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Everything posted by CalicoPenn

  1. Seems the consensus is to drop the non-active merit badges in favor of more outdoor/activity oriented merit badges. I thought about it in terms of the mission of the BSA: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. I don't see anything in the mission of the Boy Scouts of America or in the Scout Oath and Law about Scouts becoming better outdoorsmen. Its all about making ethical and moral choices. Its about, as the DRP puts it, becoming the best
  2. The only one saying you no longer have a home in the BSA is you. It's your choice - not anyone else's.
  3. Do you really want to be pedantic about "requirements". Fine - there are service project hours required of younger scouts and those service projects may require the use of wagons and wheelbarrows to complete. As for risks present for younger scouts in the use of wheelbarrows or wagons? None that I can think of for wagons, something young boys AND girls use outside of scouting all the time. For wheelbarrows? As long as they are working with wheelbarrows of an appropriate size and are not trying to steer a wheelbarrow up or down a ramp into a truck or building, the only real risk is tha
  4. Thanks for answering in the spirit in which the question was asked - I wasn't trying to make some backhanded comment - I truly was curious - and correct me if I'm wrong but it seems your answer can boil down to you dislike the hypocrisy inherent in the 3 act story. I'm not a big fan of these type of conversion stories either - from any political/religious/etc. side. You're absolutely right - they are so cliched.
  5. Just curious - do you hold the same disdainful opinion about the "3-act story" when its a conversion from sinner to righteousness? Is "I was a sinner and hellraiser until I met a preacher who enlightened me on the glory of Our Lord, Jesus Christ and now I am a deacon of my church" any different from the 3-act story you seem to mock?
  6. I would never cancel a scheduled campout for a fundraiser.
  7. You mention that the Committee is frustrated - is there perhaps someone on the committee willing to step up to the plate and take on the role?
  8. I hope you didn't use Coleman fuel to clean up the splatter on the tents - that's a sure fire way to destroy all water resistance in that area of the tenant.
  9. You are still confusing sex with gender. Everything you've mentioned is about the sex of a person (and humans have been able to surgically change someone's sex for decades - we won't even get in to the animals that are able to change their sex to fit conditions).
  10. You are not born in to a gender. You are born in to a sex. Gender is how one expresses themselves - and yes, it's as much a choice as choosing one's religion. It's just a lot more uncommon to choose to express a gender that is opposite of one's sex. So liberals need to start treating people like human beings? How is treating someone the way they want to be treated not treating people like human beings? It's not liberals separating children from their parents and putting them in to internment camps on our southern border.
  11. Gender is a social and cultural construct - not biological (its a common error to use gender when what one really means is sex). Since gender is not biological, it is very fluid - both on an individual level and on a societal level. Why would it be a bad thing to use language that does not reflect a gender bias in school? Is it really that difficult for people to say "firefighter" instead of "fireman" or "police officer" instead of "policeman" or "flight attendant" instead of "stewardess"? As for "the fact that the BSA now holds that a child can participate in Scouting as whichev
  12. You're right - its not the online version that I was looking at - it's the print version which says this: Adult Supervision Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader over 21 in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader over 21 must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided. All adults accompanying
  13. That's not the actual G2SS that you're quoting - it's a summary put out by National. The actual G2SS does not contain the "effective October 1, 2018) language - and that's the version that BSA legal counsel will use if anything happens that they need to defend the BSA over.
  14. (Resetting the trip line - and adding pink warning tape to it) COH's held four times a year. Rank patches are handed out at the next meeting after a BOR (yes, that means someone has to go to the Scout Shop that week). The rank cards and parent pins (used to be "mother's pin - now we give one to each parent) are handed out at COH. Merit badges are handed out at COH - but the SPL (not the Scoutmaster) announces at the end of every meeting who has earned a merit badge that week (if any). POR patches are presented at the Spring and Fall COH - but we also use the COH as the start o
  15. Just a quick note - this is already effective - no waiting until October. The Guide to Safe Scouting is updated online quarterly and this sentence (without the effective date modifier) is already in there.
  16. Only if you were planning to bring along any Scouting youth.
  17. This is not a complete sentence - it is missing the part that says "with all Scouting youth." The actual sentence reads: "Registered leaders must follow these guideline with a Scouting youth outside of Scouting activities".
  18. Just as an aside - the DRP was created in the first decade of the BSA (which is why it's in the Bylaws and not the Charter) and it appears that James West was a primary reason for it - but not in the way that the above implies. The DRP was created to assuage the Catholic Church which was worried that because the BSA was closely tied to the YMCA at the start that the BSA would become a Protestant organization under James West and not be open to Catholics, not because James West wanted it. Another aside, since it was mentioned - the BSA stated back in 1920 that Buddhism was compatible with
  19. I think you put in to words exactly why people think Mike Rowe would be a good person to head up the BSA - he gives the impression that he's interested in getting the job done so that's how people think about him. The thing is, no one really knows what he is like in the real world. Mike Rowe has a degree in communications - he is essentially a journalist. Mike Rowe's claim to fame is a character he has created named Mike Rowe who starred in a "realty show" doing "dirty jobs". We didn't get to see the behind the scenes stuff where everything is set up for Mike Rowe the person to exit hi
  20. My apologies to the fine folks in the UK - I meant to say that Bear Grylls job is to sell Scouting to Boys AND Girls in the UK.
  21. Want to know whose job it is to keep the program grounded and cool? Not the executives at the BSA Corporate. Not the members of the Board or Executive Board. Not some figurehead like a Bear Grylls (and lets be very honest here - Bear Grylls is in that role for one purpose - and one purpose only - marketing - to sell the Boy Scouts to boys and their parents in the UK). Every volunteer Scouter should look in the mirror if they want to know who is responsible for keeping the program grounded and cool. When it comes right down to it, the Scouts in your units aren't looking at Surbaugh - m
  22. The BSA already trains adult leaders in the Patrol Method - its part of the Scoutmaster-specific training. The expectation is that Scoutmasters will learn this, that ASM's will learn this - and that they will bring it back to the units, and implement it. The Scoutmaster is the "chief program officer" of the Troop - one of his responsibilities is to bring the committee/parents up to speed on what the program is all about - and that means "training" the committee/parents in the Patrol Method and how it works.
  23. Not keen on having a Bear Grylls type as a BSA ambassador - Grylls show is a "realty - yeah right" kind of show - he's made a name for himself on TV faking survival situations. I think someone like Paul Sereno, a Paleontologist from the University of Chicago would be a much better ambassador. Why settle for a fake adventurer when you can have a real adventurer?
  24. Can you point to the documentation for that? I've read the insignia guide and though it does say where specific patches may be placed, and limits the large patches to one only, I can't find where it limits other patches.
  25. There is something that is a bit unclear. Was this leader on the unit's recharter application and the Council struck them from the re-charter or did this leader just not re-apply? It's just a question of curiosity though, as it's a bit of a moot point. Sometimes, National will "revoke the membership" of former, non-registered Scouters so that there is both an official notification to the former Scouter that they are no longer allowed to be a leader, and a notation in the records so that a "persona non-grata" cannot re-register in a different council - and that may be the case here
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