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  1. perdidochas

    BSA mile swim

    Well, when I did my mile swim practices, one of the scouts thought that the mile swim was done that way--that you could swim the mile a few hundred yards at a time. He quit when told he had to do it in a single swim.
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    Irate potential cubmaster

    Well, per the rules, he's never been the CM. I would say that the COR needs to tell him he's not welcome and I go with what DuctTape said.
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    Committee Chair Leaving

    Whoever the COR wants to be CC.
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    The Scout Law; One or Twelve?

    I agree with you. One law, 12 points to the law.
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    "Train Them, Trust Them, Let Them Lead"

    That's what ILST is for. It's for Troops to conduct their own leadership training. Our troop did that for a while (not sure they still do). It seemed to work. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/training/pdf/ILST FINALS 2011 - Item Number 511-016.pdf https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/721-07218-ILST-Facil-Training_WEB.pdf
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    Can you submit Eagle application after you turn 18?

    We once had a Scout who finished his last Merit Badge for Eagle at 11 pm on the night before his 18th birthday. The requirement is that all requirements be done, that does not include the application.
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    Archery Lawsuit Against BSA

    Well, about 8 years ago or so, I was at a local OA sponsored event that had outside vendors. They sold bows. Some scouts bought the bows, and were shooting them on the lawn in front of the dining hall. They were shooting them towards the dining hall, and there were people in that area (including me). I asked them to stop, they did, but it just shows the lack of common sense sometimes present in scout aged kids. Technically, the boys were probably not allowed to use the gear at the event.
  8. There is no such rule or restriction from National. It's just not a good idea. We had an informal rule, that pretty much all the leaders obeyed, which is, that unless it was a matter of looking up records on the computer and signing (for number of campouts, outings, etc.), leaders didn't sign things off for their own sons. Our SM didn't even have Scoutmaster conferences with his own sons (leaving that up to ASMs to do for him).
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    I agree with you 100%.
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    use of the word "Lord" in scouting?

    It depends on your particular Pack and CO. The Pack and Troop I was a leader in (and sons were in from Tiger/Wolf to Eagle) was sponsored by my Parish, a Catholic Church. I see no problems with Catholic specific prayers or Christian specific prayers at Pack/Troop events. That said, if other Troops/Packs were involved (camporee, etc.), a more vague non-Christian prayer should be used.
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    Why all the slap-stick in Cub Scouting?

    I can understand disagreement with goofiness, but religion (at least in the sense that BP saw Scouting as practical religion, aka good deeds, etc.) is a centerpiece of Scouting. It's why churches sponsor us, and it's why religious people like myself participated. I enjoy the scoutcraft as well, but religion (i.e. practical religion) is a centerpiece of things.
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    Why all the slap-stick in Cub Scouting?

    Some of my favorite moments at campouts were when my oldest was SPL, and it routinely took a round of the Announcement song to get any business done. It irritated the heck out of some of our leaders (who weren't frequent even attenders). The kids loved it. The adults cringed (but loved it as well). His last campout as SPL it must have taken five minutes before he could get to an announcement.
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    Why all the slap-stick in Cub Scouting?

    Different strokes for different folks. I'm not a big fan of the cornball stuff, but most of the Cubs were, including my sons. Wanting to be the person to tell the story around the fire to the Pack inspired my oldest son to research ghost stories, and since he was speech impaired, that was a big step for him.
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    How to deal with a difficult leader?

    Well, depends on the campsite. In my troop, the parents were allowed to use whatever they wanted to use for tents. The regular camping parents/leaders tended towards minimalism--backpacking tents, in my case, a hammock, or we had some under the open sky ground sleepers (in appropriate weather).
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    How to deal with a difficult leader?

    And the above is what happens when lawn mower parents become leaders. I've seen boys struggle with tents. The SPL and other older boys help them. As another poster said, I see backpacking in your future, if you have sense.
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