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  1. All I know is that a kid has a whole lot better of chance dying in a car crash riding with just one adult than being assaulted by one adult he is riding with. Perhaps the G2SS should mandate that scouts are only allowed to ride in cars with 8+ airbags, as they are going to reduce injury much much much more than requiring that a scoutmaster can never ride one on one with a scout. Everything you do is a calculated risk. Sleep in a tent? There is a chance if you are in range of a tree it could fall on you in the night and crush you. Do we need the g2ss to say all tents must be 300
  2. I think the missing cans could have easily been a scout or leader realizing that since they watched you make the cobbler and there are left overs, even if they are sitting somewhere in your stuff, that you don't really mind them getting used. In fact, someone could have seen it as a favor as in LNT pack-in/pack-out they were lessening your weightload for the return trip. If you really had no desire to punish the person who drank the cans, the best course of action would have been to ask for the person who drank them to give you the empty cans so you can dispose of them properly.
  3. I defended the boys as I was looking at the scenario as it would play out for me, in the district that I am in, if I was a boy in the OA. First, the troop that I am with is at the far edge of the district. In fact, it is the farthest east troop in the whole council. Our troop is the only troop that has people participate in the OA, except for two other guys out of the enitre district. So you already see what has set up: Furthest from everyone plus only one participating. Which Means: Four Hour Round Trip Traveling (240 Miles Round)trips to perform ceremonies over and o
  4. While it would have been nice for the OA team to inform you they weren't showing up, they have no obligation to perform ceremonies for you. People in the OA do many other things in life, and may not have time to fit you in. The scenario where no one planned anyting on it sounds like the kids were being forced into the ceremony team, and did not like what they were being made to do.
  5. Today is the day my brand new bright Red Scouter Magazine for Jan/Feb 2010 arrived in the mail. The first lengthy article in the magazine is about .... ETHICS! The magazine goes on to present the story of a web page on the internet that talks about students and teachers at a school. Specifically, the page "suggests that a married teacher is having an affair." Then the page goes on to continue that 1 boy knows who maintains the website, but he agreed not to tell anyone else. The principal wants to know, but the boy agreed not to tell anyone. Now, the article continues,
  6. If the game was played as someone had listed above "Your troop gets 700, or two troops get 500 each" I would have easily made the decision to dock mine by 200 to Increase another troop by 500". Why? I LIKE other boy scout troops and other good organizations to get money to run a good program, especially when the money comes from a benefactor and not from me. But if it was between me and another regular working guy, I could care less If I got half of his paycheck. I had the good idea that made my boss pay me more -- not him, why should I not take advantage of my resourcefulness? I am
  7. I believe that having an OA chapter in a small (people wise) and large (land wise) district is not geared for success. If the district in question has only 130 youth members spread out through 10 troops over a 70x90 mile area, there is no way an OA program can be started and succeed. First of all, we are looking at only about 50 possible kids allowed to come to meetings. Next, how many will come? And drive 90-100 miles to a 2 hour meeting? It seems to me that if you spend more time in the car going somewhere than actually being where you are going, it is not good to go. Nex
  8. I've heard rumors that the next edition of Websters Dictionary released will include a usage of the word gay - "to express dislike". Meanings of words evolve, he is just using a meaning that is not widely used or accepted by everyone yet. If we locked the words at their original meanings and never let them change, everyone would think he was talking about the uniform "looking happy and joyful". While I do not go out of my way to bash gay people, and normally it is a non issue. But if they set themselves up, you have to take a shot. If the gay person in question is not weari
  9. Take for example we have religion A and religion B A states that a person must do XXX to reach salvation, while B states the direct opposite of XXX. Which one is right? If you cannot reach a concrete no doubts conclusion, there is no point to do either. "What if you pick wrong, and are just making him madder?" - Dewey Wilkerson
  10. I gotta just say, cheating is way more advanced than you have ever imagined. It is a multi-million dollar industry. For 200 Bucks or so, a kid can get a hidden earpiece that works as a bluetooth speaker off his cell phone, so he could constantly be fed info. With a throat mic going the other way, he can whisper something so softly that no one 3" from his mouth could hear, the throat mic picks it up perfectly, and the guy at home on his cell with the internet can get him the answer in no time. You may think that is impossible for a throat mic to do that, but they are designed so motor
  11. What benefit is the question... Well, the same benefit that a painted fence gives. It looks nicer and prettier, but still does the same thing as it did before. And supervising workers setting up a computer OS is alot more intensive than supervising workers painting a fence. Can they EVER paint the fence wrong? As long as they use the provided materials they can't do anything wrong, unless they are totally stupid. (Painting the Grass?) The scout first has to train his assistants how to format the HD, settings needed to enter on install, debugging install problems etc.
  12. If the guy paid for the trailer through paypal, or a different internet transaction site, or any way with his credit card, he can just call the auction site, or at a last resort just call his credit card company to not pay the seller. As long as he used a credit card, if he can call the company before his monthly bill gets paid and tell them to cancel paying that seller, he can not pay anything. Paypal has chargebacks, and surely with police help he can get more than enough evidence to complete that. If it was by check, too bad, unless he hasn't cashed it yet. If then, just cancel th
  13. Underarmor looks good on anyone that doesn't have a big belly. Maybe the UA uniform will motivate some to lose weight? I would pay above $100 to get one of these right now. And so much for the new centennial uniform, eh? It was a failure.
  14. Yeah, OP was a troll obviously, but that doesn't discredit any of the quesitons he asks or points he makes. Also, he is not asking you to state that the BSA is a private organization. It clearly is, but that does not answer the questions. He is not asking "IS the BSA allowed to ....". The BSA clearly is. He is asking "SHOULD the BSA ....". Which is entirely different. Just because something is legal does not mean it should be done. Take Power of Attorney of a dying man. The Person who holds Power of Attorney can legally change the dying man's will, and can legally make himself the so
  15. about the no tent thing, our guys at summer camp opted to take down the tents (last week of camp) the night before we left and sleep on their cots out in the open so they wouldn't have to do it in the morning and we could leave and get home quickly.
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