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    Suggestions for a new commissioner?

    Really, you are in a good spot to make your district's Cub program top-notch. I know from your posts that you have the passion. You are doing well by devouring all the training you can get your hands on. Mainly, I would say, just be available and approachable. By the very nature of the program, Cub leaders will welcome all the help and expertise you can provide.
  2. I probably will just go ahead and take it, even though technically I'm good till 2020. A bit off topic: Although I'm considered "trained" for my committee member position (per my dashboard on my scouting) they have added quite a bit of new optional training for that position targeted at the new Scouts BSA model. So, I'll probably invest some time in completing those modules. Where I'm at in terms of time and availability, online training is great. I'm totally cool with learning stuff at 2am.😆
  3. I took it in August 2018. This news kinda raises an interest in taking the next version. I thought the current one was quite an improvement over previous iterations.
  4. This whole affair could be made into a very frightening episode of "The Twilight Zone."


    Great letter, but, as you said, it was probably more helpful to you than to the intended recipient. Thanks for sharing it. I think we can all see snapshots of some things we as adults in Scouting have experienced.
  6. I agree with the whole "Be Prepared" thing. Scouts from around the country will be visiting D.C. as a side-trip while going to the Jamboree this summer. It's pretty much a tradition. In the past, there has not been quite as much "programmed and professional protesting" at the Washington sites. That has drastically changed in the last couple years. Those Scouts who visit there really need to be taught how to not engage, but ignore. IMHO, the streets of our Capitol, and other major cities, have become sort of a demented Piccadilly Circus.

    First Camp Out With the New Troop

    It sounds like the new troop is going to be a great fit for you and your sons! I like the campsite cooking emphasis, which appears to be something your troop does well. That was a big thing I got out of Scouting as a kid, and my sons enjoyed that part a whole lot too.
  8. Personally, I love that Scouting provides a quality learning experience in handling firearms. I learned everything I know about rifles and shotguns from Scouts, and my sons did as well. The programs we run at the camps in our Council are top-notch and have been for years.

    My kids love scouts, but....

    It sounds like you are in a fairly isolated area (in terms of Scouting opportunities). You may have to take the hit and drive quite a way to get your Scouts into a better situation. Another option would be to find enough families to form another Pack in your area. Just a thought.
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    I got the impression that the interviewer wasn't really into Scouting, and finds it silly. SFE guy, who was very articulate and knowledgeable, seems to try to drive the idea that membership will increase when barriers are removed. It's a nice thought, but it will NEVER happen. You can remove every barrier imaginable, and the increase in membership will be negligible (IMHO). You can remove all barriers and give all new recruits a bonus of $100, and you will still fall short of the 4 million that we had at peak. Also, expect Scouts for Equality to launch, in the next year or two, another "turn in your Eagle patch" campaign to get National to relax any religious ideas. Like they did 5 years ago on behalf of homosexuals. It WILL happen and National will go through a number of gyrations to satisfy the protest.
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    Merry Christmas! (I&P Version)

    God bless us, every one!
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    Den Chief Leadership

    Maybe a bit off-topic, but I think the question has been answered adequately already. My observation over time has been that the Den Chief position is very valuable. Every Scout that I have known who has taken up that responsibility has found it rewarding and fun. It creates a very strong bond and bridge between the Pack and Troop. I have seen several times an entire Den complete Cubs/Webelos and cross over to the Troop and be very successful in the Troop because of the influence of a good Den Chief. I may be over-stating my case a bit, but I really feel that the Den Chief is as important to Pack as the the adults.
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    Chartering a New Troop for Girls

    Since all this really isn't supposed to go "live" before Feb. 2019, your Council may be hesitant in giving concrete answers to anything. In theory, the chartering of girls troops is two months away. On Feb. 1st, I suspect your Council and all the rest will be fired up and ready to process applications. As best as I can tell, a linked troop is what it is. No special steps required. The boy troop and the girl troop share the same CO and committee and that is the extent of it.
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    Scout game ideas

    Your SPL and/or the Scout who helps lead the games should poke around on these sites. For sure, there are some good ideas, and every game is adjustable. http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/boy-scout-games.asp http://www.macscouter.com/games/Games4BS.asp https://www.programresources.org/alphabetized-index/ PS: Google is your friend. ☺️
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Yes. That was indeed the case in the mid-70's. At least where I live. Us kids, and a fair amount of adults were fairly convinced that BSA was going coed at or before 1990. Most of us expected a merger of BSA and GSUSA. Whenever this topic came up around a campfire when my sons were Scouts (2000-2011), I always said, "Yep, it will happen any day now." Folks looked at me through the glow of the fire with that look that you give one who is a bit off his rocker. So, it's here now. Embrace the change and make it the best thing ever!!
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    To be honest, a good many program ideas in my corner of the world have been brainstormed by adult Scouters on their "own time" with the blessing of this particular liquid refreshment. Lawsuit be damned, I know that the folks I do Scouting with are going to give the girls the best Scouting program in our region. Both the boys and the girls will be proud to call themselves Scouts!
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    Who Is Your Scouting Role Model?

    Thought I would contribute to this for the good of the order. First role model, is a guy name John P. He was an older Scout in the troop I joined at age 11. I knew him from school and church as well. He was a real spit-and-polish kind of guy. He encouraged me when I was down, which was often. He pushed me to be a leader, even when I was really too immature to be a leader. It was because of his influence that I eventually worked on our local camp staff. For the six summers I served on that same camp staff, I can really call to mind probably a dozen guys who served as role model. And I could point to several ladies as well. For the ladies, I can think of several women who worked in the Camp kitchen. I was on the kitchen staff for 4 of my six summers. These were local ladies from the Ozark communities near the camp. They were the salt of the earth. I learned a lot about a work ethic from them. They were like "moms" to me. They would lavish praise when I did well, and give me a good scolding when I didn't. I will cherish their memories as they have long since passed away. My longtime friend who was my "bestie" at camp and still is, was a super role model. Dan was the perfect Scout. That guy who was always the cream of the crop. But he was humble about it, and could easily be led into mischief....which is what I specialized in. He helped me to stay focused and we worked hard together, and we also had a lot of fun. What is so cool is that even after all these years, we can still read each other's mind. We are still very engaged in the local Scouting scene, and we always find a bit of time to go back down to camp together for a few days to participate where we are needed. Without Dan, my adult interest in Scouting probably would not have been nearly as enjoyable. I also learned a lot from the folks who I served with in my sons Troop. For 10 years I got to do Scouting with some great men and women while both my boys went up through the ranks. None of them really had the depth of experience in their youth that I had, but I never acted smug about that. I probably learned more about Scouting from them than they did from me, even though they respected my experience. They all did a great job in their various roles, and I am richer for being along on their Scouting journey.
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    SE Revoking Membership's

    @fotoscout You need to communicate your concerns to the Council President. If you personally know him or any member of the Council's Executive Committee, that would be helpful, but that may not be the case. Your Council's website should have a page showing who the members of the Exec. Committee are and you should be able to track one or two of them down to express your concerns. The SE is not a dictator for life. He can be removed by the Council Pres. and Exec. Committee at any time and for any variety of reasons. What you are sharing here, seems like a very good reason to remove this man from his position.
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    Boys-only weeks at camp

    Yep, you read it right. The Mic-O-Say part will work out in due course. We won't be bending or changing any requirements for that. And, as far as being slighted by being parked into one session at one camp, yes, there is an emerging negative reaction to that, and the news of it just hit Friday (10/5) afternoon. I expect it to pick up steam. There are quite a few linked troops developing and it will be a big strain. It's not what the enthusiastic supporters of BSA4Girls in our area envisioned. One option for the linked troops may be to have the boy troops camping in one of the two adjacent camps during that same 5th session. I have not heard anything about that option, but I wouldn't be too surprised if that's what's offered. This is perhaps another reason why coed needed to be just that, instead of the hybrid we got from National.
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    Boys-only weeks at camp

    This is what our council is doing. https://www.hoac-bsa.org/scouts-bsa-all-girl-camping-session-at-bartle-2018-10-05 For context, this will take place for 1 session out of the 5 we have on the reservation. The camp used is 1 of 3 camps on the reservation. They are in relative close proximity to each other. They will share some program areas such as lakefront, shotgun range, climbing tower and COPE course...and probably a couple that aren't coming to mind. So, it's separated, but not so much....
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    "Classic" Scout Socks are now a thing?

    How about a vintage, retro, classic, original red beret! Ugh....
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    Reflections on the program

    Love how you use the word Mizzou, BTW. Are you a native of my fine state? Scouting flashbacks are the best!
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    BSA: The POLARIS Method

    @John-in-KCWell, since our collective wisdom on this forum is having difficulty deciphering what Polaris really is, I would not expect any better from the folks in my group. It's just a worm-can full of wiggly speculation at this point and the admin team is loathe to open up stuff like that. It would be interesting to see the folks at 103rd and Holmes post the Polaris thing to to the official page.....but my guess is that those folks got blindsided by this and are scratching their heads about it and would rather not post something without some understanding and context. As you accurately pointed out, for many folks it's just a page full of buzzwords.
  24. I think you got the gist of the plan. The "three flavors" thing will happen very soon. I have talked with many long-time Scouter friends(a few of them on our Council executive committee) and that is the conclusion they have come to and are preparing for.
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    BSA: The POLARIS Method

    Based on reading the Polaris site, https://www.scouting.org/polarismethod/, the focus of this initiative seems to be more toward the offices and employees of BSA. I have a lot of experience with Lean Manufacturing principles as it relates to an actual manufacturing (high-volume printing) environment. When it is properly engaged, it will yield a lot of positive results. However, for every success story, there are many stories of where it didn't work. It's not because the methods are flawed, it's because of the effort it takes. Unless there is real interest and momentum, it never gets beyond the baby-step stage and dies. In the company where I saw it deployed it took close to 5 years to really see the fruit of the effort: A lot of training, a lot of coordinated events, a lot of observation and documentation....etc. I think you get the picture. It requires a complete change in culture and ingrained habits. I could write a small book about how it all works in a physical workflow, where you are moving product from one step to another. But, I really haven't read or heard about how it might work in an office/field service environment. I can certainly see where many of the principles could be applied. One thing for sure, it is NOT a quick process. It will take a lot of time and commitment. So the real question would be, does BSA think this is a quick-fix? Do they have the attention span and patience to see it through and follow all the steps? Believe it on not, Lean Manufacturing is really just glorified. and structured common sense. Can we assume that BSA is truly willing to re-discover common sense?