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    Easier implemented in some activities... (BSA Troop 565 Roound Rock, TX) Seabase 2020
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    Matt, I am sorry I was not clear . The local news site in Portland that I specifically cited is quoting a Black man, Mr. Baskin. It's his point. "A few blocks away, Carl Baskin sat next to his drive-up car wash station and worried that the message of racial justice was being taken away from the Black community by 'young white children.'” I have no personal knowledge about Portland. I only know what I read and see, and what I neither read nor see in the media. This has happened before, although at a lower level of violence, and it likely will happen again. I observed the following, and it was documented in the subsequent Kent State civil litigation, Scheuer v. Rhodes, in which I participated in a minor way: In the 1970 rioting at Ohio State University, the initial demonstrations were started by the Black Student Union, with racial issues, and the LGBT Coalition, with sexual identity issues. "Anti-War" folks quickly joined - Nixon had just "incursed" into Cambodia, seeming to escalate our long Vietnam experience. A few thousand people, mostly students but a few young people from off-campus, were involved for a couple of weeks, and it was speeches, posters, chanting and drums beating, as columns of protesters snaked around Campus. A few buildings were "occupied," but the University President took it in stride - no arrests - to your point about the "old scout." Classes went on. It was an unusually warm and sunny Spring. Then two State Highway Patrol agents provocateur in long hair and flannel shirts (secretly being filmed by the FBI, as it turned out) got hold of a microphone and urged the crowd on the University "Oval" to block the one public street that ran thorough campus, Neil Avenue. The acting head of the University, in the absence of University President Fawcett, panicked and called in the police and Auxiliary Deputy Sheriffs, who had no jurisdiction unless invited on Campus. They rioted, gassing everyone in sight, even as we were ordered by the University to continue to conduct classes. They even gassed "Fraternity Row." The gas drifted over are area of miles around Campus. The behavior of the Columbus police and Auxiliary Deputy Sheriffs provoked tens of thousands of students to join the demonstrations., but it was still nonviolent, if tense. A little pushing and shoving might punctuate disagreements, but I saw no blows struck. Peacemakers seemed always at hand. The trucks of young National Guardsmen arrived to cheers. They were not cops. They were young - younger than many students. They were generally understood to be in the Guard to avoid the Draft. In the midst of the relatively peaceful disorder, radicals from SDS and The "Mobilization" movement started setting fires on campus and pelting any law enforcement they saw, plus the National Guard, with rocks and the bricks used to pave the campus walkways. Fire hoses were cut and firefighters pelted with rocks and bricks. Many State Highway Patrolmen were injured - especially by hails of bricks. Shots were fired by Columbus police, who called on their radios for ammunition resupply. No one was killed. A five-state supply of teargas was used up just in time for Kent State (Later, The City and County sought reimbursement from the State for the cost of tens of thousands of rounds of teargas used by local law enforcement alone.). Cars (and furniture pulled into the streets) on and around campus were set on fire. Many businesses, especially up and down High Street bordering Campus to the east, were vandalized and looted - regardless of ownership. Some shop-owners resisted violently and successfully. The "vanguard" went on to "occupy" University class buildings buildings and physically prevented students and faculty from leaving by chaining the doors shut - not too cool fire hazard-wise when combined with the arsons. By then, the National Guard rank-and-file absolutely believed (incorrectly) that many Guardsmen had been killed at Kent State. They told me that the students were the "enemy." When Denny Hall was occupied, I and the other Faculty "Monitors" were told by radio that a couple thousand very angry Guardsmen were coming double-quick, locked and loaded. I recall counseling one short, plump, red-haired radical (exhorting his group not to "retreat" with a bullhorn) that they should not all stay to "resist" the approaching Guardsmen, as they vowed to do, since live witnesses would be required to testify to what would happen. So they should decide who stayed to "resist" and who would withdraw some distance to be witnesses to the carnage. They all left before the Guard came thundering up, many with fixed bayonets, frustrated that the "occupiers" had left. Police arrived with giant bolt-cutters to open the doors for the trapped students, faculty, and staff. I and the Head of Mathematics were pleased with our work, not realizing that worse was to come. The Black Student Union had largely "left the building" by then. Harder to say about the LGBT folks as they did not stand out in the largely White crowds, but their issues were no longer discussed. "Pigs off Campus!" and "Kill the Pigs!" became the overwhelming theme, sprinkled with anti-war slogans. The radicals whom I observed and with whom I dealt were all White middle and upper class from their speech and dress, and told me the forces of the government would not dare shoot them. "My dad's a dentist," one young person in a black SDS T-shirt told me. They were unbelieving when told about Kent State and Jackson State. "You're just trying to scare us." These were the sort who would buy new denim trousers and go to the University craft shop to grind holes in them with wire wheels to prove their "proletarian" bona fides. They were overwhelmingly male. They did not seem to contemplate that those pelted with bricks and holding loaded firearms might shoot, even given evidence that they had done so. They had no planning for retreat or casualties. When vowing to "liberate" the University President's then on-campus brick house, they threw stones, clods of dirt, and bricks at terrified young Guardsmen with loaded semi-automatic M-1 Rifles and a Browning 1919 .30-06 machine gun, (600 high-power rounds a minute) who were only the thickness of a hedge plus a couple of yards of lawn away, with orders to "hold their position." Specifically, they had been ordered by radio to fire if any of the rioters breached the hedge. The mob of near 1000 was jammed into the street and packed against a brick wall behind them to the south. The intimidating sound of thousands of GI boots hitting the pavement in unison sent the crowd running before the massacre could happen. The column of over 1000 Guardsmen, two lanes wide and with M-1 Rifles at high port and all with fixed bayonets, rounded the corner 100 yards away to the west as the last rioter left the area. The young 2nd Lieutenant in charge of the dozen Guardsman at the site had wet himself. A couple more minutes, and no would remember 1970 as the year of Kent State. The deaths from trampling alone, had that machine gun, opened fire, would have made Kent State and Jackson State combined look like a picnic. The University shutdown and reopened with a closed, secured campus. THIS is what the politicians are playing with. THIS is what the media, with their political narrative, seem to actually want. Real harm can occur. And meanwhile the greater slaughter in our cities, primarily of and by "people of color," goes on as background noise, swallowed up by the contest for power and wealth. No peace, no justice, no retail services, no government revenue, no welfare services, and no safety.
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    My friend who used to work for BSA until today posted this. My heart goes to those affected by this. Today, the BSA permanently laid off a large number of employees (I am told it is about 40% of the national office staff) as it tries to survive a number of unplanned events that affect the organization more severely than many can even imagine.
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    Well, there have certainly been a lot of comments here telling you not to worry about uniforms, or to forget them completely, et cetera. But what if you want to wear the uniform? And after all, as BP himself said, what boy (or girl, or leader) with Scouting in his heart wouldn't want to wear the uniform? The policy which expects Webelos Scouts to wear the tan and green uniform is new - it only came into effect this year. But as per BSA tradition, ANY uniform, once approved by the BSA, is always approved by the BSA - so a Webelos Scout can wear the traditional blue uniform. Just be sure to note to those who may express concern or bemusement that this is now considered a traditional or heritage Webelos uniform, and you should wear appropriate insignia to go with it (so don't wear the new tan oval Webelos rank patch, but instead make sure you wear the appropriate blue diamond rank patch instead). Now as I said, there have been a lot of comments here reassuring you that the uniform is not a necessary part of Scouting. I am here to speak to the other side of the coin - of course you can have Scouting without the uniform - but I can promise you, the experience of Scouting loses a significant degree of power, influence, and ability to do good if you omit the uniform from your program. Do anything you can to obtain uniforms for your kids - not just the shirts, but everything from the caps to the socks and all in-between. Why? It will improve behavior. It will increase unity and teamwork. It will enhance your program and elevate your accomplishments. It will assist recruiting and recognition. More than anything, it will measurably and dramatically improve every aspect of your program in ways that you might not expect and would never have witnessed until you were willing to put in the effort. I only say this as one who was skeptical at first, tried it (begrudgingly, I might add), and was soon drastically and irrevocably humbled when I witnessed in my own Webelos den the DRAMATIC difference I saw in my Scouts and our families once I committed fully to this essential and irreplaceable method of Scouting. One final note - money has nothing to do with it. I work with many Scouts from immigrant and low-income families. So I would petition Scout troops all over our area for any and all gently-used Cub or Scouts BSA uniform items they could dig up - belts, socks, shorts, neckers, ANYTHING. It didn't take me long to have our entire pack outfitted with everything we needed, and where we were short, I asked for donations from local businesses and community agencies. Don't be afraid to ask for help; if you want it hard enough, it will happen - and trust me, the positive effects of getting your kids in uniforms are ABSOLUTELY something you will want.
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    I agree. I might have been a bit to quick to state. I found the statement funny. "There are no uniform police." ... Many of us have defended or advocated for scouts when they are confronted by self-appointed uniform police. The advice is correct though. Focus on a good experience and get out and doing things. Uniform is not required.
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    Yes, and as I said, the guidelines are a scout may NOT be penalized or denied a scouting opportunity for lack of a uniform, even for an Eagle Board of Review ("Candidates shall not be required to purchase uniforming or clothing to participate in a board of review.") The uniform is a Method of Scouting but poor families may not be punished like this. In addition, as I noted above, the Webelos have the option for tan/green or blue/blue in any event.
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    First, welcome. Second, a scout may never, ever, EVER be penalized, punished, or denied any scouting opportunity for lack of a uniform. EVER. Even for an Eagle Board of Review, a "Class A" is not required. What is required is if they wear it, they do so properly (no untucked shirts). Third, the tan is optional for Webelos. And I quote from the Inspection Sheet (2008) as well as the 2015 printing.
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    Welcome to the forum, @SWdenleader. You don't need to be grandfathered in. If a scout is going to leave because of a uniform issue then there's a problem. No kid should be denied scouting because of some uniform issue. Honestly, I don't even know if this is an issue (if you can't read where it says webelos must wear a tan uniform, then it isn't a rule), but it doesn't matter. What does matter is your scouts having fun. In this economy, do your best. Don't worry about the uniform. Oh, and pull up a log and join us.
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    Wow, I thought I was only old timer here. Most of the "youngins" I know have never heard of a baker tent(or wall tent). Probably thought it was were the kitchen staff slept. 😁😁
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    I’m going to a state next to mine, where there is no quarantine period for my state. Every student has to produce a negative test before returning to campus though. I believe one of the residence halls is now the “quarantine dorm.” It’s a small college, so that is why they’re able to open without problems.
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    Victimized organizations* should press Blackbaud to provide third party identity and credit monitoring. * Which organization will lead? My money (again $0.02) is on Boys & Girls Club of Delaware
  12. 1 point
    Oh, how I pine for those innocent days of youth... blissfully ignorant of the district/council structure. [Sigh]
  13. 1 point
    This is industry practice. The CTO owns the technology decisions.
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    Unfortunately, the entire summer was canceled. I do ride on a volunteer rescue squad and currently in a EMT program to be nationally certified, so I am staying active in healthcare.
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