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Col. Flagg

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  1. My term. There's been an on-going debate here and elsewhere about the impact "family" will have on Scouting as we know it. BSA has made a concerted effort to push the family issue across all their publications, and as part of their narrative for going coed in Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. As you can see, even BSA has not really defined what all this means. The GTSS talks about "family camping" and it being allowed at all levels of Scouting...but what does it really mean? Can my 4 year-old go with me on troop outings? Can my wife and 10 unregistered 10 year old go? I thought this thread was discussing the impact of the emphasis of BSA on "family" on how units will operate.
  2. Not sure he's making $3m. That would be excessive even for BSA. Brock only made 1.2m or there abouts.
  3. This is where I think we are talking past each other. I thought when this thread was discussing "Family Scouting" as a generic term, we were discussing the "Familization" of Scouting. Meaning that family camping (as defined in the GTSS which I cited previously) will be allowed at all levels of Scouting. Thus mom, dad, Life Scout and 4 year old sister will be able to go on camp outs with Life Scout's troop. You seem to be discussing "Family Scouting" which is the opening of girls to Scouting at the ages of 6-10. No one is disputing that coed Scouting will happen. I think we may be mixing the definitions a bit. There is a clear difference between "Family Scouting" (making Scouting coed to a degree) and "family scouting". Since @Eagle94-A1 started the thread he should likely be the one to define what he was going for.
  4. But that's just it, family participation in Scouting is NOT capped. The fact sheet your reference specially addresses the integration of girls in to Scouting program and how that will work. It mentions the age groups merely to point out that Cubs run from 6-10 years old. It does not address the issue of "family camping"; which is a different issue altogether. The GTSS is the only document I can find that addresses "family camping". The way I read it, the documents you are referencing discuss "Family Cub Scouts" (their term and not defined), which I take to mean Cub Scout Packs that are coed. This is different from what we've been discussing which is "Family Scouting", which I took to be defined as "Family members of all ages (one of which is BSA registered) attending either Cub, Boy Scout or Venturing activities as part of a unit-based event." It is this issue which has, and will continue to, impact family pressure on units to have more inclusive activities.
  5. You mention "various documents" that "outline(ing) what the Family Scouting program actually is." We've been discussing family camping. Are you merging "family camping" and "family scouting" (the later being the recent coed move?
  6. I saw that. Then I saw the GTSS say that it allows Cubs, Boy Scouts and Venturing to have "family camping" but gives no real guidelines. So you reference these "documents" that outline family camping. Can you point these out? Because that fact sheet gives even less (and conflicting) information than the GTSS does.
  7. I agree that there ceremony and mystic is important. I also think tradition is important, and I agree modern politics is making holding on to this tradition difficult. But I don't understand why we should give up without a fight. It's not like we are lampooning native culture; we are honoring it. Many lodges painstakingly research and make their regalia to match their local indigenous cultures. It's not like we have a "redskin" on a helmet or anything. I also consider it no different than any other "dress up" activity such as re-enacting. At some point we have to draw a line and call-out those being overly politically correct as being ridiculous. It's not cultural appropriation, it is honoring a culture. I know you know all this...I am just venting.
  8. After 25 years with a Fortune 100 company, I can tell you that c-suite executives are as fallible and poor with diction/grammar/spelling as the rest of us. He (Surbaugh) hasn't held a job outside of Scouting, has he? If not, that means he was brought up on the disjointed, systemic mis-management which is Scouting. We shouldn't be surprised that this whole roll out is being bungled like it is.
  9. So I am curious, the way I read the GTSS you would still need to apply the age guidelines for activities even to a family camp out, no? I keep hearing about "family camping" rules (or whatever we want to call them) and I cannot find anything from BSA that says "If you call it 'family camping' then the GTSS and age matrix are out the window and it's essentially a bunch of families camping." Am I missing something?
  10. Point being they are few and far between. Mostly because the average 11 year old does not have the strength to carry a pack with 35lbs, let alone carry it for 20 miles.
  11. As I said, the problem of family camping is not new. The argument, however, is that the demand will increase because of BSA's over-emphasis on the subject. If you look at their whole marketing and use of the term, they keep talking about a one-stop shop, family-inclusive events and units. In fact, that concept is the basis for the whole girls-in-Boy Scouts issue; giving the modern "busy" parents a single place where they can drop off their kids. Check out the articles in Scouting and on the "Family Camping" page posted above. So my argument would be that the demand for family-friendly activities will increase because the incoming parents -- presumably pulled in by all this family marketing hype -- will pull out the brochure and point to National saying, "See, says right here 'family-oriented'" and expect Boy Scout and Venturing units to offer that up. The savvy new parent will pull out the poorly worded GTSS and point to page 22-23 for back-up. We all be that now, and I agree it will likely increase. The irony I find is that the "busy mom" or "busy dad" will drop their kids off at a Cub meeting, then go hang out at Starbucks and read a book or play Candy Crush until the meeting is over. Why? They need their "down time" while you and I keep their kids entertained for an hour or so. Is that the majority of people? No. But in the last 15 years of Scouting I haven't seen a stampede of people to volunteer either. Usually it takes recruiting. Usually they are older parents or even grand parents. It is rare to see the late 20 or 30 year old who steps up.
  12. The only reference to "family camping" I see is in the GTSS on page 22. It does not give much detail on how that type of event is managed. It mentions that Cubs, Boy Scouts and Venturing can do this "family camping" but does not detail what is/isn't allowed. I'd be interested in which documents you keep referring to. Other than the GTSS -- which does nothing to really define family camping -- what other documents are you referencing? I must be missing it. I don't see anywhere on that page, or in any of the links, where they talk about capping the participation age at 10. The only official reference I see is in the GTSS on page 23 where they note that any Pack event where non-member siblings participate that the event must be "structured accordingly" to accommodate them. I can only assume that this means that the official age guidelines for Scouting apply since they offer no other citation to follow.
  13. Think he is suggesting this one. http://www.inquiry.net/adult/methods/3rd.htm
  14. In this instance it may be because the incoming "families" want more activities that everyone can do. Ever see an 11 year old with a 35lb pack go on a 20 miler? Me neither. Or what about if they want to go caving? Only the older Scouts can go. Opps, nope, now you can't do that because the younger Scouts are left out. Same with water treks above Class III, certain climbing activities and a few other things. Does this already happen in some units? Sure. But I believe the "family camping" will precipitate this even more. There will be pressure to have events and activities the whole family can do. That will reduce the list of potential activities even more. Just check out the age appropriate matrix BSA puts out.
  15. So what if a unit wanted to use regalia to hold their own tap outs or do AOL crossovers? Who exactly is going to stop that from happening?
  16. I suspect the increase "skin in the game" will go something like this: Scouting has been playing up the "family Scouting" angle. Units that have a more traditional Scouting program will feel pressure to have more "inclusive" programs and events. Simply said, less backpacking, more plop camping. Parents may treat troop committee meetings more like pack committee meetings, where they (mistakenly) think that the committee drives what the boys (troop) do. The parents will push their kids to have their (family Scouting) voice heard, or will volunteer as leaders and attempt to take over boy-led programs and activities. While I could see this happening, it is already happening when some parents join, so not a new issue. Will it increase? Who knows. As @Eagledad said, some parents think the amount of clout they have is related to the number of kids they have in the program, or how many WB beads they have, or how long they've been a volunteer. I actually think what will happen will be the drop-n-dash, leaving their sons (and now, daughters) at the new BSA one-stop-shop for youth activities. What impact THAT has on an outdoor program is anyone's guess.
  17. That's just it, I don't think the families want to join. Most parents now a days want to drop their kids off at one spot and pick them up later. This is where I think Scouting is making a huge mistake. For every one family that joins en masse, I think you will get 4-5 that just sign all their kids up and drop them off like it's day care. We already see enough of that now. Parents park their kids at Cubs or Boy Scouts and drive off, only to come back (late) to the meeting to pick them up.
  18. Those weren't "flashing" signs, those were "flasher signs" (not dirty, btw) in the segue ways. What we really need is this...
  19. Let's give this topic to National to figure out. They can spend millions of dollars and come up with a training module (that costs $50) that defines when and how to use the "trophy" versus the emojis versus the "heart", as well as the true meaning of the "up" and "down" arrows.
  20. Got the survey and completed it. No surprise, my response was fairly similar to yours. I did acknowledge that family camping was important at the Cub level, but that by Webelos those Dens should focus more on unit camping (a la traditional Boy Scouts). I offered that family camping has no place in Boy Scouts as part of the regular program, but I did see a place for it once a year if units so wanted.
  21. Well since there's not definition of what the down arrow means, I suspect most people will take it as an affront (see what happened above as an example) if it is used. So, yes, one could argue that it is un-scout-like given there's no clear definition as to what it means. I didn't say it was an "attack" on anyone, those are your words. I merely said it could be construed as un-kind, ergo un-scout-like. I have only used it once or twice and in the manner you suggest...to disagree with someone. Though usually if I disagree I will simply quote the person (as I am doing now) and state my disagreement. I don't feel the need to "neg rep" them, which is what many might take that down arrow to mean. That's actually what it means in most other fora.
  22. Oh, I totally agree that the free online content (all the basic stuff) should be taken right away after joining. I've said in other threads that my unit requires that of all ASM and TC members. That way everyone has the same level of training. All ASMs are required to have the same training as the SM too. Again, this allows for continuity of leadership. With full disclosure, these are my biggest problems with district/council training. This may just be a local issue, but these are recurring themes I hear from my peers: Poor Timing: They usually wait until the last minute to announce the events...talking a week or two notice. Why they cannot plan in the summer (June) and then get the word out to everyone during the summer is beyond me. Most units plan in the mid summer months and it would be good to know WELL ahead of time what the district/council plan to teach. They don't check calendars. My PLC uses the school, religious and other local calendars to plan our unit activities, but it seems this concept escapes my district and council officials. All too often the double and triple book a weekend with OA or training activities. I get sometimes this is impossible to avoid, but when it happens too frequently it is more a matter of poor planning. Having Scouting for Food, for example, on the same weekend as a three-day weekend in February is ridiculous. Most units take advantage of that extra day to go camping. IOLS and other required courses are only offered in the fall and only once a year. Miss it and you are out of luck. Oh, it is also usually scheduled for the most inconvenient weekend in the fall. Been that we since 2005. Use of Resources: As you noted, we can use a council service center for free. It is central to most and easy to get to. Yet for some reason they like to pick the most distant of our four council camps to hold an 8 hour one-day class. They do it because the training is usually required and therefore has a captive audience that need that training to be certified. 4 hours round trip, then 8 hours in a class is a bit much to ask of volunteers. Add to that the cost of the class and you've just poured salt in that wound. Copying. Both district and council are horrid at wasting resources on copying things that have no business being copied. Nearly everyone has a smart phone, home computer (with printer) and is smart enough to figure out how to print out what they need. Why in God's name are we printing off stuff in 2018?!?!? Also on the copying issue, it appears they don't train DEs how to use the double-sided copier at HQ. The LNT people would have a field day with my council on that point alone. Content: Much of the material in a few of the modules is so dry and boring that it would put even the most devout Scouter in tears. It shouldn't be up to the volunteer delivering the module to pep up the training to make it interesting. BSA has money which could be spent on updating the modules AND making them engaging. Also, the training is very top-down. By that I mean it is an ivory tower view of what unit leaders should do. It does not address the "in the trenches" viewpoint that SHOULD be addressed. Standardization is a problem too. Much of the BSA "train the trainer" materials are vague at best. I don't recall the module (might be ILST) but there was a section on "Leadership Styles". Then there's a three page explanation on how to delivery the content...but there's no content to delivery. It simply says "Now discuss the various leadership styles" without detailing the various leadership styles in the first place!!! No where in the book does it give any detail. It would be as if I told you teach networking, then said "Now discuss the different types of multiplexing"; but didn't give you any details on what multiplexing was or the different types. Sorry, I look back and didn't mean to pontificate. It's just frustrating when you have a council of such vast resources and we cannot seem to find our backside with both hands and a flashlight when it comes to something so important as training. Thankfully, the council just to our west has a GREAT program, well-run, well-promoted and managed. Most people in my area go there for training.
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