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  1. That sounds a lot like the Cub Scout program I went through.... I think Tiger had just sort of become a thing then...
  2. I also came close to falling out of my chair reading that quote. A number of times on this forum, people have pointed out that BSA’s past actions have “hurt it from the right and left” — from the policies about sexual orientation and perceived prominence of Duty to God/“A Scout as Reverent” alienating more liberal audiences and the subsequent reversal of the policy on sexual orientation, admittance of women, and discussion of diversity alienating more conservative ones. In the last six months, we have demonstrations that continues. In the discussions of the Diversity and Inclusion merit
  3. The reason why I might push more now is really for the scouts who are very close and can “see the finish line” for something that they have been working on for years ... but haven’t gotten that one last merit badge or got their post-project report written and signed ... because, really, what person of any age is really excited by post project paperwork? If things fall apart and do so rapidly, that Scout having to watch the trail getting dismantled around them and losing their opportunity to get to the end would add an additional heartbreak for them on top of the heartbreak of this situa
  4. I suspect you are right for a subset, though certainly not all of them — for the same reasons others have already talked about in this thread: the narrative at the District or Council level that this was only about National, that local scouting wouldn’t be affected, etc. That was certainly what we heard at the FOS presentation right after the bankruptcy was filed. Of people I spoke with that had other daughters in Scouting, this wasn’t a topic that came up frequently or where I heard much concern when it did, I think taking what we were being told pretty much at face value. While I didn
  5. Though how to square that with the principles of Leave No Trace...
  6. 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.
  7. My daughter’s issue arrived in the mail today. It got a very positive response.
  8. 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.
  9. BAJ

    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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
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