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Col. Flagg

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  1. When is the last time though the program was thrown on its ear like it is by adding girls? The guys I am talking to care about fun, but they care about other stuff too. Make no mistake, guys are taking notice of more than just "are we having fun".
  2. EBOR question

    As with much BSA does, they are never very clear or concise. This should be no surprise. Especially to those with decades of experience working with BSA. So we "triangulate" what BSA intends by reading multiple sources, as well as scouring the GTA (when a new one comes out) for the changes. They actually do a decent job of noting those changes each time they update the doc. So an experienced Scouter would apply the Eagle workbook, the GTA, the GTSS, the Sweet 16 and other such docs that have any reference to how any Scouting activity (whether an Eagle project or any other Scouting event) should be handled. As for the Eagle workbook, page 26 says: Supervision To meet the requirement to “give leadership to others,” your Scout must be given every opportunity to succeed independently without direct supervision. The Scout's troop must provide adults to assist or keep an eye on things, and your organization should also have someone available. The Scout, however, must provide the leadership necessary for project completion without adult interference. As a former SM I would interpret this to mean that: 1) The troop must provide two-deep, trained adult leaders on-site at all times for any Eagle project, and 2) "should" also provide Scouts from the unit (our "organization) to help. This section has been in the workbook as long as I have been SM and our unit has always provided both to any and all of our Eagle projects.
  3. Job opening at National

    It's the same person who let Huma Abedin take her non-secured laptop with TS-SCI data on it and leave it in a Russian hotel room, and then let her uncleared husband use it.
  4. EBOR question

    This issue (with the Eagle project) is no different than any other Boy Scout event or activity. They are planned and executed by the Scouts, but the adult leaders are responsible for health and safety. PLs and SPLs are still "in charge" of the events, but the adults are responsible for safety. If anything, this just aligns completely with what has been our mission as Scouters all along. You are confusing being in charge with who is responsible. Eagle projects are no different than any other Scouting event where the boys plan, are in charge, but the adult leaders responsible.
  5. Job opening at National

    I hear the guy who set up Hillary's email server is applying.
  6. YPT

    I don't suspect we will get an answer to these questions until BSA makes up its mind about females in Scouting overall. How will Venturing work after Boy Scouts for Girls comes around? If past experience holds true, BSA will make changes to their program and then, months later, figure out what training is required.
  7. Job opening at National

    This would hardly be a job description from a successful corporation. More like a wanna-be organization drafting up something they THINK sounds important and businesslike, but is really a bunch of silly double-speak. This smacks EXACTLY of the type of hazy, vague, ill-thought out stuff BSA spews on a regular basis. Go read any of their training curricula...it is just a cryptic.
  8. YPT

    This happened a while ago when they broke the former Venturing YPT training into these multi-module set of courses. This was a while ago. I doubt that BSA thought that far in advance to about adding new modules. Never seen them do that before. Planning ahead?
  9. Sad sign of the times

    It's not just video games and movies either. Look at violence overall in some of these countries, not just school shootings. Honduras and Guatemala don't have a large number of school shootings per se, but their street and gang violence is off the charts. Go visit a Mexican border town, take a walk down the street in your shorts and Yankee's t-shirt and see how long until you get robbed.
  10. Sad sign of the times

    It does matter because they are different problems. Much of the student on student violence has to do with local politics, economics, rivalries and other things. It has nothing to do with the issues in the mental health system, over-prescription of certain drugs, the rampant abuse of legal drugs for recreation, etc. You see it as "a gun problem", but it's not as simple as that. It is much more than that.
  11. Storage ideas

    Beyond the obvious that you've no doubt investigated: Fundraise to cover the cost of a pod or storage facility space. Contact a storage contractor and see if they'd we willing to donate the space annual or reduce price. Work with the CO to build a unit/area/room on property which they and you can use. Find an alumnus with property willing to allow you to store stuff. Contact other units in your district and see if they will 1) allow you to store stuff, or 2) go in on a storage facility with you. If council camp is near by see if they will allow you to store on-site (highly doubt they will, but worth talking). Contact council to see what other options they have. Of course, access, security, money, etc., are all issues to varying degrees with which you will have to deal.
  12. Sad sign of the times

    I wouldn't classify these three as "school shootings". As least, not in the same way that last week's tragedy was. The incidents above took place after school hours or *might* have involved a shooter that was or wasn't a student. That's a bit different than a student bringing a firearm on campus and discharging it. If you want to broaden the discussion to student-aged kids and violence, then I suspect the number is much higher than 18 incidents. Expand that to the number of kids who simply bring firearms on campus and that number grows further. Expand that to the number of kids detained for bringing anything deemed a "weapon" on to campus and that number would explode.
  13. Sad sign of the times

    I think this sums it up. It at least shows that criminals had drugs in their system. I find it ironic that Scouters are justifying the existence of illegal drugs.
  14. Sad sign of the times

    Here's a 2013 study by the Obama administration that say otherwise.
  15. It was in our district. Not sure that we are doing anything special. It's not like we are going out and targeting men over women. We'd take anyone with a pulse to train them up. Maybe it is happenstance. Maybe it is because we are in Texas where guys (and gals) are big on the outdoors and just want to get outside. In Y-Guides I noticed a large number of the dads there who came over to Scouting volunteered in various forms. Most committee positions were held by moms. Of the 8 dens we had while I was in Cubs 5 were men and 3 were women. The CMs were men but the Pack Committee was nearly all women. The past two years during our Webelos recruitment camp out nearly all dens were run by mal DLs, but I did notice more female CMs than usual.
  16. Sad sign of the times

    Exactly the point. Banning and legalizing does little. When people want to do something bad enough they will find a way. The answer lies beyond the old fall backs of ban this or legalize that.
  17. Sad sign of the times

    I am sure the number of murderous sprees using an AR-15 are pretty low compared to other firearms. You ask any cop about gateway drugs like pot and violent crime and give him your statement above and he'd laugh out loud.
  18. Sad sign of the times

    Really? So people do pot never kill anyone while on pot? Never drive stoned and kill someone? Really? C'mon.
  19. Sad sign of the times

    Not the point, is it. But how many druggies have killed people to get their next fix?
  20. Barry I am not sure to what extend your research covers my area, but I can tell you based on my 12+ years locally: Most DLs are male. Most CMs are male. I would wager a good 60-70% of them. My district does an annual survey. I am looking at the last two years of data right now and easily 2/3 of all DLs are male. Our unit got together with three other units in our area back in 2010 and put together our own survey to pass around to all Webelos dens. It was online so we got about a 45% response rate which is great. The most popular thing taking kids away from Scouting were 1) select sports, 2) middle school activities (band, choir, orchestra, school sports), 3) school (e.g. need to study more, higher demand), 4) religious or other youth groups. I can appreciate your research but it is not even close to what my area has experienced.
  21. Sad sign of the times

    Why is it that people want to take guns away from legal use under the auspices that access to them is bad and leads to crime, but they use the opposite argument when pot is mentioned? Access to guns=bad. Access to pot=good. Either access to something is bad or good. You can't have it both ways...and be credible.
  22. Has your troop ever gone to Disney World?

    The cost of going to Disney for a few days could cover going to a high adventure base. Most kids I know would rather do that than see the mouse. We stopped at DW on the way to Seabase one year, day trip. But to make a special trip? Doubt our PLC would even consider it. The cost for such a trip could be put to going to Alaska for HA, hiking the AT or doing white water on the Natahala.
  23. Not sure if mom or dad who doesn't have the camping experience. I have had a near equal measure of both. As to the 49% figure, one of the things in my area that impacts this rate are "select" or competitive sports. Right at 11 (or 6th grade), soccer and baseball select sports kick in. Practices are several times a week with a game at least once a week, usually on weekends. Since every parent thinks their kid is the next Messi or A-Rod, those on the fence about Scouting tend to lean toward sports...further pushed that direction by dad or mom (dad usually). The next decision point is high school (age 14) because they want to make JV or Varsity. The non-sporting kids -- the ones Scouting used to be able to get with little effort -- are in to choir, band or orchestra or some other school team. These groups used to have one busy season, but now it is all the time, all year. So now even the geeky kids are stepping away from Scouting. I don't think there's an easy culprit to pin the 49% number on.
  24. Sad sign of the times

    It's not just the NRA. You can take handguns and assault rifles out of circulation but that won't stop people determined to do harm. The NRA is the easy target (no pun intended). What about Hollywood and their role in desensitizing society with gratuitous violence? What about video game makers and their role? Schools? Degradation of the traditional family? Absentee parents? Lousy social programs? Drug proliferation? Crappy healthcare? Poor mental health screening? There's a whole host of things that lead to violence. Blaming the gun lobby is the easy way out. It could easily be pipe bombs made with 100% legally obtained stuff from Walmart or Home Depot. You going to go after them next? Change is needed. It may even start with gun control, but don't fool yourself that it's the answer. It isn't even the best answer.
  25. Yup, in such cases they know at least one candidate. We actually had that happen last year. The DC was on the ballot and one of the Lodge reps told three Webelos (just crossed over and their first meeting) that they couldn't vote. Our OA Rep overheard so the youth came and got me. I told the Lodge rep these were new Scout and entitled to a ballot (he disagreed but could not find it in the rules) so we had the boys vote. Yes, they were registered with the unit so they counted. Happy to say the DC needed those three votes and got in with just enough votes. Also happy to say that DC is now the OA Rep and leader of our ceremony team.
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