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  1. an_old_DC

    PLC hazing and bullying problem

    @Bside call your council’s Scout Executive. This is a significant issue and the ASM and CC should not address this alone. The chartering organization rep needs to know about this too.
  2. an_old_DC

    Qualities of an Eagle

    Fixed that for you. There is nothing about siblings in Scouts BSA
  3. an_old_DC

    I HATE the new YPT rules

    District Executive. A junior-level paid professional.
  4. In my experience, they can’t do that very well. That’s why they need to strong arm council and district volunteers to do FOS presentations and beg parents for money. Anyway, if the Lodge Chief, Chapter Chief and Chief of Ceremonies want to use a group chat or some such to make sure the camp is ready for a Fellowship and all of the Principals have their gear, know their speaking parts and commit to being at camp on time, it’s ok with me and I don’t need to know how they get this done as long as it gets done. if my Crew Pres, VP, and VP of Activities do the same thing to prepare for an event or outing, good for them. I believe that is the leadership and initiative we are tasked with helping them develop.
  5. an_old_DC

    I HATE the new YPT rules

    @Eagle94-A1 does your district have a female DE? Maybe she could help? Does your council have an official or self-proclaimed Family Scouting Advocate/Champion or some such? If so, they should be helping...hold them accountable
  6. an_old_DC

    YPT2 deadline

    Would you pay $30 for all day at UoS which includes a box lunch and patch? How about $35?
  7. an_old_DC

    YPT2 deadline

    Be glad your council only mandates a 15 percent profit. Mine requires more. That’s why UoS instructors pay the same registration fee as participants.
  8. an_old_DC

    YPT2 deadline

    Yep, same thing here.
  9. Units are autonomous and can do what they want: entire packs can go canoeing, unrelated girls and girl siblings can completely mix with boy dens for all activities and even "unofficially" earn advancement, etc. Troops can make up their own advancement policies including when or if a Scout can have a conference with his SM, BORs retesting Scouts and then denying advancement, having SM, CC and other adults' daughters tagalong on camping trips and "unofficially" earn advancement. The list goes on and on. Another good one is that district and council volunteers are paid employees. So as a District Commissioner, it doesn't matter how many phone calls, emails and meetings it takes with a unit to help them sort out problems, because "that's what you get paid for."
  10. an_old_DC

    BSA: The POLARIS Method

    I have been back to the website, and watched the accompanying videos again, and I still cant decipher what exactly is going on. After further review, it sounds more like it's for professional development.
  11. @fred johnson, but the Scouts are ignorant of the rules, and generally, so are the parents. That's how these types of leaders get away with "75 percent of the meetings and 50 percent of the campouts" over XXX months policies. They just repeat that over and over until it becomes troop doctrine about what "active" means, and Scouts and parents typically don't know the GSS even exists or that BSA actually has policies on these matters. But I agree with you, btw.
  12. an_old_DC

    Scouting Magazine - betting the farm on girls

    All three of my Eagle Scout sons have aged out of the program, and all three of them and I have the same feeling you expressed above.
  13. an_old_DC

    BSA: The POLARIS Method

    My guess is it means fewer low-level professionals with the expectation that district and council volunteers will pick up the slack.
  14. an_old_DC

    YPT2 deadline

    It's not just for units. MBC who fail to meet the deadline will be dropped, as well as district, council, area, region, etc. volunteers.
  15. So...if you can garner some support from other adults on the committee, but the SM and CC show no sign of changing the policy, you and the other adults should speak with the COR. Not an email, but a face to face meeting. Sometimes the COR will just say that whatever the SM and CC want is fine with them. However, if the COR is truly engaged and you have some critical mass (so it isn’t just one parent complaining), then the COR may intervene. You never know, maybe there have been lots of complaints about the SM over the years and the COR wants a change. That can happen too.