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    • Come on, gang,  this is all about "market share" and "loyalty "  and "faith". Scouting started up and went world wide because there was a previously unacknowledged desire for child friendly adventure. And Belonging. And the Practice of Adulthood Before you got there... Every kid,  Boy or Girl,  wants to be part of a "Gang".  That can be Scouts,  the football team, the marching band, a MYF group or MS13.    We favor Scouts because we know how it helped us along, and see the benefit of learning the ideals of the Scout Law and Promise earlier rather than later in your adult life.  Frederick Douglas said it best,  "It is easier to build strong children  rather than try and repair  broken men." The GSUSA and Girl Guides have always been (bless'em) dedicated to the females of our species.  It is demonstrably sad that they have fallen away from their historically adventurous program.  If the BSA has always been dedicated to the adventurous type of the training (see the Douglas quote above) and the GSUSA has tended toward the more "traditional" female type things, THAT is why we are now facing the change we see.   The Market Share is now being defined by  girls that want the adventure part of that training that the GSUSA has recently come to organizationally deny.   Can you blame them?   If the BSA can provide (female separate Troops/Patrols/Dens) but the same design and intention of an adventurous, safe danger,  allowed to lead, type of program, then we will all benefit thereby.   "A Game With  A Purpose" indeed.   
    • "WOKE!" MB will start in 2019 (will be fast tracked for Eagle required-rumored to replace Camping in that list). CisMale Scouts outside the state of California may only get Partials, however. \~/
    • A New Merit Badge?   Howzabout  resuscitating some old ones?  Rabbit Raising, Blacksmithing, Carpentry,  Stegasaurus Husbandry.... 
    • Natahala is fun but we tend to gravitate to the Ocoee, more frightening
    • One highlight from my Council is our in town day camp.  Our council camps work great for some scouts, but they are 45 min to 1 hour commute from some areas of our council.  That commute time does not work well for Cub Scout day camp.  So, the council added some camps closer to the areas of the council that are far from our camps.  One is held at a parish school.  They have a lot of great activities including  shooting sports (inside the school).  They also do 1 field trip to camp for water sports.  This has really helped more scouts attend a day camp. One somewhat funny story.  They were originally going to hold this in town day camp at an US Army Reserve base; however, the city where that base is located does not allow any discharge of weapons (which include BB guns).  So, they changed locations and the B.B. gun range is in a parish school basement.    
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