A few days ago I stopped checking this thread because of what I sensed was irrational negativity. I was going to post something back then but had one of those "write the letter but don't send it" moments. In the end we need to be optimistic in the most challenging of times and generally have an openness to seeing how we can move forward to another, better day. Relitigating policy decisions already made and making sweeping generalizations is just not going to be helpful to anyone. I wish everyone well who comments here and hope they can find ways to continue serving young people, whether it is going forward with us or elsewhere. It will be tough, but we will live through this and come out on the other side a Scouting organization that uplifts the lives of our young people.
Hey cousin, I'm sorry if I made unpopular posts but I never said one word about whiney parents, the virus, or anything that didn't have something to do with the downfall of the Boy Scouts. I think it's funny and hypocritical how people dance around their opinions by being polite. The problems that have caused this whole thing are simple. Allowing the LGBTQ society to openly function in the Boy Scouts weather or not they are welcome; watering down the program so it doesn't come close to being in line with the Boy Scouts; allowing openly LGBTQ to be adult leaders; over pricing everything from scout socks to a Philmont trip, overspending for projects that aren't needed like the white elephant the Summit Bechtel Reserve with its boutique type shops, national park like visitor center, and super size learning centers that can house hundreds of people. All of this when membership is still dropping like a rock. And dont give me any more crap about allowing outside corporate use because no big business is going to a place where the closest airport is three hours away. Then, because "the parents love the idea" or "the girls are excited" and in reality it was a final last ditch effort to increase membership, they allowed girls into every program of the Boy Scouts, the Boy Scouts. That's where the real problems l are and that has nothing to do with the virus or with crying parents. I doubt this post will be around long, but I said out loud what everybody else didn't have the brass to say.
Even high adventure can be done at a lower cost when not through BSA (which I think uses it as a profit center). When we go to BWCA we never go through Northern Tier (too expensive).
The good news is that our insurance rates should drop a ton after bankruptcy. With no assets left, the lawyers would have nothing to sue to obtain. Will we see fees drop back down with the reduction in insurance costs?
There is a sense that bigger is worse. Growing up, our default camping locations:
Adjacent a water dam (no swimming, just hiking and fishing)
Lakes on conservancy land (again no swimming)
The trail that cut across our county.
The back of a farm
The county fair grounds (our campsite actually was an "exhibit" for the Bicentennial)
A church camp that needed a trail built during the off-season
The county airport (SM put a gnarly orienteering course there)
The nearest summer camp ... we'd do Klondike there in the winter
We had so many low-budget options that state park rangers would have to ask us to camp in their primitive sites.