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  1. On 10/3/2018 at 7:53 PM, scotteg83 said:

    Taken from Facebook. 


    2. Requests for extensions must be received no later than thirty (30) days after turning 18 years of age. Extensions must be in writing by submitting the designated form to the National Service Center and the form must be received no later than January 7, 2020. Only the National Council may grant extensions. The actual extension will be based upon the individual’s registration date and age at the time of the request and will provide not more than twenty-four months from the date of initial registration to complete all requirements.


    A couple of people posted in FB that National’s changed the above policy...

    As you can see in the text, the extension was going to be up to a maximum of 24 months. If you go to the linked file, they changed it to 22 months.    They also changed when to file the extension.  

  2. 2 hours ago, NJCubScouter said:

    It sure seems to me like those councils were violating the GSUSA's trademark

    Those examples looked like unit examples (for the most part) vs council.  My question is what is the impact/damages to GSUSA if 20 packs out of 3000+ who added girls had some Trademark issues on a few flyers.   I’m sure there are some damages, but I can’t imagine it would be much more than the legal fees they are paying for the lawsuit.

    I think the big question is can BSA use the term Scouts BSA (with the BSA qualifier).  I have a hard time believing the BSA cannot use the term “Scouts BSA”... but I’m not a lawyer.

    If this is like any lawsuit I have been close to, I expect it to be resolved some time in 2022.  



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  3. Even shorter....

    Her: “I heard you left the Troop because of me, is that true?”

    You: “Yes”

    The letter was great, but probably better for the SM and CC vs a parent; however, I think I remember you already talked with them and they have responded.

    For her, you can simply say the Troop was not aligned with the primary mission of Boy Scouts, even after attempting to change it, so you sought out a Troop that was.  I am concerned that there are many others like her (both men and women) joining scouting....

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  4. Looks like in addition to new fit... covered buttons, smaller front pockets and BSA vs Boy Scouts of America.  Any other changes?   Glad they didn’t go with some of the more drastic changes, but this is definitely more than just size.

  5. On 1/17/2019 at 9:21 AM, Eagle1993 said:

    Covered in other threads, but based upon some input I have heard, the difference include images of girls, pronoun updates, some minor requirement changes (family life.. you probably ask a girl about being a mother) and hygiene.  Rumors only as I haven’t seen the inside of the book yet.

    I’m sure they could have created one, but given how they are rolling this out it makes sense to release separate books.

    Some people have received the book a and the only changes are pictures and perhaps a few pronouns.   There is a section that some said would be updated to include tampons/etc. info but that was not updated.  Also, family life MB requirements have not changed for girls.

  6. Wow, I’m sorry to hear this news.  I don’t pray often but I did for you.  I’m glad to hear you are on the path of recovery and hope and pray it is as quick and full as possible.

    Your examples and stories on how you run your den put the bar extremely high.  I certainly hope the new leader is thankful for the information, organization and leadership you display.  

    I can’t think of much more you can do, other than letting the leader know you are there to answer any questions or provide recommendations as needed.  

    Again, wishing you see a full recovery soon!

  7. 1 minute ago, desertrat77 said:

    Maybe I'm missing the boat myself, but these minor differences between the two books seem like trifles.

    For most humans, life is coed. 

    Why would the BSA put uniquely female discussions about motherhood in a handbook?  I don't recall such discussions from the male perspective in past handbooks. 

    The more I read, the more I think the BSA put itself through a number of unnecessary organizational twists to launch this whole thing.

    Family Life Merit Badge has a requirement about talking what makes an effective father and why.

    I think the separate gender Troops won’t be followed fully and is doomed to fail, but that was BSA’s decision so separate books   align with that bad call.  They are being consistent..

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  8. 47 minutes ago, T2Eagle said:

    Not bad.  Every female leader I ever knew to comment on it, universally decried the cut and shape of female leader uniforms.  I hope these are better designed in that aspect.

    100% agree.  Though one of my female leaders joked that female Boy Scout leader uniforms are the only “small” size clothing she can fit into.... so that was a positive.

  9. 24 minutes ago, desertrat77 said:

    True.  But two handbooks?  Aside from images, are the handbooks that different?  Seems like a lot of heavy lifting on National's part to field two handbooks when one would suffice.

    Covered in other threads, but based upon some input I have heard, the difference include images of girls, pronoun updates, some minor requirement changes (family life.. you probably ask a girl about being a mother) and hygiene.  Rumors only as I haven’t seen the inside of the book yet.

    I’m sure they could have created one, but given how they are rolling this out it makes sense to release separate books.

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  10. I linked my account once and it worked.  A few days later is lost the link and I had to sign on via email.  Also, there are 5 leaders in my unit now listed twice.  They apparently had multiple BSA numbers and now Scoutnet is synchronized with Scoutbook.  It’s a mess....

  11. Follow up article from Forbes...

    They are hiring more consultants and reviewing both financial and operational plans....


    “The organization’s financial state could be in peril should its insurance reserves not adequately resolve the litigation claims, the sources noted. In addition, BSA’s efforts to be more inclusive— by dropping the ‘Boy’ in its main program and welcoming girls and transgender scouts to join— has not resulted in a membership spike.”

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  12. 1 hour ago, fred8033 said:

    I mostly agree with BSA's direction, but I do cringe when I hear there will be a scoutbook for girls and another for boys.  Even if it's the same except pronouns, I know many scouters will be spending time to see if they are really the same.  There is just too much temptation to drift with different content.

    I’ve also heard there may be different info about hygiene for girls while camping, etc.

  13. 18 hours ago, Jameson76 said:

    If you want to grow, figure out what the top units are doing, then objectively determine what can and what cannot be replicated. 

    100% agree... one technique my teams use to get to root cause(s) of issues is the BOB and WOW method.   BOB simply stands for Best if Best and WOW is Worst of Worst.   Essential you study the difference between units that perform the best (high retention, consistent membership, active, etc.) and worst (high attrition, less active, etc.) and really deep dive to understand why.   Ideally, these units would be in the same district so regional differences can be eliminated.

    Then build this up District by District to see what changes need to occur with training, professional’s focus, etc.  The key would be to not change the overall mission and goal just to try and capture a few more head count. 

  14. 7 hours ago, ghjim said:

    SFE is now weighing in:



    The interviewer’s questions were odd.... it seemed like he had a clear opinion of scouting but no real experience in it (or even research of it).  SFE was actually defending BSA for much of the interview.  Are there really no experienced scouters in media that can actually write an in depth article or hold an coherent interview?  I only see poorly researched hatchet jobs or shallow and short quick reads.

  15. On 10/16/2018 at 1:35 PM, Eagle1993 said:

    Next up recharter.  It will be interesting to see if there is more attrition than in the past. 

    So, our final count hit 73, with 17 girls. 

    We had two girls drop, one due to sports and Irish dancing and the other as the girl who dropped was her only friend in the pack.  

    We had 22 boys drop.... one moved and most due to sports.  Looking at years past, the only major attrition increase was our Lion to Tiger Scouts. I do think we lost a lot of scouts due to a nice but poor den leader.... that was a lesson to watch new den leaders more closely in the future.

    Recruiting was a bit tougher this year as the school prevented us from emailing all parents.   We have done that in the past as the school does not allow us in their doors for recruiting, but now they told us to not email parents as well.  

    I asked my den leaders if any boys left due to girls, they said no.   Most of the ones that left rarely showed up to meetings anyway.  I know we can’t know for sure, but we saw nearly no loss of Bear or Webelos Scouts... only younger ones.  That seems to be consistent with years past, before girls.

    Our Pack is now functional a coed pack.  On paper we do talk about boy and girl dens, but in practice it appears coed.  We were not able to recruit enough leaders nor garner support from parents to split up Den meetings.  In some cases this is helping boy dens (the Tiger den is run by parents of the girls) and in some cases it helps the girl dens.  We tried the multiple age den meeting last spring, and we didn’t like the results.

    Not sure if I’ll add more to this thread.  Adding girls was a bit more work due to YPT rules, but seeing the results was worth it.  What worked for us will not work in all areas.  Unit leaders know their parents and youth more than the District, Council or Nationals.  I also know Cub Scout age youth may handle coed Scouting differently from older youth.  

    Overall, I think our Pack’s implantation was successful.  We have an active and growing pack that can serve all youth.

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  16. Just curious... what do you use your membership card for?  I have a note on my phone with my ID number, so have never used my card.  Just curious when you use your card.  For packs this makes sense as I think most kids/parents throw them out or lose them. 

    The certificates sit in a plastic file cabinet in my office.   I guess it is nice for historical purposes.... but again if this saves paper and cost (as most units probably won’t even print them out) it seems like it could be a good idea.


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  17. BSA just settled 19 suits in Idaho (LDS Troops).  Not sure if the Church settled as well.


    I found this comment to be interesting.... 

    “From what we understand the only way these [four new] settlements will work is if the Boy Scouts do not file for bankruptcy for at least 90 days,” Dumas said. “If they file within 90 days, these settlements may be at risk. We really do not know what will happen.”