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  1. Virtual Campfire

    You understood my point. Right?
  2. Virtual Campfire

    I'd say most folks here are parents as well as leaders. There are a good handful of folks who's kids are finished and too old for the program. There is an even smaller handful of us who are single or haven't started families yet. Your perspective on what you see in your program and from the BSA is a valuable perspective. I like to pick the brains of parents in my unit that are not volunteers. As for your question. We've had home schooled scouts in our unit. Often when they first join they aren't quite as socialized as some of the public or private school kids, but they adjust quickly. In my experience it hasn't influenced anything.
  3. Remind - A Messaging App

    Maybe I haven't kept up to date on the changes to the app, but wasn't the big selling point of the app when it launched was that it didn't save info to your phone?
  4. Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    That's really unfortunate if that's how things are in your area. I know at least in my Troop, we encourage every parent to volunteer just a little bit. That might be driving scouts to a campout or summer camp. Maybe it means helping man a Popcorn show and sell with their son or helping out with Board of Reviews before our big post summer camp August Court of Honor. That certainly doesn't always mean "You must be a registered BSA volunteer." Not everybody has to drink the BSA Kool Flavor aid, but even the most gung ho Scouters need some help from the other parents to make the program a success for everybody's kids, or in my case, other peoples kids.
  5. Remind - A Messaging App

    Yup. It's funny that the Millennial Generation and Generation Z are the most connected in history, but ridiculously hard to get a hold of. (I can say that as a Millennial.) Snapchat is a terrible medium for important information since it doesn't save messages. So you aren't missing anything by not using it. Plus it's really hard to follow YPT on Snapchat.
  6. Can we get donated miles?

    You can always donate a ticket to the troop you bought using your miles..
  7. Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    A time where schools were geographically tighter, and the BSA was allowed in schools... Fair enough. I'm pretty young by forum standards. When I was a Cub in the early 2000's most of the parents were involved with their kids in Cubs. Not every single meeting, but helping with requirements, chaperoning on outings, that sort of stuff. There isn't wrong with that, and we don't need every parent to be a registered volunteer. But we do need parents that are involved with their kid's scouting and support it, which it seems @Pselb and their family do well. There's a difference between the "Baby Sitters of America" meme and a family that is supportive of their kid and the program but aren't registered volunteers.
  8. Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    Not to mention, Cub Scouting is absolutely a Parents and Child activity.
  9. He mentioned Social media. I didn't mention his church because he has decided not to share more about it and I'm not going to speculate as to what happened.
  10. Social media is basically a screaming match where the loudest voices win and only the most invested in a viewpoint participate.
  11. Scouting is doomed

    Giant Meteor for President 2020!
  12. Not terribly related to the topic, but I was given this by one of the parents in the Troop.
  13. Cubmaster Retiring

    A plaque or some sort of memorabilia can be a nice touch. I'm a sucker for nicely framed photos. Maybe a picture from some event with the boys in it, with their signatures on the back?
  14. Why Can't Adults Trust the Scouts

    I'm an Eagle Scout, and I've been through WoodBadge. Wouldn't say I'm part of the "cult" though. I've met leaders that were Eagle Scouts who were awesome. But being an Eagle doesn't automatically make somebody an expert on the program, anymore than playing High School football makes you qualified to be a Football Coach.
  15. Why Can't Adults Trust the Scouts

    Very little I learned earning Eagle prepared me to be an ASM. Sure understanding in general how Scouting worked and having good scout skills has helped, but my Scoutmaster training was an eye opener. Joining this forum and lifting best practices from others was an eye opener. Following Clark Green's blog helped me too. Wood Badge training. All those sources have helped me become a helpful contributor to my troop as an ASM more than being an Eagle.
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