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  1. carebear3895

    BSA National and Change Management

    The problem with National professionals reflects a bigger problem with BSA professional in general. I would wager 95%-100% of the pros working at National were SE's in like 2000-2015 and are pretty out of touch. They were DE's in the 80's and 90's and have no idea the problems facing DE's today. The talent is limited because they purposely limit the talent by not trusting the young professionals...the guys and girls in the districts right now. I mean I met the guy in charge of BSA IT. Never worked in IT in his life, but he was a professional scouter and former SE. The guys who are BSA HR....never spent a day in HR but were again professional scouters and former SE's. It's a bad pattern
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    BSA National and Change Management

    Been saying this since the very beginning. I cringe every time I see national say what a resounding success it's been.
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    BSA National and Change Management

    Nail on the head. National never really freaked out about membership that seriously because they always had the LDS safety net.
  4. carebear3895

    North Face to develop GS outdoor adventure program

    Good for them. Looks like they are starting to realize that STEM is, IMO, a waste of time for an "outdoor character and leadership building organization"... Ironically, BSA allowing girls in was probably the best thing to ever happen to GSUSA programming. I think the last few months are the first time I've ever seen them promote something outside of cookies.
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    Linked troops won't work

    BSA is doing the ole "trying to please everybody, but end up pleasing nobody" tactic. Coming from a rural council, where most troop can barely keep 5 boys as is, I can guarantee linked troops won't work. Maybe in the suburbs/cities where ALL of the national execs come from it will work, but for us country folk it never had a chance of working the way it was designed.
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    Breaking Point

    *cough* Scoutreach *cough* but boy isn't that the sad truth...We lose a lot of morally straight pros because of this. It's the never ending cycle
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    BSA Museum at Philmont Scout Ranch

    Never should've moved from Dallas in the first place. I get the idea of putting it by Philmont, I really do....but why move it from one the largest growing cities in america to Cimarron, New Mexico. If they really wanted to move it that badly, should've gone to the summit. Lord Knows they need more attention.
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    Just curious about background

    I fully support girls in scouting. I think allowing youth females in the Order of the Arrow has been very long overdue. I disagree with the Lion program. I'm not really sad to see the LDS leave scouting. The summit was doomed to fail from the beginning. I think national has dropped the ball on pretty much every decision that has to do with allowing females in. Their lack of transparency and "secrets" has really, in my opinion, been a huge driving force in why people are against this decision. I think whoever came up with the idea for the skorts needs to be fired immediately. Background: I spend my whole life in scouting, Tigers through venturing. I am an Eagle Scout and Vigil member of the OA. I spend five summers on Summer Camp staff. Volunteered for a little while as an ASM and chapter adviser. Then I crossed over to the Scouting dark side and I am currently a District Executive. Have you turned in your FoS pledge card yet?
  9. BAH GOD...That's carebear3895's music!!
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    And yet more changes - even Pedro is not spared

    So pretty much do what Scouts UK did. They awarded the title "Chief Scout" to Bear Grylls. Doesn't make any key decisions, but acts as the ceremonial head to the organization. National will never go for it. They love their key 3 setup too much
  11. carebear3895

    And yet more changes - even Pedro is not spared

    The unofficial rule for professionals is one row of knots. Its super super super extremely mega rare, but a professional scouter can earn the DAM, but only while simultaneously being a volunteer. My guess is Surbaugh joined up with a pack or troop back in the day.
  12. you'd be surprised...National, Region, and Area executives can't force a sale, but they can be very "persuasive" to Scout Executives and exec boards
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    And yet more changes - even Pedro is not spared

    Sadly that now how BSA executive positions work. For any position in professional BSA, you need to start as a DE and work your way up. You can't laterally transfer to any position without "paying your dues" as a commissioned DE first.
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    And yet more changes - even Pedro is not spared

    Actually I was told there was no plan to change the name. And this was a couple weeks ago.