As there are competing threads on the topic, it is anybody's guess where I should post...but here are my naive experiences surrounding the recent policy change:
Four weeks ago, I was at camp. I ate lunch with SPL's from 5 different councils. We talked about camp, Scouts, and teenage life.
Three weeks ago, I was at camp. I ate lunch with SPL's from 7 different councils. We talked about camp, Scouts, and teenage life.
Last week I was not able to go to camp. I missed it.
Monday was the vote; I read about it online.
This Tuesday, I was at camp. I ate lunch with SPL's from 6 different councils. We talked about camp, Scouts, and teenage life.
I guess the kids this week hadn't heard the news, same sorts of comments as the other weeks.
(By the way in terms of common themes...these kids like Scouting and these teenagers are very open about Scouting with their friends in school, especially those in High School. And non-Scouts, according to their Scout friends, are often envious of Scouting activities. And also by the way, teenagers have their act together a lot more than we give them credit for, a lot more - ask a 15 year old what makes them happy and you might be pleasantly surprised.)
Anyway, I'll be up at camp next week. I think I am eating lunch with SPL'S from 6 different councils. We'll be talking about camp, Scouts, and teenage life.
I doubt there will be much different this next week.
I'm know the conversations of SPL'S around a table will mean absolutely nothing to some of our Charter Organizations considering whether to leave Scouting, after all adults, not kids, know what's best. It's just too bad that too often in our near future the choice of continuing Scouting will be made by those who value something other than Scouts.
Just needed to share. Thanks.