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    LDS girl wants to be a scout - BSA or GSUSA

    This is a common struggle faced by most LDS families I know.
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    LDS girl wants to be a scout - BSA or GSUSA

    I'm sure your granddaughter will be adorable and not nasty at all (except during the terrible 2s). Statistically, liberals have smaller families and conservatives have larger families. That's not me extrapolating a conclusion from your daughter and her husband - it's just a fact of demographics. https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Politics/story?id=2344929&page=1
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    LDS girl wants to be a scout - BSA or GSUSA

    LDS youth programs involve one weeknight each week, plus the occasional weekend activity. A week-long summer camp, youth conference, or other outdoor activity is also typical.
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    LDS girl wants to be a scout - BSA or GSUSA

    For LDS families, Scouting will compete with many other activities, including sports, music, drama, and school clubs. Our church youth program generally occupies one night a week. My own family always gives careful consideration to overscheduling on the other nights. It a difficult balancing act to decide between many good choices.
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    LDS girl wants to be a scout - BSA or GSUSA

    I concur. A key deterrent for LDS families will be the Sunday activity program of many non-LDS packs and troops. We actually investigated a non-LDS pack for my son back in the day. They had an attractive and energized program, but every premier event (Pinewood Derby, Raingutter Regatta, Rocket Launch, etc) was scheduled on Sundays. Regretfully, we had to say no.
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    LDS girl wants to be a scout - BSA or GSUSA

    Could be. My son had a great experience in Cub Scouts, but aside from that I’m rather detached from the program. I view Cubs as a fun activity program but mostly lacking in substance as compared to Boy Scouts. I feel no particular emotion about girls entering the Cub Scouts. It’s a completely different story with girls entering the Boy Scout program. Enough has already been said there.
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    LDS girl wants to be a scout - BSA or GSUSA

    This sounds about like what I would expect. BSA attempts to conform to liberal social values will not halt membership declines. Activists will always have another ax to grind. Any gains from liberal/progressive families (who generally have fewer kids) will not be enough to replace the losses from conservative/traditionalist families who quit the movement. May I suggest that this tangent discussion belongs over in the Issues and Politics section?
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    LDS girl wants to be a scout - BSA or GSUSA

    His LDS granddaughter could always be a Scout. It's called Girl Scouts USA. Yes - interesting. Not every LDS Scouter thinks as I do. Not every non-LDS Scouter thinks as you do.
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    BSA Executive Salaries

    A difference without a distinction in our case. Our district has a District Director but no District Executive.
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    BSA Executive Salaries

    What's the difference between a District Director and a District Executive? Our council has a mix of both positions. Is a District Director an unpaid District Executive?
  11. Possible, but unlikely. Under that scenario, our troop would need to find a new Scoutmaster. I will be ready to exit BSA on 12/31/19. I'm quite disillusioned over BSA's girl decision. This new Family Scouting is not for me.
  12. I'm not supportive of our troop purchasing new camping equipment because nobody feels ownership for taking care of it and it usually gets thrashed. For our campouts, the boys bring their own camping gear from home and that works out well. Our troop closet holds a hodge-podge of old camping gear that never gets used. Generally, it is stuff that families discarded. I will likely do a mass clean-out and throw most of it away.
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    Breaking Point

    Oh, dear - we certainly are a cranky bunch today.
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    BSA Executive Salaries

    Obviously, some changes are trivial (shoulder loop colors) and some are not (restructuring the program for girls). Responses should be proportional. When our opinions as volunteers are ignored and disregarded, it seems we have only two ways to object: with our feet and with our dollars. How else to send a message they will pay attention to?
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    BSA Executive Salaries

    @carebear3895 As a professional Scouter, you have a unique perspective. I'm curious to know your thoughts ... When BSA National makes membership decisions and program changes that are objectionable to many of us in the volunteer force (indeed, with complete disregard and defiance to our opinions), what do you think is the correct response we should have?
  16. After earning his Arrow of Light, my son immediately registered as Boy Scout to start working on merit badges and rank advancement while waiting for his 11th birthday. Our Cub program shuts down at the end of the school year, and it made no sense to idle away an entire summer with no Scouting whatsoever. However, out of respect for our EYO leader, my son did not start attending patrol meetings until his 11th birthday. That seemed like an acceptable compromise for everyone. I make it a point to never cross the Primary President! - lol
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    Breaking Point

    I do not question the quality of Scouters in Wood Badge. I just know that I don't want to hang out with them - lol. I'd rather spend my Scouting time with the boys. Would I be better Scoutmaster with Wood Badge? Probably. Would I trade a weekend of camping with the boys for a weekend at Wood Badge? Definitely not.
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    BSA Executive Salaries

    You are, of course, correct. None except the BSA and LDS leaders can ultimately say what was their reasoning and motivation.
  19. I expect booming sales in framed display cases to hold all those LDS Scout uniforms and patches. Buy stock now!
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    Breaking Point

    Same for me. How could someone be a dedicated Scoutmaster for 10+ years and not want to do Wood Badge? - lol
  21. Nothing published yet. When LDS dropped Varsity and Venturing for older boys, it was replaced with a flexible church youth program that allows boys to pick from a wide variety of activities (sort of cafeteria style). Categories include spiritual, social, physical, and intellectual. What's missing are the badges and rank advancements (which some here decry as an impure motivation, anyway). If the new church youth program to replace BSA looks anything like that, I think we will be just fine. Eagle Scout will always hold a cachet separate from other youth programs.
  22. That idea was actually proposed by some of our Scouts - just continue the troop but with a different chartering organization. While that sounds fine, I doubt we could find enough adult support without the push of the church behind it. For my own personal situation as Scoutmaster, I will exit BSA on 12/31/19 over disillusionment with the girl decision. The needs of boys now bow before the god of inclusiveness, and that feels like a betrayal. It's time for me to make way for a new kind of Scout and a new kind of Scouter and a new kind of Scouting.
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    Breaking Point

    I have been passionate about Scouting for my whole life, but my motivation is driven entirely from interaction with the boys. I know there are many Scouters out there who derive great personal satisfaction from their relationships with other Scouters. BSA seems almost like a fraternal order to them. This is going to sound terrible and I mean no offense to anyone on this forum, but I really hate hanging out with other Scouters. That is why I have always dodged things like Wood Badge. If a Scouting event is not centered on the boys, I'd rather spend my time at home remodeling my kitchen - lol. Once again - please forgive my offense with this honest confession.
  24. When LDS parents send their son off to an event like National Jamboree, and then the boy returns home with stories of pervasive swearing (and other unScoutlike behaviors like patch stealing), it creates an impression that this is how Scouting works in a non-LDS setting. You can then understand a predictable level of concern over joining a non-LDS troop. In reality, the concern may unwarranted, but it is still understandable. To be completely honest, my son expressed interest in attending World Jamboree next summer, but we detoured that pursuit because of these kinds of issues encountered at National Jamboree.
  25. Perhaps Jamboree was a unique situation because the boys were not being supervised by their regular Scoutmaster and other familiar adult leaders. The Jamboree contingent adult leaders were mostly strangers to the boys, so maybe the adults felt awkward stepping in and the boys felt bolder in defiance.
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