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    Revised Customer Service Contact

    Never heard a thing up to and including today.
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    Revised Customer Service Contact

    I just sent a message last night to orders@scouter.com and it was returned! I resent it to: customerservice@scouter.com. David L. Perkins
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    Chartered Organization Representative

    I have been a C.O.R. for 14 years. During that time, I have also held the position of Cubmaster, Den Leader, Webelos Leader, Pack Committee Chairman, Pack Committee Member, Asst. Scoutmaster, and Troop Committee Member. 1. Take your pick. Certainly, the C.O.R. sjould always be a Committee Member of the unit(s) the Sponsor is responsible for. Beyond that, your active role in the Units only enhances and benefits the Units directly. 2. If you are referring to the Scout Unit's budget, only one. Also, asfar as the Sponsor's budget is concerned regarding the Scouting Unit's portion of their budget, again, only one C.O.R. is needed to speak for the Unit. I am a C.O.R. for a United Methodist Church and my title to them is Scouting Co-ordinator, where again only one is required. Hope this helps you.
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    Advancement experts help!

    I was Advancement Chairman for our Troop for 9 years. But that was four years ago as the new Boy Scout Handbook was coming in. I will give you my opinion on your questions as the only guidance I can offer. 1. A Scout should know he has a responsibility to provide service work as a benefit to his community. He also has a responsibility to cover his costs for his participation in a Troop and owes service time to his Sponsor Organization. However, advancement should only require attendance at meetings, campouts and other Troop activities that are designed for the Troop membership's benefit - for their development. "Being Active" is for his own benefit, and should not be designed for the Troop's benefit. 2. The benefit of the Leadership Project should be explained to the Scout as to why it is in "his" book for "him" to do. You could offer guidance if he asks but each project has to be weighed for it's own merits, shouldn't it? 3. It is easy for you to "judge the Scout" but our job is more to help the Scout learn how to "judge himself" and his own actions in relation to the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and Scout Slogan. Let these be our guide and his for his own benefit. 4. Since it has to be signed off, I believe the judgement is still the responsibility of whomever the Troop has assigned authority to for this sign-off upon completion. The Board has a responsibility to determine the "effects " the completed requirement has had on the development of the Scout. Did he gain the knowledge he should have from this activity? I have found that the amount the Scout has learned usually equals the "effort", not the time, he put in to it. Hope this helps. I think sometimes we try too hard to judge the Scout when our real job is to help develop leaders who have learned they have a responsibility for themselves and others, not that they have learned how to live in a box designed by others. I think your Troop and its' leadership is in a very healthy condition because you have taken the time and effort to ask these type questions.
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    I would refer you and your friend to one of the last requirements for advancement of any rank; Show Scout Spirit. With this in mind, I would ask you if I were your Merit Badge Counciler, "What do you think you should wear to show me Scout Spirit?" Granted, Merit Badge Councilers are not grading you for any advancement requirements, but all things you do that apply to or involve Scouting should reflect your pride in being a Scout and offer you an opportunity to show your Scout Spirit. How can you be proud of the fact you are a Scout and have completed a Merit Badge or advanced in Rank and NOT wear a uniform?
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    REspect is a hard thing to get and sometimes it is not what you wanted once you have it. If you have not had Junior Leadership Training, one of the best lessons init teaches how to deal with difficult Scouts. Which is what it sounds like you have. I would first start paying attention to my job and concentrate on being a LEADER. The best way to do that is to lead...using the 12 points of the Scout Law, the Scout Motto, and the Scout Slogan, you can not go wrong. Then, as I referred to the JLT class, learn to use the "question". Instead of trying to tell people how to or how not to....or to do or not to do, Try asking questions which will cause them to start thinking for themselves. Such as, Problem: Senioe Patrol Leader asks you "can't you get you patrol in shape?" Your responce could be well, how would you do it? Or I can't get them to listen...How do you do it? People have respect for others who are anxious to learn - especially from them! Even if they don't develop respect for you as a result of your asking them for their opinions, they will begin to see you in a different light. If they suggest something you have already tried, you could say, "That's great. Do you have any experiences like this where you have used or seen others use other methods of coping which worked well?" You and your Patrol could also start being examples of the kind of Scouts you would like the others to be in the Troop. Smiling, friendly, helpful...sound fimiliar? If you want the Troop to be a certain way - FRIENDLY - you have to start the ball rolling. You all have to be the example, no matter how hard it is or how long it takes you. You can make a difference and when you do, you will be the LEADER you wanted to be.
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    Philmont Hymn/ On My Honor

    Just a guess but you might try Amazon.com or some place like that that handles recording/music where you could search their data base for a recording of the Air Force Choir singing this song. Good luck! This is a great idea!
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    Blue and Gold

    First, you might want to go along with the "Theme" being used at the Banquest - if there is one. If there is no Theme, you might want to go along with the IDEA that the Blue and Gold Banquet is a Birthday Party for Scouting - celebrating the anniversery of Scouting in the USA. Birthday parties are always easy decorating - with the Cub Scouts making the Center Piece fortheir table, place mats for every member of the family, and name plates. Good luck! As we say, "Keep it simple/make it fun!".
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    Can you help this Scouter replace items lost in fire?

    Please contact a friend of mine: Jerry Nickols - volscout@aol.com He has a collection of old uniforms, patches, scarves and other Scouting items that he has donated to needy Scouts, sold to Scouts and Scouters, and traded, even on the internet. He is expecting your e-mail. Good Luck.
  10. Your recycled material fits in very well with Scouting's purpose of environmental awareness. It would help Cub Scouts, age 7 to 11, and Boy Scouts, age 11 up meet certain environmental requirements for Cub Scout rank advancement and Merit Badges for Boy Scouts. You might want to flip through some Cub Scout books and the Boy Scout Handbook and Merit Badge book at the local BSA supply center. Special patches are allowed on the right pocket of a Scout's uniform shirt. Special pins can be worn but we try not to make a habit of it. They are great for collecting, however. Your intent and ours are the same - give boys something to do that is fun and educational while allowing them to be recognized for their good deeds. Wish we had more like you. Our thanks!
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    Troop Policies Regarding Scout's Funds

    Our funds, which are generated by Scouts in our Troop fund raiser, are available to each Scout - according to how much he raised, for all ligitimate Scouting activities. This means, Campouts, summer camp, re-registration cost, other Scout camps like Sea Base, Council trips like Colorado Ski Trips, Philmont Training, Philmont hiking trips, etc. The one requirement is that checks are only issued to the organization, not to the Scout. And the money will not exceed the amount available to the Scout - the amount he earned in the fund-raiser, less any money already consumed in other Scouting and Troop activities listed above.
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    Broward County at it again

    I am a member of the National Association of United Methodist Scouters. Our purpose is to encourage all Methodist Churches to support BSA units as Charter Partners, and to help provide meeting space for Cubs, Boy Scouts, 4-H, Campfire Boys and Girls, and Girl Scout Units. This support is offered without any requirement to become involved with the church, but instead offered as an outreach of each Methodist church to it's community. I would encourage all units effected by this loss of support from the school system to contact your local Methodist church.
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    I'm sorry... if this is a Cub Scout question, the following might be helpful: Cub Scouts love to wear their uniform, even if it is a shirt. At the lower levels - Tiger, Wolf and sometimes Bear, they love to wear them to school on the day of their Den meeting. They also like to be recognized as a Scout when teachers are looking for someone to lead the Pledge of Allegience or do a flag ceremony. So, in addition to school, the Den Meeting, the Pack Meeting, and any Scouting event such as - Christmas Parade, 4th of July Parade, Cub Scout and Tiger "go and See" trips/tours, and any event or activity that could be considered "Scouting" when out with a parent or the whole family. Have fun.
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    Adult Knot Awards

    Try this web site: http://usscouts.org/awards/knots1.html Good luck.
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    non official uniforms?

    I fell that as a "starter", these shirts are alright. However, the first problem is that by definition, the word "uniform" means all the same. And while I know that all of your Scouts will Look alike in the Troop - the first time you attend a District event or campout/outing/exercise with another troop, your Scouts will feel "different" regardless of what you say, what the Other Scout leaders of the other units say, etc. They will fell different and that is not good. Lord William Baden Powell wanted to create a "Level playing field" for the very rich and very poor boys he started with and uniforms was the answer. I hope that you can, in the near future, get some donations from business organizations and individuals to buy new or used shirts, pants, etc., used uniforms form other Troops, and I know that BSA National can and has helped other units that were financially strapped get a good, uniformed start. Best of luck - you deserve it.