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  1. Hey, if the Army wanted you to have a Scout unit, they'd have issued you one!! 😛 Keep up the good work. We all need you.
  2. Oh no...all salary and benefits paid out of the funds from the local council. You can see this on any IRS Form 990 for your local council. If you need a link, post your council, and I'll try to put in here.
  3. Or they have no liability, and stay in it to ride the gravy train of a $200K+ salary until the end...
  4. Yup...I try to steer my Scouts towards the aquatics badges, shooting sports badges, climbing, and scuba. All of those are a blast. And lots of "doing."
  5. Must be "officially licensed" tattoos...LOL
  6. How about tattooing them? https://www.boyscouttrail.com/blog/1358.asp Uh....no.
  7. I think this misconception is part of the reason so many people are reluctant to be MBCs. The training slides from national have in the notes "In order to qualify as a merit badge counselor, prospective volunteers must have the education and skills needed to provide instruction and to evaluate performance. It is also important they are older than the Scouts and are able to set that positive example. This calls for both good rapport and good character. These are the only qualifications the BSA National Council places on merit badge counselors—regardless of the merit badge. Local
  8. Lol, thanks! No, just a jack of all trades, master of none. And lots of different experiences in life, Scouting, and the military. Here are an average 23 that most Scouters could (or should be able to) do without specialized training or being a professional in some field: (NOTE to Scouters...if you cannot go through the requirements for any of these and be able to counsel a Scout, please consider "earning" these merit badges on your own. Yes, you could take at least one merit badge class at Summer Camp or elsewhere! You'll learn a LOT and have some fun, too. They'll make you a b
  9. This was me as a youth... Scouting was my haven. I am deeply grateful for it and all those who helped me survive, youth and adult.
  10. Here, I got the third degree when I submitted my application locally to counsel 60 merit badges. So, I submitted a spreadsheet listing qualifications and experience, including copies of my pertinent certifications. (About 15 pages worth of documentation, just to make the point.) All were approved 😜 And I am about to add another! (and maybe later the Cit in Society.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2OcbeGqbpU&ab_channel=Fledermaus1990 The average person could do at least 10 or so, comfortably.
  11. The "proof" required totally depends on your local council or district, depending on who is approving MBC applications. There is good discussion and guidance in the Guide to Advancement 2021, starting on page 40 (Section 7) This is a good read, and recommend you take some time to digest it. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf
  12. And the second photo of Bill Gates with Jeffrey Epstein was definitely faked...you were right to remove the post. But there are other real photos of the two together, just saying 😜
  13. I care. There is no punishment I can think of that would fit the criminals who hurt you. And, BSA engaged in, and continues to engage in, despicable practices in dealing with this. There is no final healing for those of us who bear the psychological scars of abuse. We carry them always. I'm reminded of mine often, and you endured far worse than I, and live with yours daily, as well. I offer you my tearful empathy, and an admonition that we survivors can help prevent this from happening to others.
  14. No one said anything of the sort... You read too much into what people write. Take their words at face value. If you think they are implying something, or being vague, ask a direct question to get a direct answer. Your method is combative and attributes words and ideas to people that they simply did not state. It does not win friends, nor influence people 😜
  15. Also, here is a former- Southern Region Area 2 map with all the Summer Camps around you. Zoom in to see the triangles nearest you. Then shop around for a camp to take the whole family to for a Provisional Week. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/designdevelop/maps/SR-Area-2-March2019.pdf
  16. Wow, just looked through Camp Alexanders Guide for last year....no leader discounts... Compare to Ten Mile River in New York...see page 14 of the pdf...(numbered page 6 in the footer)...we took 32 Scouts to camp last year...all 7 adults were free. (Additional adults $230 for the week) https://tenmileriver.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2021/04/2021-TMR-Complete-Leaders-Guide.pdf
  17. Those prices sound fairly standard... Some suggestions: 1. Check that camp's Adult Leaders Guide. There is often a free adult per xx Scouts provision. If they have that, lobby hard with the Troop to use that to reduce your expenses. If they push back, then, 2. Go to camp locally with your kids as part of a Provisional Troop (is that the Maverick program you were talking about??), with you "volunteering" as the Provisional Troop Leadership. If both you and your spouse go the same week, then the camp can offer that week for girls provisional, so it's an advantage for the ca
  18. Doesn't say Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, or Merchant Marine, for those who follow letter of the law 😜
  19. Any number of ways...with an established form of ID... driver's license, passport, or other state or federal issued ID. No established ID? OK, now it's time for fingerprints...
  20. There you go trying to inject common sense and practicality into things again! Will you never learn? Maddening isn't it??
  21. Sounds like things are on a good track... except for one thing... The Committee and adults should not have put you in the position of having to figure out what to do with the girl troop/patrol. They are supposed to be entirely separate, and choose and run their own program. But, as you have found, the reality can be quite different.
  22. Fingerprints can change due to physical injury (burns) or intentional disfigurement, as well. https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/US/crooks-erase-past-erasing-fingerprints/story?id=11236512
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