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Scoutmaster Teddy

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  1. Why do you need 50% of troop there for an election??

    Same thing happened to me as Scoutmaster. Another Troop in our Council never had an election even though Scouts were eligible. Apparently the Troop had no idea how to ask for an election. Council Office, Commissioner, other OA members - have you heard of it? Our election team last year told me that the Scouts had to have one more than one-half. Twelve Scouts voted - six "ayes" and six "nays." So, we voted again. I used my phone to read of copy of the OA's election guidance and set the election straight. Now we have new Lodge Bylaws that designate only trained OA members may conduct elections.
  2. Who is headed to NOAC 2018?

    I was just offered an extra adult spot my lodge was awarded. I'm pretty excited.
  3. "Professional" Compensation Package Cut

    New hires in my sector, Illinois Higher Ed, now have to work longer than I. I can retire at 55 in December 2018. Less than a year left!! The pension will not be great, but we have saved the last 20 years and have no debt. I have served with 4 DE's in the last 5 years. We just lost #4 to the railroad. BNSF. They pay entry-level transportation management trainees more than my council pays trained DE's . Our Asst. SE left to work as a sales rep for a glass company.
  4. The Crown, Season 2 Episode 5

    I'm not sure if we have any Lord Baden-Powell spotters here. If you watch the Netflix series "The Crown," you will see a photo of our founder proudly displayed on the mantle. Season 2, Episode 5, around the 41:00 mark. That is all. Happy new Year! Scoutmaster Teddy
  5. Holiday Message 2017 - BSA National Key 3

  6. Integration and Ceremonies

    You will be labeled with the en-vogue buzzword.
  7. Forum Updated - Feedback/Bugs/Errors?

    I was denied logging in with my oft-used name and password. I had to reset my password twice to get in. Hopefully that was just a glitch with my account.
  8. Does your Troop have dues?

    It is fun! And it's also a learning experience. We make 55 to 60 gallons of beef chili and 10 gallons for the vegetarians (bad hunters). The boys sell tickets door-to-door. During the event they take shifts washing dishes, greeting customers, making cold cut sandwiches, and stocking the serving line. We usually have 350 or more customers that one evening. Most of the ingredients are donated, leaving us with a good amount of money.
  9. Does your Troop have dues?

    We charge the Scouts and Adults the usual yearly registration fee. We have scholarships available for yearly registration and summer camp for boys who need assistance.The COR picks up any other fees. Fundraising: Annual Chili Supper- big hit! We hold the event every early November. The Farm King Corporation gives us a large yearly donation. The Scouts get a 30% commission on the Chili Supper ticket sales for their camp and scouting-related expenses.
  10. Does your Troop have dues?

    Dues are $12 per year. I prefer the boys to pay out of money they earn, but a check from the parents is okay. We use it to defray the cost of rank badges, merit badges, POR patches. If i had my way, I would have the SPL collect $1 cash from each Scout the first meeting of the month. "A Scout is thrifty and pays his own way."
  11. Would you wear unique council patches?

    I have quite a few FOS and special event CSPs. I even have one from Wood Badge. I only use the standard CSP on my uniforms. The others are in a collection. I agree with @RememberSchiff - let's use community strips.
  12. Order of the Arrow for Females?

    My intent was to gather information on the OA equivalent for females. The topic was mentioned in the video sent to councils and the recent town hall by the CSE. Chapter, Lodge, Section, Regional and National Chief positions and their staffs are male. Following the Native American tradition, all Chiefs are male. I'm curious as to what the female equivalents will be. As well as how the two groups would interact by Section, Region, etc. I would hate to see the OA be abandoned for a new organization. Scoutmaster Teddy
  13. Order of the Arrow for Females?

    Any scuttlebutt on the OA equivalent for girls? Will there be a separate OA-type organization for them or will the current system be altered, as in female Chiefs? Kichkinet? Nutiket? Meteu? Allowat Sakima? Just curious. Scoutmaster Teddy
  14. POR review

    Exactly! Let the boys deal with it. Scoutmaster Teddy
  15. POR review

    Perhaps the committee members can't "stay in their own lane." Enough with the paperwork and multiple "checklists" that take time away from being scouts. The SPL/ASPL and Scoutmaster should be aware of any issues with POR's and act accordingly. Scoutmaster Teddy