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ValleyBoy last won the day on November 12 2017

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  1. ValleyBoy

    Required Worksheets?

    We except both. The question is what do you do if the youth loses there scout Handbook.
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    Required Worksheets?

    I can understand your concern. With our Troop we also give each youth a folder that stays at our meeting location that includes a sheet will the rank requirements that the scout is working on. Each scout is responsible for keeping a record of each requirement that he has completed. Yes this record can be recorded inside the youth scout handbook but the reality is that youth lose there handbook all the time. We do have a special needs youth in our troop an we make sure that his worksheets are updated since he also is not able to complete the worksheets. I do not see the worksheets as being additional requirements for each rank advancement as long as the worksheets only include the requirements as listed and no additional requirements. If the requirement is completed at our scout meeting it is recorded during the meeting. If it was completed during a camping trip/activity it is recorded at our next troop meeting.
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    Cub Scout Uniform Changes

    I agree that it can be expensive when the Webelos has not out grown his blue cub scout uniform. But also remember that an scout uniform never becomes an unofficial scout uniform. therefor since the blue cub scout uniform has been a official Webelos uniform it will always be official. Just from this I would not require the uniform change until the youth has out grown his cub scout uniform. Just my two cents worth.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    This old Eagle Scout is still learning new skills inside scouting even after being back in the program for over 15 years. Or it might be that I am so old now that I have just plain forgot stuff as I have grown older so it now seen new all over again.
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    New Member

    Welcome to scouter.com
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    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    Before the change on gay youth with our troop it was a subject that we did not bring up or discuss. Since the change it is a subject that the adult leadership has discussed. Kids will be kids an make dumb decisions at times and our normal scout is attracted to girls for the most part so as a program we have rules in place that hopefully if followed will keep dumb decisions from taking place. The issue that our adult leadership has discussed concerning gay youth within the Troop is that know, how do we deal with boys that are attracted to boys. and what rules do we need to put in place for this issue. As a troop we have not had to face this issue but it is a concern. As far as Gay adults, nothing has changed with our troop with the BSA policy change.
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    Scout Dishonesty During an Eagle Project

    Correct. Reasons why this is correct. The project was approved by the unit committee and the Scoutmaster. The issues above about the scout meeting with a specific person to reviewed the proposal and photos of the project should have been address before the unit committee approved the project. If the unit committee has questions about the status of the project they need to ask the SM not the scout.
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    Chartered Organization not a Legal Entity?

    I do not see it as the school district taking over the PTO. Also I do not see it as the PTO not being able to manage there own finances. In our local school system every parent group that supports any activity for any of the schools in the local school system has to use the school system PO system for any funds paid out of the funds that they have inside there account that is held by the local school system. I have never heard of the local school system not writing a check for the PO that any of the groups have generated as long as they have the funds inside there account with the school system. I know the local band boosters have generated a PO on Tuesday evening and had a check in hand to pick up supplies needed on Thursday.
  10. ValleyBoy

    How do you end your Troop meetings?

    We also circle up joining hands right arm aver left then sing the first verse of Taps which are: Day is done, gone the sun, From the lake, from the hills, from the sky; All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Then we say this short prayer. Now may the great father of all good scouts be with us till we meet again Good Night.
  11. ValleyBoy

    Ordeal in 31 days, oh my

    The above could be done by other lodge members that are not part of the ceremonies team.
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    As a former Cubmaster, I would have concerns about any cub scout attending pack activities with any non-family member without another adult family member present. The reality is the only persons that a background check is preformed on are registered adults inside the scouting program. The difference between your father and your ex-husband attending events and your boy-friend attending events with your son is that the boy-friend is not a family member.
  13. ValleyBoy

    Down sleeping bag + Nikwax

    I have had my down sleeping bag for right at 40 years had have not had any problems with the bag except have to make a repair on the zipper about 10 years ago. Also I have never done any waterproofing to the bag. And yes the bag has gotten wet due to a leaky tent during a rain monsoon. Three inches of water inside a tent will do that. Was not by tent but I will always remember that night. Biggest thing is to take care of the bag. by cleaning it and when it does get wet to dry it out.
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    Origin of the Eagle Pledge and Eagle Charges

    It is the Youth that has reached the rank of Eagle Scouts Court of Honor. Therefor in our unit we plan the ECOR per the Scout and his families wishes. Some know what they want included, others have no idea. As a unit we assist the scout with the ECOR. and try our best to plan the COR according to the scouts wishes.
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    Troop Camping Locations

    Excluding summer camp, our troop usually only travels as a unit about once a year for a camping trip. Those camping trips are mainly the ones that it takes over an hour to get to the camping location or the location is very hard to give parents directions to the site. Most of the sites we camp at are less than a 45 minute drive and we have the parents bring the scouts to the camping site. We do this mainly to not have to wait until 6:30 or later on Friday evening to leave on a camping trip to when all the parents get off work.