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  1. I heard that was at least one of the recommendations sent up to national. Respectively, female units in place by early 2019, maybe even late 2018, to be prepared for AOL Crossover. Not sure of the outcome yet.
  2. What power options are camps offering for CPAP users?

    Please, do expound.
  3. What power options are camps offering for CPAP users?

    Three camps that I am aware of do not provide anything, nor do they allow running of cords for safety reasons. It was the same for Jamboree. Adults that require CPAPs are on their own to manage their needs. Frankly, I would not be in favor of camps redirecting funds away from programming for youth to these type accommodations.
  4. TampaTurtle: Unneeded parents on hikes

    Interesting. My 15 year old SPL son prefers to, and has on several occasions, handle these type issues himself. In fact he sees it as his obligation. On multiple occasions he has respectfully addressed adult interference in the Troop. He is pretty good at redirecting rather than just saying no to them. Usually he can come up with a solution on his own, but will sometimes seek advice. I can see him embracing the parents desire to go hiking by recommending they take their younger Scouts on several patrol hikes so that they will be prepared for the more challenging AT hike that WILL take place as planned. teach them and turn them loose and they will do a pretty darn good job. I would respectfully submit that if older Scouts are wiling to throw in the towel so fast, and drop out of the hike, it is because they are used to being adult led already.
  5. Mobile interface

    I am not sure if this is an update or somehow I have managed to avoid it, but this morning there is a new mobile interface. I don’t care for it at all. It was much easier to navigate the forums via the desktop interface. I looked for “full site” link, but couldn’t find it. If it it exist can someone point me toward it (I’m not able to access a computer atm). If it does not exist, can you please add it. Thanks!
  6. Would you wear unique council patches?

    You can search by Council name. Oddly enough partial name search works better than full name in many cases.
  7. Character building - deciding when to be Obedient?

    Ummm, perhaps I am mistaken but I always considered civil as in civil disobedience to reference to citizens rather than civility. Like civil air patrol or civil air defense.
  8. What would B-P think?

    I agree.
  9. What would B-P think?

    Actually my thought was right the opposite. Given what we know of BP, I was thinking about how he would apply his values in today’s Scouting world.
  10. Would you wear unique council patches?

    I was told the same by both professionals and long time volunteers. The specific reason it came up was Scouts/Scouters wearing old caps, red berets and red top socks & garter socks.
  11. Scouting firsts lost in history?

    It might be that some of that detail was intentionally glossed over. In the early days, particularly in England (and I imagine the US too) troops and patrols were popping up organically. So who gets credit for being first? Does the Troop that sprang up on its own, emulating English Troops, get credit for being the first or the first one after BSA incorporated? Same for the first SM and Boy Scout. Not to mention several organizations were merging to become BSA, so does the first (if it was even known) Son's of Daniel Boone or first Woodcraft Indians get the honor of being the first? I can see the founders sitting around a table deciding to avoid that problems that could possibly cause for the fledgling organization. One thing I remember reading and it stuck with me because I thought it was so ironic...even though Scouting in England predates BSA, B-P did not incorporate for a few years, 1912 if memory serves. So BSA actually incorporated before Scouting did in England.
  12. What would B-P think?

    Given all the issues discussed about Scouting that seem to ruffle feathers of both Scouters and non-Scouters, I wonder which would be the ones that would concern B-P the most. I would not call myself a B-P historian, but I have read a decent amount by and about him, and in my opinion topics that seem to get the most attention wouldn’t be at the top of his list of concerns. My guess is less emphasis on outdoor programs, poor use of patrol method, interference of youth-led philosophy and decline in membership, among other things, would be a bigger concern to B-P than gay Scouts/Scouters, woman leaders, female Scouting units and professional Scouts. What issues do you think would be at the top of B-P’s concern list?
  13. Character building - deciding when to be Obedient?

    Two requirements do lend themselves to covering MLK and the civil rights movement , one about monuments and one about speeches. In the end it gives the Scout an option of what to focus on. If I dove in and gave it some thought, there might be other requirements that could cover civil disobedience. I can’t of the top of my head think of any opportunities in CitC or CitW, but there may be.
  14. Character building - deciding when to be Obedient?

    It may not be a requirement but we can and should teach it. One of the very few reasons I like MB classes is the ability to cover material not otherwise covered. We cannot add t the requirements, but adding to the teaching is not verboten.......yet.
  15. Nothing stops us from teaching additional material. First aid was dropped from the most recent IOLS, but we still teach it, along with a few other topics. We should teach Scouts/Scouters what they need to know. Unfortunately, too much is being taught online, which in my opinion, robs participants from some of the greatest benefits - learning from and Fellowship with others, exchange of ideas and the ability to ask questions.