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AVTech last won the day on November 2 2018

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  1. We run our Troop as a nut-free zone. Scouts carry 1 EpiPen, a leader carries the 2nd. We have trainers on hand (one comes with each package of EpiPens), and we have trained EVERY SCOUT how to administer each type.
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    Reporting progress on NOVA awards...

    In our town, every student from grade 6-10 has an iPad, and 11-12 have Chromebooks. The school system uses Google Apps as a platform, so they are all better at this than the adults are.
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    Reporting progress on NOVA awards...

    We use Excel spreadsheets to track partials for things that Troopmaster, Scoutbook, etc aren't good at. For example: the multiple rides in Cycling Merit Badge Req. 7Ab and 7Bc. The Scouts have no place to track these rides. We keep them on a Google Drive for ready access, but as the MBC for that badge, it is most helpful for me, so I can "nudge" the Scouts that are close to finishing up.
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    Cyber Chip Sign off

    Actually, #2 answers my question. The thing that I was tripping over was the number of activities, other than meetings, that a Scout could possibly participate in while still in 5th grade, which is when most Scouts crossover from Cubs.
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    Cyber Chip Sign off

    The curriculum is based on grade, so a 5th grader would likely be using the Cub curriculum, regardless of program. That is why I am asking how a 5th grader is working on Star.
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    Cyber Chip Sign off

    Please explain how a 5th grader is working on Star? That doesn't seem right...
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    Eagle Board of Review (Appeal)

    Easy is, of course, a relative term. For the motivated Scout, earning Eagle Scout at a young age isn't a big deal (as long as their leaders can keep the helicopters at bay). My son earned his Eagle at 16.5. He is the first Scout in our Troop to not wait until 17.99 in over 4 years.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    In my daughter's case, this isn't a joke. She desperately wants an outdoor program, but the moms in our upper-middle class town just don't do "that sort of thing". So I am stepping up to give her the same opportunities as her now Eagle Scout brother has had.
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    New girls in Scouting

    The info I got was that internally, the linked Troops would have either BT or GT in front of the number.
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    Two Deep - Married, Related ok?

    As the person that apparently has created so much controversy... My wife is my kids' stepmother, if that makes a difference... The other points I would like to make are 1. We will most likely NOT be the only 2 adults in the room, especially since our calendar and that of the boys' troop are pretty much running in parallel and 2. The reality of the situation is that the work is always done by those who show up. It is now November 18, which gives us 90 days to launch, provided we get 5 applications. I am also going to insist on maternal participation to build a team of fully-trained female leaders so I can step aside at some point, and see where I can be of he most help in my town/district going forward.
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    New Scouts BSA marketing video

    Just FYI, on Tuesday evening, I stepped down as Scoutmaster of my son's Troop to become the Scoutmaster of my daughter's Troop. It is a linked Troop (well, it will be on 2/1/19), using the same chartering org and Troop Committee. My wife is the ASM. I will be posting the heck out of this video and the other info on the new BSA branding site on local social media and getting articles in the local papers and school communication portals to recruit. I am also getting a head count from my DE of the Webelos 2 girls in all teh surrounding towns that don't have a planned Scouts BSA program for them to cross into, so we can go talk to them. These girls should have a Troop to cross into, and we're just the people to offer it.
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    broken lantern globes

    We have also retired our propane lanterns in favor of LED. A set of 4 AA batteries lasts forever, and they are very bright. We didn't have globe issues, but it seemed that every time we took them out of their storage bags, the mantles needed replacement.
  13. We have had similar issues with door to door donors cleaning out old food. We had a smaller but still significant amount of very expired canned goods. I don't understand what goes through people's heads. I think that cash donations would be good for us to add to our flyers as well.
  14. Most of the event patches I have seen in recent years have a button loop on them already. Just place them over the button on the pocket flap and then push the button through its hole on the pocket to secure it.
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    Totin Chip

    Your Troop Instructors should be able to set up a proper ax yard during a Patrol Meeting or Troop Meeting and run Scouts thorough the required training in less than an hour.