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  1. Yes, I'd like to see the average age of the youth abuser, and the average age of the youth abused. Those ages would give us a clearer picture of the problem.
  2. elitts, thanks...I had exhausted my supply of pearls
  3. +1 I believe the "regimental system" would be ideal. That is, a patrol exists in perpetuity. A Scout grows up in one patrol, and is always a member of that patrol. As new Scouts join the Troop, they are assigned to patrols as manning needs, based on those who have left or "graduated" It would be awesome if you had a "Sorting Hat" https://harrypotter.fandom.com/wiki/Sorting_Hat to determine which patrol a Scout should go into. Alas, we mere mortals must do what we can. I think random selection is probably best. The ideal patrol is 5 to 8 Scouts. Above six, and they natural
  4. I would push it further and say it is mostly mental/psychological (rather than "as much") We have some 12 year olds that do just fine. We have some 14 year olds that still have significant challenges with anxiety and homesickness. I have already excluded two 14 year olds from our upcoming trek that have not demonstrated the level of maturity I want. (Yes, I said "I want", because I will be responsible for them in the wilderness. )
  5. On the trips I lead, I put in the remarks, "Must be 14 by the start date, or with adult leader approval." I have made a few errors in judgment over the years in opening trips to all ages, only to wind up dealing with problems caused by immaturity or lack of physical ability to do the trip. (not my own immaturity or inability...for those of you who want to swing at that softball... 😜 )
  6. Even with an aggressive and skill intensive program, in which we provide huge amounts of opportunity, it takes new Scouts on average about two years to get to First Class. That is, actually doing the requirements as written, without them being spoon-fed by adults. (Fitness requirements, for example.) If a Scout focuses and learns by her own ambition and initiative, First Class can be done in about 90 days, which is the minimum time. (This is for the ones who join later, like the 15/16 year olds.)
  7. Great question! In reality, they weren't. That is, you can organize your Troop any way you wish, and if you want to have an older group called the Venture Patrol, then go for it. Here's a website with some more details... http://www.seniorscoutinghistory.org/seniorscoutsite/venture.html Programmatically, who knows why the BSA moved away from this? The old heads here (like me) remember the Leadership Corps, which was essentially the same thing. http://www.seniorscoutinghistory.org/seniorscoutsite/leadershipcorps.html The REALLY old heads will remember Rovers, Emergency Servic
  8. We 'make it work' by using Troop Guides during the first six months and a lot of adult skill instruction during the first year. I wish we didn't have to 'make it work.' Our reality is that, around 16, our Scouts move on to other things. Venturing, OA, jobs, girls, cars, hanging with friends, school clubs, music, sports, martial arts, etc, etc. Loyalty to an institution is not part of our wider cultural mindset any more. In general, there is more of a narcissistic "What's in it for me?" attitude, and the belief that you must be involved in all those other activities in order to co
  9. Our fire position is responsible for stove set up and getting an adult to check, charcoal prep if we are Dutch oven cooking, and firewood gathering/prep/lighting. There must always be enough tinder/kindling/fuel on hand for the next fire. At the end of the trip, we leave it for the next group.
  10. You are mixing apples and oranges... The article is referencing physical assaults, not fatalities. Would you agree one is worse than the other? (Just to be clear, a fatality is worse than an assault, in my book.) And DWB is 45K people from around the planet. Can we limit our discussions to folks in the US as our target population? If so, there are 22.3M healthcare workers in the US. Even if I allow you the courtesy of saying all 45K were from the US, they are still only 0.2% of the entire healthcare workforce. Obviously, far less than that fits the bill... https://www.cens
  11. Depends on how you define "risk" I suppose....for infection? Sure. For fatalities? No way... https://www.facilities.udel.edu/safety/4689/
  12. So being male disqualifies them? How sexist of you! I hope the moderators take note of your discriminatory comments and take the action against you that you prescribe as you twisted others words to match your own biases and angst. And Dr. Barber and Dr. Peterson are more studied in their fields than, I assume, you are. Unless you care to reveal your academic credentials or put up the research and experience of others. ???? Gobbledygook The only opinions talked about there are Google's... However, there are upwards of forty citations to scientific research made in his m
  13. Please view a few of the videos I posted, which discuss the science behind the gender differences, and I'll be glad to engage further...
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEDuVF7kiPU&ab_channel=JordanBPeterson @yknot, it seems you are twisting @Eagle1993 's words a bit.
  15. https://jenikaplan.medium.com/the-great-girl-scout-cookie-scam-b024ffad6e1b
  16. We do not let youth design the program of Scouting. I'll refer you to the aims and methods...
  17. Scouting can certainly provide an equality of opportunity for males and females. The program, as currently written, is essentially gender-blind. And I concur wholeheartedly that all should be given the opportunity. However, you can never achieve equality of outcomes in any field of endeavor. Outcomes are based on opportunities, individual talents, desires, attitudes, behaviors, and probably a few other things I cannot think of at the moment. I would posit that mixing genders within Scouting changes the outcomes negatively for males. Or, maybe a better way to say that is, you get
  18. Agreed, but Scouting is more than just the activities.
  19. OK, if you are involved with this, recommend: 1. address discrepancy between rquirement #1 (15 miles), and the statement at the end requiring only 10 miles. 2. be consistent in naming convention...use the name "Erie Canal Trail Medal" (ECTM) throughout. Avoid "Historic Trail Medal" references, as this could be confused with the BSA Historic Trails Award https://www.scouting.org/awards/awards-central/historic-trails/ (which the ECTM could be used to obtain) Best wishes
  20. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-human-beast/202001/why-women-and-men-still-take-different-jobs
  21. Is the "Historic Trails Medal" something different than the "Erie Canal Trail Medal"??
  22. Welcome! When I was on exchange to the Canadian Forces, and stationed in Ottawa, we would drive down to many Longhouse Council events around the Ogdensburg/Watertown area. Welcome!
  23. Although I support female youth in Scouting, the answer to your question is that we are wired differently, and there is some benefit in single gender programming.
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