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  1. I should post this one in the Pet Peeve thread ๐Ÿ˜œ
  2. BSA is experiencing the perfect storm... The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind fine.
  3. You have asked a question that you might not like the answer to... BSA COVID-19 FAQ ( https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/ ) says, in typical CYA fashion... Q: If meeting locations are open, can units meet or do other in-person activities? Councils make the determination, working closely with their council health supervisor and local health department, about when units can conduct in-person meetings and activities again. If the unitโ€™s local council is allowing in-person activities but has restrictions in place (e.g., no more than 10, social distancing of 6 ft. etc
  4. 5thGen, This is also a failing of the Committee that is all-too-common (lack of succession planning and training). Most people will let someone else carry the burden as long as they will...so do not feel guilty about dropping these responsibilities. It sounds as if you have been letting them know for long enough. Thanks for making the program work! Now, when you do step down, be prepared for folks to say you have done it without warning. ๐Ÿ˜œ Just smile, correct them gently, and enjoy being a parent for a while.
  5. What does that fact alone say about the organization?
  6. Our "honor campers" sleep in staff cabins and camp buildings during Ordeals. Usually only candidates and a few Elangomats sleep outdoors. Great way to set the example, huh? Our lodge fellowship weekend draw is that the youth conduct massive video game sessions well into the night. That's the only reason my son wants to go...gggrrrrr
  7. If everyone can be "elected", then there is no bestowing of honor. Nor any incentive for a Scout to change his behavior/model others so as to be worthy of selection.
  8. I call it the "self-licking ice cream cone" SLICC Our lodge does zero service projects, other than for council. And nothing for units outside of elections. They conduct inductions/ceremonies, go to conclave and NOAC, use captive labor at Ordeals to set up tents and flies/ do general maintenance for Summer Camp. Members (adult and youth) our lodge repeatedly use the phrase "sash and dash", which I decry. An Arrowman's first duty is to his unit. For our last election, they actually sent this guidance out to unit leaders..."The question of how the Scout will deal with membership
  9. "The Peter Principle is based on the logical idea that competent employees will continue to be promoted, but at some point will be promoted into positions for which they are incompetent, and they will then remain in those positions because of the fact that they do not demonstrate any further competence that would get them recognized for additional promotion. According to the Peter Principle, every position in a given hierarchy will eventually be filled by employees who are incompetent to fulfill the job duties of their respective positions."
  10. Most of the really good, conscientious, dedicated-to-the-movement professionals (DE's) I have met over the years, got disillusioned or burned out, then left. I understand this is a common thing, but have no data to back it up. What is the turnover rate for DE's?? Most (not all) of the professionals I have become acquainted with, who have advanced further, were there for themselves or the hope of future big money as an SE or some position at region/national. I think this mentality has finally borne its fruit. Two exchanges really stick in my head... My first SE, in the council
  11. Concur... I've often thought there should be a lower age limit for Eagle Scout. And there are many things for the 16 yo to do...High Adventure, Hornadays, National Medal for Outdoor Achievement, Supernova Awards (Scouts and Venturing...5 total), Congressional Award for Youth (up to Gold Medal) (although not a Scouting program), Summit, Religious Awards for particular faith...
  12. And the second pic above is a special forces unit...SEAL, Delta, Green Beret???...average age for those groups is in the 30's
  13. Eagle94, I agree that our young military personnel are having experiences which make them grow up much faster. However, after 26 years on active duty, I can tell you the 18-25 year olds do need "adult" supervision. As a squadron commander (normal first level in Air Force that has UCMJ authority) I spent a great deal of time handling legal and readiness issues for this age cohort. Drugs/DUI/crimes/security violations/domestic issues/financial problems/mental health, etc. Most "kids" entering the military are quite unprepared for the military culture. Something that would be a mino
  14. How much would any of you think this is worth?? My guess...starting bid $5 million https://trademarkangel.com/can-i-buy-someone-elses-trademark/ https://trademarkangel.com/why-is-a-trademark-watch-important/ http://licensingbsa.org/trademarks/
  15. Hmmmm... https://nycscouting.org/townhall/ https://www.syracuse.com/state/2020/05/sex-abuse-lawsuits-filed-against-3-boy-scouts-of-america-councils-in-upstate-ny.html
  16. Our Troop was just cutting the apron strings from a Family model when I joined (my son crossed over). The Scoutmaster who was leading that effort at the time recruited me... After about a year of transition from Advanced Cub Scouts to youth led/patrol method, the old guard of the committee stopped supporting his efforts and he left. One of the old guard stepped in to be SM, and tried to return to the old ways. It was a disaster. I appealed to our Commissioner and DE. The Commissioner tried to help educate the parents and Committee on what Scouting is, but it fell on deaf ears. We lost a
  17. I got the survey. But I remember nothing about Family camping...my responses were primarily in favor of opening the program to girls, and to keep it separate-gendered so as not to be a distraction for youth. I have participated in co-ed Scouting in Sweden, and boy-girl issues were always at the forefront. I have friends in Scouting organizations in Germany, Luxembourg, Canada, and Namibia...same story...intermingling the genders has some advantages for "socialization" and learning to interact, but relationships/love spats/breakups tend to be always rearing their ugly heads. I have seen the
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