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    Tips & Tricks of the Dutch Oven

    I use a tuna fish can with both the top and bottom cut out. It makes a great ring to place a pie tin or cake tin on.
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    Campout and Oversleeping

    When I was a Scoutmaster, I always told the youth in the troop that each choice they made had consequences, the consequences could be good or they could be bad, but they made the decision. The younger scouts always asked what that meant, and I always explained the good and bad consequences of a decision. The older scouts had it figured out and would live with their decision and not complain. David
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    Commissioner 2000 patch

    National has come out with a 2010 Centennial Commissioner's patch set. Unit, Asst. Dist. Comm., Dist Comm., Asst. Council Comm., Council Comm. I purchased some of the new patches. They are sharp. David Harrison
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    Wood Badge Woggle

    Badger, The woggle tied for a participant of 21st Century Wood Badge is a 3 pass woggle. The woggle shown in pictures, patches, and pins is the leather woggle presented to one after completing their ticket which is a two pass woggle. David Harrison
  5. If a NYLT Scoutmaster has met the requirements to be presented a 4th bead, then the 4th bead should be presented to them before the start of the NYLT course, not at a Wood Badge event. If someone who has earned a 4th bead, is working on a Wood Badge course as a Asst. Course Director, then they should wear 3 beads, not 4. In regards to other NYLT staff earning a 3rd bead, this would be the Asst. Scoutmaster responsible for program. (The one working with the youth staff on the course.) If the 3rd and/or 4th beads need to be ordered, I would talk to the Professional Staff Advisor, and have that person place the order. David Harrison
  6. In doing a google search on each congress person, I found that all 26 are democrats. Not one republican signed. Dancin
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    Rank Requirement for Den Chief

    When the Scoutmaster chooses a Den Chief with the Cubmaster, they both must take into consideration the maturity of the youth, how the youth deals with adults, deals with younger youth, and the type of dedication they have to the program. To place a youth into a position that is not meant for them, is setting them up for failure, not success. I have seen Eagle scouts who do not have the maturity level that second class scouts have, so rank shouldn't be an issue. The true issue is what the leaders feel about the youths different levels. David
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    Tax write off

    Additional information from Publication 526 Travel. Generally, you can claim a charitable contribution deduction for travel expenses necessarily incurred while you are away from home performing services for a charitable organization only if there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation, or vacation in the travel. This applies whether you pay the expenses directly or indirectly. You are paying the expenses indirectly if you make a payment to the charitable organization and the organization pays for your travel expenses. The deduction for travel expenses will not be denied simply because you enjoy providing services to the charitable organization. Even if you enjoy the trip, you can take a charitable contribution deduction for your travel expenses if you are on duty in a genuine and substantial sense throughout the trip. However, if you have only nominal duties, or if for significant parts of the trip you do not have any duties, you cannot deduct your travel expenses. Example 1. You are a troop leader for a tax-exempt youth group and you help take the group on a camping trip. You are responsible for overseeing the setup of the camp and for providing adult supervision for other activities during the entire trip. You participate in the activities of the group and really enjoy your time with them. You oversee the breaking of camp and you help transport the group home. You can deduct your travel expenses. Dancin
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    Tax write off

    BadenP is correct on his assessment of a 501c3. In regards to the deductibility of a camp fee. If you are on duty 24/7 at camp it is not considered a vacation so the fee would be deductible (ie: if you were to travel to the National Jamboree as a leader, you are on duty 24/7 and your fee would be deductible. We had a case where a troop asked for donations to purchase a new troop trailer and the letter stated the donation was tax deductible. I informed the SM that unless the donation was made to the church and the church purchased the trailer for the troop, any donations made by businesses or individuals were not tax deductible. Dancin
  10. Tflytyer, You left LHAC just about the time I was becoming active. I went to Cub Trainer Wood Badge in 1993 and Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge in 1995. I was asked to serve on Wood Badge staff in 2002 and again in 2004 and was a course director in 2006. One person you might remember from the shoreline district, Sue Jacobs went to 21st Century Wood Badge in 2002 and recently staffed a 21st C course in 2008. She staffed a Cub Trainer WB course in 1995 or 96, but if she hadn't taken 21st Century WB, she would not have able to staff last year. Of the 30 people in the council who had gone to Boy Scout Leader WB or Cub Trainer WB and staffed a 21st Century course before 2007, one third didn't get it. The last three courses the council has put on have been better because the staff "got it" and there was no references to the old course. I wish I would have set aside my beads and taken the new course. I think I did a great job as a staffer, but it took two courses for me to understand everything the course has to offer. David Harrison
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    Regional Offices to be Closed?

    I received an e-mail from Brad Farmer, the Central Region Director indicating that there are changes coming as of October 1. Bob Mazzuca will take a be leading the national dialogue about the BSA. Assistant Chief Scout Exec. Wayne Brock will take over the day to day operations. Brad Farmer will become ACSE for Development and Alf Tuggle will become ACSE for Resources and Strategy. All the Region offices will close as of 12/31/09 and be relocated to Irving. The Regional Directors will be relocated to Irving by November 1, David Harrison
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    More uniform Changes?

    If you look on scoutstuff.org you will see national sells centennial loop and also green, blaze and orange. Orange for Varisty Scouting, blue for Cub Scouting, and green for Venturing. The centennial loops are a different item. David Harrison
  13. I received my copy of the Central Region Newsletter and there are new changes coming in 2009 for the adults directing the course. 1. If a NYLT ASM who provides training and oversight of youth staff. (No other adult positions qualify) has completed 21st Century Wood Badge and has earned their beads and attended Trainer's EDGE within two years of the NYLT course, will receive a third bead. 2. A NYLT Course Director who completed a NYLT Regional Scoutmaster Conference within one year prior to NYLT service as Scoutmaster and signed the Scoutmaster's Pledge, attended Trainer's EDGE within two years of the NYLT Course, staffed a 21st Century Wood Badge Course as a Troop Guide and served as a Scoutmaster for NYLT, will receive a 4th bead. There is no execption for previous service or for NYLT conferences held before 2008. In order for the NYLT course to be qualified the following requirements must be fulfilled: The Scoutmaster attends the Regional Scoutmaster Conference. The National NYLT syllabus must be followed and the course will be known as NYLT. Joint names such as Brownsea NYLT can no longer be used to qualify an NYLT course. David Harrison
  14. I just received a memo from national that as of January 1, 2010 the registration fee will be $15.00 instead of $10.00. The last fee increase was in 2003 when it went from $7.00 to the current $10.00. David Harrison
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    Two (too) deep leadership

    We went to Laurl Caverns with the Jamboree Troops after the 2005 Jamboree. I would recommend two adults with each group. One in the front and one in the rear to keep the scouts moving. The one in the front can keep the scouts from getting in trouble. The guides are there to do just that! Guide you! Just my two cents. David Harrison (This message has been edited by a staff member.)
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    What Would make you Increasse Your FOS?

    What would make me increase my FOS donation? Being asked. I had lunch with our new Scout Executive and during our conversation, he asked me about my donation. I said I would give the same as last year and he asked if I could raise it by half. I did, and since he has been here, he has engaged volunteers 150%. David Harrison
  17. The council Jamboree committee just interviewed for 3rd Asst. SM for both troops and one of the young men was 16 1/2 and a junior in high school. We told him of the committment that has to be made and that if a sporting event or band came up, he would have to miss it, because he was an adult, and he agreed to it. We did tell him that if he didn't make the total committment, then we would replace him.
  18. We used Quicken for the Troop checkbook and excel for the scout accounts. Both work great. David Harrison
  19. Sorry it took so long. I used to be a FOX, and a good old FOX too! And now I'm finished FOXING, I don't know what to do. I'm growing old and feeble, and I can FOX no more. So I'm going to work my ticket if I can. Back to Gilwell, Happy Land, I'm going to work my ticket if I can. Dancin Fox C-CS1-93 C-15L-95 C-07-02 Troop Guide-Beaver C-03-04 Senior Patrol Leader C-12-06 Scoutmaste (Course Director) C-31-08 Mentor
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    Gift for exiting Scoutmaster

    When I retired as Scoutmaster the adults in the troop gave me a desk clock for my desk at work. It has a small plauqe on it with my name and the troop number. The current and past Eagle scouts got together and gave me a plaque with each Eagle Scouts name and date they earned their Eagle. I have it in my office at home. David Harrison
  21. I just came back from the Course Directors Conference and thought I'd share the changes involving the course. The first day until noon is dedicated to Cub Scouting with a Blue and Gold Banquet held at lunch and crossover after that. As of 12/31/06 if you have not staffed or gone to a 21st Century Wood Badge course, the only way you can staff is to give up your beads, take a 21st Century course, work a ticket and earn your beads. A prior 21st Century course director can go back on staff before 12/31/06 by giving up the fourth bead and going through the process of becoming a course director again (ie) being a troop guide and one other position on course and having all the requirements to be a course director in 21st Century. A prior 21st Century Course Director can go back on course as a staffer if they wear three beads and there is no sufficient resourse of people to staff a course. There are some changes to the presentations, by which they have added and changed to reflect more ties to NYLT. I feel the changes are for the good and will make the course stronger for the future. There should be no additional changes for the next 5 years. Dancin David Harrison Course Director C-12-06 Lake Huron Area Council
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    What uniform to wear?

    I am Council Commissioner and my grandson is a Wolf Cub in the local pack. I was his Tiger partner last year. When going to his den meetings and pack meetings, I dress in street clothes. When the Blue and Gold Banquet comes, I go in my uniform. I am introduced to the crowd as the Council Commissioner. I told the pack committee when I registered my grandson that my job as Council Commissioner was large enough that I couldn't take a active role as a leader and I would be there to support their program in any way I could, but cannot register as a leader. David Harrison
  23. As a former Wood Bade Course Director, I would be proud that any Wood Badge Staffer who took on the position of NYLT Course Director would wear 4 beads. I know what it took to put the course on and what it takes to put on a NYLT Course. The teaching given to the participants in NYLT is on a parallel with Wood Badge and I feel that staffing NYLT is training and training is what it's all about. David Harrison
  24. When I was a Scoutmaster and went to roundtable every month, it seemed like all we did is sit and listen to the Roundtable Commissioner or listen to announcements. Even as a seasoned leader I still learned when the roundtable was run as a Boy Scout Meeting. We had an opening, skill time, a game with a purpose, Scoutmaster's minute and a closing. What was neat is that sometimes I heard an opening or closing I hadn't heard before and could use to help the PLC put new things in the meetings. Sometimes a skill or a game that would work with the troop. Those roundtables I learned from. Talking and listening to war stories did not give me much to use. David
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    Cub Scout Fast Tracks Advancement Program

    Fast Tracks (It's new name) was a pilot program used in the Central Region to help with retention of Cubs. The premise was that using the home based program, cubs would drop out as their parents did not always have the time to work on their advancement with them. By bringing the advancement back into the den, the den leader could work with them, thus earning more advancement ended up with higher retention numbers. In the data I've seen from the Central Region office on the program, is has been a success. David Harrison