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Setonfan last won the day on August 4 2018

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  1. Agree it’s very frustrating the positive YPT message and procedures don’t get out as often as we would like. They are referenced sometimes in pretty complete form, depending on the news source. I think the BSA probably puts out the positive message and is very complete in it’s answers, but it’s likely the news outlet chooses not to print it. Hearing about how effective the BSA is- often way in front of other youth serving organizations, churches, etc. is not the scandalous news they are looking for. Not terribly fair and balanced.
  2. This seems puzzling. Prior to this news story, the LDS leadership seemed to be making significant effort to say the departure was not about ANY social justice type issues, and encouraged youth and families to choose Scouting as a complement to the new program. This seemed to make sense to me, as there were only two countries in the world that the Church used as their official Scouting program- the USA and Canada. Canadian Scouting has been welcoming of gays, went co-ed fully for over 20 years. Seems if the Church had issue with the “changes” or values, they would have kicked out Canada SOM
  3. Carebear, you should call the Chief Scout Executive and tell him your concerns.
  4. My apology for my earlier snarky e mail, please put it down to a very exhausting, but super time at the Jamboree. I appreciate honest evaluation and critique, and all events can always be improved, but I was very inspired by the dedication of everyone to produce what by all measures is probably the best World Jamboree in history. Hopefully, the small glitches will fade and the memories that remain will be significant and inspiring for the Scouts who attended.
  5. Would love to see some pundits try to execute an event with this many moving parts if they have never been in charge of a 50,000+ person event, largely driven by a volunteer committee composed of people from widely varying cultures. It was an incredible event in every way, a true game changer for World Scouting. Never before had there been a camp infrastructure combined with the activity options available at the beautiful Summit property. Combine that, with the previous jamborees sharing of culture and in the words of every multiple Jamboree staffer and participant I met, this was the best
  6. You must have a different take. I was at the BSA national meeting, and this is really good material for the age group. The crowd of 2,000 plus Scouters received this very positively, and the "buzz" after the session was very positive.
  7. According to a national employee in membership, yesterday, the total number of girls in ScoutsBSA crossed over 1,900 troops and 14,000 registered girls.
  8. Talking to a few folks at National, the numbers are really surprising them. The new ScoutsBSA girl numbers are growing daily and still gaining at around 800-1000 per week. There are now over 1600 troops formed. Interestingly, it is anecdotal at this point, but the reports from the “linked” troops are that they are seeing more new boys of varying ages. The reports generally go along the lines of families coming together. And, although also anecdotal, it appears the recruiting and sign ups as mentioned here in a couple of posts of girls is quite different than boys. The girls absolutely co
  9. WM, First, you should make sure your son knows this is a very significant honor. The Order of the Arrow, as the honor camping society of the BSA is for those who have been elected by their peers as showing skills, leadership and Scout spirit. It’s kind of like the BSA version of the National Honor Society. The experience will likely be very meaningful and he will see and experience it very differently from other Scouting activities- in a very good way. For many Scouts- myself included, they were ready to drop out and the Order of the Arrow gave them an entirely new perspective and ope
  10. This is really puzzling. I’ve seen a lot of girl troops at events the last two months and have only seen very positive welcoming attitudes. I talked at length to a troop who now has over 40 girls and has seen the linked boy troop also increase in membership. 50+ all new kids getting Scouting. They really don’t seem confused or unclear about the program, they have handbooks, they don’t seem to be desperately needing things from “National”.
  11. I am sure HRH would be invited and given the full VIP treatment! Very good news for Scouts UK.
  12. If you didn’t see it, available online, a fantastic story on ScoutsBSA and the opening up to young women. Nice to see major national news coverage in addition to the huge amount of local publicity.
  13. Many Councils have had very successful partnerships with traditional troops working with dedicated special needs troops. If the Council doesn't have a special needs committee, that's a good place to start. Several troops in a district I used to be in put on a special needs camporee twice a year and finding volunteers was actually pretty easy, they usually had a waiting list of volunteer troops to work on this. It was a really emotionally rewarding time.
  14. Eagledad, Not sure if you are in Arlington VA or Texas, and if you are in Texas, you might be in the Longhorn Council- don't know about them, but I can attest that the Circle Ten Scout Executive in Dallas can tie a fast one handed bowline and could probably take on any Scout skill challenge! I've found many of them are Scouts first and professionals second.
  15. On our CSE, if you go on facebook and google Chief Scout Executive, you will find a video with about 25,000 views where he recently was challenged by a Scout to start fire with flint and steel. Does a decent job. Not jumping out of helicopters, but it is demonstrating Execs have some Scout skills- as they should if they are Eagle Scouts.
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