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  1. I've been in multiple troops that do it differently. Scouts bringing their own tent makes life easier for the adults. BUT, there are lots of benefits to the troop owning the tents. It gives the QM something meaningful to do. It gives the troop things to do at meetings (setup, clean, put away, etc). It's also a great leveling aspect as everyone has the same stuff. It doesn't become a competition for who has the best tent. Also, you can avoid scouts bringing party tents. I swear half the trouble at night is when you have five or six scouts sharing one tent. There is something about two
  2. I pray that incidents like your daughter experienced NEVER cause people to avoid reporting. Did your daughter report this follow-on incident? Did her friends? I'd hope he was expelled, was charged and faced juvenile court punishments. Reporting is critical. I fully believe future victims are created by not reporting. The most visible example of this is Harvey Weinstein's 87 victims over 30+ years. If early victims would have spoke up, perhaps 50 or 60 or 70 fewer victims would have been created.
  3. What is social media? This is not clear cut. It's a general rule to apply based on intent. Our scouts have a large group text message "chat". We don't monitor it. Heck if we tried, another communication channel would creep in and relatively soon grow to encompass all the scouts again. IMHO, damage would be done by our trying to insert ourselves too much. We'd lose the scout's trust and they would start fearing and hiding things from us. Plus for our troop, I'm not exactly sure what technology they use, but I think it's basically very similar to texting. Maybe a bit more pers
  4. Your statement sounds about right. Let your husband be there for your son. Your husband can read books, relax, go for walks, etc. But at the same time he can be there for your son to support and provide a safety net. Often kids just want sympathy and empathize and to know they are important. Your husband being there would probably help. Also, your husband can help the troop without taking on an official role. There are always dozens of ways to help at any camp. Just walking over to help with adult dishes. Or cook an adult meal. Or help the SM / ASM setup / tear down their own s
  5. A few general points. "Special needs" are not all one and the same. ADD, ADHD can be very different than obstinate defiant behavior disorders. I'm not sure the scout in this situation, but some challenges need more than others. It's more about finding that magical mix where your son fits in right. It's less about one troop being more accommodating than another. Over the years, I can count a dozen plus scouts that had ADHD and some with relatively severe developmental issues. Most worked out fine. One we had to effectively ask to try another troop as we could not find that
  6. Yes. I've had some experience here. There are no requirement differences. The advancement program is the same. LDS troop can do things differently, but it's not a formal published difference. For example, we've had scouts from LDS troops come for an EBOR who are absolutely great kids, great scouts, done cool things, but they might not have a shirt or might not have done patrols or ... The program can vary greatly. But this is really true for non-LDS units too. The simple fact is troops often implement the program very differently. I'd focus on helping the scout have a positi
  7. This happens to scouts, adults and professionals. Anyone worth their mustard will help solve this issue. Ask your troop. Issues like this happen all through life. The skill is learning to handle them and realizing its just a small bump. Next time put the receipt in your wallet or take a picture of it with your phone.
  8. Sadly, I've heard your view from scouts too. Add also discussions from them on why many different types of laws need to change. Laws on everything from liability to the oldest profession laws. ... I've always been amazed what we can overhear as adult leaders when you are good at blending into the background.
  9. I've wondered how this affects young men. I know many young men right now that are just not interested in dating. It's very strange and alien to me. I always thought it was internet and online gaming. I suspect this is a strong contributor.
  10. I'm not insulting at all. I'm stating. I'm saying you are ignorant of everything I've done for 15 years for all scouts; my faith, other faiths or no faith. I've never used scouting as an evangelical tool and I've never stood in the way or blocked or insulted anyone of other faiths or those of no faith. If anything, I've helped numerous scouts that are not practicing or that do not have a faith. My volunteering has been about enabling them to camp and develop friendships and have adventures. You are ignorant of who I am and what I've done. You are insulting without cause.
  11. You are so so so ignorant and not knowing what you are really saying.
  12. Well ... I hope you create accounts on Arabic forums, Jewish forums, Hindu forums, fellowship of Christian Athlete sites, Alcoholics Anonymous and badger them too. I feel like I'm dealing with Donald Trump. Someone who needs to pick a fight and bring people down to lift his position.
  13. I've read articles like that before. It's an academic exercise to create a morality based on love, beauty, fairness and enlightenment. The challenge is that these are not necessarily universals. And, people may not have the resources to live at that enlightened level. Or, they could have so many resources they do not need to live at that level. Resources are not just money, but also health, youth, their own beauty, physical ability, intellectual ability, environment, family, society, etc. It's why I'd strongly argue there is no "morality" outside the laws of the state ... that you
  14. Fascinating controversy. I found the original article. I had no idea of this Linux controversy.
  15. Agreed. On a personal note, I really fully believe that morality is not self-evident. Without faith, morality is an academic exercise at best. At worst, an imposition by the state leaving decisions to personal benefit or avoiding punishment. Example: Everyone knows, but no one can me so I'll hand in thousands of pages of email, but claim I reformatted my email server.
  16. This is NOT about BSA. This is about your using this blog for a personal agenda outside BSA and being willing to bring everyone down with you. I just don't understand what is going on in your life to cause you to post in this board as you do.
  17. Where is there anything at all scouting related in this discussion. Merlyn LeRoy has long represented anti anything that he feels is bad and often at the cost of other people's beliefs and personal values. Sadly, it often degrades into ugly name calling and insults. This discussion chain should end. It lifts up no one.
  18. Stop with the Christianity bashing. You may not value it, but many of us do. Stop with the history lessons. They are incomplete and just bashing others. It's just the latest populist form of hate speech.
  19. My experience with cub scouts was that the youngest (1st and 2nd) grades did not initially know it was boy only. They had to "learn" that.
  20. The new model is large councils. The power of size is really hard to argue against. Plus, add online training. Add online advancement / scoutbook. Add reduced corporate and family fundraising. Scouts need less hand holding from councils. The power of a larger council is hard to argue against. The only sad sad part is the council leaders will know proportionately fewer of the actual scouts.
  21. The scout can write his own statement of spiritual beliefs. Sometimes the other parent can write the statement too.
  22. I did find this. It was our one page "flyer" version for recruitment. It has a similar one page parent info sheet of about the same length. Forgive the formatting. The original version has multiple columns, quotes and nice formatting and pictures. <big image> Boy Scout Troop ### <city>, <state> http://<web site> WHAT IS SCOUTING: Boy Scouts is a boy led program of fun outdoor activities, peer group leadership opportunities, and a personal exploration of career, hobby and special interests, all designed to achieve BSA's objectives of d
  23. Wow. I've been looking, but I can't find it. We used to hand it out on nights people visited the troop. We switched scoutmasters years ago and we've not used it since. And, I can't find it. I'll hunt it down.
  24. I fully agree with that. My experience is troop specific rules are not read, not followed and are just a boat anchor. BSA has plenty to of guidance and it's best to not compete with all that is already written. At most, I'd recommend a short one page white paper. Dues and when to be paid? Standard troop meeting schedule? Web site? Email? Troop accounts? More about the specific HOWs. Not an additional set of rules. From my experience, troop specific rules just age and add confusion. Better to invest learning BSA docs the best you can.
  25. I think there is huge opportunity here. A virtual high school with a graduation diploma from an Ivory league school would have value. I know I would have seriously considered this for my kids.
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