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dilrod last won the day on July 15 2017

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  1. In the interest of being friendly and courteous, I'll make a couple more points and then bow out of this discussion. I think there is an underlying hope that this change will generate donations, by getting us back into the United Way or gaining corporate sponsorships. This won't earn us forgiveness and funding for what others perceive as our past sins of being sexist girl haters, just like the homosexual accommodations led to nothing. Next God will have to go, then the militaristic uniforms, then the male oriented power structure and on and on... I hope I'm wrong, because the people leaving are taking their dues and fundraising skills with them and many of us staying won't be able to find our checkbooks when the annual FOS shakedown comes around. I doubt if we will make these up with new members. I plan to stick around and see how things develop. I owe my boys as Den Leader to give them a good program. When, not if, the Dens become co-ed I will reevaluate. Best wishes to everyone, whatever you choose to do.
  2. Recruiting through Pinewood Derby

    We set up a Pinewood Derby track and have a few old cars to run at our spring school event. There are always some interested children, but we haven't gotten members doing it. I think you have a great idea! If you do it, please let us know how it turns out.
  3. Parents and society SHOULD teach the difference between boys and girls. It's pathetic that parents hasten to emasculate their sons like this.
  4. My point about the name BOY Scout is that as of yesterday, it died. The BSA spokesperson stated "There are no plans to change our name at this time." Really? They probably have to sell tons of BSA branded merchandise and books first, then print new edition handbooks with 50/50 girls and boys in the pictures. Again, what girl wants to tell her friends she's a BOY Scout??
  5. The problem today is there are not enough absolutes adhered to.
  6. Agreed, and for those who point out you can still keep an all-boy Pack or Troop, please tell me how long you think that will last and how much volunteer input will influence the next round of changes. It is indeed no longer BOY Scouts. No girl wants to be a BOY scout. Scouting USA, back after 40 years!
  7. I wonder how many of the people who asked for this change not already in leadership positions are willing to step up, train up, suit up and become registered leaders. Seen it too many times before in other volunteer work. People show up once, complain, we change, they don't come back anyway. My advice to CCs and CMs that if parents want to sign their girls up, tell them they must sign up as well. Only way to make lemonade out of these lemons, in my view.
  8. I actually have a twin sister that comes to my Den meetings. She's great, but not a Cub Scout. There are understood boundaries. Knowing my Pack leadership, they will jump the gun and integrate Dens. I'm not sure if I'm interested. I do this to develop boys. We do things boys like to do. If by chance my Den gets sent a couple girls next year, I'll have to think hard about continuing or finding something else for my son. Some may think of this as a shallow concern, but I'm afraid they'll ruin the uniforms. Probably come out with some unisex pullover.
  9. Survey on girls just received

    My take on this whole issue is that no amount of change, accommodation or appeasement will position the BSA for growth and stability. There is nothing we can do that will earn the BSA forgiveness for what certain vocal outsiders perceive as our sins. They hate the BSA and want to see it out of business. We can allow girls, then others will say the uniforms are too military. We get rid of the uniforms and they say the power structure isn't inclusive enough. We fix that and they say we should drop God. We do that and oh well, nice try, but you guys are just damaged goods.
  10. A letter from my SE

    I posted a couple of times regarding my Council pushing family scouting. Since they use "youth" twice in the first paragraph, I'd say you've figured it out. I also agree this is a discussion just to validate what they've already decided and to give the appearance of seeking stakeholder input. My wife does that once in a while with me.
  11. Outside Magazine: Boy Scouts Should Allow Girls

    Skip, thank you for sharing these wonderful pics! Regarding the article, it's one more hatchet piece by a busybody. To his credit (if he's telling the truth), he's actually spent some time volunteering with us, but why not now? Perhaps he could shepherd us troglodytes into 2017, and get big dollar sponsors to fork over the cash to help make the changes happen! I try to tune out these smug troublemakers. They're the same people who show up for one meeting, look around, put their hands on their hips and announce "I don't see any female/black/handicapped/homosexual/whatever here!" Y'all must be sexist/racist/whateverist!!!" Then thankfully disappear. Examples: I met a Council level Scouter last year pushing "family (coed)" Cub Scouting. I told him I disagreed with it, but if the BSA made the change I'd follow orders. He said to me something to the effect of "Well, if we don't, there won't be any more Cub Scouting!" He then gave me a look like he was passing a kidney stone and marched away. Years ago I was a young VFW Post Commander. I listened to a veteran kvetch at the bar for an hour how we weren't doing this that & the other to help the vets. I offered him an opportunity to come and do just that. Never saw him again. Go stir someone else's pot, Mr. Heternormative.
  12. Using the book

    I read both the handbook and the Den Leader's Guide before each adventure or elective, & ask the families to read theirs before each meeting. I then make my own outline based on the activity and deliver it in my own words. All the requirements are met and I can comfortably talk to the boys. I personally feel the Tiger Handbook isn't user friendly enough for a first grader. Too much for a little mind to take in, although I hope each boy finds something interesting in it. I tell my den families to use it like a storybook & leave it at that. I find that I can't keep up with signing off the books every time, but I try. I do make sure everyone is personally recognized for completing a requirement, especially if they did it at home, and load it into ScoutTrack right away. Combining the book with that pedantic DL Guide is way too much. Nice to have if you're stumped for words, but then "keep it simple & keep it fun" might fall to the side.
  13. Recommended Den Sizes

    I started the year with 11 Tiger Cubs plus a twin sister tagalong. An 12th joined (I believe at the encouragement of the District for us to add more Cubs) later in the year but never showed. By crossover this week, I was down to 6 regular attendees (7 if you count the sister) and one infrequent who earned their badges. The others were still on the roster but essentially dropped out. One moved away. The last 4 or 5 months with the smaller number went well. 10 Cubs, despite parental help, was chaos. Our meeting room was small and I could never quiet them down for a few minutes for talk time. I definitely recommend splitting big groups, if you have the leadership. This year we didn't, but through attrition it evened out and I think the remaining boys had a good year.
  14. New Cub Scout Requirements as of November 30th 2016!

    You've raised a smart (and observant) boy!!
  15. New Cub Scout Requirements as of November 30th 2016!

    Good timing for my Tigers. The local fire department couldn't find a volunteer to show us around the station at a time that worked for everybody; now the two boys who did Tiger Safe and Smart can get their belt loop this month. Did anyone else read the nasty comments below the article? What a bunch of bitter, petty people. I rarely read that site anymore because of that. I really feel sorry for Bryan having to entertain those clowns. If they loathe the BSA so much they should go join something else.
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