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  • #46
    That's the challenge, having balance. I like my current lodge a lot. Yes we work hard, 3 Ordeals, a work day, and numerous chapter work days plus additional service work at camps, i.e. staff ing trading post to make money for camp improvement and camperships,

    BUT WE PLAY JUST AS HARD !!!!!!

    I remember coming aboard as chapter adviser, and my chapter was all worked out. Someone on the district planned the Webeloree what we staffed the same weekend as Conclave, the biggest party of non-NOAC years. So in about 4 years, only 1 member of our chapter ever attended a conclave, and he was the lodge chief. Everyone was putting service first, and it was wearing us out.

    I convinced the new webeloree chief to change the dates for the OA, and being an Arrowman he agreed over the objections of the district member who originally scheduled it. Chapter grew by leaps and bounds.

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    • #47
      I do not wear lodge flaps or knots or stars on my shirts. They are blank. I have that stuff in a box.

      What drives a person to imagine that someone they disagree with must have some negative qualities beyond the debate topic? That's not healthy.(This message has been edited by Bsa24)

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      • #48
        "we enjoy working together and giving service to the community together. We have a good time. "

        CHEERFUL SERVICE! You do have the OA spirit BSA24.

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        • #49
          When I was tapped for the OA, there were no African-American boys in either of the two lodges where I was a member. Black kids could not come to our camp. It was wrong to exclude them and I took the risk of saying so (as a camp staff member). It is bigoted, ignorant, and wrong to exclude homosexual boys from the programs today. Homosexuality is not something that is taught/learned or caught from others -- that's a fact. Gay boys are often singled out for bullying and the BSA policy simply reinforces this.

          As a 60-year veteran scout, scouter, and donor I have learned many things from this organization. However, the lessons on discrimination did not take. It pains me to do this, but I am severing my ties with the Boy Scouts of America. You need not reply to this post as I am closing my account.

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          • #50
            Hello Eagle 92,


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            Haven't heard of that one before. How does that work?

            I imagine getting 14 days and nights of camping would be a barrier for a lot of Cub Scout leaders.

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            • #51
              SP,

              For those in Cubs, the hard part is the long term camping requirement. This district leader met the requirement via NCS.

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              • #52
                The camping requirement is waiverable and frequently is for District nominations.

                Adult leaders in council and district positions: The lodge
                adviser, district chairmen, council president, or members
                of the professional staff may nominate adults to the
                lodge adult selection committee. All requirements set
                forth for adult leaders in units must be fulfilled, with the
                exception of the camping requirements, which may be
                waived at the discretion of the lodge adviser and Scout
                executive.

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