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    Tree falls, kills 1 scout and injures three others. (IN)

    Just dealt with this on a BWCA trip. My husband & I set up our hammocks with a spreader bar, so we were both connected to the same two trees. The first night went by without incident. At 1:30am the second night, we awoke as we hit the ground when the tree that the foot end of the hammocks was connected to gave way. Still half asleep, we grabbed our gear & finished out the night in the tent. Took a closer survey of the damage the next morning, and found that the center of the tree was rotted out. Thankfully, it fell just to the side of the hammocks - missed me by about a foot. Only damage we incurred was a busted shock cord on the corner of the rain fly closest to the tree - it could have been so much worse though. Definitely taught us to double & triple check the trees we hang from, and to keep SPOT close to us at all times when we're on our BW trips.
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    Merit Badge Workshops and Universities

    This is an issue in our troop. We have a number of scouts that have been attending a monthly program where about 15 MBs are offered in morning & afternoon 3 hour sessions. Every one of the MBs that scouts have taken at these sessions have resulted in a signed off blue card during the session - some of them in highly questionable circumstances. Once the Scoutmaster found out about the cost for this program, and the issues with how they obtain & use counselors, he announced to the troop that he would no longer issue signed blue cards for anyone attending those programs. There's been some pushback from the parents involved, but he's holding firm on it right now. It's a bit of re-education on how MBs are supposed to be done - especially for the parents that are trying to drive their son's advancement.
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    ladies quick-dry uniform-color pants?

    I've opted for Duluth Trading's Dry on the Fly pants. Love the fit, and the pairs I have aren't terribly far off from the official BSA color. Unfortunately, they're as spendy as the BSA ones, but for me, they're worth the extra $$.
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    Eagle Project question... help

    I have to disagree with ValleyBoy. I'm part of our district advancement committee and sit on the project approval boards each month for the district. Depending on how he presented his project to us, I could see it being approved in our district. As others have said, there is no building requirement for Eagle projects, and I definitely don't see this as a routine labor situation. Valleyboy, if he held some kind of a collection drive to collect more Lego sets, would that help his project in your district? As it is, I honestly see enough chances for him to show leadership in the project as it is, but he'd have to be able to articulate it in his presentation. I love that he has a connection to the beneficiary - so many of the projects we see in the district don't have that, so it's refreshing when we have a scout that has an out of the box idea like this come up for approval.
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    WFA: Required or not?

    I know Northern Tier is running a WFA training course this December, and the instructors are NOLS certified. Seems kinda odd for the BSA to say that you need ARC, ESCI, or ACA WFA training when they're using NOLS to train their own staff. If you're targeting a specific HA base, send them a quick email to see if they'd accept other courses. If it's for a troop level activity, I think any full weekend WFA training would be enough. As far as tracking down the courses - ask around at Roundtable to see what other units have done in the past. Your district or council training team may have some leads as well.
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    Virtual Campfire

    This is my 14th year of homeschooling my boys. They both participated as much or as little as they want - it's their choice. Older son earned his Eagle about 3 years ago, and the younger is one merit badge away from his. The only real influence I see is that by homeschooling & not working, as a leader in the troop I'm usually available to head up outings and opportunities that other working leaders might not have the chance to do (high adventure, daytime activities, etc).