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    Scouts BSA FAQ dated 9/14/18

    I found this which appears to be an updated version: http://svmbc.org/svmbc/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Scouts-BSA-Program-Information-and-FAQ-10.8.18-Update.pdf
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    As for the Summit, it has booked outside events, e.g. the Spartan Race, since it has not been financially sustainable as promised. Before booking outside groups, the BSA had to lobby for a referendum to West Virgina constitution to exclusively not tax the BSA (a non-profit) for renting to commercial groups. Also, the BSA dropped the alcohol prohibition on BSA property.
  3. On an near-empty beach with a troop of Boy Scouts nearby. DANA POINT, Calif. (KABC) -- A small plane made an emergency landing on a beach in Dana Point Saturday, startling some beachgoers on the sand. The pilot told authorities he had just taken off for what was supposed to be a leisurely flight from John Wayne Airport when the plane lost power. The lucky pilot landed on an empty stretch of sand. The plane came to a stop at the edge of the surf and close to a troop of Boy Scouts. "He climbed out on his own, the greeting of throngs of Boy Scouts there -- they were very excited -- and they pushed the plane onto the sand," a beachgoer added. https://abc7.com/small-plane-makes-emergency-landing-on-beach-in-dana-point/4906282/
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    IMHO, these Council letters raise more questions about how much and where local money goes.
  5. RememberSchiff

    Hello

    @Neckerchief welcome to scouter.com
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    Scouting Ireland has similar problems
  7. ...Scouting Ireland now faces similar problems identifying past insurance records required to help indemnify the organisation against the cost of future legal cases....“At the moment there is only one insurer who is willing to insure Scouting Ireland in this country,” Aisling Kelly told the private meeting. The historic documentation for the CBSI was in “much better shape” than records from the SAI, she said. ...The organisation does not have substantial financial reserves. Twice this year its State funding was suspended by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, due to governance concerns following controversy over the flawed handling of the 2016 rape allegation. An ongoing review by Scouting Ireland has identified 317 alleged child sex abuse victims, and 212 alleged abusers. Evidence from the review details abuse that occurred at “all levels within the organisation”, cases where information was “covered up” and alleged perpetrators were permitted to “move from group to group”, Scouting Ireland’s new chairperson Aisling Kelly told a stunned meeting of senior scout leaders on Monday. The organisation has taken a hit in relation to the public, but the national scandal has not eroded the trust between parents and local leaders in Dundalk, he said..... In mid-November the organisation announced the review had identified 108 alleged abuse victims, and 71 alleged perpetrators. Three weeks on and both figures have nearly tripled, as more abuse survivors continue to come forward. The ongoing review found the majority of the alleged abuse occurred between the 1960s and 1990s. Historic abuse scandals have shaken scouting organisations in the United States, Australia and the UK in recent years. If Scouting Ireland is forced to bear the entire cost of lawsuits from past abuse in the SAI itself, the cost is “going to be huge,” McClenaghan said. Scouting Ireland’s approach to the abuse revelations has been to set up a victim- support scheme to provide counselling services to survivors. There is a recognition inside the organisation that if large numbers of alleged abuse victims pursue civil cases against Scouting Ireland, the costs could collapse the organisation. More details at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/scouting-ireland-faces-uncertain-future-in-wake-of-child-sex-abuse-scandal-1.3731670
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    Scout Leader signed for his son's rank requirement

    Agree, now how the troop sets the policy can vary. Some paths, I have seen. Parent(s) mention concern(s) to a receptive SM or ASM. Say I have read about this Method of Scouting called Adult Association and I think we could do better. SM and his ASM's have a cup of coffee and figure it out. There is also another issue of a scout-run troop. IMO, PL's and the SPL should be teaching, testing, and "signing-off" requirements. SM hears the above after fortunate son (sorry 60's flashback) has a BOR . BOR members noticed scout's father signed-off most of his requirements. Fortunate Son 's PL (patrol leader) notices and talks to Senior Patroil Leader who talks with SM. "There are three adult leaders in our son's troop." Get trained as a ASM and you could be #4. And then there is the Troop Committee path... With two-deep leadership, getting another adult leader signature should not be a problem. My $0.02, Hold the phone as other scouter.com members will have advice.
  9. RememberSchiff

    Scout Leader signed for his son's rank requirement

    @MTroop welcome to scouter.com .
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    The Boy Scouts of America is on the verge of bankruptcy because its insurance companies are balking at paying settlements to almost a dozen men who claim they were sexually abused as boys by a notorious scoutmaster, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday. Since August, the venerable organization has been battling insurers INA, which is now part of Chubb, and National Surety, which is an Allianz company, and the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co., court records show. “We remain in disputes with some carriers and look forward to a resolution that benefits victims and helps them on their journey towards healing,” BSA spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said in a statement to NBC News. That statement was seconded by Christopher Hurley, the lawyer for 11 former scouts who accused disgraced scoutmaster Thomas Hacker of sexually abusing them — and sued the BSA for damages. Hurley said that if the scouting organization does seek Chapter 11 protection it won’t be the fault of the victims. “We know how much coverage they have and we know their insurers are refusing to pay,” he told NBC News. The insurance companies declined to comment on the ongoing legal battle. More details at source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/boy-scouts-america-pushed-brink-bankruptcy-battles-insurers-n948181
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    Adult Recongnition

    Sorry my reply was meant to be funny. Maybe @JoeBob is right about humor.
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    Adult Recongnition

    Honorable discharge?
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    Well the article concludes The national organization’s position is that a bankruptcy wouldn’t affect the holdings of the local councils, such as campgrounds. Which reminds me of my past employers re-orgs and mergers, where upper management stated without blinking "There are no planned layoffs" and weeks later ...oh you've heard this one.
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    Updated WSJ article : The group has been clear about the financial threats posed by more than 250 legal challenges brought by former members who allege inappropriate conduct by leaders and volunteers going back to the 1960s. In its 2017 annual report, the Boy Scouts of America said it was aware of “threatened and expanding litigation of a similar nature,” and that it was possible that payments to resolve claims could “have a significant impact on the financial position” of the national organization. Last year, some Scout leaders at local levels cited increasing legal liability as a reason annual dues for youth members and leaders were rising, in some cases to $33 from $24. The group’s financial health also will depend on how much of the litigation costs will be covered by its insurance policies. The organization has sued its insurers at least twice since 2013, accusing them of failing to cover costs related to previous sexual-abuse-related lawsuits. A bankruptcy would raise the question of whether regionally held assets for the national organization could be sold off or otherwise used to compensate victims. The association’s most recent annual report didn’t put a value on the assets held by its local councils or other affiliates. More details at source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/boy-scouts-look-for-paths-to-stay-viable-11544747082
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    Ok then, 16 hours later and the discussion has since moved forward. Lets keep it heading in that direction. Thanks, RS @MattR @desertrat77 @NJCubScouter @LeCastor
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Thanks...now to find my glasses.
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    2018 what a year, probably not a complete list Lost revenue - LDS scouts leaving - Membership drop from other factors - Philmont shutdown from fires Added Expenses - Abuse and safety lawsuits - Girl Scout lawsuit - Bond payments for Bechtel? (not sure of dates) - 2019 World Jamboree preparation. What's ahead - new bond issue? victim compensation/legislation? Federal bailout (Scout's honor on paying it back)? reorganization? National Meeting at a scout camp? President Trump tweeting "A sad situation." ? My $0.01
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    Ok then, let's move the discussion forward. Thanks, RS
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    @Eaglein87 welcome to scouter.com
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    So a greater incentive to get Eagle sooner rather than later? Hardly seems a business letter. Date? Salutation? The news links seem serious. I wonder how quick xxx will make an offer to buy Philmont? My $0.01
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Hmmm, has the gender composition of Venturing or Sea Scouts been disclosed?
  22. Update: A year later, a changed life and more... “That (day) was a huge turning point in my life … I felt like it was an arrow pointing me in the direction where I want to go,” Konzelman said. Konzelman was born and raised in Puyallup, growing alongside four brothers and one sister. Konzelman and his brothers were all Boy Scouts who earned their Eagle Scout ranks. Growing up, he jumped to help those who needed it. On more than one occasion, he responded to car crashes on the road outside his home in Puyallup. “I think just the way that I’m wired: If I see something that needs to be done and I don’t see somebody doing it immediately or doing it well, I just tend to jump in and do it,” he said. But when it came to choosing a career, he planned to become an accountant. He graduated from Northwest University in 2017 with his bachelor’s degree in finance and again in 2018 with his master’s in business management. He got a job in accounting while going to school. After the derailment, all that changed. “I wanted to do something that helped people, that made a difference,” he said. “Firefighter kept coming up at the top of the list. I said, ‘You know what — why not at least give it a try?’” He started working part time, which allowed him to land a volunteer firefighter position with the Buckley Fire Department. He’s currently working through EMT school and will start fire academy in January. By June, he’ll graduate and be eligible to go on calls. He hopes to land a paid position soon. More details in great article: http://www.thedailyworld.com/news/a-year-after-deadly-train-crash-puyallup-man-says-helping-the-injured-changed-his-life/
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Much legal bluster back in 2014 about camps and finances , ditto 2018 but about names? IMO, their outdoor learning is becoming STEM-focused as opposed to recreational, adventure,... http://www.news9.com/story/39556995/girl-scouts-working-on-building-a-new-camp-ground
  24. @IBleedGreen welcome to scouter.com, perhaps you can introduce yourself and tell why you gather. As for myself, I enjoy the outdoors and showing scouts why. It is hard for me to imagine being with one without the other.
  25. Nov 16, 2018 Today, the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) announced Bear as its new Chief Ambassador, making him the first public figure to be named for the role. Bear has been the youngest ever Chief Scout in the United Kingdom for nearly a decade, leading the way during a period of sustained growth. In his new role as Chief Ambassador, Bear will continue that effort on the world stage by acting as a global voice for youth education and inspiring Scouts to create positive change in their communities. “I’m very proud and humbled to take on this new role as Chief Ambassador of World Scouting and continue to promote the great work Scouting is doing across the globe. Scouting is a worldwide force for good that unites young people with positive values and an adventurous spirit,” says Bear. “We aim to make a difference in our communities, help young people learn new skills, and be kind to all people.” As one of his first acts as Chief Ambassador, Bear was on hand for an event at the United Nations headquarters today to launch Scouts for SDGs – a mobilisation of 50 million Scouts to make the world’s largest coordinated youth contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Never before have so many Scouts come together around an engagement of this scale and I’m excited to launch this global activation of young people to contribute to the SDGs,” added Bear. More at source link: https://www.scout.org/node/511831 Congratulations to Bear!
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