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    • I concur with @Eagle94-A1, I've got bad feeling too. I'm glad to see the gains, but they are modest at best.  They mostly represent motivated girls, the ones who have been waiting to join the BSA and did so as soon as they could.  While there are still more girls that will join and excel, I doubt the additions will offset the other much larger losses the BSA is facing. Factor in other issues: 1.  Adult volunteer fatigue/burnout/resignations 2.  National's woeful financial status; its commitment to bureaucracy and poor communication; its ham-fisted management style with volunteers (and even council level pros) 3.  Units inactive or not rechartering (several to my personal knowledge) 4.  Ongoing litigation and insurance crises I think the BSA is an organization at risk.  A good example:  National's decision to put Philmont in hock.  When you resort to taking grandma's wedding ring to the local pawn shop, you're one step from the poor house.  
    • My committee meetings are held in bars, so no scout uniforms, oath or law.  Our opening ceremony is starting a tab.  That said, if committee meetings are held at other locations reciting the pledge is a good opening.
    • Does your troop have any opening ceremonies at Committee meetings? For instance, reciting the scout oath and law at the beginning of the meeting? If so, how does that work for you? Is it effective, or just kind of awkward and weird?
    • Agree. Conclude with a call for all volunteers to be vigilant with a discussion of a Rogues Gallery (names included) .  Douglas Smith, BSA’s former national director for youth protection Thomas Close (Aqua Joe) Michael Kelsey (Hakuna Matata) Thomas George Seifert - (failure of the Ineligible Volunteer List) Ronald Rowcliffe - (failure background check) Coleman Leonard (camp staff) Robert Adams (drunk driving at scout camp) ...unfortunately there are more My $0.02,
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