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Everything posted by Jameson76

  1. Looks to be 140 acres and was possibly on the block in 2010. At that time The Boy Scouts hoped that a conservation organization like the Trust for Public Land would buy the development rights to most of the 140-acre property. The sale would provide an infusion of as much as $30 million to the Boy Scouts https://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/nyregion/24scout.html
  2. We just got back from weekend backpacking. The camping area was on a bend in a river. River is up due to rains, so we had to have the boys figure a way to get to the river, step on to a downed tree to float the intake for the water filter. Good times to get water, but on the plus side, sort of an unlimited supply
  3. I am going to have to respectfully disagree with on the National not screwing around with the program in the 70's. That is exactly what they did with the "Improved Scouting Program" and decided that the real way to win hearts and minds was to focus on inner city and urban youth. That was the ticket. Also the infamous "BOYPOWER MANPOWER" initiative to tie in with the 1976 Bicentennial. The ISP turned rank advancement on it's head and for several years you could earn Eagle without ever camping or doing any traditional outdoor stuff. Scouting lost about 2 million members in the decade Boypower Manpower resulted in the largest membership scandal up to that time. maybe more than the In School Scouting programs in the 90's. Many of the members showing in 1970 were likely not there in reality, so the actual loss will never be known. BSA National the the "adults" that feel they are all knowing always feels they know best and they never go and see what actual units are doing to be successful. They are so far out of touch it's silly. Leads to things like shrinking membership and bankruptcy so I've been told
  4. This so spot on. You do not need a policy to have common sense. Many units paint themselves into corners with policies and multi-page (with colored tabs no doubt) Pack Procedure manual. This takes away the ability to really manage the issue. In this situation basically they want YOU (The pack) to provide an accommodation for their son similar to the School system. The schools are a public items, governed by a myriad of laws, guidelines, rules. The pack is not under that guidance. Situation - Cub is disruptive and needs to be removed from the meeting. That is the issue, deal with THAT issue Solution 1 - Parent stays and manages their Cub, works with them, works with the pack system, registers, and his attendance is dependent on their attendance OR their recruitment of someone to manage THEIR son. Solution 2 - They need to find a pack that may better fit their specific needs Go forth and have fun Scouting
  5. Tent with my son on an outing?? That would mean that we would need to speak with other on an outing, possibly make eye contact, and horrors, he would need to acknowledge that he knows me and potentially have interaction with me. As none of those are going to happen, the whole tenting together is not happening. Plus he has BO and talks in his sleep.
  6. Peanuts Atlanta Area Council SE base salary is close to $500,000. Top Five folks in the staff of + 70 combined make over $1,000,000. When you add in benefits, bonuses, etc the total for those 5 is closer to $2,000,000. Nice work if you can get it I guess
  7. For High Adventure we do one each year. Odd years Seabase and even years Philmont. Well, unless there are fires or pandemics.😁 We set a timeframe before our final commitment to the HA base is due. You pay a deposit, if you pull out, you lose your deposit. As this progresses if a Scout drops out, they do not get refunds unless we can fill the slot or the base refunds. Each Scout is responsible for their fees. We have good data so really no surprises and all know the commitments and costs before signing up.
  8. Well...I guess what was old is now new. For a several years a Scout could get Eagle without swimming, camping, cooking, or ever actually going outdoors. Look up the requirements from the 1973 handbook. There were various skill awards one could choose from. Only required skill award was Citizenship. There were 12 in all. Swimming, Conservation, First Aid, Family Living, Environment, Community Living, Camping, Personal Fitness, Communications, Hiking, Cooking, Citizenship. A Scout had to earn a total of 8, so if you did not do Camping, Cooking, Hiking, or Swimming ..... that was OK according to the Guide to Advancement. Camping and Cooking were not required merit badges. You could earn E Prep OR Lifesaving / Personal Fitness OR Swimming OR Sports. No event or campout requirements for any of the various ranks Dark times indeed during the 70's
  9. Is the first train running East or West? I was not clear on what time it left the station or the horsepower of the engine. I think it was steam, but not sure. Pretty sure the second train was delayed by the hurricane. Who takes trains these days anyway? My answer is they will never meet
  10. The lease deal and the Shared Services Agreement is an interesting twist. When I first saw this was the setup for Summit, it did seem like an accounting exercise in order to keep assets off of some register. Not saying it had ill intent, but it may be the most transparent way to spend $750 mm on strip mine. In many many businesses there is the company that runs the business and one may think they own the business. When you peel the onion back you find a much more complicated view. An example of this is Eddie Lampert and the KMart / Sears - Sears Holding. His group bought Sears then sold the property to another group he controlled and leased it back while Sears ran the business. That got all complicated with the bankruptcy for them. Not sure the BSA was actively trying to shuffle assets, but one never knows. In many ways the new company and lease back can speed up capital approvals as leases are seen differently in financial reporting than purchases. Real question may be what is the actual status now of the BSA wholly own subsidiary Arrow WV. One would assume it would be embroiled in the bankruptcy and most judges would take a dim view if the organization was trying to hide assets or do shell game at this point.
  11. Reminder that being a SM is in fact a job. Not paid, but it is a job. You will need to evaluate this as one might a job. Are YOU able to contribute AND more importantly, does the position satisfy what you are looking for. Many times when one takes a new job it looks really good, recruiter says the right things, the people you meet say the right things...but then you get smacked with reality. The job is not a fit. At that point you are faced with the decision to endure the mismatch in the job OR move on to look for something new. Only one person can make that decision. Not the internet, not friends, not the CO, not the CC...only you
  12. We held our own summer camp in July, great success, Scouts has a great time. Over 30 Scouts and leaders Started in person meetings first of August. Our troop typically meets outside in the Scout area behind the church. The church is not having services, they have no issue with us meeting but asked we not be on campus. Troop is meeting at the park across the street at a large pavilion. Going camping this weekend at the lake. Over 40 Scouts and leaders. Scouts will be transported by parents, no tent sharing, no hammock stacking. Spreading the patrols out. Doing what we can, meeting outside, etc
  13. I get that and am glad your unit had a good week at camp. That being said, not sure one can really evaluate the camp and program there without fully acknowledging what a huge waste of BSA resources this was. Yes is it likely a nice facility. The National team did in fact spend north of $750MM on the place and there is no real path for this vanity project to be in the black. At this point it is a facility looking for a purpose. Where did all the cash go over the last 10 years, well you were there.
  14. As others have noted, not sure the group (NEC Team) really understands how things work now. They seem to think that making some adjustments or tweaks will make everything better. The NEC should have presented a plan on how to FOCUS the Scouting program and movement on our strengths and market differentiation (outdoor program, youth led, self reliance, problem solving, personal growth) and how to leverage that to grow the program. Hint - it's not STEM, safety, popcorn, and professional staff Lastly, this is great - since financial challenges prevent us from being able to meet demands with professional staff alone. Honestly not sure what the Fields Execs and multiple layers of operations management actually do to support the local units. The admins at the council office do more than anyone.
  15. Agree Not making any excuses, but to judge peoples actions by today's standards or reporting is not really a great comparison. A lot of moving parts, many scouters were booted from their troops, but there was not a good avenue of recourse. Parents did not want to involved the police. Yes there were some failures, but not to the degree portrayed and in many cases actions were (for the time) appropriate. Not saying right or wrong, just appropriate for the time.
  16. Sadly...Let's all jump on the bandwagon
  17. Saw this from Save the Children Save the Children places the highest level of regard on security and protecting our donor information. We have removed our data off Blackbaud’s servers, and will continue to prioritize security, both internally and with all of our third-party vendors. Our supporters trust us with their information, and we do not take this lightly. We have and will continue to take steps to protect supporters’ information in our combined efforts to ensure every child gets the future they deserve. Guess I missed that part in the BSA statement on actions to take
  18. First question, why is this from the CTO (I assume of the BSA but it does not actually specify) and not our new BSA President? Either you OWN what happens on your watch or you don't. Guess he doesn't. Candidly not assured (even though they told me twice to be assured). Well, we were notified promptly 174 DAYS after the initial breach. That is some fine detecting work there Lou. Pretty sure all that background detail everyone sent in at the end of the year is in a SUPER SECRET file that nobody can get to 😝 Blackbaud assured us that no encrypted data such as Social Security numbers, bank account information, and credit and debit card information was accessible I am soooo confident of that According to Blackbaud, the cyber-attack was successfully stopped, and the cybercriminals were expelled from its system I am soooo confident of that However, Blackbaud informed us that the cybercriminals did remove a copy of a backup file that it stored as part of its ordinary course of operations. Sooo they got expelled, but basically took a copy of the database, so they sort of got what they needed?? Blackbaud assured us that, based on the nature of the incident, their research, and law enforcement’s investigation, the stolen data has been destroyed Yeah....that's not how data works, can be copied as often as needed
  19. Yes. If they design it source it, and fund it, yes.
  20. It's the old adage...Do we raise money to enable a community to have Scouts OR Do we have Scouts to enable a group to be able to raise money. Agree that way too many volunteers feel the "Council" is the end all be all, the oracle or knowledge, the giver of permissions, the experts on Scouting. Actually the Council is supposed to support the unit and LOCAL Scouting. Sadly it does not work that way and many of us wonder what in fact the cast of many at the Council office actually do all day. How in fact do they (The Council and the minions there) bring value to the BSA program in our community day in and day out?
  21. These are the basics of the BSA swimmer test - BSA swimmer test: Jump feet first into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating Nothing says length, etc. Just the 100 yards must be done at one time. Yes 10 laps in a 30' pool could be different, but it is not specifically prohibited
  22. To use the quote from Blazing Saddles - We've got to protect our phony-baloney jobs, gentlemen. We must do something about this immediately, immediately, immediately! Often times is seems the Councils are more interested with staying in business than serving youth. Rather than figuring out how to do it more efficiently, just sell stuff and raise fees.
  23. I question that, not that they have been donating their time for a long time, but are they really aware. And I mean currently aware? My concern is that things change. Many things are constant, but the outside influences can vary. There are many difference just over the last 10 years in technology and in many ways the expectations of participants. As these key leaders are more removed from active work with actual Scouts, their frame of reference is not current, not saying bad, just not current. When was the last time some of them went camping with a troop, ran a pack meeting, worked as a merit badge counselor. Their references may be out of date, for example phones. 10 years ago you could call and text, maybe a downloaded game, and networks were sporadic. The iphone was only introduced in 2007 and with it, an explosion of uses (some good and some not so good). Now schools, families, and Scout units need to navigate that changed landscape.
  24. My suggestion is to tell the district and council to...well...go have a nice day. Our troop zoomed in the spring and we managed to hold an actual week of summer camp, run by the troop, last week. Now the challenge is fall. Schools are on-line, the CO (church) is not meeting so concerned about the optics of possible meeting when everything is shut down. We have a calendar, but not sure it will be implemented. Parents want us to go camping. As for edicts from the council / district, who cares. Our main concern and focus is the unit. If you are hoping the district or the council will provide quality program, likely that will not happen. The summer camp is great, but we do not do the camporees etc. We are working to keep our Scouts active, have had 3 EBOR's during the pandemic. Also advancement continues. Own YOUR program. Do YOUR best to run a FUN and quality PROGRAM for YOUR members. That is the focus. Not JTE, popcorn, roundtables, FOS, district committee meetings, etc.
  25. We are in the midst of our own "self" summer camp right now. Running merit badge classes and typical summer camp foolishness. No shooting sports but many other things
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