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Day 41: Meetings
100 days of scouting Day 41: Boards of Review, Patrol Meetings, and Troop Committee meeting.

We had eight scouts complete boards of review this evening, mostly Tenderfoot and Second Class.

The new scout patrol had a meeting. I went through the Joining requirements with one of them and he got it all except the square knot and scout badge. So, he'll take care of those at the troop meeting next week. We had a nice talk about Wii, Pokemon, and stamp collecting.

The main topic of discussion in the committee meeting was dividing the troop. After yet another very lengthy discussion, the decision was made to do nothing except inform the scout families that anyone can join any troop at any time. If someone wants to start a new troop, that is up to them.
So, the troop will continue on at its present size of ~75 scouts and see if it continues to grow or not. Since I've expressed my opinion that this is the incorrect road to take to provide the best possible experience for the scouts, it makes sense for me to speed along the ramp-up of the next scoutmaster and turn it over to him as soon as possible.

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Posted: 9:51 03-22-2011 597
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 Mar 22, 2011 - Brian N
I heard the other day that in the original 'aids to scoutmastership' that there is a section headed "No Troop should ever have more than 32 boys". Baden-Powell goes on to say 'The most boys that I can support effectively is 16, but I grant that some of you may be twice as good as I am, so I will allow a troop of 32'

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