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    Leadership Disagreements

    ""Aye, they be more like guidelines than rules....' And we have had those guidelines for more than 100 years.... I favor consensus, which depends firstly on good, continuous communication (do we need the cinematic reference for that?) Consensus depends on respect, overall knowledge, being open to suggestions from others, and a willingness to accept help (not just insistence on doing things alone). The BSA Scouting program is fairly flexible as to how it can be carried out. Rank requirements? Stuff like that? Adapting, yes. Changing, no. Where do we always camp ? The spring canoe trip? The winter ski trip? Personal relations are another thing. I always refer back to the Scout Promise and Law. After that, maybe the Sermon on the Mount. No, I guess that should come first, THEN the Scout Promise and Law. Maybe the "Golden Rule" should be third.... Tradition? A good place to start. Mr. Stabler ALWAYS planted his acre of sweet corn for the Hospital Supper a certain number of days before the supper, so the corn could be picked just in time for eatin'. Sorry, Mr. Stabler passed on about fifteen years ago, so much for THAT tradition, now they have to go to the Eastern Shore for good sweet corn. But the Lions Club still collects it and shucks it at 6am so it can be boiled at 10am....... Give the Scouts tradition. Let them move on from that.
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    Solutions to letters falling off?

    I like the idea of the sew on embroidered strip. Scoutshop is on the ball there. I had not heard of that fix.
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    What is the proper term now?

    Various vague Valkyries indeed....." Spear and magic helmet...…"
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    Solutions to letters falling off?

    Yep. Failure to Communicate (in glue). I have been told that if you return it to the local Scoutshop, they will replace it with a new shirt. I've not tried this, as my shirts are all old enough to have sewn on "BSA " patches... Another possibility:: at our local shopping mall, there is a custom embroidery shop. I have often been tempted to go there and have'm embroider some Scout stuff on a heavy green shirt I have... If the Scoutshop won't exchange, you might consider that.
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    Back in the day, everyone in my Patrol had a specialty. One Scout cooked bacon especially well. Another, flipped pancakes better than anyone else. My specialty was Mixing Drinks (!) Tang, Dehydrated dry milk, cocoa, that sort of thing.... Here are the basics: *(( The true author of this article is unknown. It is here copied from the COME HOSTELING newsletter, Sept. 1980, of the Potomac Area Council of the American Youth Hostels, who received it from Dick Schwanke, Senior PAC Staff Trainer, who read it in the APPALACHIAN HIKER by Ed Garvey, who got it from the Potomac Appalachian Trail Conference Bulletin, which quoted it from THE RAMBLER of the Wasatch Mountain Club of Salt Lake City, which reportedly cribbed it from the I.A.C. News of Idaho Falls, which reported it from the 1966 PEAKS & TRAILS. I offer it here for your enjoyment and inspiration. Note that some of the ingredients are a bit dated. Adjust as necessary. Enjoy!)) "Courageous Cookery" by John Echo* Once the convert backpacker or cycle camper has accepted the subtle gustatory nuances associated with sustained operations beyond the chrome, he should try the advantages of ultra fringe living so that he will realize what he is paying for his nested pots and pretty pans carried so diligently and brought home so dirty after every "wilderness experience". The following system works. It is dependable and functional. It works on the big rock. It even works when the weather has gone to hell, you are wet and cold and the wind is blowing down the back of your hairy neck. It is not for the timid. It consists of a stove, a six inch sauce pan, a plastic cup and a soup spoon. If you insist on a metal cup, you must never fail to mutter "I'm having fun, I'm having fun", every time you spill the soup on your sleeping bag. Breakfast: Instant wheat cereal-- sugar and powdered milk added-- ready two minutes after water boils. Eat from pot. Do not wash pot. Add water, boil, and add powdered eggs and ham. You'll never taste the cereal anyway. In three minutes, eat eggs. Do not wash pot. Add water or snow and boil for tea. Do not wash pot. Most of the residue eggs will come off in the tea water. Make it strong and add sugar. Tastes like tea. Do not wash pot. With reasonable technique, it should be clean. Pack pot in rucksack and enjoy last cup of tea while others are dirtying entire series of nested cookware. Lunch: Boil pot of tea. Have snack of rye bread, cheese and dried beef Continue journey in 10 minutes if necessary. Dinner: Boil pot of water, add Wylers dried vegetable soup and beef bar. Eat from pot. Do not wash pot. Add water and potatoes from dry potatoe powder. Add gravy mix to taste. Eat potatoes from pot. Do not wash pot. Add water and boil for tea. Fortuitous fish or meat can be cooked easily. You do not need oil or fat. Put half inch of water in pot. Add cleaned and salted fish. Do not let water boil away. Eat from pot when done. Process can be done rapidly. Fish can even be browned somewhat by a masterful hand. Do not change menu. Variation only recedes from the optimum. Beginners may be allowed to wash pot once a day for three consecutive days only. It is obvious that burning or sticking food destroys the beauty of the technique. If you insist on carrying a heavier pack, make up the weight you save with extra food. Stay three days longer.
  6. It is a sad comment on society that we often forget to remind each other what's important. I worked for the county transit authority. When I retired, my job title was "Transit Coordinator", for lack of a better description, I was a "street supervisor", my office was a Jeep Cherokee... One morning, I was stationed at the Big Transit Station. Lots of activity, bus routes coming and going. A driver (call him Tom) came up to me and said he wanted to show me something, so I walked down to his stop. He pointed to the right mirror and said he had brushed a street sign with it, and wanted to report it. I looked at the mirror and saw some scratch marks on the outside, I asked Tom about the street sign, was it damaged? He said no. Nothing broken, I told him "no damage, no accident. Don't worry about it". He thanked me and went back to work. After thinking about it, I decided to write a "compliment" on Tom. Here was something he didn't have to do, he could've said nothing, no one would have been the wiser, but he had hit a stationary object and here he was reporting it to me. I wrote a "incident" report that way, complimenting Tom for his honesty, and passed it on to his supervisor. The supervisor came to me and chastised me for reporting on nothing that was anything out of the ordinary, that Tom was required to report such things. This was not worthy of a compliment, it was not over and above Tom's "expected" duties. Yes, I had done the right thing in not treating it as a full scale accident, necessitating hours of paperwork and lost service, but it was still not worth a "compliment". Overt honesty not worthy of a compliment? That supervisor had just lost most of my previous admiration for him. From that day on, I looked for things to "thank people for". Every time I served as the Desk, the task assigner, I made it a point to fill out "compliments" on all my "Stand By" drivers and Extra Board drivers. I noted when they volunteered, when they mentioned things that needed to be done (that I could assign them to do !) and sonofagun, I started having more available drivers. I remember one man, he had a family, he was a part time postal carrier. Evenings, he would report to the depot in his USPS uniform, as he signed in, he would strip off his USPS uniform shirt, throw on his Bus Driver shirt and be out the door in minutes with his Bus Assignment in his pocket. I tried to save an "easy" run for him.... And the other Supers (not the first I mentioned) noted that these were good things to have in the employees file for when work reviews came up. Last time I checked, my USPS driver is now a "Transit Coordinator".
  7. I was once reminded by another teacher that the best way to modify behavior was to "catch'em good", in other words it is better to compliment to good stuff rather than punish the bad....
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    Selling Camp Cards

    Yep, "it depends". Each Council sells a different CampCard. Here in Murlin, the Unit in effect BUYS the campcards (at $2.50 each) and sells them for $5. The headline discount is "$5. off at Safeway, " and discounts at Jersey Mikes, Harris Teeter, etc. The unit can do what they want with their share. I have heard tell that in some councils, the Unit share is "automatically" credited to the Scout's summer camp bill, hence the name "CAMPcard". The Unit in essence never sees the money, it is divvied between the Council and the Scout.
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    Hawai'i Council Merger

    They may not lose all of them precipitously. . Here abouts, many LDS folks are inquiring about remaining Scouts in non-LDS Troops..... Keep the door open.....
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    Youth Protection Clarification Question

    Refer to the previous scenarios.... If an adult Scouter disregards the YPT rules/guidelines, he/she will (at best) have their BSA membership withdrawn, at worst, they risk legal problems, arrest etc. Not to mention the social (?) results (?). If some Scouts choose to meet separately, at the Panera, out in a park, on the dock at summer camp.... what can the folks at Irving do? How can anyone REQUIRE and ENFORCE adult presence at a "bunch of Scout's " gathering ?
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/759:_Boy_Scouts_of_Harlem and https://www.amazon.com/759-Scouts-Harlem-Keith-Dozier/dp/B01CKN39KM
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    Youth Protection Clarification Question

    Yep, Youth protection is also intended to be Adult Protection, yes? So how do we "require" our Scouts to ONLY meet within eyesight and/or earshot of two or more registered and YPT certified Scouters, at least one of which must be of the female persuasion if we are talking about girl ScoutsBSA? What is to prevent young Patrol Leader Indiana Jones of the Crystal Skull Patrol from asking his Scout Buds to flash mob at the Panera ? And ask Marion to attend with her "additional" Troop?
  13. Kids: As the Scoutskills pavilion leader at CSDC, My observation is that many kids of the age 6, 7, 8, 9 have very little dexterity. They have problems with over/under, left/right, transposing, copying a sample. Coiling a rope. Holding a compass flat. A paper map ? I tend to see this as a lack of play with blocks, small toys, big toys. I see parents giving their kids iPads, tablets, even schmart phones to "play with" . The young kids often are not encouraged to manipulate their world PHYSICALLY. I often ended up standing behind the Cub and holding their hands "just so" , teaching my Scout assistants to do the same, "don't be shy"... The Den Walkers sometimes would compliment me on my willingness to "get personal" with the Cubs, as if they were reticent to do so. Please note, we were in a very public venue, out in the open, surrounded by many people. Youth Protection concerns? Not to me. Cub permission to DO stuff? That was my concern. And I have noticed the same problems with older Scouts, an inability to manipulate, as if (1) they never had the chance to practice such , and (2) seemingly have the idea they don't have PERMISSION to DO stuff. Adults: When I help with SMS and IOLS, I am impressed with the need to get the adult Scouters to HAVE FUN in being Scouters.
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    Youth Protection Clarification Question

    Here's another scenario.... The Patrol Leader tells his Patrol, to heck with this, meet me at the Starbucks….. Parents drop off, (or the Scouts walk/bike) come back two hours later.....
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    Youth Protection Clarification Question

    A YPTrained and registered BSA Scouter, an adult parent with YP cert, in the parent's home, with many Scouts in the rec room planning adventures..... The Adults are upstairs visiting over herbal tea and crumpets. I say no violation. Cancel the Scout911 call. I also recommend the Scout Parent register as a MBCounselor. Every Troop/District needs more. Pick a couple of subjects you are interested in , have skill in.... Ya can't go wrong.... You fill out three pieces of paper, take some online training (YPT, This Is Scouting, MBCounselor ) and then you can schedule your MB's as you will: Whenever they call me, on a particular weekend, in the District's "MB College". Easy.
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    Sea Scouting

    Oh yes, the Coast Guard Auxiliary has a "letter of understanding" with the BSA and the Coast Guard itself is very Scout friendly. Note the following: What a summer camp ! https://seascout.org/news/sail-aboard-the-uscg-eagle/ and: https://seascout.org/cruising/ A nautical Philmont ?
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    Help. Little advancement.

    Publicity. American Legion members, do they know? Cub parents, do they know? Community, is there a local newspaper? Churches? School backpack notices? It may not be September, but that does not mean you can't recruit. If you have two (2!) other adults that are Scout friendly ( and, I intend no insult to your heritage Scouter) and not on life support, you can find Scout families that want the Scout experience for their kids. Make contact with your DE. His pay scale depends on saving and creating Units. He/she can help with pamphlets and brochures. Set up a "Scout Me In" night at the Meeting Hall, publicize it well, and see what happens. Posters and pamphlets in the Library. Posters in the diner's window. Notice in the Church newsletter. A banner at an intersection. Talk to your Scouts, make sure they see Scouting as an "opportunity" despite the lack of activities. You need adult Scouter Leaders, for sure, but as has been said above, the activities bring Scouts bring parents bring Scouts. Get them together and make the offer. Here's a hike, here's the summer camp.... All you can do is try....
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    Sea Scouting

    Well, it does help if you are close to water. My home CO chartered a SeaScout Ship back in the late 1950's , the Skipper was a CPO retired.... They went down the Potomac on a raft of 50gallon drums built into a raft, and up the Chesapeake bay . Eventually, the local SS s named their local Regatta (read wet camporee) after him, the Nygard Regatta : http://www.ncacbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/52nd-nygard-boarding-manual.pdf SSS759 had fun and excitement until recently. They were last bottomed with 2 - 30' sloops, but the Unit disbanded two years ago, due to lack of active members. The boats were sold to pay off the slip fees, etc. .... We are locally working to "refloat" it.... Like all Scout things, you need some dedicated Scouters, and a local Charter, and some really interested teenagers. ""Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
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    How tight are your scouts?

    Uniform inspections... Once upon a time, I played trombone in the Purdue Marching Band. I had friends who were in ROTC. We would compare notes on uniforms, spit polishing shoes, creases, etc. I was once told about a ROTC company inspection. My buddy's squad was insistant that the inspecting Louie could NEVER be pleased, he ALWAYS found something to count down. So they picked one of their group and made sure everything was perfect. Pants pressed and draped just so. Shirt lined, tucked in. Buckle polished, nails trimmed, hair combed and slicked, hat just so, shoes spit polished so you could shave in the reflection. They CARRIED him to the armory, placed him in the spot and formed up around him. Wiped the floor around him, dusted off his shoulders, shoes, heels were even polished. The Louie was duly impressed and reportedly gave out his first ever 100%. When the company was ordered to march in review, the wax covering the "sample's" shoes popped off in one big flake.....
  20. You might try a recipe I saw once in a book about Paul Bunyan…. You mix the pancake batter with popcorn and they flip themselves....
  21. Ah, pity the poor Scoutmaster..... When A Scouter’s not engaged in his employment (his employment) or planning to go camping with his Troop (with his Troop) his capacity for innocent enjoyment (-cent enjoyment) Can easily be knocked off for a loop (for a loop) Our feelings we with difficulty smother (-culty smother) When some Scoutmasterly duty’s to be done (to be done) Ah, take one consideration with another, (with another) A Scoutmaster’s lot is not a happy one. Ooooohhhhh… When Scoutmasterly duty’s to be done, to be done, A Scoutmaster’s lot is not a happy one. When the helicopter parent is not hov’ring (is not a hov’ring) When the Scout is not a-cutting off their thumb (-off their thumb) He loves to hear the bug-a-ler a-bugling (bugler bugling) And enjoy his tea while sitting on his bum (on his bum) When the PLC has finally decided (has decided) Where the Troop should hike on weekends yet to come (yet to come) Ah, take one consideration with another (with another) A scoutmaster’s lot is not a happy one. Ooooooohhhhh, When Scoutmasterly duty’s to be done, to be done, , His duty is often not a happy one. (happy one). ( with apologies to messrs Gilbert & Sullivan)
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    Scout Sign

    It is the attitude that is important. If he had no hand at all? I would make sure he had a cuppa later for being a Scouter. Right hand? Four fingers: God, Country, Others, Self. Those are the Parts of the Scout Promise I mention and remember. Three fingers? Cub Scouts use two, ScoutsBSA now use three, adults hold a whole hand open, thus showing they can be trusted and are not holding a weapon (old history/tradition, yes?) 1tree has a nice idea... a Scoutmaster's minute about the symbology of the Scout Sign.
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    How the Inuit work with kids...

    That's what's wrong with today's pop music. No stories... Pray for John Prine:
  24. I am still surprised at the amount of seeming hypocracy sometimes exhibited in the BSA . Scout Promise? Scout Law? So simple, yet so difficult, it would seem , for some to follow and apply to their lives, responsibilities and assumed duties. It would seem some folks will, unfortunately, seek to be "the" authority, regardless of the established rules and procedures. Regardless of the realities. Regardless of the damage done to others in the process. Parentinscout, I do sympathize with you, having dealt with the BSA "good ol' boy" network myself, but not in anything like your well described case. Retaliation? Oh yeah. How dare you question our pronouncement. If you don't like the way you are treated, don't you dare compare it to the Scout Promise and Law. Just go away...… I wish you well in your efforts to shine light on poor behavior, behavior that is in no way reflective of the ideals espoused in our Scout Law and Promise. "Making ethical decisions, " is that what I heard?