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    • Easy to complain about, isn't it? Without the school lunch programs though, many disadvantages kids would find themselves on a NO-cal, NO-fat, NO-salt, NO-fiber....NO-food diet. 
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    • I would imagine that he can content himself knowing that he is the kind of clergyman who follows the directives of his superiors. I can relate to that. As a teacher and scout leader, I have often had to follow rules and directives that I personally felt were less than helpful to my students and scouts. I think we all have. Take, for example, the federally subsidized school lunch program. I understand the good intentions of the program, but it upsets me to tell a hungry child that he/she can't have any more food because a bureaucrat in Washington has decided that every child needs to be on a low-cal, low-fat, low-salt, high-fiber diet. I do breakfast and lunchroom duty, and I absolutely hate turning away hungry children. It goes against my very nature. One of the few good things I have to say about BSA is that they don't require units to participate in any federally regulated food programs.    
    • Excellent!! I'm glad to hear that the kids had an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and grow their experience and wisdom.
    • As a leader you can only treat what you know about.  Also I would not be too concerned about the antibiotics.  That may be a CYA by the ER. Could be a good learning experience for the troop that all injuries need to be reported to the leaders so proper care can be provided.  That's why we have the big honking medical kit (smaller one for backpacking) on all outings
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