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  1. 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


  2. 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



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  3. 2 hours ago, elitts said:

    If the pool is 25' long in one dimension, you could use it for the 2nd class requirement, but not for the 1st class requirement.


    For First Class, the standard backyard pool just isn't going to be sufficient since they have to past the BSA Swimmer Test.  Please see this excerpt from the BSA Swimming Classification:

    If you are actually trying to verify a scout's ability to pass this test, stopping to turn around and then shove off again 9+ times (in a standard backyard pool) just isn't going to show you what you'd need to see to know that the scout has sufficient skill and stamina to swim for greater distances.

    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

  4. On 7/20/2020 at 5:47 PM, RememberSchiff said:

    Pine Tree Council had a board vote Thursday night to sell the 75-year-old Camp Bomazeen in Belgrade, Maine .

    Pine Tree Council had earlier formed an emergency task force to address its financial problems but the task force concluded that unless the camp is sold, council would be out of money in a matter of months. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has decimated the council’s ability to raise money for Scouting activities, officials said.

    Matt Klutzaritz, Scout executive and CEO of the Raymond-based Pine Tree Council, said it was a difficult decision and they understand the move will make some loyal Camp Bomazeeners upset. But it’s necessary to keep the organization, and Scouting, going in the council’s region of the state, he said.


    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.


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  5. 3 minutes ago, mashmaster said:

    It is just 1 hour a week.....  

    In all seriousness, I don't know if the Churchill group does or not. The committees that are formed to review and recommend the way forward from this report is made up of Scouting volunteers that have been donating their time for a long time so they are aware.

    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.

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  6. 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.  

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  7. So our Council Camps as many, did not open.  We attend 2 camps each summer, the out of council did not open.  Also our Philmont crew was cancelled.

    As I have noted, we took the go it alone, run your own camp route.  We are currently in camp (6 days and 5 nights) taking over the Pioneer area of a State Park maybe 45 minutes from us.  We have 24 Scouts, maybe 10 leaders.  We are offering some aquatics, mt biking, full slate of merit badges (21 different ones and small classes), new scout program.  In addition to the leaders we have some Eagle Scouts that have turned 18 assisting.  Also some of our alumni that worked at the local Council Camp have joined us for a few days.

    Each Scout was dropped off by parents.  They will be picked up same, no carpooling.  Each Scout has their own tent.  Meals are being delivered by parents on a schedule that would make the Normandy Invasion planning group proud.  Nightly activities, full flag ceremonies each day.  It is basically a very small summer camp.

    The State Park has been very helpful and all the parents have been most supportive.  It is a ton of work, but this will be the best Troop Run Summer Camp we have ever been to. (the Scouts made that statement when they realized it's the only one we've had).

    Special camp t-shirts, water bottle sticker, bottles of hand sanitizer spray, gloves for meal serving, 20 cases of bottled water so far (no communal drink coolers) and many other unique things.

    Scouting at it's most basic.



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  8. 20 hours ago, Eagle94-A1 said:

    Baltimore was experimenting with an alternate uniform that was a colored UA performance tshirt with the rank on it. So everytime you advanced, you needed a new tshirt. I think the tshirts were $25 to $35 a pop. That's $175 to $245 just on uniform shirts! 

    I do not get the cost (well I guess it's the BSA supply overhead expense) for the T-shirts BSA sells.  Our troop prints our own T-shirts each year.  Dri-fit, goods quality, left chest (single color) and full back (single color) screens.  Run of about 100 shirts, maybe $11 per shirt.  Boys like them and they are subtle BSA shirts.  Do not screams SCOUTS.  I see them wearing them around town.  Keep the colors neutral.

    Many of the camps we go to have pre-sell of camp shirts, but those are $20 +.  I get you have to make a buck, but cut the overhead and pass the savings on.


  9. 16 minutes ago, yknot said:

    I hear you but you are simply being a babe in the woods. No organization today can exist without liability insurance. You can't get liability insurance without infinite safety regulations, waivers, etc. Scouts, like many youth organizations, will never be able to operate the way it has been able to do in the past without significant tort reform.  Every youth organization has to be a safety organization today or the doors don't even open. I don't know why people even rail about this. Fight it politically, lobby for tort reform, but you can't fight it individually or you will just get sued. 

    Not saying do not be safe, and risk management is important.  My point is that HEY, WE'RE SAFE is a very poor marketing slogan.  Yes we can be safe, but that cannot be the reason for the BSA


  10. Again - WE CANNOT BE A SAFETY ORGANIZATION.  That cannot be our reason for being.  It can and needs to be PART of what BSA is, but it cannot be the WHY of the BSA.  The tail is wagging the dog and the optics on this are not good.  

    Many leaders and professionals continue to over think the safe aspect and literally never leave the porch.  They feel very safe doing Scouting as a virtual idea.  Worst idea ever.  Scouting is getting out and trying to do things.  While trying you may in fact fail.  

    This document wreaks of those who have NO CLUE how to run an actual unit or programs that youth want to join.  We need to be inspirational and aspirational, not an organization that is scared of it's own shadow.

  11. On 7/10/2020 at 11:13 AM, carebear3895 said:

    "Create a membership category for youth and families with no advancement program"


    You mean like how was Venturing was supposed to be? High Adventure emphasis with an OPTIONAL advancement program. 

    That is a scary one.  So what are you actually paying a "fee" to be able to do?  What is this exactly?  A camping club??

  12. 57 minutes ago, FaithfulScouter said:

    Qwase - when you refer to District sign off you do you mean the proposal or fund raising application?  Our District Advancement Chair signs fundraising applications on behalf of the Council.

    Reminder on the fundraising questions - 

    *This application is not necessary for contributions from the candidate, his parents or relatives, his unit or its chartered organization, parents or
    members in his unit, or the beneficiary. All proceeds left over from fundraising or donations, whether money, materials, supplies, etc.,
    regardless of the source, go to the beneficiary. If the beneficiary is not allowed, for whatever reason, to retain any excess funds or materials, etc.,
    the beneficiary should designate a suitable charity to receive them, or allow the unit to retain them. The unit must not influence this decision

  13. 7 minutes ago, FaithfulScouter said:

    We have 10 Scouts in different stages of their Eagle Scout projects in our Troop.  At what point in the process do you allow your Scouts to reserve use of your Charter Org. meeting space for fund raising?  We want to be fair but of course everyone wants it for this summer!  Thank you in advance.

    Just curious how much are they raising?

    Our unit has an average of about 10 Eagles per year.  Average cost for the projects is about $500.  About 2/3 of that seems to come from family (parents and extended).  The remainder they request donations from unit, friends, etc.  The Eagle project should not focus on fundraising.  It could be a needed part but is not a requirement.  Several are self financed.

    As for when they can or need to start, not until AFTER the Eagle project proposal is approved.

  14. 45 minutes ago, k80sill said:

    This struck me as particularly interesting. Could you please elaborate more on this insight? 

    The main selling point, the market differentiator is in fact the outdoor program.  That is the lab or classroom if you want to call it that where Scouting happens.  It does not happen at Merit Badge Universities or selling popcorn.  Scouting happens and Scouts grow when they are in small groups, a Scout is the leader, and they need to accomplish something.  Like cook meals, put up tarps, etc.  They then take that experiential learning and apply this as Senior Leaders in the troop and hopefully apply that as they work through an Eagle project.

    The Improved Scouting Program removed much of this, became more individual based, and fundamentally altered the BSA program.  When combined with the BoyPower issues and fake member number and those that actually left the program, big hit.   The Improved Scouting Program relabeled Scoutmasters as “managers of learning” to reflect the new emphasis on emotional  support. The BSA’s attempt to reach new populations of youth in depressed rural areas and inner cities created an intense backlash from the traditionally conservative core membership of the Boy Scouts of America. Abandoning an emphasis on nature and promoting emotional support struck many Denmasters, Scoutmasters, and Explorer Post Chiefs as an attack on their leadership style and a softening of the BSA. 

    Membership dropped significantly and many seasoned leaders departed.

  15. 44 minutes ago, k80sill said:

    This is all very interesting, where did you get this information?


    I was there as a Scout and recall this.  Still have a patch.  Most of this is a matter of public record if you poke around the internet. The faux membership issues are a matter of public record.  I seem to recall the SE in one council was on track to be the next CSE when the membership imploded.  He did not get promoted to CSE

  16. 7 hours ago, Jameson76 said:

    New members would be recruited through two efforts: establishing troops in inner cities and retaining older boys by allowing girls to participate in the special-interest, career-focused segment of the Explorers program. 


    The inner city troop effort (which at it's core was a worthy initiative) led to the Improved Scouting Program of 73.  That was the birth of skill awards and the "NEW" path to Eagle that would in fact not require any camping, or actually going outdoors.  That pretty much halved the BSA by 1981 and they had to get Greenbar Bill out of retirement to revamp the program.

    Between the BoyPower ManPower deal and the ISP, there was a double whammy during  70 - 81.  Pretty sure the Scouting program in the USA never fully recovered and found it's way again. 

    National leadership kept looking for the golden ring, the next best thing, the silver bullet.  They never understood that they had the best program and that fun with a purpose was what kids wanted

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  17. On October 17, 1968, the Boy Scout organization launched a new membership initiative called “Boypower 76.” The ambitious program set national goals to be achieved by the US Bicentennial Celebration of 1976. Specifically,

    (1) Expand membership so that one of every three American boys is enrolled. That would require adding 2 million new Boy Scouts by 1976.

    (2) Double council budgets to a combined level of $150 million.

    New members would be recruited through two efforts: establishing troops in inner cities and retaining older boys by allowing girls to participate in the special-interest, career-focused segment of the Explorers program. 

    The national slogan for Boypower 76 was “America’s Manpower Begins with Boypower.” 

    Membership Quotas

    Councils were given strict monthly and annual membership goals to keep them on track to achieve the expansion envisioned in Boypower 76. 

    The Controversial Collapse of Boypower

    BSA canceled the Boypower program two years early, amid widespread reports of inflated membership numbers.  Articles in the New York Daily News, the Central New Jersey Home News, and many other newspapers enumerated the problems. The Chicago council was accused of selling one-month memberships for ten cents; other councils for inventing names to register. At least 13 major cities were discovered to have falsified records, involving some 30,000-40,000 “phantom” scouts.

    Furthermore, only about half of the $65 million fundraising goal was met, and much of that was from long-time donors who directed their gifts to the national organization instead of the local council.

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  18. 1 hour ago, PACAN said:

    What are your thoughts about councils running Virtual Summer camps which are really MB events ?

    Prices?   I've heard of $5 up to $25 per badge .  Also seen where they charge for Totem Chip and Fireman Chits and early scout skills.

    A few other evening events such as a campfire and OA socials.



    Not a fan...but then I've not like the merit badge universities either.

  19. 1 minute ago, AltadenaCraig said:

    When a Texas realty group abandons the term "Master Bedroom", how long before references to "Scoutmaster" meet the same fate?

    If that comes to pass BSA will have jumped the shark...

    We as a nation have truly lost our minds and common sense.

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  20. One of the positions by National BSA is that National and the Councils are in fact separate.  Possibly yes legally as different entities, but are they really?

    Then BSA National makes the statement on racism and Black Lives Matter (BSA capitalization), and in our Council the DE's read the statement word for word at roundtables and basically advised this was to be taken as gospel, no questions, we all need to get in lockstep and accept.  No statement or interpretation from the local council.

    From a purely legal perspective how does the BSA (National and Council) resolve or justify the "separation" when clearly National makes policy and Councils implement.  Seems like actions may speak louder than words

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