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  1. While this is true, and is something that is indeed related to leadership, you don’t teach someone to laugh at themself by putting them in a situation where everyone else is laughing at them and they are pressed to laugh too to save face. You teach them to laugh at themselves by creating a situation where everyone is laughing at themselves, and so joining in is a positive thing. The best of Scout campfire skits are great ways to teach that lesson, since often everyone in the patrol looks ridiculous in the process and that is truly part of the fun. Sending scouts on hunts for nonexiste
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    A new product idea for your local Scout Store. At the reasonable price of $6.50. <Uniform and insignia are not discounted under this week’s sale price reductions..>
  3. One caution to add to this discussion — at this point, we don’t know how many total cases there were at either of the camps where COVID was reported (this and the other thread), nor do we know all the BSA affiliated camps where COVID cases have been detected. Our troop was at a camp last week and we received notification that there were scouts who tested positive immediately after they returned home and so had been potential sources of spread while they were at camp. I don’t have a link or citation to give you since it looks like there hasn’t been any public report of the events. Beyo
  4. We just got back from camp and there were some scouts with phones, some in our troop. Mostly used them for taking snapshots the way one might have used a camera in my youth to take photo memories of camp (and the quality of cameras on phones is killing the point and shoot camera market, so your troop historian might not have many other choices about recording camp if they are doing their duties) and some for contact with family back home (mixed blessing in some cases). When we had buddy groups of scouts spread about camp when severe weather rolled through, their ability to check in with lead
  5. I have a scout-daughter who has earned a lot of merit badges in a short time — nowhere close to all of them at this point, but more than 50. She (and by saying she I am revealing the timeframe over which it occurred) has done them in all of the available ways: one on one with a counselor, a virtual one on one with a counselor during COVID, in person MBUs, camporees that had merit badge programs, summer camps, virtual summer camps with small class sizes (similar to in person camps), and virtual merit badge classes with large numbers of participants in the class (the 100+ example mentioned.) I
  6. I successfully printed a bunch on the Scout Shop preprinted/preperforated forms this afternoon out of Scoutbook. (I bought out their entire remaining stock from our local Scout Shop today… who would have guessed lots of people would have been printing lots of blue cards right before summer camp season. I should have been more prepared and bought them a month ago). I had to print my last couple out of Troopmaster — I didn’t have their special stock so printed them on blue card stock and cut them out the old fashioned way.
  7. This was my first thought in response to this thread as well. I made a patch recently for a troop activity. I went to a licensed provider, they looked at my design and told me what changes I’d likely need to make to get it approved in the BSA review process. I grumbled a little, but in the end it got approved and so it has the Scout logo on it. They also told me if I didn’t want to make changes, I could take the Scout logo off and it could be made that way without review, my choice. Having been on this board for a bit now, I would be willing to make a substantial bet that if a patch
  8. I second this — my daughter only had a year or so in Cubs based on when she could join, but she had a great time and was never bored. Awesome and dynamic Cubmaster who knew how to connect with the kids, and an amazing den leader who programmed great meetings. Very focused on doing, not telling or talking. She’s been den chiefing pretty much since she got high enough BSA rank to do so (both for a young den, I think they were Tigers and for an older den as well who just crossed over to Scouts.). Two other great den leaders who came up with great “doing” activities. Even the “talking” one I r
  9. I would also add that a SM should not feel any guilt about (and it was unfair of the old SM to criticize) the need to cancel activities when there is insufficient scout interest. We are a small troop and have found ourselves on the cusp of making the decision to cancel an event because we can’t get confirmed participation (or frankly get scouts… or even their parents… to respond to scheduling emails yay or nay.). We’ve been close to having to cancel things because of leader coverage, both just coverage overall and (since we are a female troop) female leader coverage. We haven’t had to cance
  10. I am neither a lawyer nor any sort of expert in this litigation, but reading the threads on this over the last year, it seems like the mismatch of interests between the insurance companies and BSA has been a driver of delay. BSA wants out of bankruptcy fast, but insurance companies interests may be served by simple delay. It has sort of felt like a catch 22 — if insurers feel like they might pay less by dragging out, it is really is in their interest to do so. But dragging out could lead to the ‘BSA running out of money’ scenario that has been posited. If that happens, that clearly hur
  11. Ours do a separate sign off for the requirements, but the AOLs who have bridged can do that quickly. Doing that gets them familiar with the process of getting things signed off (and their being the ones driving that process) but since they already know pretty much all of it it’s a “quick win.” Then the SM conference can happen and talking about that process is part of talking to them about how Scouts is different than Cubs.
  12. Adding to this good news thread with an entry of my own. My daughter had her Eagle BOR tonight and there are now two Eagles in the family. Just a proud dad post, that is all.
  13. While it won’t hit everyone, I would reach out to the Scout Districts that are close to you (not sure what the district structure is in the relevant Council) to mention the event in the announcements at their monthly Roundtable. Whether that will be effective for June events will depend when in the month Roundtable is held though. Not all troops have someone go to Roundtable, but we do in our area and have gone places and done activities based on ideas that came from there. (While we aren’t on your side of the country, my family lived out there for a while and loved your aquarium very
  14. That sounds a lot like the Cub Scout program I went through.... I think Tiger had just sort of become a thing then...
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