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  1. Hi @Alaina, Can I ask you three questions first so that I can get a sense of your troop? 1. If you had to describe where your troop is today, what does you troop look like? How many kids, how active, how many volunteers? 2. If you could describe what you want you troop to look like in 2-3 years, what does it look like? 3. Why did you decide to volunteer as a Committee Member? Thanks!
  2. I'm not quite sure what you're referring to here. But, in general I would encourage that none of us read too much into how any of us writes. We all have different professional backgrounds and different styles. I enjoy the discussion on stuff like this. I theme I'm inferring for your posts is one of obeying the rules. As an adult, I don't put a whole lot of energy into worrying about obeying a BSA rule on how many knots to wear. Yes, I do follow the BSA guidelines on uniforming because I have chosen to. For me, obeying the rule isn't the point. There are somethings in Scout
  3. Well, in that case... I cannot believe how big a deal we make over what is essentially a non issue. Why do we need to look down at Scouters because they want to put a few pieces of cloth on their shirt? Aren't the leaders in the no-knot crowd simply trying to look superior by claiming "real Scouters don't wear knots?" Are they not themselves breaking several parts of the Scout law - friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful. Why should obedient trump all these others? Is that better?
  4. The reason this comes up a lot is honestly captured in your response. Why would you use the phase "with enough knots to make a third-world general blush" Why do you not see awe from a lot of experience? Why should "a Scouter with this much supposed experience should know better."? Why does this "one would think, be aware of current uniforming standards, and be modest enough or humble enough to abide by them." matter? Knots are .75" x 1.75" pieces of cloth you sew on a shirt. So you have 1, 2, 9, 20, or 30 - really so what? Why do we infer that this means anyt
  5. It's a volunteer activity - uniforms can be a fun way for a volunteer to share something of their story. If someone wears 0 knots, 3 knots, or 20 knots - I don't see the harm. I say - if you've got the knot, wear it if you want. We should not be making people feel guilty about wearing their knots and sharing a little about their journey.
  6. I just think you have to show the Scouts the move the Matrix and they'll be ready for all the martial arts the BSA could throw at them.
  7. Around where I am, the council has very little impact on recruiting. Recruiting in our area is driven almost entirely by units. If there was a path to recruiting older Scouts, I think our troops would try it. I just don't think they see a path. Maybe if we could figure out how to recruit those older kids into the program this wouldn't be such a big deal. The obvious path for recruiting is still to recruit tigers & wolves and then keep them in the program.
  8. I think you have to define "totally controlled by national." I've been involved long enough now at the district/council level that I know well that our council is most certainly not controlled on a day to day basis by national. I seriously doubt that national even cares about our camporees or other council level activities. Sure, there are some places where national has established firm rules that must be follow - such as YPT. But those are not all that prevalent. I can tell you that in my volunteer work, I see almost no control by national.
  9. I follow - thanks. But, as this is a bankruptcy case for the BSA, isn't the real question on the table what to do with BSA national? The BSA will run out of money - so either it goes into Chapter 11 or Chapter 7. In order to negotiate a settlement, the BSA has made a proposal that is larger than just BSA national - it includes the LCs as well. This settlement, if agreed, is the "neatest" way to close all the issue on the table. However, if the parties cannot agree to a settlement - we are still left with BSA national going bankrupt. We've all been thinking that if not sett
  10. But isn't the only party here that really matters the BSA? Maybe also the LCs - maybe. The judge is telegraphing she wants the BSA to continue and so that means Chapter 11. Let's say that she has mentally ruled out Chapter 7. That means that she'll determine the assets the BSA has to divide and to then continue. Everyone else is secondary. No?
  11. Is that when she might entertain a cramdown approach? Would she not be able to let BSA national complete a chapter 11 bankruptcy and declare the amount they have to pay to creditors? To her point, if she did focus on the 100 million in legal fees the BSA has already paid, she may be getting frustrated with the insurance companies and lawyers for the claimants. From my amateur viewpoint, that would seem a scenario where a judge might impose a settlement.
  12. This seemed a promising quote from the judge: I know I'm looking for a silver lining, but this was promising. "the Boy Scouts' mission needs to continue". Sounds like liquidation isn't an end she favors.
  13. A discussion presupposes that there is a way to draw a conclusion on the topic and decide if co-ed is better or not. There are so many different factors in deciding whether to go co-ed or not. Each segment of the population is going to have different factors they favor over others. Trying to make a decision at the BSA level because "girls mature faster and tend to take over" generalizes two genders overall. Not every girl is going to take over. Not ever boy is going to mature more slowly. It also takes away the opportunity for boys to learn from girls and vice-versa. I thi
  14. If I were a betting man... - 50% or more of local camps that exist now will be sold. - In the next 18 months we'll merge down to one council per 10,000-15,000 scouts. Each will retain a camp - all other council owned buildings will be sold to preserve whatever camps we can.
  15. That was an awful answer. 1. That "girls mature faster than boys" and "we don't want to disadvantage the boys" is the reason, that's an offensive and insulting reason. That stereotypes each group and neglects the notion that boys and girls can influence each other. Both genders will benefit from begin around the other. 2. If no one on their committee is talking about co-ed troops, they have the wrong people on that committee. How do we get someone a bit more current on that committee? I've got no time, but I'll volunteer. Just PM me.
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