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  1. Our troop has a scout that's close to this situation as well. He was supposed to present his project to District on April 2nd, and had his work days planned for mid-April. He ages out in June. Our state closed all the school districts until the end of March, and our local district has said that they would most likely resume in April via online school. Our Council has now told us to cancel everything scouting related - all meetings, activities, etc. - anything in-person - until the schools are back in session. Some of the teachers I've talked to have said that they're being told to prep for the rest of the school year to be online. If that's the case, I'm really hoping that National will issue some waivers because of all this.
  2. We just did this a few weekends ago. Every November we have our annual Tarp & Twine campout, and for the adults that participate in the campout, we do an early Thanksgiving dinner. Most of the food is cooked in dutch ovens or over the fire, and the turkey gets wrapped in foil & cooked in a hole in the ground. The boys are always interested in what we're doing, but none have tried it yet.
  3. Those are patches & segments from Tomahawk Scout Reservation. Our troop promotes the segments for our boys - it gets them out of the campsite & trying things that they might not do without the opportunity of earning a segment (like the 5k rootbeer run). It's also a bit of bragging rights too - there's some very competitive scouts that try for the highest total each year. Now how they wear the segments...that's a different matter. The majority of our boys wear them as pictured in the OP - the middle patch is their first year at Tomahawk, surrounded by all the segments they've earned so far. I've seen quite a few from other Tomahawk troops that wear them on the back of their MB sash. It definitely clutters up the shirt, but it's also been a great jump off point for conversations when meeting scouts from other troops.
  4. Well, we got a reprieve from the fee hike. Next year will not be pretty - with this national fee hike & the talk of getting rid of FOS & moving to the "Program Fee" model, I'm sure our fees will be quite high. At least we get a year to plan for it. http://www.northernstar.org/national-membership-fee-increase-delayed-for-all-northern-star-units
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 $$.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
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