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  1. What Matt said. True story: At the local University of Scouting one year, I ran across a Scout who wore four medals : I recognized his Eagle, the God and Country, the Ner Tamid, and the Ad Altare Dei... These were the Methodist Church, Jewish and Catholic awards, respectably. As we ate lunch, I said, "you know, I have to ask how you come to wear those three religious awards.?" He said that his mom was Jewish, his dad Catholic and his Troop was sponsored by a Methodist Church. He said that when he asked about earning the awards, his father's priest, his mom's rabbi and the mi
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  2. @FirstClass, welcome to the forums! As you can tell, scouters have no stomach for playing identity politics with religious awards. Having made the effort, a scout should proudly wear the awards for each faith he held at the time.
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  3. Big week in the bankruptcy case. Feb 9th and 10th will be the appeals hearing. As mentioned, this will not be over zoom so we will have to wait to hear reporters take (unless any forum members attend).
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  4. Your thinking is right on this... And I am VERY glad you have a culture in your unit where this is the case. (The youth wanting to continue to be part of the program.) But, there are clear boundaries, as you point out. What they want is not Venturing. What they want is Rovering!! http://www.thedump.scoutscan.com/rovers.html
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  5. I find any rule that says my status as an Arrowman is terminated when my dues aren't paid to be at odds with the permanence of the Obligation. To be clear, I wouldn't wear a flap or attend a function without paying dues, but I am fairly certain the ties of Brotherhood are everlasting, and not ended when the roll of quarters runs out.
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  6. I use the left as often as I can. Esp. for scout stuff. As mentioned, on successful BOR, after a SM conf, any time a Scout approaches me as a Scout and I want to say "Great encounter". All leaders line up at COH and congratulate the Scouts as the come up and use the handshake. Thanks to covid, the left handed fist bump will often serve as a faster and more casual version in our unit now. You'll see that a lot for things like when a patrol pulls off an especially great dinner, lots of left handed fist bumping in celebration. It's nothing to be super hardcore about, but I think this sc
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  7. So, to be clear, are you saying that Joey Scout, who is elected by his unit and goes through the Ordeal (having paid the fee and his membership dues in the local Lodge for the year), and becomes an Arrowman, that he ceases to be an Arrowman when his dues lapse next year for the local Lodge?
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  8. Looking for actual experience from unit leaders on how they have let College Reserve Scouter scouters participate and especially any links to actual materials on the topic from Scouts BSA. This year we'll have 7 Scouts who turn 18 between Jan 2023 and May 1, 2023. They have not yet started college, but most will head that way in August/September 2023. Several have asked me about registering as College Reserve. I'm open to it. They were all great leaders as Scouts, could certainly continue to be a value to our program. I'm challenged because I can't find much guidance, outside of
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  9. Your statement is in direct contradiction to that published on the National OA site. https://oa-bsa.org/article/ask-chairman-can-members-who-are-not-dues-paid-wear-lodge-flap I'll go by what they say, thanks!
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  10. My Comments in RED I hope only up to AOL. IHMO trying to cram 8 adventures before Crossover could be a challenge and lead to pencilwhipping. I believe that was how it was prior to some time in the 1970s. I know my brothers had Bobcat pins DANGER WILL ROBINSON DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This will set us back 30+ years. Prior to 1989, Webelos and AOL was 9-12 months total. Studies showed that 9-12 months was not enough
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  11. It has been a while, but it feels like we are getting close to the end (or the beginning of the actual trust). It doesn't seem like District Court is pushing to overturn. In Purdue, the confirmation was September 17th and it took the District Court less than a month to reject the deal. I also do not see the US DOJ pushing hard against the BSA deal (compared to what they did in Purdue). I'm starting to get the impression that approval by District Court is highly likely. If they had major concerns, one would think they would push to hear the appeal more quickly. That doesn't guarantee
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  12. Thats incorrect but do as you please. Everything in scouting nowadays is only a suggestion and it really doesn't matter what suggestions are followed or interpreted. As long as noone gets a bad feeling and gets an award for showing up everything is fine. I would encourage you to research the origins of the customs and traditions of the OA and that organization has the same rules concerning membership status and dues.
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