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  1. Sorry about that, I edited to hopefully provide better source clarity. When quoting a media source, particularly one already with interview quotes in it, I prefer to italicize the quoted source text (maybe I should change font too). It seems cleaner visually to me. Another reason, albeit technical, is quote marks have been interpreted as an embedded command delimiter by forum software which has lead to data migration hiccups in the past.
  2. With Scout Sunday approaching, I have been giving this more thought. Personally, I have always preferred a more meaningful, less odd "right-hand" shake over a "left-hand, Scout handshake" as the former is not only a sign of friendship but also can be a giving your word (a contract?) with a firm grip from your strong arm. But alas covid... Perhaps the Scout sign with a Scout smile should now be used. A greeting of friendship, peace, trustworthiness, and helpfulness... My $0.02,
  3. Here's the start of an idea from source https://www.today.com/parents/teens/minnesota-boy-scout-sleeps-outside-1000-days-rcna68868 Isaac is thinking ahead to this summer when he'll be traveling for the Boy Scout Jamboree and eventually will make his way to Washington, D.C. He says he would love to camp on the White House lawn and hopes President Joe Biden might extend an invitation. “If he had one wish right now, it would be for the president to ask him to camp out on the White House lawn,” Isaac’s dad says. “Wouldn’t that be neat? It would be a feel-good story for the nation.”
  4. Update Feb 1, 2023. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation raised funds to purchase camp. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) is the buyer. $7M plus People throughout Iowa and Nebraska contributed to a fund to help make $2.8 million in repairs to the camp after a tornado ripped through in June 2008... "In working on the sale with the council, INHF has agreed to do three things: Open the property to the public; maintain the memorial to four boys that died in a 2008 tornado on the property; and honor and share the history of LSSR as a scout camp," the organization said. Source
  5. Update 1/11/23 from Virginia legislature: Delegate of the 47th District of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) has introduced House Joint Resolution 531: Constitutional amendment (first reference); personal property tax; exemption. Provides that property owned by a chartered organization and used solely for the purpose of supporting one or more scouting units holding a charter issued by the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of the United States of America shall be exempt from state and local taxation. Those organizations would join other nonprofits that a
  6. Interesting side note... Gloversville, NY - Town stepped up to become Troop 7's new charter organization as the Foothills Methodist Church which had been CO for 60 years could no longer perform the duties. “Basically, it’s (Troop 7) going to have to be completely redone from the ground up. Where it stands, they have three active Boy Scouts in it, and no troop committee, so we’re going to be starting-over new.”, according to Town Clerk (and new COR) Jenni Mazur. “We will be discussing giving them a meeting place within the city. This is going to be a combined thing where boys from G
  7. "Well, I think we're definitely crazy guys," Voelz said in 2021 when the troop held the plunge at a frozen Mirror Lake at Camp Stidwell. "The troop is kind of known for that as well and we attract that kind of craziness, having fun regardless of your circumstances. Something the boys have heard me say a million times, is there is no such thing as bad weather, just poor choice in clothing. And so, you know, we got a fire, we can warm back up, we're not going to die — probably. "This is kind of who we are. We do crazy things, you know. And in the midst of not being able to do things, we're
  8. Update Dec 28, 2022: New Birth of Freedom Council executive board members are negotiating with the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy for the sale of 916 "buffer" acres around Camp Tuckahoe on South Mountain. Does this include March 15, 2021 fire area? More details at sources, except there is no mention of the March 15, 2021 fire which burned 150 acres along South Mountain. https://www.bradfordera.com/news/state/proposed-sale-of-camp-tuckahoe-could-help-local-boy-scout-council-replenish-its-reserves/article_6aa489c0-126e-51a9-955b-5b5323dd41ea.html https://www.news-journal.co
  9. Segler wanted to be a cowboy when he was a kid growing up in Alabama. Instead, he found his calling as a Western oil painter. “In 1977 I got a job as a cowboy in a living history program at Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico. I worked in the program for seven years,” he said. “During my time at the ranch, I began painting professionally, particularly cowboy subjects. I signed on with galleries in Ft. Worth and Santa Fe and started showing my work around the Southwest. I still go on cattle drives with them, which continues to inspire my paintings.” ... In 2016, the Eagle
  10. Mid-America Council seeks buyer for Little Sioux Scout Ranch The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is campaigning to raise $2 million by Dec 31, 2022 to purchase the almost 1,800 acres of land for wildlife habitat and recreational use. The ranch, spread across the western slope of the Loess Hills, has given Scouts a place to hike, canoe, fish and camp for more than 50 years. The Mid-America Council ...wanted to find a buyer who could do three things: open the property to the public; maintain the memorial to the four boys who died in the tornado; and honor a
  11. Update Oct, 2022: Appleton Boy Scouts honored as national heroes.
  12. Good story. Here is a direct link. https://www.kare11.com/article/news/local/land-of-10000-stories/12-year-old-boy-scout-buys-11300-in-christmas-presents-for-foster-kids-he-doesnt-know/89-84b658b7-9bf1-4262-889b-ed3338b8575f
  13. Update 12/21/2022: Camp Trexler, Pocono Heritage Land Trust (PHLT) PHLT plans to put in a bid as soon as the property gets listed for sale in the first quarter of 2023, but one complication in the matter is that the land trust is only allowed to pay the appraised value of a property. So, a win for PHLT might look like someone else buying the property — a hunting club or church group, for example — and partnering with the PHLT to preserve it. “If we can’t buy the property, we want to work with whoever does buy the property to make sure that it’s not developed,” PHLT Executive Dir
  14. Say like Congress requiring delivery of both organizations respective, charter required Report to the Nation to Congress at the same time and location?
  15. FYI, A collection of well researched postings on the early history of scouting in Seattle written by software engineer and historian Rob Ketcherside. An excerpt from Seattle's first patrol leaders Who the patrol leaders represented The patrol leaders represented a diversity of economic backgrounds, and children of immigrants versus descendants of colonists. But, they were all white boys. The religion of some of their families came up in newspapers or records, and in each case they were a denomination of Christianity. However, there was a rabbi involved in the founding of Sco
  16. @LostLeader welcome to scouter.com. @Cambridgeskip
  17. "Widely cited as a model of leadership, she took the scouts out of “the Betty Crocker era,” halting a membership decline and recruiting minority girls." https://blog.girlscouts.org/ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/frances-hesselbein-girl-scouts-ceo-dies-107/ https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/15/us/frances-hesselbein-dead.html
  18. Agree. An experiential, generic universal approach to citizenship much like scouting.
  19. Update: 12/14/2022 Mark Chapman, 51, of New York was sentenced to two sentences of 12-20 years and 10-15 years, concurrently in prison. He was the first person convicted in the ongoing Boy Scouts of America (BSA) investigation. The sentences also include lifetime sex offender registration, lifetime electronic monitoring, and sex offender counseling. "Regardless how much time has passed, or how difficult the circumstances of a case may be, I am committed to seeing justice delivered for survivors of sexual assault," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. "Today’s sentencing
  20. Back in my day, Eagle required Nature merit badge and a badge selected from the Conservation group: Soil Conservation, Wildlife Management, Forestry. Bird Study was once Eagle required. I believe the program thought was to have an understanding of nature, threats to it (man, weather, insects), and conservation. IMHO, Environmental Science is a smaller subset. Civics was a year long 9th grade course back then and scouts selected 3 out the 4 Citizenship badges...easy schoolwork. Perhaps Scouts should petition for the restoration of Civics (and Physics ) in their school curriculum...no
  21. Introverts' box is "behind the curtain" and maybe background vocals. We introverts excelled more in the writing and production which complemented the stage presence and theatrical talent of extroverts. So at the start a summer camp week, the camp songmaster would sing a familiar song, e.g., It Ain't Gonna Rain No More Chorus: Oh, it ain't gonna rain no more, no more It ain't gonna rain no more How in the heck can I wash around my neck if it ain't gonna rain no more He then challenged patrols to write new verses... and were off using the Patrol Method to write verses
  22. IMHO, community service projects may be a better approach to developing good neighbors and citizens, i.e., part of the program as opposed to part of advancement. My $0.02,
  23. It looks like a Junior Girl Scout (GSUSA) Practice With A Purpose badge https://www.girlscoutshop.com/JUNIOR-PRACTICE-WITH-PURPOSE-BADGE https://blog.girlscouts.org/2018/02/5-athlete-badges-that-change-girls-lives.html https://www.gsksmo.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsksmo/OtherDocuments/at-home/Junior-Practice-Purpose.pdf
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