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    Winter Camping Plans?

    To be clear...it does snow at Woodruff, you just have to be there on the right weekend
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    Winter Camping Plans?

    For us Frozen Tundra is merely a Toyota not parked in the garage with some frost on it, once the sun hits, it's all good
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    Winter Camping Plans?

    We are in the south...so we go further south. This year to the beach and camping along the intercoastal in January. Also some backpacking in February and wide games in March. Of course it rarely gets below freezing for the whole day around here, maybe into the 20's at night but warmer during the day
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Many of us crossed that bridge a while back.....helps while unpacking gear back at the house on Sundays
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Possibly Bourbon may be a good example If it is produced in the USA, made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn, aged in new, charred oak containers, distilled to no more than 160 (U.S.) proof (80% alcohol by volume), entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof (62.5% alcohol by volume), bottled (like other whiskeys) at 80 proof or more (40% alcohol by volume) it can be called Bourbon. Do the same thing in Canada, guess it is called whiskey. It's all in the name though the product is or could be identical Also as this suit may drag on, the use of bourbon (or whiskey) may help many of us endure.
  6. Admin question: what if a Scout who is 16 to 17, realized that they could not get Eagle due to the calendar and they did not recharter, but then rejoined Scouts after 2/2019. Would they be able to get the extension? Also any work they had done would be recognized? Very small population for this possibility and the machinations to get done could be problematic. Wonder how districts and councils may react to the possible gaming of the system?
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    Eagle Board of Review (Appeal)

    All members of the EBOR should have been volunteers, or functioning in a volunteer capacity. Typically at least one is not with the unit You can look up the particulars by looking at the Guide to Advancement (PDF - Google BSA Guide to Advancement) Section references Particulars for Eagle Scout Rank Section Appealing the Decision
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    Eagle Board of Review (Appeal)

    Quick question - For the EBOR typically this is made up of members from the troop and members from the District / Council. Curious who felt their own definition of "leadership" has not been met? The EBOR while not a review can look at and could bring up any factual errors that may have been missed prior (number of merit badges, dates in rank, age at time of completion). That is unlikely as the dates are reviewed by the council against the BSA system records prior to the EBOR Additionally the Eagle candidate had the project reviewed by the unit (SM and CC both signed off on proposal) and then the project was approved by the District or Council (depending on size). Any concerns with the leadership portion would have been brought up at that point. I would engage with the District Commissioner and the Council Commissioner for the appeal process and politely request that the Scouter (Scouters??) who questioned the leadership portion not be on the next EBOR.
  9. First - lots of adult drama seems to be in play, but let's power through that Scouts are the best recruits for Scouts. The best way to get boys who are not involved is PROGRAM. Not advancement, not meetings, not citizenship, etc etc, it's PROGRAM. Get your 3 active scouts to clearly set a calendar of OUTDOOR PROGRAMMING. That is the selling point for other boys to engage, what will THEY be doing, what is in it for them. Go Do Stuff. Get the dates set and get a plan to go do things. Not sure where you are but that is what will get the boys to show up. Canoeing, kayaking. hiking, wide games, biking, etc etc. PROGRAM brings in Scouts. The other key items like advancement, citizenship, and leadership can be built once you get them engaged
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    BRO SCOUTS OF AMERICA..."it's all good"
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    Proud papa

    A common misconception and good resolution. Had a scout talk with me recently that he wanted to complete cooking but he had missed the troop backpacking outing. Reminded him that the requirements did not specify the cooking had to be done with the troop, could be a patrol outing or he and some friends could be backpacking. Cooking is a life skill, going to be needing it 2 to 3 times a day for a long long time, in and out of Scouts.
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    New girls in Scouting

    Great. Now the capitalization police will be all over us.....
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Maybe there will be a patch...
  14. The International Scouts at the summer camps we attend have always been a positive. Our guys have met and talked with Scouts / had merit badge sessions with Scouts from Morroco, Egypt, Poland, England, China, Syria, Malaysia and many others I have cannot recall.
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    Bear Claws

    This is the official BSA pocket knife The hooked blade on the far right is fact the can opener Not a bad video on how this works on a can. Can take a while
  16. History often (somewhat) repeats itself https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scouting/USA Scouting/USA was a "communicative name" chosen by the Boy Scouts of America in 1971 in an effort to rebrand itself. The Scouting/USA symbol was unveiled at its biennial National Council meeting. The organization retained the name Boy Scouts of America as its legal name, but planned to use the new name on literature, billboards, insignia, business cards and stationery and for most other promotional material. They abandoned this effort by 1980.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    This will be interesting. I foresee some additional training as part of some consent decree in our future Maybe a 30 page Powerpoint
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    Time line from Scout to Eagle

    Why the quest for efficiency? it can be done in under 2 years based on time in rank requirements. But as has and no doubt will be noted, Eagle Scout is not the goal. The rank is merely a stop along the scouting journey. If attaining the Eagle rank is all that matters, the Scout is missing the point Enjoy the trip and experiences along the way
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    Time to Go.

    Agree that too much focus on NS can be a killer. We run year round (Seabase / Philmont / 2 summer camps summer of 2019) and while we have activities, not formal meetings in the summer, basically June and July. But during those months we have pre-camp meetings and summer camps. Our planning runs August to July. The PLC meets in late April for planning the next 12 months of outings and general calendar. The PLC meets monthly for planning the next 4 weeks. For the new scouts we run a parallel program in the spring. New Scouts with their NS patrols, they do things, and have a specific NS outing. For that outing we have upped to adventure quotient to get older Scouts to come along. We also have a regular troop outing that month. None of our outings are advancement focused, that is a real attendance/interest killer
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Scouts Unfazed Camping Kayaking Intending To Go Strongly Until Simply Amazed
  21. The hope for the scholarship has never made financial sense Scenario 1 - You pay for kid to be in travel ball for 7 years and pay maybe $60K in fees and expenses (that is low I think) hoping for a scholarship, low chance of success Scenario 2 - You put that same $60k in a qualified 529 plan and for the same period, and when kid graduates may have $70k which can pay for a good chunk of college with the sure thing
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    What if you're XX but identify as XY??
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Yeah...like we didn't see this coming. And I was hoping all of the Scout organizations would gather at some to be determined site and sing kumbayah while all mocking those who still wear red epaulettes on their uniforms (or sashes??) and making jokes about the various professionals in each organization
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    AOL Bridging Up Issues

    The real question is do you feel strongly and are you ready to make the decision that this a beach you want to die on? Seems like the answer is probably a resounding no. This seems solid advice. Be ready to just do the proverbial "whatever" to the lawnmower mom, wish them well, and send them on their way
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    Is BSA adult leader training necessary?

    Wait...you sullied the sacred grounds of a Woodbadge course with actual youth? They will possibly gain the secrets of WB; critters, coffee making, silly songs, woggles, handshakes, holy ticket items, tartan plaid, kilts, and other secret whatnot!! (actually a great idea, some Woodbadgers I have met seem to begin to feel Scouting would be great if not for all the kids hanging around all the time)