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  1. The old internet advancement system had a API that other people could use to do automated data, import/export syncs with. The new Scoutbook system has no such API and all 3rd party interfaces with BSA no longer exist. It is pretty obvious at this point that BSA wants Scoutbook to remain 100% proprietary, and take away any options of interfacing advancement data with and 3rd party tools or websites. To the BSA, you should be using Scoutbook or nothing, even though Scoutbook pales in comparison to many other systems such as Troopmaster, Trooptrack etc.
  2. Notice how national in all the press photos lately is now having everyone tie their neckers at the bottom like the rest of the world scouting does instead of using a slide, and they are all wearing the longer traditional style neckers. eg: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/05/on-the-100th-year-since-the-19th-amendment-lets-look-how-scouts-stood-with-suffragists/ I am all for it, I like larger necker sizes, and it really makes US Scouts more in line with the rest of the scouts in the world. But it does seem interesting that national seems to have made that
  3. You can't help think this could have been avoided if the other adults would have paid attention. THAT is the real purpose of YPT.
  4. Since, the BSA went back on their promise to provide an import/export method for 3rd party programs like the one we use for our records which we HAD and worked great with the old internet advancement system, I am just going back to paper and will just turn paper forms into the council from now on and not deal with scoutbook at all.
  5. Holy cow. This also now means it is only safe to go camping or another outing with FOUR instead of 3 minimum. With 3 we had enough of someone got hurt and we had to take them back to camp for a twisted ankle or god forbid a hospital or rangers office or something more serious. Two could go with the scout and maintain two deep, the 3rd adult could stay with the youth and continue the hike etc. Now you need 4 to handle those situations. This is killer for small troops And I guess if you read this strict the SPL is not allowed to take control of his troop on a
  6. >Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. Hmm, that will be a problem for me as SM when the PLC has their meetings once a month an hour before one of the regular Troop meetings. Since no other adult leaders are really invited to the PLC meeting, usually I show up and open the door to the church for them to have their PLC meeting, and sit over in the corner of the room while they have their meeting, unless I am asked a question, or feel the need to ask a question, and then I say a few things at the end. This all
  7. How do you make a copy of this and use it on the desktop version?
  8. Scouts USA should be the eventual name to match Scouts UK, Scouts Canada etc
  9. I believe it is all about scholarships. People are desperate to be able to afford the price of college these days and I hear people talk about scholarships 100x more than anyone ever did when I was young. Pretty much the same reason that is having a bad impact and cheapening the Eagle award.
  10. Depends on the project. I have had some scouts do project where they needed a couple people who were very detail oriented for say painting very detailed and complicated patterns on a floor and they only invited a few older scouts to help and that was a very legitimate decision I thought by the scout. Most other projects where there is lots of heavy lifting, digging, sawing/hammering, or slapping a solid color of paint onto some picnic benches or something then I would suggest pretty much anyone can help with so the whole troop gets invited. I even had a scout who did his whole projec
  11. A rare creature that some of us have actually seen. Unlike of course the mysterious Unit Executive which is a mythical creature which has only been rumored to have been seen by some scouters that say they caught rare glimpses of one, but it was always a foggy nite and if you ask me their tales are often a little far fetched.
  12. What I don't get is why are they still talking about releasing the Scoutbook Lite version as well later this year, which was supposed to originally be the free replacement for Internet Advancement, but you would still have to pay for the full Scoutbook. Now that the full Scoutbook will be free for all, why in the world is BSA still going to waste money on "Scoutbook Lite" version also, and have to maintain a totally separate software product, with a "different user interface" from now until forever that will only be used by a small percentage of units? That sort of thinking is just wasti
  13. Scoutbook Subscriptions will be free starting January 1, 2019 In an effort to drive program consistency and deeper engagement with our youth and leaders, Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2019, Scoutbook subscriptions will be free to all BSA units. Scoutbook (https://www.scoutbook.com ) is an online unit management tool that ensures that you never miss a Scouting moment—from tracking advancements to milestone achievements along the Scouting adventure. When units with a current Scoutbook account need to renew their subscription this fall, they will
  14. I bet $100 he gets it if he appeals to National. I denied one recently for similar circumstances as SM, for a scout who had not been camping since 2014, had not correctly finished 5 eagle merit badges, never served in a position as Life, etc.. but the parents submitted what looked more like a legal brief to Council/National than a request, and in their letter made it sound like all of us leaders were incompetent, etc. And eventually after even the Council Eagle Committee who performed their investigation and reviewed it did not give their approval, still when they sent it with their no
  15. Ok, I am totally confused about the current Eagle Plam's requirements of the month. Is the 3-month active after eagle requirement gone? I believe it is still published in the guide to advancement, but I have read in a few places it is gone. The requirements for scoutmasters conference and board are gone as well I believe. I have a young man who just earned his eagle but I am not sure if I can award him palms right away for the merit badges that qualify or not. Is there even an official 'form' anymore to submit? Everything I can find has the old requirements on them. Or do
  16. US Girl Scouts are actually wrongly named Girl Guides. They are part of the international Girl Guides (and scouts), and are actually the only group in that international organization that calls themselves scouts and not guides. Personally I think is what confuses people. GSA is following the guides program and is not actually 'scouts for girls'.
  17. Anyone have any scoutmaster minutes about "the WHY" of the Law and Oath? Why we follow those, why those are important, and why they should care? I feel like we stand up and we say those the oath and law before every meeting, we talk about them sometimes, discuss how they apply in their lives, and talk about them when it comes time to advance and in BOR's... . but I just don't fell like we don't really communicate "the why" to the youth. How did my scoutmaster(s) instill into me these things enough that I carried them with my whole life and still try to live by them today? Did I
  18. I like the uniform better than the current official one.
  19. The real question I have is this... When will BOYS LIFE magazine change it's name?
  20. I have a sit-down meeting with my CO next week and hope to get/set some direction. My own position as SM, and the current position of the other leaders (at least the ASMs and CC) as well as the parents in the Troop I have talked to, right now are not interested in pursuing a girls program and will stick with being a boys only Troop. Our sister Pack with the CO, will probably have girls I think but I have not confirmed it with the brand new Cub master. They are closely affiliated not only with our CO(church), but also with the neighborhood elementary school where they have all their me
  21. > "new, separate girl's program" that was initially promised is frankly an affront Or it could actually be that national has actually heard from all those people who were actually planning on doing the girls program which kept saying, that a) they will never find enough leaders to staff an entire other girls troop, b) most of us forming it will be leaders from the boys troop anyway with a few additional female leaders added and c) it will just be a separate troop only on paper to begin with because we can't be in two places at once So slowly national will probabl
  22. Should have copied the "UK Scouts" that they switched to when they went co-ed, and just changed to "US Scouts". Because we all know that eventually BSA will need change their name to "Scouts of America", "Scouts America", like Scouts Canada, or something similar to the UK as "Scouting Association of the US" , or "US Scouting Association" or whatever anyway in the future, and that will now cause yet another name change for the scouting program again later. Shows a bit of a lack of forward thinking to me. Oh well, I also see in my crystal ball a future change to the program to mov
  23. I believe we will be getting new Scout books sometime in the summer as well, in preparation for the Feb eligibility of girls in Scouting. My local national scout shop has told me that supply of existing books is drying up.
  24. Read that announcement closely. https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/12/21/scoutbook-lite-to-replace-bsas-internet-advancement-platform-in-early-2018/ The things concern me there: "read-only API's", and "no...API's to third parties" and "no longer support the CSV data file import" Those make me think that BSA is getting ready to give the shaft to all other Troop tracking programs.
  25. Not totally uncommon for a very small troop. Our troop is very small and I can't get enough adult volunteers to staff an actual committee. The troop leadership consists of myself(SM), the former SM(now ASM), and one other adult committee member who acts as treasurer and advancement chair. We are the only 3 of us that have access to the troop funds. Our rules are we never sign checks for anything that pays to ourselves as reimbursement, we have to show documentation (receipts) to one of the other of us and they have to write the check. For any large purchases we always notify each
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