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  1. mrkstvns

    Schools & Religious Principle

    Quite a few prayers will be said on final exam day...
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    Christmas trees for conservation projects

    Quite right. As my son's troop inches towards 100 scouts, fundraisers that net $10K don't stretch all that far. It will only help defray costs of $100 per scout. $10K might sound like a lot of cash, but when you have an active troop that sends scouts to summer camp every year, offers a couple of different high adventure treks, and has a very active troop program with monthly campouts, scholarships for things like NYLT training, etc. .... well, we might need something like this project in addition to our other troop fundraisters and in addition to participating in popcorn sales or other types of council-sponsored fundraisers.
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    Christmas trees for conservation projects

    When I re-read the article, it seems apparent that the primary goal here was troop fundraising. I have heard about scouts doing similar projects for Eagle or Hornaday....in those cases the "noble benevolence" is a reasonable element to consider. In this specific project though, the elements of community service and conservation turn out to be by-products of a well-planned fundraiser.
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    Sexual Abuse in LDS Scouting

    It's already happened. Remember the flap over USA Gymnastics and their team doctor, Larry Nassar? The legal wrangling over that has still been going on even as the media focus moved on to other subjects. Settlement for victims in that case is still up in the air... https://www.businessinsider.com/larry-nassar-survivors-reject-usa-gymnastic-215-million-settlement-2020-1?amp%3Butm_medium=referral
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    Sexual Abuse in LDS Scouting

    What I'm referring to is the allegations of institutional-level cover-up. Most of the previous cases that I've read about have involved accusations against individual scouters, but I haven't heard about the "powers that be" in scouting or the COs doing anything to perpetuate the problem instead of stopping it. This systematic perpetuation is what I find particularly heinous. It was disgusting when it was reported that certain Catholic bishops were simply moving offenders to new, unsuspecting parishes where they could find new victims. That's the same kind of situation that is being alleged in the article: That LDS leaders told the victims to hush up while they let the offender go back to the camps they came from, able to offend again. Sure, it might take a while for things to get sifted through. That doesn't change the crux of what's supposedly been happening...
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    Christmas trees for conservation projects

    Yes, I see the gray zone....charity should be done without expectation of an award. Let me ask you a question though: Hypothetically speaking, if you were on an Eagle board of review and the candidate told you that he was able to make some money off the project, which he then turned over to the recipient organization or his troop (i.e., not for personal gain), would it affect how you view the candidate's service project?
  7. We've all seen the stories of abuse accusations against scouters. What many of us might not realize is that the problem may be even more insidious and pernicious in LDS troops, where church elders are alleged to have aggressively conspired to cover-up crimes and silence victims. Story: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-teen-who-helped-expose-the-boy-scouts-child-abuse-epidemic-and-the-mormon-churchs-cover-up
  8. We've had some previous discussions in these forums about scouts collecting old christmas trees for use in conservation projects like beach dune replenishment or soil erosion control in woodlands or stream beds. But these discussions were mostly about doing it for the conservation impact, not necessarily to raise funds. Yet a well-planned conservation project often CAN be a very effective fund raiser. There's a new article in the Bryan on Scouting blog that shows how one troop made this work: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/01/29/oh-christmas-tree-troops-unique-project-blends-service-fundraising-conservation/ I thought it was interesting in that the troop seems to be eliciting funds from seaside communities who want their dunes built up so their community can be more resilient against storms. That's an interesting approach to the "revenue stream" problem. When I've thought about how this kind of erosion control project could make money, I'd only thought about asking families to pay a "disposal fee" for the troop to pick up the trees. I wonder how much a troop might be able to earn if they charged both for tree pickup and for the project execution...Hmmm.
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    Do you "Scout Sunday"?

    In my opinion, that's not only a good way to show reverence, it also shows the community that scouting is alive and well and available in the community. A troop that's really on the ball when it comes to recruiting won't rely just on Webelos bridging into the troop. Being visible in the CO church lets other kids and parents see an opportunity that they might not have been aware of if they were not themselves webelos.
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    Troop Trailer Stolen

    A Boy Scout troop in Ohio had their trailer stolen nearly 3 years ago. At the time, it contained only a pinewood derby track. Police were unable to recover the trailer....until now. Turns out an innocent person had bought the trailer off Facebook and only found it had been stolen when he, in turn, had things stolen out of it and called police to report the theft. Story: https://www.the-daily-record.com/news/20200130/stolen-ashland-county-boy-scout-trailer-recovered-nearly-3-years-later-about-100-miles-away
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    Girl Scout Gold Award Square Knot

    Ancient thread, but I appreciate your updated post....very interesting! I wasn't even aware that councils would approve their own locally worn knots. I think that with girls now allowed to participate in the Scouts BSA program, you might have more interest in these knots for the Gold award. How many councils have approved that gold knot? Just a couple? Lots?
  12. I know everyone here knows that "a scout is reverent", but does your unit do anything special to show it? Like maybe doing something together for Scout Sunday? Well, that time of year is just around the corner, and many units WILL be doing some kind of special event to show reverence and Duty to God. Does your unit have something special planned?
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    "Unofficial uniform"

    I definitely see the value in what you're saying, and agree with most of the points Barkley mentioned. A few other inconvenient bling items of dubious utility.... * sashes (be it merit badge or OA) * epaulets (...esp. with all the stupid little color tabs...) * den chief cords * anything with beads (WB, Cub Scout progress beads)
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    New Cookie for 2020

    Your wisdom knows no bounds.
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    Which square knots to wear and why

    Maybe we also need one that says, "Hey, brand new parent of a proud Lion cub, but I already know everything you could possible say, so don't bother trying to tell me anything"