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  1. Chris1

    Scout canoeing, how far in a day

    20 miles is a big ask. Figure 1 to 1.5 miles per hour. I went to Swamp Base this summer, our longest day was the first day, at 19.2 miles and we all were feeling it. The agea of youth were 13,15,15,15,16,16. I would start with a short section the first day, and maybe work up to 10 or 15 miles.
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    Help! I’m having trouble advancing

    I agree with what was stated by the others. Don't get so focused on rank that scouting is no longer fun. If you really do have Eagle Scout as an important life goal, talk to your scoutmaster, or other adult leader about it. You have enough time, but you are right in thinking you have to focus and get things signed off. One of the best things you can have is a mentor who will help you plan your path, and keep you going. Best of luck to you, and keep having fun.
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    Sea Shell necklace

    sounds to me like a local tradition. Nothing wrong with that. When it comes to necklaces and add-ons there is quite a bit of we went. The main rule is don't overdo it and don't have it be distracting. @MikeS72 that is a good rule of thumb, but just don't tell anyone in micosay that they can't wear their necklace, unless you want a big fight. Now there are quite a number of things that cannot wear on the uniform, including Eagle mentor and parent pins. These are specifically stated in the guide as non-uniform pieces. You cannot make special color loops for your epaulets, custom or spoof knots and trained patches are not approved.
  4. I agree, that it is largely the adults telling scouts that they want dining halls. I think it is more for their own comfort than what is in the best interest of the youth.
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    Camps Where SCOUTS Cook Meals

    A quick search shows that the camp in the article is being sold. Too bad. Rickenbacker Side, Bear Creek Scout Reservation (TX) has only 6 of its sites for patrol cooking and troops have to plan meals and bring their own food.
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    Camps Where SCOUTS Cook Meals

    Your from Texas, right? We get a lot of troops from Texas coming to Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch. I think many are from the north end of the state, but we get troops from all over. You are always welcome.
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    Camps Where SCOUTS Cook Meals

    Unfortunately I have seen that a lot from adults in the past several years at several troops. Camp Dietler gives scouts a great experience, and highly recommend it or other patrol-cooking camps that may be closer to you. At Dietler the scouts get to know the staffers as they rotate, eating meals with patrols. Yes even the camp director eats what 11 year old scouts cook. Patrol method summer camps is not about the number of merit badges one can earn, it is about growth as a team and as individuals. Too bad so many people don't understand that, and focus only on how many merit badge sessions there are. I also find the food at patrols is far better than at dining halls.
  8. Chris1

    My Way Or The Highway

    Few CORs have much involvement or understanding of the troop, so the lack of urgency doesn't surprise me. I have been in similar situations, and there is no easy or clean solution. Good luck.
  9. 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.
  12. 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.
  15. The camping requirements change as of August 1st 2017, to what you read in the new book.