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  1. 2017 Report to the Nation-Membership

    Haven't council camp properties been going up for sale (and sold) for at least the past 10 years?
  2. Eagle Project Unsigned

    I think the first question is, did the council/district reviewer actually approve the proposal before work started on the project? Could there be a version of the workbook somewhere that has the council/district signature on it? Or an email indicating approval? Or a verbal approval and the reviewer will sign the workbook now? If any of that is true, I think this situation may be salvageable, and the reviewer and/or the district advancement chair should be consulted to find out how to go about doing that. If, on the other hand, nobody on the council/district advancement committee has ever heard of this project, then the Scout may be stuck. But I still think the district advancement chair should be asked if there is a way to repair this.
  3. Same CO...multiple CORs

    You, and you? Or some other Bozo?
  4. District Assistant Position

    In late 2016 or early 2017, my council announced they would be phasing in a new structure for district professionals. Instead of one DE (or SDE or DD) per district, the council's six districts would be divided into two regions. For each region, there would be four professionals, assigned to a single subject area (Unit Service, Program, Membership and Development), who would report to a Field Director. (The volunteer structures in each district would remain separate and each district would still have its own activities.) At the time, someone in this forum had recently discovered and announced the creation of the new "District Associate" position, and I suspected that the District Associate title (at lower salaries than an "Executive") would be used for these four-per-region positions. But last month, when the "phase in" was completed and the council announced who was in what position, I learned that my suspicion appears to have been incorrect. The positions are called "Unit Service Executive", "Program Executive", etc. I know four of the eight "executives" and, while one seems to have been hired straight into the "Membership Executive" position after the "phase in" started, the other three are (former, I guess) DE's, SDE's or DD's. One of those has been around for a few years, but the other two have been around for much more than a few years. (In fact, one of them was the first DE I encountered when I was a Cub Scout leader, about 18 years ago.) So the District Associate and District Assistant positions may exist, and have patches, but they do not seem to be used in our council. I am puzzled as to why that is. (On another note, when they put the new org. chart on their web site, they show the District Chairs and Commissioners, and some district committees, dealing directly with the Field Director (as if he were their "District Executive") and not with any of the new positions. Why all of this is "better," I'm not sure.)
  5. L.L.Bean to embed IoT sensors in coats and boots

    "Are you coming down into the Pit? Westley's got his strength back. I am starting him on The Blockchain* tonight." "Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work. But I've got my country's five hundredth anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it. I'm swamped." "Get some rest - if you haven't got your health, you haven't got anything." *Ok, that word isn't in the original.
  6. L.L.Bean to embed IoT sensors in coats and boots

    Blockchain sounds like it could be a medieval torture device.
  7. Sunday Morning segment on the BSA

    I didn't realize there was a difference. I thought LFL consisted of in-school Scouting and Exploring. No?
  8. Sad sign of the times

    ::Putting on moderator hat combat helmet:: This discussion of who (if anyone) is "dishonest" is over. Now. The discussion of who or what is a "terrorist" or "terrorist organization," at least in the context of people and groups who have not been convicted of such an offense, is also over. Also Now. Thank you all for your cooperation. @RememberSchiff @LeCastor
  9. EBOR question

    I see. "Keep an eye on things" but don't directly supervise. So... what? INdirectly supervise? And what would that look like, exactly? Those are rhetorical questions, and I am mostly joking around at this point. Laughing at yet another example of BSA-speak.
  10. EBOR question

    The point is, an Eagle project has not been considered a "unit activity" for very long. I recall some lengthy knock-down-drag-out debates in this forum, say 10-15 years ago, over the relationship between the troop and the Eagle project. Things have changed in the area of leadership/YP, and fairly recently. It has probably been about 10 years since the BSA decided that the YP guidelines applied to merit badge counseling. Before about 15 years ago, there were no nationally mandated criminal background checks, and you didn't have to give National your Social Security Number. On this business of an Eagle project being a "unit activity," the change was made so recently and/or quietly that I didn't know about it, and I am a troop Advancement Chairman, so I should have known about it. Which still leaves the fact that (as far as I know), nowhere in the Eagle project requirement does it say that the Scout must involve his troop, or any of its members or leaders, in his Eagle project (other than the SM's and committee's signatures in the workbook.) In the vast majority of projects that is not an issue, but I strongly suspect it has been an issue occasionally. In those cases, I am not exactly sure how it becomes a "unit activity."
  11. Job opening at National

    Nine years in this forum and you're just figuring that out now? But seriously, I took it the same way TAHAWK apparently meant it - just another opportunity to poke a little fun at National for something that doesn't really have that much significance.
  12. Job opening at National

    That's a relief, because I definitely don't remember typing that. Nor doing any of that.
  13. Job opening at National

    I understand that, but that's what they should have done, and put it in the "responsibilites" section. To talk about maintaining confidentiality as an "ability" is silly.
  14. Job opening at National

    Maybe also whoever(s) in the current White House decided it was ok for people who can't get permanent security clearances to see tip-top secret documents.
  15. Same CO...multiple CORs

    I do not think it is typical for the COR to attend meetings on a regular basis (or at all, probably with an exception for ceremonial occasions), unless of course the COR is also a member of the committee. (In which case they would attend committee meetings, not necessarily troop meetings.) In my experience about half of the COR's also choose to be on the committee. I think the BSA rule of one-COR-per-CO is reasonable. It makes sense to have one person be the official liaison between the CO and all of the CO's Scouting units. Unless there is some unusual situation, the time involved is really not all that substantial. (Unless the COR is also on one or more of the unit committees, which of course is voluntary.) Most of the items are "help" or "assist" with things that are someone else's day-to-day responsibility.
  16. One of our Eagle Scouts did that as his project, about 10 years ago. And he did have us install one of the versions of Linux. (I say "us" because I was one of the "others", as in, give leadership to others in carrying out the project. He typed up a list of instructions for those of us (mostly older Scouts and a couple of adults) who were installing the operating system and some software.)
  17. Job opening at National

    I don't know why they even bother saying that. How do you know whether an applicant has that "ability," and what's really more to the point, whether they will exercise that "ability" and keep confidential information confidential? The only way to really know for certain is after the person has leaked or misused confidential information.
  18. The article quotes a statement by "the Boy Scouts" (it's unclear whether that is National or a council) but I wonder if that's the entire statement. I wish they were more specific about what portions of the bill they oppose and why - or if they did put that in the statement, I wish the newspaper had printed the entire statement. I think there are other things in the article beside the headline that make the BSA look bad, like: It's not really good journalism to quote one person's negative opinion as if it is a fact. On the other hand, he could be right. There's not enough in the article for readers to decide for themselves.
  19. EBOR question

    Well, how about that. Yet another change snuck in by National without adequately informing we who toil in the fields. Not only was I wrong, but the three people who green-arrowed my post were wrong as well. I always thought that the Eagle candidate was supposed to be in charge of his (or her) own project. I guess not. I agree with the idea that projects should follow YP guidelines, but beyond that it kinds of takes away from the idea that the Scout is in charge of the project.
  20. Job opening at National

    Is this for real? It almost seems like a parody of a corporate job description. And to follow up on one of Eagle94-A1's points, not only is Scouting experience not required, Scouting is not even mentioned in the overview, primary responsibilities or qualifications/experience. Except for the one mention of the BSA under compensation, and the email address, this could be a posting for a job in any large organization. And by the way, does the BSA really refer to their departments as "business units"? Maybe they do, but it seems a little odd for a non-profit organization.
  21. Lions now an official Cub Scout rank and program

    Ok well you got me on that one, but I think the problem is more severe when you get down below second grade.
  22. Good Council/District program examples

    No apology necessary. We can't all be as old as I am. Patriots Path Council was created in 2000 by the merger of the Watchung Area Council (most of Somerset and Union Counties and a small piece of Middlesex County) and the Morris-Sussex Area Council (speaks for itself.) When the Central New Jersey Council collapsed a few years ago, most of northern Middlesex County and the rest of Somerset County was absorbed by our council.
  23. Good Council/District program examples

    There are actually 7 councils that serve New Jersey, two of which are based in Pennsylvania but serve part of NJ. The ones entirely in NJ are Patriots Path, Northern New Jersey, Monmouth County, Jersey Shore and Garden State (far-Southern NJ). Washington's Crossing Council was the Bucks County Council and was entirely in Pa. until it picked up some areas in NJ that were orphaned by the collapse of the Central Jersey Council. Minsi Trails Council (home of the late great Old Grey Eagle) is mainly in Pa. but includes Warren County NJ. When I was a Boy Scout there were probably 20 councils in NJ, but alas.
  24. Lions now an official Cub Scout rank and program

    Too young. Kindergarten is just too young. When I was a Cub Scouter I thought half the Tigers weren't ready, and this is a year earlier than that. And yes I know the Girl Scouts has Daisies, one of my daughters was a Daisy, but that was probably too young too, and from my observation 5-year-old girls are, on average, better at sitting still and paying attention and following instructions than 5-year-old boys. And actually some of these boys will be 4 when they join, depending on the school district's cutoff age. In my school district a boy who joins Lions at the beginning of September and turns 5 on Sept. 30 (cutoff is Oct. 1) will be a 4-year-old Lion for the almost a whole month. Four years old! I know, I know, grumpy old man, etc.
  25. EBOR question

    Glad to hear it worked out. Not to be too picky here in the happy aftermath of the project approval, but an Eagle project is not a troop function. It is a function of the Eagle candidate, within the parameters of the approval given by the project beneficiary, and with the assistance of "others" - all of whom, some of whom or none of whom may be Scouts and/or Scouters in the troop. Potentially the candidate could be the only member of the troop who works on the project (although I have never seen this happen.) Of course, there should be coordination between the candidate and the troop, because most times the candidate will be relying on members of the troop to be his "workers," and the workers can't work if they are instead on a camping trip somewhere. But this kind of coordination and cooperation does not make the project a troop function; it is same kind of coordination and cooperation that leads us not to schedule a fundraising activity that would directly compete with a fundraiser of our CO - or any other community group, if we can avoid it. It's just good citizenship.