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Everything posted by gblotter

  1. Minimal Effort Eagle

    You have grasped the situation well. And you mirror my thoughts on this. It is a fine line. Support the boy, but still require genuine efforts from him so that whatever outcome has meaning in the end.
  2. Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    It’s a great look - I agree. Wonder if my SPL would go for it.
  3. Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    That’s a good one. National does not care what I or anyone else thinks about this topic. Why would they suddenly start now? They will ram through whatever stupid decision they come up with, and then claim everyone is asking for this and they are just responding to popular demand. They will lie and manipulate as they always have.
  4. Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    Those garrison hats are sized incredibly small. Even our youngest Scouts wear a size large. Folks in this century just have bigger skulls.
  5. Eagle Scout neckerchief - quick question

    @The Latin Scot If you want to make the event special for your young friend, may I suggest that you pull out your Eagle Scout medal and wear it to his court of honor. I did that for the first time last month. There are so few occasions where wearing your medal would be appropriate, but that is one of them.
  6. Minimal Effort Eagle

    Quality is not binary. You ask me to paint your house. I can slap one coat on there in an afternoon without any prep work, leaving splatters and drips everywhere. Or I can take several days to power wash, scrape, fill, sand, tape, prime, plus two top coats.
  7. Minimal Effort Eagle

    Yes - this boy has remained on the troop roster, but he has rarely meetings or activities. He does get a signed blue card from me for merit badge work. As I said, he does the minimum required.
  8. Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    In theory, that option will not exist for Girl Patrols in Boy Scout Troops. It is an option for Girl Dens in Cub Scout Packs.
  9. Camping Distance for Adults

    I keep wondering to myself how such situations of daddy dependency will be viewed in this new era of "Family Scouting" (there seem to be varying opinions on what exactly that term means).
  10. Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    Me too. I wear a bolo tie - partly to set myself apart as Scoutmaster but mostly because I hate neckerchiefs. I would be fine if our troop abandoned the neckerchief altogether, but the boys really seem to like it.
  11. Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    Yep - I read that article, too, and picked out the same sentences.
  12. Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    The black neckerchief is standard issue from the BSA Scout shop. The hat emblem is the regular BSA fleur-de-lys used in the 50-60s. I'm sure others here on Scouter.com are better experts than I about uniform etiquette. But I believe neckerchief slides are highly customizable and can be almost anything you like - even carve your own. That sounds like a Democrat vs Republican debate to me - not going there - haha. My son and I regularly argue over that point, actually. I'm sure others here will have something more definitive to say. And I have no doubt it has already been hotly debated in a previous thread - lol.
  13. Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    I have no problem with vintage headwear. Our troop has adopted the garrison hat. It took no arm-twisting from me - the boys proudly wear it because it sets them apart. Everyone at camp recognizes immediately who we are.
  14. Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    Local units are the face of Scouting and the boots on the ground to make any program work. But local units can do only so much to rescue National from their own bumbling mistakes (then and now). The Improved Scouting Program drove away membership by the millions. It was a train wreck of a program, and the incompetent CSE deservedly lost his job because of it. Good riddance to Skill Awards and red berets.
  15. Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    I speak for no one but myself here. I absolutely hated the entire Skill Award concept. That was my primary motivation for rushing to Eagle under the old requirements - so I wouldn’t be stuck earning those despised Skill Awards. I actually was given a couple of Skill Awards somewhere along the way just because they were supposed to be part of immediate recognition. I threw them away because they meant nothing to me. They are not even part of my collection of Scouting memorabilia.
  16. Minimal Effort Eagle

    I am not focused so much on the passage of time or his lapse in activity. Rather, I am focused on his minimum level effort. I could support his effort more if he had more effort to support.
  17. Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    If you had a good experience with the "Improved Scouting Program", well then good for you. I'm one of those people who lived it, too. I was part of the mad dash to finish off my Eagle in early 1974 under the old requirements. The new Scouting program was confusing and unappealing. I dropped out shortly after all that was introduced (along with more than 2 million other Scouts who voted with their feet). The Chief Scout Executive, Alden Barber, was not forced into early retirement because the program was a great success.
  18. Minimal Effort Eagle

    Creating new requirements has never been part of my thought process - obviously, that is out of line. And, yes - meeting the minimum requirements necessitates a "pass". These points are self-evident. I'm actually not seeking a way to "fail" this Scout - that is not why I started this thread. I'd much rather inspire him to go beyond minimal efforts so that the result has more than minimal significance. Perhaps I'll phrase it to him using those words.
  19. Buzzfeed - CSE Surbaugh - Girls - Scouter.com

    * Cabela's Scouts of America * Bass Pro Shop Scouts of America
  20. Minimal Effort Eagle

    Yes - consistency is on my mind. I remind myself that I can't/shouldn't set a special hurdle for him that I do not impose on everyone else in the troop. I know this boy has had some past struggles in his personal life. His dad views Eagle as a way to lift the kid's self-esteem and instill a sense of accomplishment. However, if the boy is not doing quality work, his court of honor will be more of a shrug than a high-five.
  21. Questions about "Boy Led" Troop

    From Wikipedia: Virtue signalling is the conspicuous expression of moral values done primarily with the intent of enhancing standing within a social group. Virtue signalling a popular term in politics these days. Basically, it is making yourself look superior to others by spouting off about how your opinion is the only moral way to think about an issue. The intent is to create an atmosphere where anyone who disagrees with you must necessarily be immoral.
  22. Questions about "Boy Led" Troop

    I try to always stay open to the wisdom of others whenever/wherever it surfaces. I listened to one of Clarke's other podcasts. He does a fair amount of virtue signaling about his viewpoints - I found that annoying at times. Likely my problem, not his.
  23. Camping Distance for Adults

    With the size of campsites we usually occupy, 100 yards is not really practical. A hands-off attitude works pretty well for us.
  24. Camping Distance for Adults

    Only rarely do our Scouts share a tent with dad. There is an annual father/son campout where it makes sense. Sometimes one boy will end up without a tent partner (odd numbers). I have no problem if a Scout tents with his dad in that situation either, but we can usually get him into a tent with other boys so that isn't necessary.
  25. Minimal Effort Eagle

    Yep - I’m trying, but it’s a struggle in this situation. He deserves a positive - not pessimistic - response from his Scoutmaster.