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  1. Eagle, so you are on the Dark Side, too?? Can't see you...because it is soooo dark here
  2. Hi Alma, In the upper right corner of your browser, click Your name. Then click Profile in the drop down menu, then Edit Profile.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Not much more...our council maintains a "blacklist" You're the professional...why would a council do such a thing?
  6. 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...
  7. 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
  8. Merit badge counselors and unit leaders who keep blue cards for Scouts until they complete their badge
  9. 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??
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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...
  13. 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
  14. HI there! Kudos to you as an ASPL for taking this on! You are setting a great example as a leader. Our Scouts love the medal "bling", too. There is a whole list of Historical Trails. Almost all have a patch...most have an attractive medal like the one you earned. You can find a lot of them here: https://tap.scouting.org/historic-trails/ From central NJ, here are some I would recommend: Battle of Monmouth (starts at Quail Hill Scout Reservation, you can camp there). http://www.natsihi.org/camping-hiking/battle-of-monmouth-historic-trail/ Here is the medal
  15. Thanks @qwazse !!! - Scouters who intentionally disregard accepted and codified safety practices and common sense! A few specific examples: - The Scoutmaster who refused to get off the river when a thunderstorm blew in, becauseue it was only two more miles to camp... - The adult leaders at an Eagle Scout project or Woodwork MB class who allow Scouts to use power saws, etc....even worse, those who do it without even basic PPE like hearing or eye protection (watch this video at about time stamp 1:30)
  16. @Eagle94-A1 I echo your experiences, in general, with most Summer Camps over the past two decades (there have been few exceptions)...I have become more and more jaded. And I feel as though I am titing at windmills... It's like a whole cheating scheme that everyone is in on...and no one likes it if you make waves to point it out. And it's all about the money...not about integrity or character building. Councils want money through increased camper numbers. The way to get that seems to be to have a high number of Merit Badges awarded. (notice I did not say "earned") The r
  17. @qwazse, We think a lot alike...it wasn't the Scouts' motives I would question, but the adult leaders who would organize such an event during a time like this. Those same adults who make the announcement... Totally agree with striking service hours as a requirement. Also agree with allowing adults to earn ranks...(Rovers, anyone?) As for Bird Study...that is as it used to be, along with Pioneering. We should start a thread for Pet Peeves!
  18. The article above also explains; "The safety of these Scouts and all the volunteers are of the utmost importance to the United Way, especially during a time when social distancing is of high priority. Director Smith has put measures in place to make sure everyone is as safe as possible, “We are screening all of the volunteers when they come in, allowing only a group of 10 individuals to volunteer at a time, and are making sure we maintain the minimum six feet of distance between each other." Each situation will be different...but if an organization you wish to volunteer for does not suppo
  19. Yes, they had lots of other volunteers...and later our county was one of the first locked down in the state, and now has the third highest number of cases in the state. My line in the sand was the CDC guidelines. They were there for a reason...
  20. Early on, but before the stay at home order, our local hospital asked for community volunteers to set up a large tent (an outdoor event-type tent like those used for weddings, about 72' long) outside the hospital so they could screen patients there before concentrating them in the building. We put together two teams of ten, mixed Scouts and adults. We told the hospital we would work shifts of four hours, and that we wanted to adhere to CDC guidelines of groups no larger than ten, we would stay outside the hospital the whole time, bring our own food/water, use port-a-john, etc. The hospital
  21. This could mean the court will also deny Nationals move to have the court view the councils as separate entities for purposes of the overall litigation. Better go take some nice pictures of the camp you grew up with...it could be gone in the near future...
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