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About Eric807

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  1. It was not a blast. It was only one sided because National refused to respond on camera and hushed up the one National Board Member that was willing to speak. The rest was reasonably balanced on both sides of the issue. It's disingenuous when one side refuses to speak and then claims bias and one sided reporting.
  2. Isn't it interesting that National chose this issue to make a big, expensive, public stand? If they were equally fervent about keeping out other "immoral" elements, as they are about homosexual leaders, but they don't. There are equally tiny elements in the adult leadership that are quite frankly racist, militarist, anti-semitic, abusive, fudimentalist, snobs, and what-have-you, and yet National hasn't made a big public show of hunting them down and keeping them out. Could it be that National assumed this would get them a lot of free publicity, but are suddenly surprised when mu
  3. The boys are already too far along by the time they reach boy scouts. Tiger Cub and Two year Webelos with extensive camping, take away too much of the magic of Boy Scouting.So there is no reason not to just do the advancement as fast as possible and get out. Weak Trail-to-First-Class programs turn out so-called First Class Scouts in less than 6 months. Weak merit badge colleges which certify badges in less than 4 hours also contribute to an epidemic of 14 year old Eagles. The kids today are smarter/more aware in many areas such as computers, math, and unfortunately sex. But they are
  4. Does any one else find the telephone lottery system for Philmont absurd and prone to abuse? Why can't there be a simple drawing, and then publish the list of winning crews each year? This would help insure it was fair, and insure the same groups or councils don't get preferential treatment year after year. You constantly hear of stories where someone knows somebody at Philmont who can get them a slot early before the telephone lottery. Not publishing the list perpetuates these stories. In the age of the Internet, there has to be a better, fairer, more open way.
  5. Our council suffers from too much internal politics. It is being investigated for "Ghost Troops" but is grandstanding by complaining about "media abuses" and acting like criticizing them is the same as criticizing scouting. This stems from the council being completely cut off, or removed, from real day-to-day scouting. In turn, our District is cut off from the troops and packs. Even the national staff seem isolated in their corporate offices and special accomodations at Philmont. Everything is political at the Council level. Rules and regulations are not written down, favoritism is r
  6. This film appears regularly on the Encore Multiplex channel usually on the WAM channel with material for kids. It has also appeared on the main Encore Channel usually on Saturday and Sunday during the day. I have made two copies off that. Just check your local listings.
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