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  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2023/01/30/boy-scout-duluth-sleeps-outside/ He spent night 1000 in a quinzhee!
  2. Nope, Sentinel is correct, Bishops answer only to the Pope, or higher. The USCCB can vote on recommended actions, and a whole lot of pressure would be brought to bare on any diocese dissenting. For that reason it is only really important matters that reach that kind of action. But in the end, the Bishop who heads the diocese runs the diocese as they will.
  3. For us it's been a number of years now that recharter won't go through if anyone is not YPT current, or won't be before the charter expires/renews. So many of our adults expire in December because Recharter was the final KIA to get it done. This is different. Recharter for us is January; these are folks whose expiration dates were in October, they're supposed to be suspended affective the date they expire.
  4. For the first time ever I received a notification that someone in my unit was suspended from activities because their YPT expired. Two different volunteers in two different units in the last few weeks, so I know it wasn't an individual being singled out. I was wondering if this was something new everywhere, or if it was something new just my council was doing. I know it wasn't happening in my council at least as recently as last May because I was a bit late with my own renewal back then. Has anyone else seen this type of action or notification?
  5. Every state has some provision for registering a trailer if there's paperwork missing. Either their website or a visit to the DMV where you explain the situation will get you the necessary forms or process. It's actually pretty common for trailers to have missing or no VIN, so the process for getting it right is pretty straight forward. Your Chartering Org owns the trailer, so you need to talk with them about how they want the registration to read. It is possible that they will not want to own it, in which case you need to get together with the other adults in the unit and decide do yo
  6. 10 years ago I would have thought this was nuts. Today, my son is attending college on an esports scholarship. I was talking with one of the associate deans about why and how they decided to go that route, he said more people will watch their top esport team than will ever attend one of their basketball or football games. Earlier this evening my wife and I were listening to him do live color commentary on one of his university's other esports, not the one he plays --- he was really really good. His professional goal is to be part of the live gaming industry, and that looks like a promi
  7. I haven't read the law, but given that this alleged interpretation is coming from a piece written by someone who lists no bio with their writing, on a site that lists no identifying information or publisher on its website, I am deeply skeptical that there is much if any credibility here. Here is the FAQ from the state: Q: Do the new laws affect how and where hunter education training can occur? A: No. Possession of firearms, rifles, and shotguns is lawful for hunter education training in “sensitive locations” including schools, camps, fish and game clubs, and public libraries. A
  8. Privately owned rifles could easily mean the ranger's or someone else authorized to store a rifle at the range.
  9. If I was head of a CO or potential CO I would absolutely want to see, and have evaluated independently, whatever insurance policy purported to cover me, and I would make presentation of an updated policy a condition for rechartering. For the UMC, once bitten twice shy. Once you've had that breech of trust it's really hard to rebuild
  10. Isn't that risk sort of inherent to both scouting and other youth activities? By definition, a scout troop that goes camping is meeting at some place other than the CO's location. But the same is true for all sorts of activities, sports teams are constantly playing in venues other than their homes. Church youth groups do field trips and outside ministry. FFA and 4H go to fairs, competitions, exhibitions. The most important thing for a CO to understand is their responsibilities, they reduce their risks through their actions, and then unsure against the foreseeable and unforeseeable ris
  11. Is "liability" the stated reason that UMC is changing the relationship with BSA? People throw that word around having very little understanding of what it means. Most people just seem to think it's a synonym for "danger". It's really important to be precise about these types of things. If UMC didn't say it was liability than no one should put those words into UMC's mouths. I looked briefly through this thread to see if UMC gave a definitive reason for the changing relationship with scouts. I couldn't find one, but it seemed the reason was more like BSA's bankruptcy left the U
  12. Our district gives out annual Award of Merit, SM of the year, SPL of the year, Committee member of the Year, etc. There are also of course the council awarded things like Silver Beaver. Does your council and district also already have these awards? If so I'm not sure what else a Hall of Fame would capture.
  13. They're written and put together by volunteers. One of our adults has authored two himself. They're not paying anyone for content.
  14. It's a marketing pitch pure and simple. They're not asking any questions that would give them any real insight as to how to improve the program or prioritize any part of it. At best they'll use the answers to either refine their giving pitch broadly, or they'll use your particular answers to tailor a pitch to you directly, but what it absolutely isn't is an opinion survey that would yield any useful insight about how to make a better scouting.
  15. It is, frankly, crass. There are very few times when I buy into "they're just doing it for the money", but in this instance I can't really think of a different explanation than that. The pamphlets are written by volunteers, and the value added from BSA central is just about nil. There's no good reason they couldn't make these available online for free. In answer to your question what do troops do, we keep a lending library. We have all the Eagle required and most of the more popular ones offered at summer camp. The troop budgets for those, and they get supplemented by scouts who cho
  16. Maybe they've already tried this, but I would start by asking what Pack(s) members of the troop came from.
  17. I have friends who are board members and pros, and though I think of all of them as people of good character, transparency has always been to me a big problem with their decision making. Just because you have the position doesn't mean you posses all the wisdom regarding the position. IMHO Board Meetings should all be open to the public, and decisions should all be removed from the Executive Committee and put before the full board and the CORs. If your reasoning, discussions, and decisions can't stand up to the light of day than they are inherently suspect and probably flawed. ,
  18. I split this topic off before RS chastises us all. The sheer volume of failure clearly shows that the laws are needed, but they are actually very unusual laws. In what other instance are you required to report a crime that you SUSPECT might have occurred, and subject to penalty if you fail to do so? You're not required to report crimes against yourself; you can be assaulted, robbed, stabbed, suffer property damages, etc., and you are under no obligation to report it. Laws generally prohibit actions, describe things that you can not do, but there are very few laws that say what you mus
  19. I just double checked, and as near as I can tell scout leaders in my state, Ohio, are not mandatory reporters. I know the YP training says we are, and maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see scout leaders on this list. https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/laws-policies/state/?CWIGFunctionsaction=statestatutes:main.getResults I'd report anyway, AND I fall under one the other categories not related to scouting.
  20. Although I'm pretty sure it's not part of the record, TCJC has incredibly deep pockets, probably the largest single non profit wealth in the US. It is reportedly over $100 billion just in financial assets. Whatever complications their withdrawal would pose to the plan, their victims in non SOL states should still be OK. Hopefully they would take the opportunity to take care on non SOL victims also.
  21. SAME AGE PATROLS New-Scout patrols As the name implies, a new-Scout patrol serves Scouts who have just joined the troop. The patrol elects its own leader, just like other patrols, but usually for a shorter term—perhaps one month instead of six months. An older Scout called a troop guide works with the Scouts to help them get acclimated to Scouting and to reach the rank of First Class. Backing up the troop guide is an assistant Scoutmaster whose main responsibility is to work with new Scouts. Scouts typically remain in a new-Scout patrol for their first year in the troop or until
  22. The thing that has been most unclear to me in this whole process is what, who, and how the insurance contracts worked. If the insurance policies named the COs as insured then their obligation to that CO should remain. If the scouts indemnified COs and then insured themselves through their insurance than a non settling CO would have a claim against BSA for their exposure and they would become a creditor. I suspect the answers to these questions and what the policies mean are essentially muck, and I suspect that litigation with non settling insurers will go on for years.
  23. I'm afraid I can't confirm that they're wrong and what you are proposing is correct. I think you may have a misperception about how advancement works at the troop level compared to Cubs. The biggest difference between the programs is that at the troop level advancement, not necessarily training, but advancement, is an individual rather than a group endeavor. Patrols simply do not advance together the way dens advance together. So while it's true that a patrol might do training together, translating that training into a signed off individual advancement component is the responsibility
  24. I'm going to first try to answer the question you posed. In a follow up post I'm going to comment on your specific situation. This explanation is an abbreviated version of the guide we provide to all our families, especially the newest crossover families. Change from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts Both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts teach Scouting’s time honored values, but the way the scout experiences the program changes dramatically when a young man crosses over into the troop. In Cub Scouts, the parents organize and provide the activities. In Boy Scouts, it is the boys who plan and carr
  25. We have a tool box with a basic collection of wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, etc. Plus the sum total of whatever everyone on the trip might be carrying around in their trunk. We definitely have a hydraulic jack sized to lift the trailer and change a tire if necessary. You want to be able to do some basic repairs if you have to --- enough to get you off the side of the ride and someplace safe to park, but you can't bring a garage full of tools, compressors, air guns, etc. on the off chance you might need them some day. Once had a problem with the electric brake controller and had to le
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