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  1. vol_scouter

    Headline news again...

    Do you all understand that the response that the BSA sends to the media is edited by that media? The media often (usually) omit much of the positive in a response. The BSA cannot compel the news media to pick up a story so getting ahead of stories or getting positive news out to the public is not something that the BSA can control. Everyone seems to believe that positive stories and effective responses are not being made but that is simply not true. The media tells the story that it wants you to consume, not what is true or accurate.
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    Headline news again...

    desertrat77, Others have pointed out how information can be twisted and I noted how the media uses very little positive so the BSA is very cautious about what is published to avoid stories being twisted. Also, if the media does not pick up a story, we will never know about it. vol_scouter
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    Headline news again...

    From people who would know, the BSA does provide positive, supportive information but the news media usually chooses not to include those comments. The news media seems to have a point of view on many (most?) articles and provides only the information supporting their point of view. When it comes to science topics of which I am familiar or an expert, the news media never gets a story entirely correct. No sure if that is from a point of view or lack of knowledge but it is wrong. The BSA is trying to get positive information out through responses to articles such as this and news articles that the media simply refuses to publish. Advertising has enormous costs.
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    Global Climate Change (AGW)

    skeptic, Like you, Beevah presented clever, thought provoking posts. Miss him on here. vol_scouter
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    Global Climate Change (AGW)

    There is evidence in the fossil record indicating a much warmer climate in earlier eras that is not disputed in scientific circles. So a warming period could be a natural process or it could be due to anthropomorphic factors or it could be due to both. It is telling that all, including climatologists, say that they 'believe' in climate change (previously global warming until the CO2 levels continued to increase but the 'average temperature' did not). Who funds climate research? Governments. Do those governments fund research that could disprove AGW? No. Do journals accept contrarian views - in general, no. The first world can keep the third world poor by depriving their citizens of energy by buying them off. On any given day, the temperature difference between Mt Everest and Death Valley is ~80° F (~44° C) or even worse if one considers temperatures averaging as low as -76° F in the Antarctic mountains would make the temperature range more than 140° F (~78° C). Considering such large differences in daily temperatures across the globe means that cleaning a daily global average temperature is not valid to the 10th let alone the 100th of a degree C - it is ridiculous. In a large lecture hall, we might talk about the temperature as if it is constant and the same throughout the room. However, simply walking from the floor to the back row demonstrates a temperature gradient as hot air raises. So even the tiny volume, compared to the ground atmosphere, of a large lecture hall does not have an easily definable temperature. One would need many probes throughout the room. Stating an average temperature of the earth is nonsensical. Climate science is not a real science but is an observational science. Science is doing experiments while controlling certain variables but climate science is entirely observational. We cannot control any variable in the climate and observe how the climate changes. We can do that in models, but not experimentally. So it is not a classical science (neither is astronomy, cosmology, and others). So all climate work involves modeling and observing if the models fit the actual changes. Modeling is only as good as the underlying equations. There are 23 major climate models - think about that, there is not one but 23 models who do not all agree. Like the hurricane models where there is considerable differences due to different models using different assumptions. The hurricane predictions are generated by taking a visual average. If models cannot predict near time events, they cannot correctly predict long term events. So when climate models fail to predict near term events, they are not valid. Is there a connection between atmospheric CO2 and temperature? It is likely but it might not be as large an effect as thought. CO2 is about 0.04% of the atmosphere - it is a tiny part. The strongest greenhouse gas? H2O - water. It is very difficult to model H2O so most models do not account for it. Our climate is nearly entirely driven by the sun but sun variances are usually not taken into account. Climate change is more of a religion and is not treated as a science by the scientific community. This is seen by the ridicule even to which the very best scientists are subjected. Science encourages questioning. The high energy physics community had theories other than the standard model and were a little sad that the Higgs boson was found. If climatology was a real science, then it would welcome questions, concerns, and alternate explanations. In science, there does not need to be a consensus statement as the truth becomes obvious. Consensus statements have been notoriously wrong. All that to say that models do not agree and the predictions are not valid to make policy. Should we heed the warnings? Probably a good idea. Should the US destroy its economy, decrease its standard of living while paying the second largest economy and largest polluter, China, as per the Paris accords - does not seem like a good idea to me. vol_scouter
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    BSA Mortgages Philmont Scout Ranch

    TAHAWK, The BSA still has boys doing Scoutcraft in single gender troops. So the BSA is still fulfilling its congressional charter. Adding single gender girl troops affords more youth the character and leadership development of Scouting. That is good. vol_scouter
  7. vol_scouter

    Where would you go?

    No matter what the registration is for 2020 and beyond, I will continue to work with an inner city pack and troop. The youth need Scouting and I am helping to fulfill their needs.
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    possible fee increase coming

    From what I have seen, the BSA has NOT lobbied against changes of the Statute of Limitations (SoL) as is clearly stated in this release: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6444251-Boy-Scouts-of-America-Statement-to-USA-TODAY.html that was posted in response to this piece on USA Today https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2019/10/02/catholic-church-boy-scouts-fight-child-sex-abuse-statutes/2345778001/. The references in the article by my read are to individuals not working for the BSA who have not agreed with extending the SoL. One has the right to support or oppose legislation as a private citizen while the member of a group without the group asking for one's involvement. That seems to be the case here.
  9. Seems to me that for such an effort to be taken seriously by Scouts, that all of us Scouters need to wear our uniform to work too. Clearly, some people will not be able to do so because of their job requires a uniform or special clothing. I have worn my uniform on rounds at the hospital many times on Scout Sunday with positive responses from my patients, colleagues, and staff. If we as volunteers cannot bring ourselves to represent Scouting, then it is hard to expect our Scouts to do so.
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    New Things...

    My experience on the council and national levels is that committees are composed of volunteers who have many years of experience. These volunteers are passionate about Scouting and usually examine issues from many viewpoints. Often, at the national level, there are many considerations that affect committee decisions that are outside the particular committee's area responsibility. My experience is that decisions are made carefully with much input and examination. As Wakwib noted, the decisions will never satisfy everyone. Also, the decision that you think that you would make is likely to be different from what you would make if you had all of the information that the national committee had. Vol_scouter
  11. vol_scouter

    Need guidance please

    That is great news! Hope that the rest of his youth is spent in Scouting and that he has an outstanding experience! Vol-scouter
  12. vol_scouter

    What to wear?

    It is your son's Eagle Court of Honor so let him decide. They usually want dad in uniform if he has been active in the troop with the soon to be Eagle but it is not always that way.
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    World Jamboree - Reviews

    mashmaster, As of now, I am planning to be there. Vol_scouter
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    World Jamboree - Reviews

    Thrifty, The GSUSA cannot be a member of WOSM but it is a member of WAGGGS. Not certain whether the BSA would be allowed to invite a WAGGGS member to a WOSM event (not taking a side - really have no idea). With the legal action and the decrees from GSUSA, it is not likely that they would have attended whether they could be or were invited. Vol_scouter
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    World Jamboree - Reviews

    A few comments and observations: - WOSM awarded the 24th WSJ to Scouts Canada, Scouts Mexico, and the BSA who in turn founded a corporation just to run the WSJ so neither WOSM nor the BSA had control of the WSJ - Like other Scouting events, the WSJ was organized and executed by a group of Scouting professionals and volunteers - Managing 45,000 adults and youth from 170 countries and who speak different languages and have different cultures is far more complex than a National Scout Jamboree - Logistics were massive - There were few problems and no truly major problems - quite a remarkable accomplishment - Professionals from world scouting roles were delighted that all the infrastructure worked well: bathrooms worked, plenty of clean water, plenty of good food (some above would disagree with adequate supply but just summarizing their comments), and many different things to do -- the infrastructure has been a problem at prior WSJ according to folks in world scouting My experiences were very positive: - whenever I interacted with adults working the Jamboree, I asked them about themselves and were they have a good time where 100% intimated that they were having a marvelous time despite many with health issues - All seemed to be getting along very well together - The stadium shows were great - There were many full size buses transporting visitors to and from Ruby Welcome Center to Summit Center that ran well Travel issues of which I have read seemed to have more to do with overwhelming the airports than getting the units to the airports - No doubt that unanticipated (and likely things that could not have been anticipated) caused changes in departure schedules - There were people planning with a logistics background, it would have been very difficult for a company to plan a jamboree without having a lot of scouting experience - The issue for the Scout Store is that after such events are over, there is little market for the goods. So the WSJ corporation had to estimate the merchandise that would be sold. Imagine predicting what youth will purchase from 170 different countries. Sounds like the shops did not run out of merchandise though did sell out of some things. That would seem to ba a success if the remaining merchandise is truly small. Summing up, it was a marvelous, very successful WSJ. All that planned and executed the jamboree are to be commended. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is a truly unique Scouting gem that all in the BSA should feel a sense of pride in being owned by the BSA. Though I have no information about how the WSJ corporation formed fared, in other areas the 24th WSJ was a great success. Vol_Scouter