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    • You misread my statement...I agree with you. My comments are CRITICAL of CRT, not supportive.
    • I've been concerned because the documented youth transmission cases that have occurred in our area have mostly been during outdoor sport practices, not in class and in school. In practice, even if they are doing socially distanced drills and eschewing locker rooms, they are not wearing masks. This virus does not like heat, humidity or  sunlight, so as winter temps cool and become dryer. wear your masks and forget about 6 feet social distance stay 12 feet away even in open air. 
    • I'm sorry to hear that you experienced this first hand and hope you are fully recovered soon. I know. Many people do not take this seriously. Be well.
    • I'm hoping by next summer that we can begin to do things.  Our troop has been mostly suspended for the last six months.   My family caught covid through my son's job.  His co-workers follow the rules, but he deals with 15 - 20 customers a day that don't believe it's real and refuse to wear masks or stay home and quarantine.  By the time we knew he was sick, we were all infected.  Most everyone in the family had minimal symptoms.  I've been the hardest hit.  I was very sick for two weeks (fever, cough, exhaustion, etc).  I'm still feeling fatigue and other minor symptoms after five weeks.  This needs to be taken seriously.   I'm sad our troop has not been very active, but I'd hate for our troop activities to be a cause of a parent or relative getting sick.
    • I have major issues with BSA actively entering the political arena.  By mentioning B. Taylor, they have gone way beyond selling war bonds and into anti-police propaganda.  That is something that they can't take back.  I don't think that scouts should actively engage in any social issues.  That's not our role.  We should be role models for society through our actions, not our words.  I don't like forced anything - it reeks of insincerity.  If your troop/pack is open to anyone who wants to join up and participate in this organization, then that's all that should be required.  We are probably one of the most open organizations on the planet.  We have published a book for 110 years that explains who we are and what we believe.  While society may have interpreted it in various ways for us through time, the core has not faltered.  Some of this stuff sounds awfully close to bussing.  I think that kids in Scouting will get enough diversity training in their lives.  Adding in a merit badge does sound a lot like school.  The equity thing is a very loaded term.  While its focus on equal outcome is debated, it's focus on unequal assistance is not debatable.  It goes beyond accommodation for physical handicaps and into social condition.  Scouting is all about improving one's lot in life through your own efforts.  What does this equity look like in the MB?  Lowering a standard because of where a Scout lives?  Would anyone accept requiring fewer hikes from Scouts in NYC vs one from rural NC?  One big issue is the "lens" one is required, or tends, to adopt with DEI and CRT.  It's like having just a hammer in your tool box.  I'm currently in a masters program that is heavy in "anti-racism" (as if there is a significant "pro-racism" sector of society).  One lecture literally told the students that the hog farms in eastern NC were established out of racism.  They showed a slide of the slave population locations in 1860 and one of the hog farm sites from 2019.  They did not mention the tobacco buyout in the 1990s.  They didn't mention that these farms were converted from tobacco to hogs because the terrain was perfectly suited for them, nor that these farms had been in these families for generations.  The story sold to these kids is that these farms were sited in these locations because black people lived there.  That is a shameful tactic in my book.
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