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    • Writing about behaviors and motivation of the living is rarely "history."  
    • This is in many ways the question that we are all struggling to answer. And in this I think we see that even millennials are looking around for an answer.  I'm also reminded that we are not even really marketing to millennials any more - we're targeting Gen-Z and increasingly Gen-A youth.     I think it would be a mistake for us to infer this.  The risk of death is certainly lower today.  However, the challenges to succeed are as great as they've been.  The skills kids have evolved for certain, but that doesn't mean that there are fewer skills needed.  If I look at my profession, we are as far from a hands on profession as you can get.  But, the skills needed by our young adults are high.  Further, the skills that are most needed are the same as they have always been - a sense of drive, confidence, resourcefulness, problem solving, team work, willingness to try, willingness to take risk.  There are the kind of skills that Scouting excels at helping a youth develop.   The outdoors is our game and it's a good one.  Getting kids outdoors is a great way for them to adventure, have fun, and build skills.  Perhaps in BP's day those skills were part of the purpose as they could keep you from dying.  But today, those outdoor skils are less necessary.  However, the other skills that Scouting excels at developing are indeed needed.    
    • For some reason I find myself thinking that one of the reasons we are in our current position is that our legal system has allowed the sixties to be dragged to the current era.  That may say more than some are willing to admit?
    • I'm not for a moment suggesting that Scout skills will not keep you from dying.   Ahh - I understand your point better now.  I think the whole lifesaving thing in Scouting is overblown - but that's just me.  Kids are all very different and join for different reasons.  Some for lifesaving skills, some to learn outdoor skills, some just for fun. I think back to your prior comment: I'm just one that thinks that Scouting today is more about adventure and challenge for youth.  The purpose is to prepare them for life, but it's the adventure and challenge that is the game.  Back in the first half of the 20th century, life for kids probably had a different sort of challenge than it does today.  Bad stuff was more likely to happen than it is today. It's like when I was a kid - we had an emergency kit in our care because if we broke down we might not get help.  Today we call AAA and someone is there within an hour to help us out.  There is just a different sort of support network today than there was back then.  Yet, my kids today are much more intune with the life benefits of exercise, fitness, etc. than I was at their age.  Why - because when I was a kid we had different life challenges to worry about.  That was the crux of my point. 
    • My point is that going back to some "golden age" (Pick a date here. 1960?) and replicating that program won't work because that was a program for a different time. You literally cannot (legally) do some of the things that were permitted in 1960. In other words, if you simply took the Fifth Edition of the Scoutmaster's Handbook (1960) and the Sixth Edition of Boy Scout Handbook (also 1960) and said "do this" it wouldn't work. We aren't the nation we were in 1960. Offering up that 1960 program today would not work.  
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