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  1. perdidochas

    Breaking Point

    I was an active Scout Leader (Advancement chair and then ASM), until a few months after my sons became inactive. I'm still a MBC, but that's just occasional.
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    Breaking Point

    Because you have interacted with them, and have found the majority of Wood Badge trained people in your Council that you have met to be non-impressive in Scout skills and Spirit. I've met only a few in our Council that have been through Wood Badge that I have though highly of.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    Per G2ss at the time, Cub Scouts were only allowed to canoe on Council camps. I see now that they've changed it to a more generic flat water (this occurred when my now almost high school graduate was a Tiger Cub in 2007.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    I've always just used the 90% rule. If I can bring 90% of them home, we're doing fine.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    I am happy to say that in my sons' troop, the troop guides taught them how to light campstoves and lanterns on their first campout, and how to cook on the campstoves.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    It is hard to do. When my oldest first joined the Troop, they never backpacked or did anything but plop camp in the same 5 or 6 spots. The older Scouts (the ones about to age out) would tell their higher adventure stories--backpacking, canoe camping, etc. When I became an ASM with the Troop (along with my friend who became a new SM of the Troop), we remedied that. We encouraged a backpacking trip, a caving trip, canoe trips, etc. The thing is, it's not like I was experienced in all of those things, I just knew the boys needed more adventure. The first night I ever backpacked was also the first night my sons had ever backpacked. We ended up doing 4 backpacking trips in their tenure as Scouts. Same with caving. I'm not particularly fond of tight spaces, but the boys needed the adventure.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    Wow. Now, I do understand banning axes outside of the ax yard, but other than that, I think those leaders need to go to IOLS to learn the safe way to teach the Scouts those things. As a parent, if that were the case, I would have yanked my boys out of that Troop in an instant, and would have found a real Scout Troop.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    I agree with you totally. They shouldn't be hooking up/lighting stoves and lanterns, until they can do it safely, and they should learn that on their first campout. My sons' troop pretty much did that.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    To me, it's parallel troops which is the primary unit of organization. The rest is just fluff.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    Well, if you can swim, swimming is much easier. If you can't, it's almost impossible (well, very hard). That said, I just think we need to get rid of half of the paper pushing MBs. Anything else is good.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    I do agree that a rite of passage would be a good idea for Eagles. Maybe plan a 50 mile trek (or unpowered movement voyage), that involves at least two nights under a tent. I would also change Camping MB to require 50 nights of camping, but allow adirondack (three sided shelter), and non-Scout related camping as part of those nights. I agree with the one Citizenship MB. I would also combine Personal Management and Family Life into "Personal and Family Management." I would also keep Enviro Science (and kill Sustainability, which is an expansion of the worst parts of enviro science), but add more outdoor activity to it. I agree with Wilderness Survival addition. Maybe with the Swimming or Hiking or Cycling, make it a "pick 2." I would also put Nature MB back as an Eagle required badge. (with maybe an option for Wildlife Management). I don't mind having two parallel Scout organizations for 11-17 year olds, but coed Troops probably isn't a good idea. Almost no boy will be SPL in a coed Troop. Teenaged girls are much more political and organized, and they will take over Troop leadership, just like, for the most part, they've taken over student government associations in schools.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    I don't think the youth of today have that much higher expectations than we had (in my case 40 years ago when I was a scout). I do think the current crop of Scout leaders has been trained to be less adventurous. We have the GTSS, which is pretty stringent at times. That said, based on talking to one of my sister-in-laws who is a GSA leader, BSA has almost no risk aversion. They are more cautious than we are.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    I pretty much agree. We need a better balance between risk and adventure. Some of the BSA rules are just patheticly overcautious, and while I understand where they are coming from, they make us look too risk averse almost to the point of cowardice. For example, when I was a Tiger Cub Den Leader, we had a family camp at a local military recreation area. One of the Tiger Dads brought his canoe. As the Tiger DL, I was the one who had to tell him the Tigers couldn't go out on it. The water was flat, and was shallow for quite a ways. The breeze was onshore. There was no logical reason that any Cub with a parent (or adult who had canoed before) couldn't go out on a quick 5 minute trip with their Cub that day. The boy ended up dropping out before crossover to Wolf. SImilarly, our rules about paintball are almost irrational. Not to mention most of the things that Qwayze mentioned (except skinny dipping)
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    Summer camp - too many adults?

    As others have said, it depends on the adults. If it was 8 Perdidochas's it would be fine. I would let the boys do what they have to do, and let the SPL do his thing. My job is driving and safety. The SPL needs to do most of the work.
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    YPT and emergencies

    One leader, the hurt scout and an additional scout go for help. In the case of three leaders, I'd send two leaders and the injured scout back (possibly another scout as well). More than likely, we'd all go back, though.