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    use of the word "Lord" in scouting?

    I have thought that this is how graces at scout camp (at least way back when girl scout camp sang grace) functioned. While singing the rather generic words, the scouts could direct their prayer to God the best way they understood, and that understanding would be different for the different scouts. In other words, to sing a grace was to make a time and space for scouts to pray with their own meaning in their own minds.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Convenience of scheduling both sons and daughters is an issue for some local families. We are talking about the linked boys and girls troops meeting at the same time in different rooms of a local church. Easier on families' schedules. Easier to borrow ASMs back and forth. As the new girls troop gets started, might want to borrow some of the higher ranked boys as skills teachers on occasion. Some joint outings as well as separate outings. We are still trying to figure it all out. The current boy scouts (youth) opinion matters. As far as scouts with younger siblings. Same as now that just means only one parent is available to camp with the troop as at ASM on any given outing, so that the other parent is available to stay home with the younger kids.
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    use of the word "Lord" in scouting?

    They grow like weeds in my part of the country. If you try looking at google maps satellite view for a less built up area, all you can see are the trees.
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    use of the word "Lord" in scouting?

    Years back, one of the graces that Girl Scouts used (back when they sang grace at camp) went Neath these tall green trees we stand, asking blessings from thy hand. Thanks we give to thee above, for thy gifts: health, strength, and love. This made an attempt to neatly sidestep the issue of the proper name/title for God. But it did make the assumptions that God could be addressed with the familiar "thee", that it was proper to ask blessings from God and to give thanks to God, and that God was the source of good gifts to people. I went to a camp training once, led by a 70-year-old girl scout trainer, who rather defensively made the case that singing grace was still appropriate -- but it was clear that that was her personal addition to the training session, not sanctioned by the council sponsoring the training. So I am quite curious about Boy Scout practises in this matter. By the way, in answer to the original poster's question, I have heard protestant (baptist, nondenominational, independent bible) christians use the word Lord without a lot of specificity to mean either 1) God the Father or 2) God the Son or 3) God the Trinity. I have not generally heard it use to refer specifically the third person of the Trinity.
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    use of the word "Lord" in scouting?

    Who can create new Forums or subforums? Besides topics in "Faith and Chaplaincy", we are also seeing more topics suitable for the also-yet-to-be-created "Starting a new Scouts BSA girls' troop - practical how-to's" forum or subforum. I'd also be interested in a "Faith and Chaplaincy" forum. That aspect of BSA is currently absent from that other scouting organization in which I have spent a lot of years. I'm curious about best practises and other scouters' experiences. To what degree and how can you encourage the scouts to take their families' faiths seriously (or at least what can you do not to discourage them from taking their families' faiths seriously), without stepping over a line into promoting a specific religion.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    The other really intimidating thing about becoming a girl scout leader was realizing that I was the face of scouting to these kids. There was no pack, no pack meeting, no larger group with which we met regularly. (Maybe a service unit event a couple of time a year, which many of the girls did not attend because it was not at a convenient time for them.) There was also no decent handbook. (Just the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting which was rather empty of information and overpriced, and which very very few families bought. Also the Journey books, but what they contained was not the scouting I knew.) A very few girls did go to summer camp, which was invaluable, but very few girls actually went.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Hi @Hawkwin Selective quoting there. You missed the part where I said It is a different picture if the new family is willing to always have an adult available to help out. GSUSA troops have nothing like a committee chair or a committee to help recruit additional adult leaders or to handle paperwork. For a typical troop it all falls on the two parents who have stepped up be leaders. (And for a year-and-a-half I was the leader of a troop which really didn't have two leaders. After my co-leader's job situation changed preventing her from continuing, I relied on a rotating cast of parents who each volunteered to be the second adult at a couple of meetings. (no prep, no planning, just show up.)
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Typically troops start with no money, no equipment, no meeting place, two adults who have never been scout leaders before, and a dozen kindergarten girls. Moreover the council wants us to end the year having zeroed out the bank balance, unless the money is earmarked for a specific future need. Leaders are supposed to find a meeting place that they can meet, for no fee, that is preferably in a public location (school, church, business, etc) and that is handicapped accessible. (Though there is a loophole that allows troops to meet in private homes if certain conditions are met. Some leaders meet in homes because it is much easier, but that also limits the troop size.) As far as equipment, what I have often seen happen is that leaders buy, out of their own pocket, stuff they need for the troop. This is then the leader's personal equipment which she uses with any group of kids she is involved with (church, soccer, etc, etc,); it does not belong to the troop and the troop loses access to it if that leader leaves. I have to say that the approach of having a multi-year pack or troop, supported by a CO, looks appealing from the outside looking in.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    There are (sadly) some circumstances when that is a quite rational response, actually. Let's say you have a Brownie troop with exactly 12 girls. You only need two adults for going on a field trip. (Two adults can supervise up to 12 Brownies on an outing, and you can fit 12 girls into two minivans.) Add one more girl, and you will need a third adult any time you leave your regular meeting place. If the troop leaders have been having trouble finding additional volunteers, I could certainly see troop leaders in that situation not wanting a 13th girl unless her mom (or dad) volunteered to come on every single field trip.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    That is a very telling quote. And from a Girl Scouts Vice President. It matches what I have seen in the types of program materials that the GS national office has been putting out during the years my daughter has been in scouts. Girl Scouts is a very broad organization. It has lots of long-term members, more or less active as volunteers, who have strong opinions, not all the same. Some have been tugging hard in an outdoor direction (not necessarily successfully). Others volunteers are perfectly happy with the more modern approach the GSUSA has been taking. In particular the summer camp programs, which are run by councils (not by national), and which are completely separate from the troop program, are a bright light within Girl Scouting for those girls who want to do things outdoors. And girls can attend these even if they are the only girls in the troops who want to go to camp (or even if they are not a member of a troop at all.) Will the outdoor focussed Girl Scouts gain more traction in their attempts to influence the direction of the national organization, now that Boy Scouting is a competitor? Or will the modernizers be happy if those old-fashioned Girl Scouts leave and join The Other Scouting Organization and stop badgering the modernizers? (It might not even affect GS adult membership numbers too much, because many of the most opinionated are likely lifetime members.)
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    Is it time?

    Your quote from Baden-Powell does not support the assertion that he thought that "to do their duty to God through doing their duty to their neighbor" was "the entirety of one's service". That quote could equally well have been written by someone who thought that "to do their duty to God through doing their duty to their neighbor" was only part of doing their duty to God.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    I don't quite get it. A Juliette is Girl Scout who is not a member of a troop -- what you might call a lone scout. But what is the connection between the name Romeo and being a boy scout?
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    So we've got four different Boy Scouts troops in our school district talking together about how to help a new girl's troop get started, and to which troop it will link. And my daughter is also already a member of a Girl Scout troop. It is easy for me to refer to these five scout troops as Troop 1, Troop 2, Troop 33, Troop 444, and Troop 77777. (Those aren't the actual numbers). But to refer to the new, soon-to-be-started Scouts BSA troop for girls? That takes a lot of words. It will be easier once it has a number.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    What the infographic, which I'd seen before, says is I am being very careful to comply. To do so sometimes requires lengthy circumlocutions. I am well aware of the need to avoid confusion. After all my daughter, who wants to be a Scout (of the Scouts BSA variety) is also already a Girl Scout. And she is a member of a Girl Scout Troop (of the GSUSA variety) , and wants to also join a Scout Troop (of the Scouts BSA variety) intended for girls.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    I think that saying simply "scouts" is what will work in most situations in the long run. And if you need to be more specific you can say something like "the Artemis Patrol" (Hi @Hawkwin ) or "Troop 19". But at the present we, locally, just have a group of girls who are potentially interested in becoming Scouts who don't have a patrol name and don't have a troop number yet.
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