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    • In this immediate moment I am going to suggest that it might be hazardous for the BSA to engage in almost any proactive messaging on YPT or the bankruptcy at this moment.  Anyone on this site could easily write the response that could come from an abused-claimant.  It could be: "the BSA does not get it" or "the BSA is insensitive with its statement" or worse.  These people need to be treated with kindness.  For now the best route might be to just quietly prepare our means by which we will try to give them some justice.   As for competitor organizations that are piling-on with their PR, this is part of the competitive market and they are taking advantage at this moment -- as they did when we repealed don't ask don't tell, formed all-girl Troops and our other recent progress.  My read is that Americans know this is obvious "kick them while they are down" behavior. 
    • Yes, I saw the commercial last night for the second time.  It is well done and to the point.  Historically, there was a time when BSA was a favorite image for ad copy and also appeared favorably in most local news.  We cannot overcome the bad image by ourselves, other than on our very local level.  And even then, we run into issues on occasion.  Our biggest resource is our ongoing service, not just Eagle projects, but numerous other activities.  We have a number of serious outdoor oriented units that do regular trail work and have put up markers in remote areas and after our fires, cleaned up some local park areas.  Why was this not know by the larger public?  So, lets hope the new leader, not from the ranks, will address this primary need, reaching beyond National with options for local use.
    • Large council, we seem to have 3 folks among the cast of thousands over to the office that have marketing in their title.  Honestly have never seen anything out there in the local wide wild world about the BSA in our metro are that was in fact actually generated by the council office.  Another 6 have "development" in their title.  I am guessing that all of them are in fact involved solely with raising money so they, the SE, the Asst SE, the multitude of directors and specialists all can keep getting paychecks.  When in doubt and to balance the numbers just add in some of those In School units.  Gotta look good to the donors
    • Others may have already posted this but it came across my news feed today.  There's more than land at stake, https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/02/27/boy-scouts-chapter-11-bankruptcy-rockwell-paintings-sexual-abuse-victims/4820331002/.  
    • We had a professional marketing rep on staff, but fired her about 2 months ago.  I guess it makes sense. If we're not going to advertise or talk to the media, what do we need to pay a PR person for?
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