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    Ireland seeks Eagle now before she ages out

    He is an NYC lawyer, I feel you have answered your question
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    Ireland seeks Eagle now before she ages out

    Well...except for Daddy Ireland Her father, corporate attorney Gary Ireland, slammed the BSA for this. “It is outrageous and embarrassing that the Scouts will ban local young women from participating, particularly as we are the host country,” he said. “Scouts need to be a certain age and rank to attend a Jamboree. With the Boy Scouts allowing girls into the program very soon, it is unclear why they continue to refuse admission to Sydney.” As has been noted there are a myriad or ways for her to attend the World Jamboree. But that is just the straw man argument
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    Eagle Project Workbook

    It is an interesting document. I have worked with it with son who earned Eagle (my word that was an adventure in and of itself) and with numerous scouts in the troop. Yes it is repetitive, but it is really several forms, rolled into 1. - What are you thinking about doing? - What is your plan for doing that? - What did you do? Could it be a simpler format, possibly. At a high level it does give some consistency to presentation so each Eagle candidate is not reinventing the wheel. Even in it's current state the scout can be brief or be wordy. Working with 1 scout he was hung up on writing up what he did, yet there were a lot of pictures from the project. In the end he had 5 or 6 pages of pictures with captions, worked for him. Another scout literally did a 500 word theme about the project with few photos. There are some clear formats for the signatures and who does need to sign the approval and project plan, so that is mapped out.
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    Council too tightly managing communication - Venting

    In theory they would go into the Den of the gender that they self identify as. (not sure I got all my pronouns correct, but it is what it is). To your pandora's box reference, one would assume if a biological female self identified as a male, they could join a current troop right now. No doubt that is currently happening somewhere even as we discuss this
  5. It is in fact a brave new world. You know, not to threadjack here, I do find it interesting that for the most part youth under the age of 16 cannot vote, get credit, drive by themselves, fly unattended, join the military, get married, decide on most medical procedures, own guns, enter into contracts, in some places wander about by themselves, decide if they want to go to school, or do a myriad of things that those 18 and over can freely do. The reasons usually given center on maturity, responsibility, experience, knowledge, etc. However, if a 10 year old determines they do not want to be their biological sex, but are really "something else", hey no issue, you go right ahead and enjoy this potentially life changing impacting decision.
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    "Professional" Compensation Package Cut

    Well....when you spend heewge sums of cash on the giant white elephant know as Summit, eventually the poor decisions will come back to haunt you. Literally the National BSA has mortgaged it's future on SBR. Not sure what tea leaves were read that there was massive unfulfilled desire for justifying the development. Curious what attendance figures would be needed to even break even on the debt service. The real amount spent was likely north of $500MM to $750MM (that's cash american). Also there is a large bond payment of hundreds of millions looming out there in the next several years. Couple that with steep rises in liability insurance, untold minions on the BSA National (not to be confused with the local councils) payroll and it is a recipe for disaster. To say the 2016 annual report looked like a disaster is an understatement. You really had to read all the way to the details to get the full story. But hey, there are girls entering the program, so bingo, new revenue stream and everything will work out...no need to address the real issues.
  7. I too wondered. Run a quick word search on the book...change He to They and let's move on. That being said, maybe there are more tweaks to put in so as to embrace the new "Family" emphasis. I can see the shocked faces, but maybe our CSE and crowd have not fully disclosed all the coming changes
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    Council too tightly managing communication - Venting

    Vice President for Family Scouting - Those oranges are not slicing themselves and the participation ranks will not award themselves...somebody has to take the lead The emphasis on "Family" which appears to be the new buzzword for success (articles in Scouting magazine and Boys Life) is what will no doubt cause much confusion and derision in the next 24 months. There is no real definition on what it means and if you question what it means one may be accused of not living up to the Scout Oath and Law
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    Council too tightly managing communication - Venting

    Family Pack Model??? Oh BOY. I cannot wait for the rollout of the Family Troop Model...
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    Female Teen a Den Leader at age 16?

    Hard to tell, angle is not good. Also blinded by glare from the rows and rows of knots he is wearing, the Silver Beaver award and the Woodbadge beads
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    Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Position

    We have used a couple, typically have a few around. We are 100 +/- so there is the bench strength. Got some active scouts, they may be responsible and good leaders but did not want to be SPL, we put them in the JASM position to sort of be a backstop to the SPL. Good to have extra set of eyes and assist the SPL and various PL's. Sometimes if leaders see something, working through a JASM to the SPL is more subtle.
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    Naturalist-Environmentalist divide

    Don't worry...the new families coming into scouting will LOVE the Sustainability MB. Really dovetails into so many agendas Side note, under the Stuff section, they mention a DVD, wonder how many scouts will need to have a history lesson in what exactly a DVD is
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    Naturalist-Environmentalist divide

    We have several park units along a river in our area, the coyotes seem to really like the environment. Little coyote condos abound. I see them occasionally wandering about just out being coyotes. You can sometimes hear them howl (yapping??) in the woods. These are not the thin western coyotes, these guys seem to be the large cat fed ones. I see the "missing" Fluffy posters and sadly realize that the cat out and about who is missing, likely not coming back. Several of our guys have written about coyotes for Mammal study MB.
  14. I have many friends in scouting that have definitely "drunk the kool aid" of WB. To them, God Bless them, it is the end all be all for scout leaders. Critters, totems, walking sticks, coffee mugs, council strips etc etc. Never mind your years of actual experience working in a unit, to really be a Scout leader need to be WB trained and then do district and council stuff, the troop work is soooo last year. If I run in to them with my troop I always take the time to have some of my scouts come over, I introduce them to some actual scouts, remind them that at the end of the day, this is why we are involved as adult leaders...an actual scout at an actual outdoor function, doing actual scouting stuff. Often sarcasm and cutting edge humor is lost on the WB nation. Could be my cracks about the pink hankies and kilts.....
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    Webelos Transition to Troops

    Still occurring in the 2004 and 2005. Especially with units designed to served underprivileged youth. From a 2005 article on the FBI investigations - "In Dallas, former council employees say the Scout count was inflated 20 to 30 percent. In Birmingham, some believe the numbers were hyped 30 to 40 percent. In Atlanta, a local civil rights leader accuses the Boy Scouts of inflating their inner city membership by thousands"
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    Webelos Transition to Troops

    That is a way, maybe the COR went full Chicago and is registering scouts with names from the local graveyard (if that reference is lost try to research BSA membership scandals during the Boy Power era of the 70's). If that has been ongoing then maybe Cubber has more issues to review. This seems like a CO and a COR sort of hanging on to a unit "hoping" it will start up again. It is hard work to keep a unit active, keep the scouts engaged, keep the troop viable. Every troop has scouts leaving for a variety of reasons; friends have left, girlfriends, sports, academics, cars, etc etc. As we tell our youth leadership, every outing and meeting is recruiting. You have to keep the new scouts (and really all scouts) engaged and active, otherwise there is not next group of scouts for the troop.
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    Webelos Transition to Troops

    They can be registered in more than one UNIT, like a Boy Scout can be also registered as a Venture and or Explorer, and vice versa. Not multiple troops. I think a youth can (could) be registered in multiple explorer posts, especially with the career interest ones. Back in the day I had a youth that was in my troop, then in my High Adventure post, and also he was active with the local police explorer post. One fee I believe.
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    Dealing with Helicopter Parents

    Exactly. We tell our Scouts (and parents) none of our outings are advancement focused. That being said, there is always an opportunity for advancement, it's just the scout must initiate that advancement. We are a large troop so there is usually enough leaders on the outings for many key items. Also we have Life scouts and above sign off on any advancements for Tenderfoot - First Class. No adult leaders sign off, we participate in some (present yourself to a leader packed etc). Yes, the young maybe 11 year old has to go and have a conversation with an older scout about what they have completed...scary thought isn't it
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    Webelos Transition to Troops

    They had to have had some paper scouts, you need to have a minimum of five paid youth
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    Ireland seeks Eagle now before she ages out

    There are often rule changes, apparently more now than ever...but I digress Big requirement changes that took affect 1/1/1974. Switched from 21 to 24 merit badges, they implemented the god awful belt loop skill awards, changed some merit badges that were required to not required and vice versa. Hard deadline for getting ranks and specifically Eagle under the "old" requirements was 12/31/1973. No exceptions, that was the deal. Either you hustled up (and many did note the major bump in Eagle awards in 73 and 74) or you achieved under the then new requirements. If National bends to this one special request (oh I do hope there is an on-line petition or maybe a twitter # tag) then what happens when there are others. Specifically what happens to a girl who may be 16 in 2019, but alas, no girl troops in her area, so she was not able to get registered in time, do we allow extended dates or compress the service requirements?
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    Ireland seeks Eagle now before she ages out

    If they bend the rules for her, then why not change the whole 18 years old and out (seems arbitrary...right?). Maybe make retro Eagles for those that never attained the rank. I mean maybe the young man (or woman) could not find a troop that fit their needs. So let's make an exception. Maybe they were ADHD and could not effectively track the 12 weeks of chores so they did not complete Family Life...so let's make an exception. They were really busy and never were able to get to a city council meeting so they never got Cit in the Community back in the day, so let's make an exception. Etc Etc Etc This girl doesn't want to be a Scout, she wants to be an Eagle YEP
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    Money

    You are just trying to be helpful, the Great Summit Bechtel Reserve Resort and Amusement Park is not gonna pay for itself....
  23. One can only hope. It will need to be presented and documented NO later than Fall of their Senior year of High School so it can be included on the college apps, spring of Junior year if they are applying early.
  24. Yes... that is the new normal. Forget the aim to get Scouts to First Class, now EVERYONE will be an Eagle. There will no doubt be a really neat trophy.
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    Money

    National registration is $33 as of 12/1/2017 This change will affect Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships. However, it will not apply to LDS-sponsored units, nor to those units with council-paid memberships.
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