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  1. Aims of Scouting are: character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. And the Methods of Scouting are the 8 items I listed.
  2. I am not trying to start a fight, but just out of curiosity, which method(s) do you feel don't apply to or work for girls?? Adult Association?? Advancement?? Ideals?? Leadership Development??? Outdoor Program?? Patrol Method?? Personal Growth?? Uniform??? I don't want to argue about this, I just am interested in your perspective.
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    OA sash lengths

    My snap gave out a couple decades back. I have been using a safety pin all that time. Works fine for me
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    New troop, big problems

    I don't see how your baseball coach experience has anything to do with scouting. Take the new "Youth on Youth Abuse Prevention" Training. It is quite clear that what was acceptable in the past may no longer be permitted. It is a really good course.
  5. Ask the camp for the lesson plan from previous years. When I worked at camp we had to do a year-end report with enough detail so subsequent staffers could run the same program. But not all camps are the same, so just see what resources they have for you. The biggest thing is to keep it fun and get them moving around at least every 10 or 15 minutes. These are going to be almost entirely 11 year olds. Try to be funny and slightly goofy. This will help keep their attention. Silly hats, outfits, or accents can make a big impact. You will probably have a large class size and it will normally will be filled. These are very popular programs. Use whatever staff and adults you can to help manage them. Best of luck. That program can be a challenge to manage at times but also a HUGE amount of fun, and you are making the most impact on these young scouts. You will probably change the life of several scouts this summer, however you likely will never know It or what small gesture you did made that big difference. Just be aware that it happens.
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    New troop, big problems

    Well said @The Latin Scot. I stand with you to protect the well-being of a child. And BSA says that is the obligation of all registered adults.
  7. Congratulations. It is likely to be some of your best scouting experiences. Have fun let us know how it all turned out when you come back
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    New troop, big problems

    @David CO though I think our new friend only learn from this new experience and be more cautious in the future I don't think now is the time to point any blame in @Scoutinglife direction. Don't blame the victim. I know many troops do not want Scouts having cell phones at camp so that they don't call home being homesick without the adult leadership knowing in advance and being able to help. I know of one troop where the first the scoutmaster found out about a scout being homesick was when the parents showed up at Camp during breakfast to take him home. He had called the night before. Given the situation you are in I wholeheartedly agree with your decision to sneak him the phone. I know 12 year olds are often intimidated by adults so if he is scared to talk to the camp director perhaps you should talk to he is pioneering merit badge counselor or other trusted staff member to help him bring up the subject with the camp director. It is a terrible and difficult decision to leave a troop you help start, or any troop for that matter. But we have to do what is in the best interest of our children and other youth. Unfortunately this stuff does happen, I was in five different troops as a scout plus 2 Explorer posts. And my family is on our third Troop since my son joined a few years ago. Ironically I am back with the 4th Troop I belong to as a scout which I only left to find a strong Eagle mentoring program.
  9. The timeline listed above is correct 4 months to start from first class and then 6 months to life and 6 months to Eagle. If you have the time and put in the effort you certainly can do it. I would suggest getting together with a mentor and let your scoutmaster know what your plan is. It will take a lot of focus and determination but is a great goal.
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    New troop, big problems

    I know you don't want to hear this, but Finding another troop is likely inevitable. And I speak from way more experience on this matter than I would like. I don't know how many other troops are in your area, so maybe Lone Scouting is a option to take for At least a while. Still, make those calls. The Council and District should know what is going on, and there should be a record of this. Good luck
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    New troop, big problems

    Contact the Camp Director, your District Executive, and District Commissioner RIGHT NOW. Next time you talk to your son, tell him to go talk to the senior camp staff (program director, area director, or older staffer) and have him describe the issue and ask for help from the camp director and Council professionals. They SHOULD take him seriously and protect him from further abuse while higher ups deal with the adults. If they don't act that day CALL the council office and DEMAND to talk to council Exec about "Youth Protection and Abuse". Should you not get a response call the new national hotline 1-844-scouts1 (1-844-726-8871) There are SO many things wrong with what you have said it needs outside professional help right away. Good luck.
  12. I would suggest you attend the August course, and if they get picky on "trained for your position" go with your Cub Scout job. Waiting will not make you understand what is taught better. It is more likely to have you give preference to your troop's way of doing things and discount what is being taught. GO TO WOOD BADGE NOW. You will gain a lot from it and have greater insight into mentoring youth. Then take ItOLS when you can, it could even be a ticket item. Oh and Wood Badge is the same for Cubs, Scouts, and Venturing adults. In fact your patrol will probably have at least one person from each program.
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    Neckers back in the "news"

    I wish I knew. I have always found the necker one of the most useful scout items available. I actually carry a few extra ones, from previous units, in my ten-essentials bag. I have used them many times as bandages, slings, signal flag, hot mit, sweat band, towel, cold compress, rag, blindfold, sun protection for my neck and ears, dust mask, etc. It is my go-to item for first aid. I try to teach all my scouts how useful the necker is, but many adults and youth seem to have an aversion to it. My NYLT program actually bans them.
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    Theoretically the boy should always be with a buddy. However it could be the case where the Scout had a buddy from a unit in a nearby campsite to walk back from merit badge classes. You could be okay if your site was in Clearview of other camps with youth or adults. Sometimes things just happen but we try to do our best.