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  1. My unit doesn't give a percentage, per se.... Rather, after fundraising is done and all the unit expenses are paid for, we take the remaining funds (if any) and decide how much we want to give to FOS.
  2. Scouts is life. If there is a demand, somebody is going to meet it.
  3. This is not the norm. I have heard talk of Girl-only camporees and summer camp, but I have yet to experience one. I have only good things to say about girl troops and adult leaders I have worked with. If a unit wants to participate in girl-only events, they can schedule their own camping weekends, stay in their own campsites doing their own thing. Scouts in units and patrols can decide on their own what activities they want to partake. I have no problem. But I believe BSA is a coed program. If the unit is going to participate in district-wide and BSA events, then I believe they should be
  4. Right. Signs can be moved. Schedules can be adjusted. Separate times scheduled and posted for youth/adult and female/male is good practice. That the troop was unable to accommodate male troop camping next to them speaks volumes of their leadership.
  5. I will make an assumption that the troop always travels with these signs, so that the girls troop has separate facilities from the adult male leadership, as YPT requires. I am surprised that camp staff couldn't find compromise acceptable for both troops. I advise book a different campsite. Or find another camp altogether.
  6. I like the idea of ghost patches, I was given one as a gift for helping a beloved adult leader. We were trying to qualify for a James West fellowship award in his name. So we took up a collection and were given ghost patches for helping out. Folks helping out from the shadows, if you will. I don't mind the current rank patches. I think they look cleaner.
  7. I am guilty of wearing knock-off pants. They cost less, look better and fit better.
  8. You can lead them to training, but you can't make them take it. We are lucky to get leaders YPT and Position Trained... University of Scouting is even harder to sell. It's the ones looking for square knot awards who go. BALOO is required for a Cub Scout outdoor event (ie. camping). If you don't have a BALOO trained leader, your Pack can't go camping. Our Pack camping trips are always a hit. So that's how we got adults to go. Our district got smart by holding BALOO/IOLS at spring/fall camporees. So adults are already there assisting the campout. Might as well send them to training.
  9. For scout's personal use, I would recommend anything with a folding blade. I remember the old Swiss Army Tinker knife when I was a kid. Enough tools to be useful. Not too many to be a distraction. For a gift, it even comes in a cool BSA design: https://www.scoutshop.org/swiss-army-with-universal-emblem-tinker-multi-tool-pocket-knife-3-blade-618438.html Currently my personal favorite is the Leatherman Rev. It's a little smaller than the full-size Leatherman, comfortable for growing scouts. Sturdy and a good tool selection. https://www.leatherman.com/rev-832127.html I don't want scouts
  10. I agree. It's likely too much for the new crossovers with little experience backpacking. How does your troop define high adventure, and the limits? I trust scouts know who is ready and who isn't. Instead of a strict age limit, I would suggest First-Class rank or Scoutmaster approval.
  11. First decide if the scout is camping with the troop as a Cub Scout, or as a prospective BSA scout. Apply rules from there. For a prospective scout to join an overnight camping trip, our unit needs a completed application and health form. The ink may not be dry and the dues check may not be cleared... I know we have taken a signed application to the council office on Friday morning so a scout can join our trip on Friday night. Since the scout in question is already a registered Cub Scout, it's just a transfer, and the membership fees have already been paid through his Cub Scout registratio
  12. Registered Webelos/AOL scouts interested in crossing over can attend Scouts BSA camping trips with a parent per Cub Scout guidelines. It is one of the Arrow of Light requirements, Scouting Adventure #4: The scout can join Scouts BSA immediately by meeting the age requirement: he is 11 years old. Scout/parents would just have to complete an application to join the Troop. National membership fees paid through Cub Scouting apply to Scouts BSA. Our unit does not allow prospective scouts of any age to attend overnighters unless they are on the troop charter. So if the scout wishes t
  13. Yes. Meaning the adult is registered with BSA, background checked, and has completed YPT - at minimum.
  14. There is no standard BSA policy. It is up to your troop or unit. Simply speaking, our troop policy lets you carry whatever tool your parents allow you to bring. Expect a safety lesson if you have not completed Totin chip. At a bare minimum, Scout Rank 5 will be covered by the first outing: Tell what you need to know about pocketknife safety. Crossovers will have the chance to complete Totin chip by summer camp. Our Cub Scout Pack was much more strict. Must have completed Whittling chip first, then only folding knives less than 3".
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