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About MaDDoG

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    A super intelligent shade of blue
  1. I've avoided this thread up to this point, but there is a critical point that no one has acknowledged thus far: http://www.scouting.org/Training/Membership_Standards/faqs.aspx Regardless of how the media, various individuals, COs, or even councils have interpreted it, the current membership policy does not allow actively gay youth. It allows youth that experience "same gender attraction". It was on the inclusion of "any sexual conduct, whether homosexual or heterosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting" that made the change in membership poli
  2. From the Guide to Advancement 2015: Teaching skills necessitates a "hands-on interactive experience", frequently "with personal coaching and guidance". Requiring each scout to schedule and complete a personal meeting with a counselor forces them "to take responsibility for their own full participation. If they show up to their meeting, and don't know their material, or are unable to demonstrate or show, or ... this is no different than how things work in the best of situations Separating the group instruction from their personal meeting with a counselor is no different than a scou
  3. I'm going to be ornery with this one. I am the District Advancement Chair for my district - and I have ZERO issues with a scheduled event - not a troop meeting - where a (or a group of) merit badge counselor(s) teach all of the information and skills for a merit badge. Once the event is finished, the scouts then need to meet one-on-one (in full view of of other scouts/parents/leaders, blah blah blah) with the counselor, and then demonstrate, explain, show, etc. the counselor what they individually actually know. That is the right way to run a MB clinic, university, whatever.
  4. A few years ago, I wanted to do a Hornaday project with our local cub pack.I visited with council, and no one had a clue. Eventually, our council advancement chair named himself our council conservation committee. I contacted national, asking for example unit projects that had been approved. What I got back doesn't quite fit the title an "olympics of conservation". Following the description from National, I actually did a lot of research into our project, and worked alongside our advisor, who is the director of a local organization similar to a water conservation district. Assuming PM's wo
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