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  1. @Mom2Scout the adults making the decisions clearly do not understand how linked troops are supposed to work, and what’s worse, they fail to realize that it isn’t their troop-it’s the boys’ troop. This type of decision should not be forced upon the boys. Does the COR realize what is happening and how the SM and CC plan to organize the troops? If not, can you speak with the COR? if the COR is ok with this or encourages it, I would have my son and as many friends want to go with him, find a new troop to join. Edited to add: Before somebody lights me up over this post, Yes, I know the CO “owns” the troop. I am a COR, among many other roles. Our troop may be chartered by our church, but I expect the PLC to “run” the troop...with a little oversight by the SM and his ASM corps.
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    Merit badges for Venture and Sea Scouts

    Yes, that is correct. Male members of our crew routinely earned merit badges. One young man in particular earned a number of merit badges and he was not First Class. Anyway, MB blue cards were given out by me as unit leader, signed by me as unit leader, submitted by the Crew's Advancement Chair, etc. it was all through the crew. As far as I can tell, "qualifying Venturer" simply means they have paid their dues, are on the unit roster, and have appropriate Crew Leader signatures. as an aside, no female members of the crew were ever interested in the MB itself, they simply shot guns, hiked, canoed and so on. For that matter, I would say most of the male members were not interested in MB either. But for those who were interested, we offered the opportunity.
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    Merit badges for Venture and Sea Scouts

    Completely ageee with @qwazse on this. Over the years I have had a number of Venturers, iirc only males, earn MBs unrelated to rank advancement. It was usually Rifle, Shotgun and Climbing, and occasionally Hiking MB. These MB were all processed by the Crew Advancement Committee. this is a huge gray area. I suspect it isn’t widely examined because most Venturers don’t care about advancement.
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    Eagle Scout Extension for new 2019 Scouts

    Everything about Sydney is a clear violation of standards. A female in a Boy Scout Troop? Earning rank? Going on outings? Holding positions of authority? as for @fred johnson‘s concern that Sydney was misled, she, her publicity-seeking father and female Scoutmaster [who always knew that the rank advancements she submitted for Sydney to their council would be denied but kept submitting them anyway] all have always known this is wrong. That’s why Sydney calls herself “an unofficial Life Scout.”
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Well it hasn't happened yet. I was at a Council event last night and said something about "Boy Scouts" and somebody snottily said "You mean Scouts BSA." So I replied "No, I mean Boy Scouts. On February 1, this will be Scouts BSA, but right now this is still Boy Scouts." They weren't happy about it but admitted it is premature to call the program Scouts BSA.
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    PLC hazing and bullying problem

    @Bside call your council’s Scout Executive. This is a significant issue and the ASM and CC should not address this alone. The chartering organization rep needs to know about this too.
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    Qualities of an Eagle

    Fixed that for you. There is nothing about siblings in Scouts BSA
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    I HATE the new YPT rules

    District Executive. A junior-level paid professional.
  9. In my experience, they can’t do that very well. That’s why they need to strong arm council and district volunteers to do FOS presentations and beg parents for money. Anyway, if the Lodge Chief, Chapter Chief and Chief of Ceremonies want to use a group chat or some such to make sure the camp is ready for a Fellowship and all of the Principals have their gear, know their speaking parts and commit to being at camp on time, it’s ok with me and I don’t need to know how they get this done as long as it gets done. if my Crew Pres, VP, and VP of Activities do the same thing to prepare for an event or outing, good for them. I believe that is the leadership and initiative we are tasked with helping them develop.
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    I HATE the new YPT rules

    @Eagle94-A1 does your district have a female DE? Maybe she could help? Does your council have an official or self-proclaimed Family Scouting Advocate/Champion or some such? If so, they should be helping...hold them accountable
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    YPT2 deadline

    Would you pay $30 for all day at UoS which includes a box lunch and patch? How about $35?
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    YPT2 deadline

    Be glad your council only mandates a 15 percent profit. Mine requires more. That’s why UoS instructors pay the same registration fee as participants.
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    YPT2 deadline

    Yep, same thing here.
  14. Units are autonomous and can do what they want: entire packs can go canoeing, unrelated girls and girl siblings can completely mix with boy dens for all activities and even "unofficially" earn advancement, etc. Troops can make up their own advancement policies including when or if a Scout can have a conference with his SM, BORs retesting Scouts and then denying advancement, having SM, CC and other adults' daughters tagalong on camping trips and "unofficially" earn advancement. The list goes on and on. Another good one is that district and council volunteers are paid employees. So as a District Commissioner, it doesn't matter how many phone calls, emails and meetings it takes with a unit to help them sort out problems, because "that's what you get paid for."
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    BSA: The POLARIS Method

    I have been back to the website, and watched the accompanying videos again, and I still cant decipher what exactly is going on. After further review, it sounds more like it's for professional development.