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  1. nolesrule

    Wearing medals

    Agreed. Just because you can doesn't mean you have to. No one is going to force you to wear your medals, square knot or no square knot. For that matter, no one is going to force you to wear the square knots either.
  2. nolesrule

    Another Bubble

    My two year old daughter is outside blowing bubbles with her great grandmother right now. :-)
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    “Occupy Wall Street”

    I came across this last night. Thought it would be relevant to the discussion at hand. http://www.businessinsider.com/here-are-the-four-charts-that-explain-what-the-protesters-are-angry-about-2011-10
  4. "In short--- BSA should change it's policies on homosexuals only if it's decided that it's the right thing to do." I don't disagree with the Dale decision. It's one of the tenets that makes this country what it is. But the BSA itself shouldn't have a homosexual policy. The responsibility should fall onto the Chartering Organizations to decide if a leader meets their needs as a leader of scouts (Ideals, Aims, Methods, etc.). If the BSA is taking on that responsibility beyond criminal background checks, then they begin to decide that the morality of certain religions is more important than others... and that's not respectful toward all regions, is it? There are religious organizations out there who recommend or require their member congregations to no longer sponsor BSA units based solely on this issue.
  5. The outside perception all come down to a couple of things. Most people see the BSA as camping, knot tying and merit badges and that they discriminate against homosexuals. To outsiders, there's no mission, Aims or Methods, and as such there's just a lack of communication in general. It's a public relations nightmare that the BSA doesn't know how to handle, and it's costing them come recruiting time. It is resulting in loss or reduced access to schools for meetings and recruiting, and you take a big hit when it affects recruiting. When you can hit up schools, you are having an opportunity to get in front of close to 100% of your target audience. If you are limited to recruiting elsewhere, that number goes much lower. As for this specific hot-button issue, what happens when religious values and good citizenship are in conflict? I don't have an issue if a CO were to choose one way or another on this issue, but the BSA taking a stance like this makes them much more than just a provider of program materials. Not to get preachy, but there's only one thing in the bible regarding homosexuality that is considered an abhorance, and that shouldn't be going on in front of kids anyway. Neither should the heterosexual non-abhorant version.
  6. nolesrule

    “Occupy Wall Street”

    Certainly not. In what manner you spend the money is somewhat different, but the principle is the same. Cash flow and growth are the keys to a thriving economy. People tend to ignore the cash flow issue and focus on the buzzwords with big red numbers like debts and deficits. You know what hurts cash flow? CEOs taking 2-digit millions in bonuses and laying off thousands of workers at the same time so that they can earn the bonus by decreasing expenses rather than actually trying to increase revenues. 1000 people making $40,000/year will put more money back into the economy (and thus increase revenues from taxes for all levels of government) than one person who gets that $50-million bonus. We've heard the trickle down idea before. I still don't buy it, because it overlooks the natural propensity toward greed and the hording of wealth.
  7. nolesrule

    “Occupy Wall Street”

    I agree with Beavah, and so do economists. That's "economists", not "communists". Whatever happened to "You have to spend money to make money"?
  8. And the money is used for LFL-related programs in public schools.
  9. Welcome to Pinellas County. In other news, our Board of County Commissioners voted to end fluoridation of our drinking water last week.
  10. nolesrule

    How long are your weekly troop meetings?

    Have the SPL use the Troop Meeting Plan. http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34425.pdf When was SPL back in the day it was essential to planning out a proper well-executed meeting, and doesn't leave time for anyone to get bored because things were always moving. In a well-planned meeting, 90 minutes will feel like it's not enough time rather than too much time.
  11. nolesrule

    Knots and corresponding medal

    "Scouting is about the boys right??????? Not for some..... " Not sure what that has to do with this thread. The answers given to the question asked were spot on.
  12. I'm in agreement with 5yearscouter. In the Scout handbook, there is the asterisk for this specific requirement at the bottom of the first page of requirements. There is also a separate note on the second page of the requirements about Alternate Requirements for physical or mentally disabled that meet the disabled criteria. The Tenderfoot and First Class ranks have the same Note about alternate requirements, but no asterisks pointing out alternatives to any specific requirments. I think it stands to reason that the asterisk can be applied to any scout who needs crutches or is wheelchair bound at the time they are attempting to undertake the requirment, not just for those permanently disabled. Besides, it seems to me the purpose of the requirement is the use of map and compass. If you look at the handbook pages referenced with the requirement, there's nothing about hiking. It's all map and compass use.
  13. At least it wasn't pie. :-P
  14. nolesrule

    Which shoulder position patch?

    What exactly is a "unit leader"? Is it any adult with a unit registration? Is it anyone registered to an adult unit program leader position (DL, CM, SM, CA and assistants)? Is it specifically the person holding the top program adult leadership position (i.e. the person who signs on the "Unit Leader" line on various forms? And as a UC and former ADC, I do know what the actual expectations are and what the reality is. Perhaps I'm asking a rhetorical question, but then I've never seen "unit leader" (lower case) actually defined anywhere.
  15. Before I earned my beads, I wore the Troop 1 neckerchief anytime I was in uniform. But as a district scouter, I did not have an everyday necker anyway. Now, I always wear the beads, but I wear the WB necker and woggle only to WB events, such as dinners and beadings. I'd probably also wear it to CoHs and B&Gs. If I was in a unit scouter, I'd wear the unit necker when representing my unit (including CoH). If my unit didn't have a necker, I'd wear the WB necker at "formal" unit occassions. The WB necker would come out for WB occassions, including beadings at a unit CoH.
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