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  1. Another provision many councils do not support units for...
  2. Don't think you will find one. Totally agree with anyone who sees vaguely written policies as a problem. And yes, G2SS and other policies are vague in many areas. You all realize the G2SS and many other BSA policies are written vaguely intentionally, right? It gives the BSA more legal wiggle room if things go wonky, or so I'm told by my lawyer friends. I pointed out many of these discrepancies to council and national reps, and this messenger has been shot multiple times.
  3. OK, so the permission slip is NOT REQUIRED by BSA, except for flying activities. This is written right on the form itself. "The recommended use of this form is for the consent and approval for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and guests to participate in a trip, expedition, or activity. It is required for use with flying plans." https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/19-673.pdf If your unit policies or your CO requires it (or even your council may dictate), then it is REQUIRED. Now, having previously had a law professor as our CC, I picked his brain
  4. No. The reason is that your CO must approve all adult leaders. For example, since a CO may exclude unit leaders from serving their unit who do not meet with their own religious or sexual orientation standards, you cannot simply pull a leader from nearby troop. "Registration Requirements The chartered organization representative, or in their absence the executive officer of the chartered organization, must approve the registration of the unit’s adult leaders. Registration includes: Completion of application including criminal background check and mandatory Youth Protection
  5. I meant overall for the entire camp...if you jack up the prices 150%, you can expect utilization to fall... (And it's only $17 a head if you have 12...) Our camp did the same thing several years ago...in addition to putting in electric and gas meters on each facility. You pay a rental fee up front, and an electricity and gas usage bill at the end based on the readings (with a little extra tacked on) Now, do you have any idea what it costs to purchase and install power and gas meters on 8 buildings? What do you think the payback time on that cost is? SMH So, instead, most
  6. Exactly...we had two Scouts "team up" to do a local project like this at a place of worship. One did the benches and the other did the raised stage and rostrum. The projects were complementary and were done at separate times. One Scout (the stage and rostrum) won the ESSP of the Year locally... A few observations: 1) Wrong focus: It is not about the project!!! It's about the growth of the young person. Use any and all of these situations for growth and learning how to deal with setbacks and competition. Teach him to look for the win-win instead of the win-lose. See #2. 2)
  7. You can call your local Scout store and ask to order a neckerchief, woggle, and beads...cannot do it on line, as they are "restricted" items. Items 2213, 2173, and 2175 https://www.scoutshop.org/catalog/product/view/id/663/s/wood-badge-tartan-neckerchief-2213/ https://www.scoutshop.org/wood-badge-woggle-neckerchief-slide-2173.html https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33066/33066_Training_Awards_WEB.pdf?_gl=1*12ys5s*_ga*MTI0MDc0MzQ4LjE2MzQ3Mjk1NDM.*_ga_20G0JHESG4*MTYzNzM2ODk3My4xMS4wLjE2MzczNjg5NzMuNjA.
  8. "Coffee is gone" πŸ˜ˆπŸ‘ΏπŸ˜‘
  9. OK, understood...a few clarifications, maybe? It is "Minimize campfire impacts" not "Minimize campfires"...LNT does not discourage campfires, but promotes building in established fire rings, using dead and downed wood, letting your fire burn to complete ash, and only building it the size you need, etc. Respect Wildlife...spot on...especially the MB's...rank requirements have been changed to say pictures are an acceptable method of "collection"...I'd recommend all ranks and MB's align to pictures, and collections only with permission of land managers (geology, forestry, etc., where a
  10. You said a mouthful!! But, burnt pancakes aren't a failure! You just learned a new way you shouldn't make them 😜
  11. You can safely ignore down votes 😜 And I did not say we would create a non-profit scouting outfit...we would create a non-profit to support a unit for scouting... You can see plenty of these "booster" clubs in existence already... Like these... https://friendsoftroop368.wildapricot.org/ https://www.causeiq.com/organizations/friends-of-troop-78,233028430/ https://www.for284.org/ And, if BSA goes Ch 7, we'll keep right on scouting...
  12. Yes and no. Yes, I am in favor of a Ch 7 for BSA. I believe we are to the point where we need a little "creative destruction." I also believe a Scouting Phoenix will rise from the ashes... No, the non-profit would exist to support only one local unit. That unit could be a Scouts BSA unit if there is no Ch 7, or it could be could be a unit in some unnamed Phoenix organization. BSA does not equal Scouting. I mentally separate the two...one is a corporation, the other is an fun activity (when done rightly). An analogy...if the US Tennis Association (a non-profit corporati
  13. Hawks and owls are a sign of a healthy ecosystem...lots of food for them, or they wouldn't hang around. Mice, voles, snakes (in warm weather)...and, if you have skunks, then Great Horned Owls! Skunks are one of their favorite foods.
  14. You cannot register as a MB Counselor (for free) and then multiple to a unit. You must pay the adult registration fee. Then you can multiple all you want... And yes, our council (at least a few years ago when I posed the question) interprets that as registered in the unit. (for unit events) The council has oversight for HA contingents and Jamborees, so they can vet those leaders...
  15. This is the model we will follow when we create our own non-profit for local youth to pursue scouting activities
  16. Barry, Make sure you put out some water for them, too. Recommend a heated bird bath to keep the water from freezing. Here is an example of one like ours. https://www.amazon.com/BIRD-WISH-Year-Round-Thermostat-Installation/dp/B09B8TZV7J/ref=asc_df_B09B8TZV7J/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=532627731005&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8025039049157922163&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1023640&hvtargid=pla-1435659849501&th=1 You will have to fill it every morning, because of all the other visitors you
  17. So here's one for you...can registered MB counselors attend unit events in excess of 72 hours? For example, if your unit wants to do a 5-day backpacking trip for Backpacking MB, can you invite the counselor along for the trip?? Even though they are registered members of the BSA, and have had their background checks...the answer is "No", as they are not registered leaders in the unit. That is the key point...anyone over 72 hours must be registered with that unit. Or, to put a finer point on it, they must have a registration approved by a Chartering Org... OK, so, what if you get yo
  18. Love the story...it is behind a subscriber wall for me...here is the cached page: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:yiUQAFZVfN0J:https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Ever-a-Scout-North-Branford-man-celebrates-16630350.php+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us However, the cardinal and the YBSS look nothing alike (male or female) 😜 I think he was mixing up YBSS with downy and hairy woodpeckers.
  19. False choice...both are true 😜 I agree with you, and you are a lone lunatic raving in the wilderness πŸ€ͺ😝😲 Brilliant
  20. They do... https://www.scoutshop.org/patrol-leader-handbook-647788.html https://www.scoutshop.org/sr-patrol-leader-handbook-647789.html We provide them to our PLs, APLs, SPL, and ASPLs. But, they mostly go unread and unpracticed. As for adults, most don't get or won't read the SHB...
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