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Everything posted by CalicoPenn

  1. What does the DRP have to do with the lifting of the ban on gay scouts? No everyone that is religious and believes in God agreed with the policy on banning gay scouts or that the DRP justified a ban on gay scouts. The BSA started getting in to trouble not because they had a DRP and a Scout Law that said a Scout is Reverent but because they bowed to some religions interpretation of the Bible and the DRP while ignoring other religions interpretations. In essence, they were violating the Scout Law by letting some heavy hitters make the decision of what it meant instead of pointing out that
  2. It seems we may need a reminder of who the G2SS is designed to protect. Ostensibly, the G2SS is designed to protect the Scouts and the Scout Leaders. Follow the G2SS and things should go just fine for everyone. But - the G2SS is not designed to protect Scouts and Scouters. It is designed to protect the corporation known as the Boy Scouts of America. It is designed to deflect liability back down to units and unit leaders. Scout drowns while swimming on a Troop campout - parents sue (of course naming the BSA - deepest pockets). Did you follow the G2SS and the Safe Swim Defense? I
  3. Toaster Ovens - not gift baskets (fans of 90's television will get this reference).
  4. I remember reading the original thread where the issue of the so-called feminist ruination of TLJ was reported on and decided to do a bit of web surfing about it. What I found was that there was a small group of people who were bent all out of shape that Poe Dameron got called out on the carpet (rightly I might add) for disobeying direct orders from a female superior by another female superior and they decided that Star Wars was being ruined by feminist politics. Other articles talked about this group of people and tried to make a connection between them and the gamer gate jerks (for
  5. During the week, I have my briefcase with me - it's more of a tech bag to hold my computer (a Microsoft Surface) but it's got lots of pockets where I carry a leatherman tool, a flashlight, a small personal first aid kit, eyeglass repair kit, eyeglass microfiber cleaning cloth, a bottle of acetaminophen, a digital camera with spare batteries and a charger, and a spare bandana. Pens, pencils and paper should go without saying. In my car I have two seat back organizers from Duluth Trading. One has a large first aid kit, a tool kit (wrenches, screwdrivers, etc.), a roll of tp (in a Ziploc)
  6. I don't know that we really do know that. I know a number of them are all "Real Scouts" but it's also been my experience that some of the most ardent defenders of "Eagle Scout Standards" have never been Eagle Scouts themselves.
  7. I think it's about time for both girls in Scouts and Venturers/Sea Scouts in OA . And since you did put it in I&P, but not necessarily meaning to open a can of worms, I'm looking forward to when the BSA finally gets out of the discrimination game altogether and allows agnostics and atheists to join. Arrow of Light, Eagle Scout, OA Vigil Honor, OA Chapter Chief, Lodge Vice Chief, National Camp School Day Camp Program, National High Adventure Base staff (Okpik before it became a Council/Unit program - and summer session), Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, District Committee, Unit Co
  8. Mike Rowe is an actor with a degree in communications studies. His acting roles have given him a platform to make his opinions known but he has zero experience in running a multi-million dollar business. Yes, he is an Eagle Scout - his Eagle Scout Project was reading to the blind. Based on comments many have made in the past on this forum, if someone were to ask if reading to the blind would be a good Eagle Scout Project, most people would say no and lament about the quality of projects going downhill making the Eagle Scout rank less prestigious. Michael Surbaugh is an experienced admi
  9. Yep - I missed it - since its now in an appendix that deals mostly with working from heights and what the OSHA requirements are for doing so. Thanks for pointing it out.
  10. The LDS is driving the LDS out of Scouting - not the BSA. The biggest growth area for the LDS is not in the USA - its overseas. The LDS has been using the BSA as its youth program for its convenience. It is no longer convenient for them because larger and larger chunks of their organization cannot access the BSA program so the LDS is creating their own program which will be consistent globally rather than have a BSA centered program in the states and a "separate but equal (??)" program overseas.
  11. I have to ask - where-ever did the idea that a Cub Scout couldn't go out in a canoe with their parent? Canoeing is allowed in the Cub Scouts - they just can't canoe in moving water (aka a river or creek) or on float trips.
  12. No youth drivers This has been true for a very very long time - at least since the 1970's - and now, many States actually have limits on the number of people a youth driver can have in a car. No skinny dipping This was pretty much true in most places back in the 1970's as well. Even the all-boys private (read Catholic) schools were ending the practice of swimming classes and practice without a suit back then. SM/SPL screen every song/skit We did this back in the 70's as well - though mostly to prevent embarrassing the Troop at a Summer Camp or Camporee campfire but it also m
  13. Right you are - why, the BSA should be the leader is teaching youth how to shoot other people - not church youth groups. /s
  14. Title IX does not apply to the membership practices of the Boy Scouts of America. That's actually in the regulations. It will apply ONLY to those parts of the program that received federal financial aid. For instance, Title IX would apply to the Soccer and Scouting program in those Councils that received HUD grants for the program. When it comes to the Cub Scout, Boy Scout or Venturing program, I do not believe that National, Councils or any local units receive any federal funding to support it so Title IX would not apply.
  15. National can't fix youth retention issues. It truly has limited control on how individual CO's operate their units or how unit leaders operate their units. National provides the tools for local volunteers to run a successful unit program that attracts and retains members from 11 to 17. (Adjust to your age group program as needed). Then they pretty much rely on the first part of the Scout Law and trust that people will do it the right way. National can provide all the tools in the world but if people at the unit level don't bother to use them, then its really not National's fault.
  16. I always thought the soul of the program was the volunteers at the unit and district level that made it work either because of or despite National and Council priorities and despite any political differences that volunteers may have with one another. If the program has truly lost its soul, then that's a sad reflection on us, not on BSA corporate. People can claim that it was the BSA that left them, not the other way around, all they want but the fact is the BSA has made many changes over its existence and has marched ahead because of the volunteers who refused to take their ball and go h
  17. I still wonder the relevancy of a 1912 Royal Charter to an American organization founded in 1910.
  18. You are confusing conservative with political parties - it was southern conservative democrats that opposed those rights.
  19. We're the Boy Scouts of America - we don't have a royal charter so what's the point of bringing it up? As for the 1913 Scoutmaster handbook - my response is it doesn't matter what it says - the Scoutmaster Handbook has changed a number of times since 1913 - and it will change a number of times in the future. A Scoutmaster Handbook from 1913 is irrelevant to 2018. Like a physics or chemistry textbook from the 1960's, its now mostly just a window to the past - with many outdated concepts. You can probably even find a more contemporary Scoutmaster(s) Handbook that uses the word Boy a lot
  20. They are waiting until next year so that some of the first female scouts to come into the Scouts BSA program will be crossing over from the Cub Scout program - that's how they've always said they envisioned the timeline. I've asked this numerous times - and no one has ever been able to answer - exactly how do you see the program itself (not the YPT stuff, not the logistics - the actual program - rank requirements, merit badges, camping/hiking/summer camp program) changing? What rank requirements will change? Will lashing be changed to macramé? Merit badges on cosmetology? All the girl
  21. Sounds great on paper but consider what might happen 3 or 4 years down the road when the Pack's Webelos, who are now used to being around girl cub scouts all decide to move to the Scout Troop that is linked with the Scout Troop the girls join - what will that do to your membership numbers?
  22. I believe it might be a violation of YPT for boys to pee in front of other boys, let alone in front of girls. So the proper answer to "As a Scout" would be "heck no".
  23. The majority of Americans just don't give a rats patootie about this - and that's always been the way of Americans - on just about every issue. I doubt if most of the people commenting in newspapers, on twitter, on facebook, etc. actually knows anything about the organization other than its name. Our population is over 300 million yet our membership numbers are about 2.5 million - that's what, about 0.8% of the population? Yeah - no one really cares.
  24. This is just a summary of how conservatives think the world is blowing up because the Boy Scouts are allowing girls to join. They were wrong about the world ending when women and blacks were given the right to vote. They were wrong about the world ending when gays could officially be married. They are wrong about this too.
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