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Ranman328

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About Ranman328

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  • Birthday 03/28/1969

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    Male
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    Woodbridge, Virginia
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    Federal Government
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    Scouting, camping, golf, baseball, home projects
  • Biography
    I am a 14 year Scouter. I am currently a Unit Commissioner, Merit Badge Counselor and Scoutmaster. I have served as a Pack Trainer, Den Leader, Committee Chairman and Cubmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster.

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  1. Ranman328

    Time line from Scout to Eagle

    Is it me or does it seem like this is becoming all about getting the Eagle Badge. I do believe Lord Baden Powell said "We must change boys from what can I get to what can I give" I think that says it all. I am uncomfortable with all the talk about how fast can I get my Eagle. Maybe go out and learn some very important skills and learn how to become a good leader and quit worrying about what can I get. Just my $.02
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    Eagle Project question... help

    I will have to agree with denibug72. Our District just had a scout complete his Eagle Project and it was a Flag Retirement Ceremony. His Father already had over 75 trash bags filled with flags in his garage. If you google Eagle Projects, you will find some very "thin" projects. Another Scout in our District installed a single flag pole with 36 bricks in a circle around it. I think if done right, this project could turn out well. I do wonder if the old rule about how it helps out the Charter Organization still applies. But then again, if you have a large Troop, you can only do so many projects. I have three Eagle Projects coming up and they all depend on the other project being completed.
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    PLC hazing and bullying problem

    SFF, I would appreciate it if you would not take my comment out of context. I never said "ALL" boys would do this. You are going from one end of the spectrum to the other. The fact is that this was not just one Scout. Several other Scouts sat by watched and did nothing! These other scouts are apparently in the PLC. Please retract your statement. Thank you!
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    PLC hazing and bullying problem

    This is kind of where I was going as how are these Scouts going to treat others. Apparently @SFF doesn't like the fact that I have grouped these boys into a group and has berated me for it but I find it upsetting that an SPL and the PLC would conduct themselves in this manner. You appear to think along the same lines as me as this can become a behavior and would have probably become worse had they not been caught.
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    PLC hazing and bullying problem

    No it is not a damning statement to make against boys. Maybe you have not read about all the issues that transpired at the Scout Jamboree over the summer. Dozens of reports of Scouts inappropriate behavior toward females at the event. The fact that they will be handing out condoms at the World Jamboree is very disturbing to me as well. You go ahead and look at this from your point of view and I hope it never hits close to your back yard. Thank you for your opinion and I will move on.
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    PLC hazing and bullying problem

    Sir, I don't know what to say, as a father of two boys, I am not sure what I would do or say. I am not sure I would be in Scouting any longer because my protective father instinct would probably have taken over. I applaud you for holding back. As a Scout Leader, I am disgusted that an SPL and a group in the PLC would do this. There is no place in scouting for this type of behavior. I understand the event was not a Scouting event but it occurred to a Scout by other Scouts in the same Troop. We teach them to protect each other not assault each other. Personally, as a Scoutmaster, I would have a meeting with the parents and Scouts that participated in the attach and hand each of them an application and ask them to complete a Transfer to another Troop as their behavior is not acceptable in this Troop. I would hand them a list of other Troops in the area. I am not sure they should be in the same Troop any longer. I have read some good advice on here to let the District handle it. As you have said, anything you do or say will be under the microscope. I hope your Scout does not quit Scouting because of this. I am very sorry your Scout and Family had to deal with this.
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    PLC hazing and bullying problem

    I couldn't agree more! Especially since we are recruiting girls into Scouts. Some on this Forum might not agree but girls will be going out camping with tents right next to boys. If boys will do this to another boy, they will certainly try it with girls. I am sad and disappointed to read this situation.
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    PLC hazing and bullying problem

    I couldn't agree more. Just because they take the uniform off doesn't mean they stop being a Scout. The fact that they are Scouts and Stand up in front of everyone each week and recite the Scout Oath and Scout Law and still did this makes me sick. It also makes me wonder what they haven't been caught for. No place in Scouting for this. Any and all discussion in front of the Troop should require all parents of the Troop be there. Make everyone involved see what is going on there. Sounds like some parents need a wake up call as well.
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    New girls in Scouting

    You are right, "saying" and "doing" are two different things. Not a very good example to set for her cub scout daughter that was standing right there. Certainly not in the teachings of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Definitely not in the Scout Spirit.
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    New girls in Scouting

    So my wife and I are at the Scout Store Friday buying supplies for our Court of Honor on Tuesday and at the register there is this lady buying a pile of girl Cub Scout uniform items to include leggings. She is giving this poor kid behind the counter who couldn't be more than 18 or 19 years old a hard time about how it is so unfair that there has to be a female leader at all events if there are any girls in the Pack. She wants this kid to explain to her why this is fair. She goes on to tell him that she is going to file a discrimination lawsuit against BSA and that she already has her letter ready. I look at my wife and she is doing all she can to bite her lip and not go off on this lady. First off, this lady appears to be new to scouting as she is buying all new uniforms for girls and she is already complaining and threatening lawsuits. If you are already this turned off by the BSA rules, why are you joining? I can see now that is all we are going to see is a bunch of lawsuits complaining of discrimination and wanting the rules and requirements changed to suit girls. Sad times in BSA
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    I HATE the new YPT rules

    Been there, done that. Get lots of head bobbing and it never gets done. Gets to the point when parents just drop at the door and go. They want to have their Scout in a great program but they don't want to have to give up any time or effort to support it. I call them out in emails, in Troop Meetings, Court of Honor's, you name it. When enough events get cancelled, maybe then they will step up. I should not be working more hours in a week at my volunteer job (Scouts) than I do at my paid job.
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    New girls in Scouting

    might be funny to watch
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    New girls in Scouting

    Don't be so sure. Some of these Scouts come up with some interesting ideas.
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    I HATE the new YPT rules

    It's amazing to make announcements at the beginning of each Troop Meeting and asking for anything for the good of the Troop and me telling the parents "We need volunteers to step up for events" and they all just sit there looking at you with blank looks. These are the same people wanting the leaders to make exceptions for their scouts that would require those same leaders to take additional time from their families to accommodate the request. Frustrating to say the least.
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    I HATE the new YPT rules

    I don't like the new YPT rules either and it doesn't have anything to do with girls. It looks like I am going to have to cancel our first Troop Event on Monday. I don't have two 21 year or older YPT trained leaders to go on our five mile hike and orienteering course. I usually put together some type of hike or bike ride on the Holiday's like Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day etc. It is a good chance to knock out some of those Advancement and Merit Badge Requirements for the new boys. This time I have seven Scouts and five adults going one of which is a YPT Trained leader (ME). Just can't seem to get the adults to take the class. Had a couple of them attempt to take it and the web site crapped out and they gave up. Thanks BSA!
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