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  1. malraux

    Blue Cards

    Scoutbook is nice, and works pretty well. That said, do I really trust the BSA IT infrastructure to not garble something eventually? I'm not even sure I trust major data companies entirely, and that's their main job.
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    Blue Cards

    I still have my blue cards from 25 years ago...
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    New Calendar Year Party

    Our pack has an ice cream social with the first pack meeting (which happens right after recruitment). We also give out stuff earned over the summer then, work on bobcat stuff, etc.
  4. Does anyone have any advice or experience for running a combination of BALOO and IOLS? Looking around it seems like a fair number of councils/districts are doing it that way but I didn't know if there are any pitfalls with this. My district has trouble getting enough people committed to a BALOO course for it to work and I was wondering about if combining would help us. It seems kinda silly to have two similar outdoor training courses that repeat almost everything.
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    When to step away

    18 years of being a volunteer is plenty. No shame in stepping back at that point.
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    Den Leader Guides 2015 edition vs 2018

    The 2018 changes are pretty minimal, mostly being phrasing. Though at this point I'll never remember what the webelos camping adventure is supposed to be called.
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    Which square knots to wear and why

    Going away might not be the right word, more like consolidated. Instead of a tiger knot, del leader knot, webelos knot, there's a single knot that you can earn devices for. I personally like it, as it would be a bit weird to rack up a row of knots for a few years of den leader. Similarly, the different training knots for different programs have been consolidated as have the unit leader ones.
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    Den Leader Guides 2015 edition vs 2018

    They are mostly the same, though the new ones incorporate the inclusive language (ie scouts rather than boys) and updated requirements. If it's a budgetary issue, then I wouldn't say its supper important (except the bear as it got the most change). That said, if your unit uses scout book, the new login as den leader option allows you to grab a pdf of the leader's guide. It's not as useful as the physical copy, but it can let you see what has changed. (login as den leader, move/swipe left, click on leader's guide.) https://pigeonpost.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Webelos-Leader-Guide.pdf Is one example. You can change the file name to get the different versions. Note to mods, this isn't hidden or embargoed as near as I can tell, the scout book system appears to want the leader guides accessible. It's not like a cryptic illegal file sharing site.
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    Den Chief Responsibilities

    No, nothing about being a den chief should involve this.
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    Youth Protection and Bankruptcy

    The rumor was that the BSA was waiting till after WSJ to make the official bankruptcy declaration. Given that WSJ is upon us, I guess we could see the bankruptcy declaration soon.
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    Eagle Project: Survival Kits

    School buildings have lots of regulations about how the entry and exit points are secured. That would be beyond the scope of an eagle project to change.
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    Crossover schedule

    I'll be the den leader for 1st year webelos this upcoming year. My goal is to have everyone ready (or at least have the possibility of it) by January of the 2nd year. I don't see any reason to stick around earning lamer versions of merit badges instead of going out and camping.
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    Great Examples of Girl Troop Successes

    This is likely coming from online gaming culture, which is incredibly toxic.
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    How realistic is it for a Cub Scout to earn everything?

    Especially with webelos scouts, one could delay crossover and continue to earn electives for quite a while, but that means they are going on to a troop relatively late.
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    Balanced Advancement Timeline Goals

    Agreed with @ShootingSports, the thing to do is focus on requirements, at least through 1st class. So look at the different first aid skills and set timelines on those, same with camping skills, cooking skills, etc. The important element is learning the skills, not getting the piece of fabric, so look at the different actual skills.
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    Balanced Advancement Timeline Goals

    Others can probably address this better, but there's really two different sets of ranks in a troop. The Scout through First class represent gaining of basic competency in the outdoors and the scouting program. Those can go quickly for someone who already has lots of outdoors experience, or slowly from someone who isn't as competent. Star, Life and Eagle represent gaining leadership experience from positions of responsibility and well roundedness from earning merit badges. That can go quickly if the scout is determined, or more slowly if developing those skills just needs more time. All of that said, the pace of advancement should be the choice of your son, and not your job to make the schedule for him. If getting to first class takes two years, that's not a big deal. Someone else who joined at the same time will probably beat him, but it really doesn't matter as long as he's having fun, and growing as a person.
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    patrol patches

    Is worrying about adults wearing patrol patches or not a good example of adults being a bit to ocd? Kinda seems like it to me.
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    patrol patches

    I’m pretty agnostic on adults wearing a patrol patch. I can see the reasons both for and against. The guide to awards and insignia makes it clear that it’s really for the youth, but wearing an old goat or a rocking chair patch seems to me to honor the idea that the adults, even if they implement a version of the patrol method, are really there for a different purpose. That said absolutely the adults should be in a different group than the youth.
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    STEM Nova Awards for Cub Scouts

    One other good place for the Nova awards is part of Cub Scout Day Camp. Our science and nature person this year for my Day Camp has run through some of the Nova stuff. It gives a cool and different sort of reward for attending day camp. (still will have to follow up with scouts to be sure they do the required reading/watching).
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    Policy on going through scout totes

    NCAP HS 508: Specific Requirements of the Standard: A . The camp requires that all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications be stored under lock (including those requiring refrigeration), except when in the controlled presence of health care staff or other adult leader responsible for administration and/or dispensing medications . All bsa camps will require prescriptions to be turned in as part of the standards of running a BSA camp. So even if in general they could keep medicines, at summer camp they cannot. this does not cover the issue with the SM going through their stuff, which i think could be handled better.
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    12-Year Old Earns Eagle

    https://tradingpost.classb.com/official-licensed-bacon-ninja-patrol-patch/ theres 2 different patches...
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    religious emblem square knot

    certainly before 91. My 87 printing of my webelos book has the knot in it. But I suspect its much older than that.
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    Protect Yourself Rules - New Training

    I would imagine some clarification on this when it gets rolled out formally. The cub cast discussing this made it really clear that the protect yourself adventure was going to happen fairly soon. The yo-yo one was a possible one. So I’d imagine there will be more guidance when it happen. I could see either argument being right, that it does and doesn’t substitute at the troop level.
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    Protect Yourself Rules - New Training

    Given that this replaces cyber Chip, it’s just better videos over bad videos.
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    lots of day camps happening in general parks though. In general though yeah, the dining hall is the severe weather shelter.