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  1. Sentinel947

    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    I think it'd be hard to sell too. It's in the middle of nowhere. People only come their because it's Philmont. People only work there for low pay because it's Philmont. Remove the property from being a BSA property, and it loses much of it's value. The only thing it would be sold for is resource extraction, and that'd be a darn shame.
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    What effect would National's bankruptcy have on the Councils?
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    Boy Scouting in WW2

    World War one also had the loss of German and Ottoman possessions in Africa and the Middle East. The arbitrary borders drawn by England and France creates many of the problems those regions have today.
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    New NYLT age requirements effective 1 Feb 19

    This lines up at what I was told at the WoodBadge/NYLT CDC last month.
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    Is BSA adult leader training necessary?

    I was in your shoes. Eagle at 17. Did some Scouter reserve and jumped in as an ASM officially at late 18 or 19 years old. Wait on Wood Badge. It would be more helpful later on as a refresher. I took it at 22. As for IOLS and SM specific, you have to take them to be an ASM, and if you're anything like me, I helped teach my IOLs. Made some lemonade out of those lemons. Also, sometimes troops are bad. So the training can be corrective for folks who had weak troops as a youth. I definitely learned a few things from SM specific and I was in one of the "good" troops. If you didn't, great! That's a positive sign for your unit. Being a young ASM has been incredibly rewarding. My troop is better for my efforts and I'd be a much lesser man today if I didn't do it. Happy to talk more about it! Keep after it!
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    Time to Go.

    @Eagle94-A1 This is for the best. Both for you and your sons. Find a unit that gets it and appreciates your help.
  7. I thought Wood Badge had some helpful offerings in how to run a unit, but they were incidental and part of other topics. It certainly wasn't the nuts and bolts of how to plan a program or run a unit. I think that's actually a huge hole in the training curriculum of SM Specific/IOLS --> Wood Badge. Conversations/presentations on Sample Troop/Patrol meetings, conflict resolution, coaching and mentoring of youth, servant leadership concepts. At least in my course, one of the five tickets could be a personal goal. One of the five needed to be related to diversity in scouting. The other three needed to be related to scouting at the unit, district or council level. 4 of mine were connected to my unit, and one other was for other was for the council summer camp. I definitely grant that if you've received good leadership training through work or the military, many of the training tools will be familiar. I didn't really feel like the program taught me much about managing adult volunteers, other than providing a sense of what our common purpose was. The course does teach various leadership concepts like EDGE, Communication skills or Stages of Team development, but I think those things are in the course to mirror NYLT. The purpose of teaching those in Wood Badge are to help Scouts utilize those concepts in their leadership of the troop just as much as managing adult volunteers. For me, Wood Badge's value is definitely tied to whether a unit encourages their Scouts to go to NYLT. Wood Badge loses a lot of it's value otherwise if the purpose of Wood Badge is about giving adults tools and experiences to work with youth. I think experienced Scouters moving on to the district or council can be helpful as long as they don't under-staff the units. There are many units that could use support from the district or council, so there's a definite need for experienced Scouters to help plan camporees, provide training, or mentor unit leaders as District Commissioners. It also keeps Scouters from sitting in units forever and denying new adult leadership the opportunity to be part of the unit leadership. (Directly or indirectly). Unfortunately, I've also seen the wrong folks gravitate towards the District and Council, who are always so desperate for volunteers they'll never say no.
  8. @Summitdog Welcome to Scouter.com. Full disclosure, I've attended Wood Badge, will probably staff it in the next few years. I like @qwazse's list. We've actually recently discussed some support and objections to Wood Badge in a thread located here. https://www.scouter.com/topic/30580-wood-badge-roses-and-thorns/?page=1 . The value of the course is dependent on your local area and the culture created by your council and staff. I recommend talking to Scouters you know and respect in your council to get the scoop. If your council's program is not good, a neighboring council may have a convenient course. There are two different and separate critiques of the program. One is that the material isn't useful, which I dispute. I found it useful. The other is that the course is poorly ran or clickish, which I absolutely grant. It's a local problem. Many of the Scouters on this website who are critical of Wood Badge already have high performing units, and have been treated poorly by Wood Badge staff who are missing the point of what the training is for. Wood Badge is a means to an end of helping Scouters by giving them leadership training and encouragement to take back to running their units. It's not about creating some special club of Wood Badge graduates. Wood Badge, like the district or council, exists to serve the units. Not the other way around. For plenty of these folks, Wood Badge would have very limited value at this point in their Scouting. They've learned anything Wood Badge would teach them, which is a testament to their self education or the culture of their unit! In my personal opinion the biggest value to Wood Badge is to newer Scouters but not brand new ones. Maybe in your second or third year in the unit. Done properly it should provide a good example to you of the patrol method and some leadership training to help you organize your unit to be a youth conceived and lead program. Wood Badge has strong value because it is tied to the youth training in NYLT. If you have youth from your unit in leadership positions of responsibility roles like Patrol Leader, Guide, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, or Senior Patrol Leader, you taking Wood Badge will give you the equivalent training so you will understand their experiences and what they learned from NYLT if your Scouts partake in that program. You'll also get some strong doses of Scouting culture, plenty of silly games and songs. I enjoy that aspect of stuff, but it can definitely turn people off. So how did Wood Badge help me? In short, I met some great mentors I still look to for guidance. It gave me a refresher on leadership training skills my scouts are taught at NYLT. It gave me some shared knowledge and experience with my troop's past and present Scoutmaster, both of whom were pretty new to the Boy Scout program. Despite some comments otherwise here, your tickets can and should be aimed at your unit. My tickets were not terribly hard, but were items primarily to assist the troop. There were also things I'd likely do anyways in my role as an Assistant Scoutmaster. It was helpful for me to fully understand my role as an Adult volunteer in Scouting, and unlearn some sub optimal practices my unit practiced at the time. You're not a lesser Scouter if you choose not attend Wood Badge, but I encourage you to do some research into your councils offering and if the culture sounds healthy, you are in the target audience with the most to gain from the course.
  9. Sentinel947

    Fitness Goals for Scouters

    When it comes to athletic endeavors? Maybe your Scouts and Scouters are above average athletically, and certainly some of mine are, but plenty of them are not. Hence, average.
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    Fitness Goals for Scouters

    If you take a slice of any group of American adults, the majority would be overweight. Given the sedentary nature of work in America today, and the large amount of calories in processed food, it's inevitable that many Americans are overweight. Most of the Scouters I know are overweight to some degree. Some of the best Scouters I've volunteered with on the district or council level were overweight folks. I'd hike circles around them on a backpacking trip, but they have excellent character and are fantastic mentors of youth that I've been honored to know. Certainly physical fitness is something we should encourage in our Scouts and our adult leadership. For better or for worse, Scouting is going to reflect the average of society. That includes our adult leadership. Many of my assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters growing up were on the heavier side. Not morbidly so, but certainly overweight. Many of them worked quite hard to be in enough shape to do trips like Northern Tier or Philmont. Being Scouters was a big part of what forced them to get their acts together, eat better, exercise more, and become healthier.
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    So I resigned as CM

    You've done your best to work through it. You've ensured there is adequate succession for the pack. Well done. Going forward, from Cubs to Boy Scouts, it's a big transition if you haven't already been involved with the Troop. Take some time to get adjusted, and to de-stress from your cub pack time.
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    Cub Scout Shooting Sports and NRA

    That may be folks at your local council. I took NRA Rifle Instructor training and didn't get anything close to that amount of advertising materials. It was straightforward apolitical training.
  13. I'm not a SM, but I've been an ASM for a while now. My only advice is to build up your ASM team, develop them. And figure out which ones would be your substitute SM when you cannot make an event. There are some things in your marriage or the lives of your family that are more important than a Scout trip or outing, so build up the team that will help you achieve that. The current SM and Committee Chair can help you get that process going. Best of luck to you!
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    Qualities of an Eagle

    My troop typically does one outing in August that is open to families. Any more than that is my breaking point. I'm not in this to chaperone family camping trips, nor would I be necessary.
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    Wood Badge - Roses and Thorns

    I'm glad I met your expectations. I've got a nasty tongue. It's a personal character flaw of mine. I'm not sure I'd have your discipline.