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    • Very true.  Folks know when they've been fenced in.  And yes indeed, camps can get lazy.  An additional drawback to the "let's all gather at Camp ABC yet again" is the burnout factor.  Years ago when I was stationed in the deep South, the small council I was in held every event they could at the council camp.  Monthly district meetings and roundtables, WB, other training courses, conferences, you name it.  The camp wasn't very special after a certain point.  Instead of "hurrah I'm back" it was "here we go again." I concur, building bridges is just what the BSA needs right now.  More than ever!   Loyalty, respect, and teamwork seem to be a one way street, from the volunteers to the pros, with very little reciprocation. 
    • These councils are not doing themselves any favours.  They think that they are protecting their facilities by forcing people to use them.  But, in turn, all they are doing is eroding the perceived value that units derive from council support.  Councils need to get units to their camp on the merits of their camps - not by making it the only option. I agree - at this point in the history of Scouting councils need to learn to partner with the units - not try to control the units.  Build bridges to the units, don't put up more obstacles.
    • Me too.  Sometimes I think of all of the challenges the BSA is facing.  It would seem that this would be the very moment in our organization's history where councils and National would make a concerted effort to embrace the ideas of the volunteer scouters.  At least entertain suggestions and even if disapproved, provide some sort of meaningful dialogue.  After all, we're the ones in the field, sticking by the BSA through thick and thin. But no.  With a couple of hiatuses, I've been a scouter since '85, and I've never seen an era in the BSA where council and National staffs have been more tone deaf and resistant to input from adult volunteers as now.  Individually there are some great pros that listen to the folks in the field and work from a position of mutual respect.  But collectively the pros have never been more distant and disconnected.
    • Gotta admit - this frustrates me to no end.  What a ridiculous abuse of the rules to control the list of approved sites so that only council approved sites are permitted.  We routinely camped at state parks and they worked great.  If councils are going to abuse the system like this, I really wish someone at national would in turn relax the rules.
    • Of the newly added scouters (the parents of the girls)  only one dad had been a scouter before (but with cub scouts, not boy scouts).  We have a lot to learn.  Sharing a committee with the boys, and learning from them, has been extremely helpful. 
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