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  1. So...to be clear, I am not supposed to be running the Texas hold-em big blind games at camp? Admittedly the pots get way smaller after the first night and "the house" seems to have been the big winner. Will have to adjust the campsite events
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    Linked Troops - What are these?

    Have you seen the amount of open treks listed? 62 crew openings in June 93 crew openings in July 145 crew openings in August
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    Linked Troops - What are these?

    We all knew it was going to be headed this way. The only brick left in the wall (and it is a very very short wall) is CO's can choose to not have a BS4G troop at their location...for now...until the next FAQ release...or they just feel like it...or there is threat of a suit...of the media sort of wants it
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    Family Scouting Update

    Actually - Chartered organizations should have separate Scoutmasters for their boy troop and girl troop. That means not encouraged but not prohibited. If not allowed the wording would (I assume) be cannot
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    Linked Troops - What are these?

    What's the over under on percentage of "Linked" (wink wink) troops with this configuration?
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    Camping Distance for Adults

    Typically no. We have 35 - 40 scouts each outing, so for driving we need 10 or so just to get there. If a parent is new we cover where the leaders camp, let the scouts do there thing, etc. If you go on more than one outing we will register you. We do require all that attend outings to be current with YPT. We have had some aged out scouts that come on occasion. They always think the YPT is sort of creepy. We never have moms attend, must be a vibe we give off. There have been some doting dads and the SM or outdoor person will give friendly chat about let them be. Sometimes we have to send a scout back to patrol areas who is coming looking for dad too much. On the flip side we get some whose kids do not ride to or from the outing with the dad, and actually never seem to speak with the dad. It all seems to work out. The new dads, especially those that have recently crossed over really like the troop camping plan.
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    Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Position

    We use the JASM, typically this is a former SPL, so they may not be there much. We have had success at Summer camp (we take 50 - 60) with some older scouts attending as they need to get some requirements complete. Works really well. Leader in camp works with the JASM who then backstops the SPL / ASPL's. Gives them responsibility and a good taste of leadership. Had a staff member who had an issue with a scout one time, came to see us, we referred him to the JASM and they worked it out.
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    Advice on Treasury Related Conflict

    The cash part is always a fun thing. We rarely deal with cash, mainly checks and paypal. That being said I have had someone pay for summer camp at the last week in cash before, advise SM and Treasurer, then had the cash at the house. After camp we settled up with a documentation of the cash. Received XXX for camp. Paid YYY out of pocket expenses at summer camp. Here is the remainder (or still need ZZZ) We are all volunteers. Document things clearly, but don't be a czar and bang your shoe on the desk, need to make it easy to do the business of the unit.
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    Camping Distance for Adults

    Funny part is at Philmont to lessen impact we all camped right together. That was different. Each adult had their own tent, but it was different being 3 yards from scouts as opposed to out of site. They were annoyed by the snoring but that was just a bonus
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    Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    Don't be hating on the red beret
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    Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    With the STEM (STEAM???) emphasis it may be some tech company. Apple Scouts Amazon Scouts Oracle Scouts
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    Minimal Effort Eagle

    We have about one of these per year. They were active 5th - 8th, attained Life rank, were active for those 6 months, then High School comes along. They come back in during 11th grade and try to wrap it up. It may be the minimum, but that is all that is required. I really like the Eagles and older scouts that are active for the full time available, but then I like many things I cannot always have
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    Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    That would be time to punch out
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    Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    No doubt there is a committee in Irving working on this. Here are some suggestions Them Scouts They Scouts Sith Scouts Genderless Scouts Neutral Scouts Non-specific Scouts Unisexual Scouts Youth Scouts
  15. Also known as the tetrox trots When I was enduring the cubs program and trying to not let my head explode, we were going to cook spaghetti for the den on an outing (family camping!!!) and heat the large pot on the fire. Guy whose pot is was got concerned about soot. Said let's soap the pot...crickets from the group. I told them to hang on, put on liquid dish soap, heated it, did a second coat, then we boiled and ate. It was like I was a wizard as the black soot on the bottom just washed away.
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    Questions about "Boy Led" Troop

    NOOO... Little Johnny needs our help to survive!!!
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    Questions about "Boy Led" Troop

    Try not to judge Boy Led (Y / N) just by outing planning. If the SM is deciding what to do when, then that could be a challenge. If the TLC is deciding what to do when, but the actual logistics are being done by an adult, sort of grey area. In our unit leaders sit with the TLC at annual planning, we provide the school calendar for reference, then a listing of past outings and events, how many attended, also they write down some new ones. There are some general parameters based on distance, G2SS (paintball comes up every year), and cost (yes you could maybe do that, let's hear about pay options). Then we wander off. Some are straight forward to plan and some we need more detail on. They wanted a lock-in several years ago. We discussed what would they do, times, what would be needed. CO was good with it and over the years this is a huge event. Sometimes we want to go to a State Park to do a specific activity. We have had to switch months due to conflicts at the park. Typically we sit back down with the TLC and advise. A leader will make the reservations, TLC will plan the activities Some units may have the TLC make the reservations and figure out how to maybe put in a deposit. Now meals, packing, loading, campfires, duty rosters, clean-up, etc. TLC works all that out. Same with instructional times, flag ceremonies and other meeting items
  18. Some take COPE, some have taken some MB classes they have not had an opportunity to take prior (Welding / Metalwork / One took Orienteering), some have participated in the whitewater challenge (5 days / 5 rivers) some have taken the offsite options; backpacking / whitewater / other things. One Eagle took BSA Lifeguard one year. They assist as JASM's for the week and guide the new scouts. Our guideline is scheduled things during the morning before lunch. Afternoons enjoy the camp, some sleep all afternoon.
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    2017 Report to the Nation-Membership

    Never have I seen or been aware of ANY council or district professional or volunteer actually going out and meeting with successful units. Success being either sustained growth or maintained membership. Also they can check within the council on regular advancements for a unit. Do some benchmarking. What is this or that unit doing. Not all situations are repeatable, but likely with enough data points there will be some commonalities that can be used Some of these may be: Strong outdoor program Regular high adventure Outings where scouts have fun Youth led unit Regular meetings where scouts lead Regular TLC meetings where scouts plan Youth decide where to have outings and events Engaged leaders that mentor Adult leaders that realize scouting is part of the scouts activities and may not be their only activity
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    2017 Report to the Nation-Membership

    In the annual report (at least 2016) they also noted the 492,159 "Scouts" in Career based programs and Learning for Life. Also interesting drops since 1998 Cubs - 43% Boy Scouts - 19% (honestly less than I may have been led to believe) Venturing - 54% Total - 36% Pretty good drop for Cubs. Thought that was the growth area.
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    EBOR question

    You can tell that the firm of Dewey, Cheathum, and Howe has been hard at work in Irving, TX What a joke, you have to be at least 14 to use these??? Pickaxe Mattock Posthole digger Wheel cart (1-, 2-, or 4-wheeled) Paint roller with extension pole Screwdriver (electric) Handheld sander (small) Cutting tools (e.g., Dremel, small) Paint sprayer (small, less than 50 psi) 16 or older to use these??? Residential lawn mower (self-propelled, riding) Commercial lawn mower (push, self-propelled, riding) Line trimmer (electric, gas-powered) Edger (electric, gas-powered) Leaf/grass blower (electric, gas-powered) Hedge trimmer (electric, gas-powered) Belt sander (electric, cordless) Pressure washer (50 to 100 PSI) But Everyone can use these tools Leaf/grass rake Hoe Shovel Hand clipper (small) Screwdrivers Nail hammer Handsaw Trowel Hose spray washer Wood sanding block (handheld) Wood chisel (Scouts with Totin’ Chip) Pocketknife (Scouts with Whittling Chip or Totin’ Chip) And over 18 for these Circular, reciprocating, jig, or radial saw Band and scroll saws Router/planer Chain saws Log splitters Wood chippers
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    L.L.Bean to embed IoT sensors in coats and boots

    Creeps me out that my phone knows where I'm at, don't want my jacket keeping tabs on my comings and goings. Also would you need to plug your jacket in to keep it ready to roll? Great...now I have to install outlets in the closet. It NEVER ends!!
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    Sunday Morning segment on the BSA

    I led what I guess would have been a precursor to Venturing which was a High Adventure Explorer post in the 80's. Had some guys from the troop, then a few sisters, and BAM we had a post. Ran it for 3 years or so. Hard part was over 21 females, burned through a few girlfriends dragging them on outings. Then the ones that started with it become HS Seniors or graduated and drifted away, then we tried recruiting some, and it sort of faded away. Tough to sustain without a good feeder program (Cubs to Scouts). That is soooo true. When there are serious audits on membership numbers for LFL and Scoutreach it is comical (in a really sad way). Yes it can and should be a good program and the councils get a feel good see what we are doing moment. The best is when professionals who are supposed to be working with the units have no idea where the unit may actually meet. Members who have no idea they are members.
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    Sunday Morning segment on the BSA

    Assumed since it was noted schools, that mean Learning for Life, but I stand to be corrected The "Learning for Life" and "Scoutreach" seem to serve the same populations but (from what I can read) in different ways LFL - Learning for Life (LFL) is a United States school and work-site based youth program that is an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America. It utilizes programs designed for schools and community-based organizations that are designed to prepare youth for the complexities of contemporary society and to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-esteem, and for careers. Learning for Life is not considered a traditional Scouting program; it does not use the Scout Promise, Scout Law, uniforms or insignia of traditional Scouting. All Learning for Life programs are open to youth and adults without restriction based on gender, residence, religion, sexual orientation, or other considerations, other than minimum age requirements. Some Explorer posts may require background checks and satisfactory school transcripts as conditions of membership. Scoutreach is a division within the Council with an emphasis to recruit passionate adult leaders and to develop strong relationships with organization in urban, suburban, and rural areas, removing barriers to ensure that all youth have the opportunity to join Scouting. The Council is dedicated to ensure that every child has an opportunity to join Scouting, no matter their circumstance. Scoutreach assistance can provide camperships, uniforms, handbooks, transportation, and leadership of a Scout unit.
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    Sunday Morning segment on the BSA

    Yes Yes - Learning for Life Scouts. A program with great intentions and really can fit a need. That being said, it is rife with potential for abuse and membership shenanigans. These Scouts are 14% of the membership total for BSA (2016 numbers). The councils and nationals solicit monies for their membership, so in many cases no real cost to the participants. They may not even know they are involved in Scouts. Actually in some cases they did not know because the groups never met and were paper only units.
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