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  1. wife just told me about this story below. not the first time, emt/fire gets attacked too but it seems relevant to this. "Virginia Beach firefighters attacked while trying to save motorcyclist’s life, officials say" http://www.pilotonline.com/news/crime/vp-nw-first-responders-attacked-20200701-tm2vicd7tjel3okvueonj46sju-story.html
  2. I didn't notice any deaths by violence by persons under religious workers. Nothing in that column comes close to Protective Service Occupations that encompass law enforcement and others. Considering the column includes violence by animals, if you exclude jobs such as Farmers which is more likely to be animal related, at a glance the other top contenders appear to be managerial/sales type jobs. Workplace violence is always tragic but I doubt most of those individuals felt that they were knowingly putting their lives in danger at the time.
  3. I pulled this data quickly but here's what I've got. Every day a law enforcement officer goes to work they are at risk of losing their lives, hit, spit on, bit, pissed on, puked on, etc... One officer in our area approached an occupied parked car at a walmart and passed out before even reaching it because the drugs in the car were so potent. A hazmat team had to be called. Police are at risk just breathing the air or touching a car door these days. How many social workers in the U.S. were killed in the line of duty last year? As far as I'm concerned law enforcement are at war every day. My political position is really simple, I'm anti-stupid and anti-crime. FBI Releases 2019 Statistics on Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty "According to statistics reported to the FBI, 89 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2019. Of these, 48 officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 41 officers died in accidents." FBI Releases 2018 Statistics on Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty "According to statistics reported to the FBI, 106 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2018. Of these, 55 officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 51 officers died in accidents."
  4. My son is working on eagle project ideas and considering inviting other local troops when he's ready. If he decides to do so, I'd imagine his first step would be to contact those SMs after getting their contact info. Those SMs could notify their scouts of a local eagle scout service opportunity and the scouts choose to show up or not. I dont see anything unreasonable about this. I'm sure my son would also be willing to do a brief presentation at another troop's meeting to recruit volunteers if the SM and PLC agreed but this seems less appropriate to me. I hope the project was a success for Mashmaster's son.
  5. Just this past weekend my son's Law Enforcement Explorer leaders emphasized to the post youth to keep their opinions to themselves and not wear anything identifying them with law enforcement for their own safety. Got a lot of feelings and thoughts about all of this but I'll just keep them to myself.
  6. It's my understanding that LEC contacted our metroparks and they did not have the funds either. I could not find the email or facebook post where I read this but am confident in what I read. Scouts aren't using the camps. I don't see how giving the camp away helps the council or the scouts. If attendance at the camp was active, the camp would have been profitable. It also doesn't make much business sense to me to have two council camps requiring resources that are within fifteen minutes of each other.
  7. I don't have an opinion about Ryan, I guess that's good. No opinion is better than a bad opinion. Stigwandish was a loss but it was inevitable after the local councils merged to create Lake Erie Council a few years ago. It was advertised as the rustic camp for a reason and it's a fifteen minute drive from Beaumont, at that time the only camp of three that was making money. Beaumont will continue to be a convenient camp for the east and Firelands for the west. If I'd had $1.6M laying around I would have gladly bought Stig. "Another conclusion reached by the assessment team is that two of the three camps — Stigwandish and Firelands — have operated at a deficit in recent years." "Combined losses for the camps ranged from a high of $235,000 in 2017, and then improved to a shortfall of $150,000 in 2019." https://www.news-herald.com/opinion/closing-of-camp-stigwandish-makes-financial-sense-but-still-evokes-sadness-editorial/article_672f7296-54d9-11ea-be61-6b9ae4618f38.html
  8. For most of the parents I know or meet, Eagle is the goal. It doesn't matter if the scout likes camping, the scout is in the program because mom and dad want him to get Eagle. I've seen parent comments online wanting nights at home to count for Camping MB. A leader just said a few nights ago said that she thought those nights should count and she's the MB counselor so it should be her discretion. She was not referring to the rank advancement changes. If BSA's main attraction is Eagle, then many parents would be happy if camping was eliminated because it just means their scout has one less obstacle to achieving Eagle and moving on to the next item for the college application.
  9. This group has always been very informative. So what kind of timeframe are we talking about for these changes? I don't know much about lawsuits, I assumed it would drag on for years. Now it sounds like my 15yo scout will have been a Boy Scout, Scout BSA and To Be Determined by the time he's aged out?
  10. Our council has camperships to assist scouts with summer camp. We've never used one so I'm not familiar with the details but our council is very vocal about trying to support scout families that could not afford camp. Maybe your council has something similar? I like sst3rd's suggestions. I think every scout should try summer camp but I don't see any harm is delaying it. Do what you can, have fun with what you have this year and save camp for the future.
  11. below are links for councils that I'm aware of. various degree of details provided because people are still sorting things out. Public Health is offered. I've glanced at the stuff but haven't dug deep. I know one of them is using Zoom. https://scoutingevent.com/083-OnlineMB?fbclid=IwAR0OlD9MG5A2lsmjLoVqPw12BaXojfg_sNBipWyUo92Syo4igF-GH6D-BUo https://www.piedmontcouncilbsa.org/mbuonline?fbclid=IwAR35r0wBZGyDUWlJg8VXQAj2pbRIqxAJqaSbxoepvjr378tQFaY94Am80ow https://lecbsa.org/at-home https://www.facebook.com/HeartofAmericaCouncil.BSA/photos/pb.192070054202737.-2207520000../2839205596155823/?type=3&theater
  12. I usually go to bed about 1am during the week. The adults in the troop are in tents by 11pm. We have several leaders at every camp so I just tell them I'll be going for a hike so they know where I disappeared to. I enjoy the peace and quite of walking through camp or wherever we are and I see things others don't get to. I might hike for hours and eventually I get back to camp tired enough to lay down. I walked through an entire small town one night that the troop just drove through. I also use ear plugs sometimes. I'm a light sleeper and someone snoring three tents away can wake me. I keep my phone close for wake up. I'm good on about 4 hours sleep so only suggestion I have is to start the coffee early.
  13. We're in Ohio! Thanks for the input everyone. I'll slap together a 'good enough' kit from what we have in the cars and house. We have more than most people. Borrowing the troop kit is not an option. He has no interest in awards but I'm aware of the National Outdoor Award Metal. He already has several of the requirements done without any intent towards the award but its unlikely he'll do the Backpacking MB.
  14. My son is taking wilderness first aid in a few weeks. He wants to do this for his own knowledge, he's not doing any high adventure. He has to bring a wilderness first aid kit with him. I'm wondering what he will do with it in class and how thorough it needs to be? Will he be using his supplies in the class? We've got several first aid kits and I could combine them and probably make a decent size kit, more than enough gauze and misc. but he wouldn't have things like a tourniquet. The class isn't cheap. I don't really want to go out and buy a bunch of expensive stuff we are likely to never use but I also don't want him to be embarrassed if he doesn't have something he needs. I need some input from anyone that has advice. Of course the troop has a nice big kit with lots of goodies but this is not a troop function. Thank you.
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