The Troop and Scoutmaster mentioned need to have their fallacies put before them. The adult leaders are "selling the Scouts a bill of goods". I rather imagine the story about the swim test must hold true for fire safety, cooking, first aid and navigation. We hear of these things at summer camp, where a young Scout may be put in charge of a Skill Station or MB class, but not from a Scoutmaster? . . The false sense of accomplishment will come back to haunt them. Both the Scouts and their Scouters. Trustworthy? What does that really mean?
The Troop of my Yooooth took us to a local hotel (1960's) with an indoor pool in the winter. Spring and summer, fall we were ushered to local "rich " folk that let the Scouts swim in their pools. We also had Red Cross lessons in a local Country Club pool, when we were not at Scout Camp. Looking back, I see now it took a fair amount of asking and organizing and scheduling on our parents' part. I guess they thought it was important, being comfortable and safe around the water. Thank you, mom and dad.
"The work is done by whoever shows up."
If the Pack/Troop/Crew is small, folks involved will wear many hats. If the Pack/Troop/ is large, you MAY have enough folks to parcel out the duties and needs, or you may not.
Sometimes we have to remind ourselves for WHOM the committee works. The adults? Or.... If decisions need to be made, one must trust the folks that "show up" to make good decisions or else WE have to show up to help with those decisions. Voting? Consensus? Command hierarchy? Communication? We are blessed (some might say....) with email, cellphones, facebook, schmarty phones, how can we not keep in touch if we are out of town? Are there "Assistants" to take over if the "official" is not available? How often on these pages have we heard it said that the SPL needs to assign an ASPL if he can't be there?
If the meetings are IMPORTANT, people will come. If they are seen as NOT IMPORTANT, why come? Who decides if it is important? In my experience, it is the "head", the Chair, in Quaker parlance, the Clerk. Their attitude is all important. If that person does not treat the meeting as important, what MUST happen?
A good chair makes sure things are "covered". If he/she can't be there, don't cancel the meeting, Lord knows it's hard enough to keep a modern schedule, ask an "assistant" chair to chair the meeting. Make the decisions, Hear the reports. If you are really formal, write the minutes, approve them and "publish" them. Record who is /isn't present. Or not.
It's for the Scouts. Will ANY Tenderfoot care who was at the meeting? No. He will only care that there were enough parents to drive him and his buds to the campsite.
Make sure the donuts are fresh and the coffee and tea (herb? Decaff?) is hot. Make the decisions. Drive the Scouts.
See you on the trail.
@ParkMan, hope my "like " bandages your perplexity over a down-vote. Frankly, I appreciate the occasional "-1". I read this thing to understand people whose ideas differ from mine. If I want a bubble, I go to council venturing committees.
I think you captured the sense of what's happened over the past few years. We've heard about troops going rogue over a number of issues. Folks like me (who care about the promise of scouting being delivered to girls ... not about laser tag), talked to tag-along girls and leaders who sanctioned them, and GS/USA moms who created close collaborations with BSA leaders to make fun things happen. Finding mostly smiles (and not white-washing potential downsides), we leaned heavily on the leadership to find a path. We didn't do that because we thought it would help our own units. We did it because the young women in those rogue troops appeared to be first class scouts (concept, not patch) and worthy of recognition as such.
I'm going to gather you really don't think Laser Tag, squirt guns, and paintball is the issue, but over regulation of youth.
Then yes, send a letter to your DE, SE, and national telling them that the rules in the G2SS are wrong and you are planning a Laser Tag, squirt gun, and paintball event. Feel free to invite other troops and units to attend. Tell your parents why you think the G2SS is wrong and that you are planning this event in open defiance of it. Explain to your CO about your cause and added liability they may assume and get their support for it.
So yes, if you want to really do that, then do it. That's the basis of my agreement above - this unit is thought out, organized about their actions, and seemingly very open about it. If there are consequences the BSA wants to pursue, they will bear them.