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Everything posted by gblotter

  1. Supplemental Training for Youth Leaders

    Sure - no sweat. Who needs training? These days anybody can create cool websites. https://www.theworldsworstwebsiteever.com/
  2. Family Scouting Update

    Maybe you are right.
  3. Family Scouting Update

    Fair enough. Can we agree to have this conversation again in February 2019?
  4. Family Scouting Update

    A Scout from our troop attended an earlier World Jamboree. His feedback is primarily what deterred us. Among his Jamboree cohorts, he reported very crude behavior with lots of swearing and pornography. Adult leaders seemed unconcerned and unwilling to address it. Perhaps the addition of girls into their contingent actually would have moderated that unsavory aspect.
  5. Family Scouting Update

    The girls from our council were part of a separate Venturing Crew. They Venturing Crew ran their own Jamboree program were never seen except at the airport.
  6. Family Scouting Update

    @Tampa Turtle Thank you. I am actually not walking away from BSA - BSA walked away from me. I have stayed the same - Scouting has changed. I am not leaving in protest and anger. Rather I am leaving in sadness for what has been lost. I have a lifetime of good Scouting memories, and I'm especially grateful my son was able to experience it before BSA lost its way. It has been a wonderful ride. To be clear - these membership changes are rooted in financial desperation. It won't work. As BSA adds girls it will lose even more boys, and thus the membership declines will continue. When girls are not attracted in sufficient numbers, BSA will implement additional changes to make Scouting more girl-friendly all while the boys continue to walk away. I can't bear to watch the downfall of something I have dearly loved, so it's time for me to leave.
  7. Family Scouting Update

    I stand corrected. I am happy for the successes of UK Scouting.
  8. Family Scouting Update

    By obey, I guess you mean that you did not quit BSA over the issue? That certainly does not scream unity.
  9. Family Scouting Update

    Actually, yes. My son attended National Jamboree last year, but he is avoiding the upcoming World Jamboree despite recruitment efforts from our council. The flavor of the two events is significantly different (only partly because of girls).
  10. Family Scouting Update

    More accurately, the UK is recovering after dramatic membership losses. Nowhere near previous membership levels. Yes, you can.
  11. Family Scouting Update

    And if you don't support the DRP, are you still worthy to wear the World Crest? What about unity and brotherhood?
  12. Family Scouting Update

    If your desire is to strip me of the World Crest for supporting single-gender Scouting, you will get your wish soon enough. 2018 will be my last year as a registered Scouter. After BSA is rid of folks like me, there will be no obstacles for your utopia of unity.
  13. Family Scouting Update

    This is exactly what I see happening. If you want a to maintain a single-gender boy troop, the available program options for summer camp, camporee, merit badge midways, etc will just push you aside. The girls will prevail and the boys will walk. That is essentially what happened with coed Scouting in Canada. Scouts Canada is now primarily a girl movement and just a shadow of its former self after dramatic membership losses.
  14. Family Scouting Update

    So if I don't embrace coed camping, I am unworthy to wear the World Crest? Please clarify.
  15. Family Scouting Update

    So in other words, the whole BSA4G structure is unworkable. I agree that BSA4G is a very bad idea, and I have opposed it from the beginning.
  16. Family Scouting Update

    I wouldn't want our boys sharing merit badge classes, evening campfires, flag ceremonies, or dining hall times with girl troops. I seek to continue the same summer camp experience our boys have enjoyed before these announcements.
  17. Family Scouting Update

    Correct. It's not the same.
  18. Family Scouting Update

    I won’t try to speak for the LDS church, but for this LDS Scoutmaster the red line is I won’t take my troop to a co-ed BSA summer camp.
  19. Family Scouting Update

    LDS already has rules against co-ed camping for youth activities. I doubt an exception will be made to allow co-ed summer camps for LDS Scout troops. If BSA summer camps go co-ed, that could spell the end of LDS Scouting IMHO.
  20. Linked Troops - What are these?

    We do this already. Two small LDS troops share one committee. The troops meet separately, have separate SMs and ASMs, separate youth structures, separate weekly troop meetings, separate campouts, separate summer camps. The goal is not to run a combined Scouting program for the two troops - we simply want to cut down on the administrative overhead by joining forces for staffing adult positions on the committee. It works (mostly).
  21. Linked Troops - What are these?

    Now I have a definitive date to plan my exit from Scouting.
  22. Camping Distance for Adults

    Our Scouts decide who they want to tent with, whether they tent alone or together, and even if they want to have a "party tent" with a larger number of boys. Just another step down the path to being a boy-led troop.
  23. Minimal Effort Eagle

    I have a 16 year-old Life Scout who was active in younger years but is now absent from Scouting activities. His father has convinced him that Eagle Scout will look good on a college application. The boy openly admits that as his motivation and says it without shame. If he can’t finish Eagle before college applications are due next fall, then he will abandon the effort. He is doing the bare minimum to satisfy each requirement. For example, he will come on one campout a year to demonstrate his activity in the troop. I’m uncomfortable with his whole approach. I’m not going to erect artificial hurdles for him to jump, but I’d like to see some quality in something - anything - he does. This just feels wrong to me. Looking to learn from anyone with a similar experience.
  24. Minimal Effort Eagle

    Toxic is too strong a word. Casual or uncommitted is a better adjective.
  25. Minimal Effort Eagle

    This 16 year-old Scout has the maturity. He could perform well as Troop Guide if he is willing to apply himself. Last night he accepted the TG POR with specific tasks and milestones. He is good at telling people what they want to hear. We’ll see how he actually performs.