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    • Thank you.  I have always thought this.  It is nice to hear somebody finally say it.  
    • BSA has more rules because of the kinds of activities it does with kids. Baseball doesn't really need two deep. The kids are hardly ever out of public view. They are on a field, usually with other adults around.  Most fields, dug outs, field houses have surveillance cameras. Players are rarely away overnight. However, no one in their right mind would disagree with you  that BSA has been unable to keep kids safe despite all the rules. 
    • It's true that BSA has more rules than other organizations, but I don't think those extra rules have made kids more safe.    
    • I hope you keep working your ticket! It is worth figuring out how to get done within your new situation. I really dislike the coed troop idea. At first, I was very upset at the BSA. After I have worked more and more with our girl troop, I see the reason why the BSA decided not to go co-ed. The Scouts take more risks when not around our boys troop. They speak up more, they laugh more, and they lead more. They have fund playing 9 square etc. with the boy troop, but really come back and learn about leadership when outside of the earshot of the boys. 
    • My troop guide in Woodbadge stressed that the ticket must be achievable and not rely on others to complete the ticket. I had the patrol method on one of my tickets, but that worked since I was (and still am) a scoutmaster and I was able to make the change. I'd talk with your committee chair and scoutmaster to see if the troop needs a task done for the benefit of the troop. Could be something as simple as improving parent communications or procuring  a piece of equipment that the troop needs. Then go back to your WB Troop Guide with a new ticket proposal.  Tickets also need not be involved in scouting. Could be something you want to work on at work, that indirectly helps you become a better adult volunteer in Scouting.  Changing the direction of a troop is not a good ticket, because odds are you will not be able to complete buy-in for change and if leadership goes for it, it usually takes several years for it to be implemented. When I worked on my troop's patrol method, I instantly got opposition from parents, so navigating that was a learning experience for me.
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