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  1. 3 points
    The framers did envision the need for change. That's why they included a process by which the Constitution can be amended. My objection isn't to change. My objection is to those who would wish to change the Constitution without going through the amendment process.
  2. 3 points
    Well thats quite an interesting process mentioned. It says over they get 400 ideas a year and take years to make changes. I dont think they have added a new "craft" item in a while. If any of you are curious, my idea for a new merit badge was : Paracord You see I figure the scouts already do something similar, leathercraft, pottery, and basketry. All of which take a basic product like leather, clay, and grass, and use it for different things. Paracord is a very useful product not just in making bracelets but also helpful objects like tent fobs, tent lines, using paracord for repairs, using paracord as fire starter, use as emergency fishing line, axe handle wrap, makes a good shoelace for your boots and such. Here is a website with ideas.
  3. 2 points
    Compare to the quick, heroic reaction of the Capitol Police detail at that GOP baseball practice where Congressman Scalise was shot.
  4. 1 point
    BSA recently addressed situations like this. First of all, I assume the issue is in the "proposal" as the plan is not approved. BSA wrote Nov-Dec 2017 Advancement News an article about "Jumping The Gun". https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/advancement_news/2017_Nov-Dec.pdf A few key statements... Proposal approval is to be a "benefit" to the scout to avoid later issues. It is not meant as a legalistic hoop to jump through. Completing project without prior approval is counter to project requirements. BSA also wrote ... "However, if circumstances are compelling, the proposal or project can be approved after the fact if (1) it appears that the project was well led, (2) completed to the beneficiary's satisfaction, and (3) would probably have been approved in advance if the Scout had followed proper procedures." "When considering which of these options is appropriate in a specific case, everyone involved in the decision should keep in mind that write-ups and signatures, though important, are simply supportive. It is the project that we require. Ultimately, it is up to the Scout's board of review to determine if the project itself met the requirement. Boards of review should use common sense when reviewing the following: Did the project meet the requirements or not? Was there planning and development? Was there leadership of others? This is consistent with BSA Guide To Advancement 2017, PDF page 70. "From time to time Scouts will “jump the gun” and begin fundraising efforts—or even work on the project itself— before a proposal is approved. This is counter to the requirements and well covered in multiple documents, but still it happens. Normally then, a Scout should select a different project. If circumstances are compelling, however—indicating leniency can be extended and a lesson learned without significant detriment to fulfilling the project’s purpose—the Scout may be allowed to carry on and have his proposal or project approved after the fact." With all that said from BSA and their advancement team, it's all really just confusing. But EBORs have discretion and scouts can advance even without pre-approval of their Eagle project. So in another words, talk to the district advancement team. Let them know what's going on. Let them know about BSA's clarification. See what can be done. Support the scout as appropriate to the situation.
  5. 1 point
    And these are the numbers reported at the annual meeting, and not the lower revised numbers reported (quietly) later in the year.
  6. 1 point
    Contact your district or council advancement chairman. You might not like hearing what he/she has to say. But he/she is the one who schedules Eagle boards of review. In general, I have been coming across more 17 year-olds who just don't do paperwork. We had a boy come back to us in consecutive weeks with an incomplete Eagle app. You'd think at SMC #1 when we said, "Go home, look at all of your blue cards, and fill in the dates," he would do that that very evening, call the SM the next day for a signature, and take that paperwork downtown as soon as office hours opened! But, evidently that's not how post-modern nomads operate.
  7. 1 point
    Some of this is already in Leatherwork
  8. 1 point
    or it could be woven into the basketry mb as an additional (or optional) requirement.
  9. 1 point
    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Most people focus either on a well regulated Militia or the right to bear arms not being infringed. What most people don;t think about is "being necessary to the security of a free State". This clause gives the reason why the second amendment even exists. It doesn't exist so that people can use guns to hunt. It doesn't exist so that people can have guns for self defense. (Though those are secondary benefits which are still important - they're just not the primary reasons). It exists so that people will be armed to come to the defense of their state and country. The constitution presumes that the United States and the States within are free states. It does not presume that the United States and the States are totalitarian dictatorships. It certainly does not presume that when people have disagreements with their government that they can take up arms against that government (example - the Whisky Rebellion - President George Washington himself didn't hesitate to send the militia in to suppress and subdue armed and violent citizens that were threatening (and more) duly sworn representatives of the government there to make sure that a federal tax on domestic whisky was collected). At the time the second amendment was created, the founding fathers were wary of having a standing professional army. They had just seen how "ordinary citizens" (mostly - they did have help from "professional" soldiers) had defeated the most powerful army on earth at the time. They knew that an armed citizenry was a powerful force that could be called upon to defend their government(s) from OUTSIDE forces. They did not expect that people would need to defend themselves from their own government. Yes, yes - we've all read the whole at times the tree of liberty needs to be refreshed by the blood of tyrants stuff but that was very much a political statement aimed at one particular tyrant. Your right to keep and bear arms is meant to have an armed citizenry ready to come to the defense of the government (the State). We've allowed the creation of a professional military to defend us. In doing so, we have allowed ourselves to believe that we can leave the defense of our country to others while we go on with our lives. This has allowed folks to twist the meaning of the second amendment to one of being able to defend themselves against their own government, and get away with it. Those folks are deluding themselves in these modern times. When you have a government with a standing army that can manipulate a silent drone from a thousand miles away to drop an explosive device on your home, there is no effective gun defense against your own government. ps - yes, the Illinois Militia had 2 pound grasshopper guns (cannon). Like every other state, the Governor/Legislature could call forth citizenry to form temporary militias - these were the armies of a state, the militia members were paid for their service while they were part of the militia, by the state. While many members of the militia brought their own rifles, the state also had their own armories that they could outfit their militia from. If a militia unit had 2 pound cannon with them, they were provided by the state armory - not brought by some random guy who happened to own a 2 pound cannon and just happened to be in the area that the state was recruiting people for militia service. Abraham Lincoln was a member of two different militia units. He served as elected captain (elected by the members of his militia unit) for 30 days, then when that militia units term expired (after 30 days), re-enlisted and served as a private. His militia units were formed for one purpose only, to chase down the Sauk Indians refusing to give up their land that they felt was ceded to the US by people not authorized to do so. We know it better as the Blackhawk War.
  10. 1 point
    I see that one of the newest MB, "Composites" is one of the least popular. When it was announced, I thought "Really???" It was suggested, developed and pushed through by an industry trade association. My cynical side wonders how much they paid the BSA to put it into production.
  11. 1 point
    As I understand it " regulated " in this context means to be " in good working order"
  12. 1 point
    Your edit was both sufficient and funny.
  13. 1 point
    @David CO , @skeptic hopefully my edit to skeptic's post will suffice.
  14. 1 point
    Exactly the book I'd like the BSA to work on. It would help all their programs. It's what I wanted from Woodbadge. I'm experimenting but I think one really important key to getting good leadership is a group that understands, really understands, teamwork. I'm not talking about kindergarten level play fair. It's prove you can do your part before we even let you camp with us. The BSA model has always been to first develop leadership and then teamwork will follow. I think it's the other way around for scouts. Given that environment I think the natural leaders would easily come out of their shells.
  15. 1 point
    ::Putting on moderator hat combat helmet:: This discussion of who (if anyone) is "dishonest" is over. Now. The discussion of who or what is a "terrorist" or "terrorist organization," at least in the context of people and groups who have not been convicted of such an offense, is also over. Also Now. Thank you all for your cooperation. @RememberSchiff @LeCastor
  16. 1 point
    The NRA a terrorist organization? Seriously??? I missed that comment. LOL ....about as much as the BSA in my estimation.
  17. 1 point
    The following is what I came up with last night. This began with thinking about planning for next year when my Tigers are Wolves and I just went crazy. Thoughts? I have never been a goal setter, just never got the hang of it. I guess I couldn't see far enough ahead to make real goals. When my daughter was born in 2008 we decided I was going to be the one to stay home, so I have gotten in a rut since then, not doing much aside from hanging around the house. Last fall the boy came home from school wanting to join Cub Scouts after the talk they had at school. Not long after I "joined" cub scouts too. My anxiety has reached new levels since then going to scary Roundtables and being front and center for den meetings. BUT, I feel I have done surprisingly well connecting with my Tigers and communicating well with the parents. HUGE accomplishments for me. At our Blue and Gold over the weekend I even survived being in front of EVERYONE without collapsing. Today I started thinking about how and when I really need to start planning what I am going to do next year with we start the Wolf program. Which in turn lead to Scouting goals that I can make. This year (May I think) I will complete BALOO and other courses, not sure what all that weekend will cover, but it is more than just BALOO. I will also complete an Adult / Child CPR/AED First aid course with certification. Next Year I am going to make every effort to go to Wood Badge. I am a non-swimmer, this was a big limitation when I was in Boy Scouts. To that end I will do what needs to be done so that I can pass the BSA swim test. I don't really care if I swim recreationally, but I will make it a personal priority to pass that swim test. My son will be a Wolf next year, and although it shouldn't take that long I have 4 years to achieve my next goal. I will at the very least complete the requirements for the Scout through First Class Badge. I know I can't earn the badges, but that does not mean I can't do the work. These goals will help me in Scouting as well as become a healthier happier person.
  18. 1 point
    Got data? I am more concerned about traffic crashes, high adventure safety / basic safety, and sex abuse prevention because I expect the odds of all of those to be greater.
  19. 1 point
    I think the first few responders may be misreading what was posted. This isn't a case of not having two adults on an outing, clearly there is a den leader and at least this one parent . This is a question of whether Cubs must have an adult directly watching them at all times. There is nothing in the G2SS that mandates this. So the answer is going to be very subjective, seven year old Wolves aren't ten year old Webelos, and walking through the local park isn't the same as either a back yard or a big Metro park. In my opinion, 7, 8, 9, and 10 year olds don't have to have adult eyes on them at all times --- that certainly was not the standard when i was growing up, and I can't see how you can have that as the standard and then expect first year, 10.5 to 11 year old Boy Scouts, understand how to behave on a campout under primarily the supervision of a Patrol Leader or Senior Patrol Leader. As an example of sanctioned supervision levels similar to what the OP describes, our Cub day camp uses teen counselors, 14-17, leading den size groups of cubs through their stations at our council camp during Cub Day Camp. There are adults on staff, but the cubs themselves are usually moving around sans any adult eyes directly on them as they make their way through their day. Without a lot more detail about ages, distances, locations, instructions to the den chief, etc. I can't render a specific opinion. But there isn't a clear violation here, and with what's described I would probably be more comfortable with the Den leader's views then the OP's.
  20. 1 point
    Of course, it was staged. It is a national TV program. Take the positive vibe and work with it, rather than look for reasons to lessen its possible impact and forward moving hope. Each unit, as they accept the challenge, will have a lot to work through. We do not need a constant drum-roll of negative "chicken littles".
  21. 1 point
    On the topic of scouting books...... Back In November I was made redundant from my job (I worked, for HM Revenue and Customs, broadly our equivalent of your IRS) and since then having been taking a bit of a career break during which I'm attempting to fulfill a bit of an ambition to write a book. And this particular book is a children's book set in a scout troop. I won't give the whole plot away, you can all buy it if it's published! But broadly it concerns a scout who, after getting into trouble at school, is pulled out of scout summer camp by her (my protagonist is a girl. Sorry!) parents completely unjustly. Her patrol promptly help her to stowaway to summer camp. I'm quite enjoying writing. It's certainly more fun than tax! Will it ever get published? Who knows. Even if it is I doubt I'll ever become the next Joanne Rowling, but you never know
  22. 1 point
    Hmmm, I have a gal that got fired up about doing a recent service project that she organized a group of elderly ladies, acquired the materials and had everyone pitch in and make lap blankets for all the residents of the local nursing home for Christmas. Sound like an Eagle project? Nope, the gal part gave that away. Did she say she had fun? Nope, not that either. Did she get any credit for it? Nope, but she did put in a public notice of thanks to everyone that helped her. I asked her a couple of Sunday's ago at church coffee fellowship about her "project". She was kinda surprised because she said I was the one that had suggested it. I didn't remember it at all, but it would seem I mentioned it as something the kids in the youth group could do as a service project. They didn't pick up on it as a group and I forgot all about it. She didn't. I had kinda lost track of the kids this fall because I was away on 4 different Disaster Relief Operations for the Red Cross. My curiosity got the best of me finally and I said, if the other kids didn't want to do it, why did she do it anyway. She said that because I do so much for the Red Cross, and Scouts, and Salvation Army, and the Scatter Garden Memorial at the local cemetery, she wanted to know what I knew that she didn't. I asked if she found out. And she said yes. She began a whole litany of things. She felt excited about the project, she made new friends in a group of people 50 years older than her, she learned to use a sewing machine, she was amazed at the generosity of people's donations of fabric and batting for the blankets, and amazed the ladies would stop their regular sewing projects for the church just to help her. Then she said getting to hand out the lap blankets to the residents made her cry. ??? Because the residents were crying when she tucked the blankets in and around some of them. So, where's her Life to Eagle booklet? Didn't do one. Proposal? didn't have one. Plan? Did use one. Advisor/mentor? Didn't get one Signatures? Didn't need any. Did she get any credit for any of this? Not at all. But she did tell me she found out what I know that she didn't know before.
  23. 1 point
    You lived! Congratulations! Yes, encourage them to say involved and go back for your brotherhood next year.
  24. 1 point
    It's the "Congressional Award Program." http://congressionalaward.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/ProgramRequirements.pdf "BSA and Congressional Award program aim to expand participation BSA Program Director Doug Smith (third from right) congratulates Gold Congressional Award winners (left to right) Christopher Alford, Scott Burright, Amanda McGee, Paul Ellison, and Christopher Kruse. Photograph by Richard Greenhouse A new partnership between the Congressional Award Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America is designed to expand the opportunities for BSA members to benefit from theCongressional Award, the highest recognition Congress bestows upon young people for community service, goal-setting, and personal development initiatives. The award program is a nonpartisan partnership between Congress and the private sector, to promote and recognize initiative, achievement, and excellence among youth. To earn the program's highest level, the Gold Congressional Award, a person must complete a minimum of 400 hours of voluntary public service, 200 hours of personal development, 200 hours of physical fitness, and a five-day, four-night camping expedition. The partnership with the BSA was announced at a June ceremony in the U.S. Capitol which also honored 17 recent recipients of the Gold Congressional Award. Receiving the award were five BSA members: Scott Burright of Grinnell, Iowa; Christopher Alford of Park City, Ky.; Amanda McGee of Oregon City, Ore.; Christopher Kruse of Platte City, Mo., and Paul Ellison of Springfield, Va. "By giving of myself, I have learned how to help others have a better life that is very gratifying to all," Burright said in describing the benefits of earning the award. "By participating in the program, I have grown immensely - psychologically, physically, and emotionally." The program is open to young people between 14 and 23 who set and achieve challenging goals for the betterment of themselves and their communities, regardless of physical, mental, or socioeconomic circumstances, in four areas: public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. Since the program was established in 1979, more than 6,500 Congressional Awards have been earned, representing well over 1.5 million volunteer hours performed in community service across America. To register to earn the Congressional Award, call 1-888-80-AWARD, or visit the Web site, http://www.congressionalaward.org" Scouting, October 8, 1999 "Descriptive info: Congressional Award.. The Congressional Award was started by Congress in 1979.. This award system was set up recognize those young adults who prove to show initiative, great achievements, and significant service to the community.. The United States Senate and the US House of Representatives established the Congressional Award as a private-public partnership.. This organization receives all funding from the private sector.. It was originally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter.. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton have signed continuing legislation.. While this is not directly a Venturing award, Venturers are encouraged to register for the program and thus make them self eligible for additional recognition on a national level.. Many Venturers find that active participation in the Venturing Program can merit recognition through the Congressional Award program.. Procedure.. The congressional award is a journey and experience.. Each potential award recipient must register them self with ... hours and experiences in.. This log book is turned in at each award level.. Candidates must be at least 13 years old to register and must complete all requirements by their 24th birthday.. Recognition.. The Congressional Award is a multi-tiered award.. The progression starts with the Bronze Certificate and culminates with the Gold Medal.. Hours invested toward each level carries forward toward the next award.. Candidates receiving the Gold Medal receive the award before a special session of the United States Congress in Washington DC.. Certificate Level.. Min.. Hours per Program Area.. Bronze.. Silver.. Gold.. Voluntary Public Service.. 30.. 60.. 90.. Personal Development.. 15.. 45.. Expedition/Exploration.. 1 day.. 2 days.. 3 days.. Total Hours.. 120.. 180.. Time to Earn the Award.. -.. 6 months.. Medal Level.. Voluntary Public Service.. 100.. 200.. 400.. 50.. 1 overnight.. 2 consecutive overnights.. 4 consecutive overnights.. 800.. 7 months.. 12 months.. 24 months." Central Region, December, 2012. "Last year the BSA and the Congressional Award program signed a formal partnership allowing Sea Scouts the opportunity to earn the Congressional Award by doing voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and undertaking a cruise or superactivity. Here's how you can earn the Congressional Award. You select an adult advisor who helps you set challenging, but achievable goals and plan activities to reach those goals. Along the way to the Gold Medal, you can earn a Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificate; and a Bronze and Silver Medal. Hours dedicated to earning an award at one level are carried with you to the next level. The minimum age to register is 14 and you must achieve your goals by your 24th birthday. As an example, the hours worked toward a Quartermaster service project can count concurrently toward the Congressional Award if you register with the Congressional Award program before starting the service project. You can register online at www.congressionalaward.org or contact the Congressional Award Foundation at P.O. Box 77440, Washington, DC 20013 (Telephone: 202-226-0130). The Congressional Award is about challenge. It is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you would like to try for the first time. For example, Sea Scouts learning about special skills needed for Sea Scout advancement could count their hours toward the personal development category. In the personal development area the Congressional Award's Bronze Certificate only requires 15 hours. Another 15 hours are required for the Silver Certificate, then 15 more hours for the Gold Certificate. The Congressional Award Bronze Medal needs an extra five hours of personal development. The Silver Medal requires a total of 100 hours of personal development and the Gold Medal 200 hours. The Congressional Award program is the United States Congress's opportunity to say thanks to Sea Scouts that are serving others and growing as young adults and citizens. Your Congressman may present the certificates and Bronze and Silver Medals in your home town or state capital, but the Congressional Award Gold Medal is presented in Statutory Hall in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C." Northeast Region, Sea Scouting Committee, October, 2000.
  25. 0 points
    Wow... Venturing is dieing. Down over 50% in last 4 years and now under 100k. With some of those girls moving on to BS4G I don’t see it lasting much longer without some sort of revamp. I hope these numbers fully reflect LDS exit.
  26. 0 points
    Good luck. But, I suspect the name will get changed to something like "mats and macrame" -- which is the art ... of which paracord is only one medium.
  27. -1 points
    Okay then, @HelpfulTracks @Col. Flagg let's keep it courteous and just agree to disagree. Thanks. @NJCubScouter , @LeCastor
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