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  1. Same here...we have still been camping and doing day trips. We rechartered 41. Lost only one due to COVID issues affecting participation. We did an historic trail hike just before Christmas, and we are camping next weekend...winter camping!! Sweet!!
  2. Agreed, SPL (and therefore ASPLs?) is prob only one to hear of this before the Annual Planning Conference. I simply tell our SPLs that JTE are a set of guidelines (not requirements) which help us design a quality program for our Scouts. Leave it at that...no metrics, no numbers, no percentages We have distilled it down to these planning guidelines ... 1. Plan a camping trip for every month of the year. July is a week long Summer Camp. August is high adventure week. (or you can swap those) (If we have one Scout sign up for any event, we will go. We have had a camping trip w
  3. No, and that is @elitts point, as I see it. It results in a disadvantage to people in an economic stratum, and is, therefore, not racism.
  4. Yes, these are effectively the impact of economic policies. That it affects anyone negatively, I believe, was never the intent. I'm with you...build a better mousetrap, but don't call it racism.
  5. Just spoke with our District Advancement guy... It's news to him...no announcements through any Advancement channels, and he is well-plugged-in. He is digesting the new form now. His position is, until National or council makes a formal announcement, continue to use the older workbook if you have started with that. Also, since our workbooks do not leave the district, if a Scout has already started with the older version, they may continue with it, unless there is a strict policy prohibition issued.
  6. I don't ever see the url in the editor. When I copy the url from a browser window, and paste it into the editor, it places the video there, with no opportunity to edit the address pasted in. I'll play with it and see if I can make it work.
  7. "All you need is to like kids." to have a camping club, or Webelos III. Sad that so many missed out on the real treasure...
  8. @MattR, thanks...sorry, but I do not know how to do that. I just copy the URL and when I paste it in the post, the whole video pops in there... Tips or instructions??
  9. Hey, I know some Troops like that around here! xp Sad, and thanks for giving us that picture of how badly things can be run...
  10. To reach 50% female, I believe they will have to significantly alter the program, or create a different program for females. There are physical and psychological differences between the genders. Adequate research exists to substantiate this. Males and females are built, plumbed, and wired differently. They have different affinities. The more egalitarian a society becomes, the more pronounced these differences become. Awesome debate with Steven Pinker and Elizabeth Spelke @ Harvard University... A good mind chew... [the youtube video can be found at www.youtube.com/w
  11. Alrighty, Scouters... Here's what your Scouts are learning in NYLT, and what your military officers learn as well... Aspirations are your "Vision" of who you want to be...the destination. Goals (steps you will take to reach your vision... the path you will take to your vision) must be SMART. Specific - you have to understand what the goal is, and why it is important. Measurable - you have to know when you have reached it Attainable - something you can actually reach (here is where the 50% females mark fails) Relevant - they must pertain to your mission / purp
  12. But, to be honest, I don't think mine finished until I was 35 My wife agrees.
  13. And what is the prefrontal cortex for, insofar as we know? Focusing one’s attention Predicting the consequences of one’s actions; anticipating events in the environment Impulse control; managing emotional reactions Planning for the future Coordinating and adjusting complex behaviors (“I can’t do A until B happens”) https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/prefrontal-cortex "Experience plays a role in the development of the prefrontal cortex. Teens exposed to a variety of stimuli and challenges may “mature” more quickly. However, most neurologi
  14. @CynicalScouter, to be clear, my comment before about risk and ORM, relating to adults and anxiety were my keying in on something you may not have meant overtly... Constant supervision... I contend that Scouts do not, and should not be constantly supervised. The camp I referred to earlier had stated that Scouts should never be out of sight of adults. This was what our PLC took issue with (and I agree.) This is what I meant about risk assessment and youth anxiety. They need to be allowed to be out of sight, with some freedom and a little risk, or else they will not grow.
  15. I miss the days when we could send out patrols on their own.
  16. "Not sure how you are able to get around that."? Ummm...never said we did...and we don't. If a campground requires more, we comply, or find a place that doesn't require it, at the level we are comfortable with. Again, you use the word "resentment." I have no resentment for those CO's or units that want to self-impose additional restrictions. As I said before...fill your boots It is common sense to me to evaluate the risks and take precautions where necessary. If I think 2 adults can handle the task, then that is what we go with.
  17. @walk in the woods, Awesome reference, thanks... Overall about one third females... You'd think BSA might use that as a more "realistic" goal.
  18. @TAHAWK, Sorry, don't know how to drag your comments over to here... I do like the metrics they have, but I agree that JTE should be modified, and think that it is a bit off the mark... Never said there wasn't room for improvement And, there is some Patrol measurement there... Maybe focus on that one...how would you improve it? I'd remove that last part about Youth Training and make that a separate section all together.
  19. Nope...didn't imply any of that...maybe I'm not understanding you... You said your CO requires additional adults. Fine. Our CO does not. BSA does not. I am comfortable with 30 Scouts and 2 adults in some situations. I think the max I have ever had with one other adult is about forty. That included Scouts of all age ranges. The older Scouts provided the leadership and program. We were there for health and safety. I have no resentment toward additional adults or "adequate adult supervision". Please don't ascribe sentiments to me that I did not state. I have never excluded add
  20. Systemic racism holds that our societal and governmental structures are all synergistically designed to be racist. (But you will find other varying definitions, which is why putting this term in a merit badge is bad news right now. ) It is still a "neologism." Here's an opinion piece (some of which I disagree with, btw) from USA Today recently https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/09/23/systemic-racism-how-really-define-column/5845788002/ For example, saying that our all our schools, language, justice system, etc. is racist...combined in toto. That is, our whole societa
  21. Yes, I saw that study...and the results were horrible. But that is not systemic racism. It does show pervasive racism, which I would agree exists. But you have to identify those companies, call them out, fire the interview screeners who did it. Sue them for violating your civil (human) rights for triple the damages...hit em where it hurts. Also, you might want to clarify...this study identified several different types of ethnic sounding names that generated fewer call backs. It was not just about African Americans.
  22. I do like most of the JTE metrics...whoever designed those put some thought into it... Wait...hold that thought...I'd better go review the new JTE stuff to re-confirm
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