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  1. Jameson76

    Unit Leader Award of Merit

    When you find an award and give the award, make darn sure you announce the right name for the award
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    LDS girl wants to be a scout - BSA or GSUSA

    Had a conversation with a parent one time, said he was an atheist, was concerned about our "influencing" his son in Christian beliefs. First point I made was that we were in fact sponsored by a UMC, met at the UMC, held COH and other events in the sanctuary of the UMC, so by default there was going to be a slight Christian influence. Not in your face and lake baptisms, but we did do a prayer as we left on outings, Sunday Scout's own ecumenical (very short) service, and a closing prayer before we departed an outing. Usually just mention God and a request / thank you for safe travels and a safe weekend. We tend to pledge allegiance to the flag also. Then as we talked while he said he was atheist, as I peeled that onion back it wasn't that he was an so much an atheist, he just didn't like or believe in organized religion. He did sort of feel that there was likely a higher power of some sort that he could not fully define. I explained that was probably within the broad definition of religious principle
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    Required Worksheets?

    Nothing more and nothing less We use the Boy Scout Handbook. Pretty much has all the requirements list in a handy chart in the back. Once they are all signed off, SM conference and BOR The troop does recommend using the MB workbooks as that helps the Boy Scouts keep organized
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    Sad part is the whole thing is like 105 pages....not so much a Guide as a Tome
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    BSA Executive Salaries

    Possibly, but not really. I was a DE for a while. Key thing was membership numbers and money. Quality program never enters the conversation
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    Breaking Point

    My joke with many of the Wood badgers (cult of the pink hankie) is "hey, this is a Boy Scout (only works if one the youth is around), have you dealt with any of them recently???
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    Breaking Point

    Goals for my scouting "career" (career seriously??)? Have fun, help the Boy Scouts in the unit have fun, and not get killed in fiery backpacking stove explosion. Other than that, do not plan to give it much thought
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    Breaking Point

    Breaking point for most will be when substantial change that you are not in favor of or cannot support comes to roost in whatever part of Scouting where you personally find satisfaction and reward. For me that satisfaction and reward is working with the troop at the unit level. Changes in membership requirements a few years back, really did not effect the unit. Adding girls, we do not do any district or council camporees and also plan to be single gender (no linked either) so again does not really effect the unit. Name changes ( to loosely quote Starship - Someone always playing corporation games; Who cares they're always changing corporation names) really does not effect the unit. Summer camp may be a different thing in 2019, will have to see and we will adjust plans as needed. Are there things that would effect the unit? Absolutely. Requirements could change, less outdoor focus (we really need more), maybe Coed is not optional, substantial membership fee increases, and other myriad items. Then that could be a breaking point Real challenge is that with these changes how does this effect potential families and boys perception of the BSA? Obviously depends on what you are looking for in a group. Not sure if a 10 year old boy who maybe is one the fence will now rush to join since girls can join.
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    We played British Bulldogs the other day, it was glorious and the Boys Scouts thought it was geat
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    Mike Rowe: Death of Boy Scouts?

    You definitely have to drive the adventure and fun, but you (WE) as leaders have got to set the direction and make the adventure happen. These are some of the things we have done last 12 months We do a Lock-in, which is basically 14 hours total, and in that is 3 to 4 hours of dodgeball and 2 hours of Nerf wars. Yeah yeah, no scouts as targets, we may have missed that paragraph in G2SS We do a Capture the Flag, where you tear a ribbon off the opposing players arm to capture them, during this we are literally one boulder crushing away from Lord of the Flies We do an aquatics outing where we rent canoes and they canoe to an island during the day, only rule is you gotta have on the life jacket, if you are not canoeing we are hauling you around on a tube behind a boat We go to a rail to trail bike path and they do 25 to 60 miles in the weekend Our winter trip is 3 day backpacking, or canoeing in the swamp One weekend outing we went down into a gorge (permit only) and I was pretty sure I was gonna die One weekend we go to a ropes course and camp in the park, they spent 3 hours up in trees At one summer camp we take the troop swimming at a water fall in a nearby state park, the locals hanging out there are always entertaining Also every year we go to either Seabase of Philmont The troop does 13 outdoor / events each year (not including HA and HA training stuff). If you went to all of them it would be 27 nights of camping and 39 days involved in scouts NOT inclusive of meeting, service projects, etc. Point is adventure is made, it takes work. But damn if it isn't worth it.
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    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    Absolutely agree. There were (and are) things in place to handle most if not all of the various membership issues as the local CO has the say as to who can and cannot be a member. National BSA sort of muddied the waters, kind of like they are doing now. With the addition of girls, and there will not be enough units or units will go COED or something in the middle. BSA National hopes to be all things to all people but also falls back when convenient on "local unit control". I have never seen a company, organization, or group that spends as much time and energy hoping to placate and appease those that are not even members, would likely not be members, and have no idea what the organization does. While at the same time discounting and kind of ignoring those that are in fact members and participating.
  12. See..that's not accurate because if it was really the Methodists they would not actually have voted. The skorts issue would have been discussed, then talked about, then discussed again, then a sub-committee of Bishops would have looked at it, then it would have been brought up at the next annual conference, then there would have been a motion to table and vote at the next General Conference if so warranted by the sub committee
  13. Now you're just being silly
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    Summer camp - too many adults?

    Depends - Do the leaders stay in the background and let the Boy Scouts do their scout stuff unencumbered (except of health and safety concerns)? If they are helicopter parents who hover, then 1 leader can be too many. If they understand what their role is at camp and on outings, then it's relative. If they just try to be timekeepers, help the scouts stay on track, then the actual count does not matter. (though a 1 to 1 would be a pain) We take 50 and typically have equivalent of maybe 7 - 8 leaders in camp. Honestly as long as the boys are out of the campsite at activities, we are happy. If a Boy Scout asks for assistance with MB work, the leaders will gladly aide. We are not monitoring their progress or work accomplished. Also the condition of the inside of the tent is their personal choice. Usually one is the main leader, the go to leader in camp. 1 typically makes sure the recently crossed over scouts stay on track. We try to have one leader at the campsite in the afternoons to be visible around the area. There is mail to pickup, staff to harass, the wandering of the program areas, maybe SM conferences, boards of review, naps etc Also we encourage troop activities at the campsite; corn hole games, slack line, etc. Poker night is fun but you have to engage them early in the week or they have spent all their cash at the trading post.
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    Scout Dishonesty During an Eagle Project

    Just curious (in general terms) what the project was and what the issue was. Not discounting anyone's input, but we had a Scout building a bridge, had the plans, then a structural engineer (also volunteer) at the beneficiary wanted to be involved and it went sideways from there. He basically wanted a footbridge that could hold a car, while it was in fact a short footbridge on a trail. It needed to be built to "his" standards. Point is there are typically minimum structural standards and then you may have someone who has their standard because, well they know best and we must acknowledge their knowledge Now if the Eagle candidate was supposed to meet this specific person, maybe tried to meet, and they were not available, not cooperative, wanted to have the scout do it "their" way and the Boy Scout after some interaction just said heck I'm trying to get this done and plunged ahead, then it is a life lesson. Hopefully he comes away with an understanding of how to call on people to assist, how to involve the Eagle coach, his SM, and get a meeting of the minds to move something forward. If he just never even contacted, reached out, or never tried to engage this person but said he had because he just did not want to, that is another issue
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    BSA Executive Salaries

    Part of the challenge is salaries It is basically these 5 items Financial drain for the Summit - the losses there are staggering BSA National overhead costs not adjusted in relation to membership - seriously doubt the overhead has been reduced 10% in last 4 years Many years of underfunded pension payments Exploded liability insurance premiums - thus the 38% membership increase Reduced membership and thus less revenue - This has accounted for close to $30MM less income in the last 4 yearts
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    Lifetime of Leadership - new Girl Scout ad campaign

    For a long time (waaay back in the day) you would age out of Boy Scouts, maybe go to college, get a trade, have a family, then move back to an active role with the Boy Scouts as you son grew up. You had familiarity with the program as it had not changed, same outdoor and leadership. A good bit of that changes in the 70's with the big new scouting program. Imagine if you aged out of youth in 1970 and came back as a leader with a kid in 1980, you would not have recognized the program. Same will be for those that aged out 2010 and when they look at what BSA is in 2022 it will be vastly different. To your point on alumni, many of us active with the Scouts are sadly watching it change. Less outdoor, more STEM items that are likely done better by other groups. Look as these 17 merit badges introduced since 2010 - Geocaching, Inventing, Scouting Heritage, Chess, Robotics, Kayaking, Search and Rescue, Welding, Game Design, Moviemaking, Programming, Sustainability, Digital Technology, Mining in Society, Animation, Signs, Signals, and Codes, Exploration. While good subjects many are not overly outdoor or leadership oriented and tend to be able to be done without a good bit of outdoor work The BSA is making the big play to bring in the new numbers by changing the equation and not really worrying about their core group. Rather than serious benchmarking and review of why some troops and areas maintain and grow and others struggle, the decision is wholesale change. In the interview in October the CSE basically said they were out of ideas and this was it (girls) To your point it has been an onward march to change. Let's bring on families, let's add the Disneyworld of High Adventure, let's not worry about who is active and participating and meeting their needs and grow from that, we will chart a new path with who knows.
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    YPT and emergencies

    Two deep designates / means - At least two adults are required on every BSA outing. There is no geographical encumbrance on that point. Take the injury portion away, on an outing of 12 Scouts and 2 leaders, 6 want to go hike to the fire tower and 6 want to hike over to the lake and go fishing. That is fine. All are on the outing and there are two leaders On the evacuated scout you can easily take injured and two Scouts so you have no one on one contact when you rejoin the main group. Now yes, then you may ask what happens if with the group coming back there is another injury what do you do, and who knows. That is "what if" to the extreme and honestly if one wants to try and plan all through the multiple derivations and decision trees, may as well never leave the house
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    YPT and emergencies

    Do not confuse YPT and Two Deep leadership YPT designates (in this instance) no one on one contact. In the case of an injured, but let us assume ambulatory Scout; one leader, the injured youth, and a buddy can return to the trailhead. The other leader and the rest of the youth can continue. At least two adults are required on every BSA outing. During that outing, there should be no one-on-one contact between an adult and a youth. Parents and youth are advised to follow this and other Youth Protection policies for the overall safety of all involved. But there might be moments when just one leader is present with two or more Scouts. (as noted in the first aid issue) That’s fine, as long as the situation doesn’t involve one adult and one youth.
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    Scouts UK unveils new branding

    Could be worse....
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    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    Urban Scouting...the great revamp of the 1970's, Boypower and Manpower and whatnot If you get lost on a hike, ask a cop The wonderful world of Skill Awards, Camping and Cooking MB were not required. You could easily earn Eagle Scout and never camp, never start a fire, never leave your neighborhood. In fact you could not even go outside
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    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    Yep...and some sadness "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana Same - Richard Nixon signed my Eagle certificate 😁
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    National, Religion, Membership, Oath and Law

    Changing and shifting requirements can inspire. There were many that hustled up at the end of 1973 to get Eagle before a great new scouting mode was fully rolled out, suspect it will be similar with LDS departure
  24. Well...to be candid the challenge is often how to disprove the negative, how to "un-ring" a bell A person can accuse someone, then the burden of proof is on the accused to prove their innocence. What was outlined in the starting comment, can have the words TEXT changed for CONVERSATION and you would still be in a He Said / She Said. Nothing really new, the ONE on ONE contact issues can be phone, in a tent, in a car, on text, or a conversation in full view of many people. Leaders needs to know their scouts and where the pitfalls may be