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  1. Yeah...I was being humorous, any time you see a picture of more than 1 Cub / Scout together and the uniforms are matchy matchy...it's a promo photo Speaking of the comments, they are literally comedy gold in the article First one right out of the gate from "Stu" I'm a Cubmaster for a pack. We just signed our first girl. We received approval to have a co-ed den until a few more girls join. So far, it's been great! The girl happens to be my daughter. She joined her age-appropriate den; whereas she spent the last year hanging out with my son's den (by necessity). So...approval for a co-ed den, where did that come from you may ask Approval came from our regional council. We had to change our charter from "boys only" to "family. Then somebody asks I've spoken with my DE who says this isn't possible. What Council are you in? I'd like to contact them for clarification. Stu has not responded Whole series of comments with a myriad of opinions on who or whom has to be registered / in attendance / hanging out if you have a girls den. People quoting page 7 of FAQ, people quoting YPT, it's a madhouse
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    Significant youth protection changes

    Only solution is the cone of Youth Protection
  3. No doubt. I presume there are a series of college courses and courses of study detailing these items. The degree would be in Nano Studies, and then you can work in the Ministry of Silly Walks
  4. Wonder how the happy girls running in the photo earned 3 ranks in the last 3 months...that is some motivated cubbies. Neat that they all matched also
  5. One of our new scouts thought KP and the 3 pot method was hazing. The SPL looked at him and said work is not hazing, if they did decide to haze him it would involve a good bit of orientation and training his part, you can't expect to fully appreciate hazing unless you have been properly trained. The SPL has a future in corporate America
  6. We ran into that at some meeting and definitely had a WTF moment. The leader expressed (quite sincerely) that is was hazing and the totin chit was the scouts property and we were "stealing" it etc etc Wisely we just let it pass and did not go into that we also take knives and other items if there is an issue. Yep it may be their property but at the end of the day, leaders are in fact leaders Had not heard of the lost items concern. Seems we have jumped the proverbial shark. That is a great part of summer camp fun, standing in front of a scout, asking if they have lost something, them saying no while you are holding the item with their name on it as you speak with them.
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    Significant youth protection changes

    The e-mail is pretty simple, as you can add someone to an e-mail and the string continues Texting is a challenge, we just start a new text string and add another leader. Also we have scouts ask questions on the instagram feed, but that is public and we have multiple admins, so not a huge difference from asking something at a meeting Luckily current generation of scouts do not realize the iphone is in fact a phone and they can have actual verbal communications with someone, so we have not had to do conference calls
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    Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    That will be the next battleground surely. A young lady wants to join a troop but there is no "linked" troop at the CO she wants to join...so what to do. There may be one nearby, but she wants to to join this organization because it meets her meeting needs, better outdoor, etc etc. Cue the news trucks to be sitting in front of a meeting, cue the hand wringing as females are not being given the same opportunities, cue the faux outrage at the intolerant leaders who do not want to start a linked troop thereby denying the young lady equal access It will literally be a 3 ring circus right there is the CO's parking lot
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    Our Council's New Gender Inclusive Branding

    We sort of do a hybrid approach. After crossover they are in a NSP for the spring, working on the basic new scouts stuff. At summer camp they are rolled into the the camp patrols for the week, also in the new scout program at camp First meeting of the new school year they are parsed into the existing patrols.
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    You CAN Take it with you . . .

    Scout brought a thermos with his ravioli on a backpacking outing. He had heated it up before we left and that was his backpacking meal (lunch and dinner, he loved himself some Chef Boyardee). This was a large thermos, accounted for 25% of his toted weight maybe. Had him tote it in, but some of the Philmont crew that was along training toted it and many of his other items out
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    Canoe Games?

    Canoe relay without paddles is always good Canoe waterskiing is good times, but getting the canoe up on a good plane is a challenge, also don't try to slalom, stick with two skis
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    Committee Members for BORs

    We try to rotate the members on the BOR, gives the Scouts a new face to speak with. Also good to have the BOR members they may not know. Additionally there are some on the committee that are more forward facing in the troop (outdoor and events) that try to limit their number of BOR's to give scouts a different experience. We have a large troop and at times may have 2 - 3 BOR's rolling along during a meeting. Remind your CC and AC that the BOR is just that, a review. The time should be a review of their time in the troop, maybe some specifics on what they did, what they got from that, but nothing added. If it is a good BOR the CC members should get as much as the scout from the time
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    Adults at it Again

    Well..then the Russians would have to get involved and nobody has time for that
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    Our Council's New Gender Inclusive Branding

    You have to keep changing the requirements to drive book sales. It's all about monetizing the program, gotta get on the cash flow train. As I have noted, Summit is not gonna pay for itself
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    Adults at it Again

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    Motivation Quote of the Day

    Life Is Hard; It’s Even Harder When You’re Stupid
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    Water / Bottle Rockets ?

    There is a Space Exploration MB. Typically the Scout build and launches a rocket as part of the requirements. Most summer camps launch these at the end of the week, that is always good times, just be limber and ready to move
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    Deciding which troop to join

    Sort of like a Unicorn
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    Deciding which troop to join

    You wanna make sure you hold out for signing bonus and good incentives. Make sure the incentives are paid out early in the contract. One can never tell what the future may hold. Also make sure the incentives are guaranteed in case he gets traded to another troop or venture post.
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    Our Council's New Gender Inclusive Branding

    It is what's wrong and also what is so right with scouting, the unit level. Your question "How does national fix that?" is that National (and Council and District) recognize that it is the unit level that is what drives the program. And PROGRAM is the key. Too much is the top heavy down from on high and not enough unit level pushing up The units that thrive, do so because they are NOT waiting for anyone to lead them, they are leading. That comes down to the right leader being in place and providing the right leadership to the youth and letting them run the show.
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    I can only assume the risk management lawyers have been hard at work