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  1. CSE Letter on GSUSA Infringements

    Class B girl-oriented patches should be fine. I see no issue with that.
  2. Penn State Disallows Student Run Outdoor Club

    Sadly, this makes sense. Certain activities do have risk and need to be taken seriously by skilled people. PSU is paying for the insurance coverage. That coverage probably states that activities that can have risk will have skilled supervision. The only way PSU could satisfy that requirement is to have staff cover it. It's not any safer really, just a perception of safety.
  3. Penn State Disallows Student Run Outdoor Club

    Wow. Just wow.
  4. Do Your Scouts Use The Handbook Logs?

    The logs are a tool, not a requirement. Useful if the scout wants to use it. If they want to use it, great. If they can't remember, it's a great place to start listing what they've done. If not listed, then it's just a friendly conversation seeing if they have fulfilled the requirement. It's the camping and service that is required. Not the log. I like to think of it as keep the positive focus on the activities, not the paperwork.
  5. Would you say anything

    I don't think it's unreasonable at all for a parent to pass a mild comment to the committee chair or the scoutmaster. On the flip side, don't insert yourself too much. They probably saw what happened and are trying to figure out themselves what should be done.
  6. Penn State University Ousts Outing Club

    As said before, once sanctioned, it can be argued the university is at risk and potentially has liability. For example, the university would be listing the organization with contacts, etc. So what if someone gets hurt of victimized. It could be easily argued that by listing the organization (contacts, description implying a charter) and supporting the organization (meeting rooms, listing as a contact, etc) ... then, the university is implying the organization and it's leaders have been vetted and is following good policies and procedures. Sadly, I do agree. But then again, I'd argue football and many other sports should be community based and not school based.
  7. Significant youth protection changes

    "Maybe we should find some other word than trustworthy, like honest or truthful, since nobody is considered to be worthy of trust anymore." I fear like all public discussion chains we've devolved.
  8. I agree. It should be a simple thing reflecting "a scout is friendly". What happened is it was a time when the troop was into teaching lessons. Sometimes those lessons became forced. So I'm sure someone was explaining to the SPL how to make an example of someone. I remember when the SPL would not give it back. My son was looking at him like he was not a very honest or friendly person. It broke trust even then as he knew there was a reason it would not be coming back. The sad thing is before my son would go to the SPL's house a few times to socialize. He never went again after that. Maybe it's not the song thing that bugs me as the forced lesson. The great thing in scouting is learning from the natural results of your choices and actions and non-actions. A lot is lost when it becomes a forced trick with someone looking to make a point. Like the SPL who casually drops trash after the cleanup line has gone by to make his point.
  9. One of my older sons left something on the table. It was part of what he was bringing home as a carry item. But the SPL got it first and would not give it back. Only later as they were assembled to go home did the SPL bring the item up and say that my son left it on the table. He asked my son to sing for it. Watching the physical reaction of my son was very sad. Worse though was I saw him try something like that on someone else at the next camp out so he could do it to them. Perhaps the lesson was intended to be to take responsibility for your stuff, but he already knew that lesson. It's just he was busy doing another part of the cleaning at that moment. Instead, the lesson taught was to look for opportunities to knock the other guy down. To put rules ahead of compassion and friendliness. Because of that ... and knowing the personality of my youngest ... I told him that if it happened to him that he should acknowledge it's his. But if he's asked to sing or something else for it, just tell them to keep the object and he can keep his pride. I didn't want that son learning the lesson the earlier son learned. Yeah, I do consider that innocent singing hazing by my experience and by the definition of what it is. Is cutting a corner hazing? I can see both sides. I'd prefer to share the reminder to be safe. And, if he's not safe, don't let him have a knife.
  10. The article doesn't have a new viewpoint or any deep perspective. It's just re-hashing a summary of very high level issues. In some ways, it reminds me of political coverage when newspapers follow who's in the lead instead of following issues.
  11. Significant youth protection changes

    Phone calls ... I'm surprised I did not consider the affect on phone calls. I try to have my wife in the same room, but sometimes I field calls while driving. I'm not sure how to work around this issue.
  12. Chartered Organization not a Legal Entity?

    Band bosters too? This is different than my experience. It seems like the school district is taking on the audit and finance responsibility for each of the organizations. It really grows the scope and umbrella of the school district.
  13. Significant youth protection changes

    The rule now says ... The new registration requirement (announced in the fall of 2017) was: "Effective for the 2018 BSA summer camp season, any adult accompanying a Boy Scout troop to a residence camp or other Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a CBC and YPT, even if they are the parent of a youth on the trip." So I don't think a MBC registration would count. I think it means a leader in that unit or a leader in some unit. I'm not sure though. This is all new.
  14. Significant youth protection changes

    I'm pleasantly surprised at the responses and very glad to hear this is not an obstacle or something people will circumvent. I was trying to decide my thoughts on the second one. The comments here help. Thank you.
  15. Significant youth protection changes

    Now, you will also need to register them and incur the $33 registration cost. I'm not sure the cost is the biggest issue as much as the paperwork issue. $33 a piece. Not a huge difference. Just a friendly clarification.