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Everything posted by carebear3895

  1. My Troop used to pay for lifetime NESA membership for all eagles. So I wear mine out of respect and gratitude for the Leadership.
  2. Trail Life has the illusion of stability. They don't even have 10% of the youth protection standards BSA does. God forbid something happens to a youth, they are done for. I have to give it to them though. They figured out the secret on how to recruit 11-17 year olds.
  3. Mergers talks have gone on for decades. Rumor was it we got really close in the late 2000s/early 2010's, but then came crashing down. Some field offices even housed both organizations in preparation. If GS/USA does ever buy the BSA, it would just be to liquidate it, not save it. Of course, they do have a new CEO now so anything is possible. The last one was VERY anti-BSA.
  4. It's not like I made anything up. I literally provided official BSA sources. And David suggested Lone Scouting started in an urban environment. You and I, based on your wiki source, actually agree that it didn't
  5. I thought you wanted an organization where the Chartered Organizations ran everything? Why the sudden shift in heart?
  6. This is incorrect. I have attached the official BSA Lone Scouting guidebook for reference. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/511-420.pdf Here is also an article from Bryan on Scouting that helps explains the origins and reasoning behind Lone Scouting: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2015/09/28/what-are-lone-scouts/ I don't believe the BSA has a distorted vision of Lone Scouting. It actually may be you have a distorted vision. Hope that helps. Thanks.
  7. Sometimes I feel you hope Scouting dies just so we can all be unemployed
  8. This is actually starting to regain traction in our virtual setting.
  9. Scouting, by design, is most effective when in a group setting. (i.e dens, patrols). Lone Scouting is an absolute last resort option if traditional unit can't happen. I HIGHLY DOUBT there are councils out there that will refuse to register a Lone Scout, ESPECIALLY when there is declining membership. I'm not sure what you mean when you say the "structure" of Lone Scouts is better. There is no structure....that's the point. Unless that is your argument.
  10. Just got done talking to a buddy of mine who is (was) at ScoutingU. it was over 100 people...permanently. Most of the training team, member care, a good chunk of supply, membership growth coaches... This is heartbreaking. Whatever your feeling towards paid BSA members, it's gut wrenching to see people lose their jobs, especially in a time of such uncertainty. A lot of good people who don't deserve this.
  11. I had a buddy of mine who helped start of a "history reenactment" Venture Crew. I should ask him how that's going now.
  12. That's......odd. This is pure speculation, but I think COVID-19 is being used as a scapegoat here for something else. Especially when OA's Momentum is happening in August and the Summit HA base will still be in operation.
  13. "Create a membership category for youth and families with no advancement program" You mean like how was Venturing was supposed to be? High Adventure emphasis with an OPTIONAL advancement program.
  14. Ah, the ole "phone book" method. My SE told me stories about the old days. Makes you wonder if Scouting truly ever was as big as the old records show.
  15. where did you see this on? And if it's coming from Effie, it's true. She is in charge of ALL communications
  16. It's not a discount. The $25 new-registration fee is on top of the membership fee.
  17. Just got off the retirement plan webinar. I really could've done without one of the Assistant Chiefs who makes 300k a year telling us "I know you must be mad, but remember why you joined in the first place"
  18. Well it looks like our retirement is one of those sacred cows.
  19. Let me say, when this actually happens, it works *chef kiss* PERFECTLY To bad CO's only do what they are supposed to probably only like 20% off the time.
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