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  1. 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?
  2. Over half our girls are teens and may already be full height. Certainly some are taller than I am.
  3. We plan to encourage rather than require. And peer pressure may help. Why both long-sleeve and short-sleeve? You can wear the long-sleeve year round, rolling up sleeves if needed. Besides it mean not needing to put icky sunscreen lotion all over your arms. I've seen the boys doing this. It looks sloppy.
  4. I want not just the scouters to wear uniforms out-of-doors, I want the scouts to wear them, too! How else will the general public recognize that these girls are now Boy Scouts? (A Class B t-shirt won't quite do it, that might make them look like tag-alongs and sisters of scouts.)
  5. There is a "Troop 1" in my district that still wears the town name instead of the council patch. I suppose it helps to distinguish them from the multitude of other "Troop 1"'s in our district, including in adjacent towns.
  6. Even though they say they are machine washable? Or only if you want to look dressed-for-court-of-honor sharp and not dressed for camping? I've machine-washed a fair amount of dry-clean-only wool, generally sucessfully. Cold water and line dry.
  7. I went to the local scout shop and was rather disappointed at the shirt choices. The new Scouts BSA shirts were not in, and anyway appear (online) only to come in cotton-blend. The polyester microfiber was very soft and drapey and felt (and looked) rather pajama-like. I tend to like nylon hiking shirts, but BSA doesn't seem to make nylon shirts any more. (Maybe I'll find one on ebay some day.) But what about the poly/rayon/wool? (65% polyester, 25% rayon and 10% wool ) For those of you who have it, do you like the shirt? Is this a practical blend for the outdoors? (I know wool is often
  8. If you use Scoutbook for advancement records, do you still use something else for calendar and communications?
  9. Yup. Anything that has been previously translated to or from English, and with which he is already familiar with the English version.
  10. By the way, I'd want to steer clear of having the kid translate something from the bible. Too easy for him to pick a passage that he already has memorized in English.
  11. In line with the "absolutely nonsectarian" part of the Declaration of Religious Principle, the interpreter strip requirments could not mean "from scripture". Besides, the other steps are conversation, translation of a speech, writing a letter. Translating something written rounds this out nicely.
  12. I do believe that the current approach allows for local areas to find what works for them. And in my area, its looking like it may go the way of @qwazse's Czech model. In my single-high-school single-middle-school school district the N Boy Scout troops concluded that, due to numbers, it made sense only to have one Scouts BSA girls troop. This troop is now linked to one of the Boy Scout troops, leaving N-1 strictly-boy-only troops. As far as the linked pair of troops: the boy troop and the girl troop have different troop numbers. They meet at the same time in the same building,
  13. How often do you hold a court of honor for the troop? Is it a big deal, with families invited, and taking a whole troop meeting? Is it a smaller affair, simply part of the opening or closing ceremony of a regular troop meeting? If your troop has scouts wait till the COH to get their rank patches, how long of a wait is that? a month? six months?
  14. That's different than in our area. For our troop, the push definitely came from a couple of girls in particular, who recruited friends to participate and parents to volunteer. Then the local Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs stepped up to help, inquiring of their families whether they knew any of any more interested girls. Finally the girls worked out which Boy Scout troop to link with -- deciding between several very appealing offers. In another nearby town, the push came from some high school girls who wanted a chance to do eagle. In this context, our council has seemed sup
  15. If I remember right, you are talking about a new girls' troop? Are you linked to an existing boys' troop? Are they willing to let you use and resupply their "stock" of patches (to spare you the cost of extra pins) at least as you are getting started?
  16. Hi @Ranman328 I bolded some things you said. You may have meant "disciplinary regarding the revocation of a Membership". But that qualifiying phrase did not appear in your prior post, in which you said "you must notify District and Council of any disciplinary actions taken by the troop to a scout." I suspect it may have been an accidental omission, but it has been causing some confusion.
  17. I think we should view this as having been temporarily helpful for the sake of getting the new girls troops started. You cannot start a troop unless you find five girls. The general public already knows that Boys Scouts is a good program for boys. They just needed the opportunity to realize it was for their girls too. (In our new troop, less than a quarter of the new female scouts have a brother already in Boy Scouts. So that was a bunch of new families.)
  18. Hi @Jameson76 Try to remember that "A scout is cheerful". And I really think that there is a more positive view that can be taken that what is coming across in what you said: Looking at this a different way: People think that the last 109 years of the Boy Scouts was terrific. They are excited that girls will now have this same opportunity. Looking at this a different way: We want to both keep the name of the organization "Boy Scouts of America" and also make the new female scouts feel like they belong. And anyway, even though we cannot call the girls who are Scouts "g
  19. Typo there. You mean GSUSA. And I think you also mean "The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts"
  20. @malraux, @qwazse , @MattR, @The Latin Scot , Thanks for the neckerchief idea. It seems like a very good idea. If the girls were going to be wearing the same neckerchief as the boys troop to which they are linked, then I think I would do that. However, at least some of the girls think that they should pick their own custom neckerchief (a large, square neckerchief). And they have not yet had a chance to design that yet. (First official meeting next week after they officially become scouts tomorrow!) I think that I will give them the World Crest, and also their new Scouts BS
  21. It is my understanding that it is worn by all youth and adult members of BSA, and there is no requirement for a scout to do anything to earn the right to wear it. https://www.scouting.org/international/information-sheets/22-330/ I have already read, here on scouter forum, that in the past BSA did have requirements for wearing it.
  22. Can you wear the world crest without wearing a uniform? Why do I ask? Because the girls' uniforms are not yet in at our local scout shop. And our girls will be registered as of two days from now. And they (or at least one of them) wants to be able to show her membership in the WOSM even though she won't yet have a uniform. (I think she envisions temporarily attaching it with a safety pin to her ordinary clothing.)
  23. Also, from the foreword, written by Robert Baden Powell, in Scouting for Girls, the 1920 Girl Scout handbook.
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