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    • This brings up a question I have : what happens to a council's endowment when it is dissolved and absorbed by multiple councils? I ask because my council is doomed, see my post in Council Relations on the latest info, and I know at one time my council was #1 for it's council size in the Southern Region for it's endowment. One individual's bequest gave every Eagle Scout and all council support staff a West Fellowship the year he died.  I don't know how large it is now, but i personally know that several of the donors, including the one who left the large bequest, wanted the money to support local Scouting, with the hopes it benefited the Scouts of their district.
    • ...To raise money for his Boy Scout troop, Brian spent fall evenings alone, turning up virtually every driveway and ringing doorbells in the college town where he grew up, West Lafayette, Ind. Peddling flavors such as Unbelievable Butter and Chocolatey Caramel Crunch, Brian raised almost $6,000 in eighth grade — more than any other Boy Scout in his section of Indiana. In May this year, Mr. Rosenthal, now 31 and a reporter for The Times’s Metro section, earned another distinction: the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. The award recognized Mr. Rosenthal’s exposé of predatory lending in New York’s taxi medallion industry, which devastated a generation of drivers. ...He attended journalism school at Northwestern, where he applied a crusading style of journalism to campus politics. As editor of the school paper, Mr. Rosenthal splashed the names of members of a secret society on Page 1. He defended the decision in a letter that quoted the Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis and cited the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics three times. ...In a series for The Houston Chronicle, he showed that tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Texas with disabilities including autism and blindness were systematically denied special education. More at source:  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/insider/brian-rosenthal-pulitzer.html Well done.
    • I do not get the cost (well I guess it's the BSA supply overhead expense) for the T-shirts BSA sells.  Our troop prints our own T-shirts each year.  Dri-fit, goods quality, left chest (single color) and full back (single color) screens.  Run of about 100 shirts, maybe $11 per shirt.  Boys like them and they are subtle BSA shirts.  Do not screams SCOUTS.  I see them wearing them around town.  Keep the colors neutral. Many of the camps we go to have pre-sell of camp shirts, but those are $20 +.  I get you have to make a buck, but cut the overhead and pass the savings on.  
    • Our pack had class B's that the scouts loved to wear and parents loved to see them wearing.   They looked cool and often were a bragging point.  Most importantly, they were very functional if we bought the right base materials. Many good suggestions so far.   All docs online and via PDF.  Get rid of gimmicky stuff.  Simplify uniform.  IMHO, the biggest problem with uniforms is that they are not functional.  When I'm hiking, camping, swimming, etc ... the last thing I'd want to wear is a scout uniform.  Heavy.  Itchy.  Catches on things.  Expensive to replace.  Painful to re-sew.   My recommendations.   Shut down the scout shops.  Physical stores are a huge carrying cost.  We're in the era of Amazon.com.  Everything scouts and units need from BSA could be shipped as fast as needed.  It would save the average scout leader time and money driving miles and miles.  ... I'd also argue that the huge carrying costs of scout shops perverts decisions resulting in selling expensive books, gimmicky stuff and many piece parts to the uniform.  ... I'd also argue the units should be the source of materials and parents should not experiencing the scout shop "sales pitch". Related BSA "in-person" sales should be focused on scout camps that have a trading post that sells a combination of property specific, BSA specific, quality outdoor stuff ... and candy.  ... If parents want impress their kids, have them shop at a scout camp trading post.    Units should stock advancements to enable awarding as soon as possible.  Ideally, at the same meeting.  ... This would support on-line sales.  ... IMHO, I've rarely seen people wear ranks they did not earn.  The real risk is probably units that go rogue and do not record advancements.   ... but early awarding is much more important.  .... So, let's save cost by not trying to correlated scout shop purchases with unit rank records.   
    • "Stone Mountain was "the sacred site to members of the second and third national klans."[27]:262 The rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan – the second Klan — was inspired by D. W. Griffith's 1915 Klan-glorifying film, The Birth of a Nation.[28] It was followed in August by the highly publicized lynching of Leo Frank, who had been wrongly convicted of murder, in nearby Marietta, Georgia. On November 25 of the same year, Thanksgiving Day, a small group, including fifteen robed and hooded "charter members" of the new organization, met at the summit of Stone Mountain to create a new iteration of the Klan. They were led by William J. Simmons, and included two elderly members of the original Klan. As part of their ceremony, they set up on the summit an altar covered with a flag, opened a Bible, and burned a 16-foot cross.[7]:20[29] Stone Mountain was the location of an annual Labor Day cross-burning ceremony for the next 50 years,[30] only ending when the state condemned the property[clarification needed]. Fundraising for the monument resumed in 1923. In October of that year, Venable granted the Klan easement with perpetual right to hold celebrations as they desired.[31] The influence of the UDC continued, in support of Mrs. Plane's vision of a carving explicitly for the purpose of creating a Confederate memorial. She suggested in a letter to the first sculptor, Gutzon Borglum: The UDC established the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Association (SMCMA) for fundraising and on-site supervision of the project. Venable and Borglum, who were both closely associated with the Klan, arranged to pack the SMCMA with Klan members.[32] The SMCMA, along with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, continued fundraising efforts. Of the $250,000 raised, part came from the federal government, which in 1925 issued special fifty-cent coins with the soldiers Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on them.[33] The image on the verso of the coin was based on The Last Meeting of Lee and Jackson,[34] executed in 1869 by Everett B. D. Fabrino Julio (American, b. St. Helena 1843 – 1879, emigrated to US 1860), itself an icon of Lost Cause mythology; it is now in the American Civil War Museum (until 2012 the Museum of the Confederacy).[35] When the state completed the purchase in 1960, it condemned the property to void Venable's agreement to allow the Klan perpetual right to hold meetings on the premises.[32]"   "Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia."
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