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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    ...If the Boy Scouts want to attract a new generation of members, they’ll need to stand for something more than inclusion. Because being inclusive doesn’t make you relevant. If I were calling the shots, I’d take a stand against the safe space movement and everything it embodies. And I’d do it in the most public way possible. But of course, that might also require a level of risk completely inconsistent with current orthodoxy. As we all know, in 1974, a chipped tooth or a black eye didn’t lead to lawsuit, and today, I’m pretty sure a boxing ring and a trip to the shooting range would make a lot of parents…uncomfortable. But that’s exactly the point. In a world that values safety above everything else, discomfort is never welcome. Neither is risk. And yet, discomfort and risk are precisely why my time in Scouting was so valuable, and why Troop 16 was the polar opposite of a safe space. Anyway Sharon, that’s a very long way of saying that girls are not the enemy. The enemy is bad ideology, and the inability to effectively confront it. Do I favor co-ed Scouting? Hell no. I can’t think of a single good reason to put girls and boys in the same troop, the same tent, the same boxing ring, or the same game of British Bulldog. But I can think of many good reasons to include them in a unified effort to confront the siren song of “safe spaces.” Someone has to challenge the insipid belief that safety is the most important part of living. Someone has to challenge the idea that feelings trump achievement. Someone has to challenge the idea that “crying closets” on campuses designed to console stressed out students who just can’t handle their finals exams, (or the outcome of a presidential election,) will produce a responsible, productive adult. ... I recommend reading the whole article complete with colorful language. http://mikerowe.com/2018/05/otw-death-of-the-boy-scouts/
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    Cub Girl Uniform

    Perhaps @Gwaihir was referring to red neckerchiefs for Wolf.
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    "Be prepared" taken too far

    Well news to me but then I have not attended a World Jamboree or National for that matter. Outside of scouting, I have accompanied coed groups of teens into the outdoors. Never brought along condoms or family members or created new ones 9 months later. Maybe character building helps chill hormones? My $0.02,
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    "Be prepared" taken too far

    Morally straight? I remember these catch-phrases from a 1985 visit to UK - "No Sex please, we're British", "Americans are over here, over paid, and over-sexed"...and yet there was this newspaper Page 3 phenomenon that had no equivalent in US newspapers. Are there no cold showers at the Summit?
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    "Be prepared" taken too far

    Has there been a previous BSA sponsored event where condoms were required and available? My understanding is before this "financially self-sustainable" Bechtel Summit came along there was no alcohol allowed on scout properties whether it was a scout event or not and ...now condoms? As the Summit goes so do the remaining BSA camps? According to this 2011 Daily Mail article, "The founder of the Scout movement, Robert Baden-Powell, would have raised an eyebrow at the (condom) initiative."
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    Required Worksheets?

    @Jenn, welcome to scouter.com. Two phrases that all volunteers should know from the start: No thanks. or simply NO. Where is that written? My $0.02
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    "Be prepared" taken too far

    Well more coffee dropped...that article provides a link to this 15 page WOSM Guidelines for hosting the World Scout Jamboree Last paragraph states condom policy. page 11, 7.3 Specific health matters Local legislation relating to the illegality of drug possession and/or consumption shall apply to the Jamboree. In all cases, possession and/or consumption of any of the following substances at the Jamboree shall be strictly forbidden: - amphetamine-type stimulants - cannabis - cocaine - opiates - other psychoactive substances The abuse of volatile solvents shall also be strictly forbidden. The use of alcohol shall not be permitted on the Jamboree site. Some exceptions may be made for Adults in confined areas, in accordance with the host country's habits. Alcohol consumption may not affect the ability of any adult onsite to carry out their assigned role. Adults may not interact with Participants when affected by alcohol. The use of any tobacco products shall be strongly discouraged. Smoking shall be confined to specific areas. The Host Organisation must ensure that condoms are readily and easily accessible for all participants and IST at a number of locations on the site. Heads of Contingent must be informed in advance and made aware of their responsibility in communicating this policy to their Participants, Unit Leaders, Contingent Staff, and IST in an appropriate way. When making this information available onsite, consideration shall be given to the various cultures and beliefs present.
  9. The feedback I am getting from our Eagle candidates is the Eagle project is enough...only do not mention your service work on a college application as an Eagle project just let the college assume it was part of service requirement for graduation! We need to get the value of Eagle back and it is not PR stating only 4%,5%,...,%8 earn Eagle, which says what exactly? Make Eagle of unquestioned value again post high school. For example, not E-2 maybe E-3 grade , definite E-3 grade across the service branches. This would mean more physically fit and more real (solo) leadership. Colleges want to see service, let's focus on service and not STEM which schools are better suited. Maybe pre-college Eagle weeks at colleges during summer? But mostly, the BSA should be talking to college admissions and military recruiters regarding what would make Eagles more valuable to them. I remember "back in the day" when Eagle and Girl Scout Gold was a checkbox on many college applications, but today? Recover the value loss, recover the pride. My $0.02,
  10. It will be interesting to see if LDS re-purposes their existing BSA uniforms towards their new youth program. If not, imagine the economic impact to the BSA with all us thrifty scouts buying pre-owned LDS uniforms.
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    Switching OA Lodges

    @Ernest_Stevens welcome to scouter.com
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    Summer Camp Staff

    I guess I'm old. If your tent is on a platform, take out cots, sweep floor, put down a 9x12 blue tarp, return cots to tents. A camp tent with a wired outlet ? Another $0.02
  13. The statue of Chaffee now proudly stands outside of the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, where his wife hopes children can be inspired to try anything they set their minds to. He died in 1967 during a pre-launch test for the Apollo One Mission. Chaffee’s surviving wife, Martha Horn Chaffee, was brought to tears as a bronze statue of her husband was unveiled in downtown Grand Rapids. ... Chaffee is also remembered for his work with the Boy Scouts of Grand Rapids. He earned an Eagle Scout ranking in Troop No. 215, the same troop of President Gerald R. Ford. How many troops can claim their former members include a President and an astronaut, both Eagle Scouts? Nice video. http://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/roger-b-chaffee-statue-unveiled-in-gr/1188845011
  14. “After a careful review of the program and its contents, including its mission statement, curriculum, pedagogical structure, letters of Ecclesiastical approval, and statement of mission that faithfully reflects and adheres to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, the Troops of Saint George is hereby approved as a Catholic Apostolate of the Diocese of Fort Worth,” the Most Reverend Michael F. Olsen, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas wrote in a letter, dated May 16, 2018. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2018/05/bishop-approves-alternative-to-boy-scouts-as-a-catholic-apostolate/ Looking at the Diocese website, the Bishop's decision does not appear to remove Boy Scouts as an endorsed youth program. Trail Life is not mentioned. Also there appears to be only one Troop of St. George in the Fort Worth Diocese. https://fwdioc.org/scouting Troops of St. George
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    Summer Camp Staff

    @bob_kins , welcome to scouter.com. Your Camp Director and Shooting Director will be your first choice, though many here will gladly help. As for specific advice for a Rifle Range Instructor, I would bring these personal safety items - shooting glasses, hearing protection (I like the Walker's electronic muffs), and lead cleaning wipes or soap (D-Lead, LeadOff) for your hands. Scouts should wash up after shooting! What kind of shooter are you? Hunter, target,..? You might get a discount from Bass Pro if you can show that your a BSA Rifle instructor. Ditto for membership with Shooting Sports USA . Safety is job one! Keep all hydrated at range. Keep it fun. Note: If you type @ followed by a member name it sends a notice to that member. These members come to mind, lets see what advice they have. @Oldscout448, @Sentinel947, @cyphertext , @ShootingSports @Eagle94-A1 My $0.02,
  16. Just a reminder for those of us whose invitation has yet to arrive ... https://nam.scouting.org/
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    Scouting firsts lost in history?

    We know, or think we know, the first Eagle Scout, the 2 millionth Eagle Scout, the 100 millionth Boy Scout but the first Boy Scout First Class scout Sea Scout Scoutmaster Den Mother Robotics Merit Badge counselor Troop ( quite a few arguments) Pack ??
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    Breaking Point

    When it is not fun anymore. It is still fun when I am out with my scouts.
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    National Annual Meeting 2018 - May 23-25, Dallas

    Update: my invitation still has not arrived . I have not seen any notice of live streaming.
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    Scouting firsts lost in history?

    Above sign remembers Burnside, KY Troop 1, but was it the first Boy Scout Troop of Kentucky let alone the USA? Frankfort Troop 1 also formed in 1908. More info from the State Sentinel, Frankfort, KY . The CO of this Frankfort, KY Troop 1 was the YMCA and Mr. Stanley Harris was their first Scoutmaster. Here is a photo of the troop taken behind the YMCA. Scoutmaster Harris is on left in third row. But why the confusion - shoes, the court system,... The same year that Harris started the boy scouts troop, 1908, a doctor told him he had heart trouble and would die within three months. Harris did not die until 68 years later in 1976. He organized the troop to go hiking, so he could regain his strength. It was later discovered that the “heart trouble” was just bad indigestion. The State Journal Article from August 15, 1976, announced Harris’ passing. That article contains a quote where Harris recalled speaking to the doctor who told him he had three months to live. The doctor, Harris recalled, “told me to die peacefully and I told him I never did anything peacefully.” A letter written in 1940 from Harris to Todd Crutcher Jr. states that on Jan. 9, 1909, Harris received a letter from Robert Braden Powell, head of the British Boy Scout Association. The letter, which was written Dec. 29, 1908, authorized the troop. However, the Boy Scouts of America does not recognize the authority of the letter, according to the April 1976 State Journal article. It cannot be proven that the Frankfort troop was the original Boy Scout troop in America because the charter was lost. The charter was used in a civil lawsuit between the federal government and Excelsior Shoe Company, which was selling “scout shoes.” Once the lawsuit ended, the charter was filed in court records in Washington. However attempts to regain the charter were unsuccessful, according to the April 1976 State Journal article. One report said the charter was lost in a fire. ... More at source, excellent research by author Holly McClurkin https://www.state-journal.com/2018/05/18/original-boy-scout-troop-reportedly-started-in-frankfort/
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    What I want to hear "WE DID IT!"
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    It is not adventure unless there are surprises. In the past, our scouts have taken a game concept from Monopoly and carried a ? box or envelope on hikes. At time or distance intervals, they would take a ? card and complete the task on card - everyone do 10 pushups, form a human pyramid, switch your socks/check your feet, carry patrol leader to nearest shady spot, what do you see at 60deg True, take a pic and send it, EMERGENCY, your PL broke his leg, simple fracture, administer FIRST AID and when done draw next card (scouts busily splint leg and then draw next card... NO! THE OTHER LEG! Creating the cards themselves at PLC is a fun meeting activity. I have been trying to re-introduce this idea, but maybe it needs to be an app these days.
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    Sudden Push for Venturing

    @CruzGibbs1975 welcome to scouter.com
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    Variations of orienteering - find the clues, the food, canoe orienteering are popular. Our PLC was brainstorming about a night-only orienteering. During the day they would set up solar panels to charge flashlight and phone batteries, "like The Martian". Oh forgot, they would only eat potatoes.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    "being safe", "lack of adventure", "prohibiting use of tools, instead of teaching how to use tools", " adult-free hikes/campouts" , "solo patrol outings"...