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  1. mashmaster

    Stepping aside

    Well, my son is taking a major step back from scouting which makes me sad. That being the case, I have stepped down as Scoutmaster for the troop I helped start as the first scoutmaster. It is certainly a very weird feeling not being the sm. I will still be an ASM and support the new SM who already does things radically different from me. I will need to remember to keep my mouth shut and support the new method, but it does worry me and the new approach already seems to be more strict and school like rather than boy led. I typically dealt in the grey area, where the new sm thinks everything is black and white following the bsa rules to the word. For those that have been in this situation what have you done? Just bit your tongue and slid into the woodwork?
  2. I have been known to talk to youth outside of scouting to address rudeness before. I get some strange looks.
  3. I heard many issues that happened at Jambo that made my blood boil. Swearing was the least of those, but it doesn't make it meaningless. Swearing in not appropriate in scouting. I do it more than I should (never around the boys) but it is something I work on. I do it much less than most people, but nobody is perfect and I try to improve myself.
  4. mashmaster

    Stepping aside

    Well, stepped aside and now through the grapevine, I hear the new SM is spreading rumors about me. I am trying to ignore it but I am infuriated that someone would attack my character. Especially when it is done behind my back while being nice to me in person......
  5. If I heard of any of that, I would address it privately to the scout. We haven't had to deal pornography, but those in my issues are something that a SM or ASM would address with the boy. I would not call it out in front of the whole troop. For Pornography, it would be the boy, then the parents.
  6. Understood. We have some scouts that are LDS in our troop and we respect their religious practices like we would others. So they go home on Saturday night for example. I would still suggest that as an option but make sure you have that discussion with troop leaders ahead of time to see if it would be a good match. Some troops may certainly work better than others.
  7. Is there any reason why the boy couldn't be enrolled in a different troop to finish if he really wants Eagle, or is the the parent that really wants Eagle? Nothing says they are prohibited from joining a non-LDS based troop.
  8. I wouldn't doubt it. I know Texas is very strict about the training rules.
  9. mashmaster

    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    agreed, it was 6 months until they were allowed
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    OMG, my son's first troop the troop guides wouldn't let them cook or light the stoves. We switched troops.
  11. mashmaster

    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    Actually, I did read his response. Venturing is not a separate unit in scouting it is integrated and has been since 1969 I think. It isn't like venture crews are parallel with one crew for boys and another for girls. Frankly, I am worried about scouting in general but that is related to boring meetings. I have seen a lot of boring meetings across several troops. Maybe the girls will make the meetings more exciting, but I doubt it.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    Then I suppose he was very against Venturing as well?
  13. Your troop does not match the experience of our local LDS troops. I wish they did what your troop does. I will say that there are a number of poorly run non-LDS troops as well, so it isn't solely an LDS thing.
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    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    Until I met a scout that was being openly held back from advancement in his troop and discriminated by both adults and youth in his old troop did it really hit home. He is a great young man, very giving, leads without being asked. On his own he sends helpful information to the troop like packing lists and meeting plans. Attends church regularly, his church doesn't care about his sexuality. And I don't either. He is almost an Eagle now. I am happy that we were able to accept him in our troop and watch this young man grow.
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    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    Enjoying it? no. As a Jew living married to a Christian, living in the Bible belt, I hear this stuff often. Many people pray for me because I haven't accepted Christ. I just try to take the high road by smiling and being courteous. I have a feeling if I were to say something along the lines of "you believe in a false prophet which is against gods teachings" they might have a different reaction. I believe in my faith and I respect others that believe in their faith. Being in the "majority" doesn't make you right/or wrong it is something outside of our judgement. I try to teach my scouts to be open to accepting others for the people they are and not their faith. The fact that he decided to bring up the issue so much after the fact has high risk and zero reward. He decided to come to a place where we have zero impact into the issue to complain about it so much later. I don't see the point. Kinda like going into local high school and complaining about the election results. Neither are effective other than causing a ruccus. As my grandmother would say "Oi vey, don't kvetsh!" Shalom my fraynd , shalom.
  16. How to wish your Muslim neighbors a happy Ramadan (May 16-June 15) and lots more info: “You can exchange Ramadan greetings by saying ‘Ramadan Kareem,’ which translates into ‘Have a generous Ramadan,’ or ‘Ramadan Mubarak,’ which roughly translates into ‘Happy Ramadan.’”
  17. Thanks for the translation. My post came from my church so I am no expert, I appreciate the info
  18. mashmaster

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    I do appreciate peoples beliefs, but I don't appreciate people telling everyone that we all should follow his beliefs. Scouting is interfaith always has been. I accept people having different beliefs than mine and am doing this for the youth. I do not see the value in chastising people for sticking with the program for the youth. If you can't follow it, then find an organization that you can follow without throwing stones.
  19. mashmaster

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    Agreed, I don't understand people that think the way he does.
  20. mashmaster

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    of course not. sad, because here in Central Texas we have the best Brisket around 🙂 That should ruffle a few feathers....
  21. mashmaster

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    Certainly is regional. In our district we are doing better than last year. The luncheon I attended, they got around $60k from the room.
  22. mashmaster

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    Our faith in another deity, no all of us are Christian
  23. mashmaster

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    The problem is that this requirement is a slippery slope. Atheism is probably the only thing that distinctly differs from the law. Unless BSA were to say you must be religion A and fulfill requirements 1,2, and 3 what does this requirement really mean? We all know many Christians that either never go to church, or go twice a year, or even worse go often and the minute they leave church they don't follow the golden rules. So in my mind, someone that is honest and declares being Atheist carries more weight than Christian (or others) that are completely fake.
  24. It is sad for sure. I know in my district, the LDS units don't really follow the program. Adults run it more like cub scouting, they don't camp or participate in district activities. Very little of our fundraising comes from those units. I know this sounds very negative, I am not trying to be. I have many LDS friends that are scouters and they complain to me about the same things.
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