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  1. Here is what is listed through the Western Massachusetts Council Sorry for the breaks and length. Bachelor Degree Prerequisites: Current registration as a Commissioner, Current BSA YPT Certificate, Completion of "Commissioner Basic Training" Course Requirements: Completion of seven courses of instruction, at least 5 of the courses at the Bachelor's program level Roundtable Bachelor Degree (some councils require 2 year commitment) Prerequisites: Current registration as a commissioner, Current BSA YPT Cert. Completion of "Roundtable Commissioner Basic Training" Course Requirements: Completion of seven courses of instruction, at least 5 of the courses at the RT Bachelors program level. Masters Degree Prerequisites: Current registration as a commissioner, Current BSA YPT cert, Earned Arrowhead Honor, Completion of Bachelor's degree or have been awarded the COmmissioner's Key Course requirements: Completion of seven additional courses of instruction (total of 14), at least 7 of the courses at the Master's level Roundtable Masters Prerequisites: Current registration as a commissioner, Current BSA YPT cert, Completion of "RT Commissioner Basic Training", Completion of Bachelor's Degree or have been awarded the COmmissioner's Key Course Requirements: Completion of seven courses of instruction, at least 5 of the courses at the RT Bachelor program level Doctoral Candidate Certificate Prerequisites: Current registration as a commissioner, Current BSA YPT, Completion of Master's degree, Have been awarded the Commissioner Key Course Requirements: Note: Earning the Doctor of Commissioner Science Degree does not automatically qualify you to receive the Doctorate of Commissioner Service Knot Award!!! Completion of 10 additional courses of instruction (total of 24), at least 5 of the courses at the Doctor's or Continuing Education program level, courses may not have previously been counted toward other college degrees. Thesis or Project: This can be on any topic related to Commissioner Service, The topic must be pre0approved by the College of Commissioner Science Committee, Complete the thesis/project using the approved format as determined by the college. Completion of a thesis or research project on any topic of value to Scouting, The topic and final paper must be approved by the Doctoral Review Committee. Doctor of Commissioner Science Knot Award: Doctor of Commissioner Science Knot Award Current Registration as a Commissioner, Current BSA YPT Cert. Completion of Doctoral Degree, Tenure (Serve as a Commissioner for a minimum of 5 years (years need not be consecutive), Service can be in one or more roles or positions Commissioner of service Recruiting: Recruit or assist in recruiting at least 3 new Commissioners during tenure as a commissioner. Final Approval: Approval of Council or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner
  2. I currently reside in the Mid America council (MAC) but I started going to commissioner colleges when I was an ADC in Spirit of Adventure on the east coast. Here in MAC, we partner with two other councils (within Nebraska) to run the college. It is of course open to any. They are going through the program to make it more interesting, useful and exciting for people to WANT TO COME. We will see how it goes. When I was living around Boston, I attended the Western Mass Council in Springfield MA every year. This was an incredible experience. It is done so well I have heard that National allows them to test classes to see if it will be implemented nationally. They have their stuff together. I find these schools useful. Yes we may have had similar training elsewhere from the topics that are presented, but you do get a lot of time to speak with others on issues and topics. It is a great way to meet new people and build your network. There is always something new you can learn that may help you in the future. I have my masters degree and going to work on my doctorate degree soon. I have an idea for a thesis/project but nothing concrete. I'm looking forward to future colleges. A good learning opportunity. If you are up around Springfield MA, go to the theirs. You will not be disappointed.
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    Just a thought to the top tier camping locations (Philmont, Summit, Sea Base and Northern Teir), Why not open these locations to the public? This could ease monetary considerations with the scouts. Plus it would expand our presence with those not in scouting. It can be good marketing and service. I look at what Spirit of Adventure Council (Boston MA area) has done with Camp Sayer. They have made it a place open to all organizations to visit and attend. I have been at woodbadge the same time a YMCA youth group was camping in a cabin. A great way to reach out to those not in scouts.
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    Here is a letter that has come from Mid American Council. It looks like they were given a form letter and updated to each region. Just sharing. Good evening, I am sharing yesterday’s Wall Street Journal article stating that National BSA has hired a bankruptcy attorney in light of the costs of defending sexual abuse lawsuits. In a communication released yesterday, National BSA reaffirmed its focus on keeping children safe and delivering our nation’s foremost program of character development and values-based leadership training. BSA stated its commitment to the social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting, and the deep care and concern for all victims of child sex abuse and the proactive steps to help victims heal and prevent future abuse. BSA stresses that at no time in BSA history has the organization knowingly allowed a sexual predator to work with youth, and will always seek to act swiftly when alerted to abuse allegations. From a conference call with national leadership today, BSA is committed to communicate transparently. Its been stated there is no direct action being taken in the near future or immediate decisions expected by BSA in light of the Wall Street Journal’s news story. The organization is truly in an exploratory phase and doing due diligence in an effort to be prepared and make informed decisions as it relates to the next 100 years of the BSA. I have assembled a few items of information from a Mid-America Council perspective that may be helpful considering the news story: The strength of Scouting for over the last 100+ years has been its local domain. Each scouting unit is owned by its local charter partner which typically is a place of worship, service club or educational institution. Each council is locally incorporated in the specific state where it operates. The Mid-America Council is a 501(c)(3) entity incorporated in Nebraska, Southwest Iowa and Union County South Dakota. Our camps, volunteer service centers, bank funds and investments are owned and controlled by the Mid-America Council Executive Board of Leadership and Trustees. The nature of the relationship for a council with the national BSA organization is that our council is the holder of a charter to conduct the BSA programs in our defined territory, throughout our 58 counties. Our council receives no funding from the national organization. In fact, we pay fees to National BSA as a part of our charter agreement and for specific services. We receive value back from the national organization, but we operate as a financially independent not-for-profit organization. Areas where we partner with National BSA, for business purposes, include several insurance programs, services for IT and expertise related to camping, Youth Protection and so on. Also important to note is employee benefits such as healthcare and retirement are funded by each council but through programs controlled and operated by National BSA. In the BSA, the Mid-America Council is a strong council from the perspectives of fiscal health, program quality, board and volunteer dedication, staff commitment and talent. I am positive that our national council can navigate the difficult waters that many organizations face over a century of existence. As a council, we will stand ready to help. We will continue our primary focus on bringing high-quality BSA programs for over 18,000 youth in each of the communities we serve. In closing, we must as a local council inspire confidence and show the utmost leadership within all of our ranks. We will maintain the quality scouting program that we have become accustomed to. We have embarked on many new things locally and nationally, foremost the introduction of girls into our programs. Our success this year with the introduction of girls into Cub Scouts and the ensuing addition of girls into our “Scouts BSA,” reinforces the quality of programs that we deliver and the interest to participate by the families we serve. Locally we have inspired 500 new families through the addition of girls and nationally that number is 70,000+. We must continue this momentum and stay steadfast to our strategic direction. Lastly, it is now more important than ever with the recent success of our 2nd Annual Governor’s Luncheon for Scouting that we maintain community and donor confidence. The dollars that have been pledged and paid are more important now than ever, but most importantly these dollars have been given for local programs and they will always stay local. No local donor dollars go to fund any litigation on a national prospective. We will continue to stay true to our core mission and that is that we stay focused on youth by building character, developing strong leadership skills and guaranteeing that the BSA will be here for the next 100 years and beyond. As always, I welcome your call or email with any thoughts or questions. -CSM BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Mid-America Council
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    Per WSJ -BSA may declare bankruptcy

    Just a reminder, Chapter 11 bankruptcy is not the end of a company or program. It is a restructure of debt and finances. I don't think the scouting program will go away. Now on how national works its finances, that is a different story.
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    Unofficial Seabadge "Knots"

    I personally love the knots over the left pocket. I use them as conversation starters. There is an app out there that explains what they are and for what, both active and retired. I chose to wear the knot, including the "unofficial" wood badge bead knot, because of a safety issue. It is flat against the uniform and out of the way. With the sea badge pin, it could get dislodge and then you have something poking you. For the wood badge beads around your neck, can you see where I'm going here? If I'm in some high adventure activity, think the ropes in the trees as an example, I don't want to have to worry about something around my neck. I'm not alone in thinking this and know others that would rather wear a patch knot. One even argued against the Scout Executive of the council. If you want to wear the old "retired" knot, go right ahead. Who is gonna ticket you, the uniform police? It's just something that is getting way to much attention when focus should be on the kids and making sure they have a great program. Why waste your time and energy to something that is not enforceable.
  7. Summitdog. I am like you. I went through WB and I still "don't get it". I read and hear from multiple sources different views, but my own experience, I still just don't get it. I don't care about beads, I don't keep in touch with members of my patrol, I don't care about the games that were done. In fact it was one game that actually made me wonder why I was there. I hardly got anything positive out of it from the leadership mentoring side. It is actually making me question doing Sea Badge (I don't wanna do a WB for SB)
  8. Hi all. I received my notification just recently that I was selected to help the IST team. Being a single adult, with no children of my own, that helps the scout program to give back to an organization that has given me so much, it is the only way I can attend. I could use some help. What are some good tips, knowledge or wisdom that you can share for attending a Jamboree of this size? I haven't done National yet so this is the first big event within the scouting program. I'm just looking for some tips to have a great experience at the WSJ while I technically can't participate in a lot of activities, but my main goal in working to to help give them a great program and experience. Let me know what you have!
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    Win All You Can

    I completely agree. Glad they are starting to test it away. Interesting view points from those that commented. I didn't understand "Game Theory" until I saw the TED talk by Simon Sineck, If you like to hear it there is a video on YouTube I recommend. Once I started to study "Game Theory" I realize how counter productive WAYC was. I heard of some stories in the business world of this game and they are not done right either. Game Theory is a perfect view of many different areas of contention. I believe the game just gets people upset and doesn't provide as much benefit compared to negative effects. My experience really affected me and I have no desire to help out with WB at the time being. I don't even communicate with my patrol members anymore, even if I see them at a scouting event. I guess I'm one of the few percent it didn't work for.
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    Hiking trail patches

    There are a few historical trails around the Boston metro area that you can receive a patch and medal to wear on the uniform. The following link provides the information on how to order them after completing the hikes. Happy hiking. http://www.witchtrail.com/wtctrails.htm
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    Win All You Can

    I did not like this game during my WB course. I really questioned wither I would come back the second weekend. I know a few did not and it influenced them. I understand the point of getting through the storming phase, but it wasn't debriefed well to us. It was one of the factors that ruined my experience with WB. I just got my ticket done and left it in the past. I flatly refuse to do this game ever again regardless of it being in scouts or the real world. I believe this section of the course needs to be readdressed and possibly altered.
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    New Boy Scout Statue - Barre,VT

    I always enjoyed visiting the Green Mountain State. I've been to Barre a few times and that sounds like a neat idea if they want it. Suprised to hear about the modern granite statues. I've never seen them. I'll have to look harder the next time I'm in town.
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    New Volunteers vs the Old Guard

    This is an all too common story no matter what council you belong too. I would just politiy remind the new parents, if you don't have adult volunteers, you don't have a unit. How you found the one new volunteer, great keep it going. Do what you think you have to to get the help you need to keep a unit functioning. In regards to the MB, I would not even listen to the parents in this case. MB's are supposed to be initiated by the scout themselves. It is there responsibility, not the parents. It is designed to help them build courage to talk to new people and build social skills. If they don't want to progress and find a replacement than that is on them. Sometimes the parents need to butt out. NOT EVER SCOUT MAKES EAGLE! If the scout doesn't want to make the effort they don't get it. Simple as that. PLC is the one that decides what the scouts want to do. If these parents take over, they will leave the troop in the long run. The scouts plan their own activities. Adults really are there just to corral possible ciaos. Let the scouts mature themselves and stop interfering in the program they are taught to lead and run. Sorry if it appears I started going into a rant there myself.
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    Resistance to OA

    I came from small town rural America in Nebraska. For us it was just something to get. Go to ordeals, get to brotherhood and basically just wear your sash at special events. Part of the problem for us is the chapter meetings where you can go and interact with other arrow men, was 15 miles away. Also, most didn't have a car by the time they got in. My parents and I'm sure most others would not want to drive out of the way just for an hour or two meeting for their kid and sit in the car (so to speak). If I was in a larger metro city I may have been a little more active, but when growing up in a rural district that would take an hour just to drive to the other side of the district, there wasn't much practicable to invest that much time into it.
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    Canfield's Sporting Goods (Omaha) closes, cites BSA

    I I am currently in the Greater Omaha area and was suprised to hear Canfields was closing. Granted there were not many outdoor stores in the area when I was younger and one of the general camping stores to visit. I can't say I am too suprised they went out of business, larger stores like Cabela's/Bass pro shop, REI, LLBean etc are becoming more prominate all around the country. These unique shops that don't have a brand name are getting fewer and fewer. I first got my scout gear at a smaller sports store growing up. It was nice not having to go to a scout shop an hour away when 30 mins worked. It suprised me then, but not now since I've grown up and understand economics and business better now. I get why this is happening, and with online shopping more available now then ever, it is not too suprising. With all the issues that have become big news to the media with scouting (good and bad), it is not too suprising outside companies might not be too in favor for them in their stores. BTW, the Canfield closure was big. People lined around the building to get in. The company was selling everything on the walls, including art they purchased for themselves.