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  1. Chris1

    Swimsuit Patches

    Put them on the right or left sides as specified. Exact placement is up to you. Those I have seen place them around hip to waist level on the front. If you have numerous ones that go on the left, I have seen them wrap around the side and up. I think one criteria for placement many women use is place them where it does not draw attention to areas you don't want guys to focus on.
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    NYLT Syllabus Question

    All adults and youth staff have meals with Patrols rotating through. My Council does five per year. Typically we have had around 20 youth staff and 11 or 12 adult staff for each week. Yes it is a bit staff heavy, found some attempts are being made this year to reduce somewhat.
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    Methods in Scouting

    I think thee most important of the 8 is whichever one the unit is ignoring. Often this is Adult Association, which is probably the least understood of them. They all should be balanced for the unique needs of each scout.
  4. One solution yes have some other guy or you offer to be scoutmaster for the girls Troop.
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    Incident Reporting for What?

    I think for most of us the behavior has to be repeated and serious before it goes beyond the troop. Or if it is of a sexual nature or use of a weapon. Minor offenses of occasional language or sneaking a Playboy are technically against BSA policy however I feel they should be on an individual basis usually at the troop level.
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    Eagle Scout Extension for new 2019 Scouts

    This is where Sydney starts to loose my support. This is one push too far. BSA has now given her the opportunity that she has been asking for, too be able to earn Eagle Scout even though she will turn 18, and now she wants her Eagle now. I understand the frustration she (and a number of Venturers I know) have about not being able to count camping and activity they have already done. But the fact remains that she didn't complete ALL the requirements, which include signatures from council, and being a member of a BSA troop. Webelos do not get credit for camp outs or activity they do before they join a troop either. Sydney should thank BSA for giving her the opportunity to EARN Eagle, and then work on it next to the thousands of other girls starting today.
  7. The camping requirements change as of August 1st 2017, to what you read in the new book.
  8. The bigger problem is the power and influence Some of the SMs have at District and Council levels. They are above the law, and fill course staffs and programs with like-minded friends. If anyone has the audacity to give them any type of feedback, or point out policy, you can be sure to be blacklisted and retaliation will continue for some time. Oh and don't expect to ever get an award at District or council level. I wish someone would take action, but council seems to look the other way. I have wondered how many good scouters drop out due to these self centered SMs.
  9. I am so sorry to hear of this. The fact that the child is your own son does make this a bit more complicated and delicate of a situation. You may want another adult perhaps committee chair another ASM or Charter organization rep to stand with you or even take lead in lead on this situation. You may even want to call in a district executive or District commissioner to consult. As I think we all know, voice of this age can the very immature and make extremely stupid choices. they do not think of or realize the possible ramifications of their actions. Although the boys I'm sure will say they were just joking around, and didn't mean anything, the fact of the matter is that those actions easily landed them with felony charges and even permanently on the sex offender registry. They need to understand this. This goes well beyond inappropriate and unScout like Behavior. Each boy should really be extremely grateful that you did not immediately call the police and press charges against them. Accessory to sexual assault is still pretty serious. Parents of each of the boys needs to be involved as they are minors. From what I have read, it is my understanding that you do not wish to involve the legal system at this point. As a parent this is your call, and I believe I would probably made a similar decision. The boys should know however that had this incident happened on a scout activity, there would have been no choice but to immediately report it to the Scout executive and police. Do not, I repeat do not, have the SPL give any details if you have him apologize in front of the Troop. This in itself it's not the Scout Way and maybe against youth protection. We do not single scouts out in this manner. Having him apologize four acts that were not in line with the Scout Oath and law is probably sufficient. Just be careful, so that it does not appear your actions as scoutmaster have anything to do with you being the father.
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    Alternative Camping Structures

    My Explorer post in the 1990s used 1 or 2 GP-mediums.
  11. Oh and ILST twice a year at 3 to 4.5 hours each = 6 to 9 hours. But it is all worth while.
  12. Weekly: Troop meeting (2 hours) Misc. Planning, calls, and emails. (2hrs) Monthly: Troop camp out (5pm Friday-noon Sunday) (43 hours) Roundtable (2 hours) Troop Committee Meeting (1-2 hours) Annual: Summer Camp (1 week) High Adventure Training (University of Scouting= 8 hours)+many others for a probable total of 20 hours per year Scout Show, (planning, prep, setup, attendance, and cleanup. ) (12hours minimum) Order of the Arrow. At least 2 weekends per year Then, you can have a bunch more if you get involved in: Commissioner service Multiple units District Council Training staff Activity such as Camporee, University of Scouting, NYLT Staff, Wood Badge, Popcorn Sales, OA Chapter or Lodge. (particularly in elections or ceremonies)
  13. Advancement requirements are exactly the same. Scouts in LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) units do not pay registration fee, dues, or for most campout costs. They are only allowed one fund raiser per year, and there are restrictions on the types. It is not important to know the specifics, but you may want to clarify what the troops does. This may help ease the shock of annual registration fees and unit dues. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints troops do not camp on Sundays, therefore the leave camp Saturday night. For those who are not members of the church, the change to camping through Sunday likely won't be an issue, but it may be a problem for members. Talk to the parents Boys join the troops on their 11th birthday, and become a member on "Eleven year olds" which is basically run as a separate patrol with limited interaction with the rest of the troops. Scouts are only allowed 3 nights of camping while age 11. Eleven year olds can NOT attend summer camp. Many boys in Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints troops do not have much experience with the patrol method, or youth leadership. Not many Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints troops are involved in Order of the Arrow Adult leadership in Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints troops are selected and called by the bishop (paster). This means many Scout Leaders do not have a youth in the program and did not volunteer for the position. So you may want to explain your troops needs for parent involvement. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints troops are typically quite small with only 1 or 2 patrols. So a troop of 40 or 60 or 100 Boys may be a surprise. All boys age 11 to 18 in the church are registered in Boy Scouts, this means a larger percentage are there because they HAVE TO not because they want to. So they me be surprised how engaged your scouts and parents are. So there are some differences of which to be aware, and to explain to prospective scouts and parents. But there is nothing too hard to deal with.
  14. Chris1

    Boys-only weeks at camp

    @shortridge then I really hope you don't belong to Heart of America Council.
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    Boys-only weeks at camp

    So if I read that right, only one of the two properties will allow girls at all. And they get segregated 21 camp on One session. So that's 14 out of 15 for all boys and can only go to 1 camp on the last session which in my experience is the least desirable. The last session being mid-july will be the hottest particularly in Missouri, and the staff often is tired worn out and not nearly as enthusiastic as in earlier weeks. And based on my understanding of requirements for Mic-o-say no girl will be eligible this year and won't be able to become full members for another couple of years. Presuming my understanding is accurate, if I were involved in a girl Troop I would feel slighted. But maybe that's just me.