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ValleyBoy last won the day on November 12 2017

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    Eagle Scout 1978
    OA Lodge Chief 3 years.

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  1. I watched a facebook live from my local council yesterday and the numbers given was 3,000 and something boys registered in the council as of end of September. The number of boys registered was 5 more than at the same time last year. The number of girls that had registered as of the end of September was 285 if I remember correctly. Also over 60% of the adults registered had completed the new youth protection. In my district 71% had completed the new youth protection.
  2. ValleyBoy

    Time between rank

    Our unit counts time in rank year round. Most years we have one weekly meeting after summer camp which is usually near the middle of July then do not start meeting again until school starts back which is usually the 2nd week in August. then we do not meet from the middle of December until the first of January. Added together we takeoff 6-7 weeks a year just depending how the dates fall on the calendar.
  3. ValleyBoy

    Scouting Magazine - betting the farm on girls

    Our Charter organization at this time charter a troop and is in the process of chartering a coed pack. The discussion has taken place about starting a "linked troop" but the 2 troops even thought they could meet at the same time and place will not meet together.
  4. ValleyBoy

    Tough Times in a Troop

    A Big thank you for dealing with this issue.
  5. I have been a member of many of my districts EBOR. To my knowledge we have never turned down a scout for the Eagle rank that has come before the board. We as a board know from reviewing the Eagle application and Eagle Project that the scout has completed the requirements for the rank of Eagle. Yes we have had one or two paper Eagles come before the board but as long as there paperwork was in order and the scout did not state that he had not actually completed all the requirements for the rank of Eagle the scout has not been turned down by the board.
  6. I have seen this in the past were a Pack that's Charter Organization was a church required that the adult volunteers had to go threw this process to be able to meet at the church. In this case it was the same requirements that all the church members that worked with the youth in the church had to go thru also. As the other two posts above this is not uncommon.
  7. ValleyBoy

    72 hour rule

    I can see being registered with the troop but when it comes to packs I do not see where this should apply. My reason is the following. Excluding Webelos the only over night camping that a cub scout can participate in is family camping where a adult relative has to attend. My council has a fall family camp (3 weekends) and a spring family camp (1 weekend). Packs do attend and reserve campsites but all registration for the event are done by each family not the pack.
  8. ValleyBoy

    Background checks - concerned parent

    7 or 8 years ago we had a volunteer who's background check came back with him being in jail in another state. Local county sheriff wrote a letter to our council that the volunteer was not the same person that the background check came back on. At the time I believe the background checks were ran on full name, sex, and birth date.
  9. Learned yesterday that the Life Scout had the wrong date listed for his Life board of Review.
  10. This boys Troop has a good SM who's work load has keep him out of town to a high extent the past several months. The boys from his troop that come before the board are usually better prepared that the boy that came before us last night. Also the Troop does not have a strong Troop committee. After the meeting last night the 3 of us that sat on the board talked about this youth and the consensus was that he is just one of those youth that keep putting thing off and thinks his effort will be enough to get him by. One of the members of the board has been to summer camp the past 2 years where two troops have gone in together so has seen this scout in action. The boys father seemed to understand the information we gave to both of them last night and did not seem upset.
  11. We had two Life Scouts present there Eagle project to the district advancement board last night for project approval. On the first Life Scout we had no issues with his project and therefor gave the scout district approval to start his Eagle project. On the second Life Scout we had two issues with his Eagle project the first was that project had not been signed as being approved by his unit committee. We have had this issue come up in the past and usually what we have done is go ahead and review the project but inform the scout that we could not give district approval for the project until after he received unit approval. District approval would be given for the project at that point by the scout contacting one of the district advancement committee that he presented his project to for approval. The second issue we had with this Life Scout was that his Life Scout Board of Review date listed on his project application was 5 days less than 6 months before his 18th birthday. Both these two issues were discovered while we reviewed his project workbook before the Life Scout came before the board. We then called the scout and his father who was with him into the room and explained to both of them that if the date of his Life Board of review was correct that he would not have meet the time requirements for Eagle before his 18th birthday. We still reviewed his project with the Life Scout with the hope that he had the wrong date listed for his Life board of review.
  12. Per the article he became Life Scout in February and started the project in March.
  13. This Life scout did not receive the rank of Eagle Scout due to a Technicality. He did not achieve the rank of Eagle Scout because he did not meet all the requirements to earn the rank of Eagle.
  14. ValleyBoy

    Membership Removal Procedures Booklet

    Correct. The SM of my troop informed me that he had contacted our Scout Executive about a volunteer that lived in our district but was registered in our neighbor district that name was in our local newspaper that had been charged with child abuse. The SM called because it was his duty to report to the council that this volunteer had been arrested and charges had been filed against the volunteer. The volunteer has been removed from the program by the Scout Executive. The SM and myself really like this volunteer and knew him as an asset to the scouting program and hope that there is nothing behind the charges against this volunteer.
  15. ValleyBoy

    What do you want the District to do for you?

    As the father of a special needs daughter and a adult unit leader about the only thing the district/council can provide is assistance in advancement changes for the special needs scout. This process thought the same the changes will be different depending on the special needs of the scout. Also the accommodations within the unit for the special needs scout have to be looked at on a case by case manner.