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  1. "pitch a fit" induction 1 2 3

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  2. Brotherhood

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  3. OA sash lengths

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  4. Dance Ring Size

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  5. Southern Region

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  6. OA and Venture Crews 1 2

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  7. OA election problems

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  8. Parent brag

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  9. SR-7A anyone?

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  10. NOAC 2006

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  11. SR6N Elections

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    • There is no program that serves kids that does not have the potential to attract predators. That is a sad fact. Also, children are more at risk from family members and close relatives/neighbors/friends than most other individuals. Sadly, Scouting now has the stigma of what mostly happened 30 plus years ago. The past several decades have seen Scouting create barriers to abuse that make it extremely difficult for predatory people to get exclusive access to kids. I know of no program that has come so far and done so much. Sadly no program is 100% safe and a predator without any 'history' could slip through but if the training/guidelines are followed there would be no opportunity to abuse. Again, no system is foolproof. I would encourage you to check out the BSA Youth Protection training and the parent supplements in Cub Scouting that must be reviewed with their kids annually including on line videos and all of it is available to any parent in or out of the program to use to give their kids the tools they need to protect themselves. It is extremely well done. Youth protection is a major emphasis of BSA and will only continue to improve. I'd be interested to know your opinion of their efforts and what improvements you might feel need to be made as a survivor.   
    • Do you think it needs to be a survivor of abuse from within Scouting? Or someone with that experience in any arena?
    • I appreciate your honesty.  BSA National has not required Local Councils to have a Survivor on each Council's Board.   They have jusrt "recommended" it. I don't want to get into a debate over "cherry-picking" such requirements or the legality but I will offer this; if you are dedicated to the future of Scouting AND the safety of youth, DEMAND that your Council has a Survivor on its Board and do what you can to make sure that his/her voice is heard by the leaders of EVERY unit.   As Santayana said " “Those who forget their history are condemned to repeat it.”  
    • @swilliams - I've worked with many Eagle Scouts over the years.  Your Scout is in an important window of time with only 3 months before their 18th Birthday. The Eagle Service project in itself typically takes several months including all of the documentation and final submission paperwork.  It would be a good idea for your Scout to hand deliver items and get receipts for paperwork turned-in (our Council provides receipts for paperwork items turned in). But in parallel they should start reviewing their Eagle Scout Application (not filling out the final copy), but reviewing all rank and merit badges' completion dates and ensuring ScoutBook / Internet advancement is 100% accurate.  Does your Scout have all of the required MBs?  Are all dates in SB accurate?  Is their Scout Handbook filled in completely for sign-offs (if you use for requirements?) They should also identify their people for recommendations (our Council had a special form that was required for the recommendations) and can write their ambitions and life purpose essay, as these will be needed for the final Eagle Scout application. Good luck!  
    • Parents cook, we (scouts) are waiters
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