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  1. Well, that Scoutmaster is gone and the other Assistant Scoutmasters came to me with similar complaints. So it wasn't just me. In fact the Scoutmaster publicly shamed a boy and the boy quit scouting. That was one of the last straws for the rest of the troop to see the true metal of the person. And yes I have issues when Adults in scouting don't operate in the best interest of the youth.
  2. Today was the second workday. Only two scouts from the former troop and a member from the local Mountain biking community showed up. If you read what I wrote, it wasn't that the former units were supporting his project. The Scoutmasters asked him to send them the signup information and didn't send it out. The Scoutmasters are not the unit, the youth are. At the prior work day, there were members from his Ship, Crew, and two prior Troops showed up to work. I am not sure what you are driving at with this question. For his Ship, he reached out directly to them, Ships are much much sma
  3. This message confuses me. Is it a joke?
  4. On his first work day he had many members from his old troops so I think I can safely say it was ammicable. Not sure why you would doubt that?
  5. Thanks, it is pretty cool to see the transformation that has already happened. In my son's words to the committee when reviewing his project "I want to build a park, not a park bench"
  6. It is progressing. He has an ambitious project of building a mountain bike trail with jumps, ramps, and other fancy mountain bike obstacles. They are done with the trail, now it is the obstacle construction stuff.
  7. Well he got 2 people to show up. The scoutmasters requested him to send them the signup sheets he made and he was proactive in reaching out to them. That is why he reached out to the Scoutmasters. He is no longer in that unit so he doesn't have access to email them. So it is frustrating if they tell him to send them the information to send out and they don't. I place that BLAME on the scoutmasters for setting a parameter and not following through on it. He is doing the recruiting per the conditions that he is. So when you say why is he reaching out to the Scoutmasters that is why.
  8. So my son is working on his Eagle project. He reached out to his two prior troops for volunteers last weekend to both Scoutmasters. Found out that neither one bothered to send the information to their troops. So my son has to hope that people from community groups he reached out to will show up. Neither of them bothered to even reply to his email request. It pisses me off to see people not bother to be helpful. fingers crossed he gets some people to help tomorrow.
  9. I am confident that all the proper rules are being followed. I personally know the National Commodore and Sea Scout program director. Techincally in the charter bylaws that are signed by congress from many years ago as the official charter org of National Scouting the wording is there that allows for religious discrimination. I don't have it handy but I have seen it. I don't agree with it personally, and in the camp of zero discrimination and allow any youth that wants to scout the opportunity to do so. As the former minister of the Charter Org from when I was a Scoutmaster once
  10. So you keep saying they can't charter units but they have. Maybe the publications haven't been updated.
  11. What I personally do and position this for the youth is that we will always be non-discriminating and inclusive to people. </Ramble on> There are many things that we have done over time to people that are well intentioned but the received perception may not be received in how we would have liked or expected. e.g. someone that has lost weight "you look great, good job on losing weight. You must feel healthier now". The comment might seem to you to be positive but the reception might be "You have been unhealthy and you are finally losing weight." it is kinda like the telephone
  12. Rather than a merit badge, it feels like this is more something akin to the Cyberchip. Make it required for an earlier rank and a catch up at Star rank. If the intention is to have everyone take it for Eagle, only a few will take it and they will leave it to the very end of the Eagle journey.
  13. I disagree. I can't disagree with any of these initiatives. Discrimination is wrong on every level
  14. Feel free to tell that to the units that have already been chartered over the last few months. I know this on actual fact, let me know if you would like to the National Commodore, I have his info.
  15. Does it put a timeline on for the Merit badge? My son is working on his Eagle Project now.
  16. Any Sea Scout from any ship can join the CGAUX even if they are not in a Ship that is not sponsored by the Auxillary. Normally you need to be 17 to join the Auxiliary. The Auxiliary also provides deeply discounted rates for the excellent training courses they provide for Scouts and Scout leaders. It is a small percentage of Sea Scouts that go into maritime industries in the future. Some do for sure, but most are in the program to have fun scouting on the water. Explorer Posts are part of the Learning for Life program on the BSA and can be sponsored by the Auxillary, Police, Fire,
  17. Funny, I looked at your posts and there is a common theme about being against anyone that is an Atheist. Sea Scouts still has the same chartering requirements as other BSA units. We are also respectful of the youth and others in the program to ensure all are welcome in the most difficult age of their life. We do hold interfaith services if that answers your question. But I do not require them to participate in the service. Teenagers already have a lot to deal with now. I do not have them declare a religious doctrine when they join.
  18. Let's try to find a more respectful way to talk to one another. Yes Scouting needs to be fun, otherwise the youth won't want to do it, but scouting is much more than just having fun. If you look in the Sea Scout early texts, you find mention of the 4-S's of Sea Scouting. They are still very relevant: Scouting, Seamanship, Service, and Social. Scouting is all about tradition things like patrol method/camping/etc (doing things). Seamanship is Sailing/paddling/motor boats/navigation/Sea Skills. Service is doing for others. Social is just as important. I think these concepts still
  19. I have good news too. My sons Eagle project was approved tonight. The biggest issue they had with it is that it is ambitious and bigger than most 🙂 When in the video with the committee he said that he found this project and didn't want to build just a park bench he wants to build a park. He is building a mountain biking slopestyle track at a local mountain biking non-profit. Gotta love projects that include excavators and chain saws. Just waiting for one more signature before they can start. fingers crossed.
  20. I hope you are wrong. It is such a good program. I know many youth this is by far a better fit for them over regular Troop scouts. The maturity level is just so much higher and they really own their experience.
  21. In Sea Scouting, there is a lot of Area and Region activity for units. This is primarily because there are so few units and the kids are older so they have multiple events that they work together for the youth.
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