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New forum on how best to start a girls' troop?

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How about adding a forum (or a subforum under Open Discussion - Program) with a name something like:

"Starting a new Scouts BSA girls' troop - practical how-to's"

This would be a place to how to best get the girls' troops started, and how to have the best possible experience for the girls AND for the boys in the troops to which they are linked,  not a place to rehash whether they should be started.

 

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I agree you need a specific forum ASAP on this.  It needs to be carefully monitored to focus on best practices.  Political commentary and obstructing negative comments need to be diverted.  

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Well, if ASAP is what you need. You could create tags for your topics. Say, "Start-up", "Scouts BSA", "Girls", and "Troop".

File under open program, council relations, or whatever.

Most of what you all have discussed so far applies to boys' troops too.

The reason why I suggest this is that somewhere there is a venturing forum that us crew advisors rarely use. Why? Because most of what we really need to know is on the other forums. I mean, venturing is special, but not that special.

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FYI, there is a lot of practical advice being shared in two private Facebook groups:

- Scouts BSA Female Troops Volunteers is more free-form and loose. Lots of entry-level questions plus experienced information-sharing.

- BSA Family Packs / Girl Troops includes some National staff members, covers Cubs, and is stricter - posts require approval and admins have a heavier hand in closing threads that get off topic.

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We are a best-practices all-girl Troop with 24 kids and 15 adults, so we do not need the help ourselves.  Since best practices are being handled elsewhere, I will cease my postings.

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4 hours ago, shortridge said:

FYI, there is a lot of practical advice being shared in two private Facebook groups:

- Scouts BSA Female Troops Volunteers is more free-form and loose. Lots of entry-level questions plus experienced information-sharing.

- BSA Family Packs / Girl Troops includes some National staff members, covers Cubs, and is stricter - posts require approval and admins have a heavier hand in closing threads that get off topic.

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