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    60+ male , eagle scout, Oa ,LNT master trainer, Paramedic and respiratory therapist

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  1. I agree gave over $5000 dollars in in kind gift to my camp over the last year or so i will never give cash to the council no control on how it is spend?
  2. I can see how they had a major cow over that , they feel any thing done in the name of scouting belongs to them. I have seen this before when troops would get donations form bigger chains then the chains would tells friend of scouting campaigns that they have already given there allotment to scouts (troops). I would be interested to see how this plays off next year.as the Troop did not solicit solute the company ,but only benefited from a company worker policy. PS about how much are we talking here? john
  3. Some how maybe i am missing something here . its not whether scouting is better or worse than other groups. It comes down because of the actions or inaction or a mixture of the two , people where hurt some totally destroyed. Not even to add in the lives around them that were changed for ever. I wish we had a better system to right wrongs but this is the best we have. I hope and pray that out of this scouting is better and all youth programs are better at protecting the youth under there charge.
  4. My view is that I am greatly sadden by the events and actions of the past, I have no idea where scouting will be in the next five years . My greatest and only concerns is is for the youth here today. Ps looks like i am in good company, Its nice to hear
  5. Got to be careful I got told that i use to much of the councils time having to deals with my safety concerns and youth management issues and i have been banded from any activities outside of my unit. john
  6. WOW, that a powerful video. If it gets picked nationally scouting recovery may be in question. Surely do not want any of my kids or anyone elses at risk. John
  7. Try to get the professionals and the upper level volunteers to follow he BSA rules is hard enough. My most scary answer i am given often is is no one has been hurt. . My reply is YET.
  8. Bad choice as this makes the signers at risk for any claims (any cause). I would never ask any one to be willing to place their home at risk for scouting.
  9. i would be happy if all levels of BSA would follow their own rules. Tired of trying to tell professional and upper level volunteers what scouting rules and policies are. Was told told by a long term DE that they did not know all the rules covered in the guide to safe scouting. Not sure how they are to able to over see events . completed short term camp administrator program when it came out . It just made me very afraid of what had been going on in the past based on some of the rules.
  10. my question where was the camp ranger during this event ? He is high on the command change as to camp safety
  11. just some photo from a near strike at our outdoor skills shelter , no scouts there at the time .
  12. Eagle94 if your council has a policy of pulling scout in during storm which it does and they did not it ,It is child endangerment. Legal reporting is not an option its most likely the law . Check with child protective services not The SE will most likely will attempt to down play it.
  13. A near miss report that one that I have not hear of in scouting circles. (needs it badly)All other risk prone outdoor groups i work with at least require it. To be of value it needs to be open to the group to analyze and learn from and hopefully take preventive corrective actions. Not a likely event in scouting. I go agree that the dinner hall is normally one of the better places to go for lighting. But if your dinner hall is like the ones i have seen it all glass so any wind born debris would make it a killing zone. Be careful with the feedback been told that i am taking up to much of
  14. Let me look at this a little differently. Yes, you are right at any level above the unit level. Scouting cannot favor one faith over another. But the unit is wholly owned by the chartering organization and can set whatever faith rules they want as no one is required to join that troop. I have seen CO require that the scout leadership either be members of that church or sign that they agree with the teaching of that church. I have seen groups require some level of a statement of faith. The LDS church was the best example of that. The church picked the leadership and made all the rules of m
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