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  1. Similar here. Scouts is still happening in-person (as least for outdoor meetings and day outings, a state curfew has prevented overnight camping). Many other local extra-curriculars have gone online. We've gotten as many new scouts this school year as last, particuarly friends of current scouts.
  2. I just redid YPT, and noticed a detail I had missed before: On YPT final quiz questions there are explanations about the correct answers. The explanation to Q8 said (emphasis mine) "When sleeping in the same tent, youth must not be more than two years apart in age unless they are relatives." I'd been thinking that I'd rather see a new fifth grade scout share a tent with her eight grade sister, rather than needing to be in a tent by herself, and now I see that that is allowed.
  3. Do I understand correctly that your CO is considering not rechartering your troop? https://www.scouter.com/topic/31928-chapter-11-announced/page/45/?tab=comments#comment-517955 If that happens, will your troop look for a different CO, or will they disband? If your troop looks for (and finds) a new CO, is your old CO happy for you to take your camping gear with you to the new CO? (I've heard of troops around here switching CO's.)
  4. I'm seeing a similar dynamic in our troop at present. Any good advice?
  5. @BAJ, maybe you already saw the post, but @5thGenTexan posted what his council is doing for managing covid risk while camping:
  6. A rule of thumb for girls: (I used this for Girl Scout badge sashes/vests). The mom can estimate the daughter's eventual size based on the mom's size. Girls will typically reach full height about the same age the mom did, by about age 13 or 14, but will continue to fill out a little width-size. So, as a mother, if you wear the same size you did as a college student, try on the sash, and pick the size that fits you for your daughter. If you are a little larger than when you were a college student, then consider sizing down for your daughter. If you are really petite and your husband
  7. Some things we have done since our state and council permitted the troops to start camping again: 1) Prior resuming in-person activities the troop had a mandatory scout-and-parent-must-participate zoom presentation about the covid precautions being implemented. Not once per trip, but once per scout. I think it was helpful. At least the scouts are doing a much better job of social-distancing at scout events that the church-youth-group kids are doing at church events. 2) No carpooling to or from camping trips. Parents must drive their own kids to the camp location. 3) Every s
  8. My take: Yes it is worthwhile, even if you don't fully complete your ticket. The "like minded Scouters" and "enthusiam for Scouting" part was very worthwhile to me. I found it very encouraging to be among other people who were enthusiastic about the program. And who were aiming at the goals of scouting "Citizenship, Character, . . ." with confidence in the methods of scoutings ("Patrol Method, Ideals, etc, etc") as a means to get there. This was especially true for me, since it seemed that in my own unit (and in the boys' troop linked with my unit) the adults have been
  9. GSUSA has shown no interest in co-ed. At least they have been stressing the benefits of a girl-only environment.
  10. They sold they closest in-council camp to where I live. And I don't think that was the only camp sold nationally.
  11. GSUSA has used a lot of different greens. Really bright greens since around 1980. Prior to that forest green (1960's, 1970's) and a lighter grey green (back to at least the 1940's). (This is by memory, I'm not checking dates.) Earlier on they had a very brownish/tannish/olivish color. (See https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-1930s-Complete-Girl-Scout-Uniform-Dress-Hankie-Belt-Knife-Badges-Book/184410370576?hash=item2aefb6f210:g:YlwAAOSwAhtfPaAU) But I've never seen any girl scout uniforms that match the current BSA olive green. And now GSUSA is making pants in a color that look very B
  12. All of our girls were either friends of girls already in the group, or else were "connected to scouts" in some way. That "some way" might be that a relative in a different state was in scouting. Or perhaps a mother had been a Girl Guide in a different country, or been in GSUSA. Or perhaps the father had been a Boy Scout in a different country. Or the grandfather had been a scout. That is, many of these families already had a positive impression of the scout movement. Don't assume that families need a current connection to BSA, or even that the father needs to have been in BSA, for th
  13. I should have been clearer. The initial drivers of the process were two girls (from different families) who wanted to be scouts. These two girls then recruited their parents. Then these two families (the "we") looked for more interested girls/families. We had a group of almost ten girls/families before we had a C.O. picked out.
  14. To get our troop for girls started, first we looked for the kids. If there weren't enough interested girls, then there would really not have been much point in pressing on. Actually, first, my family talked to the several Boy Scout troops in our town, inquiring about whether a girls troop was forming up - and there was not at that point. Another family talked to a Boy Scout troop in a neighboring town. The Boy Scout troops put the two famiilies in contact, and both families started recruiting girls. The want-to-be-scouts talked to their friends. The parents talked to their frie
  15. Note to moderators: this is in the wrong category. Scouts BSA for girls is not "Girl Scouting"
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