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  1. Actually, tell the Scout to download the pdf and make the corrections himself... I have just finished round 5 of working with an Eagle candidate to get his paperwork correct. About round 2, his parent implied I could just make the corrections myself. Yes, I could, but, no, I would not... Scout will be bringing his form to the meeting tonight to get Scoutmaster and Committee Chair signatures, then he will deliver it himself to Scout office tomorrow! @qwazse is right on. You may help and guide them, but do not do it for them. BTW, a handwritten application is fin
  2. Your registrar should have caught that! We had a situation like that when I first came to this Troop. Luckily, based on previous experience with the same issue (caught by the registrar the previous council), I found it and was able to help correct. Here's one way a situation like that happens (it's what happened here...): - Scout joined Troop in June, just as school was getting out. Troop leader had the parent-signed application, but did not submit it to council (sat on it.) Scout went on outings and to Summer Camp with the Troop (where he earned merit badges). Troop leader did not s
  3. I would agree. I think we have reached the time when, as soon as an EBoR is done, that Scout is an Eagle Scout. What, if anything is preventing us from making this so? Or, what would it take to get us there? Only the stroke of a pen (or a few strokes on a keyboard), I think... I would love to see a a statistic on the number of Eagle applications National has returned with questions or errors. They have to have this data.
  4. See page 22 https://apps.irs.gov/pub/epostcard/cor/350867962_201912_990_2021021817717804.pdf in 2019, CAC SE received $326K total compensation package. Show that to the parents there, and see how they react to the fee increases. LOL
  5. Nothing new around here... The mindset in most units here is that, after the EBoR, the chances of National turning it down is near zero. And, if they did, there'd be appeals and corrections until the Scout received the award. So they charge forward, because (I think that they think) waiting takes the joy out of the occasion. We recognize the achievement in six ways! 1. When a Scout is Eagle Scout Service Project complete, we make a big deal out of it at a Troop meeting. 2. When a Scout is "Merit Badge Complete", we make a big deal out of it at a Troop meeting. 3.
  6. I do not see a Notifications icon or a Messages icon on the mobile. Only an Unread Content, Create New Topic, and Search. I've never tried to access PMs from mobile. I use an Android device, and, on can pull down the browser menu from the top right corner, scroll down and select Desktop Site. You can see the Messages link there.
  7. Yeah, I would have been happy to donate my time and talent to work at the jamboree. Just not going to pay $1200 for the privilege. (Plus travel costs to and fro.) https://jamboree.scouting.org/jamboree-service-team/
  8. LOL, you are right. I am often the one "breaking news" to our pros and district/council volunteers here based on things I have picked up here. Thanks for having a place where we can openly and civilly (well, at least attempt to, if you look at other threads) discuss our Scouting program!
  9. It didn't. Obviously a misprint or mistake...
  10. Wow, are you sure that was their target? 15K seems really low. https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/08/26/putting-jamboree-attendance-numbers-in-historical-perspective/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Scout_jamboree_(Boy_Scouts_of_America)
  11. "As a Family Life MBC, I help them plan it, and make sure they do it. But I ask for no details." This is the way!
  12. We have a lot of open spaces for jambo in our council. Wonder why Scouts aren't going? (No, I'm not wondering, really...)
  13. We did a unit camp during 2020 (COVID), when all other Summer Camps in our area shut down. Eleven adults and thirty Scouts. We rented a local campground for the week, had parents and leaders as "staff", and (after looking at what a lot of our Scouts needed or wanted) offered three MB programs in the morning including Wilderness Survival, Environmental Science, and Mammal Study. We were going to do Motorboating, but had some mechanical issues with the boat, so could not. The actual primary focus, and most of the "heavy lifting" was coordinating Cooking MB requirements. Scouts campe
  14. Advancement over adventure. You and I both know they have it backwards.
  15. The Summer Camp near us (different council) upped their prices $200 per head from 2 years ago when we attended. A one-third increase. So, we dropped them from consideration in favor of other councils' camps who did not do the same... But... see link page 3... the Summit 2022 Summer Camp is about average market price. https://summitbsa.wpenginepowered.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Summit-Bechtel-Reserve-Program-Planning-Guide.pdf
  16. You mean that Summer Camp on steroids that is competing with all the Summer Camps of the surrounding councils?
  17. But!, but!, but!, I thought councils were independent of National!!?? <sarc>
  18. One thing I have done is to become an MBC for much of the stuff I can do also, outside of professional or deep hobby interests. So, although I am no ski instructor or coach, I can do and teach all of the skills for Alpine and Nordic skiing in the Snow Sports Merit Badge. I do not mess with Snowboarding. But, if there is a Scout who Snowboards, and they work with an instructor or coach who does know those things, I can have a conversation with the Scout and coach about the requirements and reach a level of satisfaction that the Scout has completed the requirements for the Snowboarding po
  19. Looks like the torso cut is much longer now. Maybe those shirt tails will get tucked in now?? (Doubt it 😜 )
  20. The restriction (on under 13) is based on the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). "COPPA imposes certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and on operators of other websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information online from a child under 13 years of age. https://www.ftc.gov/legal-library/browse/rules/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule-coppa So they don't have to deal with COPPA, and put in additional coding and controls, the websites simpl
  21. That is a question I am certain is circulating the halls in Irving, TX
  22. They either secure loans, donations, sell more assets, etc. (some form of cash infusion), or file Chapter 7.
  23. One of the best ways Lodges used to serve units was with a Where to Go Camping Booklet (WTGCB). It was researched and published frequently by the lodge. My home Lodge did this, and there was even an award at our Conclave for Best WTGCB. Some lodges still do this service for units. https://danbeard.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Dan_Beard_Council_Where_to_Go_Camping_Guide_June_2018.pdf http://www.nisqually155.org/resources/Where_to_Go_Camping_Guide.pdf https://eswau.net/where-to-go-camping-guide/ Ours does not.
  24. Let's take that analogy, and substitute Arrowman back in, and appropriate terms to reverse the analogy... If an Arrowman does not pay his annual Lodge dues, no one is going to say "that's OK, we'll take care of it." (????) Instead, the Arrowman loses their power to serve their unit and can't actively participate in their unit. They don't stop being an Arrowman, they just aren't allowed to serve their unit. It's not a good idea for that Arrowman to grab his sash and go back to serve until the issue [paying his dues] is corrected. At that time [upon paying his lodge dues] they become a f
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