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Everything posted by Jameson76

  1. For that reason I have some trouble with some of the cases being pursued as noted above and as stated in the new reports. Many were in fact never reported to family, police, councils. Sadly that is the truth. Did this happen, we have to believe the account of the abused. Is the Scout leader still alive? If so pursue criminal charges. Does the abused person deserve counseling and support, absolutely and that does appear to be happening if media reports and BSA National releases are accurate. Does this make the abused one eligible to get a large cash settlement? Not sure about that. Many factors are in play. If the BSA and the local council was aware and did not prosecute, maybe. But as many of these incidents show, some were reported but the authorities did not prosecute. It is incredibly hard to look back 40 to 50 years and make the case that it was handled incorrectly based on 2020 standards. There is the actual rub right there, one group wants nothing more than to dismantle and sell of the valuables of the 100+ year old organization for profit and one group really wants to continue the mission. As we have all noted, this will not and cannot end well.
  2. As an interim step, and to begin the process, what about a backpack and a duffel bag? The backpack can get your personal gear, food, small stove, tent, etc easily to and from the vehicle. Then your large duffel can have chair, sleeping bag, pad, etc. You have two bags and easy to transport and handle As you migrate and advance to more backpacking you go from say a normal camp chair to a backpacking chair; move to a more compressed sleeping bag, more of a backpack sleeping pad. Then suddenly everything fits in the backpack
  3. Speaking of DE's and the professionals. The local ones have had the bonus helping of BSA kool aid following the Chapter 11. Now the group is Dallas is "Our National Affiliate", let's distance ourselves from them guys. All is great, this Chapter 11 thingie is a good step, Council assets will not be part of this, they (assuming lawyers) will not come after local Councils, etc It's a tough sell, but really. Also if the discussion is membership and units, they all talk about how the year ended, adding girls, good growth..but no detail about how things shook out after recharter. God love them, but man, they remind me of candidates spokes staff hitting the positives after their candidate finished 6th in a 5 person race.
  4. Interesting Land - $121 million (how much is there like 10,000 acres??) - $12,000 per acre? Buildings - $136 million - Assuming a very generous $135 per SF for space - do we really have 1,000,000 SF of space there?? Leasehold Improvements - $108 million that seems like a lot for infrastructure Equipment - $13 million that is equivalent to 130 of the most expensive 2020 Corvettes (C8) Philmont must be undervalued
  5. That's insane - The Summit high adventure facility is in a separate legal entity, Arrow WV. BSA has a note receivable due from Arrow. The note due from Summit is $345M. Did I mention that's insane? The folks responsible (Professional BSA / Volunteers / Board Members / etc) they should be in court for being insane. No way on God's Green Earth that patch of WV is worth anywhere near that amount of money. So Bankruptcy is what happens when you throw all your money down a rathole
  6. Note due from Summit? Is that indicating that Arrow WV basically borrowed money from BSA and that is "due" at some point as retired debt from operations and donations? Thus BSA is listing that "receivable" from Summit (Arrow WV) as the asset for the site?
  7. Where and why exactly are they flying "a lot"? You have to be controlling of expenses. Running a business 101
  8. It's in the annual report, but too lazy to look it up. Way way down in the financials. Philmont is the main cash value. Summit only needs like 50,000 attendees annually to get out of the red
  9. Way Way back in the day we bought them for Fraternity fundraising. We had to buy like 200 dozen, and we paid $1 per dozen and sold them for $2 per dozen. Not sure we ever sold the entire 200 but we did sell about 175 or so, thus turning a pretty good profit Also if you leave the remainder in the chapter room for a couple of days they get hard and you can have an epic donut war....
  10. Interesting take from Philmont on the Bankruptcy...pretty much - yep BSA filed Chapter 11, but we have meals to pack for summer treks (and I expect they sort of implied that The woods are lovely dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep,) =============================================================== Today the Boy Scouts of America filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (Learn more: www.BSARestructuring.org). At Philmont, we continue to prepare for 22,000 Scouts to hike our trails this summer. We are happy to report that our food packing team is hard at work packing more than 700,000 trail meals
  11. First - rarely hear Summit / Lovely / Wonderful all in the same sentence...😀 That may be the one that BSA can kick to the curb and there will be little angst among the minions. You pour $750,000,000 into a BSA National Vanity project, you sort of reap what you sow. You lose Philmont, you've lost the legacy of 80 + years of multi-generational High Adventure. That would be a gut punch to the organization
  12. Well...you want to be comfy during the long lunches with the attorneys. You cannot put a price on that
  13. So....if all the Scouts in all areas (1.8 million) sold like 4 billion dollars worth of popcorn, the profits would put the BSA in the black. Each Scout just needs to sell (on average) about $2,500 worth of popcorn, and if all sold the $60 tins of chocolate covers popcorn that is really only 42 of these each. That's really only 67 million tins of chocolate covered popcorn....so LET'S GET SELLING 😁
  14. The optics are going to be the hard part. The group that BSA needs to sell (and continue to sell) is the new families that traditionally join as Cubs. Those of us in units that are functioning, this is sort of a non-event How do we (BSA as a whole) bring in new Scouts (Cubs / Scouts BSA / Etc) when the families not invested in the BSA see the Bankruptcy of the Boy Scouts and the driving reason for Chapter 11 is sex abuse cases. That is going to be a hard sell....just saying
  15. And that (the co-ed) factor is the reason. The endgame plan is co-ed. That will be denied by National folks, but that is the plan. With CO's running Boy and Girl units with the same number, the same number makes that so much easier.
  16. Pretty sure my first uniform (all green with garrison hat) came from Sears. In the movie "Follow Me Boys" the local hardware store has a Scout Section, becomes a big plot point.
  17. Now you are into National Supply which is another whole deal. My council has generated a CSP for the summer camp. I was at the office and went to the Scout store, but had to buy the CSP at the program desk. Seems that (in our council) the large Scout Shop is not the council's deal, but is National Supply run. The folks who work there are not part of the local council, but are National employees. My assumption is that National Supply pays rent to the local council for the footprint. Now, when I realized this, I wondered what the overhead for this must be for National. The footprint in my council is probably 2,000 SF. Assuming 2 staff for 8 hours - 6 days per week and rent, just the overhead would be easily $150K annually. Assuming a profit of 10% on sales, that would mean the store would need to generate $1,500,000 annually or $600 in sales per hour every hour the store is open (assuming 6 days per week and 8 hours per day) JUST TO COVER OVERHEAD. Also I am likely under estimating overhead and over estimating profit. National Supply should have everything on-line. With one DC you could greatly reduce inventory and have a higher fulfillment rate for scout uniforms ordered on-line. The local council could have 100 SF of shelving for the patches and awards.
  18. Our council has Program Specialists - 11 of them, they seem to be the ones paid to be Scout Leaders from what I can gather. Also the council has these 10 folks on staff Marketing Coordinator Director of Outreach Director of Development and Marketing Development Director Development Team Coordinator Major Gifts Director Senior Development Director Development Assistant Senior Marketing and Communications Executive Development Executive Seems to be a lot of Development going on..... Of the (on the website) 74 staff noted only 20 have District Executive in the their title (27%). There are many directors / ect - not sure what they all do
  19. We do not advise the other troop on a visit to meeting or outing. If they decide to join our troop, then we may reach out for transfer. We seem to get a couple per year from other troops.
  20. I would presume parents would need to be guarantors for payment at any medical facility. The hospital will likely not decline to treat, but they would be in contact with the parents on who is paying for the treatment. Maybe have your medical form person (if you have one) or CC have that conversation with the parents on what process they may want you to follow. I do not think we have run into that one before
  21. See...that eliminated the WHOLE data problem for the JTE scorecard and associated angst. Brilliant problem solving there. Next issue please?
  22. To think that bankruptcy at the National level will have an impact at the local council level is somewhat naive. They are separate financial entities. The only main overlap(s) would be National Supply, the professional Scouts medical and pensions, and the overall liability insurance. The remainder are in fact local. Camps, properties, and buildings are all owned by the local councils and in many cases run by their own fiefdoms. How National Bankruptcy may impact the assignment of professionals from council to council I am not 100% sure. They are credentialed BSA Executives, but paid by the local council. Honestly I expect very little to change and sadly not much upside to a bankruptcy by National. The press will be horrific, potential parents / families who are not familiar with BSA will assume that since BSA National is bankrupt ALL of BSA is gone under, let's go find other programs.
  23. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!! I am the great and powerful OZ DO NOT QUESTION THE DATA!!!
  24. We did a 35th anniversary Managed to get back 40 or so of the 125 Eagles (at that time). We recognized a log time SM, etc etc. Your list looks good. Tried to keep it relevant for the current Scouts while honoring the troop universal. We have a troop of +/- 80 Scouts
  25. The youth was 14 at the time and later in the article it stated he is now 37. That would I suppose indicate 23 years ago or about 1997. Reading the article it seems to be more damning of the LDS Church and less of the BSA. Clearly alleges that the LDS Church and Elders actively covered up the issues.
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