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  1. The word “behavior” suggests something that is temporary and can be changed. Temper tantrums are a “bad behavior”; that can be altered. Studying for school is a “good behavior”; that should be rewarded. Being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or heterosexual is not a choice. It is not a behavior. That terminology demeans an entire group of people by suggesting that a central part of who they are can change if they just want to. Under your definition, you’re OK if I were to call your religion a behavior, right? It’s just a lifestyle. It’s only a choice. It doesn’t represent anything deeper than following through on your feelings. Or how about being straight, as most people are? You can choose to stop being straight by just halting that heterosexual behavior and switching to the other side. It’s a choice, after all.
  2. Can we please show some common respect? The term is not “transgenders” or “their transgender.” That is language that dehumanizes people. Barry, I know that we are going to disagree, and I know that you are going to continue to thump on this bizarre drum of “abuse,” but I hope that you can find it in yourself to refer to humans as humans. Being a transgendered person is not about “behavior,” as you repeatedly claim in thread after thread. It is about living a life.
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    Gender Identity Issue

    Barry, you do know that being gay or transgender is not a mental illness, right?
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    10,000 Girl Cub Scouts

    That means nearly half will be leaving Cubs in the next two years and expecting to transition to a Scouts BSA troop. We’ve got to have the infrastructure ready, or they’re going to vanish.
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    GSUSA Near Drowning

    A violation of GSUSA policies on several levels: http://www.gssc.us/content/dam/girlscouts-gssc/documents/GSUSA_safety_activity_checkpoints.pdf
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    Only six months till girls in Scouts BSA.

    Who’s been saying that? Of course it will be competition for GSUSA, in the same way that soccer and drama club and first jobs and the SATs are competition for both organizations. But neither BSA nor GSUSA has a monopoly.
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    Only six months till girls in Scouts BSA.

    That was the phrase she used, but I’m with you in that I haven’t seen that referenced elsewhere. It may have just been shorthand or internal council language. Unfortunately, not starting troops until June or July means they have to wait a full year until summer camp - not the few months that others will have. From what I’ve read, that first summer camp is critical to getting Scouts hooked and sticking around.
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    Only six months till girls in Scouts BSA.

    Our DE has said that February will be for early-adopter COs, and that we don’t expect to have any girls’ troops active until June/July. The focus right now is on identifying packs that will take girls this fall, as we didn’t have any early-adopter packs. The ones that have so far are from United Methodist Church COs. Personally, I’m hoping my daughter will get her interest piqued this fall as she starts high school. In the next district over there’s a CO that is starting a crew now and looking to start a girls’ troop in February, so I’m hopeful that there will be an outlet if she’s interested. I’m trying very hard not to push her into it, but let her choose. That said, she had a blast working staff at the local Cub day camp this summer. This is going to be a gradual process, as well as a chicken or the egg situation. Aside from the first burst of news coverage around the announcement and some social media work, National seems to have done very little work promoting it - which makes sense because right now there’s nowhere to send these girls. One troop at a time, one troop at a time.
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    Need for tree identification

    And that’s why the American airplane propeller manufacturing industry died ... I hope you’re happy! 😁
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    Who is minding the Baltimore Area Council office?

    Agreed, not funny at all. If the facts are as described, this person could have gained access to paper files, computer systems, and a whole lot more. On applications alone, there is someone's SSN, DOB, address, phone numbers, employer’s name, occupation - almost everything needed to steal an identity or commit fraud. The Council should be issuing an immediate apology and explanation to its volunteers and members on its failure to safeguard their information.
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    Parent Wars: The Helicopter Strikes Back

    The benefit is called Scouting. Scouting isn’t done by camping with one’s parents or family.
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    Parent Wars: The Helicopter Strikes Back

    Camping with one’s parents is Cub Scouting, not Scouts BSA. They can bunk together all they want as a family, just not on a Scout outing.
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    Generic BSA Leather Belt?

    My summer camp’s trading post had blank belts that you could tool during the week. Is that an option?
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    Summer Camp Merit Badge Questions

    “Although it is the unit leader’s responsibility to see that at least one merit badge counselor is identified from those approved and made available, the Scout may have one in mind with whom he would like to work. The unit leader and Scout should come to agreement as to who the counselor will be. Lacking agreement, the Scout must be allowed to work with the counselor of his choice, so long as the counselor is registered and has been approved by the council advancement committee. However, see “Counselor Approvals and Limitations,”, for circumstances when a unit leader may place limits on the number of merit badges that may be earned from one counselor.” https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/the-merit-badge-program/
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    NATIONAL POLICY: AOL and Crossover Ceremonies

    (I was trying to respond in the other thread to some comments about consulting the membership on this. I hope it’s OK to continue that particular conversation in this thread; mods, if it’s not, just delete, thanks.) Each lodge sends delegates to elect the section chief. The section chiefs elect the national chief and vice-chief, who represent the youth membership on the national committee. If you want to influence National OA policy, then you have to start at the lodge level and make sure that your officers and especially the lodge chief represent your views and are going to elect people at the section and national level who do the same. Or if you’re an adult, sit back, relax, grab a cuppa, and trust the youth to make the right decisions. I’m not a huge fan of this turn of events (especially the execution of the new crossover script), but I haven’t been in the room during the discussions; I haven’t heard from the tribes and nations; I know that the picture nationally is far more complex than I can see from my little corner; and I’m not a voting youth member any more, so I really don’t have a voice. I’m going to trust those Scouts under 21 who are our leaders today. The outward trappings of regalia and ceremonies don’t make an Arrowman an Arrowman. Brotherhood, cheerfulness and service do. We’ve adapted before and we’ll continue to adapt and thrive. edit: Sorry, I have no idea why the text is so large. I’m not trying to shout, I promise!