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  1. walk in the woods

    possible fee increase coming

    In my council the school night fliers had already been printed the last time. To their credit the council ate the extra costs. Our school nights signed kids up for 16 months in previous years. Should have suspected something was up when this year we only signed kids up for 4 months.
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    possible fee increase coming

    With all due respect to National I call BS. The increased insurance cost isn't a surprise nor is the departure of LDS. This decision should have been made and announced months ago so units could plan and be honest with their parents. Instead they wait until after fall recruiting is done?
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    Military Explorers sponsored by BSA Learning for Life?

    Sea scouts wear what are effectively Navy E6 and below dress whites. What's to object to? I think these boys look damn sharp.
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    Youth Protection - Parent Unwelcome

    Many people would use the same words to describe doctors that perform elective abortions. In either case one is making a moral judgement about another persons character. So questions. Why would you consider allowing the spouse but not the doctor? Even if the spouse didn't do the procedure how do you know they don't support the practice? How likely is the doctor or the spouse to make a run to the press with a BSA discriminates story? Is your CO willing to endure the s***storm that would surround? Are there other parents/scouts in your pack of similar religious/ethinic background that might find the decision to exclude the doctor troubling?
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    I'd not be so sure of that. Here are a couple relevant Q&As from the Youth Protection FAQ (the second is directly relevant and characteristically vague): Q. The Barriers to Abuse states “One-on-one contact between adult leaders and youth members is prohibited both inside and outside of Scouting.” What does ‘inside and outside of Scouting’ mean? A. The BSA has adopted its youth protection policies for the safety and well-being of its members. These policies primarily protect youth members; however, they also serve to protect adult leaders. All parents and caregivers should understand that our leaders are to abide by these safeguards. Registered leaders must follow these guidelines with all Scouting youth outside of Scouting activities. There are careers that may require one-on-one contact with youth, however aside from those roles, volunteers must abide by the youth protection policies of the BSA even outside of Scouting activities. This policy is in place to prevent abuse in and out of Scouting. Adults should never be alone with youth who are not their children. Q. Does this mean my son cannot have a sleepover if I am the only adult present? A. Yes, if any of the children other than your own child is a Scout, we strongly encourage all adults to use the Barriers to Abuse in and out of Scouting.
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    possible fee increase coming

    There will be a lot fewer pros, or at least staff, in the Western Region...:( Back of the envelope calculations. I know the church had their own structure but just play along. Dues: Net loss of 300,000 scouts (400,000 LDS boys - 100,000 new girls) is approximately $10.5M ($33 dues plus $2 insurance) Units: 37000 plus LDS units - 2000 new girl units is approximately $1.4M at $40/unit So if membership stays around 2MM scouts/scouters that's $5 or $6 increase just to stay even for dues/insurance. LDS units are about 1/3 of all units (might be more based on the 2018 report to the nation), so a $20 increase in charter fees wouldn't be a stretch. Now, none of that takes into account the impact on the Supply Division or camps; or the pending bankruptcy and the adverse effect that will have on all of the above. I hope I'm wrong.
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    How often do you meet?

    You'll get a lot of opinions here, so here's mine. My pack is about the same size as yours, 20-ish. We don't bother with the Den/Pack meeting structure. We have all the Dens meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays in the same place. After the opening the Dens break out to do their own thing then come back together for closing. The Webelos often meet separately but not necessarily. We do pack activities once a month or so. Sometimes they are separate from the regular meetings, sometimes they are the regular meetings. I'd worry less about what the books says is the appropriate structure and figure out what your leaders/parents can commit to doing. Build from there. Your show and sell participation experience matches mine. It's one of the reasons we skip popcorn.
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    possible fee increase coming

    I think it was fall the last time fees were increased. Doesn't the executive board/committee meet about this time of year?
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    Safety Rules, Population Growth

    Even as population declines, as long as areas of the world are still being lifted out of poverty by the free market, there will be new demand for products. In addition, as new and ever more innovative products are created, demand will be stimulated. The future's so bright I have to wear shades! 😎 https://www.humanprogress.org/
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    Safety Rules, Population Growth

    Population growth rates have been slowing for decades: https://www.learner.org/courses/envsci/unit/text.php?unit=5&secNum=4
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    Safety Rules, Population Growth

    So have crop yields. In 1924 the soybean harvest averaged 11 bpa, in 2015 it was 48 bpa (https://www.usda.gov/nass/PUBS/TODAYRPT/croptr16.pdf). In 2018 in Illinois it was 64 bpa (https://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/2018/09/exceptional-2018-corn-and-soybean-yields-and-budgeting-for-2019.html). That's a 480% increase in soy production in the US alone. Corn yields have a similar if not so dramatic story as well. And those crops are being produced by a tiny fraction of the number of people today vs. 1924. Malthus underestimated human ingenuity when unleashed in free markets.
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    Safety Rules, Population Growth

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    Fundraiser shutdown

    Those rules only apply to unit fundraisers, not council sponsored fundraisers.
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    If you start with socks, by the time they're young adults it'll be milk shakes and molotovs in the streets of Portland! Is that what you want???? 🤣 Seriously though, nice job combining a fun activity with a community service.
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