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Posts posted by DuctTape

  1. 12 hours ago, ShootingSports said:

    Pure speculation on rationale : 2 nights require a lot of resources that a number of packs would not be prepared to host.  Cost of the events increase significantly for the 2nd night (putting a strain on CS parents). 2 nights is an exhausting pace and fatigue leads to accidents. Dont want competition with our own camps.  National might have seen pattern in reported injuries and correlated to two night stays. Our program is "progressive" in advancement ( 1 night for CS and more for BS). NCAP kicks in and requires significant planning to comply (Units not prepared whereas Camps are (or at least should be).


    Seven potential reasons......

    These are reasons for why a unit may decide to have a single night campout. But they are not reasons for why the gtss should prohibit it for all.

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  2. 21 hours ago, AwakeEnergyScouter said:

    Oh, this is fantastic! Thank you so much! The question of skill progression is not my forte - I have no background in early childhood education - so having some guidance of what you can expect is so helpful! I will see what we can do with this. I see you can get orienteering kits online and we also have a club in town whose white course we might be able to borrow. 

    Thank you 🙏


    20 hours ago, cmd said:

    I think another fun orienteering-based activity would be to take a hike and do a scavenger hunt along the way for features that would be listed on a map: old stone wall, streambed, large rootstock, lone tree, reentrant, etc.  If you can get a trail map, even if it isn't a topo one, they could draw in the symbols that correspond to those features.  Or even without a map, just have some large copies of the symbols and when they find something that is represented in the list show you the symbol.


    8 hours ago, InquisitiveScouter said:

    make and print your own basic topo maps at caltopo.com

    All good ideas. Another way to introduce map&compass and begin the skill progression is have them use the M&C to navigate to a large object/area on the map instead of a tiny orientering control. For example, take a bearing from their location and navigate to the playground, then take another a navigate to the sledding hill and then another to... . This gets them accustomed to the basics of using the M&C together and not focusing on straight line to stay on the exact bearing. They do not need to be as precise in their bearing so it is more fun, and they will be more successful which motivates them to the next step in their skill progression.

    Note: In real life this is more what bacckountry navigating is like anyway. Using terrain features and navigating to the large objects like "the pond"; using terrain features as backstops and handrails etc...

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  3. 15 minutes ago, InquisitiveScouter said:

    I wish life were that easy. I have seen many Scouts over the years who didn't want to be there.  Their parents made them.  (We have a few at the moment.)  Some have changed their minds over time, and some left. 

    Parents ultimately make the decision about joining Scouting, not the youth.

    I did not say it was easy; anything but.

    I have had similar experiences. Mostly the scouts want to do scouts.

    We disagree about who makes the ultimate decision. Certainly parents have the authority, but IMO the ultimate decision needs to be the scouts. 

  4. 10 minutes ago, InquisitiveScouter said:

    So, Little League websites, social posts, email blasts, electronic newsletters, "Annual Key Touchpoints", imagery, sponsoring searches, etc. etc. etc. are all aimed at the youth??

    Who knew those kids were so savvy??


    If kids just wanted to play baseball, they'd go to the park, backyard, open field, sandlot, (like we did as kids) and hit the ball around.

    Communication tools provided to adults to help them get their kid involved is not the same as marketing to the target audience.

    One can only aim at a single target.

  5. 2 hours ago, InquisitiveScouter said:

    I love the idea, but how do we reach that as reality?

    Parents are a target audience.  Without them, how would we have Scouting?

    Adult volunteers are a target audience.  Without them, how would we have Scouting?

    BSA National has made itself the target audience for the dollars.  Without them, we could still have Scouting 😜




    Little League is not marketed to adults. Kids wanna play baseball so the adults (and community) provide a league.

    If youth want to do it, their parents would sign them up. Parents are often the volunteers, the youth become volunteers. There is no need to market Scouts to the adults; if the youth wanna do it, the adults will provide. The scouts are the only target audience. IMO part of the problem is BSA (national) was/is trying to market itself to the adults and as a result forgot the only target audience that matters.

  6. 2 hours ago, InquisitiveScouter said:

    These are the two words for the youth!

    As I laid out earlier, there are several target audiences for Scouting, not just the youth.  Any strategies to increase membership must identify and appeal to each of those audiences.

    Yes., if the youth want to be a scout, then that is all that is necessary. There are other benefits for adults... parents, society etc, but in the end the only target audience that matters is the youth.

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  7. Those of us in GenX often refer to the boomers as having ignored us, or as latch-key kids needing to raise ourselves. We learned quickly to be independent, and to do things for ourselves. 

    Sadly our generation swung the pendulum too far. Not wanting to have the Milennials and Z to "suffer our fate", we overscheduled, hyper-supervised, and bubble-wrapped them.

    The lack of youth initiative, letting adults plan/control, etc.. Scouts is a reflection of the greater society. We did it to ourselves.

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  8. 3 hours ago, InquisitiveScouter said:

    Ostensibly, it is to make sure the Eagle Scout candidate planned the project.

    A 16 year old's level of planning usually is not going to be anywhere near an adult's level of planning.

    Oftentimes, I actually let the Scout experience difficulty, and then let them figure out how they are going to deal with it.  And, if they did not plan properly (did not have enough boards or bolts or cement bags, or whatever) they will learn from their mistakes.

    Once the project is signed off, isn't that sufficient to say that, at some point, the planning came together so that the Scout could finish his project?

    Leave that discovery for the EBoR.  Finding out what went wrong, or what obstacles were encountered in a project, and how the Scout dealt with it speaks volumes more about his personal growth than how well he planned it.  When I see a meticulously planned project, I also hold it a bit more suspect as having had too much parental or leader involvement anyway... in my experience...

    Agreed. Part of the project is to also be a learning and growth opportunity. If an error was made in planning, and not enough materials were purchased, etc... then the project might need to be finished the following week. It is these mistakes and the follow-up which help develop management, leadership and ultimately character. The final report, if sufficient time is spent on it, will include significant reflection by the scout on their growth. 

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  9. 1 hour ago, RichardB said:

    Please help me understand what part of this is not clear?  

    • Cub Scout pack unit coordinated camping is limited to single overnight experiences. 

    I see lots of discussions on calls for justification not a lack of clarity.   

    Interesting to see that when there were cry's of inconsistency and those are removed, it is Orwellian. Specifically, updated LOS inconsistency for additional clarity (there are likely others in the wild) does not equate to Orwellian practice or gaslighting.   

    As to why, the limitation on Pack and Webelos / AOL Den camping of one night as an age appropriate guideline.    This has been in place for a long time - can query on this forum back to 2019, your own posting of the chart, BALOO training, Cub Scout page, etc.   Really similar to the limitation of shooting sports do not occur at Cub Scout unit level, only the council level.    Or @Eagle94-A1 favorite Dodge ball is prohibited.   

    Couple of good broad why's:  https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/is-it-scouting/ and https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/unauthorized-restricted-activities/ 



    "cry's of inconsistency" -Using a straw man fallacy.

    "age-appropriate guideline" -Is a claim. Lacks evidence. A circular argument.

    "been in place for a long time" -An appeal to history.

    "really similar to" -False equivalence. Incomplete comparison.

    "broad why's" -begging the question

    Still zero rationale for why a two-night campout is inherently more unsafe than a single night to the level which necessitates its prohibition.

    Grading this essay for my 8th graders would get a failing mark.

    Grading the GTSS as a whole would get at best a C-.



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  10. What is missing is a rationale for the prohibition. Absent a clear concise reason, the prohibition of a 2-night campout appears arbitrary. Coupled with the volume of other clarifiers, the abitrary nature makes it difficult for folks to interpret how to implement. More "clarifiers" is NOT the answer. If us volunteers knew a good reason why a 2 night campout is prohibited for some, we could apply that rationale to help understand any appearance of conflict between different areas of the gtss. Because the rationale either does not exist, or at the very least has not been clearly communicated, us volunteers see the prohibition as arbitrary. 

    How does a webelos den attending a 2- night campout put them at such an increased safety risk that only one night is allowed?


    Show us the receipts.

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  11. I think more importantly is "why not?". For the GTSS to have real buy in, all restrictions should have at their core articulable rationale for all restrictions. All restrictions, rules etc... must be written succinctly to not require a 19 page FAQ attempting to explain how to follow them. 

    If any appear to be arbitrary (or worse) then those tasked with implementing the gtss will  ignore parts they decide are arbitrary, "up for interpretation", or just plain ridiculous. This makes the gtss ultimately just a list of suggestions. This failure is owned by those who penned it without meaningful buy in from those tasked to implement it. 

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  12. 33 minutes ago, InquisitiveScouter said:

    I honestly don't know.

    I believe that if BSA did not cover some volunteers, and word got out, there could be a mass exodus of adult volunteers.  I believe this is a great fear they have.  So, in many cases, they choose to settle it under insurance, and maybe pay a little higher premium, than have the program collapse for lack of adults.

    But, legally, if you were not following the G2SS, I could see where the insurance company and BSA could say, "You are on your own..."

    I believe that the insurance is for the BSA and not for individuals. When sued, insurance covers the BSA. The question at hand is whether volunteers and/or staff are indemnified under the policy as well. One can be certain that a lawsuit will name everyone and everything and let the court sort it out.

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  13. My #1 gripe is using the term "leader" vs Scouter or "Adult Supervision".


    The scouts should be leading. The adult Scouters are there for supervision and safety NOT to lead. (Except for cubs).


    And YES this matters.

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  14. The reason I do not use pointers for astronomy is to provide scouts et al better opportunity to appreciate the greater cosmos, and to become a guide themselves and not simply an audience.

    Imagine using descriptive language and the stars as pointers as the main guide. The purpose is to have viewers not just see a particular object, but see it within the greater cosmos. Also the joy experienced by a new sky viewer when they finally "find" the stellar object themselves. Sooner or later they then begin to describe to others how to find it. This creates a cycle of not just pointing out specific items, but for the participants to begin looking for other objects and guiding others to them as well.

  15. 17 minutes ago, mrjohns2 said:

    That is a quality unit. Quality units deliver a quality program. A unit that does not deliver a quality program is not a quality unit. 

    Yes. That is what I would preserve, and wish national and councils would advocate for instead of chasing quantity.

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  16. I think the focus on membership numbers (ie collecting dues for national) has allowed a corruption of the program. I would rather see national and the councils focus on promoting quality programs instead of quantity of units. It may be true that youth desire other activities, however there are some who still desire a quality scouting program. We should aim to provide that instead of trying to change the program to attract others. I would rather we have 10% of the current membership and units delivering a scout led, patrol method, outdoor based scouting program than increasing membership numbers ten-fold having an adult led, webelos 3, classroom based advancement day care.

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