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  1. Yah, if yeh think an 8-year-old is actually seekin' surgery without that notion bein' strongly encouraged by adults in his or her life, you're out of your mind. And if yeh think any responsible professional in da medical community would consider such surgery, let me know so I can report 'em to their state medical board and have their license to practice medicine permanently revoked. Playin' into pre-pubescent notions of bein' "trans" is just irresponsible as close as I can tell from da available research. If somewhere between 80% and 98% of the children with professionally diagnosed "gender identity disorder" revert to bein' perfectly happy with their biological gender by adulthood, then lockin' a kid in with social pressure and medical procedures is just child abuse, plain and simple. We should treat all kids with understanding and compassion and support, eh? I also don't reckon anybody's in favor of burnin' Joan of Arc at the stake anymore on account of wearin' pants and feelin' called to be a soldier. Treat all people with dignity. But we should not be makin' child abuse normative. Beavah
  2. Yah, hmmm... Where are yeh livin', @@qwazse? This strikes me as kids bein' kids, and seeking after attention in da way that happens to work for 'em. Used to be it was Rock and Roll, or long hair, or green hair. Like @@Eagledad says, I reckon they're all sharin' a drink we call Loneliness, but it's better than drinkin' alone. As I understand it, da large majority of "trans" kids discover within a few years that they're just fine with their biological gender. If that's the case, then we have to ask ourselves as a society and as scouters "What in tarnation are we doing???". Beavah
  3. Yah, hmmm... Yah, sure, I know trans adults. Have worked with a lot of kids over da years who struggled with various things; Mrs. Beavah has worked with a lot more and in a professional role. I reckon an 8 year old often enough has a hard time makin' an informed choice about vegetables vs. ice cream. Can't say I'm aware of any well-raised child of 8 who is spendin' much time thinkin' of sex. Girls have cooties! In da years from age 8-18 friends change, personalities change, desires change, behaviors change. One thing that doesn't change is that kids make considerable effort to attract da attention of their parents or other folks in their lives, in whatever way seems to work. Beavah
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    BoR Tests ... Boy Balks

    Yah, hats off to yeh for a nice resolution, @@qwazse. His buddies (all from a smaller troop of older scouts who were absorbed by the large troop of younger scouts) have a few gripes. This is what struck me from all your description, eh? Boys who spend a few years as 10-13 year olds in a troop get to thinkin' that their troop is the one that does things right. That troop becomes their native culture, and just like humans of any age, our first instinct when travelin' is to compare what we find to our native culture. Mostly to point out what's wrong with the new place! Same with adult leaders transitioning to Boy Scouting and findin' out it ain't the same as Cub Scouting. They find all of da thing that are wrong first. So from afar, I'm suspecting that da real underlyin' issue is that the "absorption" of those older guys into the bigger troop is the root cause. Especially since yeh say the bigger troop was younger in age. Gotta get the lads to move from what the adults in the new troop are doin' "wrong" to an attitude of "I'm in a place that's different, what can I do to help?" If yeh succeed, it's a good lesson and habit for life. Beavah
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    NSP and Veteran Scouts

    Yah, hmmm... It's nice theory, but it mostly doesn't work in practice. Whether it's G2SS or da requirements for BSA or council high adventure programs, there are age limits, eh? So a gang of 11-year-olds can't always do what a gang of high schoolers can do. Lots of good reasons for that, too. Practically speakin', if it's paddle a mess of miles across a lake to go camp, a gang of experienced high school scouts will have no trouble. A mixed age patrol will be able to do it, with da stronger older lads helpin' out the younger fellows who are learnin'. They'll have challenges, but the challenges will allow da younger lads to grow as scouts and da older lads to grow as leaders. Put a mess of 10 and 11-year-olds together and odds are it becomes a mess. Yeh need perfect weather, and lots of prep, and an unusual group. Add some wind and the lads get blown about. Some aren't up to the distance, and da rest don't have the reserves to pull 'em along. Add some rain and yeh get more issues. Tired-and-grumpy leads to patrol collapse or meanness or fights. All together yeh have a set of real safety issues, as the young guys can't always manage rightin' a flipped canoe, or don't always mind fire safety when tired, etc. Same sorts of things with backpackin', or winter campin', or high-adventure bikin', or whatever. And when a lad gets tired and grumpy, or hurt, or blown across a lake in the wrong direction, then yeh have parents and others complainin', or kids droppin' out, or folks even removin' the Scoutmaster because of lack of confidence in his judgment. The way yeh get young lads on real adventures is to use the older lads as friends and supporters and leaders, eh? Yeh can sort of do that in a guided-tour school kind of way with a TG and Instructor, or yeh can do it a more natural way as a Patrol. Beavah
  6. Yah, hmmm... I reckon we all knew it was comin', eh? I really feel for the child. It's hard enough to be a kid. Harder still to be a kid whose behavior is different. When yeh add in parents and others behavin' bizarrely because of their own agendas, da anchors are gone and the child's cast adrift. Functional child abuse, regardless of the legal definition. Used to be we accepted tomboys as what they are, eh? Fun, adventurous girls. Beavah
  7. Yah, hmmm... I think da problem may be that yeh don't understand what's really fun for teenagers. Yeh seem to think "fun" involves hangin' with friends and doin' what yeh want to do. I think that's wrong. Teenagers by and large want to be part of something, not just hang out. They want to be seen as adult - as capable, as good at something. They'll spend hours beatin' their head against a video game level to get good at it. They'll spend hours tryin' to master a skateboard trick. Their brains are wired to be attracted to learnin'. They thrive on da feeling of developing real confidence. That's FUN! Our problem as adults is that we think gettin' good at something means being lectured at and goin' through a "program" or "class." In that case, "fun" is what yeh do when you're not bein' made to sit in a class. It's our hangup, not theirs. That's why Scoutin' works so well, eh? When yeh have a lad who has time to get good at something, and become responsible, and lead or teach others resultin' in confidence and recognition, that IS fun! Patrols, youth leadership, independence outdoors - all those things capitalize on da fun of learning and gettin' good at stuff. Beavah
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    Revoking Merit Badges?

    Yah, hmmm.... I'll certainly agree that those two ways aren't da right way to do it, eh? That's just lazy adults bringin' up kids to be lazy. Seems like lots of times it's also adults who don't have much experience, either with the topic (so they have to rely on da books and worksheets for knowledge) or workin' with kids (so they rely on school procedures for lack of real-world youth mentoring). For most of da history of mankind, boys learned how to do things by apprenticeship. That's the natural way to learn, eh? That's what MB counseling should be like, I reckon, at least in a miniature way. Or, to quote da official BSA policy: "To the fullest extent possible, the merit badge counseling relationship is a counselor-Scout arrangement in which the boy is not only judged on his performance of the requirements, but receives maximum benefit from the knowledge, skill, character, and personal interest of his counselor." So if da counselor is just checkin' off the requirements, we're doin' it wrong. Beavah
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    Pl - Spl For Small Troop

    Yah, hmmm... To my mind, at this size a troop should either be one patrol or two mixed-age patrols, eh? So instead of havin' a young/old divide, yeh have two patrols where there are a pair of older scout leaders and instructors, and a second-year scout or two, and a first year scout or two. Patrol competitions then become possible, harder outings supported by da strength of older scouts become possible, and real servant leadership by the older lads becomes possible. Bein' a PL becomes a cool thing that older, competent boys do rather than a popularity contest among same-age peers. In that case, da 4 older lads become a PLC and work together on troop trips, pushin' each of their patrols to be the best (Go Goats!!!). They also can run some PLC-only trips if they want for some older boy adventures. Plus, that way the older lads are gettin' da POR/leadership opportunities they need for rank advancement. I don't think yeh need to do da SPL thing at this size. Wait until yeh get to 3-5 patrols and the boys decide they need someone to organize da PLC. Beavah
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    Sibling Discounts?

    Yah, sure it is. Sellin' popcorn is helpin' the pack go! Every boy should be doin' his best to do his duty to help the pack go! Helpin' the pack go is part of how we teach citizenship, eh? Yeh contribute time to improvin' your community because that's what good citizens do, not because yeh expect to get paid for it. For my part, I'm glad da BSA is finally squeezin' out this notion. Aside from bein' not particularly kosher from a legal perspective, I think it works against our Aims, eh? Just one old furry fellow's opinion, anyway. That havin' been said, there's nothin' that says a pack can't choose to do reduced dues for families with 2nd or 3rd or 4th kids in da program, eh? That sort of thing bein' covered out of general fundraising as a policy to support families is fine. Even fine to suggest "stretch" goals for popcorn or whatnot, as long as it's not quid pro quo. Beavah
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    Unpleasant Youth Leader

    Yah, hmmm... Let me see if I can echo @@CalicoPenn here a bit. Puttin' on my teenage girl hat... Ugh! @@Plugging Away is driving me crazy. I love Venturing, but the adults all come from this little-kid Boy Scouts thing which they claim is youth run, but is really like this lame middle school thing. Why can't they realize we're not little kids like the Boy Scouts. We've got this! We can do it. We want to do it. It's so much more empowering when as crew President I can just work out the details with my friends over SnapChat. We get things done and have fun doing it, without all this blah blah blah talk talk talk micromanagement and paperwork that the adults seem to love. I wish they'd figure out that paperwork is dead to our generation. It went out in the 90s. I learn so much when I get to do things my own way, even when I make mistakes. And I don't need them to tell me I've made a mistake and then "discuss" it with me! Aargh! Do they think I'm stupid? It's SO condescending. Then they think I'm the one being rude when I get snippy. They would never micromanage and be so picky and condescending to another adult. It's like they're entitled to be rude. Every time they do that I just want to stop caring and let them take over. It's not like I can't just go do some of this stuff with my friends without them. Yeah, I know they're good people, and we can do more stuff with a little help and support. I really love Venturing. I just wish they'd get a clue and stop snip-snip-snip at us all the time. Don't they get that every time they do that it's like Sapp! all the energy goes out of things. Just sucked out. But when they trust us and just let us do things our way it's like Zapp!! It's so empowering! [teenage girl hat off] Hope that helps. Beavah
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    Revoking Merit Badges?

    Yah, they won't let you. New troop should have no problem though, eh? I reckon most new troops will accept da blue card and take care of things for yeh. Same goes for gettin' your son badges and awarding at their next Court of Honor. The thing yeh need to do up front as you're lookin' for a new troop is to ask about this sort of thing, eh? Troops have different styles and different approaches to the Advancement game. You're clearly lookin' for a rapid-advancement / advancement-focused sort of style that is willin' to deal with badges comin' fast and furious on the quest for 136. That's not every troop, eh? So if yeh want to find a good fit, yeh need to be up-front in your inquiries. Yah, probably OK, but if there's an opportunity to do so I'd encourage your boy to talk to the new Scoutmaster first and pick up a card from the new troop. Just easier and clearer all around, plus a good opportunity for da SM and your son to start things off on the right foot. Beavah
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    Revoking Merit Badges?

    Yah, as far as I know da blue cards don't matter to a typical scout shop. Sales of restricted items depend on da ScoutNet record, as updated by advancement report forms from the troop. Beavah
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    Revoking Merit Badges?

    Yah, hmmmm... @@cchoat missed da next part, eh? None of this changes da circumstances, eh? If yeh come in as a parent and start quotin' BSA texts at people yeh might find that yeh are no longer welcome. Courtesy in the face of discourtesy, eh? That's the ticket, and the example to set for your son. I can't for da life of me figure out why a Scoutmaster is havin' problems after the fact if he signed off on blue cards for da MB Day in the first place, unless he really thinks that cheatin' is going on. This is somethin' that gifted lads have to deal with from time to time as well, sad to say. If yeh do too well, folks start to get suspicious. Remember da movie Stand and Deliver? So we're back to lettin' your son navigate this to learn some valuable social and other skills that will be useful in his life, or findin' a different program. Dependin' on how active a volunteer yeh are and how your relationship is with da Committee or Advancement Chairs, yeh can also approach them in a friendly way with your concerns. Personally, I'm not a fan of da Merit Badge Day thing. If yeh have a gifted lad, I think he'd be better served by quality, not quantity. He should be findin' real counselors and working hard beyond just da requirements, in keepin' with his talent. No excuse for him not learnin' a topic so well that he knocks the socks off his troop and is ready to teach/lead in those areas. Those to whom much is given, much is expected, eh? Beavah
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    Revoking Merit Badges?

    Yah, hmmm... Thanks for da additional information, @@NobodyReally. Some troops are pretty advancement-focused, some less advancement-focused. Sounds like yeh have a less advancement-focused troop and a very advancement-focused youth (and dad, perhaps). That's when yeh either look for a better fit program, or yeh use it as a learning experience for your son and let him negotiate da process as @@qwazse suggests. Lots of time in his future school and life da path won't be all laid out for him with superiors ready to assist. Pushin' through obstacles and perceptions can be a good lesson for a lad who is a high achiever. Your call, though. I will say I'm not fond of da "fraud" talk to the troop thing. That's bad pool in my book. Yeh deal with lads individually, and reprimand in private if that's called for. At the same time, the point of a badge is that the boy is able to do things, eh? When a lad earns a First Aid badge, we expect that he'll be able to actually do first aid 3 months later when a situation suddenly arises with no notice. Kids shouldn't be ambushed by obnoxious adults, but they should be confident in their skills. That's why each lad is supposed to be tested individually on all da requirements for a badge, which often can't happen at a typical MB day. Sounds to me like a troop that's become a bit comfortable with mediocrity, and is a bit taken aback by your son's go-get-em attitude. How do you / your son feel about da rest of the program? Beavah
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