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  1. This is also why we don't go to our local Summer Camp. Our unit has a history of parents who would come and take kids out of camp for storms, soccer practice, karate, or their fourth cousin's (twice-removed) birthday.
  2. The policy as written is poorly worded and unclear, specifically about what positions qualify as "registered adult leaders." You will not find this clarified anywhere in "official" publications. I recommend, until BSA amends the wording, you follow what you see as the plain language common sense interpretation. If that means you see MBC's as "registered adult leaders", then go with it. This council does not intepret it this way. In this council, MBC's are not "registered adult leaders." And I have it directly from National Director of YP that councils may apply stricter stand
  3. 26 year Air Force vet here...my Scouting mentors were WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War Vets. Most have passed on... They all had tactical patience with us Scouts... https://fisher.osu.edu/blogs/leadreadtoday/blog/leadership-tip-of-the-week-tactical-patience/ Never jumped in when things went wrong (unless it was an real emergency)...just looked at us and said, "Well, what are you gonna do now?" I see way too much jumping in nowadays... Have you heard of snowplow/helicopter/lawnmower parents? We have them in spades The parents are more of a challenge than the youth!
  4. Yes, our Plan B's are to do unit treks and unit Summer Camp, with participants from like-minded families.
  5. You will need to check this with your council. Some councils (and national) do not regard Merit Badge Counselors as "registered leaders" for the purposes of any events other than Merit Badge sessions. This might be another one of those situations where you don't really want to know the answer to the question, though 😬
  6. And FWIW, If you ever see any invitations from National to contact them directly with questions regarding clarification of policies, don't! National expects you to go through your local SE, and they will defer to the local SE interpretation, even if more stringent than the National policymakers intended. And if the SE interpretation is less stringent than the national policy, National gives you and the SE a black eye. If you choose to ask National staff, they will cc your SE...even if your YPT questions bridge over several councils (going to camp or treks out-of-council, for example)
  7. Eagle, so you are on the Dark Side, too?? Can't see you...because it is soooo dark here
  8. Hi Alma, In the upper right corner of your browser, click Your name. Then click Profile in the drop down menu, then Edit Profile.
  9. Eagle, DAM form, item 4. says "The nominee’s attitude toward and cooperation with the district and/or council is to be taken into consideration." In our council, that equates to FOS and other donations. Little to do with actual service to Scouting. Same for SIlver Beaver. Pay to play... One day, I'll shed my illusions and realize, donations = service.
  10. As a Scoutmaster in the 90's, after a patrol showed me their plan, and had at least two First Class Scouts with them, I'd let them go on an outing. We did keep tabs on them from afar. They knew they carried my name and reputation, and that of the Troop with them. If they did something stupid, I would hold them accountable, by recommending to the committee they be dismissed from the Troop. Never had any issues. Amazing growth and changes in self confidence upon their return from their trips. They held each other to standard. It was a beautiful thing.
  11. Not much more...our council maintains a "blacklist" You're the professional...why would a council do such a thing?
  12. By the book? No... "Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings." "Patrol Activities—A Scouts BSA patrol may participate in patrol activities. Two-deep adult leadership is required." I hate being a rule-follower, though...
  13. I have gotten myself designated as PNG (persona non grata) in our council for asking too many questions, "disrupting" the money trail, and informing folks about how the money is spent from public documents like the IRS Form 990 (which may have put a dent in FOS). Removed from District Committee, removed from Council committees, removed from council training team, ostracized by many... And all without so much as a phone call from anyone at the council saying, "We'd like to discuss this with you before we take any adverse action." Unethical, in my book. You do find out who your friends a
  14. Merit badge counselors and unit leaders who keep blue cards for Scouts until they complete their badge
  15. This is where I wish we would go... not for MB's, but definitely for all skills up to and including First Class. When a person says "I am a Scout", that conjures up a paragon or archetype in your head about what a Scout knows/does/is. You have expectations of what their capabilities are. We need to collectively define (or redefine) that paragon/archetype, describe those standards, and adhere to them. The current codification of what a Scout knows/does/is does not accurately measure or adhere to the standard of the archetype most of us conjure. Should it??
  16. Concur. In my tenure, I can remember only one Scout who ever took a class a second time because it was something he really enjoyed (Small Boat Sailing). He was surprised that this was actually "allowed." I think part of this misperception is in our advertising. Scouts do not understand that repeating a merit badge is just fine. Perhaps this discussion should be moved to a new/existing thread? I also, am a Merit Badge Counselor who demands the requirements, and nothing more...the requirements, and nothing less. Scouts tell each other who the "easiest" counselors are. Most choose
  17. Qwazse, That would be brilliant. I'm in, but don't think most leaders would have the time available when the economy opens back up. And leaders swapping out during the session would go against the purpose of the extended camp.
  18. If a high risk program, it is most likely a re-certification. I could see the logic in that, if the candidate has previously completed a course in attendance. Otherwise, can't see the BSA accepting the risk...
  19. Permethrin is awesome. Be careful! It is a nerve agent. Do not spray directly onto your skin or clothing you are wearing. Apply to clothing hanging outdoors. Stand upwind. Do not get the stuff on you in liquid form. Do not let your pets anywhere near the stuff until it dries. It will harm your pets. Bonds to clothing fibers while drying. Once dry, very safe. Persists through many washings, depending on whether manufacturer adds additional bonding agents. Read and follow package directions! Picaridin is supposed to be great. You can spray it directly on yourself. Have some, b
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