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  1. NJCubScouter

    Eagle Reference Letters

    I didn't realize it, but section of the Guide to Advancement does say: "For reasons of privacy and confidentiality, electronic submissions are discouraged." I have never been quite sure what the BSA means when it says something is "discouraged." Personally, I think that with most unit Scouters, the effect is the same as if the BSA had said nothing about it at all. I also think that there are more ways that a physical letter can be waylaid, mislaid, lost, etc. etc. than an email, so if privacy and confidentiality are the key concerns, I am not sure this "discouragement" is a good thing.
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    Can you not give it 100%?

    In the Cub Scouts? As a Bear? I know there have been numerous changes in the Cub Scout program since I left it when my son crossed over (2003) but is that what the Cub Scout program is now? We had 2 family camping trips a year plus the kids could go to the council-run summer day camp.
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    Can you not give it 100%?

    It's not? Now I know where I've gone wrong.
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    Membership Removal Procedures Booklet

    It has been my experience (during my 32 years as an attorney) that when a lawyer makes an absolute statement like that (BSA can do as they please), which isn't really true, what they are really saying is that they don't think you have a good case, and/or they don't think they can make a profit from your case. But they don't want to tell you they don't think you have a good case, and/or they don't think they can make a profit from your case, so they tell you the BSA can do whatever it wants. I have seen attorneys tell potential clients all kinds of not-quite-right things (and occasionally just plain wrong things) in order to get the person off their back. I don't know if this is what happened to you, but when I hear about something like this I do get suspicious.
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    Vintage Uniform QUESTION... CUBS B.S.A.

    Oh, and, Welcome to the Forum!
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    Vintage Uniform QUESTION... CUBS B.S.A.

    I can't tell you about the buttons, but the "Cubs B.S.A." over the pocket appears to match this: https://d3h6k4kfl8m9p0.cloudfront.net/stories/i0vgaoY8HOB9trbZfeHgaQ.jpg The page says the shirt is from 1940. And notice the "angling" of the letters on the shirt, matching that on the neckerchief and the button. I don't think I have ever seen that on a shirt before. I am going to guess that it didn't look like that by the time I became a Cub Scout in 1966.
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    GSUSA Near Drowning

    It sounds like they were lucky your friend was there, "a little inebriated" or not. Of course, if her rescue attempt had been unsuccessful, and it became known that she was "a little inebriated," she would currently be going through a nightmare on several levels. If the GSUSA policy seems a little lax as to drinking "in secret," well, guess what, the current version of the BSA policy on alcohol is no better. It was a good policy until they re-worded it into a big nothing.
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    Membership Removal Procedures Booklet

    Internally, I think the CO would just do whatever they do when terminating any other volunteer associated with their organization. The BSA does not impose specific procedures on the CO's for that. Externally, it would be logical for the CO, having removed a volunteer, to direct the CC to write a letter to Council informing them that the person is no longer affiliated with the unit and should be removed from the charter. (I don't think you get a refund though.)
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    Only six months till girls in Scouts BSA.

    I think it is just one of a series of misunderstandings, in some cases by people who are paid to know better. If the first girls join Scouts USA in Feb. 2019, there is no way any of them can make Eagle in 2019. Unless time travel is invented between now and then. I know Iowa always wants to be the "first" in everything, but they are going to have to settle for a "tie" this time.
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    Only six months till girls in Scouts BSA.

    And yet I have read elsewhere that there will be no "early adopter" option for "Scouts BSA" as there was for Cub Scouts. Or has that changed?
  11. I think it's clear enough. It is also the case that the decision about whether to accept work previously done is up to the counselor, not the Scoutmaster. An SM has no say at all in whether a Scout has successfully completed a merit badge, with that one fairly new exception for cases where it is clear that the counselor signed the card but the Scout did not actually complete the requirements. But that is not what is going on here.
  12. I think the answer is stated clearly enough in the sentence I have bolded below from section of the BSA's Legal Code on Advancement Guide to Advancement 2017. I have included exerpts of other parts of that section to provide context:
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    Who is headed to NOAC 2018?

    Forest green robes? But that might be too close to the Spiral Scouts, if they still exist.
  14. NJCubScouter

    Who is minding the Baltimore Area Council office?

    It does seem strange. To make it more strange, the video says the woman entered the building at 7:35 p.m. and left an hour later. Were they really having a staff meeting at that hour?
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    Breaking Point

    It boggles my mind that anyone associated with Scouting would say that.