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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. We have tried to have meetings in the summer, but with local swim teams in June, vacations, holidays, other camps, etc etc it just did not work. We are somewhat active in the summer with week long camps in June and July. We have meetings prior to the camps and do HA each year. Basically from the end of school (Memorial Day) to First week of August (when school starts) we do not have regular meetings.
  2. For reference our troop has +/- 60 registered Scouts and +/- 20 leaders We restarted out troop activities in July of 2020 holding our own weeklong summer camp. 35 Scouts and Leaders, we did not require masks, but you could wear one if wanted. We were 100% outside, 1 Scout / Leader per tent, no carpooling. The troop started meeting in person in August, again 100% outside, at a park pavilion near the CO, masks not required. Also we started outings in August and have since then had 8 outdoor events; aquatics, kayaking, backpacking, AOL / Webelos visit, Winter trip to coast, more ba
  3. We held our own summer camp last year (don't know if you heard but there was some sort of pandemic or somesuch) and I did the Cooking merit badge. Prerequisite was the home cooking, or they did it after camp and we reviewed. The class planned the meals, good discussion ensued. Then we loaded up the Scouts and headed to the store, shopped for the goods from a list, looked at budgets, and secured the food. They cooked some of the meals for the camp (35 Scouts and leaders). For the backpacking part we looked at stoves we took a hike and cooked meals. There is a lot to cooking. Ju
  4. Average age for Eagle Scouts is (I think) 17.2 years of age, and that has been fairly consistent
  5. Agree, likely not that many, but, how many times can there be not that many? Sort of death by a thousand cuts? At the end of the day, the BSA is an organization that "sells" the program to the "customers" who are adults and youth. If a business puts in a change that may alienate some current customers, that is weighed against how many new customers will come and what will the net change to the customer base be. Also will the change improve the profitability of the customer base, helping the health of the business. Change and updates are inevitable and necessary. How they are hand
  6. Sadly the DEI merit badge will be the straw on the camel's back for many volunteers / scouters. Not saying that some items occurring in society currently may need to be highlighted and the units could be venues for that effort. Most not happy with the handling of this will just fade away. Another loss of experience to the organization. Could aspects of the intent of DEI merit badge be rolled / updated into Cit in the Comm, Cit in the Nation, maybe Family Life .... absolutely. Was the DEI mb initiative a knee jerk reaction and viewed by some as attempting to play to and placate some consti
  7. Agree. I continue to state that the BSA's reason for being in business cannot be solely to protect youth. It is vital and it is important. YPT is a critical component and as you noted it needs to be common place best practices. Our reason or "mission" is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. We do this with experiential learning, a game with a purpose, letting them fail and letting them figure it out. That is what we need to go to market with. If our "Go To Market" is we provide yout
  8. Don't worry, there's always room at The Summit (do we capitalize The??). It's on the books for $345 million...and a bargain at that no doubt 😀
  9. Cubs were at 649,284 for 2020 I'm sadly thinking overall BSA will be under 1 million
  10. We had a WB beading ceremony (??) that was done at a troop meeting. Ran, I kid you not, 45 minutes. I too felt like we were hostages. Most leaders input was "and that's why I will never go to WB"
  11. I continue to find it interesting that organizations, such as NOW, at various times called upon the BSA (as was an organization's free speech perogative) to open the membership to girls. The press release article qwazse noted was headlined - "Boy Scouts of America Denies Equal Opportunity Access for Girls" Yet, I am not able to find the same organizations, then or now, calling for the Girl Scouts to admit males. Please do not perceive this observation as being against the inclusion of Girls into Cubs and Scouts, it is what it is and honestly has not effected our unit at all. I hope
  12. I work with our Life Scouts. They know who the SM is (title and name) but reference him only as Mr (name). I refer to getting the CC signature, they say who it that, it's Mr CC. Oh Adult to Adult is first name. Youth to adult is Mr (last name). Agree with others, if I am conversing with a Scout and they need something from another leader, it's see Mr (last name) If we're being smart alecky (which is often) it's title and first name - Scoutmaster Bob...ASM Pete
  13. We ran our own summer camp and had monthly outings AUG through NOV. Maybe average of 24 Scouts and 6 leaders per outing. Did aquatics, kayaking, backpacking, and AOL visit. We did have our annual 3 day Winter trip last weekend, to the swamp, visit to a National Seashore Island, and some other side trips. We have been meeting outside since August, but we always met outside so no difference. Been some challenge due to CO (church) being closed at times so went to park across the street. They close at dark, so winter is iffy. We have picked up some additional High School aged Scouts. B
  14. 1972 was the BIG change. Many of the core badges (swimming / camping / cooking) were part of the group that could or could not be earned. That was the change wherein one could become Eagle and not have camped at all and basically not have gone outside at all
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