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  1. Eagle1993

    Youth Protection and Bankruptcy

    Lawsuit filed late today. If BSA loses this one, I see no way to avoid bankruptcy. Hundreds of possible victims. Over 350 accused abusers. BSA has made 120 reports to law enforcement based upon their review of the lawsuit so far. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2019/08/05/boy-scout-sex-abuse-claims-exclusive-lawsuit/1899606001/
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    World Jamboree - Reviews

    I think I found the U.K. scouts. http://www.espn.com/video/clip/_/id/27322466
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    World Jamboree - Reviews

    Sounds like the airport exit was a complete mess. There is a FB post that one small group of scouts were still stuck there this morning with only a 18 year old ASM responsible.
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    Help! I’m having trouble advancing

    Some of the best scouts never earn First Class let alone Eagle. They simply focused on other aspects of scouting. So before putting too much pressure on yourself, really reflect why you want to advance and if it is a goal you want to work towards. Outside of a few areas, you can participate in fully in Scouts as any rank. Scouting should be fun and not School 2.0. The reason I ask is that it sounds like you already have a lot of other areas you also feel like you need to focus in your life. It is important to prioritize and realize it’s ok if advancement in scouting doesn’t make your priority list... as mentioned before, you can still be a great scout without advancement. Now, if you do still feel advancement is a priority then you absolutely can make progress. In addition to seeking out adults, many Troops have Scout Instructors who can help or even mention your goal to your Patrol Leader. Most scouts I know would gladly help a fellow scout work on advancement when asked. I believe the two hardest advancement periods in Scouts BSA is Life to Eagle and Scout to First Class, so don’t get too discouraged from your struggles to achieve First Class. It sounds like you are a mature young man ready to take this on.
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    How do camps accommodate girl troops?

    Our camp had two shower houses. One had 8 individual stalls and 30 minute wait times. The other had two separate group shower areas (male youth/male adults). Those were routinely empty (Only once did I ever hear a shower going on the youth side). I even suggested to some youth who were waiting in a long line for the individual showers that the other shower house was open... thinking back now, that could have sounded a bit creepy. In any case, many youth today seem especially self conscious and have no desire to use the traditional group shower areas. I agree, I expect every camp will be moving to the individual stalls in the future.
  6. I never thought of suing 10 year olds... man, I have a long list of trauma. *picking up phone to call lawyer* https://buffalonews.com/2019/07/10/den-leader-sues-cub-scouts-after-sledding-accident-i-remember-blood-everywhere/
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    Man Bites Dog... Den leader sues Cub Scouts

    I would have had more sympathy, but suing 8 and 10 year old boys because they sled into you is not excusable. It’s one thing to sue adults, he lost any sympathy from me when he named kids in his lawsuit. The lawyer that represented the Den Leader is a personal injury lawyer from Buffalo.
  8. That is not how any Troop or Pack I have been involved with reads that statement. @RichardB May have some additional input The statement seems clear: YES NO Non-prescription medication administration is authorized with these exceptions:_______________________________________________ Administration of the above medications is approved for youth by: parent’s signature The section above this is to simply list any meds (including OTC) the scout is on. It is not to limit the OTCs. Limiting OTCs is done on the exception line.
  9. Correct. If the parent signs that line, they are approving blanket OTC except where notes. 100% of the forms that we have received have that signed.
  10. Interesting.... The Second page of Part B of the BSA form states “Non-prescription medication administration is authorized with these exceptions:_______________________________________________“ This would apply to the Troop leaders and these forms should be filled out in addition to any local form. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf
  11. Health forms should cover this correct? They state allergies to meds & if you are approved to give over the counter meds. Most med kits contain Benadryl in wipes or creams. We have had ER docs in our Troop and we use it all the time if med form doesn’t counterindicate on Benadryl. It is correct about use of prescription drugs without a prescription is illegal, Epipens fall into a special category. As far as Epipens, laws vary by state. California now allows organizations to get prescriptions for Epipens to use them on people without prescriptions. https://californiahealthline.org/news/new-california-law-allows-organizations-to-buy-epi-pens-for-emergencies-but-will-they/ 36 states now have laws to allow usage and stocking at entities. https://www.ems1.com/anaphylaxis/articles/87691048-25-states-now-allow-public-access-to-epinephrine/
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    Man Bites Dog... Den leader sues Cub Scouts

    I took it more as a frivolous lawsuit type story... but they did give a lot of lines to the story. I didn’t see it as a shot against scouts. Perhaps a slow news day....
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    Tent set up question

    If this wasn’t Troop policy before camp, then I don’t see an issue. If the PLC believes this is an issue, then it should be discussed in the PLC and policy set prior to camp.
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    Great Examples of Girl Troop Successes

    I will echo @Cburkhardt that our linked Troop of girls had a great experience at camp. They were the only girl Troop (5 girls total) at a camp with nearly 400 attendees. My primary concern was how other Troops and scouts would treat them. Other than 1 minor comment the girls said they were treated well and loved the camp. The camp didn’t make a big deal of girls attending, other than during a leader meeting. I’m sure there will be bumps on the road, but it was a great start.
  15. There may have been mid year numbers released; however, I expect those are always going to show growth for Scouts BSA. 1) They show the additional AOL crossovers 2) They don’t drop any youth until recharter at the end of the year
  16. Many camps have some sort of First Class or First Year program. Those focus on exposing the scout to the entire camp while working on Scout through FC requirements. Outside of that, the most important aspect of a first year scout is for him to have fun and want to return. MBs are not required for advancement until Star and he will have plenty of time to work on Eagle required MBs by that time. Otherwise I agree completely with @wdfa89
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    Camps Where SCOUTS Cook Meals

    We just returned from Freeland Leslie, a Patrol cooking camp. 51 scouts, 6 patrols, 23 first time summer campers. Only 5 adults present all week with 1 - 2 other adults rotating in to provide a bit more coverage. Adults stayed out of the patrol areas except to eat, check food safety in 1 instance and address a couple of breakdowns that escalated beyond SPLs ability. Our PLs, SPL and ASPL were busy all week. Nearly every PL had at least one moment where they had some sort of breakdown. One quit for a meal after dealing with patrol members that didn’t pull their wait. One designated another patrol member that they could PL (that scout was mouthy all week and said PL was an easy job). One went away for a bit and cried after one particular tough day. At the end of the week we met with the PLC. 100% ... no debate, only positive feedback, wanted to return to this camp. The PLC members had past experience with dining hall and hated it as it led to lack of what they see Boy Scouts is about. It was tougher than a dining hall camp, but the experience is invaluable.
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    Policy on going through scout totes

    27! I think they made a movie about that kid...
  19. So it appears I will be taking over as SM of a fairly large Troop (70 - 80 scouts). The previous SM has been looking to step down the last few years and has not been present for most of this year. My son recently crossed over into this Troop and after a few adult leader meetings the CC asked me to take the role. After declining twice, I had further discussions and found that while the Troop is large they are becoming less active and there is concern they will collapse. Several Troops in my area have already died (over 4 packs feed this Troop) so I accepted. I have a general idea of this Troop’s culture and don’t want to rock the boat, but there are a few areas I think the scouts could change. My primary thought is that we can improve the use of the patrol method. Currently: patrols are set by the leaders PL and SPLs are set by leaders A scout told my son that Patrols only really matter at summer camp, Klondike and a few Troop meetings. This sounds like a lot of Troops where patrols are used, but not in the original concept. Given we have 70 - 80 scouts I think the Patrol method is critical. Any thoughts on a plan to increase usage of the patrol method?
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    How to increase usage of Patrol Method

    Had the start of a conversation during our annual planning meeting (adults only, but SPL and a few other senior scouts were invited). Overall it went well, but I can see this could take several years to get a really strong patrol method Troop. The issues go back years where a previous adult intentionally broke up groups of friends between patrols. This came up when I asked if patrols go on their own outings. One of the other leaders said his son would hate that as none of his friends are in his patrol. I asked about camping arrangements and they never tent with Patrol members. I asked why and once again... the current patrols are not groups of friends. There was really no reason behind that.... other than a leader from years ago. So, one of the first tasks is to relook at how we divide up our scouts into patrols... then build from there. We talked about other changes and overall received support from the adults to increase usage of the patrol method. ... now I need to talk with the SPL to get his thoughts.
  21. I was reading through our annual report and found some interesting numbers... Cub Scout Membership dropped 25% (18% drop in number of packs) Boy Scout Membership dropped 12% (11% drop in number of Troops) Venturing Membership dropped 21% (26% loss of crews) Exploring and LFL also dropped over 30% each But on the advancement side... Cub Scout advancement went up 10% Boy Scout advancement was up 55% Merit Badges earned went up 14% So... is this a clear indication of clearing out ghost members? At first glance the numbers are concerning showing a large drop in members. But the raw numbers in advancement show increases... which doesn’t make sense unless the members dropped were not real members. The financials didn’t look great as well... showing falling numbers everywhere except Management & General.
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    Council Annual Report - Interesting Numbers

    Follow up... sounds like the drop off was due to elimination of some inactive ScoutReach groups and very late rechartering by many units. Those units didn’t charter until the numbers had to be set.
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    New Sex Abuse Charges

    The BSA said in their letter this week that they are going to formally announce in the coming days a new youth protection education initiative. "Through animated lessons and age-appropriate learning materials developed specifically for younger audiences, the 'Protect Yourself Rules' program will educate children on recognizing inappropriate conduct...," Surbaugh wrote. He also described a multi-layer screening process for all applicants 18 years or older, which has recently been enhanced, and said BSA has recently expanded its background check policy. https://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/447107-democrats-want-more-information-from-boy-scouts-on-lobbying-effort