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  1. We were discussing the possibility of Chapter 7. If that happens, what would we do at the unit level? The desire, at least on our part, is to continue scouting as a church sponsored youth group. Program would be pretty much the same, minus advancement and uniforms. The current question we are looking into is cost of insurance coverage should we forge ahead sans BSA...
  2. My SE did take adverse action...removed me from all council and district positions...and never had the courtesy to let me know...had to hear it from other volunteers when they were submitting rosters for training staffs and renewing district/council positions.
  3. Whenever I ask for financials, I always get the "Why do you want to know?" To me, that is the first sign someone is hiding something. I even got this when I asked for IRS 990s. At least for the IRS 990s, I wrote back, "Because the law says you have to provide them."
  4. Went to Roundtable last night and spoke with some in our district who are usually well-informed and whose opinions I seek when dealing with issues. (There is a group of five, specifically, that I seek counsel with.) None of them knew who Michael Johnson was, nor knew of the presser. (This surprised me.) None of them knew the latest plan was out for a vote. Only one knew how much our council contribution was to the fund. All were surprised to learn the former Director of YP would say that BSA is unsafe. All understood my heartache over the issue and my wrestling with th
  5. Yes, they do. Upon any accusation, the leader is supposed to be automatically removed. I have seen this in writing somewhere, but cannot find the source just now...
  6. Zero child abuse is the goal... "Zero tolerance" is not, because EVERY case is different. Some are clear cut. Others are not. Those that are not require dialog amongst unit leaders, parents, SE (currently), and then law enforcement and courts to find a way through the quagmire.
  7. I think it just means knowing which building is the shower house...at least that's what it seems to be for our Scouts. We incentivize the behavior we want...take a shower on Wednesday, get an ice cream! And yes, for some we have to define "shower"... but never "ice cream"
  8. Our COR has a Scout in the Troop, and camps with us regularly...is on the Board of the Church...very involved guy, and really makes the CO-Troop relationship strong - best I have seen in 35+ years of Scouting...
  9. And the State Police Check and Child Abuse check are free...the FBI fingerprint check is about $25. If you are a PA resident for 10 years, you turn in an affidavit of such and that you have not been convicted of a list of child abuse charges...
  10. No, not locked in concrete. A council could always give more of their own volition...but they won't. And even if they did, it would probably only be used to reduce the share of the other councils. What's the current total to LC's...$600M?
  11. Hoping (against hope) and working for change at our level... For example, at the local unit level (the only place I have most influence), we have implemented more stringent YPT measures. #1, ANY adult who wants to camp with us has to have background checks done. #2, a personal promise from me to every adult on an outing that, if they harm one of the kids under my care, I will risk prison for murder or attempted murder. #3, encouraging as many registered adults as possible to attend, not only to better supervise the younger Scouts, but to be able to provide the older ones t
  12. So, having slept on it... Does Johnson's presser yesterday affect anyone's thoughts on remaining affiliated with BSA until more of these changes are manifested? Over the years, I have become more aware of how the BSA "professional" side operates, and have grown more and more uncomfortable with their modus operandi. Johnson's revelations yesterday only confirmed my interpretations of negative experiences accumulated. I think my frog may be boiled, and, as we are nearing recharter time, I'm wondering if the thing to do is to decline renewing my BSA membership... Anyone else
  13. Oh no!! I make a new one every day, as every authentic tinfoil hat wearer knows to do...the aluminum loses potency throughout the day as it wards off the toxic energy and thought control waves. I use heavy duty...but I do recycle!
  14. DM'ed you with the story... I'm not comfortable pushing his name out publicly, as he is exonerated.
  15. I know a man who was convicted (wrongfully) of murder, later exonerated and released, who petitioned BSA to be removed from IVF. The answer was "No." Image before ethics.
  16. No misconceptions... is says that clearly in the G2AI link above... "Religious emblems are not considered Scouting awards. Instead they are earned by members and then presented to them by their religious leaders. Each faith has its own requirements for earning their respective emblems. A list of the emblems and more information about the programs can be found at www.scouting.org/ awards/religious-awards/."
  17. I think it gives more ammunition to the forces that think Chapter 7 is the right way to go. Dissolve the organization and start over.
  18. OK, so there are actually two "awards" here. First is the "medal" based on the grade-appropriate program the Cub Scout completed. Jesus and Me - K-1 God and Me - 2-3 or God and Family - 4-6 https://store.praypub.org/ Again, someone has to purchase that medal (and/or a handsome patch). Each of those medals is $12.50 plus shipping, etc. As stated, this is most approriately done by the Scout's place of worship, but I recommend you call the parents and/or pastor, and/or mentor to coordinate and find out what's the what. Second, there is the Youth Religious Awa
  19. And that's probably why they never hired someone from outside the organization...
  20. As far as recognizing the award, that is most appropriately done at that Scout's place of worship. But, that is up to the Scout. Ask them how and where they want it presented.
  21. BSA does not sell the awards...and it depends on the award. Most Christian awards are available at https://www.praypub.org/ You may have to establish an account there to purchase. Some religious organizations may order them as well. Which award is it, may I ask?? You can get the religious emblem knot at your Scout store, though... item 5007, for $1.99 https://www.scoutshop.org/youth-religious-award-knot-5007.html That depends on your unit policies for purchase of awards...
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