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  1. This is the route that Trail Life USA took. Scouts there can be of any/no faith. Adult leaders must be Christian. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trail_Life_USA
  2. No survey here, and I routinely get them...
  3. We use Scoutbook. The PLC decides our trips and events during the Annual Planning Conference. (We have two APC's per year, so we always have a minimum of six months of activities on the books...) An adult helps the Troop Webmaster and Troop Scribe enter the events in Scoutbook (due to Scoutbook edit permissions.) For "regular" events, our planning horizon is 90 days. Prior to the 90-day clock starting, the PLC has to designate a Youth Planner for the event. The Committee tags an Adult Planner. The Youth and Adult Planner use this checklist (a bit outdated, but still useful...) t
  4. LOL, "Chief" is an English word. And there are/were tribal chiefs (chieftains) around the world in multiple countries/lands throughout history. It is not "appropriation" to use that word. The etymology is French...
  5. Agreed! I met you at Philmont some years ago when I was there at PTC getting WFA Instructor certified. (I'm sure you thousands of people 😜 ) I have about 50% of our unit currently certified in CPR/AED, and work to get/offer training to folks in our council. Have trained over 200+. Now, getting folks to dedicate time and effort to do First Aid or Wilderness First Aid training is a challenge. I've been pushing for an AED purchase for our Troop trailer, but that's a high-dollar pilferable item, so we have not gotten consensus/committee approval to purchase yet. (About 60-70% of our
  6. @RichardB I heard this recently, and it rings true, but... comments.?? "As a group, youth are more likely to be injured on Scout outings. Adults are more likely to die." LOL
  7. How about apple-smoked pork belly? Is that a suitable substitute?
  8. I'm going to ask my doctor for a prescription for damnitall. (Dam-nit-all). He loves a good quip, but has probably heard it before 😜
  9. My health suggestions are more along the lines of hygiene and first aid... - Bring some wet wipes. For after toileting, or at night prior to bed for a "bath" using a few... clean in this order: 1. Face (face, neck, ears) , 2. Front (torso and armpits), 3. Feet, 4. Fanny (groin and rear), 5. Fingers (wipe and and sanitize) After wet wipes, do the Gold Bond (use gold container = body powder, do not use blue container = foot powder with much higher menthol content. Unless you like the ICY BURN 😛 Talc dust is bad for you to breathe in, so do this outside, not in your tent!) - Bring
  10. ??? From the Declaration of Independence: "...the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them.." "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--" "We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions,..." "And for the support of this Decl
  11. OK, sister!! A correction... BSA has nothing for Buddhists, nor any other religion. Religious emblems are offered by private organizations from various faiths. When a Scout earns one, BSA recognizes the achievement with a knot. To get an award, you must contact those non-BSA organizations: https://www.scouting.org/awards/religious-awards/chart/ Scouts may earn different awards. After receiving an Award, you may get the knot to wear (in place of the award medal) from your Scout Service center. https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=religious+knot Scouts who
  12. Brother, I wholeheartedly encourage you to practice your faith as you see fit. If any Scout, Scouter, or person has a problem with it, then they are being un-Scoutlike. BTW, have you seen the Buddhist Sangha Award for youth?? (Metta for Cub Scouts...) https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/8551291/requirements-for-the-sangha-award-national-buddhist-committee- Or the Bodhi Award for adults? https://www.buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/_files/ugd/458b11_07bacc39c7714155b86c0d9075103570.pdf
  13. This is why participation is not required. Simply do not attend... no harm, no foul. If you choose to attend and you realize it is not your cup of tea, then leave. Again, if anyone ever requires participation, now we have a problem.
  14. If you were uncomfortable with the format, content, or message, it would be perfectly acceptable to leave. From time to time, I see Scout Camps offer a whole menu of worship services... Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, or the "Non-denominational" catch all. I have walked out of services before, due to matters of conscience. I do not consider it rude at all...
  15. You could contact the organizers and offer up an alternative of whatever flavor you want. If they turn you down, then you don't attend the event and report that to your SE. Become a part of the solution...
  16. I wish life were that easy. I have seen many Scouts over the years who didn't want to be there. Their parents made them. (We have a few at the moment.) Some have changed their minds over time, and some left. Parents ultimately make the decision about joining Scouting, not the youth.
  17. https://mattixdesign.com/marketing/how-to-target-multiple-audiences-and-ideal-customers
  18. Um... no. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUWJ4lZ0NgQ&ab_channel=Matt"Wags"Wagner
  19. So, if the adults are the decision-maker to sign up the kid to Little League (or Scouts), then they are certainly A target audience
  20. So, Little League websites, social posts, email blasts, electronic newsletters, "Annual Key Touchpoints", imagery, sponsoring searches, etc. etc. etc. are all aimed at the youth?? Who knew those kids were so savvy?? https://www.littleleague.org/downloads/annual-guide-marketing-assets/ If kids just wanted to play baseball, they'd go to the park, backyard, open field, sandlot, (like we did as kids) and hit the ball around.
  21. Ask. Also, you are not required to attend any of these events. If any particular camp requires you to attend some event in order to qualify for some award or recognition, you can simply go off on your own and have your own "spiritual experience" according to the tenets of your beliefs, and count that. If anyone denied that opportunity to you, I'd gladly come and side with you to oppose them. And although I'm not going down the metaphysical rabbit hole again 😜 I'll simply say your beliefs are your business. And if you believe that any value system contortions are acceptable in
  22. I do not believe you have to worry about this... For example, we have Hindus, Muslims, one Buddhist, Jews, Protestants, and Catholics (Roman and Eastern Orthodox) in our Troop. We all get along together 😜 The Scout Oath does have a phrase each Scout promises, "On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law,..." This is the first part of the Scout Oath. The 12th point of the Scout Law is, "A Scout is Reverent." At each rank milestone along his Scouting journey, your Scout will be asked to define what he believes to be his duty to G
  23. I love the idea, but how do we reach that as reality? Parents are a target audience. Without them, how would we have Scouting? Adult volunteers are a target audience. Without them, how would we have Scouting? BSA National has made itself the target audience for the dollars. Without them, we could still have Scouting 😜
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