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    Faith and Chaplaincy Issues

    True! And maybe I could share this lack of Zeus' integrity with the Scout in this very goofy scenario. Keep in mind that the original poster of the Zeus comment was doing it in jest. I seriously doubt that I will ever have to deal with such a situation.
  2. Believe it or not, we have a Troop from Oregon that has been coming to our camp for the last few years. Admittedly, one heck of a journey!

    Summer Camp during a heat wave

    Glad you survived @ItsBrian! Despite the conditions, you made Scouting happen for a bunch of kids. I hope you return to be a staff man or a unit leader at your camp next year!
  4. How far do you want to travel?😃 If you want to come to Missouri, I highly recommend the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation!

    Faith and Chaplaincy Issues

    I have a "Duty to God" conversation with several Scouts every year. I would simply ask them, "What does Zeus expect of you?" "Do those expectations align with the Scout Law?" "How are you meeting those expectations?"

    Faith and Chaplaincy Issues

    Trail Life and the churches that are CO's for their units view inclusion of non-Christian youth as part of their evangelistic outreach to the community. They don't require "faith" as a requirement for the youth. They are hoping they can plant the seeds of Christian faith through their program. However, that's a side outcome for the most part. Most of the men and boys who participate in Trail Life just want to camp and enjoy outdoor fun.

    New Round of Abuse Lawsuits...

    Yes. The sensationalism in all this is pretty apparent. I think part of the strategy for the plaintiff lawyers is to score a lot of points in the court-of-public-opinion in order to influence the outcomes of their cases. Financially, I'm fairly positive that BSA will get over the hurdle somehow, but there will be a taint on the reputation that will take a lot of time and work to overcome.

    New Sex Abuse Charges

    Given the date of this post and what has come out in the last week or so, I say that you saw into the future. Unfortunately, the reputation of Scouting is going to take quite a hit even longer into the future.
  9. @Kudu Glad you returned to our campfire!! I was going to answer a question in this subforum about Patrol Method and I was planning on trying to remember a lot of what you said about it over the years. I hope you have the time to comment on it, because you describe how it should work in a very eloquent and accurate way.
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    BSA Adult Application

    @Samuel Go with what some other forum members have suggested. Get everything worked out to complete what you need for the ASM position. That is a very critical need for your unit and will be the foundation for anything else you will do as a Scouter. Once that is all in place, applying for the other positions will be an easy road. Thank you for your willingness to serve Scouting!
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    long time lurker, new participant

    Thanks for joining us @tk71!!
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    First ceremony

    Where there is a will, there is a way! My advice to the chapter you mention, is keep whatever they are up to off of social media. Also, while "in ceremony" the team should just be scouts doing a presentation. No need to wave the OA flag to have a good production. Kids will catch on that it's a thing that older scouts do and they will, on their own, connect the dots that it's Arrowmen involved.
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    Summer Camp Staff

    @chief027 You are getting a lot of good advice on the what/what not to bring stuff. And you will learn more about that with experience specific to your camp and accomodations. In my opinion you are working in a super fun and super important position on the waterfront. Your full attention will be required at all times, and it may sometimes get a bit tedious. An added bonus is that you should end up with a fairly nice suntan. We called the guys that worked the pool and lakefront at my camp, "bronze gods."😂 Every Scout that attends your camp will be at your program area at some point or another. You have the best opportunity in the whole place to influence and inspire the younger Scouts who will be looking up to you. Devote yourself to that opportunity! One of the coolest things from my experience on the camp staff in my area was that I made many lifelong friends. Guys I met and served with on staff for 6 years are still my trusted buddies to this day (and that staff time was 40 years ago). Most of us returned to the same camp with our kids and served as unit leaders. Many of us still volunteer a bunch of time to help the camp during season and off-season in a variety of roles. Your time on camp staff will greatly equip you for future non-scouting jobs, and will also form a solid foundation for any future duties you may take on as a Scouter or volunteer in another organization. Have a great summer!!
  14. Yo, moderator folks: @SSScout has been a trustworthy contributor to this forum for 13 years and has patiently asked for a sub-forum regarding "Faith and Chaplaincy" for most of those 13 years! Maybe it's time? Stuff regarding faith, duty to God, reverence, etc. is very much a key component of the Scouting experience. I think it might be a good idea to give it some attention outside of the Program or I&P sub-forums.
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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.
  16. 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.😆
  17. 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.
  18. This whole affair could be made into a very frightening episode of "The Twilight Zone."
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    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.
  20. 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.
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    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.
  22. 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.
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    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!