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  1. Much of this discussion is being shaped by interpretations of why BSA National issued the statement that it did during the protests triggered by the death of Mr. Floyd. Reading that statement, I did not see any of the suggestions made in this thread that National was saying units or leaders or scouts are racist on a broad scale. What I focused on was the statement that BSA had not been sufficiently “brave” about issues surrounding race. I know that Scouting has had a complicated history regarding race issues, though it was not something that I had searched for information about before.
  2. My daughter’s issue arrived in the mail today. It got a very positive response.
  3. One of the things that surprised me on my return to Scouting was the prevalence of cooking requirements. Rank requirements, Cooking MB, cooking requirements in Camping MB. Taking numbers of requirements as a proxy for importance, it is clear that BSA believes that it is really important for scouts to be able to cook.
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    Brimmed Hat

    I bought one about a year and a half ago. Definitely a good hat. One complaint was the nice wool felt was very warm at summer camp in the hot and humid, and had to get a cooler model. But am back to wearing it for cooler weather.
  5. Our scout troop is trying to do a toy collection to feed into the Marines Toys For Tots. The thought was that because of the economic fallout of COVID there may be lots o kids not getting much of a holiday this year, and that was something the Scouts really related to.
  6. According to a New York Times article, the total number of claims is now above 82,000. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/15/us/boy-scouts-abuse-claims-bankruptcy.html
  7. Is this the case even for really small units? In our troop (still small through growing some), I’ve been very aware of critical mass effects — for example, that we don’t have enough adults to share leader load, that when we are small there’s the risk of an activity getting scheduled and then only have 1 or 2 scouts end up actually participating when the day comes, etc. I’d assumed that there would be a benefit in merging two units that were weak that way (vs. being weak in terms of putting on a bad program), but would be interested in hearing more if that hasn’t been the experience.
  8. Though I don’t tend to come to a scouting board for the politics, if this is the discussion of the hour, I would submit for balance that there were apparently calls to boycott the Girl Scouts because Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez had been a past member. Let’s at least appreciate that we have diversity in rage stoking mobs, even just in the niche market of “rage aimed at scouting organizations.” https://www.newsweek.com/ocasio-cortez-ridicules-writer-girl-scout-cookie-boycott-1355802
  9. Having gone through both recently, this is an absolutely true statement. There was some discussion of the need to stand back and the need to let scouts fail/failure as a teacher, but that was a small part among a large swath of other material. One person in my WB class mentioned that they’d taken back the lesson and in the weeks between weekend 1 and 2 gone from being a mostly adult led troop to a youth led one, because the amount of information provided, so that is evidence of “success” for extreme cases. But I really think @ynot hits the crux of it: Failure of the scouts to succes
  10. Does anyone have any inside insight into what this means? I have a Scout who is a couple weeks away from starting to plan her Eagle project, which she wanted to be Hornaday eligible as well.
  11. Sure was in my experience. I took the online scoutmaster position specific training quickly (since I was coming back to Scouting from a long absence) and there were parts of it that were the worst virtual training I had ever experienced. Our leadership in our troop still jokes about the module on the structure of a troop committee meeting. Long time scouter suggested I do the in person if I had the time because the person teaching it was awesome. I did and am really glad I did. Definitely validates that in person can be much much better than the online “(not really) equivalent.”
  12. Prepping food individually is definitely an option (@Treflienne mentioned their troop is doing that in my thread about my project, and some other troops in my area are doing it as well) though it is logistically complicated. Agree on “just add hot water” options, though there would still be a need to make sure one person was doing the pouring to avoid everyone touching the same pouring container getting their own water. Our troop definitely settled on the foil meals option early. We didn’t do it scout by scout bringing theirs from home since we still wanted to try to do something as
  13. I am so sorry that it wasn’t a good experience for you. I feel bad now for the cheerleading that I did before you headed out. While I wasn’t always having fun and did periodically roll my eyes at portions of the proceedings, I did find the overall experience a positive one (though having gone through both weekends now, I felt like I got more out of Weekend 1 than Weekend 2). It also sounds like I had the benefit both of a patrol that clicked (to the point that some of them were rolling their eyes at the same time I was) and also a much better staffed/run effort. Our troop guide was e
  14. As part of my Wood Badge ticket, I am trying to build some resources to help troops continue Scout-led activities while still managing COVID-19 risk in a way that works for them and their participating families. The first is a resource on reducing COVID-19 infection risk in camping (I will post my query about the second in a few days to cut the length of this post). What I am building is a menu of different ways to minimize infection risk during camping activities, starting from the guidance provided by National (mainly the Restarting Scouting Checklist) but providing many more options t
  15. Two of my five patrol mates had something similar to hold a good chunk of their gear. :) If you’d been in my patrol you’d have fit right in and I would have been the outlier with my avalanche of separate totes, backpacks, tent, etc. etc. etc.
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