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    Snow Days?

    Around here, the school district calendar lists the last-day-of-school-assuming-five-snow-days. Parents are told by the schools not to make any summer vacation plans that start before that date. If we have more than five snow days, many families pull their kids out and school and go off on scheduled vacations, or sent their kids to scheduled camps. Attendence is low and not much work is done on any make-up days beyond the anticipated five.
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    "Pencil Whipping" Requirements

    Any good advice on how to do so?
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    "Pencil Whipping" Requirements

    @Ranman328, it looks like you were right to be concerned about this new unit. If a kid has a requirement signed off, knowing that he has not actually completed it -- or if a kid has a requirement signed off by an adult who tells him he did it, but the kid later looks up what is required and realizes he has not actually done what was required -- this is discouraging and demoralizing. It also casts doubt on whether others who have that badge/award have actually done the work. I have seen this problem far too often in a different youth organization. The question is how to instill in the scouts a sense of pride in accomplishment, of pride in mastery of skills, so that they will refuse to have something signed off until they have truly mastered the skill or otherwise completed the requirement. So that they will Be Prepared and will have skills they can use when they Do a Good Turn Daily. My daughter has quoted me a snippet from a mid-twentieth century fiction book about Girl Guides, in which advice is being given to Guides who are wanting to just squeak by their requirements: "All the same, it's poor satisfaction to go round labeled as a First Class Scout, and then, when an emergency comes along, find yourself shown up as a Tenderfoot. We might know inside the Movement that a First Class Scout was just a Second Class chap who'd scraped through a dozen extra tests by the skin of his teeth, but outside people couldn't be expected to confine their expectations to the Book of Rules, could they? If you wear a First Class badge they'll expect to find the First Class sort of Guide inside your uniform every time. They'll look to you to take the lead when things go wrong, and if you aren't expert at the sort of things they connect with us Scouts and Guides -- woodcraft and First Aid and all the rest of it -- you'll see them raise their eyebrows and smile a bit, that's all." quoted from Cherries in Search of a Captain, by Catherine Christian.
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    I Was Against Girls in Scouts.... But

    And the advantange of an all-girl troop using the BSA materials, (instead of materials from "another national scouting organization"), is that since BSA has camping and outdoor skills built into the rank advancement progression, such a troop will attract girls who want to go outdoors and camp, enabling those girls to find each other. It avoids the all-too-common problem of
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    One week. Six hundred new girls’ troops.

    It helps to live in a populous school district. A couple of girls were initially interested. They recruited several more from their pool of friends. All the boy scout troops and cub scout packs in the school district communicated with all their families that a new girls troop was forming, and inquired about interested sisters and/or friends. This found several more girls. There were also info notices put into a local paper, and posters put up around town -- but this did not turn up much interest. Going forward, the cub scout packs are planning to help advertise for us at their cub scout recruiting night. (This will also show prospective girl cubs that there will be a scout troop for them when they get older.) Are any of the parents of the girls willing to be trained to be the SM?
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    New Troop Open House

    Thanks. I have a couple of questions about your presentation. With a single-patrol troop why have both an SPL and a PL? What are the distinct differences between the roles in that setting? I seem to recall other discussions here which came down opposed to having both in a single patrol troop. This is a practical question for a newly organizing troop.
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    Lot's of questions

    Would I be reasonable if I told a scout, who had just been studying a picture of a knot in the handbook, that she needed to wait to have her knot-tying skill checked off? (None have tried this yet. Hope none do.) That is, can I expect them to know it cold?
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    "Pencil Whipping" Requirements

    Unless it is a group of very highly motivated 16-year-old Venturers who are working very hard to try to reach Eagle. In such a situation, whether they are self-motivated could be assessed by talking to them.
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    Decorum And Acting Scoutlike

    These is a saying "never attribute to malice what can adquately be explained by incompetence." How about considering accepting that some people genuinely misunderstood you and were not trying to take your words out of context?
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    "Pencil Whipping" Requirements

    Most of the scout rank requirments are "repeat from memory . . .", "explain . . .", "describe . . .", "demonstrate . . .", "show . . .", "tell . . ." All these things could have been memorized/learned/mastered prior to 1 February, and simply demonstrated that day. The three requirements that take more time are #2 (attending one scout meeting) #6 (the YPT pamphlet exercises with a parent, and the cyber chip) and #7 (the scoutmaster conference). These girls could have been planning and learning for over a year since October 2017! They could have persuaded their parents and scoutmaster to go along with the extra effort needed by the adults to schedule in time on 1 February for the adults to listen to this all in a single day. (YPT pamphet and all the scoutmaster conferences.) Remember, these girls have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting, to be able to join the B.S.A. 15 months can feel like a very long time when it is 10% of your lifetime. I certainly know of new female scouts who looked ahead last year at the rank requirments, and starting working on learning skills they would need to know to pass them. Not that my new troop is so organized at the troop @Ranman328 encountered. As I pointed out to my scouts, none of them will be able to earn scout rank until after they select a patrol name, emblem, yell, and flag.
  11. I have tried to set my unit's beascout pin to show an "Alternate Unit Description" by doing the following 1) filling in the text box labelled "Alternate Unit Description" with the desired description, and 2) under "Fields Displayed On Unit Pin", ticking the tickbox labelled "Alternate Unit Description" Yet my alternate unit description is not showing up, even though all my other changes to the pin are showing up. (I have observed an overnight delay in any changes appearing on the beascout website.) Anyone know how to fix this? Or even who to ask for help? Why do I want to change the unit description? Because the council added a prefix number to our troop number, and I want the unit description, that prospective families see, not to display the confusing prefix number.
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    poly/rayon/wool shirt?

    Thanks, but I saw those before posting my question. They seemed to be about a different shirt: poly/wool with no mention of rayon, and dry-clean-only instead of machine washable.
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    Scouts BSA Uniform for Leaders?

    Me too.
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    poly/rayon/wool shirt?

    We've been off on a tangent. Back to the orginal topic: anybody have any experience, good or bad, with the poly/rayon/wool shirts, whether long-sleeve or short-sleeve?
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    poly/rayon/wool shirt?

    Over half our girls are teens and may already be full height. Certainly some are taller than I am.