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  1. NJCubScouter

    Is this the new normal?

    That's my experience as well. The trading post needs no advertising, beyond telling the kids where it is.
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    Is this the new normal?

    As long as we are just saying what we "think", with no need for evidence or anything, what I think is that the "silly guidelines" (whatever someone might define them to be, for example, I have no problem with banning laser tag and paintball, and those aren't really safety issues anyway) are driven by "risk management" considerations. Those decisions are driven by both what has happened in the past and what is predicted to happen in the future. Whoever is in charge of these decisions at National looked at the risk and predicted risk and decided that, for example, patrol day hikes with no adults represents too much of a risk. The fact that BSA is "self-insured" doesn't change this. It just means that as the perceived risk increases, the amount that must be set aside for payment of claims increases, and that has a "cost" that either partially or fully replaces the cost of insurance premiums. I don't know whether the people who make the risk management decisions at National are male or female, but I "think" (since that seems to be good enough) that they are mostly male. And in any event, these are financial decisions, and they are made at National, and mostly by professionals. I don't "think" that what unit Scouters (male or female) think is really part of the decision. I have also noticed that for the past year or so, it has become increasingly rare for this forum to get through any discussion, on any subject, without gender being mentioned sooner or later.
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    LNT says stop geotagging

    What you are saying may be generally true, but in this case, look at the headline of the article: "Leave No Trace Says Stop Geotagging, for Pete’s Sake." (Bold-face italics added.) What's the "for Pete's sake" there for? To me it suggests a "tone" of exasperation, which is negative. It is really just a slightly more polite was of saying "Leave No Trace Says Stop Geotagging, You Idiots." No shifting necessary.
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    LNT says stop geotagging

    I think the "tone" of the article goes beyond your reasonable approach.
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    Louisville (KY) - Explorer Post Abuse Scandal

    That's bad, obviously. According to this, 163 youth participants in Exploring have been abused over the past 40 years, nationwide. (Which goes back to when Exploring included what is now Venturing.) Leaving aside how they got that number, I wonder how many children have been abused in school, at home or in other settings - including Boy Scouts, for that matter - over the past 40 years. Not that this excuses anything, and I do understand the reaction of course, but if people are going to shut down Explorer posts because of this, then a lot of other things would have to be shut down as well.
  6. I don't think the articles at the time were very clear on how people found out, but I remember they did say that in the first grade the child switched from "presenting" as a girl to presenting as a boy. He then joined the pack in third grade. Presumably kids in the pack also knew him from school, so everybody knew anyway. It may well be that the parent who complained was one of the few parents who did not already know about it.
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    Yet another Palms question

    Under the "new" rules, for palm purposes he had 50 palms (71 minus 21) at the time of his EBOR, entitling him to 10 "palms" at his ECOH, but what that really works out to (I think) is 3 silvers and 1 bronze. (I think.) From his EBOR he must then wait until he has BOTH 3 months' additional service and 5 additional MB's to get his next palm. (That would be a gold replacing the bronze.) And then from the date of that palm, another 3 months and another 5 MB's for his next palm (a silver replacing the gold), and so on, but the palms stop when he is 18. (So for example if and when he earns a palm within 3 months before he turns his 18, that is the last palm.) So he is limited both by time and number of merit badges on how many he will be able to earn beyond what he gets at the ECOH. The 3-month rule no longer applies to the MB's he earned before the EBOR, but it still applies after that. Assuming there is enough time, there is no "max" other than the one created by the total number of merit badges being offered. All of the above is subject to my math being wrong, which I am sure someone would point out.
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    LNT says stop geotagging

    On the geotagging thing... I don't use Instagram and I have never geotagged anything so it is conceivable that I do not understand what is being discussed here... but the upshot seems to be that we shouldn't be telling people how to find things in the backcountry. By that logic, shouldn't we eliminate all trail maps, too? So we can just stumble around and find places on our own so they won't have too many visitors? There also seems to be a certain amount of arrogance involved here... you found a great place, maybe even a "secret" place (an interesting concept, unless the spot is on your own property), but you don't want the great unwashed masses finding it and messing it up. (And maybe you didn't find it on your own, someone else told you where it was, but the secret goes no further because, after all, you're special?) Or am I misinterpreting this?
  9. And I still want to know more about the free-range disembodied legs and torsos and stuff.
  10. The BSA's trend lately seems to be toward removing some of the specific rules and telling us out here in the field to "use your best judgment" or, stated another way, "if something goes wrong, it's your fault because you decided what to do, not us." And, at the same time, in a number of ways, treating us like we are morons persons of deficient intellectual capabilities. What could go wrong?
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    In need of ideas

    That wouldn't work very well in our CO's gym in the summer. Talk about hot-weather overnighters. Though I suppose they might let us camp at the edge of their cemetary across the street. ❗
  12. No, not exactly free range, and the video shows that too, with the parents crowded around on the outside of the fence. Despite the efforts to revive "free range parenting" (which my parents just called "being a parent"), I think it is coming back in only a limited form. Witness the fact that the playground has an "executive director" (though admittedly she seems to be in charge of more than one playground) as well as the parents encircling the playground. I also would like to know more about the replicas of dismembered human body parts strewn throughout the place. Added: I also note that one of the kids was wearing an "It's Better in Canada" t-shirt. And I did not know that one of G.W. Bush's daughters is a reporter on the Today Show, but that's because I don't watch tv on weekday mornings.
  13. On the showers thing, this has been raised before. Personally I think a parent of a transgender child is not going to put their child in that kind of situation, up to and including putting the child in a school that is going to make accommodations. (Of course, the request for accommodations itself is going to notify at least the principal of the school that the student is transgender. I also suspect that if I were the parent of a transgender youth, I might want his/her teachers to know.) Unless I have misunderstood his posts, DavidCO is a teacher at a Catholic school, and it seems likely to me that most parents would probably choose a different educational setting for their transgender child. (No disparagement of Catholic schools here, my wife graduated from a Catholic high school, and a good school it was, and is. But she is not transgender. )
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    Boys' needs

    It is the result of what I call the "good idea syndrome." Everything that is considered a "good idea" is included in the advancement requirements, even though the combined end result of all the "good ideas" is a set of advancement requirements that is too heavily weighted toward "homework" merit badges and (in my opinion) a bloated set of requirements for the lower ranks. It is a good idea to have Family Life as an Eagle-required MB. Same for Cit in the World. Same for Communications. Same for (insert your own choice here.) They're all good ideas. But when you look at the whole thing, it's not so good.
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    When does a scouting event start/finish?

    It sounds like the lesson is that you have to have two lawyers and a judge on every camping trip to make sure you're complying with G2SS.
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    Lower Rank Age Cutoffs to Reach Eagle by 18...

    robhixkg, welcome to the forum! Your math is correct, except that some might say the Eagle requirements have to be completed by the day before the 18th birthday, so subtract one day from all the deadlines. But ignoring that for sake of simplicity, the Scout should keep this in mind: If, hypothetically, he were to have his First Class Board of Review when he is exactly 16 years 8 months old, then there is one day on which he can have his Star BOR: His 17th birthday, not the day before and not the day after. Same thing for life when he is exactly 17.5. It's a big mistake to cut things that close.
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    New and comprehensive Family scouting FAQs issued:

    I enjoy having people from the UK in our forum, where else would I go to find myself part of a group being referred to as "you lot"?
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    How do you encourage Scouts who lose elections?

    What is a "visiting Unit Commissioner" doing serving on, much less chairing, a unit BOR for Life? Regardless of whether they are properly understanding the situation with this Scout or the troop or not, I don't see how it is th eir role. They are not a member of the troop committee. It sounds to me like the UC is acting like some kind of roving "boss" who gets to take over the unit when he is visiting. He's supposed to be helping and supporting and advising, not commanding. I am the Advancement Chair for our troop, and I chair the BOR's, and if I am absent, the CC does. I don't think either of us would react kindly to a UC coming in and trying to do our jobs. I would have no objection to the UC sitting in on a BOR as an observer. A silent observer. He can talk when the candidate is out of the room, but he doesn't get a vote. We did once have a new DE attend one of our committee meetings, but she did not try to run the meeting or issue "orders." Not that we have to worry about seeing a UC at one of our meetings. I don't think it has happened in the 15 years I have been involved. I wouldn't mind one being around if they are there to help, but they have to stay within their role. Or am I missing something?
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    New and comprehensive Family scouting FAQs issued:

    Darned autocorrect again?
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    Anyone know where I can get Maternity Scout pants???

    First of all, Jennrumrum, welcome to the forum! Second of all, it is kind of funny that the person you were answering is not likely to still have a need for the information, but its ok, someone else may be in need of the information and will see your answer.
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    Ideas for activities/games with the theme of Medieval Times

    "Bye bye boys! Have fun storming the castle!" Sorry, I couldn't help myself.
  22. I guess it depends on the area. I live in the most densely populated state in the country. My specific area is less densely populated than the average for NJ. It is mostly a mixture of suburban developments and small industrial (or formerly industrial) towns, with various kinds of multi-family housing scattered here and there. I think chances are pretty high that at least one kid in a troop or pack is going to have known little Johnny back when he was little Janey. And if they didn't know him directly, they will have heard about it. Unfortunately it is something people like to gossip about. So once one person knows, everybody knows. Yes, there is a chance that someone could move into the area and nobody would know, but I think that would be the unusal case. (Not that I think it matters, because I support the current BSA policy of accepting the parents' word on what gender their child is. I do not like the talk I have heard in this thread of people planning to switch back and forth to game the advancement system, and I hope that isn't really happening.) I will add, it was probably not by complete coincidence that the case that prompted the BSA to change its policy happened in New Jersey. The "test" cases always seem to start here.
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    Ideas for activities/games with the theme of Medieval Times

    Welcome to the forum SiniShadow!
  24. That is definitely true. On your other point, maybe National just thought they didn't need to pass a rule requiring that there be male leaders on camping trips, figuring that they would be there anyway.