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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. Yes, recorded...you can watch later...it's just over an hour long. https://www.andersonadvocates.com/boy-scouts-of-america-is-not-a-safe-place-for-children-today-congress-must-take-immediate-action/
  4. "I'm fed up with people in that organization telling me what to say, where to say it, and what to believe." Ouch
  5. Not really...we do this, for overnighters. Wanna camp out with us? Gotta have a background check...
  6. Done Wonder if MJ gave National a heads up...so they could prepare for the potential excrement storm?? P.S. OOO Reply from SE
  7. 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 usefu
  8. 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?
  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...
  10. @SSScout, 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
  11. Welcome!! 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
  12. 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...
  13. meh...been to one, and not going to another. Recommend a National Leadership Seminar (NLS) over a NOAC, if you (and he) have not yet attended one... https://oa-bsa.org/training/national-leadership-seminar-nls
  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 wa
  15. You can set the example by getting (if you don't already have one) your own Scout Handbook, reading it, and practicing the skills and knowledge in it. This helps you understand what the Scouts are going through as well... Go to the source...
  16. Correct, on paper and in theory, but that is not how it is playing out in reality in many cases. I think that is what @mrjohns2was referring to. Esse quam videri
  17. Welcome! Is there a female over 21 who is willing to sign up with the G-troop??
  18. She has to say that...whether the facts are otherwise or not. Notice, no stats or raw numbers in the article...
  19. This^^^ The only reasons we cancel trips is if the roads are treacherous (ice storms) or we have a hurricane blow through There have been many times we have changed destination at the last moment and camped in the field behind our church.
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