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    BSA National and Change Management

    CalicoPenn is absolutely right on this point. National has blown their co-ed horn using every means possible. It is shocking to me how many of the Scouting families in my own troop are not aware of the co-ed Scouting decision. Although I vehemently disagree with the decision, I have mostly stayed silent about it with our Scouting families. Perhaps they rely on me too much to inform them about what is going on in the Scouting world.
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    BSA National and Change Management

    The primary benefit that National receives from the G2SS is shielding from liability. Concern about the safety of individuals is a secondary consideration (sorry to be so cynical, but that is the truth). That is why we see such ridiculous rules. That is why we see no monitoring or enforcement. If a 13 year-old gets hurt using a 4-wheel cart, National will transfer any lawsuit liability to the local unit and local leadership for not following the published rules. Problem solved.
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    BSA National and Change Management

    I obviously wasn't referring to your individual motivations.
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    Is this the new normal?

    Ah. Perhaps that is the reason why I have never felt an affinity for Venturing.
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    Is this the new normal?

    This photo from SBR. Apparently, they are now hosting dance parties at The Summit now too - complete with karaoke and glow sticks. Ughhh.
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    BSA National and Change Management

    Quite simply, these membership changes are motivated by financial desperation from shrinking enrollment, made more urgent by the LDS exit. It is insulting for BSA National to pretend otherwise. Honest communication is a starting point for effective change management, but these folks approach it more like a con game. Their deceptions are in plain view, and I find it all quite disgusting.
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    Thinking I am Going to Step Down

    When such questions arise, it usually boils down to desire and ability. Desire is tough to cultivate if it is absent. Ability can be developed (within limits). It sounds like you have the desire to serve, but health issues may impact your ability to serve. If the Den Leader position demands more than you are physically able to give, perhaps there is another position (say as a committee member) that would better match your abilities and not require so much camping and training. Regarding comments about a having a low opinion of yourself or being a bad person ... all I can say is that serving others always raises my self-esteem and self-worth. For that reason alone, I would try to find a way to stay involved in some position. We all have something to contribute - large or small.
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    Boys' needs

    Boys need more outdoor, less indoor. More adventure, less bookwork. More moving, less sitting. Boys need more strong male role models to emulate and admire. Boys need recognition that they learn differently and behave differently than girls (especially during young adolescence). Boys need validation that boy behavior does not always equal bad behavior, and that girl behavior does not always equal good behavior.
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    New and comprehensive Family scouting FAQs issued:

    Scouting is not co-ed. (1) (1) Unless you attend a summer camp, or a merit badge university, or a Camporee, or a Cub Scout Day Camp, or an OA Induction, or NYLT, or any other event sponsored at the District, Council, or National level. So the Scouts BSA structure actually does not work if you engage in anything outside your own troop.
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    New and comprehensive Family scouting FAQs issued:

    Setting aside the pompous nature of your statement, focusing on the needs of boys (a failing segment of our society) is not a lower calling. It reveals a lot that you somehow consider yourself more elevated.
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    New and comprehensive Family scouting FAQs issued:

    If based only on my strong disapproval, I would already be gone. But “sticking around” has to do with my love for the boys I serve as Scoutmaster. My planned exit from Scouting will happen in an orderly way. Our troop will be dissolved after nearly 60 years in existence and more than 85 Eagle Scouts. Decisions have consequences. Respect? Attempts to trivialize opposing points of view by saying “everyone has their panties up in a wad” only reveals your lack of respect and understanding.
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    New and comprehensive Family scouting FAQs issued:

    But do you use labels like “discriminatory” and “exclusionary” and “on the wrong side of history” to describe organizations that focus on the needs of girls? Or is that name calling reserved only for those serving boys?
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    New and comprehensive Family scouting FAQs issued:

    You are correct that this issue crosses liberals and conservatives.
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    New and comprehensive Family scouting FAQs issued:

    You are correct that this issue crosses liberals and conservatives. My main point should have been emphasized that the door swings only one way (against boys). This comes at a time when boys are clearly the group failing in our society and nobody cares. Nobody. Silence. Crickets. Any expression of support for boys and their unique needs is tagged with labels of sexism, chauvinism, and patriarchy. The fact that BSA is now abandoning its mission for boys under the banner of inclusion saddens me beyond belief.
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    New and comprehensive Family scouting FAQs issued:

    Expressions like yours only reaffirm that those of us who disagree with the co-ed Scouting decision longer have a home in BSA. By your statement, I guess you believe that GSUSA (who excludes boys) is an organization composed of sexists and bigots who are on the wrong side of history too, right? Oh yeah - I forgot that your liberal door only swings one way (against boys).
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    New and comprehensive Family scouting FAQs issued:

    Speaking only for this forum member, I will be long gone by 2024. Many will be exiting Scouting over these issues. The ones who choose to remain in Scouting are by definition the same ones who agree (or perhaps disagree less) with these decisions.
  17. Stuff in our storage closet that gets used a lot: Flags, merit badge books, first aid equipment, ropes/poles for lashings. Stuff in our storage closet that never gets used: Mishmash of camping equipment that was mostly discarded from Scouting families who didn't want/need the stuff. For our troop campouts, everyone brings their own tents, stoves, etc from home. I like that solution because the Scouts are then motivated to take care of it. Troop camping equipment generally gets thrashed.
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    All Scouting is Local

    I'm curious to know how your 11-14 year old girls will feel about attending a co-ed summer camp with boy troops (because co-ed BSA summer camps will be the reality). Speaking only for our 11-14 year old boys, the idea of co-ed summer camp is anathema to them. They would rather skip summer camp altogether and do our own wilderness camp instead.
  19. I agree 100 percent. Instead of Swimming OR Cycling OR Hiking, I would like to see Swimming AND Cycling AND Hiking be Eagle required MBs. Wilderness Survival should be Eagle required, too. Drop a number of the bookish badges like Personal Management and Communications, and it seems that one Citizenship merit badge should suffice.
  20. I get it. I know other dedicated Scouters who willingly sacrifice unbelievable hours for the good of Scouting (i.e. they lead training weekends, they staff Camporee events, they mentor OA Lodges, they renovate dilapidated camp properties). I confess that my Scoutmaster motivations are more selfish (I want to facilitate a great Scouting experience for my son). When my son was unable to attend our troop campout last weekend, I wanted to transfer my duties to other adults/dads (but I ended up going anyway). I guess that makes me a "conditional Scouter" of a different variety. If you are asking yourself the question, you probably already know the answer.
  21. I will not dispute your experience, but that has not been the experience for my son. My son definitely drank the Eagle KoolAid, and he will be the first to tell you that achieving the rank of Eagle Scout has been the highlight of his life so far. But in no way has advancement wrecked his Scouting experience. Yes - he has earned 57 merit badges, but he also has 50+ nights of camping and 150+ miles of hiking beneath his feet. Who says Eagle and adventure need to be mutually exclusive?
  22. I am the Scoutmaster of my son's troop, so Scouting time has been mostly family time. Many of us understand how consuming Scouting can become. I completely detached from my Scoutmaster persona during a recent two-week family vacation. It gave me a pleasant vision into what my life will be like after the LDS exit on 12/31/19. There is indeed life after Scouting.
  23. Because of recent BSA decisions and because of the recent LDS exit announcement, I feel I can be more effective and do more good working with the youth program of my church (and, yes - sidestep the crap).
  24. No. Scouting has walked away from me, and I'm not chasing it down. I'm ready to be done after the LDS exit on 12/31/19. The only way I would say yes is if my daughter was doing the asking.
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