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Everything posted by mrjohns2

  1. Napowan will be sold off by the PAC (merged old Chicago Area plus others). They recommend going to Owasippe. https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Camp-Napowan-Property-Update.html?soid=1127193000603&aid=9Y0yimgjomo
  2. As a youth officer who ran 4 or 5 ordeal weekends, this was true for boys. Especially when we held our ordeals in late October. Our opinion was "these are First Class Scouts". Not all seemed to have learned the skills a First Class Scout should have.
  3. Especially when a unit has its own EIN, opens banking and savings accounts with people unrelated to the CO, and has no reporting or auditing done by the CO. Are these really the CO's assets? Show me where they could assert that? They don't control accounts, they don't make withdrawals or deposits, and they don't audit them or provide any oversight. Nor do they really know of their existence. The Girl Scouts are very different in that each year you have to file a financial report and reconciliation. Our GSUSA checking is technically a sub account at a local bank. I almost had 350 units st
  4. Thank you for the update. I had not heard about this latest news.
  5. We ordered these inexpensive knives from Amazon for $13. They cam with a sheath.
  6. That is a funny statement. There is no "setup" since it is in Internet Advancement which uses the my.scouting / Scoutbook login. The training hasn't been released, nor has the sandbox environment, maybe that is what they mean? It won't be "open" for recharters until 10/15.
  7. The OA is not a unit activity. Not at all. So, it has nothing to do with the CO.
  8. I found the formatting of the screen and software objectional. It seem slipshot.
  9. The concerns are there, but there is no pre 1975 history. Also, some orgs are "dam the torpedoes" types that are willing to shoulder the burden of risk.
  10. Those uniform infractions are up to one’s unit. So, most adults don’t have “much right to say” anything about a youth’s uniform. The SPL and SM of the troop do, though.
  11. There isn't an official ratio of adults to scouts on a Scouts BSA campout, right? Just "the appropriate number registered leaders beyond 2 for the activity" or something like that? I couldn't find the ratio for Cubs when I looked for campouts. Is there one from national? Or is that just local? Thanks for the help!
  12. Awesome! Do you have 4 other girls ages 11-17? My 2 cents after being a girl troop SM for 2 years and now CC. Don’t make them a patrol of the boy troop. Let them be their own troop. Please.
  13. I had about 7 to start, but they were very formulaic and required me to only do 5.
  14. Bouncing around on awards center, commissioner awards, and the training awards page it looks like the Scouter's Training Award is for Unit Scouters and District Committee members only.
  15. <re-read, agreed with @David CO's critique, deleted>
  16. This is not true. Many schools in our council allow this. It may be a local thing for you and for me.
  17. It is my understanding the bankruptcy documents say 2023. With that said, a few weeks ago I got a survey from national if there should be a jamboree in 2022, 2023, or 2024 if I recall. I don't know if anyone knows for sure.
  18. What would you talk about? That I should self insure? That I shouldn't volunteer if it involves risk?
  19. Many people I know at work have an umbrella of at least $1MM and they are not involved in coaching or Scouting. Many sport coaches I know do the same. Friends of my daughters come over to the house all the time. It all depends on your level of risk tolerance, future earning potential, and current net worth. Not that I am wealthy, but the fact I have a good salaried job that could be garnished until retirement. Not the future life I am looking forward to.
  20. Our troop is still relatively small and new. If we hit a 25% increase in sales, we get a lot of benefits. For us, that is $2000. When we hit $2000, all of the sales will be at 41% share AND we get 3 adults free for camp. With the value of adults, we will be getting 65% share. So, it is very worthwhile foe our troop. I can see where hitting a 25% increase would be hard for some, so they will be at the 35% level.
  21. How are your packs getting the word out about join nights? We did a table at school open houses, but had very few interested.
  22. This is how industrial safety is managed. We call it “the relentless pursuit of zero”! We set targets, expectations, etc. is it hard? Yes. Is it based on behaviors? Yes. Do people hate following the rules? Yes. Do we get bette? Yes.
  23. Same here. I just felt it was prudent.
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