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Posts posted by KublaiKen

  1. I would encourage your Troop's leadership to reach out to the OA chapter absolutely as soon as possible. I say this for a few reasons:

    1. They can do a presentation to your Troop explaining what it is and what it does so that the Scouts can be thinking about whom they would elect.
    2. Any requirements for membership that are lacking can be made up before the election.
    3. You don't miss your chapter/lodge's election window if they have one.
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  2. 4 hours ago, MattR said:

    <thread stealing>

    Check out Major League Baseball. Any coach or manager that steps onto the field has to wear a uniform. BTW, there's a difference between a MLB manager and coach

    Yes, a minor edit to your post. Just pointing out an unusual American custom. I like that one.

    </thread stealing>

    And as a lifelong NL fan, I think if they wear the uniform they ought to make 'em hit. 

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  3. This came to National Capital Area Council  a bit ago, but I've been away at camp and rushing a guy to Eagle before that, so sorry for the delay:


    June 30, 2023

    Your National Capital Area Council (NCAC) fulfills BSA’s mission, “To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.” 

    NCAC works tirelessly to deliver a safe and high-quality Scouting program to our families in a cost-effective manner. Today it annually costs $240.00 per youth to deliver this quality Scouting program.

    In prior years, NCAC has subsidized 100% of this cost through corporate donations, major gifts, foundations, fundraising events, board donations, and our Family Friends of Scouting campaign. However, in recent years, the combination of a steady decline in participation in our Family Friends of Scouting and the volunteer and professional costs required to maintain this campaign has made it impractical to continue this model.

    After an intensive 18-month strategic planning process, NCAC’s volunteer Executive Board determined that our Scouts would be better served by a local Council Participation Fee that would provide consistent revenue and be more equitable to those who support our Scouts. Nationwide, we have seen many other local councils successfully transition to a similar fee, while achieving membership growth.

    Beginning January 1, 2024, an annual Council Participation Fee of $80.00 will be assessed to all youth participating in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouts programs.

    • For Scouts currently registered, the Council Participation Fee will be collected as part of your unit’s next annual re-registration, often referred to as “rechartering.” 
    • Families with three (3) or more Scouts will be capped at paying three (3) Participation Fees.
    • Scouts participating in more than one program will pay one (1) Participation Fee.
    • No youth will be turned away for an inability to pay the Participation Fee. NCAC has always provided financial assistance when needed and will continue to do so.

    Additional information about the Participation Fee, including a guide, one-page overview, and FAQ, is available on the NCAC website at: NCACBSA.ORG/PARTICIPATION-FEE.

    Please click to view this short video message by Participation Fee Committee Chair, JP Morgan.



    The Scouting movement continues to grow across the National Capital Area Council and we are thankful for your ongoing support.

    Yours in Scouting,


    Council President Morgan H. Sullivan

    Council Commissioner Julia Mae-Shen Lesko

    Scout Executive/CEO Mario A. Pèrez



  4. But as noted previously, this completely divorces your unit membership from the charter. The list of chartered members on January 1st is no more useful than the list on January 5th or July 27th, as you might have completely different members registered on any given date based on individual membership lapses and renewals. I am curious to see where they are headed.

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  5. We pay the dues for all of our youth members. Sending them a link is insane.


    ETA: I don't mean we collect dues and pay them for everyone at once; I mean the Troop pays for the dues out of our fundraiser. Now we have to track and pay monthly for the Scouts, and they are getting sent things that mean nothing to them.

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  6. 1 hour ago, RememberSchiff said:

    So for AOL, a coed den would then officially have to split into boy and girl dens to prepare scouts for a non-coed BSA troop?

    Another temporary wall to tumble?

    Exactly. This is probably the least sensible interim step to this process yet. 

  7. Yes, you can take YPT training without being a registered Scouter in any position. Our council, at least, requires it be completed before you are allowed to register as an adult. We have always required adults using the 72 hour rule to complete it, and ask our drivers too, as well. We encourage all parents to take it, but, you know...

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  8. Remember that when your Scout finishes Cubs you will be camping separate from them (because of the risk you present, according to the G2SS), so as pointed out, do you need it in a couple of years? I have a huge dogtrot that I still get out once in a while, but I tend to nestle in my two-man (i.e., one-man plus my stuff) on most camping trips with Scouts BSA.

  9. On 3/19/2023 at 12:09 PM, mrjohns2 said:

    Interesting as the youth members of my troop want the Native American imagery removed. 

    This. I am sure sentiment varies widely among Scouts, among adults, and among areas of the country, perhaps, but I only know of only one Scout for whom it is a draw (not my Troop or even Chapter). For many it is met with disbelief and disapproval.

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