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  1. Eagle1993

    CSE Letter on GSUSA Infringements

    It’s getting ugly. This pic was from a recent GSUSA/BSA working meeting.
  2. Eagle1993

    Family Scouting Update

    Books have been printed. Should hit shelves in June.
  3. If I could up vote this 1000 times I would!
  4. Eagle1993

    CSE Letter on GSUSA Infringements

    Based on the what I have heard I would be careful of holding any joint meetings/events without GSUSA local council approval. We had discussed this has a Pack but now I do not plan to pursue. I have no desire to have our school GSUSA leaders grilled by council (parent only meetings, treasurer record review, etc.).
  5. G2SS BSA insurance policy recommended PPE for wiffle ball in 2018.
  6. Girls planning to join Troops next year can apply to be part of the WSJ 2019. See article below. https://wsj2019.us/2018/04/16/women-at-the-world-scout-jamboree/ What if the girl is not old enough to join Scouts right now? If you or a friend wants to join Scouting for the 2019 WSJ, she can join the WSJ contingent now! Anyone who was born between July 22, 2001 and July 21, 2005 may attend WSJ as a participant. If you are too young to register for Venturing (12 or 13 years of age right now), but are eligible to attend, you can still come to WSJ. A potential female participant must contact their council first and have a council staff member contact the contingent.
  7. I have asked about dens meeting together and that would not be considered breaking rules. My father who is a volunteer at a council out of state and my DE had the same response. A girl den should be treated the same as a boy den. If you have dens that meet together for joint projects you can continue doing that with boy and girl dens. Yes... this could clearly be a paper den, but there has been no clear rule I have seen that states boy and girl dens cannot work on projects together. Now.... if every meeting is coed and they do everything together and have the same leaders it would be a violation. I do expect this is and will happen, I’m just not sure that is the case in this article.
  8. Eagle1993

    CSE Letter on GSUSA Infringements

    There have been some Packs that actually generated recruiting material that showed a Girl Scout and a Girl Cub Scout on the same flyer emphasizing you can be both. I also know of some Packs that have combined GSUSA and BSA meetings for their new members. ... That was a disaster as GSUSA investigated them for financial reasons (was GSUSA Troop $$ spent on BSA activities). I think all of this comes from well intentioned volunteers but GSUSA clearly has a right to their brand and sees this as a threat. The other area is media confusion. I remember one newscast that showed the GSUSA logo when talking about BSA. GSUSA is defending their copyright and BSA is reminding their volunteers to comply.
  9. Comments sections under articles bring out some of the worst in people and skew based upon the audience. Go ahead and read deadspin.com articles and you would believe 99% of this country wants fully run National healthcare and that NFL players should be honored for kneeling. Then go to Fox News and read comments under their article... a bit different. The real question is what do parents and their youth in our target age range want and need to have fun and grow into strong leaders. I don’t think a comment section under an article (regardless of position) represents an accurate answer to that question. Polling of parents in the 30-50 year range over the next 5-10 years will be the best indication if the target audience is happy with the change. IMHO
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    Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    The FB group is run by volunteers and they submitted questions to a National BSA member. That individual recorded answers (only the female CM/ACM answer was controversial). I think the admins were upset the video leaked as it means the group may see less direct answers from national. I didn’t see any evidence that National requested this. Note that the only info regarding requiring a female CM/ACM for Girl or coed Packs was on that video. There was a lot of pushback and so far there hasn’t been confirmation that is going to be official policy. I believe that is also the reason the admins don’t want videos floating around of National BSA members on policies they may be in flux (just guessing). We are waiting on an update that should be going to executives this week.
  11. Eagle1993

    Family Scouting Update

    Speculation/at least partially - I believe this is being done to ensure separate SPL/ASPL/PL/APLs.
  12. I would expect the same change that occurred when the Boys Club charter was updated when they changed to the Boys and Girls Club. From the Boys and Girls Club website - “To recognize the fact that girls are a part of our cause, the national organization's name was changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1990. Accordingly, Congress amended and renewed our charter.” However, I’m not sure Boy Scouts of America name would change. I think it could just be (possibly) one of the programs under BSA. Of course this is all speculation.
  13. Eagle1993

    Family Scouting Update

    I have been closely following a FB page that seems to have reliable information. I don’t believe any naming for the girl Boy Scout program has been finalized (at least released to Councils); however they are close as the name is supposed to be announced at the NAM in May. Many high ranking BSA volunteers are supportive of simply using Scouts and Troop; however, they have been clear that there is no official name yet and they are not in the know. I won’t believe anything regarding a name until it is officially announced. Note there are some interesting updates... Linked Troops can have identical numbers. This came through some questions in a FAQ. Scoutnet will be able to tell is it is a girl or boy Troop, but again, linked Troops can have the same number. The new uniform went through reviews (there was a showing April 9 to a limited set of people). What I found interesting was this comment from a BSA National professional: “ Thank you for all the comments. Let me assure you that the uniforms that we are testing are for boys and girls. We are not planning different uniforms, however, we may have some additional options like skorts or capri options that are for girls - those are being tested.” There will be NO early adopter program for Troops. So info is slowly coming out but nothing official on the name.
  14. Based on the skew of the comments my guess is that this article is linked through a right wing site (Drudge, Fox, Breitbart, CNS, etc.). If linked through a left wing site (Huffington Post, Daily Kos, MSNBC) the comments would also be negative but with the slant that the BSA is a nationalistic right wing organization who is attempting to undermine a progressive all girl organization. I take pleasure that I’m part of the one organization that Murdoch and Huffington despise. BSA is bringing our country back together!
  15. Eagle1993

    Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    BTW if National asks I still live in Alaska. Here is a recent picture.
  16. Eagle1993

    Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    Apparently some people shared the video (it leaked). Those individuals are now being tossed out of the FB group. The video wasn’t controversial it was simply stating some reasoning behind the June 11 date and clarity of leadership requirements.
  17. Eagle1993

    Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    The biggest complaint is that in that pitch you only need a YPT adult female. Most of the time that is easy as you simply have moms YPT and make sure one stays for meetings. Now for the full rollout we need female DL/ADL. So this is a change from the pitch above. The complaints are breaking down into: - this is a change from the EA program that comes as a surprise - you cannot have adult leaders serve in multiple roles adding to the burden of finding new leaders - inconsistent with how boys are treated I’m curious how National will respond.
  18. Eagle1993

    Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    Oh, I’ll add that people are losing their minds on the FB page right now. They turned comments off on the video and are waiting for responses to a number of questions. Biggest one is if a DL/ADL can also serve as CM/ACM.
  19. Eagle1993

    Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    This was not mentioned (either way) but I tend to agree with you that I don’t see this as a coming requirement. I think they should make this a requirement and can only speculate why they didn’t.
  20. Eagle1993

    Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    I’m a member of a Facebook group (Cub Scout Pack early adopters) and the National Director for Cub Scouts recorded a video answering some questions regarding the upcoming program. This info was sent to professionals this week. The group admins asked that the video not be shared but I didn’t see an issue sharing some of the key updates as this could be useful for other Packs.
  21. Eagle1993

    Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    Further info. For packs that have girl youth members, either the Cubmaster or Assistant Cubmaster must be female. In addition, each girl den must have a female Den Leader or Assistant Den Leader.
  22. Materials will arrive in Scout Shops starting June 1 and girls can register in any family Pack starting June 11. Article has some info regarding working with your COs and preparing for the change. https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/04/16/heres-when-and-how-you-can-start-welcoming-girls-into-your-cub-scout-pack/ Oh, and there is this minor change. Two Arrow of Light Adventure Trails will be renamed: Outdoorsman will become Outdoor Adventurer, and Sportsman will simply become Sports.
  23. Eagle1993

    Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    This info was creating a lot of stir on a Facebook page. As you may know, the EA program for Cub Scouts only required an adult YPT female to be present. Now for the official release that female must be a Den Leader or Assistant Den Leader. This is causing a bit of confusion (since it is a change in policy that is 5 months old). Notice the comment for Troops... follows a similar requirement (not surprising). Below is from a National Professional scouter... Would information in the form of an FAQ sent to Scout Executives this week qualify? The expectation is that SE's will be sharing this information in their councils. Quote: Q: Will dens of girls and troops of girls be required to have female leaders? A: Yes. In Cub Scouting, dens of girls will be required to have at least one registered female den leader or assistant den leader who is at least 21 years old. Troops of girls will be required to have at least one registered, female Scoutmaster or assistant Scoutmaster who is at least 21 years old.
  24. One example I can see is if, in general, a group of girls may pick up one part of an adventure or MB more quickly but struggle with another part you may need to think of different techniques. I wouldn’t recommend changing requirements but I do agree as leaders we may see a broader set of learning styles going forward. I emphasize “in general” as I’m sure it is not 100% correlated with gender.
  25. What specific changes do you think would be necessary for girls?
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