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  1. @TMSM @revdmv topicNorthern Tier Route - Moose Lake to where moved to Camping and High Adventure
  2. Boy Scout Troop 174 and the VFW (Newville, PA) planted 400 pounds of seed potatoes during two days in the middle of May, and hope to harvest 3,000 pounds for the food bank by the fall. Don Flagle, Commander of VFW, said last month the Scouts were tasked with removing large rocks and weeds from the garden, straightening the irrigation line, hilling the potatoes and repositioning the sunflowers that are also planted in the field, when harvested the potatoes are divided into 5-pound bags for the food bank to distribute to those in need in the community. “We thought it would be great to get the boys involved in the planting and harvesting,” Scoutmaster Gordon Holl noted. More details and photos at source link http://www.shipnc.com/valley_times_star/free_announcements/article_842f150c-c092-11ea-94b5-3b619ec4f45e.html
  3. ditto.. more wandering off OP BSA's Commitment to Act Against Racial Injustice. I will again lock topic and move posts to
  4. Good story https://www.dailyleaderextra.com/news/local/article_cf23e9e6-c094-11ea-b80a-779d86c7364d.html snippet: In looking back, some memories remind Kenyon why he stuck with the scouting program so long. He shared one of those stories. One summer during camp, a teen had trouble climbing the tower. Kenyon encouraged him when he wanted to quit halfway up. Years later, the young man sent Kenyon a letter from boot camp in which he said, "When you gave me that confidence in myself to go up that tower, that allowed me to get through this training." "That is the paycheck you can't cash but is absolutely priceless," Kenyon said.
  5. Found this news story...Boy Scouts Straight Outta Quarantine (OH)... No masks or social distancing evident from photos, huh? Summer Camp, held this year at the Paulding County Fairgrounds from June 14-20. It turned out to be an ideal weather week, and the Scouts participated in numerous events both at the Fairgrounds and in the area. With outstanding support of the scout parents, the Troop was able to offer numerous merit badge opportunities and a fun-filled week of activities. Several former scouts of the troop also helped in teaching these merit badges and supporting the activities, many thanks to all. Activities throughout the week included, swimming at Blue Water Campground, shooting sports at the Antwerp Conservation Club, Sunday evening church service provided by Pastor Ricky Grimes, community service work at LaFountain Park in Paulding, an overnight outbound campout in the woods, and a fun-filled Family Night on Friday that included a pizza buffet and a spirited game of kickball where the youth played against the parents. https://www.westbendnews.net/autonews/2020/07/07/boy-scouts-straight-outta-quarantine/
  6. Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation (Conesville,OH) open - four weeks of scout camps and a cub scout resident camp running until Aug. 1. Pool is open Campers can earn a Social Distancing Championship Team patch for meeting qualifications like washing their hands, wearing face coverings and practicing other social distancing and health precautions. The patch features Bigfoot wearing a mask. Masks have also been put on animal heads, like deer and bears, in the dining hall and elsewhere. All campers were screened when they arrived and every morning for any health issues. Scouts are now sleeping one per tent, which has required troops to bring their own tents. Typically, tents are provided by the camp, but they didn’t have enough. Camp tents are being used to supplement. More details and photos at source: https://www.coshoctontribune.com/story/news/local/2020/07/05/scout-staff-followed-their-motto-allowing-conesville-camp-open/5363940002/
  7. William Boyce would be another. Back to the OP, whatever new literature (program or merit badges) comes, there should be an accurate historical account of the BSA in this regards. Discuss Negro scout troops, Interracial Service, Japanese-American scouts during WW2, how we can be a character building organization with flawed characters, ...There is bad but IMHO more good in our history, and the lessons to be learned support our mission - prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. A young boy when the attacks on Pearl Harbor occurred, Shishima has vivid memories of the dehumanizing treatment (internment camp) he endured. One of the things that helped him maintain his youth and humanity was his participation in the Boy Scouts at Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming, which had enough troops to have its own Boy Scout council. "Scouting," Shishima says in a short video filmed at JANM, "that was my life, actually." After World War II, he went on to serve in the military and later returned to become a scout leader. Today, Shishima travels across the United States sharing his story of survival and speaking out in favor of civil rights and against social injustice. https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/boy-scouts-and-barracks-learning-about-japanese-american-incarceration-ahead-national-youth My $0.02,
  8. I hope that was old video - no masks or social distancing and a high risk old fart walking around! If not, a pox upon us. The BSA should insist covid scout stories use new video showing what safety measures being taken. IMHO, all news video should be time and location stamped. Perhaps a story comparing safety and fun of maskless people packed in at the beach vs masked scouts at camp. A scout is obedient, follows the safety rules. My $0.02,
  9. Will the BSA rename the William Hornaday Awards? As I understand, his alma mater Iowa State U. removed his plaque recently.
  10. Commitment against racial injustice...perhaps leadership by example, consider the rest of the story of the 2007 armed robbery of a Boy Scout Christmas tree lot. https://www.sent-trib.com/news/man-forms-unlikely-friendship-with-robber-12-years-later/article_da6b0f40-ed55-11e9-bb90-f3ae42f51121.html
  11. Retired Rear Admiral Charles R. Kubic was recently elected as president of Tidewater Council. In Kubic’s own words, “It is a rare privilege to work alongside the very best Scout volunteers and professional Scouters while guiding the development of our nation’s very best youth as they live the Scout Oath and follow the Scout Law each day on their way to becoming our nation’s leaders of tomorrow.” Kubic began his Scouting adventure at the age of eight, as a Cub Scout in Greensburg, PA. He continued in Scouting throughout his youth, through a Boy Scout troop and high adventure Explorer post. Kubic took on many youth leadership roles, including Patrol Leader, Troop Scribe, Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow (Scouting’s honor society), Expedition Crew Leader at Philmont Scout Ranch, and Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President, and President of his Explorer post. As an adult, Kubic volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America in Bangkok, Thailand; Madrid, Spain; Springfield, Virginia; and Virginia Beach, Virginia. His volunteer leadership roles have included Tiger Cub Partner, Webelos Den Leader, Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Assistant Advisor and Advisor for Order of the Arrow chapters, Advancement Committee Member, Bayside District Chair, Executive Board Member, Executive Vice President, and now Council President. Within Scouting, Kubic earned the recognitions of Silver Beaver, Eagle Scout, District Award of Merit, Arrow of Light, Ad Altare Dei and Parvuli Dei religious awards, and District Committee Scouter’s Training Award. and more at Council link. (Hurray!) Council press link regarding Admiral Kubic Retired Naval Commander Erich Röetz was recently appointed as council commissioner of Tidewater Council. As a youth, he was a member of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Tanah Keeta Scout Reservation’s camp staff, and the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s honor society. As an adult, Röetz volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America in many roles, including Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, Associate Crew Advisor, Crew Advisor, National Youth Leadership Training staff, Wood Badge staff and course director, National Scout Jamboree Scoutmaster and Crew Advisor, Order of the Arrow Lodge Advisor, Executive Board Member, Council Vice President, and now Council Commissioner. Röetz has earned many accolades in Scouting, including Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit, Scoutmaster of the Year, Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor, Crew Leader’s Key, Boy Scout Leader’s Training Award, William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award, and Arrow of Light. Council press link regarding Commander Röetz (Hurray, again!)
  12. Tuesday, San Diego-Imperial Council , which oversees troops serving about 10,000 scouts across the two counties, laid off 15 of its 25 staff members - clerical and facility maintenance staff and some unit-serving executives. “This was brought about primarily by the economic conditions created by the COVID closures impacting our camps and our other fundraising programs,” said Karl Shelton, a deputy scout executive, in an email. ... “There are currently over 6,000 adult volunteers who give of their time in a variety of capacities, such as serving as leaders in our Packs, Troops, Crews, Ships and Posts to facility work parties to our board of directors,” Shelton said. “These volunteers are supported by a small paid staff.... The future of Scouting in our area will likewise be in the hands of our tremendous volunteers.” https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/san-diego/story/2020-07-01/san-diego-imperial-boy-scouts-council-lays-off-much-of-its-staff
  13. https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Boy-Scouts-of-America-Recalls-Cub-Scout-Activity-Pins-Due-to-Violation-of-the-Federal-Lead-Content-Ban
  14. @k80sill on behalf of scouter.com moderators welcome. Searching Boypower returns numerous earlier discussions. Hopefully @Jameson76 , @Eagledad , and other members will respond.
  15. The Official Committee of Tort Claimants issued a response (docket 915 6/30/20 which included paragraphs below) to Debtors "exclusive period to file a chapter 11 plan and solicit acceptances thereof" (docket 858 6/16/20 below) and the recent selling of Council properties. https://casedocs.omniagentsolutions.com/cmsvol2/pub_47373/825183_858.pdf https://casedocs.omniagentsolutions.com/cmsvol2/pub_47373/829282_915.pdf 5. As the parties move towards the substantive mediation sessions and other negotiations in these cases, the Debtors must do more to protect the estates’ property for the benefit of all creditors. Certain of the Local Councils’ recent tax filings show that the Local Councils have more than $2.1 billion in real property and improvements and $1.2 billion in cash and investments. The Tort Claimants’ Committee is aware that certain Local Councils have sold real property and are informed that other Local Councils are contemplating real property transfers presumably for the purpose of putting the real property beyond the reach of creditors. Simple Google searches reveal numerous articles about contemplated sales of Local Council assets. In addition, the Tort Claimants’ Committee received information from one Local Council that it has planned and intends to transfer real property to a foundation in exchange for no consideration. 6. The foregoing is troubling for many reasons. As the Court is aware, the Local Councils are subject to hundreds of prepetition actions that were stayed as a result of the Court’s entry of the preliminary injunction order. Since the preliminary injunction order was entered, other sexual abuse victims have sued the Local Councils as permitted under the injunction by filing and serving complaints against the BSA-related parties for the purpose of preserving claims. While the abuse claimants are prohibited from prosecuting their claims against the Local Councils or taking any other action to preserve their rights and remedies, the Local Councils are not restricted from transferring or shielding assets from sexual abuse claimants. 7. The Debtors have contingent interests in the Local Councils’ assets and, to fulfill their fiduciary duties as debtors in possession, must protect those interests. Under the Debtors’ Charter and Bylaws, the Debtors have significant rights and powers that enable them to maintain the status quo and preserve their interest in the Local Councils’ assets for the benefit of the estates and creditors. See BSA Charter and Bylaws, Art. VI (Local Councils must provide information regarding assets, funds, properties and indebtedness upon request by the National Council, and the National Council can conduct compliance audits on the Local Councils). Under Article VI, the Debtors have a powerful tool to ensure that the Local Councils comply with such requests and audits and thereby prevent any action to impair the Debtors’ interest in the assets or the proceeds of those assets: the BSA can terminate a Local Council charter and take over the management of the Local Council’s assets. This power is unfettered and may be employed by the Debtors for any reason. Maintaining the status quo more than justifies the Debtors’ invocation of this power as it will ensure that assets within the Debtors’ bankruptcy estates are not transferred or otherwise put beyond the reach of abuse victims. 8. To date, the Debtors have failed to take any meaningful action in response to the efforts by Local Councils to transfer or sell their assets. While the Local Counsels might not be debtors in these Cases, they and the Debtors have a duty to preserve their assets and maintain the status quo while they are being protected by the injunction. The Debtors’ unilateral right to revoke Local Council charters demonstrates they not only control the Local Councils’ existence but also provide the means to ensure that the Debtors’ contingent interest in the Local Councils’ assets are not compromised in advance of mediation and resolution of the claims in these Cases. 9. If the Debtors’ fail to protect their interest in the Local Councils’ assets, the Tort Claimants’ Committee reserves all rights and remedies to address this risk for the benefit of sexual abuse claimants and the estates. The Debtors’ failure to protect the estates’ interest in the Local Council assets provides a basis to terminate the Debtors’ exclusive right to file and solicit votes for a plan. Update 7/6/2020: https://casedocs.omniagentsolutions.com/cmsvol2/pub_47373/830557_955.pdf Debtor (BSA National) reply to above. Here are parts 3...Specifically, the Tort Claimants’ Committee alleges that these transfers are “presumably for the purpose of putting the real property beyond the reach of creditors.” ...As the Debtors have informed the Tort Claimants’ Committee, they are unaware of any acts demonstrating that any local council board has acted (or is acting) in a manner inconsistent with its fiduciary obligations or charter agreement. Local councils reevaluate their real estate holdings in the ordinary course of their operations and may determine to sell such assets from time to time to maintain liquidity and support their charitable missions. The Tort Claimants’ Committee should not “presume” that property sales by local councils are intended to evade creditor claims, or for any purpose that is inconsistent with their charitable missions. Nor should local councils be expected to refrain from exercising their independent business judgment simply because they may be asked to contribute to a settlement trust under the Debtors’ plan of reorganization. 5. Finally, the Debtors must also dispel the Tort Claimants’ Committee’s suggestion that the only “meaningful” action the Debtors can take with respect to local council asset sales is to terminate local council charters and “take over the management” of local council assets. See D.I. 915 ¶ 7. Setting aside whether it would be appropriate for the BSA to take any such action, these are drastic remedies that would have far-reaching consequences, both for the Debtors’ estates and the mission of Scouting. As noted above, moreover, the Debtors have no information that any local council has acted (or is acting) in a manner inconsistent with its fiduciary obligations or charter agreement.
  16. IMHO, more of this .. helping others The Eagle Scout project began in the fall of 2019 as an idea to raise $1,000 to buy a ballistic vest for a K-9 in the Unified Police Department. One bake sale and silent auction later, and the response was overwhelming. “The kid worked his butt off and actually ended up buying two [vests],” UPD Sgt. Melody Gray said. “Both of those dogs now are going to be well protected and that’s really important for us.” Tirrell arranged for the manufacturer to come to the police department and size the dogs. And Thursday he presented two, $1,000 ballistic vests to Tango and Nitro. “UPD has lost two K-9s in the line of duty so this becomes incredibly meaningful for us to have somebody that cares that much,” Gray said. And it turns out, Tirrell had his own reasons for caring that much. “Growing up I’ve always wanted to be a police officer in the K-9 division,” he said. “Since the dogs protect us they need to have something to protect them.” https://www.ksl.com/article/46770595/eagle-scout-donates-ballistic-vest-for-upd-k-9s
  17. Update 6/27/20: Sentencing postponed a fourth time! Murphy, free on a $500,000 bond, was initially scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 21. The sentencing was adjourned to March 27, but by then the pandemic had disrupted the criminal justice system across the state. Murphy’s sentencing date was again postponed to May 20, then to June 26 and then, yesterday, to July 31. https://riverheadlocal.com/2020/06/27/sentencing-postponed-a-fourth-time-for-drunk-driver-who-killed-wading-river-boy-scout-in-2018/
  18. Update 6/27/2020: Board members for the Caddo Area Council of the Boy Scouts will meet Sunday (6/28) to consider selling Camp Pioneer. "We received an offer to purchase Camp Pioneer, one of our two camp properties, which has been largely unused for more than two years due to required but cost-prohibitive repairs and improvements," wrote Anthony Escobar, scout executive for Caddo Area Council, in an emailed and prepared statement provided to the Gazette. Camp Pioneer is located near Hatfield, Arkansas, which is about 90 miles north and west of Texarkana. The meeting to consider the offer will apparently be conducted via Zoom at 6 p.m. Sunday. ... A memo circulating that bears Escobar's name indicates it is a "strong cash offer" to purchase the Camp Pioneer property with the offer expiring Tuesday. Escobar told the Gazette he did not send out the memo. https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/texarkana/story/2020/jun/27/boy-scouts-may-sell-camp-pioneer/832301/ Update 6/30/2020: On Sunday night, the council's executive board met in special session to review an offer for the purchase along with a second offer that was made immediately prior to the meeting. The governing board found the second offer deficient and provided an opportunity for its presenter to cure those deficiencies by 5 p.m. on Monday. After its presenter did not do so, the original offer was accepted, said Executive Director Anthony Escobar, in a letter released Monday night. No information on who purchased the property was available. https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/texarkana/story/2020/jun/30/boy-scouts-selling-camp-pioneer/832597/
  19. Pages 24,25 of 82 of above... BSA's view 3.Delivery of the Scouting Programs Local Councils, and Chartered Organizations work closely together to carry out the mission of Scouting. Each of these entities plays a vital role in training Scouts in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance. Despite their common purpose, the BSA, Local Councils, and Chartered Organizations are legally independent entities. Each Local Council is a non-profit corporation under the laws of its respective state and exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Each Local Council also maintains its own senior management and independent volunteer board of directors. The BSA does not hold any equity interest in any Local Council, Chartered Organization, or Scouting unit, and only the BSA and its wholly owned subsidiary, Delaware BSA, LLC, are debtors in these Chapter 11 Cases.7 a.Local Councils In furtherance of its mission, the BSA charters independently incorporated Local Councils to facilitate the delivery of the Scouting program. Local Councils are not agents of the BSA, and they have no authority to bind the organization. There are currently 261 Local Councils, covering geographic areas of varying size, population, and demographics. Although they are legally independent of the BSA, Local Councils are required to organize, operate, and promote Scouting in a manner that is consistent with the BSA’s mission and with the BSA’s charter, bylaws, rules and regulations, policies, and guidelines. Local Councils generally do not receive financial support from the BSA; instead, they rely upon their own fundraising through donations, product sales, special events, and corporate gifts. The BSA does, however, provide certain corporate and administrative support to the Local Councils in exchange for shared-services and other fees and reimbursements, as well as for the assistance of Local Councils in delivering the Scouting mission. This support includes human resources, access to training facilities, marketing services, and general liability insurance coverage. Although not a precise analogue, the relationship between the BSA and the Local Councils is similar to that of a franchisor and franchisee. The BSA is responsible for developing and disseminating the structure and content of the Scouting program, owns and licenses intellectual property, and provides training and support services, including corporate services such as human resources, marketing and legal functions, and information technology. The BSA, in addition to holding the power to grant charters to Local Councils, may also revoke a Local Council’s charter for failing to meet national standards. Local Councils, for their part, play a key role in delivering the Scouting program. Local Councils also serve the vital function of collecting member fees and remitting such funds to the BSA. Each of these Local Councils is crucial to the BSA’s ability to carry out its mission. The most important functions served by Local Councils are their recruiting of Chartered Organizations and their oversight of the operation of the Scouting units that those Chartered Organizations create. Local Councils also provide other services essential to Scouting, including: funding of local Scouting programs and initiatives; recruiting of Scouts and volunteer leaders; providing Scout and volunteer training; offering opportunities for rank advancement; locally enforcing the BSA’s policies, rules, and regulations; and registering members and leaders. In addition, many Local Councils own and operate service centers, camps, and other facilities that provide the local resources necessary for a successful Scouting program. A corps of qualified and trained professional and volunteer Scouters is essential for Local Councils to provide these services. To that end, each of the Local Councils hires a professional Scout executive and other key staff from a pool of professionals—pre-commissioned by the BSA—who have demonstrated the moral, educational, and emotional qualities necessary for leadership. Those commissioned professionals and other staff members support the Local Councils in connection with day-to-day operations, recruitment of new Chartered Organizations, management of fundraising, maintenance of program facilities, and numerous other services. Thousands of volunteers also donate their time and resources to support the Local Councils, including through assistance with programming, such as unit leadership, unit activities, merit badge colleges, youth and adult leader training and advancement opportunities, and fundraising events. b.Chartered Organizations There are currently more than 41,000 Chartered Organizations in the country. They are typically local organizations—such as faith-based institutions, clubs, civic associations, educational institutions, businesses, and groups of citizens—that sponsor the more than 81,000 local Scouting units throughout the country. Some Chartered Organizations are actively involved with the units that they sponsor and use Scouting as a means to further in their own mission or serve their broader communities. In addition, Chartered Organizations assist with recruiting and vetting adult leaders and other volunteers, and provide meeting space and other monetary and in-kind support to the packs and troops that they sponsor.
  20. A step, rather a metric, that I would like to see is to recover past corporate donors who left citing BSA discrimination. My $0.02,
  21. http://scouthut.org/ CO sponsors Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, and GSUSA there.
  22. There are at least two topic threads here. One relating to the OP/BSA and the other a much larger view of civil disobedience/justice. While trying to maintain discussion flow , I moved posts of the latter subject area to this new topic. ~ RS
  23. I was priming yesterday - brushing Benjamin Moore Fresh Start, rag wipe off trim, brush drip, rag wipe trim,... and this morning I read about this flawless mural... What materials did you use to create this mural? I used Behr house paint. It’s 100% acrylic latex. It’s the best thing to paint masonry. It’s very resilient to the sun and weather. I use a satin finish. I’ve used it for years and years. How long did it take to create, and what was the creation process like? I did the sketches first. It took a few days overall to formulate the original idea. Getting it approved by the board of the church took longer than anything else. It took a couple of months. I thought we weren’t going to start it. It took about two weeks from start to finish to do it. The mural probably has about 10 coats of paint on it. Acrylic paint is something like watercolor because you have to layer it. You end up leaving a lot of color on the wall, particularly with skin tones. The gold medallion is a mix of yellows and golds. More including motivation and when painted at source: https://greenvillejournal.com/arts-culture/art-in-focus-boy-scouts-mural-greenville-sc/
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