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    Retired; Past substitute teacher. 25 years in retail management.
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    Scout and Explorer: 1955-1962; Eagle<br /><br />
    Scouter: ASM 1966-67; Member at Large, NESA rep 1976; Unit Commissioner 1977; SM 1977-Present; RT staff off and on 1979-Present; Jamborees: Scout, 1960; ASM, 1985; Staff, 2010. Miscellaneous participation in training and so on since 1979; Woodbadge with 3 beads, including both old and new course material. <br /><br />
    Scouting Historian of Sorts; one of the larger accumulations of literature and related ephemera in So Cal focused on history and sociology of the program, as well as unusual connections such as comics and advertising. Mount 2-3 displays per year for council and/or district, and occasionally unit.<br /><br />
    OA; Ordeal 1959 at Camp Arataba summer camp; Brotherhood 1960 building Helendade (then Running Springs SR); Vigil 1987 VCC.<br /><br />
    SB; Youth Religious 1961, Adult 1980's; Miscellaneous "being around a long time awards".<br /><br />
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    BA 1971 UCR; Teaching Credential 1975 CSULB.

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  1. Trying to review this, but cannot get a link for it, and the part shown does not fit screen properly. Where is this from?
  2. Part of the article on youth and world peace I have been rading; "“The Education of Young People – A Statement at the Dawn of the 21st Century”. The five organisations (World YMCA, World YWCA, WOSM, WAGGGS and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies), which together “…actively involve in excess of 100 million young people” feel that the value of nonformal education is “…often underestimated and its benefits undervalued” and they call for recognition that “…non-formal education is an essential part of the educational process” and therefore that “…the contribution made by non-formal education organisations” deserves appreciation and support." More from Baden Powell and World Scouting: "The idea of world brotherhood is indeed deeply rooted in B-P’s thinking. Already in 1921, he wrote in “Jamboree”: “How God must laugh at the little differences that we set up amongst ourselves under the camouflage of religion, politics, patriotism or class, to the neglect of a far greater tie – that of the Brotherhood in the Human Family.”
  3. No quibble with the tools as you note; just have issue with the, to me, foolish and narrow minded concept that the term "Scoutmaster" is out dated or negative, or somehow derogatory to the scouts. Surely we have more serious concerns, say for example, making the best parts of Scouting visible and prominent to the communities they serve, and doing it well enough that the crazies that are trying to destroy it just give up. There was a reason that the Rockwell Scouting themed paintings were popular and still are, or that major advertisers used Scouts and Scouting themes in their ads, or that in times of stress, like disasters and the world wars, scouts were at the forefront and called upon, respected by the public in general. They still have the same basic foundation, it is just that society has lost its own compass. JMHO and last comment.
  4. I say again, "nonsense". Let me add, "rubbish", and "give me a break", and "stop building mountains from molehills". Tradition has its place, and this is one that deserves to remain.
  5. Yes, annoying, but real life. Little has changed in the way the world works. The only difference in the way in which people respond to asking for help, is the myriad ways they can ignore or "forget". Today, we have supposedly better communications, but we all know few people pay attention to email anymore, and even texts are easily missed or put on the later burner. This can simply be a learning experience for your son, and maybe a reminder for yourself. Follow, follow, and then check. Do not expect one reach out to do the trick. If it is important, do it personally and then follow up as well. Good luck, but jump off from here and grow.
  6. Nonsense. Push the hype and try to panic weak minded Chicken Littles. That is not what we teach the youth, or it should not be. "On My Honor". Honor is all that we truly need as we wend our ways through the self-centered crowds to the exit of the maze. If we have our compass, we will be fine.
  7. In a little more than 4 years or so, Troop 111 has quietly done what most of us only talk about too much, but for whatever reason fall short much of the time. THIS is what National should be doing, but just as 111 is doing, just that, doing it and quietly putting it out there for the community to see, and maybe take away some of the media's tarnishing. This unit grew out of a pack. The two primary leaders took their cubs and began the slow evolution, through Webeloes that were already doing some of what the troop now does, and moved the younger boys into a new troop, focused on this program. This video is an accurate depiction. By that, I mean that the youth are the most important element, and Craig and the other leaders prefer the background and they mentor. Craig is an Eagle, and I had the privilege of seeing him grow up and I believe council him for a merit badge or two. More importantly, his father was a mentor for me as I began my journey in VCC. Craig represents what I fondly remember about his dad, and I only hope that he and their unit continue to carry the true image to the world. Pioneer Hike (8-04-83) Reflecting on the scouting way, while set alone within the wood; I saw the boy that once was me who sought to grow, be understood. But now it’s someone else's son whose youthful zeal rings through the trees, who looks to Me to understand, to see the way He sees. Thus, the cycle has come around, the scouting boy became a man; and what he learned within his youth, he returns, the best he can. Camp Chawanakee, B.S.A. Shaver Lake, Calif. 8-5-83
  8. Like the Teal book an BP over-reaches, many of the comments from the lead in to WWII by prominent people simply shows early misconceptions many had. Go 5 year forward, or less, and those same positive views were expunged and contradicted by most of the parties we bludgeon today with this "evidence" of poor judgement or what ever we might call it. BP also wrote glowingly about some African tribes and their leadership, even going so far as to use beads from the wooden strand, I believe from a Zulu Chief, as representative of leadership skill. Some suggest he stole the strand, while he suggested it was given to him as a peace and brotherhood gift. We likely cannot know for sure. But, let us not make the mistake of trying to destroy the reputations of many once respected people simply base on bringing the past into the present. Rather, as historical reference offers, use these enhanced views as tools to do it better and with more concern for others, while keeping the "history" in its own era. In some respect, we are now at a point with BSA where we are functioning on similar levels as the earliest units. They were pretty much local control, with viable and enthusiastic members, both adult and youth. Those of us that really know the history may see many comparisons and opportunities in this, truly bringing the program back to the local levels, but also with modern protections for all membership, both youth and adult. We cannot stop the prejudices of the others around us, but we can find ways to show it to be the wrong model, and we can resurrect visible positive images of our still viable programs. Every council likely has today a few units that seem to just be rolling forward, doing the program and offering quiet service of which few in the community are aware. That in itself, is the challenge, as it is that community awareness of the positives of Scouting that led to their growth in the first half century. Or so it appears to me.
  9. And then we have the cost of a visit to a major amusement park where you spend half your time standing in hot lines and buying over-priced food, as well as the entrance and parking. I admittedly no longer have the patience or focus to make a chart of say a dozen various youth activities and their average annual costs. But, as you have noted, Scouting is "still" overall a bargain. Much of the yelling is partly due to simply the "fact" that the organization has always been a comparative bargain. And the uniform, while nice to have and hopefully most will at some point, is not a requirement. Many units in other places only use basic colored shorts and shirts and a neckerchief. IF we really think that our basic program is viable and important, we will find a way to deal and also to work on positive feedback whenever we can.
  10. Well here is an absurdity on its own. Are there ANY verifiable indications that anybody "can control the sexual identity of someone?" I do not think you are likely to find any such believable or provable method. Just saying. Of course, this whole thing is beyond the pale anyway, as the fact is, that there is no absolute way to keep warped personalities out of the program, no matter how many barriers are put in place. And the fact that the percentage of vases, compared to overall membership numbers, is lower than all, or almost all other similar groups makes the situation even more bazaar. I continue to wonder how taking societal issues from another era into the current one and rendering judgement is in any way rational or justified. I have to ask how many of the claimants were offered various options at the time, but officials outside of Scouting, or the families themselves chose to not pursue it, and let the perpetrator go, or basically "ran them out of town". A few may have ended up mysteriously disappearing or being found in a ditch too. But, how justify now penalizing the BSA for who knows how many societal judgement errors, or perceived errors today? I realize I am likely being too rational for the everything is either black or white judges. Again, this would not even be happening in almost any other country in the world.
  11. Take a look at this most recent posting from FB in the Chumash District of VCC. The co-founder of the troop like to say, "Get 'em out there". And they do, and share it with others if they ask, with proper training. This troop is three years old, started with two groups of Web's and some dedicated parents, two of them Eagles. The youth, as cubs were already doing small scale trail work. Now, they are working with serious stuff, and the FS loves them, as should the public. But they do not look for kudos, they just serve; they "Get 'em out there!" https://www.facebook.com/groups/573954530008979/?multi_permalinks=
  12. To the ambulance chasers: At some point the turnip patches will go fallow.
  13. I am a natural skeptic, and I take only about 10 percent of what I see on these pages as something to more than peruse. Having been on this board longer than most, I watched the drama between a number of posters that became sometimes almost abusive, and often hard to fathom or believe. The tendency of too many of us, and I am sure I have so exhibited at times, is to become bull headed and not willing to "listen" and "consider". This in turn leads to stalemates and often jaded attitudes and eventually to lack of involvement. But it also often becomes a crusade by the few, the ones that are like the proverbial dog with its bone. I cannot help but fear we have a few posters on here that may be foxes in the henhouse, pushing snippets of rumor and negative issues from the drawn out legal issues. Some seem almost to be virtually laughing and smiling at the worst of the possible outcomes. As I keep trying to stay focussed on local program, I hope that the more rational and silent supporters may somehow find a voice.
  14. I find myself wondering where are all the "champions" or "connected" supporters of Scouting at this point? Those people that call on BSA to be on hand for public events; those people that reach out to BSA for service and that benefit from all the Eagle and other projects? Where are the loud braggart pols that line their public image with their support of Scouting or even that they were or are Scouters or Eagles? Where are the legal experts that should be able to combat the overreach of the lawyers that only want to grow rich off the mistakes of a group that has given so much to our society in the past century and a little? When are the voices of reason that can shed some balanced and fair justice going to appear? Can those youth deprived of a fine program, one that has contributed far more to society than most, sue the lawyers that drag their knuckles through the mud while leaning out of their ambulances? It would be different if BSA had denied making mistakes or had simply said too bad. But all, or most of us on here, and on other scout panels know how much more BSA has done to try to combat the sleazy people that work to prey on others, especially youth groups. I understand that our legal system is very much responsible for this type of illogical and overly zealous legal attack. Still, why do we not fix it, making it back into the actual scale of justice that is intended, rather than a bludgeon of destruction and a money grab? We can only hope that somehow, we in the trenches can survive, and that we elder Scouters will have passed enough to our younger followers to somehow keep the compass needle on target.
  15. Looking past the very murky comments by some here, I cannot comprehend the idea of removing Character Building from the program. Of course, the lawyers and some of their litigants missed that boat a long time ago, or we would not be in this position now. Of course, in almost any other country that is part of the World Organization, this would not be able to be happening, as they have more rational legal systems that do not allow this kin of BS. Lets face it, we live in a society that has far too many people that have learned to play the blame game, and a legal system that exacerbates it. As someone already has stated, what about all the other far worse youth serving groups who have done far less to mitigate these issues? Sadder yet is that even after these slimeballs have managed to gut a program that is overall far more positive than many for youth development, the people that are never going to actually be held accountable, the actual perpetrators, are still going to be out there. This disaster will do nothing to get rid of these people.
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