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  1. Greeting scouters from the Spoon River VAlley Young Marines of GAlesburg, Illinois. You are invited to participate in a Land Navigation foot race we will be holding July 17, 2010, at the ARGYLE LAKE STATE PARK, Colchester, Illinois 0900 The DEVILDOG CHALLENGE is a inter-youth group contest our Young Marines use as a way of testing their ability to navigate with a compass and map over a challenging terrain against other organizations that learn these same skills. It is an orienteering foot race testing endurance, navigation skills, teamwork, and adaptability. We would lik
  2. Dear fellow scouters, This will be my last entry on this forum. Thank you for all the interesting debates and conversations, they were illuminating. My former ASM is an inactive United States Marine. He and I researched the Young Marines, did a lot of soul searching (He didnt have to do any hand-wringing over this- he thought the scouters and units in our area were all pretty lame), and we have decided to form a Young Marine unit and not re-charter the scout and cub units we currently run. We are working with our Battalion commander getting trained and our paper-work in order. We ha
  3. If I could ask Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) what he meant by demons, I would. "Saint Michael, Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And you, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl the world for the ruin of souls. Amen." I beleive you will indeed know people by their fruits. The fruits of public schools is rather apparent to me. And the more people consciously or otherwise try and deprive boys and girls of proper civic and sp
  4. If people act like demons-then demonizing them is just good journalism. It is demonic to fight organizations like BSA for their policies. That is my point of view. And an ill-informed demon is just as dangerous as a rather intentionally evil one. Pappy
  5. This probably points to another reason why we home school our children. To us, public school, and most parochial schools for that matter, are a form of day-orphanages with a socialist authority and mandate. You are quite right I suppose. It is impossible to mix them since they are at cross purposes. Pappy
  6. The letter of the law was violated by the woman it seems. The spirit of neighborliness was suborned by the neighbor who reported her. If you are comparing his vindictiveness or her lawlessness with any of my positions I am all ears. I understand the equality argument posed by the other posters, and I empathize, - but I think that a community can deicide that scouting is super-essential and traditional and an attachment to the school mission, like sports, and brownies. I think the school board ought to let groups of children with permission from their parents to hear presentations from vi
  7. I don't see it that way. But it is probably my vision problem. Pappy
  8. This is a correspondace and a reflection memo on how to improve Pine Wood and other Scouter events to increase outreach and to improve over-all quality for parents, scouts, and the potential for recruitment and retention form scout events. I thought this to be an interesting process. Hi ******, I used your thoughts as an opportunity to expand on some of the concerns you expressed as well as some of the ideas I have been having about what we could do to improve the experiences for ourboys and to generate more excitement for scouting in general. I have responded to your thoughts in
  9. SSS Scout. Prejudice is in the eye of the beholder. Scouting has been in the schools in Galesburg and has been allowed to be actively promoted in the schools in Galesburg for seventy plus years. So we have a little precedent on or side. Also- I would argue that sports leagues and the other things that you mention do not have the unique complementary qualities that scouting has towards education and rounding the American boy. (Until of late- when the multi-cultural agenda did what the communists of the thirties and forties couldnt do, and finally achieve a seemingly insurmountable beach-he
  10. Merlyn and his merry band of God-less fellow travelers, Greetings and salutations from the front lines! If atheists wanted to have a atheists scout group, they would be allowed to meet at the school. But parents probably wouldn't put their child into a group of atheists scouts. But Scouting does not actively promote a specific religious point of view except that God is referred to as God, and that reverence to this God and giving thanks is important. Im sure the name God can be inter-changed with Allah in an Islamic scouting group. I want the Galesburg Public schools to fight u
  11. There has been no discrimination done by BSA in Knox County when it comes to Cub Scouts. Cub Scouts are not trying go to sneak a religion into the schools. And the schools know this. They are offensive, and must be fought. Your point of view I find equally offensive. But I have noticed the glee you take in seeing Cub Scouting opportunities denied to children, so I don't have to pretend to understand your intentions. They are pretty well stated. The Cub Scouts in Galesburg are being pushed out of the public schools. They are increasingly being embraced by Church organizations. I am o
  12. Merlyn, The School Board can say that they have never observed any Cub Scout representative or Cub Scout Pack ever demonstrating any discrimination based on religion, and or any promotion of a particular religious point of view. That would be very honest since the Cub Scout packs in Galesburg have traditionally been very secular in their outlook and have pretty much articulated the culture of the school they were based in. That goes for the folks at District and Council as well. They stay clear of mentions of God or faith in their promotional materials and activities. The school boar
  13. That is ridiculous and you know it. I could easily say that consciously ignoring God in all discussions of science and history is equally theological an outlook. Probably more so. Pappy
  14. (This is letter recently sent to local papers. THis is a very troubling issue for our District. Cub Scouting enrollment is plummeting, and this will affect BS recruitment efforts -as the Webelos population contnues to decrease.) Dear Editor, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts is a dying institution in our neck of the woods, and it certainly hasnt been helped out by a school board who is so loath to scouting as to lump them in with Jehovah Witnesses and Evangelical Christians as another irritating and unwelcome proselytizing group. The cynical and mean spirited antics of the CUSD 2
  15. A very timely post for me. I just got back from training this weekend. It was very enlightening. The trainers were Scoutmasters from a new local troop. They were very young, positive, and helpful (And they were in good shape too- all mountain climbers with a climbing themed troop!). The training videos were helpful as well- though the black Scoutmaster was a way better actor than the white scoutmaster. I immediately got on the horn with nearly all my scout parents and told them abou the changes to the unit. I am getting my committees lined up and have asked my parents to consider being AS
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