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  1. A link to the "Patches" comic book mentioned: http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=61389
  2. Scoutmaster Clark Green

    I checked and ScoutmasterCG has posted today Podcast 352.
  3. I thought ths might make for some interesting, and non-controversial, discussion topic. A website "The Art of Manliness" is launching a new program "The Strenuous Life", which is basically a Boy Scout Program for adults. It will include a handbook and even merit badges. I was wondering what everyone this of the idea. Attached is a link to the website: https://strenuouslife.co/ Please note that I am not endorsing the program, and I have concerns about some of the ideas and information on "The Art of Manliness" website. However, I would be curious to know what everyone thinks.
  4. Do billionaires kids ever join Boy Scouts?

    By accident I was doing some historical research on line, and came across some information regarding Howard Hughes. He was not a billionaire (just a small boy), but his family was rich. His father wanted him to associate with regular boys, so he saw sent to Dan Beard's camp in Pennsylvania. I think this might have still been under Beard's old organization "Sons of Daniel Boone". Apparently, young Howard took camp very seriously. He voluntarily turned in a badge (Buckskin Badge) that he had received, because he violated the rules by eating some candy. Below is a narrative I found on line about Howard Hughes' experience at the camp (apparently helicopter mothers are nothing new): In 1916, when Howard jr. was 11, this unhealthy bond between mother and son was disrupted for the first time when he boldly asked to attend a boys camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It’s founder was the much loved and well respected Daniel Carter Beard ( a former US army rough rider and co-founder of the Boys Scouts of America). The camp was sort of a survival school for eastern preppies who had been pampered since birth.To his mother, Allene, Beard wrote of Howard jr., “He is an interesting little chap…he shows no sign of homesickness at all and seems very happyâ€. Allene would send her many letters of concerns for Howard jr.’s health and safety to Beard even if there wasn’t a single real cause for alarm. After nearly 6 weeks away from home, Howard jr. became sun-bronzed and sturdy and even boated on Lake Teedyuskung with the camp’s first-timers or “tenderfoots†, and camped out overnight. He even learned to make fires without matches, fry up a breakfast of bacon and flapjacks and excelled in bird studies in “scoutcraftâ€. But Allene just couldn’t leave her son alone and she wrote her pitiful letters again telling Beard of her fear for the polio virus. Against, Beard’s protests Allene took her son out of the camp, to Howard jr.’s disappointment ,embarrassment and humiliation.
  5. Just wonderin'

    Has anyone considered that the nature f boys has changed since BSA was created. I know this is heresy, but maybe organizing boys into small groups (patrols) is becoming a negative. By this I am that boys seem to be more individualistic, and less interested in being part of a group: - Some sociologists have noted that males tend to get together with other males because they have to, not because they want to. - Many of them activities boys do today (computers, video games...) are done alone. - People in general seem to have more trouble getting along with other people (at least that seems to be my impression) - Communities seem to be a lot looser, and social standards seem almost none existent. - More people work alone (via internet) than ever before, so the link between social skills and life is more tenuous. I am not saying this is a good thing, in fact I think it is a bad thing. But you have to work with the world you have, and not the world you want. I know people will not agree with this, but I think it is at least a factor that should be considered.
  6. Request for Summer Camp Suggestions

    I wanted to thank everybody for their recommendations. I mentally coorelated it and passed it on to my nephew, so he could make an informed decision on his own.
  7. I am trying to help my plan out summer camp for this year. I have never been a scout and have never gone to summer camp, so I am trying to tap into the communities collective wisdom for help. I am always willing to steal a good idea. From reading some posts, it seems that their is a negative feeling towards over doing merit badge classes at camp. I wanted to confirm if my impression is correct or not. If merit badge classes are overdone, then does anyone have any suggestions for the following: 1. How many merit badge classes should a boy scout take at summer camp? 2. Any suggestions on type of badges (Eagle required, aquatic....)? 3. From what I can determine, merit badges seem to be the main focus at summer camp. If a boy scout limits the number of classes he takes, what alternatives should be consider? My nephew tends to focus on the merit badge classes, because they are familiar (like school), and he gets a tangible result from them. I would like for him to concentrate on making good memories instead, but I do not really know what to tell him. The decision is his, and I support whatever he decides, but when someone comes to me for advise, I feel the need to give the best advise possible. Thank you to everyone who responds in advance.
  8. LDS Dropping Senior Youth Scouting

    Benjamin Franklin said "It is better to be silent and thought a fool, rather than to speak up and remove all doubt." That has been one of my guiding principles, but this one time I will not follow it. I saw the news about the change on TV, and realize that it will be a hard loss to accommodate. But counter-intuitively, it might in the long run benefit BSA: 1. Sometimes getting smaller helps an organization to re-focus on its mission. Such as a football team getting rid of fancy plays and going back to "three yards and a cloud of dust" type play. 2. Being smaller and more cohesive may make decision making more straightforward, and 3. It has been my observation that organizations do not change because they SHOULD, but that organizations change because they MUST. Maybe this change will force leadership to make changes and improvements that hurt, but in the long term are beneficial. A smaller better BSA (even with all the pain involved), might be better than a larger lower quality organization.
  9. When it comes to "leadership" I have heard about it at school, at work, and on the Internet. Many times I have asked for a definition, but have never gotten an adequate one. Sometimes it is having a title and position, sometimes it is setting an example, sometimes it is a combination of the previous two and sometimes something else. Leadership seems to be one of those terms that means whatever you want it to. I am afraid my perspective on leadership was become jaded over the years. I have seen it used as an explanation and excuse for a great deal of unacceptable behavior. Right now when I hear the word "leadership" I immediately stop listening. This is a mistake, so I would like to know what you mean by "leadership"?
  10. I do not think that STEM will be the answer for scoutings current problkems, because that niche is alreadying being filled by other organizations. Locally Robotics Clubs are the big thing now. Attached is a link to one that is close to where I am but not close enough for my nephew to use: http://www.fremontrobotics.com/aboutus.php If you read the website you will see that a number of things in common with scouts - a) they state that participation in the club increases the likelihood that the member will participate in the local community, b) they have self-governance for the members (patrol system), and c) they have their own in-house "badge" system for qualifications (including first aid). So you get STEM (looks good on a college application) and the "cool kids" may make fun of you, but not as much as if you were in scouts. They are trying to get a similar club started locally.
  11. Push for Coed Scouting

    I knew this would interest everyone, so I am just posting it. Two things I noticed were - 1) a great deal of the desire to make Boy Scouts coed seems to center around girls having the opportunity to earn the Eagle Rank, and 2) one person who comments its states that they have they know that girls do best in an "all girl, girl lead" environment, while still advocating that the Boy Scouts be coed. http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/15-year-old-new-york-city-girl-spearheads-campaign-to-make-boy-scouts-coed/493469156
  12. Thinking of the Inauguration?

    Isn't the most important thing that they were showing respect for the flag.
  13. POLL FROM LONDON BOAT SHOW: I heard of another poll done in London, regarding the loss of practical skills by people. Shown below is a copy of an article on the poll. A survey shows millennials are missing out on practical skills such as map reading or fishing, compared to their grandparents’ generation. More than half of young adults were unable to tie a single knot and 40 per cent had never swum in open water, despite Britain being an island nation. The poll, conducted ahead of the London Boat Show, found simple life skills have been left behind with advances in technology. Researchers also found that most people under the age of 44 prefer to use Google Maps and Sat Navs to get around, but half of over-55s stick to a paper street map. Just a third of the 2,000 surveyed know how to spark a flame by natural means, with less than a third having caught their own fish or seafood. Those born before 1950 were also three times more likely to be able to tie a sheepshank knot compared with those born in the 1990s. And the survey also revealed that 44 per cent have never actually been camping. A London Boat Show spokeswoman said: “Despite the rise of TV shows such as I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Bear Grylls: Born Survivor, young people lack basic survival skills such as building a fire or catching food.â€
  14. I left my troop, now what?

    You are correct about the Lone Scouting, I looked into it originally. I think this is a mistake, because if they made it more available they might appeal to more boys and increase membership. Boys today are not as group oriented as they were years ago. For example team sports seem to be declining in popularity while individual sports are increasing in popularity.
  15. I was reading an article about a new "Adulting School" (a school that teaches basic skills to adults). The article cited a study done by the Ordnance Survey (official mapping agency of Great Britain), which listed 20 skills that people believe are dying out. I thought this would interest people, because a least five of these skills are basic scout skills (including the first three listed). The skills are as follows (I added BOLD font to emphasize the particular skills: Reading a map Using a compass Tie a specific knot Darn socks Looking something up in a book using an index rather than “Googling it†Correct letter writing technique Understanding pounds and ounces Knowing your spelling and grammar Converting pounds and ounces to grams and kilograms Starting a fire from scratch Handwriting Understanding feet and inches Knitting Recall a friend or relative’s phone number from memory Recall a partner’s phone number from memory Identifying trees, insects and flowers Touch typing Baking bread from scratch Taking up trousers Wiring a plug Below is a link to the article: http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/are-these-20-basic-skills-danger-extinction