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Snow Owl last won the day on October 16 2017

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  1. Gulf Coast Council also emailed the increase out at noon today. The cat is well out of the bag.
  2. BSA should have a ticker showing the number of bot cubs and girl cubs
  3. I would love to see a survey of how the packs are actually implementing the girl/boy dens. My suspicion is many are doing separate dens on paper only.
  4. How do we find out if a registered leader has been bared are kicked out of Scouting? Let's say for example an adult leader was arrested for several charges including drug and weapons charges, terrorizing and threatening a public official and is currently out on Bond. How do we see if they are still authorized to be a scout leader and a MB counselor? Would this person be at least temporarily bared from Scout events as a leader? There is no conviction just a host of charges. What if it is a Scout instead of the leader? And no it is not me!
  5. I fear the eagle has already been lightened up significantly. I have seen many scouts come back from a merit badge colleges (a one day event) with 2 completed merit badges that should take, at minimum, several days if not longer. something simple like basket weaving maybe but no communications, Law, public health, personal management etc.. I'm not eve going to go into the eagle mills. We do our scouts a disservice when we given them credit where it has not been properly earned.
  6. I am curious what councils are going to do with girl applications before the 2018 school year? I cannot imagine my council turning down money or anything that boosts their numbers.
  7. most Scout campgrounds etc. are more than an hour out from the city but there are two we have used that are much closer but not ideal St. Bernard State Park - 45 min South east of NOLA GIANT Mesquites 501 Saint Bernard Pkwy Saint Bernard, LA 70085 Phone number (504) 682-2101 Woodlands Conservancy 449 F. Edward Hebert Blvd, Belle Chase, LA 504-433-4000 Allows Scouts to camp but no showers and very limited facility The Scout reservation for the Southeast Louisiana Council is actually in Mississippi http://www.bsa-selacouncil.org/ The neighboring council, Istrouma Area Council, has a nice camp to the west about the same distance as the Southeast Louisiana one https://www.iacbsa.org/ There may be others as well. And yes the WW2 museum is amazing!
  8. You can respond, it would not be wise nor advised. I do not see a den leader being specifically named so for them to throw themselves into the fray would be very unwise. The Charter Organization also has a big say in this, As a leader you very well may have the survival of your unit in your hands. Also, as a leader you are covered by the BSA liability and E & O insurance, if you want to have that protection, you abide by their recommendations. As soon as something like this occurs the gentleman in expensive suits call you. disclaimer - I am not speaking about anything specifically related to this matter just general knowledge and observation.
  9. Let say the scout was asked to leave for other behavior, the Council nor BSA would say anything it would violate privacy and disclosure laws related to minors. This is completely a hypothetical mind you but for sake of thought. The mother wanted a confrontation, feeds her son who shares her views very poignant statement thinly masked as questions. She films the entire exchange (releases portions of it but not he entire meeting). The Scouts had been given guidelines of proper behavior and the parents were also informed of the decorum and accepted behavior and if they did not agree to the guidelines set out they could choose not to attend. The mother's filming violated the guidelines and agreed upon decorum for the meeting. the Scouts questions also violated the set out rules. Then after the Senator's visit has concluded, the den leader, being upset and possible politically aligned with the senator, confronts the mother and Scout about the incident. Not kicking them out of the den but pointing out they had agreed by coming to the meeting to not do exactly whet they did. But the Scout & his mother basically say we don't like your rules and we do not need to follow them. Den leader says well if you do not like my rules and the way I am running the den, you can go to another den or sign up and be a leader yourself. So again, hypothetically, the den leader, the cubmaster nor council or BSA would say anything different than they already have. Again this is all hypothetical. But you can see an easily alternative situation but BSA, the CO and the leaders cannot say anything related to any of it. Just food for thought before we jump to conclusions based on only one side of the story when there are actually many sides.
  10. I think we are not getting even close to the whole story. The two statements I saw he asked where: “I was astonished that you blamed black people for poor health and poverty because of all the chicken and barbecue they eat,†"I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offenders to continue to own a gun, Why on earth would you want someone who beats their wife to have access to a gun?" Given his mother's significant political activism I have a hard time believing the story on face value. BSA nor the unit can comment on what issues may or may not have existed with the Scout and his mother or is he was asked to change dens what was the reason. Again we do not know, but what if there was another issue or problem unrelated to the statements he made to the state senator? I have first hand knowledge of a number of situations when a Scout or their family have been separated from a unit. No details or any information is ever disseminated or released. There are major privacy restrictions so BSA at any level, as well as the unit, is bared from explaining or giving any details. In the story at hand, the mother and the Scout can say what they wish to the media, BSA, the unit and the chartered organization are greatly limited as to what they can say. I can't help but think this was orchestrated by the mother to get the exact media attention she is getting.
  11. The number of Eagle mills out there is significant. Merit badges get handed out like candy at many camps and troops. We see it very often - Scouts earing a merit badge at camp that has requirements that clearly could not have been completed.
  12. We have seen girls at summer camps both on staff and as attendees for the past few years.
  13. I have been using a sears Kenmore basic sewing machine and it works great. Biggest thing it to use new needles. the patches and the backing on the patches dull the needles very quickly.
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