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  1. From the BSHB, 11th edition, 1998: You may pass any of the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and Fiest Class at any time. For example, if you fulfill a First Class requirement before you are a Second Class Scout, you may check off the First Class requirement as completed. Though you can advance at your own pace, active Scouts will usually earn First Class within a year of joining a troop. Seems to me this puts the responsibility firmly in the hands of the Scout. The SM and other adults are there to provide guidance and support, as is addressed a few lines below: The merit
  2. Acco - Didn't realize it was an OVERNIGHT outing. In that case of course you are correct. As written, however, as long as parental supervision was available for the outing, would the same guidelines apply?
  3. Hunt - How many parents truly have the understanding of the Scouting program that we as volunteers have? Or even as active parents of Scouts? Parents just being exposed to Scouting for the first time do not have the understanding of the program us 'old pros' have. They don't understand 'two deep leadership' when they come to a Roundup. They don't know about proper accomodations or any of the other stuff we learn in YP. They know what they hear on the news, and they have opinions of gays, right or wrong. So to those parents, gays in Scouts is a risk they have concerns about. Perhaps if BSA d
  4. Perhaps I am not communicating my point clearly enough. It seems that most here that are for allowing gays in Scouting are of the opinion that those who are opposed to it are "homophobic". My point is not that parents are wrong to allow their daughter into a co-ed program, nor is it that gays in Scouting is wrong. My position is that many people have SAFETY CONCERNS, regardless of their feelings about gays. I am far from being a homophobe, but I can question the wisdom and safety of putting a group of boys in the care of someone who is attracted to males, just as I can question the safety of l
  5. I meant it only strictly, responding to the (illogical, I thought) statement that "even the least homophobic" individuals fear (or abhor) the risk presented by homosexual leaders. Ohadam - One does not have to have a phobia about something in order to exercise caution. The fact that a person is concerned about putting a person who is attracted to males into an environment made up by design of impressionable YOUNG MEN is no more illogical then if you were to lock an alcoholic in your wine cellar. In either case, there is a valid reason to have concerns. There is also the possibility th
  6. What are you trying to accomplish with the site? Will it be personal, informational or what? orgsites dot com offers hosting of up to 11 pages free to nonprofit organizations such as scout troops and cub packs, and are very easy to set up a site with. They have a good selection of backgrounds to get you started too. Scouter.com (this site) also offers free hosting, although I don't know much about their package. Perhaps others here know more about it. If I can answer any more specific questions, message me here, or just post them.
  7. http://www.orgsites.com/ma/pack11 Thanks to orgsites for the free ad-free hosting!(This message has been edited by jimswainbbmc)
  8. acco - Since no one else answered your questions, let me give it a shot. 7) Yes, it should be allowed as long as group size is not prohibitive. Scouting activities are always open to parents and siblings. Yes, they should be added to the roster, as they are still the responsibility of leadership. 8) The Eagle candidate is responsible for approval at ALL levels. Did I pass? I have a spot free on my patch vest!
  9. Saint, I don't recall saying I was for a ban of ANYONE... I was simply stating my views on why many are uncomfortable with the idea of gays in scouting. I also did not say I support that reasoning. As I stated before, at the core of Scouting is the Scout, and what is best for them. Scouting cannot be all things to all people, nor would it be effective if it was. But if we lose our focus on what is best for the Scout, then the program as a whole suffers. My personal belief is that the Scouting movement needs to become more proactive in teaching diversity. Not all of the people of the world fit
  10. In 11 pages of forum posts, I have seen the homosexuality issue discussed as a matter of ethics, a matter of religion, a matter of family values and many other viewpoints. What I am shocked I have NOT seen it discussed as is a matter of the safety of the child. I am not saying all homosexuals pose a threat, but the threat does exist. I have been involved in Scouting for over 30 years - started as a Web2, and never really left. Progressed all the way to Eagle, was an ASM, and currently working with a Cub pack. I have found that from a parent's standpoint, their biggest concern with homosexuals
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