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  1. Thanks for the reply. FWIW Clinical trial volunteers are always paid. Not a lot, but that is the law. Part of taking on the risk I guess.
  2. I'm interested in opinions on the requirement. for the new EPA/BSA award. The requirement reads: During the 2021 calendar year, participate in an environmental/ public health community service project as part of an approved Scouting program totaling at least 6 hours. My question is this... If a Scout participates in a vaccine clinical trial and spends at least 6 hours doing so, would/should this count? I'm on the fence. They are absolutely doing good for the community, it absolutely is for public health. Its a little....unusual. And they are also compensated s
  3. When you get into the High Adventure awards and various other local awards and Scout specific third party awards there are probably hundreds or even more. I spend a decent amount of time searching for what awards are out there and even now I often trip over something I've never heard of before. I agree completely, why would you hide that? Give the Scouts some ideas, they can then choose if they use the ideas or not. But no harm and a lot of benefit to helping provide them.
  4. I guess it comes down to what you see the value of the award to be. Traditionally it is viewed as recognition for an achievement. And I don't want to discount that but to me that hides the true reason. The true reason IMHO is one of incentive, it encourages the person to strive for the award and in doing so it incentivizes them to do things they would not have otherwise done. The recognition gives something to the Scout who went backpacking, or rock climbing, who would likely have done that anyway. The incentive gets the Scout who wouldn't have thought about going backpacking to go out and do
  5. Not really a question, just a gripe on the requirements for the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement, specifically requirements 2 and 3: 2. Earn the National Outdoor Badge for Camping with a silver device. 3. Earn any two additional National Outdoor Badges, each with two gold devices. Seems pretty straightforward, but I dislike the single mindedness on camping. 125 nights is a lot, Achievable I know but is a Scout who is really into Conservation, or into horse riding or something less camping heavy less worthy? I also dislike that it encourages Scouts to focus on
  6. re 2a: "Cycling merit badge or Ranger Cycling/Mountain Biking elective and 100 miles of cycling" I interpret this as the 100 miles includes miles ridden for the MB. If the Scout follows the mountainbike rather than road cycling they would only have to ride 52 miles so would have to ride an additional 48 miles to meet the requirement. re 3: "Complete 200 miles of riding activities, including cycling, stock riding, skating, motor boating, mountain boarding, snowmobiling, (including ATV or PWC riding at an approved council program), under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, inc
  7. @BPPatrolonaRoll The bling is always a good thing if it encourages Scouts to try new things. I have found us always researching if there is some award or partial award the Scouts could earn on a trip. sometimes there are extra requirements so it is good to do the research upfront. My recommendation for you is to check your local High Adventure programs. They often have a series of awards that Scouts can learn for going on local trails, climbing local peaks and so on. These tend to be geared for older Scouts (nominally 14+ but you often get younger Scouts who are more than capable). T
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