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  1. elitts

    Suggest Councils that should be Combined

    Well, it could certainly help when it comes to the administrative end of things. If you have a bigger council you might have enough work and money to actually have a staff person dedicated to the areas that tend to be frequent problems with the work actually getting done. For example, getting MBC applications processed accurately and correctly.
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    Sleeping Bag and Pad

    This is really an inaccurate and unfair characterization. Any hammock out there designed with camping in mind is designed so that the sleeper lays nearly flat. Obviously some folks might still be uncomfortable in a hammock, but it's not because they are bent into the shape of a taco or banana or anything else like that. At least, they wouldn't lay like that if they actually read the instructions that tell you to get in the hammock and then shift your body about 30 degrees of the centerline of the hammock.
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    Chapter 11 announced

    I would hope that ALL councils are looking into this. Having assets is what makes them targets for lawsuits. Since they don't have actual "Creditors" at this moment, just people who've filed suits against them, I'd think this would be the time to divest.
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    Chapter 11 announced

    I keep waiting for this to happen actually. I assume that at some point some wealthy family will have a child get abused and they'll opt not to report it. Then the same abuser will harm another person and the 2nd victim's family (or rather the family's attorney) will decide to sue the wealthy family for their failure to "protect society" by reporting the abuser to the police.
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    Chapter 11 announced

    Well, I'd have to argue that there wasn't much of any "covering things up" in the vast majority of cases; they just weren't advertised. And a big part of that was that the thinking back before the 80's was very different about "the best interests of the child". The general belief was that the social stigma that would come from a public accusation and arrest and trial would cause more harm to the victim than just "moving on". I mean, let's keep in mind that any of these instances that went unreported to the police could ONLY have gone unreported with the agreement of the child's parents. We understand better now that "moving on" just doesn't happen unless the trauma is dealt with directly, so the current viewpoint is different. But back then, when a successful prosecution would be unlikely without direct witness testimony or a confession and all an abuser would need to do is change states to avoid scrutiny (no nationwide databases), why would you want to subject your child to police interviews, court testimony, press attention and all of that?
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    Duplicate Troop numbers

    All the Packs in my area use the 3xxx. My own son's pack was 3265.
  7. In most states, the over-arching minimum wage laws specifically exempt seasonal work; which is why there are often separate, specific bills addressing field-worker pay. They also exempt seasonal workers from most overtime provisions.
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    Cub Scout Camps

    Our Cubs are in large tents with like 6-8 people each. The adults get the 2 person tents along the perimeter.
  9. Yup. Even kids are capable of calling "Bullshit" when they see a rules list that claims "safety requirements" say that a 12 year old can't put some shredded bark in the 4 wheeled wagon red ryder wagon they got as a 4 year old and pull it down a path.
  10. To be completely honest, I was all set to sign up for Woodbadge, right up until I saw my first 15-20 minute long beading ceremony. Watching that, with the song and the fixation of the people involved was enough to make me question my decision. By the time I'd seen my 3rd ceremony (at kid's events no less) and seen the gleeful critter obsession and "I drank the koolaid" attitude of the people involved I was certain I wouldn't voluntarily spend my own time or money on it. Mostly because I don't think I could be around that behavior for 2-3 days straight without contemplating violence.
  11. How does using 24 months make it simpler though? (Do we mean the same thing?) Because using 24 months instead of 2 years it means that if someone just turned 12 on the Friday of a camp-out, they are limited to tenting with someone no older than 13 because anyone who is 14 would have to be more than 24 months older (unless they have the same birthday). Whereas if you use "2 years" you can just say, "If you are 12, you can't tent with anyone older than 14" and you don't have to worry about specific dates.
  12. I di put forward an interpretation of that rule that says "An 11 year old can tent with a 14 year old because their ages are only 2 integers apart", but I didn't get much buy-in. So instead I've had to content myself with insisting that if they'd meant "24 months apart" they would have said so. Which matters because when the rule first came out I had people arguing that we needed to start bringing the roster on camp-outs to make sure we didn't have a kid born in May 2004 tenting with a kid born Oct. 2006 even though their ages were still 14 and 12.
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    Parents, Non-registered and YP awareness

    I suppose it's possible for someone to have some third or fourth meaning in mind when they past text after quoting someone. Just like it's possible that the guy walking backwards along the side of the road pointing his thumb out behind him is actually trying to be helpful and let everyone know which direction they are supposed to be traveling. However, that's not the way anyone is going to interpret his actions without some sort of explanation.
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    Parents, Non-registered and YP awareness

    By pasting the section of the GSS along with a quote from another user, the implication is that the pasted material either answers a question and provides data, confirms the post or rebuts it. Since the comment you quoted wasn't a question looking for an answer and there isn't any question as to what the acutal wording of the guide is, logic then indicates that you were either confirming their statement or rebutting it. PaleHorse was asking which it was. To be honest, I've seen you do the same thing in other threads as well, as though somehow simply posting the text of the guideline should answer all the questions; when in fact the actual meaning and intent of many "official" BSA guidelines, rules and publications are vague and easily open to differing interpretations.
  15. Well, that's not entirely true. If the MBC and the scout had good reason to think the MBC was a bona fide, registered MBC, the cards must be accepted. I just saw somethign on this somewhere, but I know it was an issue in my council a year or two ago because they suddenly decided MBCs needed to re-register annually without actually announcing it publicly. So there were a bunch of concerned Eagle Candidates freaking out because I and a few other MBCs in my troop had signed off on Blue Cards for them not realizing our registrations as MBCs had been dropped. They were later assured that if the MBC was previously registered, the lapsing of a registration (as opposed to a cancelling) would not cause the scouts any issue.