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    • I'm not sure I'm following your point here.  In our society today it will be a hard argument to make that learning scouting skills will keep you from death.  While it is true, the prospect of someone leveraging these skills to save their life is 2020+ is very low.  In not saying it won't happen, but the spectre of death for most kids isn't something they think about. That not withstanding.  No system is perfect.   We started discussing people 18 and over in Scouting and so I shared how I see it working.  Lumping a 20 year old with a 12 year old and saying "go camp" isn't going to happen.  So, the only way to have a Scouting program for those over 18 is to have their own program.  If you're going to do that, it makes sense to have graduated levels like they do in the UK.  Is it perfect - nope.  Is what we have now perfect - nope.  It's just an idea.  Myself, in 2020, I'm game to take so e chances.  People are cruising Churchill because it's too safe - too traditional.  I agree.  So I'm willing to look at our core program, see what's working, and take some chances. But - I was wrong to start this conversation in this great thread on history.
    • In my experience as a Scout, we changed SMs pretty regularly, probably due to overwork although it was invisible to the Scouts.  We just kept on keeping on. The SM who formed the first troop I hooked up with as an adult Scouter only left because of a job in another state.  Another father stepped in for him for a little over a year but had to resign because he was working an hour north and it was just too rough on him to get back down in time for meetings, much less everything else a SM has to do.  The third SM lasted about 4 or 5 months -- he took it personally when members of the committee criticized an outing he "led", quit quite loudly and stormed out of the meeting.  In desperation, the TCC turned to me to take over.  Being just 26 at the time, I told him I'd do it so someone could sign the paperwork but only until they found someone more suitable.  2.5 years later, I told the committee that I was serious, they needed to find a new SM because I had military orders to be elsewhere in 3 months. In my second troop as an adult, the SM was there for a couple decades.  He only left (was forced out of) the position due to a debilitating injury.  IMO, he did a great job with training -- both Scouts and adults. I do think it's helpful to get graduated Scouts who still want to be involved and use them as JASMs or ASMs.  They are a very useful bridge between age groups.
    • That right there should have disqualified her from any position of responsibility if National wasn't so disconnected from reality.  I know some excellent PhDs but no one I've met with a PhD in "education" has seemed to know a dang thing about teaching.  Field experience should be the first and foremost thing they look for at National.  When you look at who gets selected for the Board or President positions in the past 15 or 20 years, it's almost like the organization wanted to destroy itself.
    • Just wait. I see locker cubicles coming in the future.  
    • I agree. A lot of new rules/restriction are being imposed.  We recently got a new rule that boys are not to remove their shirts.  No shirts and skins in basketball.  No changing shirts on the field. If a boy is wearing a sweatshirt underneath his uniform shirt, and it gets warm, he cannot just remove the sweatshirt.  He must go to the locker room to change.   Things are getting Victorian.  
  • Recent Status Updates

    • CommishJulian

      Practicing kindness through Scouting ...  or at least trying to.
      · 0 replies
    • WisconsinMomma

      Family update -- Son #1 earned Life, Son #2 earned 1st Class, Son #3 joined Scouting, and husband is Scoutmaster. Wish us luck!
      · 1 reply
    • CommishJulian

      Kindness sells
      Youth only get one shot to be touched by the magic of Cub Scouting.  It is wrong that adult-children weasel their way back into BSA activities and pervert the program to shine back on them, robbing the next generation of their opportunity.  Bullying is a serious problem in Scouts BSA and the decimated numbers of Scouts in the US shows that.  I've chosen to stand up to the bullies, and they've done everything they can think of to hold on to their empire of dirt. 
      While I won't ever get a single silver anything, the appreciation that single moms show me more than make up for it.
      Long live us stubborn idealists!
      · 0 replies
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