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numbersnerd

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About numbersnerd

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    TX
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    Finance, marketing, BI, analysis
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    Fishing, boating, hunting, camping, hiking, golf
  • Biography
    Youth: Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer, Eagle
    Adult: Asst Den Leader, Den leader, Asst Cubmaster, Cubmaster, Troop Committee

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  1. numbersnerd

    BSA Executive Salaries

    So true. The only time we hear from our DE is when he's trying to drum up registrations or rather, trying to get US to drum up more registrations. Sure, what volunteer doesn't want to do FOUR rounds of membership rallies every year? 🙄 Dude can't even get flyers printed properly for us. Go away. It's that or to schedule a FOS presentation.
  2. numbersnerd

    BSA Executive Salaries

    Maybe some deeper self-examination is necessary. You may be joking, but that IS the impression made by the 'professionals' time and time again. WE can't help it that quite often the only ones signing up to be paid Scouters are a bunch of bumbling fools. Is that a fair assessment of all of them? Hardly, but you form your opinions based on what you have experienced. What we volunteers can do is often ignore the interference and idiocy and deliver quality as opposed to bureaucracy.
  3. numbersnerd

    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    I've lost count of the number of times I've assisted someone in random situations. Out shopping, in the office, etc. All because I always carry a pocketknife. Always. And it's usually the BSA camping knife given to me over 40 years ago. Quite often the response when seeing the logo on the knife is along the lines of, "Well of course you're ready to help, you're a Scout aren't you?"
  4. numbersnerd

    BSA Executive Salaries

    I think we're going to see a lot of troops go to that mode of operation with the recent changes (if they aren't already doing it.) Both Pack and Troop I'm involved with largely do this now and will likely scale back any district/council participation back to the minimum required. Why? Membership changes and policies are one element. Another is that there is very little value-add involving them in the program we offer. It works, boys are learning and having fun. As a unit, we're increasing our numbers because of what WE do, in spite of the noise and interference from above.
  5. numbersnerd

    Summer camp - too many adults?

    I guess I should have clarified. I meant OUR (adult) schedule and where everything was located for our own reference. Something that I don't recall from my time as a Scout that we have to consider as adults is medications. Depending on the camp, either we can do it or it has to be administered by the camp staff. Another wrinkle to iron out. Although I can foresee some first-year campers needing some guidance if they are having to go solo to their first activity site. They will be coached on asking who's going to the ABC Area next and partnering up with others for those walks. You never know who you're going to meet at camp!
  6. numbersnerd

    Summer camp - too many adults?

    Luckily we have the opposite problem. Well, maybe TOO minimal adult coverage. Only 2 for 18. And I say possibly too minimal in case of an emergency where two-deep would be impossible. I guess if it comes down to it, our senior Scouts will get some OTJ training on how to handle the logistics of an emergency situation. Actually, we are looking forward to it as somewhat of a vacation after the Monday rush to activities and figuring out the schedule and lay of the land. The acting SPL will get a good taste of the role as he's wanting to run for the position the next rotation and his experience and performance should prove his worth. We'll have a backup framework of course, but it's his show to run this year. I'm looking forward to seeing how ALL of them do!
  7. numbersnerd

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    I would go back and re-read what he wrote then. Nowhere did he say "Firestone hates god" or anything like that. Fighting irrational with irrational doesn't really work.
  8. numbersnerd

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    Facts are just that and I said they should take precedence (ie, back seat) over opinion. Interpretation is influenced by the opinion of the interpreter. A very subjective outcome. I notice throughout this thread lots of mention of 'interpreting' things. Is there something offensive about facts and objective statements that makes them so discountable?
  9. numbersnerd

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    Revisionist musings will, and should, always take a back seat to facts. Anything ascribed to B-P with a leading, "I think" is meaningless.
  10. numbersnerd

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    So if someone can't express themselves in a manner that conforms to your style or sensibilities they shouldn't be allowed to do so. Doesn't sound very inclusive.
  11. numbersnerd

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    What's the difference between criticism and insult? The element of personal perception. You saw it one way, I saw it another. You can express your dissatisfaction with his behavior, yet you would restrict the manner in which he expresses his? Honestly, it only ratcheted up once he began to get flak for his stance. The escalation was not entirely upon him. How do those that require objective compliance reconcile that with their own subjective behavior?
  12. numbersnerd

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    If you can point to any violations of either, please do so. I find it interesting that someone brave enough to stand by their convictions and say so is considered un-Scoutlike. While others will consistently downvote people they disagree with without engagement. Not surprising, just interesting.
  13. numbersnerd

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    If or when he whines about what he thinks someone said to or about him, yes.
  14. numbersnerd

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    My suggestion would be to grow a thicker skin if you're going to converse on the interwebs.
  15. numbersnerd

    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    Having defined rules and enforcing them with boys is already difficult enough without introducing moral relativism.
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