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    Sometimes I just want to give it all up and become a handsome billionaire. A person of mystery and power, whose power is exceeded only by their mystery. If I could sum up my life in one line I would die of embarrassment. My passport requires no photograph. I once taught a German shepherd how to bark in Spanish. If opportunity knocks, and I am not at home, opportunity waits

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  1. Coolest Scout Troop Location?

    We carved out and built a meeting area down behind the CO on their land, backs up to some houses. Put in a bridge over a gully, assembly area with flagpoles and benches in meeting areas for patrols. We hang lanterns for lighting. You come down a hill to get to the area. If one comes later pretty neat to look down and see the lanterns, Scouts running about.
  2. Has your troop ever gone to Disney World?

    Natahala is fun but we tend to gravitate to the Ocoee, more frightening
  3. Overburdened?? You just have to get on the membership train, more stuff is BETTER Used to be 3 years of Cubs then one got to Scouts (waaay back in the day) Let's make it School year so they all advance at the same pace Let's go camping Let's all go camping as a family Let's add a year of Webelos so we can lower the entrance age Let's add Tigers so we can lower the entrance age again Let's add popcorn sales Let's add camp card sales Let's add Girl Dens / Boy Dens / Coed Packs Let's add kindergartners so we can lower the entrance age again Let's do Cub Scouts for 6 FUN FILLED YEARS!!!
  4. Sad sign of the times

    A good bit of Monday morning Quarterbacking sadly going on. Yes he was a bit odd, but law enforcement can do little unless actual laws are broken. There may have been red flags, but not sure if a red flag is against an applicable law. No real laws against being weird. Good input that someone on certain medications and diagnosis maybe should not have firearms. Cannot disagree. But how is that enforced? Database is trumpeted, but with HIPPA and privacy laws, not sure how that would be done Well he was a little crazy, but the efforts to get somebody involuntarily committed are onerous.
  5. What's the most effective way to give feedback?

    The on-line sign up and generating of attendance rosters from Excel saves tons of time. Can see which events need more promotion and which are doing fine
  6. Has your troop ever gone to Disney World?

    Definitely no weight challenged, would not be able to fit all of them into the group photo
  7. Has your troop ever gone to Disney World?

    Correct In looking at the approved and provided photo (graphic??), Family Scouting also does NOT include: Only children families Families with more than three children Children more than 3 years apart unless the youngest is an infant Single parents (male) Single parents (female) Families with children of the same gender Male parents shorter than the female parents Bald parents Frowning
  8. What's the most effective way to give feedback?

    Great. Now I have to budget for an orchestra to be on hand to play people off who drone on too long We go with Terry Tate - COH Linebacker
  9. L.L.Bean to embed IoT sensors in coats and boots

    You just need a super cool cell phone Or be on the beach Or one in you car
  10. Sad sign of the times

    Sad event again. We will have to observe this at the meeting on Monday night I remember in the summer of 2016 there was the Orlando nightclub shooting in June and we did the Half-Staff at summer camp for the week. Then in July that same summer we were at summer camp 2 and observed Half-Staff for the Police officers killed in Dallas.
  11. What's the most effective way to give feedback?

    No need to have a long recitations on events at meetings, that should be done in another format. Our longform COH runs about 1.5 hours, but we have dinner and the FOS presentation is done while everyone is eating. Keep it brief. Most run 45 minutes. The one after summers camp(s) runs long due to handing out 250 + merit badges and many rank advancements, but that is expected. For communications much better way than droning on We have the Troop Website, which details events, you can sign up for outings, etc etc The Troop website kicks out an e-mail every week which highlights the events and announcements updates within a week We have a Troop Facebook page where we post photos, updates, TBT photos, some announcements We have a troop instagram where we post photos and some announcements Agree. Scouts do the MC and banquet person works with them on a script. Leaders give out badges. We have a reminder on the next outing, typically reminder to sign up for summer camp (literally what was written is that sentence is the length of the announcment) and then SM minute Scouts run the program
  12. Lions now an official Cub Scout rank and program

    So now you can be in Cub scouts for 6 years. We (at the troop) get numerous Webelos II's that are ready to move on, or also we get several scouts joining each year, got weary of the younger kids in the pack and redundancy of the program (fire station again??), so they dropped but now they are back. Guess it will work for some, but in a pack or program setting the interest and ability difference between a 5 year old and a 10 year old is pretty extreme
  13. We were scheduled for the OA election a few weeks back. The rules (guidelines??) seem to state you need to have 50% +1 of the registered Scouts in attendance to have the election. Now we are a big troop with an active membership, so that night (by our math) we had about 40% - 42% of the scouts (they move around and it is hard to count). OA Guys start quoting paragraphs and rules about how to run an election. Honestly we were about to tell them, fine, take off. They wanted to come back another night, we said, hey go for it but it is a moving target. Our thoughts were, here is an organization within the BSA that, I suppose, wants to expand it's membership, yet has arcane rules and roadblocks to adding to that membership. We did have the election in the end. Why is there a 50% rule, seriously what does it matter? I was active in the OA back in the day was actually a Lodge advisor one time. Cannot recall this rule and wonder if it is some local thing to make themselves really "important"
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