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    • I believe it's fairly amorphous right now. My understanding is that it is part of the settlement, but no real description was given or any kind of timeline. It could start to materialize in one year or ten from what I read. Would be interested to know if anyone else has more complete information. if it's limited to convictions, it will be pretty useless. 
    • Easy enough to check, let's see the EB and EC member list of local councils and National.
    • They are not a part of the EC or EB though the SE attends all meetings and makes recommendations to the Nominating committee.  So the SE can certainly color the EC and EB make up.  A good EC and EB should have a balance of successful business people to manage the fiduciary need of the council along with some active Scouters who convey the programmatic needs of the council.  Like any corporation, the SE (like a CEO) can disguise problems so the EC and EB need to be observant and diligent.
    • It's very important, but even with the training I've seen ... people run the program they've learned from the previous unit leaders or they do what they want.   Training is very important but not a failure root cause.   This is a fundamental issue in my view:  the broken connections between packs and troops.  Directly related, "emphasizing" troop shopping is bad.  If the unit is not a good match, then switch.  Fine.   BUT!  It's bad to have individuals shopping around causing splits and breaks in continuity.  A few big units thrive.  Smaller and medium units hurt.  Worse, long term relationships get damaged as people move for various reasons.   ... In this day and age of driving around and shopping, people are used to going further and looking for the best deal.  IMHO, this is bad for scouting as it moves youth away from their immediate community. My view is a single unit committee that oversees a program from youngest cubs to oldest scout / explorer is critical.  New parents see where what their scout could achieve.  Youth have older scouts to look up too.   Plus, experienced older scouts could help run some younger programs at times.   Yep.  Also bad.
    • IMHO, Council executives and other professionals should NOT be members of the Executive Board which oversees them. My $0.02,
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