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  1. I have been a part of a council merger that had strengths and weaknesses in both councils. My old one had a strong central council while the one merging had strong districts but weak central council. The merger was rough for some but I think it really came out well for everyone involved in the long run. The leadership of both councils wanted to get a single vision for the new council and all move towards a common goal. They had brain storming meetings within every district that was open to everyone. I attended one in a different district and was amazed how well everyone was looking for th
  2. It is a good story (from Nebraska here.) I believe the weather had an affect with the number of parking there. The grounds were saturated so much that cars couldn't park in normal parking spots.
  3. If you are going to be around the Boston area, take a look at these hiking trails and patches you can still earn today. Boston, MA including the Freedom trail. All of these trails have patches and medallions that can be purchased and worn. http://www.witchtrail.com/wtctrails.htm The Bedford Flag trail is administered by a different location. Their link is below. https://troop194bedford.wordpress.com/bedford-flag-trail/
  4. I was part of an EBOR in which the conversation with the young man was not easy. Most youth from this council wait until they are about to age out for their EBOR. This was one of those cases. It became evident really early the kid was really only doing scouts and trying for the eagle because of his father. His father being an eagle scout really pushed the kid to get it as well. While talking about the project and other scouting activities it always came down to "something his father pushed". It almost seemed as all communication, activity planing, rank advancement was because of daddy.
  5. I think the more scary issue for me is the Judge basically let the whole thing off cause this kid was from a "good family" about to go to a "good school" and also being an Eagle Scout. Here you have the victim having to deal with this and the kid is given a slap on the wrist. This is a stain on our justice system in this county. The character of the individual should not be a reason to get a person off, it should be the facts of the case (in this case a video that was sent around and also langue of the texts from the individual) I am glad to see the judge is no longer on the bench and the
  6. Reviving this thread about recommended Massachusetts summer camps. For a new Scouts BSA troop of girls new to Scouting (but not all new to camping) have you any recommendations of great camps readily accessible from the Boston suburbs or the middle of Massachusetts? In particular any comments on recent year's experiences at Resolute, Treasure Valley, or Wanocksett? The closest one to Boston in the suburbs is the Camp Sayre or also known as New England Base Camp. This location was the camp at the old Boston Minuteman Council in Milton. There are places for camping and cabin
  7. I was part of Spirit of Adventure council when it was created. There has been an attempt to resurrect units in the Boston city limits. Boston was basically nonexistent. I am greatly impressed with the council leadership move towards getting units in the city going again. Better to have kids be involved in something fun instead of on the streets taking part in crime. I am surprised to hear about the Dorchester unit. I was attached with a unit in Concord that "adopted" that unit and not only gave resources for them, but time and worked with them as if they were their own unit. Is it reall
  8. Found this blog on the American History page. The battle between Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts is as old as the programs started. Nice pictures though. A Scout By Any Other Name By Tim Winkle, Amanda B. Moniz, and Amelia Grabowski, March 12, 2019 In May 2018, the Boy Scouts of America changed the name of its program for older children to Scouts BSA and opened membership to girls for the first time. Girl Scouts of the USA initially responded to the change by emph
  9. With the merger of Boston-Minuteman council and Yankee Clipper, there was a special council strip that was offered for a while that included the town, a reference to the old town strip that is alluded too. It was listed under the council strip. It looks nice done that way. This is what it roughly looked like.
  10. For registration purposes, the lone scout may work here. There are no other female cub scouts in the den, there would not be the required number for a den to be formed. Be sure to check out the link on Lone Scouts through the BSA site https://www.scouting.org/commissioners/lone-scout/ Make sure you speak with the unit commissioner. If you do not have a unit commissioner, contact the district commissioner. Their role is to help leaders of units. They are a great resource to ask for help
  11. Found this story out there from Daniel Webster council. Shows you are never too late. https://www.wmur.com/article/former-police-officer-becomes-eagle-scout-35-years-after-completing-project/25851789
  12. Here is what is listed through the Western Massachusetts Council Sorry for the breaks and length. Bachelor Degree Prerequisites: Current registration as a Commissioner, Current BSA YPT Certificate, Completion of "Commissioner Basic Training" Course Requirements: Completion of seven courses of instruction, at least 5 of the courses at the Bachelor's program level Roundtable Bachelor Degree (some councils require 2 year commitment) Prerequisites: Current registration as a commissioner, Current BSA YPT Cert. Completion of "Roundtable Commissioner
  13. I currently reside in the Mid America council (MAC) but I started going to commissioner colleges when I was an ADC in Spirit of Adventure on the east coast. Here in MAC, we partner with two other councils (within Nebraska) to run the college. It is of course open to any. They are going through the program to make it more interesting, useful and exciting for people to WANT TO COME. We will see how it goes. When I was living around Boston, I attended the Western Mass Council in Springfield MA every year. This was an incredible experience. It is done so well I have heard that National allo
  14. Just a thought to the top tier camping locations (Philmont, Summit, Sea Base and Northern Teir), Why not open these locations to the public? This could ease monetary considerations with the scouts. Plus it would expand our presence with those not in scouting. It can be good marketing and service. I look at what Spirit of Adventure Council (Boston MA area) has done with Camp Sayer. They have made it a place open to all organizations to visit and attend. I have been at woodbadge the same time a YMCA youth group was camping in a cabin. A great way to reach out to those not in scouts.
  15. Here is a letter that has come from Mid American Council. It looks like they were given a form letter and updated to each region. Just sharing. Good evening, I am sharing yesterday’s Wall Street Journal article stating that National BSA has hired a bankruptcy attorney in light of the costs of defending sexual abuse lawsuits. In a communication released yesterday, National BSA reaffirmed its focus on keeping children safe and delivering our nation’s foremost program of character development and values-based leadership training. BSA stated its
  16. Just a reminder, Chapter 11 bankruptcy is not the end of a company or program. It is a restructure of debt and finances. I don't think the scouting program will go away. Now on how national works its finances, that is a different story.
  17. I personally love the knots over the left pocket. I use them as conversation starters. There is an app out there that explains what they are and for what, both active and retired. I chose to wear the knot, including the "unofficial" wood badge bead knot, because of a safety issue. It is flat against the uniform and out of the way. With the sea badge pin, it could get dislodge and then you have something poking you. For the wood badge beads around your neck, can you see where I'm going here? If I'm in some high adventure activity, think the ropes in the trees as an example, I don't want
  18. Summitdog. I am like you. I went through WB and I still "don't get it". I read and hear from multiple sources different views, but my own experience, I still just don't get it. I don't care about beads, I don't keep in touch with members of my patrol, I don't care about the games that were done. In fact it was one game that actually made me wonder why I was there. I hardly got anything positive out of it from the leadership mentoring side. It is actually making me question doing Sea Badge (I don't wanna do a WB for SB)
  19. Hi all. I received my notification just recently that I was selected to help the IST team. Being a single adult, with no children of my own, that helps the scout program to give back to an organization that has given me so much, it is the only way I can attend. I could use some help. What are some good tips, knowledge or wisdom that you can share for attending a Jamboree of this size? I haven't done National yet so this is the first big event within the scouting program. I'm just looking for some tips to have a great experience at the WSJ while I technically can't participate in a lot of
  20. I completely agree. Glad they are starting to test it away. Interesting view points from those that commented. I didn't understand "Game Theory" until I saw the TED talk by Simon Sineck, If you like to hear it there is a video on YouTube I recommend. Once I started to study "Game Theory" I realize how counter productive WAYC was. I heard of some stories in the business world of this game and they are not done right either. Game Theory is a perfect view of many different areas of contention. I believe the game just gets people upset and doesn't provide as much benefit compared to negativ
  21. There are a few historical trails around the Boston metro area that you can receive a patch and medal to wear on the uniform. The following link provides the information on how to order them after completing the hikes. Happy hiking. http://www.witchtrail.com/wtctrails.htm
  22. I did not like this game during my WB course. I really questioned wither I would come back the second weekend. I know a few did not and it influenced them. I understand the point of getting through the storming phase, but it wasn't debriefed well to us. It was one of the factors that ruined my experience with WB. I just got my ticket done and left it in the past. I flatly refuse to do this game ever again regardless of it being in scouts or the real world. I believe this section of the course needs to be readdressed and possibly altered.
  23. I always enjoyed visiting the Green Mountain State. I've been to Barre a few times and that sounds like a neat idea if they want it. Suprised to hear about the modern granite statues. I've never seen them. I'll have to look harder the next time I'm in town.
  24. This is an all too common story no matter what council you belong too. I would just politiy remind the new parents, if you don't have adult volunteers, you don't have a unit. How you found the one new volunteer, great keep it going. Do what you think you have to to get the help you need to keep a unit functioning. In regards to the MB, I would not even listen to the parents in this case. MB's are supposed to be initiated by the scout themselves. It is there responsibility, not the parents. It is designed to help them build courage to talk to new people and build social skills. If they
  25. I came from small town rural America in Nebraska. For us it was just something to get. Go to ordeals, get to brotherhood and basically just wear your sash at special events. Part of the problem for us is the chapter meetings where you can go and interact with other arrow men, was 15 miles away. Also, most didn't have a car by the time they got in. My parents and I'm sure most others would not want to drive out of the way just for an hour or two meeting for their kid and sit in the car (so to speak). If I was in a larger metro city I may have been a little more active, but when growing up
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