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  1. Pale Horse

    Qualities of an Eagle

    By firing/hiring an SM that agrees with their approach to advancement.
  2. Pale Horse

    Qualities of an Eagle

    The answer varies across the scale. You have some units where the CO's word is law, and you have others where the CO is either virtually non-existent or gives SM complete reign in delivering program as he/she sees fit. Our case is the latter. Our CO is a CO in paperwork only.
  3. Pale Horse

    Qualities of an Eagle

    Your views on spousal selection criteria are at best outdated and at worst extremely sexist.
  4. Pale Horse

    Eagle Scout Extension for new 2019 Scouts

    Nothing stopping said parents from making that plan and putting it into action.
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    I HATE the new YPT rules

    Seems it's always been that case when a Scout has a particular circumstance that the current leaders aren't "capable" of handling. Johnny has behavioral issues - I've seen lots of suggestions that a parent has to attend next campout or Johnny can't attend. Timmy has mental disabilities that only a parent or specially trained individuals can handle. Should troops also cancel high adventure outings if a physically disabled Scout joins? I assume not every outing would preclude their participation, but must we ensure they can attend all outings? Maybe we just accept that not all Scouts will be able to attend every event, for various reasons...financial, physical limitations, religious or family conflicts, parents don't want to register to help their daughter attend...
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    I HATE the new YPT rules

    And the quickest way to make the rest of the Troop/Pack resentful is to cancel a trip because Suzie's mom doesn't want to go camping, so we can't go either.
  7. Pale Horse

    72 hour rule

    True, but what about the next step in getting them all registered? Who's paying.
  8. Pale Horse

    72 hour rule

    My guess is that Cyndi @ Member Care Contact Center (if that's even her real name) isn't quite at the level of the execs (lawyers?) at National writing the policy. Probably a midling call-center attendee who has to answer 1000s of calls/emails ever day about hundreds of different items. Sure it'd be nice if they were all on the same page, but I bet if you resubmit the question 10 times, I'm not sure you'd get a consensus either way.
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    72 hour rule

    For us, we stress that Cub Scouting is not a drop and run event. In addition to the required Lion & Tiger adult partners, we strongly encourage families to attend all events. Wolves and Bears especially, and gradually tapering off through the Webelos years. Besides, I have so much fun as an adult leader, why would I not want other parents to share in the joy and fun of seeing their sons (and now daughters) learn and grow? Just being present does not necessarily make anyone a helicopter parent. Nor does it take away from the Scouts individual accomplishments.
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    72 hour rule

    72 hours across all events for the year? Yeah right, let's break that down at the Cub Scout level. 10 Pack meetings @ 1.5 hour each (including setup and break down) = 15 hours. Down to 57 hours left. ~14 ordinary Den meetings @ 1.5 hours = 21 hours. Down to 36 hours. ~8 outdoor adventure den meetings (hike, field trip, etc.) @ 2 hours = 16. 20 hours left. 3 community service events @ 2 hours = 6 hours. Down to 14. 3 Popcorn Show & Sells (oops better have 2 registered leaders at ALL scouting events 🙄) @ 2 hours = 6. Down to 8 hours. Trip to the corn maze with the pack for 4 hours. Just 4 hours remaining. These are just some things off the top of my head, but I think we get the picture. These are all events that "ordinary" parents attend, not leaders. I haven't even got to Day camp or heaven forbid they want to come on a family camping overnighter. It's pretty obvious the rule is written for singular activities exceeding 72 hours. There's no way around it, if you did it else-wise every single parent would need to be registered.
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    Scouting Magazine - betting the farm on girls

    Must have...new adult patrol patch...where can I get?
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    Best Webelos Camp?

    We always attend our local council Cub Scout camp, but also enjoy attending other area's camps. Usually just the two of us and gives me a chance to get away from being "everybody's leader" and focus on being "just his dad." I figure it's never too early to start looking for next year's adventure, so come looking for advice. Yes, I know it's subjective, but... Where is the "best" Webelos camp? Looking for anywhere East of the Mississippi and North of Georgia.
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    Best Webelos Camp?

    We do a lot outside of Scouts too and go camping probably half a dozen times a year as a family. So far, his favorite has been "stealth" camping along the trail during a sub-freezing winter whiteout. He and I are looking to do a 3 day canoe trip as our "end of summer" trip before school starts back up. For an 8 year old, I hope it's memorable and keeps him as occupied as his iPad does.
  14. Pale Horse

    Denied a court of honor.

    So what did SM have to say in his email?
  15. I can't help but laugh. When has national ever decided less rules is better?
  16. How would they not permit them? Say they have to stay identified as Boys? Can't imagine that happening. Make them start over as Scout and re-earn rank? Goes against the idea that once earned, you can't revoke rank. Another thought, what if down the road BSA decides to allow atheists and now a boy decides to "come out" as an atheist and admits to always being one. Would everyone feel the same way that BSA shouldn't allow that, because he got a head start on advancement that other atheists didn't? @NJCubScouter I think it goes to your third point in that in a perfect world it wouldn't matter who the first X Eagle scout is. If they earned it, they're better for it, whether their girl, boy, trans, whatever.
  17. Pale Horse

    The need for personal liability insurance

    Who was sued for the first pregnant Venturer?
  18. Pale Horse

    The need for personal liability insurance

    Forgive me, but what recent policy changes would lead to the potential for increased lawsuits?
  19. Pale Horse

    National Meeting: Affirmation of DRP

    Yep, and we can kick them out if they don't recite it or are admitted communists!
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    Siblings & Family Pack

    We have always allowed siblings to attend and participate in out Pack events. However, now that girls are allowed to officially register, what is everyone's feelings toward allowing non-registered (but eligible to be registered) sibling participation. Informal discussion with a few of parents seems to be "daughter is not sure she wants to join, but wants to come to the fun activities". Seems like a case of having her cake and eating it too.
  21. Pale Horse

    Siblings & Family Pack

    We've never had the problem where one brother is registered and the other isn't.
  22. Pale Horse

    2018 GUIDE TO SAFE SCOUTING

    This. 100% accurate. There needs to be a simple set of easily-enforceable guidelines. When the rules become too voluminous and impossible to enforce, people begin to willfully disregard all rules or volunteers simply walk away. Neither of which is the desired outcome.
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    And yet more changes - even Pedro is not spared

    Careful, you might not like the answer to that question. https://www.google.com/search?q=divorce+statistics+gay+vs+straight&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS775US776&oq=divorce+rates+gay+&aqs=chrome.2.0j69i57j0l4.9023j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 Take your pick of studies.
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    And yet more changes - even Pedro is not spared

    Honestly, if I had a daughter, I would just want her to be happy. (Doesn't everyone say this?) But really it's up to her whether that's through finding love and heterosexual companionship to raise a child or through other avenues. We all want the "best" for our children, but everyone's "best" is subject to interpretation. I'd much rather she find happiness through a non-traditional route than follow the path of least resistance. Should I also verify that any potential suitors my (imaginary) daughter brings home has the financial means to support X level of lifestyle? And try to convince her that marrying John is an inferior choice because Bob is going to be a Lawyer and make big bucks?
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    And yet more changes - even Pedro is not spared

    Absolutely not. To even think that one family is inferior than another is beyond the pale. I'm sure there's things that everybody wishes were different about their family or life (inlaws anyone?), but to feel that because of how life works out somehow makes it inferior is quite alarming. To extend your argument about it being more difficult for single parent families, would a traditional middle-class family be inferior to one in the upper class? After all it's more difficult to raise kids on your own without the help of a nanny. Difficulty does not equal inferiority. Some may even argue the opposite.
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