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    • @CynicalScouter here https://scoutingwire.org/bsa-membership-fee-increase-details-and-faq/?fbclid=IwAR16VajHDXlujmMe6yUlpWRyp7ajG15VLkMUkTD1ZDUc_-WLTPn1gc4CuMc
    • Much of traditional Scouting is not at all dangerous, and as @Sentinel947 notes, can be carried on effectively in the presence of adults, as long as the adults exercise restraint.  I sometimes wonder if the differences between the Boy Scout program of 1970 (before the Improved Scouting Program) and the Scouts BSA program of today are really differences at all.  Or are they just the result of changes in technology, transportation, and family practices that don't really matter once we get the youth out to a camp or hiking trail?  Is the difference that it is just harder today "to wean them from indoors and to make the outdoors attractive to them"?  Is the real issue that we are stuck in the practices of the past and just lack the creativity to lure today's youth outdoors?  My concern is that in deciding what traditions are "useful" and what programs "our customers most value," the decision makers will be like the city Scoutmaster whose troop never went on hikes because staying indoors is what they were used to.  That is, they mistake "comfort zone" for "relevance" and consider traditions and activities that would take youth and families out of their comfort zones to no longer be relevant or to have no value to our customers.  
    • Scout plans to build a 1700s -1800s era blacksmith shop on Ramsey House Plantation.  It will be built completely of logs, timber framing for the roof, cedar shingles, a brick forge, and it’s all going to be original... video, drawing (above), and more at source: https://www.wvlt.tv/content/news/Knox-Co-Boy-Scout-building-blacksmith-shop-for-Ramsey-House-570857581.html
    • This has all been discussed here at length. One might distinguish between why youth join Scouting and what Scouting aims to accomplish.  Those aims (or goals) have varied slightly over the years and from Scouting organization to Scouting organization.  One expression is that the goals of Scouting are developing persons of good character, who are good citizens and who are fit in mind and body.  BSA has made "leadership," once understood to be part of "citizenship," a separately-stated goal of its program.   That B-P person said, "Let us, therefore, in training our Scouts, keep the higher aims in the forefront, not let ourselves get to absorbed in the steps. Don't let the technical outweigh the moral.   Field efficiency, back woodsmanship, camping, hiking, good turns, jamboree comradeship  are all means, not the end.   The end is CHARACTER with a purpose.   And that purpose, that the next generation may be sane in an insane world, and develop the higher realization of service, active service of love, and duty to God and neighbor." In India, the largest Scouting association (The Bharat Scouts and Guides) says, " The mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, theough a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law to help build a better world where people and self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society." "Gerakan Pramuka Indonesia or called Indonesian Scout movement is a name of non-formal education organization that performs scouting education in Indonesia. Its founded in 1961 by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX, and in 2011 Gerakan Pramuka Indonesia became the world’s largest scout association in the world with members [today] of about 17 million. ... Every activity is performed according to the Scouting Basic Principal (Prinsip Dasar Kepramukaan) and Scouting Method (Metode Kepramukaan). The final goal of these activities is the formation of character, morals, and noble character of young people in Indonesia. To find the aims and goals of Scouting, one need not"cherry-pick" scattered statements.  instead, to assert that Scouting in the U.S. is not about building character, citizenship and fitness, one must ignore everything said on the topic by not only the "founder," B-P, but by all that those who built Scouting here, primarily Bill Hillcourt, "Scoutmaster to the World.   The founders were wise enough to know that promoting an "educational movement" might attract adults.  To attract boys you needed, as B-P said, "good bait."  Fun and adventure are the essential "bait," but not the goals.  The means by which these aims are to be accomplished vary over time and from Scouting organization to Scouting organization.  But calling them "methods" means they are, necessarily, not  "aims" or goals" unless one assumes that the authors of the statements lack a basic command of the language in which they have been expressed for over a century.       
    • Proof of what exactly? What's the sludge?
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