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Posts posted by InquisitiveScouter

  1. 4 minutes ago, scoutldr said:

    Just to clear up any misconceptions...the religious awards are NOT BSA awards and it is not a BSA program.  The award should be earned through the scout's religious leader and awarded by the church.  It is one of the few non-BSA awards that the BSA allows to be worn on the uniform. (Medal OR square knot, not both).



    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/."

  2. 9 minutes ago, 5thGenTexan said:

    Cub Scout through Methodist Church

    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


    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 Award Knot (if this is the Scout's first award), also previously mentioned.  This is most appropriately presented by the unit, and (most appropriately) after the medal above is presented.  A Scout may wear this knot on his uniform forevermore.  Yes, even as an adult ;)

    If this is the Scout's second or subsequent religious award, then the unit should purchase an appropriate "gold device" to wear on the knot.

    From the Guide to Awards and Insignia

    "Any combination of miniature devices may be worn on the same Youth Religious Award knot: Cub Scout, No. 604950; Webelos Scout, No. 932; Scout, No. 927; Venturer, No. 930; Sea Scout, No. 931."


    Here is a the Cub Scout pin device, $2.99


    You can search any of the device numbers above on scoutshop.org to see what is needed.

  3. 1 hour ago, 5thGenTexan said:

    I am in my 5th year and this is the first time someone has earned the Religious Emblem.

    How do we go about the actual award?  Does the parent pick it up?  Does the Unit pick it up?

    I know we will acknowledge it at a meeting, but just not sure of the logistic side of it.

    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.

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  4. 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


    That depends on your unit policies for purchase of awards...

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  5. 5 minutes ago, Eagle94-A1 said:

    Is this being recorded for those of us at work and cannot watch? Not that I do not trust the commentary you folks provide, but I'd rather hear it from the horse's mouth. Plus add my own. One thing I am getting is: WOW!?!?!?!

    Yes, recorded...you can watch later...it's just over an hour long.


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  6. 1 minute ago, CynicalScouter said:

    I said earlier, my pure tinfoil hat theory is that this was timed to hit right when the bankruptcy ballots were getting into the mailboxes of the victims to vote no.

    It could be pure coincidence. But there's a cynical part of me (get it, ha!) that says this press conference timing was not a coincidence and is timed to have maximum effect on the vote.

    So yes, literally an October Surprise.

    Here's a really tinfoil hat idea: CynicalScouter = Kosnoff

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  7. 2 minutes ago, CynicalScouter said:

    If there are emails or documents showing or suggesting that BSA is actively engaged in not doing enough, that's on thing.

    Hmmm...It was MJ who tried to skewer me in an email back in 2019 when I pointed out 1) widespread confusion with and implementation of the 72-hour policy, 2) inconsistency in application of the "registered leader" policy, and 3) incoherence of a 2-deep policy that did not extend to MB Counselors.

    He cc'ed my SE on the return email, and my SE subsequently removed me from all District and Council positions to try to silence me.  The SE said he did so under the guise of addressing my outspoken efforts to drive transparency in council finances...  Of course, he retained me as one of his useful idiots as we have one of the best unit level programs in the council.

    Wonder if those emails will be in the mix 😜

    This is like an election year "October Surprise."

    And I feel guilty for having a certain sense of schadenfreude.

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  8. 14 hours ago, HelpfulTracks said:

    No it is not. But the current scouts are absolutely part of the equation in terms of how the final settlements are made.

    For me that is absolutely part of the equation. 

    When I think on this, I can honestly say we don't really need our local council.  Everything they provide us could be done (and in most cases, actually already is being provided) through National functions (policy, materials (books and uniforms), standardized training) and local volunteers (local training courses and events).

    Could anyone else here live without their local council?  With the technologies we have now, could they go away without a great deal of impact to Scouting?  I think so....and so, BSA toggle?


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  9. So, I am curious... does anyone here think the offer is fair? (I do not...)

    Do you believe the LC's can put up more than they have? (I believe they are short of what they could "comfortably" do, and that they should be giving an "uncomfortable" amount.)

    Understand this would be nothing but your opinion, because the spectrum of LC finances is wide...

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  10. 15 minutes ago, qwazse said:

    Specifically, the troop can send a letter to the leader’s COR and IH advising them that, with regard to the advancement of a scout in your troop, this leader broke trust.

    Regarding publicity, the troop could write a letter to the editor of the newspaper that this scout claimed an award under false pretense.

    You'd have to be careful with this... slander/libel territory

  11. 58 minutes ago, SSScout said:

    Please note the Penn requirement includes any adult , anywhere,  (see time defined), school volunteer, school bus driver, sunday school,  parish priest, Scout leader from Nevada staying at a Gettysburg campground  for more than (?) 2 days, etc. 


    The PA requirement (for those that delved into the link) is actually three background checks:  1) A PA State Police Criminal Record Check, 2) A PA Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Check, and EITHER 3A) An FBI Background Check with Fingerprint Record OR 3B) IF you have been a PA resident for 10 years, a sworn affidavit of not having been convicted of a whole list of child abuse related crimes.

    There is no cost to volunteers for these checks, except in the case of 3A, the FBI Fingerprint check.

    My question is, if PA requires the volunteer to obtain these clearances, do the councils in PA do any further background checks?


    Post Script...

    Did a news search...of course a law is really only good if it is followed and enforced:


  12. 12 hours ago, Wondering said:

    I am currently a unit level volunteer and handles troop registrations and memberships.  I am also a merit badge counselor.  I am happy with these "jobs" but I find myself getting frustrated at times when I see that a lot of people around me don't do the "job" they are supposed to do.


    Get to know your local registrar by name...talk with them often ;)  You both can save each other a lot of frustration!

    As far as other people not doing the job they are supposed to do (or have agreed to do), this usually stems from ignorance about what their actual tasks are, then a lack of knowledge on how to do them, then from fear of being found out that they don't actually know what they are supposed to do or how to do it.  It usually is not a result of laziness or lack of diligence.  This is where a good Committee Chair comes in, with a detailed list of expectations and tasks for a position.


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  13. 9 hours ago, SiouxRanger said:

    Reminds me of a Robert Heinlein quote, the last line of which is:

    "Specialization is for insects."


    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

    Love that quote...I still need to learn how to set a bone ;)  Of course, my computer programming skills have perished, too,  since college with BASIC, COBOL, and Pascal...dang I'm old...

  14. No one at National will touch this...

    And since you said it was a couple of years ago, no one else will touch it either.

    Here is the sad truth:  it is EASY to lie, cheat, and steal your way to an Eagle rank badge (and certificate).  I see it happen on numerous occasions.  One of the biggest dirty secrets in Scouting is the sham of a merit badge program most summer camps put on. 

    But, ultimately, what we hope for is that the values we seek to instill will take root and grow into a way of conducting your life.  For example, when a Scout asked me to be his Eagle Project Coach, I was looking over his record and asked him about his Hiking Merit Badge..."So, tell me about your 20 mile hike in one day...was it difficult?"  He replied he had not done a 20 mile hike, and that the counselor (a lawyer in our community, council board member, and fellow "Eagle Scout") had signed him off on it because of hikes they did over a few days on a trek.  I told him that, in that case, he had not earned his Hiking Merit Badge, and asked him what he thought he should do about it.  "I'm gonna hike 20 miles" was his reply.  When he had done it, he came back to me and said it was one of the biggest physical challenges he had in Scouting, and he felt proud of the accomplishment.  He is an adult now, and still very active with our Troop as an ASM.  I tell him this was actually a bigger ethical challenge than a physical one, and he passed it superbly.  This young man IS AN EAGLE SCOUT.

    My suggestion is to let it go.  You will see it again.  Simply speak the truth when you do, and follow @MattR 's advice above.

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