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  1. Exclusive: Boy Scouts close to ending ban on gay members, leaders Sounds like local option "The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nations largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions." ... The chartered organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organizations mission, principles or religious beliefs, according to Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts national organization. ... Individual sponsors and parents would be able to choose a local unit which best meets the needs of their families, Smith said. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/28/16739587-exclusive-boy-scouts-close-to-ending-ban-on-gay-members-leaders?lite(This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
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    Top-Down Advancement -- Why?

    No, he is suppose to be an Eagle Scout as in always an Eagle Scout.
  3. I wonder if Council pressured Pack 442 only after the Presidential Inauguration in which 750 Council scouts participated? Pack 442's inclusion membership statement had been prominently displayed on their website for some time.
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    Top-Down Advancement -- Why?

    If you think that the Scoutmaster isn't testing your Scouts correctly, then you need to bring that up with the Scoutmaster, it isn't the Scout's fault and you don't punish the Scout by retesting them. This mindset is a by-product of advancement mills. I have to say it hurts our scouts and Scouting in the long run. I tell my scouts and students that THEY are responsible for learning and knowing the material. Have a question, ask. Have a bad merit badge counselor/teacher, find a better one. Don't understand the book, try another or an app or youtube video on the subject. LEARN! You take your own tests and you are RESPONSIBLE for learning the material. PRACTICE! If you dont use it, you lose it. And if you lost it, it costs you and others... on exams, SAT's, scholarships,...emergencies or do Scouts not do emergencies because they are retests? If you grandmother falls down some steps and needs help, the scout that comes to her aid should he know first aid or is having known it once good enough for you and Gramma? What kind of scout does your Gramma deserve? What kind of scout do you want to be? Be prepared. My $0.02,(This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
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    The All-Scoutcraft Eagle

    Schools around here are state required to cover the content of Citizen in Community/Nation/World in far greater detail, as well as requiring community service hours for graduation. A big plus is that their field trips are during government operation hours; they can see the state house in session or a trial in progress! It is frequently asked question on this forum if scouts can count (double dip) their school community services hours for Star and Life service hours. There are other aspects of citizenship via the Patrol and Leadership Methods that we should concentrate on. I see no loss in the citizenship aim with a Scoutcraft Eagle. Downsize to just 1 Citizenship MB is overdue. We might be able to merge with Personal Management with a focus on employment, budgeting, paying taxes, voting, ... Another $0.02
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    Gov. Christie Smacks Down the NRA

    I wrote (Pell and federal) loans at questionable for profit colleges The past two companies that I worked would NOT approve tuition reimbursement for employees who enrolled in for-profit schools like Univ of Phoenix, Capella, Wossamotta U. and other internet-based colleges nor would they interview job applicants with online degrees from such schools. There are other issues of high cost and high drop-out rate with those schools very though they are supposedly accredited. Yeah, Univ of Phoenix got a sweetheart deal from Congress. Still seems a bad idea. Loans to students attending non-profit schools with a better graduation rate like UNH, Dartmouth no problem.(This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
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    Gov. Christie Smacks Down the NRA

    Just some ideas... Maybe we need to be smarter with the dollars in our pocket or mend the holes in our pockets Maybe instead of spending billions each month and American lives to insure the security of Afghanistan school children, we did it first here with our own. Maybe instead of wasting $24 billion in student (Pell and federal) loans at questionable for profit colleges we spent it on school security and mental health institutions. Oh and we allow forcible institutionalization, the kind the CT ACLU killed in December which might have prevented the Newtown shooting. Maybe we can tax the Entertainment industry. Any tv program, film, game having violent content is taxed. More than an hour per night on X-box Live and you are taxed. Maybe Zuckerberg with all his billions can hire can professional investigators to watch over his Facebook and notify police of suspected criminal activity (Columbine). Ditto with every other social-media provider. My $0.02(This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
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    The All-Scoutcraft Eagle

    Great idea, I LIKE IT! Scouting is a journey with Eagle being the destination for my more ambitious scouts. My scouts viewed NOA as a side trip or a bunch of side trips? They can map their own. Focus on the outdoors and scoutcraft and leave the classroom stuff to schools or as electives. Maybe replace Wilderness First Aid MB with a real WFA course. In general, scout-up the requirements for these merit badges, in particular Wilderness Survival and SAR. Replace Eagle project with an Eagle trek. Eagle candidate plans and leads a patrol on a trek, no adults. Did I say I like it?
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    New Incident Reporting Kits and GTSS updates

    A database of incident reports ONLY has value to me, unit leaders, and my PLC in activity planning if we can search and view the original report indexed by incident report number, location, date, council, unit number, injury. The incident narrative and leader recommendation is what we want to read not data analysis pie charts or stats. This is really where the adults and scouts learn from the mistakes of others and this pays forward big time( AMC's or NOL's incident reports). I will ONLY comply if this learning value is preserved and accessible for leaders and scouts. So far, it just seems to be an insurance claim early warning system. In keeping with sharing information, understand that I will copy incident reports to all involved. I will, of course, copy Council and National directly. I want an e-mail notification from RiskConsole when Council completes online database entry along with the generated Incident Number. The Incident Information Report needs more work! Consider adding the following Number present at incident: Scouts ____ Adults ______ Others_____ Number injured at incident: Scouts ____ Adults ______ Others_____ Incident occurred Day____ Night____Inside ____, Outside ____, On Water_______, Car ____ , Other Transport ___ Incident type -- more info fields as needed for Council to code as Marginal, Critical, Catastrophe, whatever Lost scout situation: Yes or No 911/Rescue contacted_______ Length of time missing_________Missing overnight Did this occur on BSA/Council property? Yes or NO Weather Conditions and dress: Water Temperature/Conditions Reported (to Council) date:_______ Vendor/Outfitter Information Leader email address: _______ As stated, there should be more space for the narrative and a leader recommendation/lesson learned space, e.g., "Buddy system not followed. " This is just off the top of my head. Others also experienced in the field will likely have more and better suggestions. My $0.02,(This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
  10. Not hackers breaking into computers but kids with adult mentors USING tools, woodworking, robot-building,...Badges but no uniforms. Inclusive. Membership 32,000 nationwide. Website https://diy.org/ Probably more hands-on than our survey STEM merit badges? News Story from NPR http://www.npr.org/2012/12/23/167285991/with-growth-of-hacker-scouting-more-kids-learn-to-tinker Geek Scouts and Maker Scouts are similar but not nationwide,...yet. http://www.geek-scouts.org/ http://makerscouts.org/ Maker Scouts is a burgeoning group looking to build a next generation scouting organization. Our main drive is bringing modern science, technology, engineering, art, and math to children outside of a school environment. Maker Scouts seeks to foster a well socialized, moral, and tech savvy generation of boys and girls. This is getting interesting. Another $0.02,
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    Firearms proposal from da Basement

    Well speaking for myself Do you consider the right to own a fire arm as important as the right to vote or the right to free speech? Yes. Maybe because I have been a crime victim more than once, I consider the right to self defense (life) most important. Second.... people keep saying a restriction is unconstitutional. If the majority of the population thought it needed changing couldn't you just change the constitution? Our constitution can be amended/ratified only by our elected federal and state legislatures. We the people cannot vote for a Constitutional Amendment. Our Founding Fathers had concerns about majority rule, in particular, an uneducated, emotional majority rule so they wanted the Constitutional to be rather difficult to amend at least without some heavy consideration. Finally. Folks talk about freedom from tyranny. Does anyone in the USA actually fear that the federal government would ever become tyranical? Really? You honestly think one day you might become an Orwellian nightmare? We're talking about a country that is the ultimate democracy. From what I can see you vote on pretty much everything from The President through to your local Fire Chief. That is the culture you live in, or it is the one that I see as an outsider. Maybe the reality is different. So do you really fear government power? Well we are not a democracy, we are a constitutional republic which elects its representatives and obeys its constitution. Some fifty years ago, I learned in Civics class, that we are a nation of laws, the same law applies to everyone and that the distinction between a right and a privilege is that you cannot forfeit your rights and government cannot take your rights away. I am less sure about that. In my lifetime, the US has been in many wars. None were declared by Congress as required by the Constitution. There were Congressional authorization of funds for these undeclared wars. Even the War Powers Act was not followed in our recent attack on Libya. Our Constitution also requires that treaties be approved by Congress but that occurs less and less. Checks and balances among our three government branches (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial) is vanishing. If the IRS "thinks" you ran afoul with your federal taxes, you are presumed guilty until you prove yourself innocent. IRS now there is tyranny. Speaking of tyranny, there is the Patriot Act allowing indefinite detention if someone rightly or wrongly is labeled a terrorist. Whatever happened to due process? So that's just some points. Hope this helps. (This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
  12. Might be useful to ask families why they chose those scouting programs over ours. Open response not canned multiple choice.
  13. Maybe, but Hacker scouts appears targeted at upper elementary, middle school kids.
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    NRA -are they Serious?!?

    Yes, I would like steel shot used at the shotgun range and if the lead deposits at the rifle range are a threat to the ground water, excavate berms and either rebuild to trap the lead for recycling or use green ammo for short range target practice. The latter is more likely as the use of lead ammo is getting banned more. Do it sooner or the government will tell you to do it later? My $0.02,(This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
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    NRA -are they Serious?!?

    Sorry, I forgot. Checking the Fieldbook..."Lead by example"? ..."often mistaken for rabbit scat by Tenderfoot scouts"...must be somewhere else in here...
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    NRA -are they Serious?!?

    Yes as does mercury, arsenic, E.coli,... The issue is where and concentration level.
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    Our Violent Society...

    I dunno, great question. We had fist fights not gun fights back then. Fist fights on the bus, in school, in the neighborhood, at scouts, everywhere except church where the nuns hit us Anger needs an outlet or a quick release? Another $0.02,
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    "... last bastion of anti-gay bigotry ..."

    I would say something like Many current and past scouters and scouts are working at the local level to make scouting more inclusive...to reach all boys interested in being a scout. I would mention units that have stated on their websites their policy of inclusion and where that inclusion has grown to their councils. In some cases these inclusion policies have been in place for years. Mention Mount Diablo-Silverado Council approved a gay Scouts Eagle application and sent it to National. Mention that two National Board members support a policy change and one of those two is line to be National Executive Board president in 2014. Major corporate supporters have withdrawn financial support as have individual supporters. Change is coming from the bottom up and the outside in. Slow, but it is coming. My $0.02, hope this helps(This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
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    NRA -are they Serious?!?

    I was out on openin' day of waterfowl season this fall. I wish we could ban semi-automatic shotguns just so some fellows would learn how to shoot. By the time you've lit off your 5th round, it's time to admit that yeh missed the dang thing and should stop sprayin' lead in a big arc heedless of what's around yeh. Contact the game warden. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has banned lead shot for waterfowl hunting nationwide since 1991. There's been several studies both pre and post ban about use of lead shot. I am not a hunter, but I discuss the environmental effects of lead in Environmental Science Merit Badge.
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    Not in a Weapon Free Zone

    So you are selling your Glock?
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    The actual Biden/Obama Plan

    Beavah you missed the point. The certain reimbursement for the impressment of your horse, etc. after the war as you would expect if owning a horse was your Constitutional right; that reimbursement was not there. So I doubt, our pragmatic Founding Fathers would have considered owning a horse a right, with all the other bills to be paid. During WW2 via a FDR executive order, our government impressed Japanese Americans into internment camps for up to three years. The Constitutional rights of these Americans had been violated and in 1988, a $1.6 billion reparation program was set up. Post 9/11 "reasonable regulation"? More like regulation gone wild. Good to see, the TSA are finally removing those "reasonable" X-ray scanners, maybe "reasonable" groping will be next to go?(This message has been edited by RememberSchiff)
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    Not in a Weapon Free Zone

    ...the investigation is in progress which I hope includes a drug test, mental health background check, motive determination, gun ownership,...
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    The actual Biden/Obama Plan

    but do yeh think da Founding Fathers would have considered horses a right? That if yeh owned a horse, the government could stop you from using it or take it away? Doubt it, because like the British, the Continental Congress and Continental Army were documented horse thieves. "On 4 November 1775 the Continental Congress recommended that the legislatures of the New England states empower Washington to impress wagons, horses, vessels, and other necessities for the transportation or march of his army. This power was to be delegated to the Quartermaster General.37 Subsequently, Washington was authorized to impress goods and services in numerous emergencies. Clearly, Congress believed that an emergency justified the use of impressment. It later urged that in the use of impressment every possible attention be paid to the laws of the states and the rights of individuals. When military operations became centered in the Middle Department and impressment was resorted to with increasing frequency, Congress requested the states to pass laws authorizing and regulating impressment by the Continental Army." http://www.history.army.mil/books/RevWar/risch/chpt-1.htm In some cases the "impressed" goods were returned. Our new government was short on funds and deep in bills to contractors and soldiers which took a higher priority than reimbursing citizens; there were also differences over appraised values. I wonder if the New Jersey owner got his Durham boats back or was reimbursed by Washington? Impressment of horses continued in the War of 1812, War Between the States,... So no right to own/operate a horse, carriage, or car. The Constitution recognizes the right of freedom of travel* but there are no rights regarding the means, many are regulated. You cannot walk, bike, or horseback along many interstates. You cannot freely operate a car - you must have a license, registration, current inspection, insurance, ... *Post 9/11, I am not so sure about our right of freedom of travel.
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    Gov. Christie Smacks Down the NRA

    I dislike speakers using backdrops of American flags (just one please, not 30), kids, troops, policemen,... The speaker and his speech should be able to stand without props. However, I do enjoy the rare occasion when someone is asleep in that backdrop. One backdrop that I would like to see is a stack of money, as in "Today I propose ... and here's the money to pay for it." My $0.02,
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    Lying about girlfriends

    Over the years, I have often heard jokes like "...the only things scouts lie about is having girlfriends" from non-scout acquaintances. "Yeah yuck, yuck, not true!" Enter Eagle Scout, Notre Dame football player, and Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Te'O with the tragic story of the death of his non-existent girlfriend Lennay Kekua. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/17/fenno-manti-teo-girlfriend-story-a-wild-ghost-chas/ Bizarre and why? Did he want added sympathy in hopes of winning Heisman? The good news; people and the embarrassed sports media are more interested in Lying Lance who makes Bill Clinton seem like a boy scout. Another $0.01 for still being grumpy
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