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  1. Thunderbird

    From National: Official Name

    It makes me sad that younger boys will now never get to be Boy Scouts.
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    From National: Official Name

    Not only that, but it immediately brings to mind "Scout Me Out" (which actually rhymes). This was not a well-thought out marketing slogan, but they probably spent millions on it.
  3. Thunderbird

    From National: Official Name

    Somebody else made this point earlier, but it kind of makes the youth in this program: Scout Scouts
  4. You were lucky, then. Nobody I know in my district got a survey. And I certainly haven't seen the results of any surveys.
  5. Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner.
  6. How many millions did the BSA pay to some Madison Avenue "Mad Men"-style advertising agencies to come up with "Scout Me In"? It immediately brings to mind "Scout Me Out", because those words rhyme.
  7. Thunderbird

    Family Scouting Update

    @mashmaster So it sounds like they're going to rename the Boy Scouting program?
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    New member with issue

    Being on the pack committee and attending pack committee meetings are two separate issues. And packs can have joint committee / leaders meetings, if they want to. JMO, but I would just focus on the bullying issue. In your meeting, be specific about how exactly you think your son was bullied.
  9. Thunderbird

    New member with issue

    Advancement records are usually reported to council - not district.
  10. Thunderbird

    New member with issue

    I would recommend going to your council office and asking them for a copy of your son's records. Bring his handbook and pocket certificates (pocket cards) with you.
  11. Thunderbird

    New member with issue

    When you say "committee meeting" do you mean "district committee meeting", "council committee meeting", or "pack committee meeting"? There are different levels.
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    New member with issue

    You should be able to do a search on your council's website to find out the name of the Scout Executive there.
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    New member with issue

    Personally, I would go to your council's Scout Executive (SE). If your son is being bullied, you've already tried the Cubmaster and the district. The SE needs to know what's happening.
  14. Because previous guidance from the BSA on the Totin' Chip is: "This is a decision for troop leaders, and I’d recommend including your senior patrol leader in the discussion as well. Set a standard, and enforce it. " https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/08/13/ask-the-expert-is-cutting-corners-off-the-totin-chip-allowed/ Cub Scouts are not Boy Scouts. The guidance does not have to be the same for both age groups. Cutting corners can be an effective communication tool to issue warnings for minor infractions. Different troops can have different policies.
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    Cub Girl Uniform

    @qwazse It's difficult to tell with only a partial side view, but I think it might be the Cascade Pacific Council patch.
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    Equipment Decoration

    The National Outdoor Awards can be worn as a temporary patch on the right pocket, so I think it would be fine to go on the back of the sash (if that's what the Scout wants). https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2010/08/23/bsa-national-outdoor-awards/ The Outdoor Ethics Award (patch) is also a temporary patch.
  17. "5. Complete at least 50 hours of any combination of swimming, canoeing, fishing, fly-fishing, kayaking, rowing, scuba, small-boat sailing, stand up paddleboarding, water sports, or whitewater activity under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including time spent in requirements 2 through 4. A gold device may be earned for each additional 25 hours of aquatics activity listed in requirement 5. A silver device is earned for each additional 100 hours of aquatics activity. The youth may wear any combination of devices totaling his or her current number of hours of aquatics activity." The device requirement refers back to requirement #5, and requirement #5 specifies that the listed activities have to be done under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America. It's a judgement call, but I don't think it would count. You can send an e-mail to Member Care (myscouting@scouting.org) and ask, though.
  18. I think the intent is for the activity (time on the water, hiking, etc.) has to be related to Scouting somehow. Interpreting ‘under the auspices’ in National Outdoor Awards requirements A “BSA unit activity” may include some individual efforts not part of the group: e.g., a pre-conditioning exercise where all unit members commit to and actually ride their bikes X miles a week prior to a big troop bike ride. It is not meant to include activities that the Scout undertakes that are unrelated to Scouting — e.g., family or church group camping, running as part of the school cross-country team, etc."
  19. Thunderbird

    What's A Good Water Bottle?

    If you want a water bottle that does a good job of keeping your water cold / somewhat cold after being out in the sun for 6 hours, I highly recommend a Hydro Flask. They aren't cheap, though.
  20. By "next Aug." do you mean August of this year or August 2019? Just curious.
  21. If that's the case, then they should be able to show the council's written policy.
  22. I recently did the new YPT training (online). I don't recall it mentioning the Totin' Chip or ripping corners.
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    Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    The standard for Cub Scouts is "Do Your Best". It sounds like she's in a den by herself? Perhaps the best answer for your daughter is to do the requirements with another den. It's not her fault that she's the only member of her den, so do what's best for the Scout and do it with another den (if another den is available and willing).
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    Significant youth protection changes

    The written policy makes sense to me, but the new online training seems to contradict it.