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  1. Thats based on non profit status can put some money aside for reserve and future expenses but legal and tax issues on how much and for what
  2. think BSA should do background checks on all that register, leaders and parents, we all check the box authorizing bsa to do so. but no guarantee it is done, also results of background checks should be forwarded/accessible by the unit. whether cub master or committee has access is negotiable, this would add an additional barrier in case someone with a record slips through national background check
  3. lawyers get quite specific on who they sue and why some factors they use to decide, funds and insurance policy, higher you go in the org structure generally more funds and insurance liability they have access to, state of such orgs and their rules for liability issues, some states make it easier to sue than others. once this case is settled and national does dissolve and lawyers cant as easily sue new org. they will probably then go after individual councils and CO's where the crimes were committed, this is similar to church scandals, for churchs, Vatican being foreig
  4. https://scoutingwire.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2017-Annual-Report-Combined-FINAL-App-Version.pdf
  5. Unless one reads the policy no one knows if insurance companies are right or wrong such policies are usually very clear on litigatoon liability clauses
  6. Thats not leadership thats called damage control
  7. girl scouts bsa will be coming from other groups that is not illegal, no different than a business targeting competitors customers, no different than trail life usa targeting boy scouts not happy with scouts usa your members will be coming from somewhere
  8. with a den of 2 I would say don't stop recruiting, ask committee or go directly to council and get any promo's you can mini boys life mags, flyers, book marks, etc. a den is a lot more enjoyable for kids with more friends/kids. look up recruitment tactics, ask school if you can place a flyer or put out some magazines, ask class parent if you can send out an email to other class parents, have the kids ask their friends and get them to earn recruiter patch I generally take my old scouter and boys life mags and put address labels over my name/address with pack c
  9. it is poaching, only reason not mentioned in lawsuit is poaching is not illegal,
  10. our CO is a Lutheran church, our pack is not religious itself, and members religious beliefs vary, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Asian religions , and some I never heard of. Grace prayer I use is taken from Council scout camp that is used at summer camp and posted in council camps dining hall, being council scout camp, its not specific to any 1 religious preference, but the use of the word Lord, has me curious as if its appropriate for all religions for duty to God I generally give parents handouts and discuss talking to their children about their religious beliefs, in the hand ou
  11. am just curious on the use of the word "Lord" in scouting I try to keep all religious references as generic as possible to appeal to as many religions as possible, as we have various religious backgrounds in our pack. for Grace I try to use same grace the scout camp uses at summer camp as follows: "father for this noonday meal , we would speak the praise we feel., Health and strength we have from thee. help us Lord to faithful be." as a catholic "Lord" has a very specific meaning referring to Jesus curious as to how other religions view the term "Lord" d
  12. I also have similar gripes about scouting, there is too much emphasis on crafts and stem projects and not enough on outdoor activities, a cubscout can go 5 years (6 with lions) advance to boy scouts without ever going camping, there is something inherently wrong with that. at last summer camp majority of the activities over the week were indoor activities, It was a beautiful summer week and kids were indoors this is my sons 3rd year as a cub and has camped 10-15 times with the pack yet I don't feel he has learned anything outdoor related other than what I have taught him
  13. Lone scouting is generally discouraged, and an option for those who cant join/find a troop, as an alternative, you can find a pack/troop talk to the leaders about following their schedule and doing most of the activities on your own, then can probably join the pack/troop on occasion for like outings and camp outs, a big part of scouting is not just the activities but the comradery with other scouts, and in Boy scouts it being scout lead , hard to do on your own.
  14. benefit of skits and such is it helps some kids get used to performing in front of others, also helps the shy kids who are always in the background to break out of their shell a bit, scouting shouldn't be all about skits, but skits and performing is 1 element that should be explored,
  15. bsa allows exceptions to accommodate handicaps, I just tried opening a small folder 1 handed, takes a little figuring out, I held the handle pinched with thumb and middle finger, used pointer finger to pull up on the blade, then used edge of desk to open it fully, I would teach her to open close a folder, so she gets sense of accomplishment, give her some time, but don't let her miss the rest of the lesson, beacause she hasn't figured it out, if it takes too long help her out, and tell her she can keep practicing later, also try doing so yourself, once you figure
  16. fake knives is just 1 step in teaching out of many, with cubs have to remember they are kids, and we are not their parents we do not know each individual kids well enough to just jump and skip the basics,
  17. while this is a bit old and concerning totin chip i would say same principle applies to whittling chip if bsa doesn't mention rules for revoking whittling chip I would leave it up to leaders discretion https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/08/13/ask-the-expert-is-cutting-corners-off-the-totin-chip-allowed/
  18. Good learning experience for all I am not one for public speaking, fine with small groups, fine with work related presentations, but recently volunteered to present cubs to school PTA meeting, did my first 2 days ago doing another today not often we get to practice public speaking so doing so for scouts is good practice.
  19. Thanks for that i was never a scout so have only preconceived ideas of what cub scouting should be like scouting is not what i expected it to be at least not scouting via bsa way am now at a crossroads as to how much to contribute it is not in my nature to sit back and have others take up the slack
  20. we try to provide as many camping opportunities as possible, within reason, as to give the parents more options, we still tend to get very little turn out, out of 17 bears, 4-6 bears go on a regular basis, +10 have not gone on a single campout one of my gripes with bsa is that camping for cubs is not a requirement, cub can go through 5 yrs of cub scouts and earn aol without ever going camping, not even once, that just seems wrong to me
  21. we are a city pack, so scheduling outdoor events is limited, we do try to schedule about 5-6 weekend camp outs a year, plus summer camp we have a pretty good set up as far as space is concerned, full gym, individual classrooms for each den, we also meet late Fridays, meeting time most of the year its dark out, but such activities like sports, arts/crafts, stem projects is not what I wanted out of scouts, my son gets plenty of that in other afterschool activities following the program, bsa just touches on some of the outdoor skills doesn't really focus on developin
  22. i am not the den leader, den leader has been great, no qualms about him, makes it harder to step back leaving more of a burden on him there are only so many indoor activities one can do, that's not arts and crafts projects
  23. Been a scout leader/dad for 2 years, very active, in and out of scouting, But now don't like the programming, and direction its taking, will still continue as my son enjoys the playtime, the meetings are too much like an afterschool program, just more crafts, and stem projects when asked his favorite part of scouting, its not the camping, or outdoor stuff, its the playtime before and after the meetings, my son loves to camp, just not at scout camps, too tied up with camp activities and not enough playtime, by the time scout season starts in September we will
  24. GSUSA has a very similar swimming policy to BSUSA regardless of BS or GS policy wasn't followed in that case this is GSUSA swim policy Safety Activity Checkpoints Identify lifeguard(s). When using a staffed public facility, lifeguards will be provided. At beaches or waterfronts, make sure a lifeguard will be on duty. For swimming on your own, you’ll need to recruit a lifeguard. Ask your council for suggestions. At least one lifeguard (certified in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training) and one watcher are present at all times. Additional lifeguards and watchers may be nee
  25. I was discussing this with other leaders they didnt quite understand the implications of expanding gtss beyond scouting events And they way its worded doesnt just apply to no one on one rule wording indicates all ytp rules apply outside of scouting which just isnt practical
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