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  1. All good advice! If you choose to participate in some activities, plan on waiting in line for some of the most popular ones (ala Disney). Bring something to occupy your time while waiting (or make friends and chat!) Get two portable batteries for your cell phone. Fully charged before departure. (Make sure you have a charging cord to connect portable battery to phone, and a spare cord, too! Would be best if all your connections used the same type cord... make that investment.) Take lots of pictures. Camp security is no joke... A Scout is Trustworthy. 50,000 ARE NOT! I
  2. I have seen all the above... Years ago, in the dim ages.... we had an SE that directed the OA lodge to staff and run a council camporee, on pretty short notice. The LEC discussed it, voted on it, and decided no, we cannot do that. SE said, (paraphrasing) Look at at the glossary of names in your OA Handbook. See the one that says "Netami Gegeyjumhet"? That means Supreme Chief of the Fire. That's me. And, you must always remember, the Supreme Chief of the Fire can put the fire out!" We staffed the camporee... and it was pretty good, too 😜 https://oa-bsa.org/article/ask-c
  3. That looks exactly like the first backpack I bought from Sky City department store (1979), using money I'd earned mowing grass over the summer! The program has change immensely, but enjoy!!
  4. LOL, yes it is 😜 Technically, only "entities" can "own" property, including money. Unless you incorporate your unit, it cannot "own" anything. If our COR ever wants a financial statement, we would subtract out of the bank account balance any monies paid by Scouts or parents into Scout accounts. Any monies fundraised belong to the COR. All property and gear belong to the COR. Now, they cannot just "take" your funds and put it in their general account. If your unit has a bank account, only the signatories on that account can dispose of the funds. If our COR demanded our cash, we
  5. You will not find a clear cut answer to the question. And the question is really, "When does the Cub Scout program end?" Here are various answers you could find supporting arguments for in the literature: A. 11 Years old. The reasoning is this: There are three criteria for joining Scouts (you must meet one to join): " 1) ...at least 10 years old, currently in the fifth grade and register on or after March 1st: 2) OR have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old, 3) OR are age 11 but have not reached age 18." Although the criteria do not specifically say
  6. Nuanced doublespeak... "encouraged to avoid ... joint participation in community events or activities" You could interpret that to mean Girl Scouts are "encouraged to avoid" placing flags on veterans graves because BSA units are there doing it at the same time.... hogwash Or, you could interpret that to mean Girl Scouts are "encouraged to avoid" walking in the Memorial Day Parade because BSA units are doing the same. ("Encouraged to avoid" is too slippery,,, just say "prohibited" or "shall not") Same interpretation applies to "...exclusive to the Girl Scout program" I
  7. Thanks, but the memo cited only outlines risks. It prohibits no interactions.
  8. Concur. And your thoughts on COR guiding this, versus SM?
  9. Explicitly? As a parent of a Girl Scout and a Boy Scout, and working as a volunteer with both units, I never heard such a prohibition.
  10. To be clear... how many Scouts are in the unit? I am wanting to assume from the OP that there are 8 Scouts, which begs the question of why you have an SPL position. As for the issue at hand, get the Scouts together, define the problem, and guide them through working it out. And this is not a COR issue.... this is an SM issue. Unless the SM is recusing because one of the Scouts is his son? Even if that is so, I'd say the next stuckee is an ASM (do you have one?) More information, please...
  11. No need to remove ceremonial inductions, signs, symbols, or watchwords... All those may be observed and preserved
  12. Peoples all over the world have used arrows and archers as a symbol. English Longbowmen (Robin Hood) (William Tell actually used a crossbow, and he was Swiss) Odysseus (Ulysses) etc. etc. https://www.worldarchery.sport/news/175753/archery-and-gods-kings-myths-and-legends
  13. You jest, but that isn't all that bad... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_and_Clark_Expedition
  14. The first ones were in black robes. Here's a pic from the birth of my home lodge: You could easily ditch the headdresses. And you do not need a fictional story of Native Americans to promulgate ideas about Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, and Service. You could easily find stories to demonstrate these during the Colonial period, or during the American Revolution, or the westward expansion, etc. It should not be offensive to find and tell a story from some native tribes to demonstrate these principles, either. They need not be from your area particularly, since you are d
  15. There you go, trying to use logic again. Silly goose...
  16. We always announce the results of the election selection, as call-outs are hit or miss in our council. Mostly miss. That way, we make sure our candidates get the info they need when they need it, to make the timing for Ordeals.
  17. Yes, he has become quite the Outdoorsman! And I do like this award. I would put the level of difficulty above Eagle Scout.
  18. @Leehoden, that is the National Outdoor Achievement Award (NOAA). That is something different. Several NOAAs are required for National Medal for Outdoor Achievement. (NMOA) Look for the medal requirements in Scoutbook. or here: https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement-and-awards/noa/
  19. I had to call an old friend who works the store in another council. She found one for my son. eBay will probably be best source going forward. My gut says, since so few have earned the award, I think they may either discontinue it, or have only one source at National.
  20. uh, James Dale... BSA vs Dale They DID revoke his membership because he is gay. And that Supreme Court decision still stands. BSA may have changed their policy, but the right for a private organization to define its membership standards is law. https://www.mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/61/boy-scouts-of-america-v-dale
  21. You are correct... The system is not currently designed to keep track of Riding miles nor Aquatics hours, each of which are counted for the National Outdoor Achievement Award (NOAA). I helped my Eagle Scout keep track of his in Scoutbook. Specifically, under the basic award for each NOAA, there is a comment which contains a log of all activities related to that award. Sorta looks like this: - 150 miles Horseback riding and Cycling during Cub Scout activities ( from Cub Scout records kept) - 30 miles - ATV Program, Summer Camp - 17 Jul 2017 - 10 miles - Cycling - Be
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