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fred johnson

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  1. I have no knowledge of whether you can get registered again to help in scouting. But I do have a few comments - This is relatively recent. Time needs to pass between the events and now to demonstrate it won't happen again. It's only been a year since the conviction. It's relatively recently. - Actions have consequences. Some create valid questions of whether you should work with kids. I'm not sure if this is one, but it may be. It is hard to judge without knowing more ... and I don't want to know more. - You will always be an Eagle scout and have completed your OA broth
  2. The difference is the rule / direction / guidance versus reality. Reality, things will be co-ed. Thus why I'm arguing there will be confusion. The rule / direction / guidance is two separate troops; one for each gender.
  3. "Linked troops" is not co-ed, it's two single gender troops under the same charter org. Before, a charter org could have one troop. Now the plan is two if they are single gender troops. Thus the term "Linked Troops". When reality sets in, it may be viewed as co-ed because many troops will have significant overlap to make it work.
  4. I'm not saying Charter Orgs can't succeed with single gender troops. I'm saying BSA will create a mess forcing the "Linked Troop" model. For our charter org, they don't have enough calendar nights free or separate space to support a second scouting unit. From our current sense, we "think" we won't have enough interest to have a strong separate program. We think a combined unit with single gender patrols (our choice) would strengthen the existing unit and give new opportunities to girls. We also have multiple adult leaders in the unit that have young girls that would like to try
  5. I agree with you. It "can" work. It needs more coordination. I tried my best to use "many linked troops", but probably failed in places and left in a few absolutes. It can work so that's why I suggest BSA should let charter orgs choose how they want to structure. COs choose single gender troops or mixed gender. COs choose one troop or two troops. etc etc. This would allow your CO to have two completely separate single gender troops ... if that is how your CO wants to run it. The issue is when you have imbalances or want to share schedules, camps, leaders, etc. It can be d
  6. Agreed. BSA would do best by letting units structure was they can make it work. BSA could suggestion single gender patrols are a possible choice. It helps address different maturity levels. But it's not required, especially if it means a scout is left out because there are not enough members of their gender. BSA could suggest single gender troops would be an option if it servers your charter org best. I just fear requiring it either leaves people out or forces a lot of extra work and extra confusion.
  7. The concept will keep evolving, but I'm trying to work through how to make it work based on what I've heard so far. QM ... Missed that one. One set of equipment. Which QM is responsible for the equipment? Or does a church need two troop trailers? etc etc ?
  8. BSA should abandon the new idea of Linked Troops before it gets embedded or distributed further. It's just not going to work and will confuse everyone. Limited resources means linked troops will share resources. Many will want to share schedule, camping, equipment and leaders (as possible). Similar, parents will not want to want to support separate camping, separate meetings, etc. It's the whole idea of "family scouting" is the family can have all their kids in the same scouting unit. Even BSA says linked troops can share troop committees and resources. I'd expect ASMs
  9. Yeah, but you have to show up at the scout shop. If you have 25+ meetings a year, that's a lot of driving to and from the scout shop. Four COHs are manageable. 25+ will never happen. It's why I recommend stockpiling in advance.
  10. The ideal is to recognize as soon as possible. Position patches should be given as soon as possible so the scout has the patch during his tenure in the position. Another example is rank patches. Hand them out ASAP otherwise the scouts will often never wear that rank patch as they may receive multiple at a COH. But all of this gets complicated by an ugly issue. Paperwork. Unless troops "game" the system, they can't get merit badges or rank patches in advance of having proof the scout earned the rank. A good troop will build up a tackle box of patches, badges, rank cards, MB cards, b
  11. I'm not big on Brownsea / T21 programs. IMHO, those skills should be taught one-on-one and are great opportunities for both senior scouts and adult leaders to have direct interactions with the scouts. Work those requirements into the natural result of camping and being active. The key is get the scouts doing activities that are fun and new. Inspire these kids to want to be scouts. Sometimes the Brownsea / T21 programs are just about checking off requirements and forget about having fun. If done well, it's "ok". Very rarely great. Done poorly, you've potentially lost a scout.
  12. I agree with Eagle94-A1 in his comments. I'm not at all against girls in scouts. But the issue Terasec points out is not to do with girls. It is with reducing the program. We need to keep our scouts safe. We need to help them have a good experience. BUT, we don't save them from every issue and absolutely not from every challenge. I don't like calling it the "mommy and me" approach, but there is something to this. Scouting's value is teaching the scouts independence, responsibility and that they can handle way more than they think they can. If the parent or another adult keeps sa
  13. Here are a few axioms I do believe in. It's the scout's responsibility (and their families) to be involved. We can't save the scout from themselves or their parents. Scouts need to be self-supporting (to some degree). We can help, but we can't be there at each and every moment. We're volunteers. Communication - My opinion may differ from others. Scout - Face-to-face Adults - Email, web site, calendar, Facebook If scouts can't track the details from the meeting, help him. If he still gets stuck, let him know that his parents should also have the details
  14. I've seen something similar recently in another unit. A minor incident was blown way out of proportion by the spiteful vengeance of a mother. None of the kids involved were 100% innocent, but it was about as minor of an incident as I've ever seen. And one kid is paying the price. In my view, the mother sees the other kid as defective and wanted him out of scouts and out of her son's scouting experience. She's made scouts a royal hell for that poor kid. My sympathies go out to him as he's about as normal of a kid as you can get. I've seen multiple other scouts get away with much worse wi
  15. My experience is that adults want their phones because they want their phones. It's more similar to youth and their reasoning then you would ever believe. Youth want to be able to text family and friends just like adults want to be able to text family and friends. I always find it interesting that we allow adults to use them because we want the adults help, but we are comfortable telling the scouts no ... as if the scouts won't avoid coming and won't hide from us because they want to use them.
  16. I'm good with that as long as the adults follow the same rules.
  17. That's my philosophy too. It's not about the phone or device. It's about participating, being involved and interacting. IMHO, it happens whether it's the phone or some other reason. Heck, we have a scout who might as well have a phone. But if it's not the phone, it's magic cards, foot balls, books or other games. I was just wondering if there was any guidance. So far the only guidance I see is safe scouting rules and it's a tool to learn how to be use.
  18. I have understanding for the shared views. I'm looking for any clarification BSA sends or provides.
  19. Usually, if emergencies happen, scout camp staff will step up and lend a staff member to supplement a missing adult leader.
  20. I've continued reading as I find it hard to give up a search. I did just find this, but it's still vague. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/youthprotection/pdf/100-055_WB.pdf ... The Scout Law and Cybersafety/Cyberbullying So essentially, BSA is says technology is a tool. No definition or guidance. As T2Eagle says, it's left to the troop.
  21. The BSA Cyber Chip requirements for grades 6-12 have this requirement Talk to your unit leader about the acceptable standards and practices for using allowed electronic devices, such as phones and games, at your meetings and other Scouting events. Where should a unit leader go for BSA guidance on this? Is it just common sense adjusted for individual preferences and unit policies? Or did BSA also publish guidance on this? I'm not looking for a debate. I'm looking to be pointed to where BSA published their policies or guidance.
  22. I dread yet another checklist, workbook, pamphlet, rule set, teaching guide, etc. Adults need to keep out of the scout's hair. Scouts have their Boy Scout handbook and merit badge books. I've rarely found a need for more. These are the ones I don't mind. A troop cook book ... ideas for troop favorite recipes A troop song book ... ideas for troop favorite songs A troop trip book ... ideas for troop favorite trips and activities My key point is that we need to stop trying to solve problems for the scouts. Often our efforts add more problems then they solve. We addi
  23. Threads like this always crash to the lowest base intellectual level after about two or three pages.
  24. It depends on the adults. Generally, I agree that 2 to 3 adults for 30 scouts is fine. AND, that ratio gives busy-body adults enough work such that they will more likely stay out of the scout's business. 4 is nice if you want to run errands or have a more relaxed week. Anything more is getting to be just too much. Essentially, adults want to show value by being involved and making a difference. In addition, it's extremely difficult to get a consistent leadership style / involvement out of eight adults. They will be tripping over each other. I often wonder if there is a scout sum
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