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    • @scoutlaw74 After reading more of this I wonder if your son is being targeted because of his faith? The reality of Scouting is that there are varying levels of "reverence" and we do have some people who have a declared faith but are in reality not religious at all, and some even claim to have a faith but lash out at those who truly do. Something to consider.  To the comments about the military and the Eagle Scout status. The official document says E2 these days due to a higher priority towards valuing college education; however, that is not the end all be all.  When I was in the Army and on recruiting detail we enlisted Eagle Scouts at E4 (Specialist), some people didn't like it, but it was within the discretion of our recruiting command. There are a lot of ways to gain extra rank when you enlist and being an Eagle Scout normally encompasses all of them. We valued the outdoors experience (regardless of quality) because we could safely assume that the enlistee was at least mentally prepared to face the BCT experience.  Going to an academy as an Eagle Scout will not matter as much (it helps you get in, but what you do while you are there matters more); ranks at the academies have more to with school year, performance, and popularity. Assuming that a person is offered a commission and accepts it post academy, then at that time being an Eagle Scout will matter again when being reviewed for promotion; those extras as a high school and college student (Eagle Scout, CAP, Sports, Volunteering) can help get a person promoted on their first look because it helps fill in the picture of the quality and character of that junior officer. Those things will be in their career jacket and will become tie breakers.
    • Concealmemt. So, I tell a secret to myself, it is a secret?  
    • I hope it's not true.  That would be an injustice to the 100+ million youth that have been involved and the 50+ million former registered leaders.  ...   It is already hard to watch the stealing the hard earned donations of families of volunteers.   ... It would hurt many, many more in the future. The comforting aspect is that camps have always come and gone.  New camps and new locations will be donated and grow.   The real injustice will be the hundreds of millions spent on this process with little effective compensation to victims.  People are angry at BSA.  ... I'm sorry for their experience.  There are no words to say.   It's anger and it's directed at BSA ... I see the IVF files as hard evidence of action.   Any records will show mistakes, but it also shows effort to block what the rest of society was not preventing.  It also shows many parts of society (police, families and others) being involved.    ... I congratulate BSA on all the good they did.    ... I congratulate BSA on having the IVF files.  ...  I absolutely don't accept the "general" accusations that BSA did nothing or ignored or hid.  ... That's just anger from being hurt.   Much of this is legal maneuvering because there is potentially a deep cash pocket.    
    • Simple answer is you cannot avoid fees, not even in the first year. Also you can register to be a unit level MBC; however, it still goes through the council registration and vetting process. If the cost is a problem perhaps you can do some sort of cost sharing with the unit? Here's a tale of two units:  My unit is each Scouter pays their own way, and we are struggling to get enough volunteers. My brothers unit out of state pays for all Scouter registration, and for any unit required training and his unit has full staffing.  So if your unit has cash on hand maybe it's time to propose some sort of cost sharing initiative. 
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