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  1. I have not heard the specific number (or taken time to count the filings), but hundreds if not thousands of chartered organizations also filed claims to protect their interests. They are now being notified that they will be receiving the disclosure information and an accompanying ballot. It will be interesting to see how the non-LDS organizations vote. I suspect that most will vote as a bloc following the recommendation of their national organization. In addition, weren't there several others such as suppliers who also filed claims? And would they not also have the right to cast a vot
  2. Welcome to the forum! That sounds like a great STEM activity. Looking at your troop information, you have had balloons circle the globe and sent a balloon up during the eclipse a few years ago when there was totality over your area. I like the hands on opportunities that members of the troop have. And also congratulations on 110 years of continuous service to the youth of your community.
  3. I want to take a moment to respond to ThenNow’s excellent follow-up questions about my post earlier this afternoon. Unfortunately, I could not respond immediately when I had to rush a family member to the emergency room. Things have settled down enough for the moment, that while I am waiting for news, I will give it a try. My initial post was essentially an affirmation of Vol-Scouter’s still earlier post concerning the national BSA review process and limitations. Much of my information comes from national and regional training and conferences on youth protection that I attended
  4. And that is a concern with the present bankruptcy claims. For the most part, the persons named as an abuser in a claim were automatically removed immediately from Scouting without any review or vetting of the claim. This is done to attempt to ensure youth protection. I have been told by individuals reviewing the claims that this occurred even in cases where the claim states no apparent act of abuse or violation of a youth protection guideline that was in place at the time of the alleged incident. And this is an additional concern when there are allegations that some of the claims may have bee
  5. Thanks for reminding us. This is the largest international event that will be done this year. There are many ways to participate as has been noted. And you can receive a cool patch to add to your collection. The local amateur radio operators group has hosted an event with our council for many years.
  6. This number is consistent with the information that was shared with us at a national denominational workshop on child and youth protection prior to the bankruptcy. I agree that a deeper dig into the information and statistics is needed. How many of these are substantiated reports as opposed to initial reports? What have we learned from these reports? Based upon these learnings, do we need to revise our current "best practices?" It sometimes seems that every bit of new information opens up a dozen new questions.
  7. Credibility - that will be the issue today. If the "star witness" comes across as sincere and has a ton of supporting documents, e-mails and other persons who back his statements, it will likely be a devastating blow to the BSA. If it turns out that there has been an effort to falsify information or hide the extent of the youth protection issue, the BSA stands to lose not only external credibility but also internal support. If the BSA is to survive, it must be prepared to make a compelling case that statistics show the program is safe and they are committed to youth protection. They
  8. According to the operations manual, it indicates a problem with the coolant level for the nuclear reactor that powers the forum. I am sure that it is nothing to get too concerned about however.
  9. As Eagle1993 stated in an earlier post: (1) We try to watch the discussions closely. (2) We recognize that this is a very emotional topic that many will never agree upon. And value the diversity of information and opinion represented on this forum. (3) We ask that the conversations remain respectful. And for the most part, they do. Thank you all for that.
  10. Several years ago we hosted a Swiss exchange student for several months who was a Scout (Pfadi). He told us that there was a Swiss Scout summer camp in which over 150 pregnancies resulted. I thought that was a Swiss myth until he showed me the link to the newspaper article. Needless to say, the Swiss Pfadi organization made multiple changes.
  11. As referenced earlier in these postings, this statement is being released by UM conferences across the nation today. It lays out the mediation goals that the UMC ad hoc committee and others are working to achieve: The United Methodist Church has four goals to meet through the mediation process: The healing of survivors and commitment to how we will continue to work to end abuse. Our congregations and UMC leadership have and continue to make progress on ending abuse. Less than 1% of our cases occurred in the last 20 years. The other 99% occurred prior to 2000. While thi
  12. OK, I hid a couple of comments that I felt were a bit too descriptive for an open Scouting forum. While they may be historically accurate, they felt a bit uncomfortable for me. I have asked the other moderators to review my action just to make sure I am not being a prude. I am sensitive to the fact that we have readers of all ages and I would rather err on the side of being a "safe" site for readers of all ages. Which is really difficult given the nature of the topics that we deal with.
  13. klleboe welcome to the forum. There is a wealth of expertise and experience here who will be glad to assist. I think this is heart-breaking for all of us to hear and we wish for a day where all children and youth are safe. I think that the advice to consult with your attorney on the specifics of your case is wise. Also, if you have not already, consider securing the assistance of a counselor or other helping professional not only for your son but also for your family. This is a tough road to walk alone.
  14. (1) News reports of at least five dioceses distancing themselves from Scouting. The ones Cynical mentioned plus New Orleans and Portland on the upper West Coast. (2) Local rumblings among the Roman Catholic units (3) Roman Catholic committee and UMC ad hoc are obviously in close communication and coordination. Would not be surprised to see the RC group take a very similar direction A lot of moving parts ...
  15. I think the ad hoc committee believed a month ago that there would be a firm decision or direction established by September 20. As was evident from comments made yesterday, that has not happened yet. At least to the point of a public announcement. They are under a lot of pressure from area conferences and local congregations for the committee to provide an update as well as a clear direction forward. Many local congregations have recently been advised to consult with an attorney regarding chartering. And many local congregations are not waiting and are taking their own steps even i
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