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  1. Summer camps facing rocky start, uncertain future https://apnews.com/47d01ea8c3d94203c6ad212df94b18d5
  2. Dr. Fauci agrees: https://twitter.com/ScottThuman/status/1247628515580788736
  3. "All the while, pay for Boy Scouts’ top brass jumped more than 14 percent, with then-top Scout Michael B. Surbaugh paid $873,927 in total compensation in 2017, according to the national council’s most recent tax returns." "Boy Scout Director Mark Logemann received total compensation of $625,016, while Bradley Farmer got $602,874. Eight other executives earned more than $400,000, and another four made more than $335,000." "First-class travel — necessary so employees can discuss business during flights, according to its filings — cost $382,490 over the six years examined by the Southern California News Group. Travel for spouses — “critical” to furthering the family-oriented organization’s mission and business purpose — cost $187,696 over those years, while membership in airline clubs cost $20,667." Boy Scouts of America weighed down by red ink, high pay for execs before bankruptcy https://www.ocregister.com/2020/02/28/boy-scouts-of-america-weighed-down-by-red-ink-high-pay-for-execs-before-bankruptcy/
  4. Looks like Rick Perry is leaving: Rick Perry expected to resign next month after Dems raise questions about frequent trips to Ukraine Trump pins Ukraine call on Energy Secretary Rick Perry
  5. Gabriella Burke, the girl who started the petition, did go to the camporee after all -- in Scouts BSA: https://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/all-girl-boy-scouts-1.34947886?fbclid=IwAR2900qv9ZyLznadkrfScbS--LbqJ-6iv47tBvhqvUzEEHBO6Nepie32Wm0
  6. Classrooms will stock school shooting survival kits created by Portage student https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2019/07/classrooms-will-stock-school-shooting-survival-kits-created-by-portage-student.html
  7. It looks like the ban imposed by GSNC on the Valley Stream troop originated from its board of directors. A comment in the news story mentions that some board members are elected officials in the village. My count of the board bios includes a former mayor, a current trustee, and two current education trustees. Not only are they blocking members of their organization, but their constituents, too.
  8. It appears there are several spring Scouting for Food events that may involve Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts: https://www.austindailyherald.com/2019/03/scouts-collecting-food-this-weekend-will-be-coming-to-residences-saturday-morning/ "Members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will pick up the items to be delivered to the Salvation Army Food Pantry." https://www.davisenterprise.com/community/scouts-gather-food-for-steac/ "Davis Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are hosting a food drive..." https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/ellicott-city/ph-ho-n-clarksville-0314-story.html "Be on the lookout for a Scouting for Food “hang tag” at your home requesting food donations. Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturing Crew members and Girl Scouts will return..." It may be possible that "Girl Scouts" is used to refer to girls in Scouts BSA. If they are Girl Scouts, will they be participating while in GSUSA uniform? By the way, Scouting for Food is a registered BSA trademark: http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4807:96qkth.2.1
  9. 2014: "In the past five years or so, Girl Scout councils across the country, backed by the parent organization Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), have put up for sale more than 200 camps in 30 states—more than a third of Girl Scouts properties with acreage are threatened. The regional councils defend the sales by citing the rising costs of maintenance. And, they say, today’s girls aren’t as interested in camping." https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-are-girl-scout-camps-being-closed
  10. That 10-15% probably includes day camp, weekend camping and summer (residential) camp. When residential camp participation drops below 10%: "Soots said last fall that fewer than 10 percent of the council’s girl members attend a resident camp." Girl Scouts circulate petition in effort to save camps https://www.semissourian.com/story/2579947.html
  11. "Are camps being sold to pay for the pension expense? Camping is and will always be an essential part of Girl Scouting. The decision to sell or close a camp is made entirely by local councils on the basis of usage, maintenance costs, availability of other camp property, and other factors. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of our members participate in camp experiences as part of Girl Scouting." (emphasis added) https://www.girlscouts.org/en/faq/faq/national-gs-retirement.html
  12. https://www.whec.com/news/police-suspects-charged-in-bomb-plot-were-former-boy-scouts/5218855/
  13. The Fort Lebanon scenes in that film were shot at Yawgoog Scout Reservation (BSA) in Rhode Island.
  14. A 2014 article on GSUSA camp closures; it mentions a reduced role for outdoor learning within the organization: Why Are Girl Scout Camps Being Closed?
  15. GSUSA seems to have officially distanced itself from outdoorsmanship. Quote: “Instead of focusing on past notions of ‘outdoorsmanship,’ ” the organization tries to help girls develop leadership skills in a way that suits them — for example learning to advocate for environmental protection, Girl Scouts Vice President Jennifer Allebach said in an email to The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/recruitment-war-raises-questions-about-what-it-means-to-be-a-girl-or-a-boy/2018/12/08/c3cac538-f700-11e8-8d64-4e79db33382f_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6942ba359a07
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