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    • Thanks for elevating the discussion!  Shakespeare has something for every occasion.  How about this: Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
      Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
      Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
      'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
      But he that filches from me my good name
      Robs me of that which not enriches him,
      And makes me poor indeed. Othello Act 3, Scene 3
    • I must point out that Ferry Electric Service advertised in the article is no longer in business. However, at that address is now a very fine coffee shop, which has been under two proprietorships. The first proprietor was a GS leader, and I had the privilege of being at the town council meeting where she explained her request for a zoning adjustment. Also at that meeting was a former scout who was considering running for town council as he was soon to turn 18. She opened her shop on election day, and he won his seat. The second -- and current -- owner, Son #2 impertinently nicknamed "My boy, Andy".  {Note to moderators: see, I am staying on topic.} I aggressively tried to recruit one of his daughters into my crew, but didn't stand a chance because her troop's leader was outstanding in giving the girls as much adventure as their moms could tolerate. That, and the shop is a really well run family business which demanded many of her weekends. Anyway, if you are passing through, PM me, and I can give you the specifics and send you Andy's way.
    • What's in a name?  That which I call a Scout  after a week on the AT would smell as sweet .... https://www.dropbox.com/s/as6n5li5n46cp8i/How I Spent my Summer Vacation.docx?dl=0    
    • As a Commissioner and trainer of Scoutmasters, I often suggest (strongly) that every Scout in a Patrol needs a job to do. That means every Patrol should have a PL, APL, scribe, quartermaster, historian, webmaster, etc. I don't know how many times I've heard the pushback that, "our Troop already has a quartermaster".  Patrols should have gear, a blog, meetings (requiring a scribe to take minutes), etc. Troops don't need a quartermaster as much as a Patrol does, provided the Patrol has its own gear (which it should). I think a Troop quartermaster who works with Patrol quartermasters is a good idea, though.  In essence, the more responsibility given to the Scouts the better! 
    • It isn't about what the boys in khaki shirts and green shorts will be called, it is about what the girls in khaki shirts and green shorts will be called.  BSA did make the right call in realizing that for girls to be full and equal participants in the 120-year tradition of what is currently called the Boy Scout program, the terminology has to be the same for the girls and the boys.  That is, if boys are "Boy Scouts" but girls doing the same program are called something else, the perception will be that the girls have a separate (and not equal) program.  But BSA got hung up on the gender aspect of the word "boy" as applied to members, rather than the bigger and broader meaning of "Boy Scouts" as the name of an iconic outdoor-oriented, patriotic, character-building program.  Focusing on the gender aspect of the name rather than the power of the brand got us the bland, boring, corporate "Scouts BSA" - a failure of vision and imagination.
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