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About pizzaerick

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  1. Reading this is an education. On the subject of "charge higher fees" instead of fundraising. As on that has spent some time unemployed, I can tell you that I'd rather see fundraising, popcorn sales, FOS, and the like. That allows people to contribute as they can when they can. For 5 years my FOS contribution was $0. I am making up for it now so some other young father can have his son in scouting without feeling a pinch. If you feel all your time is spent on fundraisers, then you are doing something wrong. Fundraising teaches valuable skills and lessons, not to mention off
  2. Makes you feel dirty? It shouldn't. It's not just the salary of the VERY FEW professional scouters.. it's the camps, the training, the insurance, the camperships... You get the idea. It's all gotta be paid for somehow. And if you think popcorn is a raw deal, talk to a GS leader about cookies!
  3. I certainly have not put in years of my life into scouting for a couple of fancy bits of cloth on my uniform! On the other hand, I find them valuable. As a new parent, I knew I had a good chance of getting an answer if I asked someone with a couple knots on their shirt. As a new leader, I was opened up to some of the ways I could help in the pack/troop. As a veteran leader, I do have a certain amount of pride saying "been there done that" without having to say it. As a leader recruiting others, it helps for them to see that others have put in time, and to see that (in gene
  4. I have seen this (in varying degrees), and feel your pain. I am fortunate to be with a group of experienced scouters that have dealt with this. You really won't change anything unless it comes from the whole troop/ leadership. A group of dads I work with agreed together that during campouts, we would avoid interaction with our own sons. I would help the patrol my son was NOT in, and another dad would help my son's patrol. If my son came to me for help with, say, putting up his tent, I would ONLY direct him to another scout (or adult if appropriate), I would NOT give him other help
  5. We did the "interfaith" thing recently at woodbadge, and it was probably the most contentious and divisive thing I have seen in any training session. I would rather "observe" the worship of another faith than to be participating in a service that seemed to offend everyone by trying to include everyone. As leaders, we find a place for faith in our program, and try to make sure everyone is respected. I could rip apart the service from the "fake" native prayer, to the structure content and even the time... but I think that's been done already. Suffice it to say I agree that th
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