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    Eagle Reference Letters

    Actually the application does call out that the candidate does need to - List the names of individuals who know you personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf. And from the G2A Must list all six (five if not employed). If not affiliated with an organized religion, then the parent or guardian provides this reference. There are no restrictions on who the Scout may list for his two other references. He can list anyone he chooses, including parents or guardians not previously listed, other relatives, Scout leaders including those from his unit, or other Scouts and friends. There is no requirement that any of the references be 21 years of age or older.
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    Swimming Requirements for Rank

    Correct, as the point many (oh so many) miss, it is not the destination, but the journey that makes the Scouting program valuable. Just looking at swimming; there is the practical side and then the growth side. On the practical side, if you look at deaths among teenagers, about 50% are unintentional injuries. Of those about 73% are vehicle, but drownings are 5% of those. There is a real value in knowing how to swim, you may not drown. Also in swimming MB and sessions a youth may actually get some knowledge on how to swim safely, maybe help a friend at some point On the growth side, swimming may take some youth out of their comfort zone, actually challenge them to accomplish a hard personal goal. Again, part of the journey
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    Only six months till girls in Scouts BSA.

    Good Lord this guy is all over the board. Not sure he really understands what is actually going on at the unit level. Sad that a "professional for 23 years" is as clueless as this dude is.
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    Only six months till girls in Scouts BSA.

    Not much conversation in our district. One of our two packs at the CO may be adding girls, but I believe they determined to hold off on Lions (comment was Holy Mother of God...6 years of Cubs!!!!) For the troop we are continuing business as usual. Determination is that we will not be part of any linked troop. If the CO and some currently unnamed folks want to start a Girls troop, we wish them well. We would be glad to have a conversation on what has worked for us and best practices.
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    New Kayak and Boating Requirements?

    Do not shy away from an activity just for fear of litigation. With that mindset, you may never leave the house. Anyway, for the activity: Take the Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat courses Follow them as detailed and enjoy the activity. Put in some basic guidelines and mainly maintain discipline. If canoeing the big issue is familiarity with actually canoeing. Getting in and out is where you get injuries. Orient and train them, practice holding the paddles, etc. If swimming make sure you have the swim tests, and if in a lake, lots of kids these days do not have experience in the lake, scares them. I have boys that are literally state swim meet competitors that freak out in the lake. We setup a swim area on our aquatics outing and one rule we have is they have to wear footwear as there may be hooks, small debris, etc that is not evident initially when sweeping the area. Saves trouble. Also we have lookouts and typically a kayak hanging out watching. If you are near a lake make sure you stress that the swimming area is the ONLY area for swimming. Yes they can walk along, skip rocks, fish, etc but only swim with leaders around and only in designated area. Same for the boats and canoes. We do boating and tubing, always let them jump off the boats as long as they have PFD's on. We set the expectation upfront that we will have fun, they can enjoy the activities, but no variance on safety expectations.
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    Miscellaneous Uniform Gripes

    As long as we are rooting out cultural appropriation in the BSA, will National and the Woodbadge Junta do away with kilts? As someone who has Scottish background, maybe I'm offended....
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    Parent Wars: The Helicopter Strikes Back

    Sometimes folks need to go their own way on a different path.
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    NATIONAL POLICY: AOL and Crossover Ceremonies

    Gonna be a glut on the market...better sell quick and take the first offer
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    NATIONAL POLICY: AOL and Crossover Ceremonies

    The whole black robe thing will be a hard story to sell. Many will think it's some sort of nod to Star Wars
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    Summer Camp Merit Badge Questions

    The camping records couple of points - The "leader" is not the MB counselor but nor is he signing off on the requirements, he is merely stating that 20 nights were fulfilled. Whether or not he should have done that is anther questions On the camping records, odd the SM has to "access" the camping records. He has the Scout in front of him and hopefully the SM can remember what outings the troop attends. Hopefully the Scout can recall which of these he attened. We get this each year at camp. Typically we have the conversation with the Scout. You went to summer camp two years ago, 6 nights. Tell me some campouts, then they tally them up. Takes about 5 minutes, send them on their way. Some (but not many) may actually have used the log in their handbooks (I know...shocked face)
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    Cub Leader who pays for Woodbadge

    Oh if only that were true. Though I have not seen many, and I have been at this rodeo for a while, I have run across a few leaders that felt if a little training was good, then more was better. They spend more time in training, attending training, running training, finding courses, etc etc than actually you know, being out and about with a unit, in the woods, in the mud, maybe huddled under a tarp in a downpour chatting with young scout on his first outing and not happy about all the rain. That's where Scouting happens, out with Scouts having fun on adventures. Yes the training is good and WB can be OK, but never ever forget the why, as an adult, you are involved in the program. Lose that focus and you are just an older person in a khaki uniform.
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    Regalia outlawed at Arrow of Light

    Well another BSA tradition is tossed onto the altar of political correctness. This directed and influenced by people not involved in the program nor interested in the why. Also those supposedly offended by the usage who are in many cases supportive of the usage and tradition were not consulted. Is Akela still mentioned in Cubs or is that verboten now?
  13. Cue the "There's Always Summit" (or The Summit / or The Bechtel Summit / or the named for someone zip line adventure) e-mail and that availability
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    Sloooooow advancement

    Let him choose his path. We have some that are very fired up about advancement. We have some that enjoy the adventure and challenge of the outings. Sometimes as leaders we ask those that have not advanced a rack in a while if they have any questions, but that's about it. Don't worry, unless he is 17 and 7 months, wants to attain Eagle and still has some required MB to earn. (and a project) He may be a might stressed then
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    Denied a court of honor.

    Yep - We had one with the same situation. Completed Eagle paperwork and application just after HS graduation. They were gone for the summer (working out of state) then college orientation and college (yep out of state), so we coordinated the district BOR for their Fall Break on a Tuesday night. There was a petition / form / document that we worked through. As it was past 3 months but less than 6 months was not a huge issue, but we did have to make sure the i's were crossed and the t's were dotted.
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    Denied a court of honor.

    There is more going on here that we may know These are some of key notes from the poster: It had been 9 months since becoming eagle. When he didn’t know what was going on he contacted his SM and when he did his SM wanted to meet with him. At that meeting he was told that he was denied a court of honor and would not give the reasons why. This may be some form of discrimination and if so there is going to be hell to pay. He was just notified last night that they are denying the COH for reasons they will not say. With that said, they talked at the library last night. Basically no reason was given for the Denial of the COH. The SM said he did pull for him as well as a top official. He gave him his medal and pins and certificate (in a plastic bag) and that was it. As has been advised, the COH for Eagle is typically the family. Not required, though there should be one if the Scout is desires the ceremony. In our unit we offer advice, have a box of decorations that can be used, etc. and support as needed. Favorite was one at the Scout's house, then we all watched college football after the ceremony. Interesting that the poster went quickly to discrimination, mentioned this multiple times, but offered no firm details (even vague ones). Not sure why one would jump to that conclusion so quickly. Must be some back story here not being disclosed. Also the implied issue with some member on the committee/troop on the timeline. Maybe some history there also. Sound like the Scout is an Eagle. (That can be confirmed with local council / NESA if it has been 9 months) Possibly move forward with that accomplishment in his life and put the COH issue astern.
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    OA and the aboriginal cultures

    When my son was in HS he and some friends were watching Blazing Saddles one night, we had a long discussion on timeframe it was made, (1974) and what is was actually trying to convey. To your point is what highlighting the absurdity of many racial stereotypes and at it's core it is a satire. Also pokes a great deal of fun at Hollywood. Great movie.
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    OA and the aboriginal cultures

    That will be entertaining...trying to find the tribal descendants. That is assuming a lodge is in fact using regalia and symbolism from the local tribe from the area your lodge may be in. For example if one is in Western NC and the lodge is using Cheyenne type regalia but that area was originally Cherokee, who (whom??) from which NA group would be able to approve usage. Is there a form, would it be an e-mail, do you go to their local gatherings? Also what era as the regalia changed over the years as the NA groups came in contact with Europeans.
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    Looking for some insight

    As one who has worked camps and currently working with a large troop, your expectations to involve the staff in the visitation issues may be a challenge. If there is a court ordered restraining order, then entirely different set of circumstances. I have had families with those, it was not pretty. In the first week you advised you did not want the mother at camp. No mention of court orders, visitation documents, or custody paperwork being presented to the camp. Just that you did not want her at camp. On the second week, you did present some documentation, but expecting all of the camp staff to be fully aware of this may be an over reach. Your issue is with your son's mother. If she is in violation of custody agreements and court orders, then refer that through the legal system. Not excusing the staff and likely they could have done more. At the end of the day the issue is with the mom, not the camp. Hold her responsible for her actions.
  20. Way more than you may want to know https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ga-ga https://www.gagacenter.com/nyc/about/what-is-gaga/
  21. The gaga ball pit (sort of like Thunderdome...many enter but only one is left) is a great time. Lot's of need for scouts to work things out. One of the camps we attend asks that a leader be nearby and is responsible to check the ball in/out. Also haul away the injured. I was sitting there at a table maybe 50 ft away enjoying the afternoon and a tasty treat and was asked to mediate some point of the game, my response was "work it out". The group asked a couple of times, I responded the same each time the same and they stopped asking and (shocked face) they worked it out I did dutifully turn the ball in and luckily mended no scouts. The afternoon progressed nicely
  22. Change is inevitable and to say that BSA National has not handled the recent changes and no doubt upcoming changes in a professional and seamless manner, well, that would be kind. I saw an article that called out 4 common change management mistakes leaders make. Seems like BSA managed to hit all the key ones. Hopefully over the next 18 - 24 months and as they move to the girls joining in 2019 the messaging and details will maybe get better 1. They underestimate resistance 2. They neglect to define the ‘why’ 3. They underperform at change sponsorship 4. They believe and behave like the project ends at go-live
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    BSA National and Change Management

    Interested bystanders??
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    BSA National and Change Management

    I would agree and disagree that we are customers. Challenge is we (collective we the volunteers / youth / etc) likely do not view ourselves as customers, anymore than members of a political party may view themselves as customers. Many of us see ourselves as part of Scouting and thus not so much customer but owners/shareholders of the legacy and history of scouting. National team and many BSA professionals sometimes make the error on customers vs owners (shareholders) and a good many of them are not 100% sure if we are raising money for Scouting OR if Scouting is there to raise money.
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    souvenir flag for Eagle Scout

    Many of the families have done the ordering of the flag flown over the US capitol. The request can be done via representative website. Here is a handy sheet on the process - http://americanflagfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/How-to-Order-Flag-over-Capitol-Rev..pdf