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  1. 2 points
    Without denying the possibility of intentional obfuscation, there could be a receiver-operator thing going on here. Only a fool would look at any cadre of kids and say they are 100% safe -- as in zero accidents, injuries, or infections will occur every day they are at camp. One might with 100% confidence be able to say that they are safe relative to being at home for that week. That's no consolation to the parent who is 100% confident that their child is 100% safe at home over the same time. The entire framework of Bayesian statistics is built around a proposition that people have a different confidences for a range of values so that: Camp director is 100% confident that campers will be 80% safe, 90% confident that campers will be 85% safe, 20% confident that that they will be 90% safe, 10% confident that they will be 95% safe and 0% confident that they will be more than 99% safe. This is mainly because they've seen thousands of campers, talked to dozens of regulators. It's not because they've seen a slew of campers during a pandemic. Unit leader is 100% confident that campers will be 50% safe, 80% confident that they will be 75% safe, 10% confident that they will be 80% safe, and 0% confident that they will be more than 99% safe. This is mainly because he/she knows that one of those campers is going to pull out a Frisbee or a football, and things will go south fast (especially if the ASM emeritus picks up said toy after all the kids handled it). And he/she has parents that have experienced this from ground level. On the other hand ... It's not because they've seen a slew of kids at home in the summer during a pandemic. These are what we call prior probabilities of a utility function. (It's more complex than that because the root question is "safe from what?", and each calamity comes with a different distribution. But, I've over simplified to make a point.) If you are in a community who believes 20% unsafe is happening at home anyway, then your money is on the camp director. If you're in a community that doesn't even see 2% unsafe happening at home, you're money is on the unit leader. Those decision points, needless to say vary. I have 4 health care workers coming into my house every day (one sleeps here). Two more of us are essential workers with travel papers. Another is running our elder-care errands as needed (i.e., taking our elder to for drives that include a McD's shake and burger). I'm more confident that this bug will find me at home than at camp (which, as I've said, is patrol cooking). I don't expect anyone else to be running the same gambit. But, anyone who wants to pull the 100% confident rhetoric can talk to the hand. (Once I put my gloves on.)
  2. 1 point
    I have received 100% confidence from camp staff that our Resident Camp June 7 will be safe. Yes, 100% 🙄
  3. 1 point
    I’m going to disagree with Fred and Eagle 94. It depends on the Scout and the adult leaders. My project, way back in the day, was not high tech, but had a lot of very specialized craftsmen. I did a lot of planning, site drawings and sat down with the craftsman multiple times to go over options. When the project began my Scoutmaster made sure they knew that I needed to be the leader. I directed and lead them. When we hit a snag, they would come to me and we discussed options, but I made the decisions. My son did a digital video with high end video, audio and editing equipment that was on loan, rented or purchased. He brought in people to teach the scouts how to film, do lighting and audio. The scouts did 100%!of the pre-production under his supervision. He did story boards, laid out the shot sheet and directed the production. He delegated task to other youth with clear direction on a number of things. Post-production was done by an adult because of cost and complexity of the equipment and skills needed. He went through hours of time coded video and made a detailed edit list for the editor to follow and sat with him to direct the final edits, music and audio. Technical projects are possible. The Scout and adults just need to know who is in charge.
  4. 1 point
    And now something completely different.
  5. 1 point
    History that needs to be remembered. Here in Pandemic land, Ken Burns is a source of much enlightenment. His documentaries on the Civil War, Baseball, and specifically the Viet Nam War are well worth the effort. https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/
  6. 1 point
    Not a fan of the virtual camps, though I appreciate the effort. Our summers are fairly short here and my kids will have had enough of virtual learning by June (over 3 months of school). I have no desire for them to be watching more videos during summer. If camps cannot occur, I'll punt on the virtual programing and have them play outside without the structure of video guidance. If camp is cancelled, I hope our Troop is allowed to put on our own. If not, I think we will simply recommend some local parks for families to travel to and restart virtual programming (if needed) in the fall.
  7. 1 point
    @RememberSchiff, excellent issues. Process reviews must be made. While change is in the air, we should also change the product and dump popcorn as the item we sell. It has been over three decades since the BSA adopted popcorn, yet it has never generated even a small percent of the nostalgia, popularity, and sales as Girl Scout cookies. Not even close. Popcorn has always been a dull product, with most folks purchasing it to solely support the cause. Folks buy GS cookies because they like the cookies and to support the GSUSA. I've never heard anyone ask "When are the scouts going to sell popcorn again? I can't wait to buy an overpriced tin of old popcorn!" I'm sure those folks are out there, but not nearly enough to make the sales movement worthwhile. To paraphrase a comedian's joke about the cost of popcorn in movie theaters, "Why should we pay that much for popcorn? Corn costs seventy cents a silo." A joke, yes, but an apt example of one of the challenges of selling popcorn. There are plenty of other products the BSA could sell that people may actually want to buy. And units could probably earn much more money, too.
  8. 1 point
    Inspections, in my opinion, are useless formalities. If a real inspection is to be done let a government agency inspect and then be done with it. Every time I read a BSA publication outlining any standard or rule I can't help wonder how much somebody got paid to come up with this b#%l s@*t. This is the same with the training material that is constantly re chewed and spit back out of someone else's mouth. How much is being spent to rehash NYLT, Woodbadge, Basic Outdoor Leadership Skills, Youth Protection, or how many scrappers per person are needed. Believe me, because have been there, theold "Corner Stone" and Wood Badge of years ago presents the same material as the training we have today, in a different way. Regardless of who says what or what the rules and policies state, people are going to do what they want to do. The only way to control what people do is by taking away their freedom or their money. Any other method of control rests on the individual allowing themselves to be controlled. This is simply reality. As far as inspections go, with a little work, anything can look good, even if it's rotten on the inside.
  9. 1 point
    My opinion is that the whole CyberChip curriculum needs to be rewritten and designed to be a Unit-wide activity. There should be better videos (some of which I already show to my Troop anyway), and then a group discussion with topics led by a moderator (SPL). Something that is important enough that it is required for Rank Advancement needs to be crafted to be useful and more easily implemented.
  10. 0 points
    Our state and our district are considering online summer enrichment classes in June and July.
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