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  1. RememberSchiff

    Membership Removal Procedures Booklet

    Again I'm not a lawyer, but is there implicit defamation? Say one applies to another youth organization and is asked, 1. Have you ever been rejected to serve in a volunteer organization? 2. If so why? I imagine the honest answers, Yes and I dunno would only add another rejection.
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    Swimming Requirements for Rank

    IMO, every scout a swimmer should be program. Fix the problem, get it done (yes it is hard), and done right. My younger son nearly drowned at a pool (not BSA). He was underwater in the unmarked deep end of a new pool when rescued. I wasn't there for him (Dad wasn't there). Years of anxiety therapy ($$$) were needed before he would go near the water to just fish. He would take a bath but not a shower as he became terrified if his face got wet. We tried private swim instruction - myself, his older brother who was on a swim team, BSA, Red Cross, and the Y swim instructors without success. He was terrified. Finally, I found Angelfish which teaches swimming to special needs. It took them months just to build his confidence to float face down (eyes closed) and over a year to finally pass the BSA swim test, however he would not attempt Swimming merit badge. I would rather he earned Swimming MB than Eagle (if he does). He is on an outing this week which includes canoing and rafting, a first for him. I hope he can relax and enjoy the experience. I understand that some adults desire sheltered, unadventurous lives for their kids where they never need to swim, tie a bowline, hike uphill, camp in the rain, do CPR, secure a tourniquet, etc and will want a pass on learning such never-needed skills. That is not what the Scouting program is about. My $0.02,
  3. "One 16-year-old Scottish boy has been charged with supplying controlled drugs and a 17-year-old from the United States has been charged with possession of drugs, understood to be cannabis. Police were called to the event in the grounds of the picturesque Blair Castle at Blair Atholl, Perthshire, on Thursday. Last night a spokesman for Police Scotland said: 'After enquiries were conducted, a 17-year-old male was charged and given a Recorded Police Warning for possession of controlled drugs, and a 16-year-old male was charged and is to be reported for supplying controlled drugs.' The teenagers were sent home from the camp along with six other scouts. ... A spokesman for the organisation said: 'Scouts Scotland has a zero tolerance policy on narcotics use and this matter has been reported to Police Scotland.'" More details at sources http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5984559/Thats-scout-order-Boys-sent-home-jamboree-teenager-charged-supplying-cannabis.html http://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/trendingacrossscotland/16373695.eight-scouts-sent-home-from-international-gathering-after-drugs-charge/ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-44936866
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    Teaching Basic Compass Skills

    @Bowline welcome to scouter.com.
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    If A Scouts Book Is a Little “Broken”

    mine too. ..good old masking tape.
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    Eight scouts sent home from Scotland Jamboree

    Eagle Scout , Silk Road website creator, and Darknet market operator Ross Ulbricht believed people should have the right to buy and sell whatever they wanted so long as they weren’t hurting anyone else. Convicted of conspiracy to traffic narcotics, money laundering, computer hacking and imprisoned.
  7. RememberSchiff

    Membership Removal Procedures Booklet

    I am not a lawyer but I doubt that. Officers and employees of the BSA and any non-profit are liable for their actions, e.g., they cannot misappropriate funds, engage in character defamation, etc. My $0.02,
  8. Joe Farina, 13, a member of Boy Scout Troop 74, read The Lowell Sun's story about Shigeaki Mori's Memorial Day visit to Lowel, MA to honor American POW's killed in Hiroshima and subsequently wrote reporter Alana Melanson for his Communications merit badge. Mori was one of the subjects of the 2016 documentary "Paper Lanterns", which looked at the stories of Normand Brissette, of Lowell, Ralph Neal, of Kentucky, and the other 10 Americans lost in the bombing. Mori, a Japanese survivor, has dedicated his life to preserving their memory. Joe wrote to the Sun reporter, "I do not believe that if a bomb was dropped on Massachusetts and it killed several family members and friends that I could be as forgiving and compassionate as Mr. Mori," Joe wrote. "My grandfather served in the Army and although he was never injured in battle I am happy to know that people like Mr. Mori are in this world." The reporter shared Joe's thoughtful note with "Paper Lanterns" filmmaker Barry Frechette , who was happy to offer a private showing of the film along with a Q&A session to Joe's and other troops camping at Camp Wah-Tut-Ca in Northwood, N.H this week. Mr. Frechette also shared Joe's letter with Mr. Mori and the rest of the "Paper Lanterns" family. Read more details at source: http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_32003277/special-viewing-paper-lanterns-scouts
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    Camp lock down amid felon pursuit (Fresno, CA)

    I don't know the history of the island but from the article, there were scouts there during the pursuit. The canoe that Martinez tried to steal sank into the river. Deputies later found it with help from the Boy Scouts. “The scouts were very appreciative since those boats are quite expensive,” Tony Botti, spokesman for sheriff's office said.
  10. A day camp (River Camp Scout Island? - RS) for children was locked down Tuesday amid a wild pursuit with Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies that involved rammed cars, a car crashing into a river, shots fired, a dog bite, a canoe and helicopters. https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article216351070.html P.S. Bady, Good dog, good dog!
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    Only six months till girls in Scouts BSA.

    That was what I thought but then I heard this Iowa interview starting around minute 2:55 Sometime in 2019, we (Iowa) will have our first female Eagle Scout. We have groups currently waiting for young women to start...so in 2019 we will have the inaugural class of girl Eagle scouts. There will be a big announcement... Confused? So am I.
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    Old Scout Records

    @Ramsh00ter welcome to scouter.com.
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    Scout camping near EAA Airventure/Oshkosh

    Welcome to scouter.com @SamMidkiff. We have many members who can likely help you, Note by prefixing an @ to a member name, a notification is sent. I will now send a notification to some members who come to my mind who live or know Wisconsin or the EAA. @WisconsinMomma @Eagle1993 @Cubmaster Pete @LeCastor @blw2 @meyerc13
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    Who is headed to NOAC 2018?

    Back in the day, my old lodge used velvet robes which were the same color as Hef's but with a different cut and hood. Rather intimidating back then.
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    Need for tree identification

    My 03 Springfield may have a stock from a black walnut identified for harvest by a scout. Interesting the links we find in history.
  16. Alvin Theriault was 11 when he tied his first fishing fly. “The material came from a Boy Scout kit,” he told me recently. “I tied several colorful feathers onto a hook, cast it into Fish River, a short walk from my Fort Kent home, and caught a nice trout. From that moment, I was hooked on tying flies because it was more fun than digging worms.” More lucrative too. By the time he was 15, Theriault, the oldest of 11 kids, was selling flies to Aroostook County anglers for a buck apiece. Now 64, Theriault and his wife, Connie, have been making and selling flies for 44 years, plucking the materials — feathers, hair, and fur — from the animals they raise on their farm in Stacyville, 10 miles east of Baxter State Park. With more than 50,000 flies, the couple’s unassuming store is Maine’s largest supplier of flies and fly-tying equipment. “That’s a dizzying number of flies,” admits Alvin, a retired Maine game warden, “so I posted a sign in the store: ‘You only need two flies: Maple Syrup Nymph and Black Ghost Marabou.’” More info and great Downeast photos at source: https://downeast.com/theriault-flies/
  17. Last month, propeller guards were installed on two motorboats at Camp Sequassen in New Hartford, by Fairfield’s BSA Troop 82 Scoutmaster Bryan LeClerc, Assistant Scoutmaster Richard Jacobs, and Camp Ranger Dave Boyajian. Fatal propeller injuries In NY and CT youth camps were brought to the attention of LeClerc and the Scout Committee by Jacobs, who sought to bring about proactive change. The initiative began at Camp Sequassen, where Fairfield’s Troop 82 Scouts attend summer camp, but both men seek to take it farther than the initial donation from the troop. Scout Salute to Troop 82 adult leaders for thinking safety! https://www.fairfield-sun.com/70742/boy-scout-troop-82-donates-propeller-guards-to-camp-sequassen-motorboats/ P.S. States and the USCG have held hearings about propeller safety and need for guard laws since the 1950's? The arguments against have prevailed - need, cost ($100-500) , power loss (speed)... limit to instructional, recreation boats? In 2016?, the USCG reported 171 propeller incidents with 175 injuries and 24 deaths. NY Suffolk County Ryan's Law https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/07/28/suffolk-county-ryans-law/ https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/08/28/push-for-enhanced-boat-propeller-safety-measures-in-wake-of-deadly-accident/
  18. RememberSchiff

    Sailing fatalities in TX

    A tribute essay to the three scouts. https://www.news-journal.com/news/local/year-after-east-texas-scouts-deaths-families-cope-with-lost/article_b3981100-9541-11e8-8497-977bc4e0fc1d.html
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    Sailing fatalities in TX

    Just read 2 scouts died in sailing accident. Mast hit powerline. Third scout injured. Location TX http://www.wtae.com/article/2-boy-scouts-killed-1-hurt-in-boating-accident/11644231
  20. I find this so NOT funny. During business hours at the Baltimore Area Council, all hands were in a business meeting behind a closed door. NO one was minding the store. Outside doors were unlocked and anyone could walk in...and did ... and for an hour ransacked offices while the meeting continued and council staff was none the wiser... security cameras recorded the thief entering the front door and leaving with a cupcake. Manny Fonseca, Deputy Scout Executive/COO, explained that staff members were in a closed door meeting during the heist. He says offices were ransacked. The thief apparently also helped herself to some birthday cupcakes in the kitchen area. Fonseca said: “Having security measures we have in place, we thought we were prepared and the building secure, and we need to re-evaluate that”. https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/thief-with-a-sweet-tooth-woman-targets-boy-scouts-offices How about a high tech bell that rings when the front door is opened?
  21. RememberSchiff

    Who is minding the Baltimore Area Council office?

    And finding nothing of value, "offices were ransacked". I wonder about the damage done. I don't understand the SE creating an unsecured website with that info either.
  22. RememberSchiff

    Who is minding the Baltimore Area Council office?

    Maybe the all-hands-on-deck, closed door meeting was about their SE leaving for another council SE job? https://briansteger.org/ Maybe more than building security needs to be re-evaluated?
  23. MOAB, Utah - Found! Scout, who was mountain biking with his troop was reported missing Friday afternoon, was located Saturday in good condition by a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter. Friday: Searchers are looking for a missing 15-year-old Boy Scout last seen Friday afternoon, according to the Grand County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office was notified about 2:50 p.m. that the missing teen from a Vineyard Boy Scout troop had been seen 45 minutes earlier mountain biking near Gemini Bridges. He was not believed to have water with him. Family members confirmed the teen is 15-year-old Kyler Woods. The sheriff's office described the Boy Scout as about 6 feet tall and 120 pounds with blonde hair, braces and glasses. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue denim shorts. According to a social media post from the Grand County Sheriff's Office late Friday, 20 active searchers were looking for the teen, and personnel from the sheriff's office, Grand County Search and Rescue and National Park Service were assisting. A Department of Public Safety helicopter and Classic Helicopter were also aiding in the search. Sources: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900027008/searchers-looking-for-missing-boy-scout-outside-moab.html https://fox13now.com/2018/08/04/missing-boy-scout-reunited-with-family-father-shares-story/ https://kutv.com/news/local/boy-scout-missing-grand-countys-gemini-bridges https://fox13now.com/2018/08/04/teenage-boy-missing-from-trail-in-grand-county-has-been-found-and-is-in-good-condition/
  24. RememberSchiff

    Breaking Point

    A misunderstanding ... I can hide the post or edit your changes if you wish.
  25. Pending confirmations aside, I cannot recall any past administrations whose members had such strong connections to Scouting. Trump may have the most Eagle Scouts in his Cabinet of any President. How ironic is that? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - Eagle Scout, National President of BSA 2010-2012 Attorney General Jeff Sessions - Eagle Scout and earned the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry - Eagle Scout and earned the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley - Chair for the 2006 Friends of Scouting Leadership Division campaign. Now that is hard-core! Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon - Girl Scout Please correct or add any I missed.