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  1. 3 points
    In my professional opinion as a former lifeguard instructor and swimming instructor, I think they should be EXTREMELY RARE (emphasis). I taught swimming to physically and mentally handicapped kids. It may be more difficult. they may not make "First Class, First Year," but I have seen kids and adults with these handicaps do it. Anytime we try to "shortcut" advancement, we are not helping the Scouts.
  2. 1 point
    You are so right my friend, you are so right!
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    So, at summer camp we had two adult leaders and two dozen scouts with diverse MB objectives. Plus, I wanted to re-update my lifeguard and CPR certifications, and the other leader had just joined our troop as his son crossed over, so he obviously wanted to be nearby for those scouts. Basically, there was no following older scouts around unless they were in the same direction as the pool or the one or two scouters who I knew from WSJ. If the boys did not requisition supplies from the camp QM, we didn't get it. If they didn't request low-sugar cereal from the dining hall, I didn't eat it. If camp was untidy, they took the hit on inspection. I might pick up litter in my path, but that was it. The camp staff knew that there were just two of us, and ours was the biggest troop there. Although they were busy sanitizing the snot out of everything, they encouraged us and understood that we'd appreciate their "one eye" on our boys. It was not pretty. We got noise complaints. I told the boys to keep their micro boom boxes off the trails, and sing because nobody will complain about scouts singing. They said they couldn't remember the words without the music. So, every morning I taught them the words to a pop song: Queen: stomp stomp clap ... stomp stomp clap ... "I'm a little tea pot short and stout ..." Led Zeplin: [humming intro to "rising sun" ]... ba da bum ... "I am a little tea pot ..." The Animals: "I'm a little tea pot short and stout ... By day four, they ran flags like clockwork and dismissed the troop with no interference from adults. Our boys pushed boundaries, on their own asking staff to allow them to project movies before quiet hours. (One scout's dad does tech for a school that had no use for 800' of extension chord.) Much to my chagrin, senior staff approved with enthusiasm. Did it get out of hand? According to a neighboring troop (easily 150 yards away), yes. On the other hand, the scouts who you can hear, or whose flashlights are ruining your star-watching, are rarely the problem.
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    If you find a standard sized school that manages to go a whole school year with 100% student attendance and attentiveness where no one ever got upset with anyone else, I think you'll find you are in the Twilight Zone (or possible on the planet Camazotz).
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    The referred Whistle blower policy is only for employees. A volunteer who does it will only have their report sent back down the chain of command and the volunteer will find themselves out of the Council by the next year. There's no protections for volunteers re retaliation. Even worse if the violator is a District level volunteer. They can do all kind of wrongs, and as long as their employer is willing to donate a few grand to the Council, the bad scouter will keep getting promoted. -From first hand knowledge. National is so deep in the red that only green counts. If your area doesn't have a super grown-up looking out for everybody, the adult-children will bully anyone they feel like. I'm especially sad thinking about all the single moms who got crapped on by little men with weak minds. The BSA should have something to address the many topics addressed here. As said earlier, even if there is something in writing, at least a parent would have something to show the offending scouters. As the policies sit now, having nothing allows the BSA to keep being a good-ole-boy club. I only hope the new influx of moms, generated by the acceptance of girls into the BSA, will eventually get a policy in place to protect the weakest of our volunteer ranks: single mothers of color. I absolutely love the new YPT training! Don't get me wrong, I love the "program." It is the organization that I wish would stop letting us down.
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    These are, and should be, VERY rare exceptions.
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    At 19, Johnson was the youngest member of Adm. Richard Byrd’s 1939 expedition to Antarctica aboard the USS Bear, a 19th-century, thick-hulled wooden ship with sails and diesel. He went back with Byrd in 1946 for Operation High Jump, then joined another U.S. Navy expedition there, Operation Windmill, in 1948. Harvey Morrissey, 16, a Sea Scout from Ocala, also came up for [Johnson's 100th] party. He had done a podcast with Johnson and was struck by his vivid stories of Antarctica and of his teenage sailing journey on the Pacific Queen. He [Johnson] recalls that on the first expedition, their transport on the ice was sleds and dogs. To feed the dogs, they would shoot a seal — and that would be the dogs’ lunch. More details at source: https://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/retirement/centenarian-believed-last-survivor-of-byrd-s-antarctica-trip-1.46973825 Scout Salute and Happy Birthday, Note: @mashmaster
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    There are four books in my collection on Antarctic Scouting participation. Three relate to Paul Siple, and one to Richard Chappell. All are interesting and representative of Scouting involvement in some very advanced and challenging activities over the years. Others include the African safari told about in Three Scouts in Africa; another, included one of those African participants in Alaska, A Boy Scout in Grizzley Country; there is one about scouts working with rangers in a National park, another about a hike of some scouts on the Oregon trail to Independence Rock for its hundredth anniversary, and another about a group of Eagles that spent weeks hiking in the Highlands of Scotland interacting with the local Scouts and communities. A few others relate to Sea Scouting adventures in those earlier days, and there are small mentions here and there of lesser known and less dramatic Scouting adventure activities in other anthologies. But, the idea that this is no longer an option is wrong. the NESA world explorer program continues to nurture such things, but few are really aware of this. Take a look; https://nesa.org/for-eagle-scouts/scholarships/nesa-world-explorer/
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    My council is in a similar situation financially, and are looking to sell properties. I did not attend the town hall meeting last night, but I had friends that did. One of the slides was the 2019 cost per camper for the 4 council camps. Let's just say the data is HEAVILY skewed against one local camp. They included a $50,000 new road into the camp in "Maintenance" when it should have been a capital expense. The old road was washed out and caused the camp to be inoperable for 6 months. Second the council only used the 2019 camp attendance. Since that camp was closed for 6 months, there were no day camps, weekend camp outs, or district camporees. So the attendance was much lower than usual. Council is trying to make it appear the camp is burden.But what is ironic is if they used the past 3-5 year data, the camp is the most used, and least costly camp. In fact the camp brings n more money than needed to support itself. It is the only council camp that Cubs can go boating at since the other camps are on rivers. And because of its location, a major metropolitan area is within 45 minutes of the camp. It's just the metro area is in another council, for the moment.
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    They're 13 and 14yo's and capable and competent to do this hike. If we quit Scouting and went to that state park with those same buddies, I would not hesitate to send them on that hike while me and the other dads stayed in camp. When I was that age we got on our bikes and were gone for the afternoon. uhg sorry this makes me frustrated.
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