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    • It is not unusual for factions or cliques to form within a unit. It is almost unavoidable in a larger unit of 40 or 50 scouts.   
    • I had my EBOR in February and I am heavily religious either. I put one of my parents like your son did, but they didn’t have to write a letter. I  don’t think you need a letter for every single person on that recommendation list on the application. I had like 3 letters.
    • Yes, my aforementioned Rim of the World. It's a female scout, but she's a-la-mode a strong capable female character. We've had a comedy series over here in the UK called Ghosts, where someone inherits a house, has an accident and can now see dead people, one of the ghosts trapped in her house is a scout leader, comes across as well meaning and enthusiastic, though admittedly a bit of a nerdy voice, and no mention of paedophilia. Which was nice.
    • Welcome @CarrieScouter. Congratulations on your son's advancement. You have it right. How does your son fulfill his duty to God? Has he met your expectations? What does he do on his own? You don't have to spend a lot of time on this. Just a couple of scentences about how he's applying the religion that you handed down to him. Of course, a deeper question for yourself and none of us here is why your family doesn't go to church? Has your duty to God changed? Did you have a revelation that St. Paul was mistaken about "forsake not the assembling of yourselves together?" Have your fellow worshippers turned out to be no good? Scouting gives us opportunities to reflect on our lives as parents. This is one of those opportunities.
    • In a strict sense of Authority=Power, I will agree that the COR has whatever "authority" it thinks it needs because there's no one that can tell them no.  But I think it's very important for people to keep in mind that just because you have the power to do something doesn't make you the authorized agent/actor in a particular situation.  And I don't think that's just an issue of rationalization or sophistry.  Sometimes in many areas of life we may have to make decisions and take actions that don't follow the established program, and if the situation requires it, fine.  But we should never forget when we do something like that, that we aren't doing things the right way.  That's really all I was trying to say.  Specific to the OP's case, there's nothing anyone can do to stop the COR from behaving like the Lord of the Calendar, but that doesn't mean the people around him/her should ever let the COR think that's the "right" (per the program) way to do things.
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