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Hawkwin last won the day on November 9 2018

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  1. Hawkwin

    Troopwebhost vs Scoutbook

    Unless something has changed, scouts should be able to see their advancement in Scoutbook too - no need to export to TWH.
  2. Hawkwin

    Eagle Scout Extension for new 2019 Scouts

    The rules allow for a scout to display skills learned prior to joining a troop so a well organized group of scouts and scouters may have completed the Cyber Chip before the troop became official. "...simply demonstrate your knowledge or skills to your Scoutmaster or other designated leader after joining the troop." Many new scouts achieve Scout rank at their first scout meeting.
  3. I think it is just getting started. Little cubs with ponytails is one thing, having young female adults in tan uniforms leading troops in public and at various scouting events will likely be another - and draw more attention and media. The next two years will be full of various "firsts."
  4. Hawkwin

    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Per the NPR story, it doesn't seem to matter if you won in the past. Each time there is a new case, you run the risk of THAT court deeming it generic. Your status as the defendant or the plaintiff probably doesn't matter. DuPont probably won every defense of their copyright for Cellophane; until they didn't.
  5. Hawkwin

    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Interesting story on NPR this week that made me think about this situation. The "Chose Your Own Adventure" publishing company is suing Netflix for copyright infringement because they use such in one of their shows. The NPR story indicated that the publisher is taking a risk in that the courts may decide that "chose your own adventure" has become generic and that they might actually commit "Genericide." The GSUSA runs the risk that the court could say that the term "scout" is generic and as such, no one may copyright it. From NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/24/688110253/adventure-series-book-publisher-sues-netflix-over-trademark The word zipper was originally a trademark for a toothed closure. But people started using the word zipper for any toothed closure, and that trademark became worthless. It became generic. Aspirin, thermos, escalator - just a few onetime trademarks that have succumbed to genericide.
  6. ??? If you want to argue the validity of their rule, that is fine, you are welcome to take it up with them. That doesn't keep them from having the rule despite what your opposing opinion. You asked what they should sign up for at camp. I replied that some STATES (as in state law) councils and camps restricted shooting based on age at their facilities so for first year scouts, there might be better alternatives. I didn't comment on eligibility. I commented on what may be allowed at summer camp. You seem to infer that I am personally opposed to shooting for 11 year olds when in fact, I am simply trying to inform you and others of the obstacles one might face. For example, take this thread from this very site: Lastly, there may be an assumed maturity issue at play that has nothing to do with physical ability. A .22 is still a deadly weapon and some states, councils, and camps might find that their insurance rates are better if they restrict such activity to older youth.
  7. Note that some states, councils and specific summer camps restrict shooting activities by age. Rifle and other shooting sports might be better suited as a recommendation for second or third year scouts. As an alternative, water craft MBs would be a good fit for summer camp as they not only require large(r) bodies of water, they also require otherwise expensive craft that scouts and scouters may not have access to otherwise. My other recommendation would be to take those that are very difficult to complete within your troop or council due to required expertise and/or lack of MBCs. Scuba immediately comes to mind.
  8. Hawkwin

    Are there any female Scout Executives in the US?

    You might find this of interest as well: https://scoutingwire.org/these-5-women-made-scouting-history/
  9. Hawkwin

    Are there any female Scout Executives in the US?

    Yes. Both at District and of course Nationals. Edit: Could not remember her name so had to go look her up. Not sure if you consider this position "executive" or not: https://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/about-the-bsa/national-leadership/national-commissioner-volunteer/
  10. If only it would end there. I have seen information copied from social media where the contact information for the school, the principal, the superintendent, and the diocese has been posted to allow people to share their "opinion" about just how wrong the students were. With the rush to judgment comes for some the rush to respond - usually in less than helpful ways.
  11. Agreed. Considering his age, who are we (or who is anyone) to attack him based on an inference of what his likely nervous smile should mean? Heck, my wife "smirked" at me last week, good thing no cameras were there.
  12. Hawkwin

    What's in a name?

    I agree it does few a little odd to advance from one term with a qualifier (cub) to a term without one, and then potentially to another term that adds the qualifier back on. That being stated, there has been a long history of the military doing something very similar (and I always thought that was odd too). This is most apparent in the Navy where you have LT Junior Grade, followed by just LT, followed by LT Commander, followed by just Commander. Also, Vice Admiral, Admiral, Fleet Admiral. I don't have a good recommended solution. Perhaps in keeping with some of the other formats of naming conventions, one should move from cub to scouts, to scouts "something" or just "Venturer" (which is rather awkward to enunciate.) I'd call for Venturing and Venturers to be renamed Pathfinders but that would probably face its own copyright challenges from the Seventh-day Adventist. Great name for a youth org.
  13. Hawkwin

    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    I wish that was the case but at least locally, my daughter has no interaction with any other troop/"den" that would be part of the service unit. All troops operate in silos even more insular that BSA troops. I WISH that they could meet with other GS troops on a regular basis. Think of the things they (and we) could learn from one another.
  14. I have a success story in the making! A female Webelos - the only one in her pack, recently visited my son's troop to satisfy one of her AOL requirements. She visited us from the next council and county over. As the den leader for my daughter's AOL den (in yet another council and county over in the other direction), we invited her join us at our den meetings. She earned her Looking Back Looking Forward elective with us at our last meeting and will be joining us tomorrow to satisfy Build a Better World #4 - when we are visiting with yet another local pack who has invited the local school board president. We are finding ways to make things work. It is a great feeling to know that our little act of kindness to her has made her feel a greater part of scouting. We are hopeful that if we start a troop in February that she will be one of our founding members. Me: "Valkyries Approach!" Den: "Lead the Way!" (Patrol Yell)
  15. Hawkwin

    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    In my pack, the vast majority of girls came from "no where." They were not members of any other scout-based youth organization. In my den, two girls are CURRENT GSUSA members (so dual membership) and the other is a girl that quit GSUSA two years ago. So, no "acquisition" from any other competing organization. No other organization can claim "dibs" on them.