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  1. So...not to do a disservice to the journey, and it is each Scout's journey, basic project management, if you have hard stop to achieve something you will need a plan. We had an older teen (15 and 8 months) join the troop a couple of years ago. Mainly he wanted to attend high adventure with friends in the troop. As he did attend one high adventure and then camp (as a "new" scout) we talked about what he wanted to do in Scouting. Long story short, we backdated a plan for when HE would need to attain various ranks. HE would have to do this, HE would need to attend our second summer camps to get enough optional merit badges, HE would need to serve in the leadership, HE would need to propose, plan, and perform a project. Fast forward, he is 18 in maybe 90 days. He has earned his 21 merit badges, served as JASM in the troop and at summer camps, went to high adventure, went to outings, and just got his project approved. Should wrap up before 18th birthday. It can be done if THEY want to earn it, see the value, and you can support the journey.
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    Skit in Underwear - JCPenny

    I am assuming you mean they banned the skit from summer camp performances and council events. That is their event and they can do what they want. What a troop does out in the woods and the mud and dark of the campfire ring is really up to that troop and their interpretation of the guideline of the BSA
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    When was 4th Aim added?

    Well...they've all been so busy justifying The Summit, whose got time for Mission Statements
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    Council Annual Report - Interesting Numbers

    Our council doesn't seem to have an annual report, or at least not one that can be found. Assume that tells me all I really need to know.....
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    Family Scouting Coming to You!

    Would this be after the normal Boy Scout Scouts BSA summer camp sessions?
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    Two adults 21 or over

    Funniest thing I've read today
  7. Other than the co-branding issues that GSUSA will not doubt have conniptions over, the one phrase in the article was interesting: The group decided to merge with a Freetown boys because several girls had siblings in the group. Not the units issue as this was written by the reporters. If you were not familiar with BSA then your assumption would be that Boy Scouts is in fact now coed. Merge would certainly imply one coed unit (and that may in fact be what they are doing in reality if separate on paper).
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    Two adults 21 or over

    Changed with the rollout of revised YPT I believe back last year (Spring 2018). Below is the official section. Note "registered", so a 21 + leader and parent over 21 would not cut it Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided.
  9. So the news from Philmont is NOW... they are bringing back the Tooth of Time hike option for participants at Philmont Training Center (apparently was an option years back AND) adding this option for the Philmont Family Camp program. So now you may well encounter families etc in the back country on the Tooth of Time. Not sure how the stroller will do on the trail up, should be interesting. Not sure how I feel about that
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    News from Philmont - Family Camp update

    I guess it's a way to promote and upsell. Would be disappointing to be on day 8 of your trek and have to work around the families from PTC on their day hike. Sort of diminishes the back country feel
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    CC and COR is the same person

    Sadly in your case, that is correct. Votes would be symbolic at best. The committee does not "elect" the CC, that is an appointed (or in you specific case anointed) position. Unless the COR is good with the change, there is little the vote would do but further cause issues. I would say the meeting between the COR and CC as they discuss the vote could be entertaining. As others have said the best course of action may be to move on to another pack or form a new one. Unless the COR / CC / Chief cook and bottle washer wishes to voluntarily move aside, you are stuck. Even if you got a new CC the former CC (now only COR) could still exert undue influence because it seems that control is what they want
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    The Scouting Guide to Survival

    I also recall that bath / warm water thing was not the recommended treatment. Gradually warm up, the dry heat on the core, warm drinks, etc. We had some, while not hypothermic, but honestly just on the fringe one time. It was like 0 degrees, in the southeast US mountains, and we from the deep south are not geared for such foolishness, we idled the bus, got the heater going full bore, and made a warming room. The warm drinks did the best honestly. Also if you have a dead tauntaun nearby, and your lightsaber handy, you can cut it open and put the patient inside. Granted you would need to be on a frozen planet for that to really work well, but it is an option
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    Need a Cot or...?

    Man...that is a special kind of hell in my opinion. On outings the adult tents (all singles) are spaced waaay apart. Even at Philmont all the leaders tote their own tents. The extra couple of pounds is well worth it. 5 leaders in one tent "shudder"
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    My new Scout's going to camp but freaking out

    Agreed We always welcome LEADERS to be at camp and LEADERS who work within the troop matrix. Parents are needed to drive and pickup from camp and wave at the parking lot, not be at camp for the week. Some leader stories Had one leader that was in camp for the week. He came to me on Sunday and advised he felt it better to leave as his son kept coming to him for things and was not participating as he should, he came back later in the week and it worked out well Had one leader not in camp but was coming to get one of his sons at camp for an event, the other son was first year and we knew it would be a tough week, seeing dad in camp could be trouble. We worked out the pickup time so younger son was at activities and same with the return the next day. Was at summer camp and a scout had an issue in the middle of the night, the Scout came into the leader pod and found the leader at camp for the week and NOT his dad who was in the next tent We had a conversation with a leader in camp who was way too focused on his kid, was sort of treating summer camp as father / son time and the other 1,000 Scouts and leaders were just in the area. We assigned the leader some specific tasks that were not where his son was, ended up being a good week Had a somewhat serious issue with a Scout at camp, his dad was one of the leaders, the dad left the site as we worked it out. He stayed out of the site that afternoon and did not even speak with his son about the issue until he and I talked through it that evening and what the consequences of those actions would be.
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    Need a Cot or...?

    Have you tried the single air mattress? That works way better than a double / queen sized. There are some smaller camp cots, not sure they are more comfortable. Also have you tried the ENO or Hammock for sleeping? Some find those better. As for going to bed early, I often (if not overly cold) just sit in front of my tent with a book and headlight and read. If cooler I sit by the fire and just bank it / put out some of the coals when I go to bed. Now I do sleep on a pad in a backpacking tent, so I enjoy the ground.
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    CC and COR is the same person

    That is a tough road ahead Assuming the CC/COR also is embedded within your CO to some degree. While the correct course of action is to work with the IH, they may not actually have any real concern as to what is going on with the unit. Challenge is the IH appoints the COR, so you are into some circular logic with both COR and CC being the same person 1) The Chartered Organization Representative (COR) is the direct contact between the unit and the Chartered Organization. This individual is also the organization's contact with the District Committee and the Local Council. The chartered organization representative may become a member of the district committee and is a voting member of the council. If the chartered organization has more than one unit, one representative serves them all. The Chartered Organization Representative appoints the Unit Committee Chair. 2) The Troop Committee Chair is appointed by the chartered organization and registered as an adult leader of the BSA.
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    ECOH Ideas/Tips/Suggestions

    Remember that in many ways the EBOR is a way to thank the unit, the unit leaders, and others who have helped. Yes it is about the Scout, but also about those that helped
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    Troop/Patrol dining flys

    Our troop uses the basic 12 x 12 tarps available at Home Depot. For the uprights we use 8' 2x2's (also from Home Depot for about $1 each) with a nail driven in the top. Each patrol sets up a tarp, takes six stakes if setting up in a field. Also can easily be setup in trees. Each patrol has a table, and a patrol box with stoves. For fun we recreate Norman Rockwell paintings
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    Summer Camp Staff

    Unscented soaps and shampoo, helps keep the bugs away Small shampoos (hotel type) and liquid soaps as you will leave them in the shower Snacks and good container to keep them in Good walking shoes, try to vary each day If you have one a fitbit or step tracker is kind of fun, you will be amazed at the number of steps each day As has been noted, good daypack to keep all your stuff in during the walking about camp Water bottle, but honestly after week 1 at camp the campers will leave plenty of them around and you will have your pick Good towel, but honestly after week 1 at camp the campers will leave plenty of them around and you will have your pick A second Class A shirt, they can get gamey as the week progresses Cheap sunglasses and a cord to keep them, you will be in the sun a great deal Hammock Good socks
  20. No dog in this fight (BTW - do not support dog fighting but it's a great old expression) as our unit has eschewed any camporees, etc. The judging of "best" troop or "best" patrol at events when there are NOT objective measurements is suspect at best. Have a camporee competition where Scouts paddle a canoe out and back, lowest time wins, great. Tie 8 knots in a relay, lowest time wins, super. When you start adding mystery "Bonus" points for patrol spirit, team effort, appearance, etc etc, then the competition becomes no longer a competition, but an anointing by the camporee adults of who they think (or feel?) should win. The Scouts can see through this sham very quickly
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    Vintage Uniform Question

    Oscar D was about 1980 or so
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    Leadership Disagreements

    Settle it by building a Thunderdome....Two leaders enter; one leader leaves!
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    BACKPACKING: Dinner

    My scouts prove on every outing that ramen does not in fact need to be cooked, it can be eaten as is and is a great crunchy snack. The flavor packets are poured over as a "flavoring"
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    BACKPACKING: Breakfast

    That is true, but sometimes convenience trumps Paula Dean input (hey ya'll, we're gonna fry some butter in butter and it's gonna be delicious) Actually they do sell an instant grits that comes in a self serve cup (you can get oatmeal also), just add water. A little bulky on the outbound leg, but they compress down nicely for the trip back. We add beef jerky to the grits and that is mighty tasty.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    We were coming back from an outing last week, stopped for lunch, saw the Girl Scouts were selling cookies nearby so we wandered over and bought some cookies, talked about our recent outing, heard about their projects, and we went on our way. The sky did not open, everyone was pleasant, and we ate several boxes of Samoas before we got back to the church
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