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  1. LVAllen

    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    If National wants to quote me, I'd be happy to tell them about the GSUSA recruiter who, in 2015, insisted to me that Girl Scouts could now earn Eagle.
  2. LVAllen

    PLC hazing and bullying problem

    Welcome to scouter.com! It sounds like you've got two issues here. The first is that, in Scouting, we use constructive discipline. Our aim is to mold young men, which is difficult if we kick them out at the first sign of trouble. On the other hand, the Scouts' safety comes first, and it sounds like the SPL was acting un-Scoutlike in a way that was endangering another Scout. There have to be direct, proportionate consequences for that action. Given the severity of the breach of the Scout Law, I think an immediate counseling with the SPL and his parents is warranted, probably followed by a removal of the Scout from active participation. It's up to his parents to correct his behavior, but until they and he can assure you that nothing remotely like this will ever be an issue again, he simply can't participate. Given the sexual nature of the behavior, as well as the possibility that your son was singled out because of his developmental delays, I don't think you have any choice but to give the SE the heads up. Some helpful tools: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/incident-report/
  3. LVAllen

    New girls in Scouting

    I love being a Boy Scout, there's nothing I'd rather be- But if I wasn't a Boy Scout - A Girl Scout I would be! Ding-dong, Hi there! Wanna buy some cookies?
  4. Clarke Green over at scoutmastercg.com recently posted a podcast in which he discussed his troop's reaction to female scouts during a trip to the International Scout Center in Switzerland. It took his troop maybe ten minutes to grasp the concept that the females they saw weren't Girl Scouts, they were just Scouts.
  5. LVAllen

    Lawnmower Parents

    I think what Barry is hinting at is did you shortchange your youth leadership of teaching opportunities and character development in favor of learning from "true experts"? Scouts may want to get the knowledge without having to teach it themselves, but since Scoutcraft and skills instruction aren't actually one of the Aims of Scouting, having them teach it to their troopmates is a better way of encouraging their personal development, even if they miss things an expert would know. In the same vein, did the scouts in the troop learn ideas they can use to improve their own ways of teaching, or will the next crop of Scouts be expected to "go learn from the true experts"?
  6. LVAllen

    Council Merger

    Is there a betting pool for the date on which the sale of the first camp is announced?
  7. Follow the link that began this thread. It's right at the top of the page. "New approach to replace all existing activity programs for girls and boys, young women and young men beginning in January 2020." The boys' activity program within the US (Cub Scouts) and without (Activity Days) - Gone. The girls' activity program (Activity Days) - Gone. Faith in God (religious program for both boys and girls) - Gone. The Young Men activity program inside the US and Canada (Scouting) - Gone. Duty to God - Gone. The Young Women activity program (Personal Progress) - Gone. And if your activity programs (Scouting or otherwise) were ever focused on satisfying requirements, you were doing it wrong. You wouldn't be doing it unusually wrong, sad to say, but wrong nonetheless. The fact that you would suggest (and I would heartily agree) that some wards focused on checking off boxes only underscores my point about the church being unable to deliver a NAS program using the same people who were unable or unwilling to deliver the previous program, even with the available support.
  8. The problem is that claims of "leftward lurches" doesn't explain the abandonment of Personal Progress or Activity Days, which are also falling by the wayside.
  9. Gblotter, the fact the church ripped off huge portions of the Venturing program does not make me feel more inclined to believe that the Church can successfully create a program out of whole cloth. Rather, the opposite. I'm glad you feel confident. I do not. I imagine the New and Shiny world wide program to look very much like the program provided to those outside the US and Canada for decades - barely conceived, poorly supported, poorly implemented. It will largely place the burden of creating and providing the program on the backs of parents and adult youth leaders, without the massive amount of support and training previously offered by the Scouting curriculum.
  10. Mostly training on how to guide a relatively new SPL through the process. I don't believe he's worked through the process before, so I want to give him the support he needs so that he feels it's successful.
  11. Sorry to bring this post back from the dead, but my troop is just about to through the planning process again, so I was going through the PM forum for ideas. It struck me that the article described in this ancient post sounded familiar, so I looked back at my Troop Leaders Guidebook. Yep. Word for word. Guess all this garbage is official now. Any suggestions on how to provide practical training to the youth leadership on how to plan long-term?
  12. LVAllen

    BSA: The POLARIS Method

    "Today, all these layers feel burdensome and people are prioritizing their time, ignoring some parts and under-supporting others." But surely, once we unveil the One Layer, the Layer to rule all other Layers, THAT will make Scouters listen.
  13. "Q. Will you change the program to accommodate girls? Our existing programs are relevant for both young men and women. After all, the values of Scouting as outlined in the Scout Law – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent – are relevant and important values for both young men and women. As such, the program for girls, ages 11 to 17 will be the same curriculum offered in the Boy Scout program."
  14. LVAllen

    Adult led and youth led

    Sure, for certain definitions of "leading." I prefer Stosh's explanation of leadership (and have shamelessly stolen it when dealing with my own Scouts): leadership is taking care of your boys. With that in mind, what kind of activities do the adults do that take care of their Scouts? Well, since the adults' goals, i.e. Scouting's Aims, are to develop physical fitness, citizenship, and character, the adults "lead" by coaching and developing the scouts. They don't lead by dictatorial fiat, because that eliminates the boys' opportunity to grow, and that's not "taking care of the boys."