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  1. Pale Horse

    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.
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    Denied a court of honor.

    So what did SM have to say in his email?
  4. I can't help but laugh. When has national ever decided less rules is better?
  5. 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.
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    The need for personal liability insurance

    Who was sued for the first pregnant Venturer?
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    The need for personal liability insurance

    Forgive me, but what recent policy changes would lead to the potential for increased lawsuits?
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    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.
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    Siblings & Family Pack

    We've never had the problem where one brother is registered and the other isn't.
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    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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    And yet more changes - even Pedro is not spared

    I guess I just don't understand. Please explain to me what in fact is the role of the father...what is the role of the mother? To me those roles are exactly the same: love, nurture, educate and discipline as needed. None of those are unique to either a mother or father, nor are they specific to a certain sex when a one parent of a same-sex couple "assumes" the role of the opposite sex parent. In a traditional family, a mother and father may approach those tasks in different fashions, just like I would approach it differently than other dads out there. Doesn't mean one of us isn't fulfilling our role in the family.
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    And yet more changes - even Pedro is not spared

    Sorry, I have to disagree. Regardless of anyone's feelings either way on the issue, by their very nature and setup, the 3 above requirements infer all-too-bluntly, that single parent or non-traditional families are inferior to those with both a mother and father. For many (most?) families the role of Mother and Father are interchangeable. We won't even begin down the path of families with 2 mothers or fathers.
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    Condom Distribution at World Jamboree

    I would hardly call an article that accuses BSA of "sexualizing" its Scouts and throwing a two-week orgy a "well-written" point of view.
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    Condom Distribution at World Jamboree

    You keep assuming some level of condensation, not sure why. Further, just because someone believes it's true, doesn't make it true. Nor does it give someone any more right to speak negatively about leadership than I have to, as you say "speak condescendingly to them". To counter your point, what part of the Scout Law would accusing someone of un-scoutlike behaviour fall? I believe your logical fallicy falls somewhere along the lines of "No true Scotsman...", or more apropos, "No true Scout..."
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    Condom Distribution at World Jamboree

    My post was directed at those that believe National is on a deliberate path to destroy BSA and accuse them of moral turpitude. Are those posts respectful of leadership or fall within intellectual dialogue? Regarding swaying minds...I'd venture that the vast majority (dare i say 90%+) of forumn posts never come close to convincing anyone to change their mind.
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    Condom Distribution at World Jamboree

    Obviously, leadership is playing the ultimate long game. In 2002 our present leaders saw that condoms were available at World Jamboree, so launched a campaign to host the 2019 Jambo in the US, knowing the firestorm that would rain down, very much like the prophylactics that will surely rain down as they're launched from one of those T-Shirt cannons into the crowds. Their superior foresight and planning skills also allowed this apocalypse to coincide with the world-shocking announcement to allow girls into Boy Scouts (forgetting for a minute that they've been in since the 70s). Now their master plan is coming together and they will soon launch the final phase of BSA's destruction from within...allowing adults to go back and earn their Eagle. I'm not entirely sure how well this tin-foil hat plan meshes with those that say BSA leadership has terrible vision and planning ability, but if there's one thing I've learned over the years it is that conspiracy theories don't necessarily need a whole lot of logic to be believed.
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    LDS girl wants to be a scout - BSA or GSUSA

    I think it'd be more appropriate to say "they couldn't join openly", which is unfortunate. For one of those demographics, the barrier still exists. I know several closeted atheists who, though no less moral than their spiritual counterparts, are exceptional leaders in every capacity.
  22. Although not released to the broader group: Anthony Berger, National Director of Cub Scouting, released a video to the private early adopter group on Facebook. In the video the dropped a bombshell that when girls registration opens nation-wider on June 11, 2018 there will be additional requirements for female leadership. Any units hoping to register as all-girl or family packs must have the following: Each den must have a woman registered as DL or ADL Each pack must have a woman as CM or ACM Moderator note: Video is inserted a few posts down, (announcement is around 5:13 mark): I have the following problems with this: 1. We are 3 weeks from registering girls and rules and details are still in flux 2. Similar to the divergent YPT rules, why the need for separate rules just because girls are present? 3. Why are announcements made in a private Facebook group?
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    Cub Scout Uniform Changes

    I also heard no more diamond patches on the tan uniforms, so it doesn't make sense...Scout earns his bear badge at the end of 3rd grade, then immediately switches to tan uniform the next year, when does he get to wear his bear rank?
  24. The link above may not work since it was posted to a closed group. Attempting to add the video as a file. 10000000_361714104321469_5985668609291059200_n.mp4
  25. I think that was a rhetorical question, and that you probably know the answer.
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