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    • I am reminded of a concept that's been going around Facebook for a few years: "Don't tell her she's bossy, tell her she has leadership skills."  I found that some of my most problematic Scouts have also been some of the best PLs and SPLs in the troop. Problematic not just in terms of being bossy, but I'm talking about kids who were busy setting fires (not in safe fire pits or with things that should be burning at all) whenever it wasn't their turn to be in leadership. Some of the most pleasant and compliant and studious Scouts had the hardest time getting things to run smoothly without extensive adult intervention when it was their turn to be SPL (they all seemed to do at least a passable job of PL). I think I only ever had one Scout that was a constant behavior problem regardless of whether he was in leadership or not - and eventually the other kids just learned not to get sucked into his antics, and when to ignore him and when to alert an adult if it was causing a safety problem.  For those kids who were a problem when they weren't in a position of leadership, it was a learning and growth opportunity (not all of them took it) to get a feel for when it's time to lead, and when it's time to follow. Ideally, all of us will eventually be capable of either role when necessary, even if we're better at one than the other. This particular child may need some very specific guidance in that area, but I suspect he's going to be OK with reminders of "Your place right now is to follow the directions of your SPL; at another time you'll get a chance at seeing how things go when you're in charge."
    • I went back and re-read the OP.  Was struck that now the 10 year old daughter who was interested in attending with the mother could today join a Pack and be a Scout herself in a year or so.
    • As the OP weaves its way along it might be good to review the first FAQ on why BSA has an Annual Health and Medical Record some but not all that have been batted back and forth.     Q. Why does the BSA require all participants to have an Annual Health and Medical Record? 
      A. The AMHR serves many purposes. Completing a health history promotes health awareness, collects necessary data, and provides medical professionals critical information needed to treat a patient in the event of an illness or injury. It also provides emergency contact information. Poor health and/or lack of awareness of risk factors have led to disabling injuries, illnesses, and even fatalities. Because we care about our participants’ health and safety, the Boy Scouts of America has produced and required use of standardized annual health and medical information since at least the 1930s. The medical record is used to prepare for high-adventure activities and increased physical activity. In some cases, it is used to review participants’ readiness for gatherings like the national Scout jamboree and other specialized activities. Because many states regulate the camping industry, the Annual Health and Medical Record also serves as a tool that enables councils to operate day and resident camps and adhere to BSA and state requirements. The Boys Scouts of America’s Annual Health and Medical Record provides a standardized mechanism that can be used by members in all 50 states. RichardB
    • Oh come on, it's too early in the day for blindsiding people with that kind wit.  I now need to clean the coffee out of my keyboard. We've been on EPIC, I think pretty much from the start - probably 15?  17 years now?  And our physicians still need to keep backup paper copies of their charting records because EPIC so reliably loses or corrupts them.  My PCP, as well as a couple specialists, have been re-entering the same data about a cardiac event I suffered, at every visit for going on 4 years now, and the fact that I have a stent still comes as a surprise to every new clinician I interact with, because EPIC just keeps losing the data. Don't trust EMRs to provide accurate information.  Not now, and probably not any time in our lifetimes.  The bureaucratic purpose for EPIC is as a billing system, not as a system to enable clinicians to provide care.  Unless you believe that some day bureaucrats are going to prioritize something other than their own interests, I wouldn't hold out much hope that it's going to improve. Will 
    • @EastCst, welcome to the forums! I don't have much to add, except this ... Son #1's cubmaster (of about 10 years ago) was laid to rest yesterday. He was a stand-up guy. But there were moments of contention. I thought, "What was so important that everyone had to dig their heels in?" Time is short. For some, way shorter than anyone thinks. Remind everyone of that. Move on.
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