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    • For Catholics the adult religious emblem knot is used to represent the St George Emblem alone.  So it sounds like they simply gave you the knot as an award which is not a proper use of the knot given there are several patches the National Committee provides for such a purpose.
    • You could make the BSA training one hour of jam packed info and you'd get about the same attendance.  The simple reality is that the basic mechanics of Scouting are pretty straight forward and can easily be learned on the job.  A significant percentage of Scouters realize this and don't bother to get trained.   Most packs and troops don't bother to push the issue.  In the process, we have whole generations of leaders who's training amounts to whatever they saw the leaders before them do. The sad reality is that we as Scouters bear much more responsibilty for the lack of trained leaders than any BSA content.  As experienced Scouters, it's within all our power to encourage new leaders to get trained.  If experienced leaders insisted on trained leaders, it would happen.  But, we don't, and so it doesn't happen.
    • Maybe this is why people think the program is advancement. I see where you're coming from but shouldn't the objectives and purposes for each unit be the aims? Living the oath and law? Maybe there are different ways to get there but the goal is the same. The thing missing is how the methods get us to the aims. It would do a lot of good to talk about how advancement teaches a scout to help other people at all times. That alone should get us over the idea that the goal is eagle. How does the patrol method encourage selfless decision making? I could go on for every method except the one about ideals (and that's mostly just redundant to the aims). Something else missing is teaching the scouts all of this as well. I've never understood that. Why doesn't the scout handbook explain the program as well? I would think everyone in at least a troop should understand what the program is. Why the outdoors, why advancement, why patrols, etc. That way, when one of the adults, parents, or scouts start making a mess the everyone else will know something is wrong. When the parents start complaining that their kids aren't advancing fast enough it would be so much easier to point them to some page in the handbook that explains how advancement helps a scout reach the aims of scouting. "Here, read this page with your child." While I agree that this is a good thing to describe, the problem is that not enough people even understand that older scouts should be working with younger scouts. If you mean adults want training that is to the point, timely, and useful, I agree. My experience was that the BSA training was not that.
    • So after all of the debating and back and forth with the new scout parents... we show up and the oldest, most experienced scout was there in shorts along with his leader parents in shorts 🙃 I dont think I ever saw a group of scouts unzip their convertible pants so fast 🤣. Thanks everyone!
    • In both my Cub Scout & Boy Scout volunteer experiences, I joined troops with established leadership groups.  We had leaders who had been around for a while.  The leadership team in the pack is about 10 people.  In the troop about 20.  There is a defined pack/troop culture that was established by the "senior" leaders.  New leaders certainly take on positions of responsibilty, but there is always someone who can point them in the right direction.   Someone new shows up and starts making waves, someone pulls them aside and points them in the right direction.  It's all very positive as everyone is pulling in the same direction trying to have the best troop possible. In my humble opinion, I think this kind of culture would be useful in more packs and troops.
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