For the 1a requirements for 2nd and 1st class, what does your troop count as activities?
“1a. Since joining Scouts BSA, participate in five separate troop/patrol activities, at least three of which must be held outdoors. Of the outdoor activities, at least two must include overnight camping. These activities do not include troop or patrol meetings. On campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect, such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee.“
For example, Scout Joe, with the help of an ASM, organizes an outing on a weekend to look for local plants to complete another requirement. He arranges for for 2deep leadership, announces the event to the entire troop, and executes the outing. Would that count as a parole/troop activity for 1a for Scout Joe? The activity is sanctioned by the troop but meets at a time different from the regular patrol/troop meeting? Scouts from all patrols are invited.
How about for the other Scouts who attend?
Or alternatively what if the event Scout Joe organized was tenderfoot fitness testing?
Some ASMs have different interpretations about what should count as an activity outside a regular trio/patrol meeting . Some say that if the intent of the activity to fulfill a rank requirement it shouldn’t count as an activity. Others say that events scouts elect to attend outside normal meetings should count.
Just curious about opinions from those outside our troop.