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  1. 2 points
    If you didn’t see it, available online, a fantastic story on ScoutsBSA and the opening up to young women. Nice to see major national news coverage in addition to the huge amount of local publicity.
  2. 2 points
    Your understanding of YPT is correct. However, she could save the $33 and register as a Merit Badge Counselor.
  3. 2 points
    You are too kind and gentle on National BSA. Even though I support STEM initiatives in this day and age, scouting's value is still in its core outdoor program. That's what kids (and the public at large) expect. Nova is okay as a purely optional program for those scouts (or parents) who want to do it, but the outdoors is the crux of scouting. Turning STEM into the entire focus of a BSA unit is indeed "idiotic". STEM Scouts really doesn't belong in BSA. Maybe BSA and GSUSA could settle their legal differences with a fair trade: we'll give them all the namby-pamby indoor boys (and their helicopter parents) who can't deal with camping, and in return we'll take as many of those outdoor-loving girls as they can manage to bore senseless with STEM, sewing and cookies.
  4. 1 point
    I thought it was a great segment. I particularly enjoyed the anchor conversation at the end and thought it was exactly the message the BSA was hoping for.
  5. 1 point
    I enjoyed when one anchorwoman talked about always wanting to earn Eagle, and they joked maybe it's not too late ... at least to help another girl along.
  6. 1 point
    Here is the link https://www.cbs.com/shows/cbs_this_morning/video/mUObu4_8ouVgu0VRyBo8BuwWgSwwGXcf/a-new-era-begins-for-the-boy-scouts-of-america/
  7. 1 point
    I read this differently. If it was a meeting of one scout with an ASM then I'd agree. Once you start to add in other scouts, I think you need a parent of each scout there. You could have: ASM, patrol leaders mom (registered in any position), 6 scouts ASM, 6 parents, 6 scouts I don't think you could have: the ASM, patrol leaders mom (currently unregisterd), and six scouts.
  8. 1 point
    My daughter is 4, going on 5 this year, and she's skipping the Lion year. I don't see the point of it, and it will only contribute to burnout, possibly hers, more likely mine. Maybe this is a little selfish, but I don't want to learn the Lion program and end up running it, which I will since I'm already a DL and I'm sure I'll get pulled into that role in the Lion den too. So I'd rather just skip that whole year. And I doubt my daughter will miss much. I doubt my son would have missed much skipping Tiger, and half of his Wolf den was first-year scouts, many who had older siblings and knew Tiger year was a waste. I'd skip Tiger with my daughter too, but she's already too aware of Cub Scouts and I have a feeling just skipping Lion will be about as much of a delay as she will let me live with. I just watched a bunch of really anxious Webelos cross over to troops last week, and they could not have been more ready. They were tired of the Cub program, ready to move on. And they didn't do Lions, I don't know how many did Tiger. I'd be willing to bet a lot of those kids wouldn't have been crossing over if they had spent an extra year in Cubs earlier on. We had 3 Webelos not even show up to cross over, they already basically quit earlier in the year. Tiger burns kids out on Cubs but many still make it all the way through. Lions will kill enthusiasm for Cubs by the time these kids are in 3rd or 4th grade. Parents? They'll be done even earlier.
  9. 1 point
    So many good thoughts in your comment @ParkMan. Thank you. Yes the troop is on life support and has been for at least 6 to 10 years. The pack was, but we have gone from 3 to 18 active scouts (22 registered) in 3.5 years. I have come to realize that the troop does zero recruiting! They rely simply on crossover scouts and word of mouth. The pack on the other hand is more active than the troop in every way & has a good recruitment program too. Your 2 points are spot on... my son & my CO some tough decisions are ahead. I did think of contacting a former SM to see if he can help the troop. I do not think he would give 2 years. I am hoping for a few months, but any help would be great. I think 25 to 30 scouts is a lot & with even 15 to 20 you could run a more sustainable program than we have. As for your 2 simple recommendations, we follow them with the pack. A calendar is created in July & we do stick to it. The troop on the other hand is another story. They still dont know where they will go for summer camp. They have few plans & they do not go into the new year with a plan in place. It drives me nuts & I warned the leaders at January's leader meeting that that will be changing.
  10. 1 point
    The OP raises a good question. Balancing need to know (safety), privacy, and treating adults with respect. Before "Family Scouting", our unit treated adults as adults, i.e. as an adult, it was up to you to have and hold your current health form and meds. Just as you, as an adult, do outside of scouting. You have a plan for your asthma, your diet,...you check food ingredients,...you are a responsible adult. Here is a link to the relevant BSA FAQ . My $0.02,
  11. 1 point
    BSA dragged venturing down by a thousand cuts. The worst being last years' youth protection mandates. What group of 14-20 year old co-eds would want to be dependent on the presence of two adults for every meeting and activity? Before that, the distinction between adult and youth participants put an effective wedge between members of a crews with a wide age span. Before that, the jump in registration fees exceeded the average cost of a weekend in the woods on borrowed gear. For late teens, it is now easier to fulfill the vision of a pinnacle scouting experience of hiking and camping independently with your mates --- without the BSA.
  12. 1 point
    He is covered in the MB. In fact when I teach it, he is in there a good bit. He is one of the people the Scouts can write about, and I talk about him for the Handbook. In addition to what's specifically related to him in the requirements, I bring him up patrol method and Wood Badge. I also talk about Burnham, even though he isn't specifically mentioned in the requirements. We cannot add to MB requirements, but nothing says we cannot teach MORE than what is in the requirements.
  13. 1 point
    Our troop requires two 3 hour long sessions that take the place of the regular meetings prior to going on the Shooting Sports weekend. If a scout doesn't pay attention and/or fails the written test, we don't let them near a loaded firearm. The basics of gun safety are best taught in a tightly controlled environment where a boy's attention isn't distracted by "Enough about safety; when are we gonna shoot!?" So far, none of our instructors have ever been swept with a loaded firearm.
  14. 1 point
    1. Yes, venturing is dying. Which is incredibly unfortunate because I think it's the best program the BSA has to offer. When I was a kid, I heard so many other kids say "I quit scouts because I just wanted to camp and do fun stuff, I didn't care about the badges". Well that's exactly what venturing offers!! To make it even more gloom, every council has a "Camp Crew" where you register camp staff who are not involved in traditional Scouting. So the total number of actual ventures is even lower than the national report. 2. National BSA is making the same stupid mistake GSUSA is doing by focusing on STEM as opposed to the outdoors. The whole concept of "STEM Scouts" is idiotic. That's not why you join Scouting. 3. Surprised you can't even manage to hire a DE. Usually the problem isn't hiring them, its KEEPING them lol.
  15. 1 point
    Hi @karunamom3, Sounds to me like you've got a Scouting program at your CO on life support. Ouch! I think you've got two different choices to make: what do you do for you sons? what do you do for Scouting at your CO? You want your sons to have the absolutely best Scouting experience possible. I wouldn't let personal pressures about supporting the current Scouting program get in the way of that. If your sons get into a dull, boring program and they quit after 2 years that would only hurt them. As for your CO's program, I think that @Treflienne asks a key question. Beyond that, your pack & troop need to grow. One of the basic rules I've always seen in Scouting is: Great program leads to youth membership. Youth membership leads to adult volunteers. Adult volunteers help build great program. It's a cycle. If you've got a pack and troop holding on for dear life being run by a couple of overwhelmed people, it's going to be really hard to build a great program. Without great program it's going to be hard to recruit new members. Without new members you're going to struggle for adults to relieve the overwhelmed adults. To do that, my recommendations are: Get your parents and supporters together. Get them all engaged. Put half to work strengthening the program. Put half to work growing membership. See if there are any former Scouters who could be enlisited for a two year commitment as you rebuild. My experience is that you need to get to about 25-30 scouts and 8-10 volunteers to have a really sustainiable program. I would set that as my goal. In your case, you need to build both a pack and a troop, so it's 25-30 scouts in the pack and 25-30 scouts in the troop. Two simple recommendations I've also seen work well are: Get all the leaders to sit down and write out an annual calendar. Stick to that calendar. Don't reschedule things (short of weather) and don't cancel things. Have a monthly adult leaders meeting. Make it important that everyone attends. This is very acheviable. Packs and Troops start every day with fewer resources than you have now.
  16. 1 point
    Sent you a mailing address via private message
  17. 0 points
    Exactly what I've been hearing, "We want to go have fun with our friends, hiking/camping/fishing, we have our own cars, gear, and $. Why do you imagine we need you and your silly rules?
  18. 0 points
    We do a Shooting Sports weekend too. Our NRA-certified instructor covers safety rules within about 30 minutes and does another 15 minutes while out on the range showing the boys how to operate the specific bolt-action .22 rifle provided by the council at camp. The boys are then closely supervised by NRA-certified RSOs with the instructor acting as coach. The boys get MUCH more time out on the range than they spend in lecture. 2 3-hour sessions. Wow. Just Wow. I'm not even a kid and I'm bored just contemplating it...
  19. -1 points
    Define "work correctly." I consider working correctly to be fulfilling vision of the pinnacle scouting experience of hiking and camping independently with your mates. So under today's strictures, to work correctly, a patrol would have a non-BSA meeting absent adults, develop a plan for an overnight camp-out, have a caring adult (sometimes called an SM) review the plan, improve the plan until it's approved, implement the plan (which, given two registered adults of the desired sexes would be a BSA campout, otherwise not), return and meet with other patrols (sometimes called a troop meeting), and report results. Given available adults this may count for rank advancement, otherwise it fulfills aforementioned vision. BSA considers working correctly to be keeping lawyers at bay while maintaining robust professional staff. So there, you would spend the cost of a couple of scouts' weekend camping to register your mom, only meet/camp/hike when requisite adults are available. This will result in 10% or more of your scouts being recognized with Eagle in any given year, at the cost of 40% of your scouts who could care less about such things and care more about pursuing a different vision of working correctly. With or without you BSA, what will it be?