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  1. SSScout yes, the fundraising plan should be part of the approved project plan and it's one of my concerns with booking a fund raiser far too early.
  2. Qwase - when you refer to District sign off you do you mean the proposal or fund raising application? Our District Advancement Chair signs fundraising applications on behalf of the Council.
  3. So you wouldn't allow fund raising dates to be booked until after both the proposal and fund raising application have been signed? Congratulations to your son on his project! Yes, asking volunteers to work in oppressive heat isn't easy. Good luck to him.
  4. With the Scouts home since mid-March there has been an increase in the number of projects both within our Troop and District. They have had a lot of free time! Unfortunately none of the projects are for the Charter Org.
  5. The Scouts are raising anywhere from $500 to $1,000 depending upon the project. My true concern is being fair. We have more than one Eagle Coach in the Troop and I want them to be able to say to our Scouts that they can ONLY reserve dates on the calendar after XXX is done.
  6. We have 10 Scouts in different stages of their Eagle Scout projects in our Troop. At what point in the process do you allow your Scouts to reserve use of your Charter Org. meeting space for fund raising? We want to be fair but of course everyone wants it for this summer! Thank you in advance.
  7. As a new Committee Chair I had consulted my UC regarding a volunteer's request to perform multiple roles in the Troop. The UC agreed that it would be inappropriate, but then outright accused me of having a personal issue with the volunteer. This was completely untrue as I had just recently met the volunteer. And this was my very first conversation with the UC! This same UC also sits on the District Advancement Committee. He recently chaired a District EBOR for a Scout he had prior interactions with (as his Troop's UC and as a merit badge counselor) and had told others that he went into the Board with the opinion that he was not going to make him an Eagle Scout - and the Board didn't. So much for District objectivity... Let's just say that my DISTRICT Commissioner is wonderful and is now the only one I will defer to if absolutely necessary...
  8. Our Troop will participate in our Charter Organization's service on Scout Sunday. My church holds their own Scout Sunday and the Scouts are the altar servers, lectors, ushers, and gift bearers for the Mass. Last year we had 100+ Scouts. We attract Scouts from other local communities because their own churches do not hold Scout Sunday services and because our religious emblem recipients should be recognized in a church setting.
  9. Yes, it is justified. Several parents in our Troop had to meet with two of our ASMs to update them on the poor behavior of three or so Scouts. They were completely unaware, even though it has had a significant negative impact on some of our other Scouts. These are the same ASMs who have said that the Troop 'doesn't have a bullying problem'. We had a recent public event and afterward we were contacted by a local Cub Scout Pack to report on our Troop's abusive treatment of their Webelos. So yes, I believe it is justified.....
  10. If you could start over, which Troop management software would you pick? Our Troop has never had a website and in developing a new one we would like to incorporate other functionality into it as well. We currently have an email group platform for communication, polls, document storage, and photo storage. The Troop currently uses TroopMaster for advancement tracking, but not to its fullest potential. We are considering the following: Trooptrack, TroopWebHost, Scoutmanager, Troopkit, SOAR, ScoutTrack. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  11. Scouters, what words of wisdom would you offer a Scout in a Leadership position in his OA Chapter? Participation is so low that at some meetings they barely have enough members for a flag ceremony. The Scouts remind members of meetings through email and text and have invited members to provide feedback on future events to make the meetings more fun. How would you try to increase participation?
  12. Our Troop covers the cost of registering all of our adult volunteers.
  13. Our Troop has 50 boys. Right now we have six Eagle Service projects at varying stages. Generally speaking, the candidates invite the whole Troop to help them with fund raising, however when it come to the actual project, some of the Eagle candidates have been handpicking the Scouts who will work on their project. There are some boys who would like to work on certain projects but they aren't invited to do so. What are your thoughts on this? If we are focusing on leadership development, shouldn't we ask the Scouts to manage people who aren't their best friends?
  14. Our COR asked me to take the role. I am in the process of taking the online training. The Committee needs a lot of organizing!!
  15. So after a few months without a Troop Committee Chair I have been asked to fill the role. I was initially very hesitant because we have had a lot of drama and turnover recently, and it is not an ideal situation to inherit. However, someone has to do it, and do it well. 😉 Tell me about the best Troop Committee Chair you have ever worked with and the qualities and skills they had which contributed to their success.
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