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    I can't help but draw a parallel to the recent backlash from many longtime Star Wars fans against the newest Star Wars movie just released, The Last Jed,i to some of the BSA's more recent decisions regarding its membership and leadership policies. In the case of both Star Wars and the Boy Scouts of America, for multiple decades, there has been a long standing franchise/organization which each had a deep rooted core audience which each embraced the fundamental philosophies, principles, legacy and history of the franchise/organization. Jump to 2017 though and in the case of both the Star Wars franchise and the Boy Scouts of America, the management regimes which oversee each made sweeping changes - which can certainly be called controversial - and ultimately created great divide among their respective consituencies; i.e. Star Wars fans and scouting supporters. To summarize the Star Wars issue, for those unfamiliar, there's been an extreme backlash from a large number of fans and movie goers who are nothing short of disgusted with the movie's story, direction, tone and political and social innuendos made in the movie; i.e. women are great at everything, men are less capable and need female leadership, capitalism is bad, white men and wealthy people are evil. Some who have seen the movie though, claim to love it and say it's the greatest Star Wars movie ever. This is just my quick account of the Star Wars backlash though. Please do your own research to make your own determinations... Regardless, of the backlash by a lot of fans, the movie has made a ton of money; albeit some say the initial box office numbers were based solely on hype and that now that word has gotten out, that box office numbers will soon take a nose dive. One final note, Kathleen Kennedy, the new head of Lucasfilms (now owned by Disney) which controls everything related to Star Wars (movies, TV shows, books, comics, etc.) has made numerous public statements highlighting her advocacy of having this new generation of Star Wars stories revolve around female characters. Again, this is just my quick account. Please do your own research to make your own determinations. Like Mike Surbaugh, Kathleen Kennedy is also facing extreme criticism. Whether you love or hate the Last Jedi and Kathleen Kennedy's new direction for the franchise and whether you love or hate the BSA's recent decisions on membership and leadership, and Mike Surbaugh's glowing insistence on its necessity, it goes without saying that the changes made to each, have not been well received by a large number of Star Wars fans and BSA supporters. I just thought this was an interesting parallel.
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    I don't get it, qwasze. Why would you call them "Scoutmaster" anyway, if that is not their title? I don't think it matters whether your title includes "master" or "leader." It's what you do with the position that matters.
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    I actually haven't seen the movie. For a lot of reasons, I was disappointed with The Force Awakens and from what I was hearing about the The Last Jedi (i.e. the amped up feminism, the social justice themes and aspects of the story that seem to be aimed at destroying the original Star Wars legacy) I just couldn't support the movie, which is very sad to me as this was Carrie Fisher's final film and it also represented Mark Hamill's real return to the screen as Luke Skywalker; both of which I definitely would have ideally wanted to support fully. ****SPOILER**** From what I have heard though, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, and their characters, were badly disrespected by the filmmakers of this movie. If either of my sons ask me to go see it, then I'll take them to see it...but I'm really hoping they won't ask
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    Wow, Eagle94, I could not have posted a better response. Very well done. I've posted this story before; we had a mother dragged into our troop by her son who would not join any other troop. She had him visit our troop 5 times hoping that he would see that the well uniformed Eagle Mill down the street was a much better fit than our ragtag disorganized patrol method program. Our families are friends (and still so today 20 years later), so I felt for her struggle and left her alone during her visits. Her son joined and she reluctantly followed, but she kept her distance from the adults as she attended all the activities. Mom is a type A personality doer and she wasn't going to let go now. She even set up her tent by herself away from the adult camp site, I think it was her way of saying "I am not part of "them". But something happened at summer camp during a quiet morning while she was reading in her tent. There were only two of scouts in camp because the rest were out doing scouting stuff. One scout sitting at a picnic table near the moms tent was a new scout reading his up on skills in his handbook. A 14 year old scout from a different patrol on the opposite side of the camp site walked over and asked the new scout what he was studying. He really didn't even give the new scout time to answer before he grab the book and started teaching the new scout the skills. This mother was floored, as she put it when she was telling me the story that led to her conversion. An older scout, a stranger to the new scout, just walked up and offered to help. It was a simple jester to most of us scouters, but the unsolicited unselfish action some how put everything about the troop program in context. She told me, "I pushed my son into scouts to get him an Eagle, but I now realize that scouting isn't about the Eagle". She still didn't understand how patrol method worked, but she and I spent a lot of time at campfires the next couple of years talking about. She became obsessed with "patrol method" and took it on herself to visit Webelos leaders to sell them on our program. She wrote a detailed Troop Parents Guide that explained the hows and whys our troop functioned. It took her months and she had me review it dozens of times to make sure it was exactly what new parents needed to understand our troop. Yep, she referred her sons embarrassing ragtag disorganize program as "our" troop. She eventually became our CC because she wanted to guard the program from helicopter parents. Only we didn't call them helicopter parents back them. All three of her son Eagled in our troop. Of course she will tell you it wasn't about the Eagle. But, she is still a Type A mother who wasn't going to let such an honor slip away from her sons. Nobody is perfect. Eagle94, in his great wisdom, asked the right questions. What is patrol method? Why is it so important? Barry
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    I often wonder if summer camp would be better without as many adults. I remember attending a week of summer camp when I was in 7th grade. No parents. No unit leaders. It was just camp staff and campers. I often think it was a better experience than troops camping at summer camps as too often the unit adults get in the way of the program. More importantly, the unit adults get in the way of the scouts growing up on their own and learning their own way.
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    So, in other words, you provide similar content, only diluted by FB's feeble interface and maniacle commitment to oversize adds.
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    I would say the first thing is to try to remember the Scout Law when dealing with her. I would guess that the best way to do it is when she drops off/picks up the boy. Have the COR, CC and CM do it. It's not worth risking losing other cubs over one disgruntled parent.
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    A lot of "National BSA Policy" really is just your local camp policy, or just somebody repeating what they were told from somebody else who was repeating what they were told from somebody else who was repeating what they were told from somebody else, ad infinitum. There are a lot of policies that really are nothing more than myth.
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    After 61 years of camping I have seen my fair share of arch cuts from tent stakes, burns from stepping on a hot coal and toe-nails ripped off, along with a broken toe here or there. All them were preventable.
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