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  1. Tampa Turtle

    Family Scouting Update

    I apologize. False alarm. We HAVE been listened to! Due to so many Eagle Mills a new Rank is proposed: Double Eagle. 42 Merit Badges and a 2 year service project.
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    Family Scouting Update

    News must be slowly leaking out through slow osmosis anyway.
  3. Tampa Turtle

    Family Scouting Update

    Or is 'middle aged' Webelos? Why not just call them Buffalos? You are a tease.
  4. Tampa Turtle

    Family Scouting Update

    But...but...but people here PROMISED we would stay 'Boy Scouts of America!'. I am shocked, shocked in advance I tell you.
  5. Tampa Turtle

    How will you talk about girls troops and packs?

    I feel ya. I have mentioned this at the Troop level; so we have a correct, courteous, and kind response one way of another. Most of the current leadership just does not want to deal with it. But then a couple of us were shot down trying to do a non-binding 5 year plan so we could save up for a new Troop van; no one wanted to think ahead. While (as some folks may know from previous comments) I was not in favor of the change in policy in principle but now that it has been decided do not think the implementation is that big of a deal.
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    Reading the Scout HB aloud at meetings?

    I loved my Dad's 1940's handbook that said it was OK to take a bath more than once a week. I can see using both to make a point.
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    Ad hoc girl patrols formed and compete in camporee

    Yes, I agree. Some of the moms very very strong about it and ex or current GSUSA leaders-I'd leave it up to them. I am sure the CO would be OK with it though the current Committee would do the heavy lifting. More critical issue is the older boys bailing out fast. Some said they were upset with the girl issue but it is mostly a program thing and watered down for new scouts. Same old story.
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    Ad hoc girl patrols formed and compete in camporee

    Good line. I agree. It will create some hurt feelings, but I agree.
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    Ad hoc girl patrols formed and compete in camporee

    1/3 opposed strongly. 1/4 strong yes and intending to bring girls. Remainder unaware or drifting away. That is my guess. We have had 4 girl inquiries.
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    Ad hoc girl patrols formed and compete in camporee

    Legally yes. The Court of Public Opinion no. BSA will fold on the Linked Troop concept at the first mumble of law suit. Somebody will complain that having to start a completely new unit when their is a perfectly functional unit at the same CO is an unreasonable standard. It does not have to be right. As long as YPT is covered National won't stand the negative PR. My CO wanted to stay all boy but fears the PR as well so will wait and see. But we do not have to argue. It will be resolved in less than 18 months. Surely I am not the only one who sees this?
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    Ad hoc girl patrols formed and compete in camporee

    I spend too much time on this Forum and forget that there are many other Scouters who just do not follow these things so closely. Recently I was helping out at my church with a stalwart Scouter who has for years spent many hours every week supporting the Troop as an ASM. He is pretty liberal though he was opposed to going co-ed but moved on once the decision was made. I mentioned the coming date for Girls in Boy Scouts, how some rogue troops probably already probably have started, and the whole 'Linked Troop' thing. His reaction: He laughed incredulously at how much of a botch up this is going to be. He just assumed when BSA made the announcement Girls could just start joining then. And the linked Troop think was just going to add chaos and confusion on who is responsible for what scout when the typical foul-up at Council on the way to Eagle progresses. He had no idea that National had a 'Separate but Equal' policy that will crumble shortly at the 1st legal challenge because of the bad publicity. He said on the basis of the bad planning he might ease out of his Troop role next year and he was one of the ones we were counting on staying.
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    Order of the Arrow for Females?

    I see this as a non-issue. There are women adults who are in OA (at least in my lodge and section) and now that females will become Boy Scouts I do not see how they can "bar" them. So many OA "old hands" are District and Council officials and ex-officials I do not see then bucking National. The rest (adult oversight, sleeping and bathroom accommodations) is just YPT logistics.
  13. On the flip side the returning of the Totin' Chit by the SPL in the Honors of War ceremony is very moving.
  14. That is why I prefer just cutting the corner, to spare the scout the indignity of the march up to the Scoutmaster in front of the Troop, the long drum roll, and the slapping of the cheeks three times with the confiscated card. Don't get me started on the traditional OA punishments for flaming arrow abuse.
  15. My son learned to use tools in Webelos and how to make simple PVC catapults...which he made one and I came from work and he was flinging oranges and rocks more than a 100' flying over our back privacy fence...into 4 lanes of traffic. Heard some brakes before I got him to stop.
  16. My son, 19 still remembers his incident. Only took 1 warning and he was hard to teach.
  17. Tampa Turtle

    More gems from Baloo...

    Mail or Water it is all the same to him.
  18. Tampa Turtle

    CSE Letter on GSUSA Infringements

    Perhaps they can generate separate flyers with the same date and location and distributed at the same time. Or one 11x17 with a perforation in the middle.
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    CSE Letter on GSUSA Infringements

    Welcome Scout-Girls!
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    More gems from Baloo...

    "under the table" is a defacto "yes" as BSA policy is (now) to not too punish the youth for the idiocy of the adults. Therefore, my regrets to you fellow rule followers who lament your daughter will age out before 18 and meeting the Eagle requirements because somewhere, somehow some other girl will get it early--despite what National tells us--by units circumventing the rule. I suspect we will see a national media story to that affect before an official BSA announcement.
  21. Tampa Turtle

    More gems from Baloo...

    Calico you hit on it. If Cubs carry their own water then they will use it to fill verboten water pistols! Only leader approved water provided. Surprised National hasn't prohibited plastic bottled water since they keep finding microbeads of plastic in most of them I heard.
  22. Yeah! Next you are going to tell me their are just two genders. #Mansplainer_outrage
  23. Tampa Turtle

    More gems from Baloo...

    That is silly. Maybe not ALL their water but are they thinking something magical happens when they crossover to Scouting? Maybe they should see Tents but not sleep in them. Even the young ones need to start getting trained. We have all read of a lost cub scout or webelo who has had to make it overnight or two. I got a problem with the reasoning behind this one. Lucky we got some smart girls coming down the line to point this out.
  24. Tampa Turtle

    More gems from Baloo...

    I think someone just screwed up and left it off the list. In Florida ya gotta have water. The boys are proud of the first canteen or water bottle. Even the Tigers.
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