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    Cub, boyscout , explorer, Eagle ,Vigil, six years on Order of the arrow Ceremonies Team, then ten more as adult. DL, ASM in four troops (have four sons), two Eagle dad pins

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    Lawnmower Parents

    I know the pain all to well. As soon as they are finally trained well enough to not need supervision every 15 minutes, they pack the car up and leave. Bye, see you at Thanksgiving.
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    Adult Supervision for Online Communications

    As others have pointed out, the first priority for National is covering its legal behind. They cannot help but know that some aspects of their policy are simply impossible to follow. Just how are we as volunteers supposed to stop the scouts from snapchatting, etc? I really don't think they expect us to follow all these rules, some of which seem completely antithetical to the purpose of scouting.
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    Eagle Scout Extension for new 2019 Scouts

    Stated to type a comment, then realized that I just don't care anymore. Just glad my two sons, five nephews and I earned Eagle before all this " the sky is falling" or " a lawsuit is pending" nonsense started. We often hear adults say that Boy Scouts has changed a lot since they were kids. But scoutson #4 doesn't recognize scouting nowdays and he is only 21. I guess it's about time to finish that last cup of coffee, hoist my pack, and head down the trail.
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    Lawnmower Parents

    Not trying to come off as " being superior" here, but our troop doesn't advertise or even mention merit badge mills colleges. Every one in our area seem has seemed much more concerned with handing out the maximum number of badges than actually teaching the scouts. In some cases the badge was awarded with only about half of the requirements completed. If a scout wants to go on his own he can, and no one will say anything negative about it. But I'm not going to help him use cheat codes.
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    YPT2 deadline

    I spent over an hour just trying to get on scoutbook. First my account didn't exist, then it did, then the password I used for the last 2 years was no good, I tried to get them to send me a new temp password, but the account was back to not existing,please sent us your BSA ID #, so I did. Nope, still doesn't exist. so I tried to create a new account. It twice insisted my address was invalid although I've lived there for 30 years. It worked the third time ,don't know why finally Got a little FAILURE TO SET UP ACCOUNT sign! with a suggestion that I call my local Scout service center tomorrow for help
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    Native American Festival

    Sounds like fun, I'll see if any of the team can come. if you are going to be there maybe we can finally have that cup o' joe.
  7. Sorry to say, that does seem to be the case recently.
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    BSA: The POLARIS Method

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    Scouting Magazine - betting the farm on girls

    OK so the program will be the same for both sexes. But will it be the same as it is now? or radically changed ?
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    Oct 1, 2018 - GSS ends Patrol Method?

    which my scouts are planning to totally ignore. I am planning on going temporarily deaf whenever they are discussing any such activities. I don't like flouting rules, but it's the best option I have at this point. The patrol method may indeed be dying, but not on my watch
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    Scouting Magazine - betting the farm on girls

    My immediate family has about 90 years in GSUSA, about 85 in BSA. We bleed green. I don't recall anyone ever being charged with " disdain and disrespect " or thinking women are worse than third class citizens. Whatever that is. But both have morphed to the point where it's more about the program and the money than the Scouts.and so the whole clan is ready to walk out that door. All we ask is that you not slam it on us as we sadly take our leave.
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    Scouting Magazine - betting the farm on girls

    Which is why quite a number of the older scouts that trust me enough to speak candidly are planning on going backpacking, camping etc on their own. To quote a 17 year old in my troop " I didn't earn an Eagle badge to be treated like a Cubscout"
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    Gender Identity Issue

    As you wish, but it is like it or not now a part of BSAs program
  14. Personally I prefer talking about scouting and life while sitting round a campfire rather than in the corner of a noisy room while a troop meeting is going on. That said, I have never seen or heard of such a rule. I do like to take longer with the older scouts, as their problems and decisions are more complex than an eleven year old. Sometimes a meeting at Dunkin' Doughnuts on Saturday morning is a good solution. But campouts only? Unless the scout in question never goes on them anymore, and the SM is using this ploy to force him to attend at least one, I just don't get it.
  15. Im my experence when the rules that National imposes are explained to the parents of prospective scouts, most roll their eyes, some ask if we actually follow these all these absurd, ridiculous rules( their words), and there are always a few mutters of " You gotta be *@/&ing kidding me" So yeah, I think it might look O.K. to quite a few people.