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  1. Job opening at National

    Thinking back on it, there was a discussion on the merits, or lack thereof, of Dutch Oven cooking, that got pretty off the rails. So I take it back, not the weirdest.
  2. Job opening at National

    This may be the strangest discussion I have ever seen in this forum. You guys can read significance into anything. This is nothing more than a job description for a just past entry level HR department position. Someone with either a bachelor's degree and a couple years of experience or maybe someone straight out of an MBA or Master's program. This is the type of back office position that helps the wheels of any organization keep turning --- the equivalent of a junior level accountant or finance person --- a bean counter. Nobody thinks these positions are sexy, but the fact is the beans need to be counted, and organizations that don't do that well on either the finance or the people side end up adding unnecessarily to whatever challenges they may have in the core of their mission. I spent the middle chunk of my professional career as a Fortune 500 HR Director. I despise some of the ways that job descriptions like this are written. It has a lot to do with being able to make comparisons for compensation across a large organization. It's not pretty, and can be done better, but I find it no worse than the terrible verbiage I come across every day in my role as an attorney. As to the confidential stuff, folks in HR have access to all sorts of confidential information, everyone's salary, medical conditions, disabilities, folks who may have performance problems, people who may get fired or layed off, investigations into misbehavior, etc. The way you find out whether someone can handle the information (other than holding your breath and hoping) is you ask in the interview what kind of information they've had to handle in the past, ask about previous employers' process for maintaining confidentiality, and generally make sure that the person understands what confidences are and how how to handle them. Again, these same inquiries occur in all sorts of organizations, and are more particular in some organizations where its core to their mission, like law and accounting firms, or medical practices. This is a really low level job, about the same as a new DE, and you guys are combing through it like it's the next RichardB.
  3. This is part of what makes it somewhat interesting to me. Both my sons will be over 18 and in college by this summer, one of them will still be registered, the other dropped off this last recharter because despite the best of intentions he just hasn't found any time to help with the troop. Timing is everything, but the Summit is about 5 hours away, it at least crosses my mind that this would be a fun way to go spend a long weekend with them.
  4. I think there are certainly going to be challenges, including with finding sufficient volunteers to staff new units, but I think your last sentence indicates where they're going to come from. I may be a little off in my math, but I think roughly half of all volunteers are already the parents of a girl. I suspect that's where much of the crop of needed volunteers will come from, scouters who have daughters as well as sons. Different people place different emphasis on what programs they most want to invest their time in, but my experience is that the folks I know who are volunteers, men and women, are volunteers for both their sons and daughters activities. I suspect there will be enough scouters who decide the program is a great program, and worthwhile for their daughters as well as their sons, and there's your labor pool.
  5. This just popped up in my email. INVITING ALL ADULT SCOUTERS AS A THANKS FOR WHAT YOU DO!ADULT ADVENTURE WEEKEND http://www.summitbsa.org/AAW?utm_source=adobecampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=aaw_2-2018 I'm sure there's going to be a lot of disdain for this idea here on the forums. But although I'm not that personallyinterested in going I can see there being some merit to the idea. For now I think I'll just grab some popcorn and see how my fellow forumers want to proceed.
  6. Well, that was easy.
  7. Age requirement guidelines

    I think the first few responders may be misreading what was posted. This isn't a case of not having two adults on an outing, clearly there is a den leader and at least this one parent . This is a question of whether Cubs must have an adult directly watching them at all times. There is nothing in the G2SS that mandates this. So the answer is going to be very subjective, seven year old Wolves aren't ten year old Webelos, and walking through the local park isn't the same as either a back yard or a big Metro park. In my opinion, 7, 8, 9, and 10 year olds don't have to have adult eyes on them at all times --- that certainly was not the standard when i was growing up, and I can't see how you can have that as the standard and then expect first year, 10.5 to 11 year old Boy Scouts, understand how to behave on a campout under primarily the supervision of a Patrol Leader or Senior Patrol Leader. As an example of sanctioned supervision levels similar to what the OP describes, our Cub day camp uses teen counselors, 14-17, leading den size groups of cubs through their stations at our council camp during Cub Day Camp. There are adults on staff, but the cubs themselves are usually moving around sans any adult eyes directly on them as they make their way through their day. Without a lot more detail about ages, distances, locations, instructions to the den chief, etc. I can't render a specific opinion. But there isn't a clear violation here, and with what's described I would probably be more comfortable with the Den leader's views then the OP's.
  8. So, how will your Pack handle recruiting girls?

    We haven't fully decided yet, but our most likely approach is going to be doing the same recruiting we always do, just opening membership up to everyone, girls and boys. From there we'll probably handle recruiting den leaders for girls the same way we handle recruiting for Tigers --- get all the appropriate parents in a room and explain that there can be no program unless one of them is willing to step up and be the den leader. One thing we will not be doing is targeting Girl Scouts or GS leaders. We're sponsored by a Catholic parish, and we're one of many ministries for youth, we've never insisted on exclusivity and neither does anyone else. Just as you can be in say CYO and Cubs, there's no reason you can't be in both GS and Cubs. Which brings me to my next point, thinking about having enough volunteer adults. Yes it's always a challenge, but CYO sports has for years been single gender, and has always managed to find enough adults to simultaneously run two of everything (except football). I don't think for a second it will be easy, but there's a model that gives some indication that it will be possible.
  9. Sign them up as District Popcorn Kernel?
  10. Adopted sites in Council Camp?

    Our council used to, maybe still does, allow a unit to care for a cabin at one of our camps in return for a reduced or free weekend rental. Seems pretty easy concept to apply to a campsite.
  11. As a former HR executive, what I tell people is that anything you have on your resume should have a purpose, usually either to convey an argument about why someone should hire you, or as a prompt to a discussion that will then allow you to make the argument why someone should hire you. An additional consideration is the amount of space you have available on your resume. Since you're young, I assume you don't have a lot of other experience and so using some space to highlight scouting is good idea. If you want to put something about the prospect of becoming an Eagle scout on your resume, what I would do is the same thing that people who are on track to graduate but haven't yet graduated do, which is give the date which you honestly believe that you will achieve the award. For degrees it usually reads something like Bachelor of Arts, Anticipated May 20xx. So you could do something like, Anticipated Eagle Scout Award xmonth/year xxxx. You are thereby conveying accurate information that is pretty easily understood even by someone with no knowledge of the program, and more importantly you are setting up a prompt for someone to ask you about being an Eagle Scout. AND THIS IS THE CRITICAL PART, you need to be ready --- to have practiced out loud in a variety of ways -- to answer questions about being an Eagle, about your project, and about what it all means to you, that will serve as an argument in favor of that person hiring you. I cannot emphasize enough how important that last part is, BE PREPARED, practice these answers and other anticipated answers ahead of time. Practice out loud, have other people ask you questions, practice, practice, practice.
  12. Drone Rescue

    I think you're going to see a lot of rescue/search and rescue with drones in the future. Think about the time and energy that can be saved in say searching for a lost hiker with a handful of drones ahead of a handful of on the ground personnel.
  13. Yes, more accurately, I don't believe there was a violation to report.
  14. Thanks for all the replies. I wish I had done a better job of conveying the story. I do not think this was any kind of YPT violation that needed to be reported, but I did think it was an interesting example of when issues that sound black and white become more gray. As I said, he dragged his mattress out of our room and was just outside the door. I pretty much tripped over him when I got up. His presence in the far corner of a large room with six other scouts was no more nefarious than my presence would have been as I passed through to use the rest room and then made coffee in the kitchen area that was the other corner of the same room ---all before the scouts woke up. As he said, smothering Scouter Log Sawyer would probably have been a bigger violation, and more seriously and importantly he wanted to make sure he got at least a couple hours sleep so he could safely drive home later that morning. The heart of YPT is no one-on-one contact, and that was never violated, and given the real safety concern of having a competent driver (motor vehicle travel still being the biggest safety risk to scouts and scouters) I feel confident about there being no actual violation to report.
  15. So I have a conundrum about reporting a YPT violation. Over the weekend the troop was staying in a cabin at a nearby council’s camp. There were three rooms: a main room with about six bunks, plus two separate bunk rooms. Three of us adults went to sleep in one of those bunk rooms, scouts were spread across the main room and the other bunk room. One adult (not me) was snoring to raise the roof. When I woke up the other leader had dragged a mattress onto the floor of the main room where some of the scouts were asleep in bunks. When I asked him what happened he said it was move into the room with the scouts or smother our fellow leader with a pillow. So should I report the YPT violation?
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