TTFC?

    Sounds like a Tenderfoot to First Class camp. As @Thunderbird stated, there is no need to wait until May to work on Totin' Chip. I would much prefer seeing new Scouts do this in a troop setting, where they are given the individual attention needed. When done at camp it is hard to give each Scout more than a few minutes. I went down to observe some of our Scouts in the TTFC program at camp this summer, and that is what they were doing while I was there. A minute to a minute and a half each, and one boy (from a different unit) who just missed putting an ax in his leg several times, and they were all told they were good to go.
  3. I have no trouble seeing over 1,000 registrations here. As I said earlier, we have 11 girls in our pack, and as someone who worked school night presentations for several other packs, I saw a lot of girls coming in.
  4. Not sure about other councils, but here in Central Florida we were given a number of 1004 girls last month. I know we picked up 11 in our pack, and that was a small number compared to some of the others in our district. The tell will be how many of those girls continue the entire school year, or indeed, how many have even attended a meeting.
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    Qualities of an Eagle

    Based on many of the posts I have read by @qwazse, I did not take that to be a serious comment, but as tongue in cheek.
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    In my opinion, the one that would be more likely to scare off a predator is telling them when you hand them an application that they must consent to a nationwide background check. On more than one occasion I have had someone respond with 'let me think about it', and never return. I had a parent a number of years ago who, when told that she had to be a registered volunteer, including background check, to chaperone a school field trip, first replied 'if I can't go, my daughter can't go either'. She then made the comment that it is nobody's business what is in her background. Needless to say, the child did not go on the field trip, and the parent never asked to chaperone again.
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    Merit Badge Counselors do not pay a registration fee. They (we) do fill out an additional adult application, submit an additional YPT certificate, and undergo the background check.
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    Eagle Scout Extension for new 2019 Scouts

    I am pleasantly surprised at seeing the "follow Me Boys" reference here. Probably my favorite Fred MacMurray role, along with the best performance of Kurt Russell's many roles as a child actor.
  9. I would accept something like that. You are not the first grubmaster to to lose/wash a receipt, and I can pretty much guarantee you will not be the last. If your troop has been around for more than a few years, I am sure it has happened there before.
  10. MikeS72

    Pack leader dues

    Most Packs and or Troops in my district cover that cost as a part of the annual budget. On the district level, most of us are also affiliated with a unit, so we do not pay anything for the secondary position. District staff who are not with a unit pay their own registration costs.
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    I HATE the new YPT rules

    If her pack does not have a registered female leader willing to camp, you could try contacting one of the other packs in your area to see if they have someone who would be willing to step up so this young lady does not get left out in the cold.
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    "Classic" Scout Socks are now a thing?

    Hey! I just bought one of those on ebay, and intend to wear it with my retro uniform!
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    “Time Travel” program activities

    This would not happen to be the Challenger District Cub Family Camp, would it???
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    Thread color

    I have been using the clear thread for about a year, and matching as close as possible to the patch with the thread in the bobbin.
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    YPT2 deadline

    While our district consistently has in excess of 100 people at every roundtable, it is only one of many ways we have tried to get the word out. Emails to every registered leader, district facebook page, face to face contact at unit meetings, texts, etc. I have sent more emails and had more direct contact about this with leaders from multiple units than I would like to count. I am sending on last reminder this afternoon via text. As @Saltface stated above, could depend on your council's interpretation. We have been told consistently that people will be dropped, from MBC's on up the line. Our district recharter was done back in July, so MBC's had to be current by July 1 in order to remain on our active MBC list. I just hope we see a flurry of activity over the weekend. A week ago, we had 255 people in our district set to expire, right now that number is down to 207 (down 3 in the last couple of hours)