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Everything posted by SilverPalm

  1. You know, that's a good point. I think I will send National a letter, regardless of whether it makes a difference. Any of us who are Eagle Scouts were charged to dedicate our skills and abilities to the common good. Maybe this is a good place to start.
  2. I had the privilege of going to both Northern Tier and Seabase as a Scout, but we never did Philmont. Seabase in particular provided an experience like no other I had in Scouting, and it would be a shame (though perhaps a necessary evil) to lose the High Adventure sites. Summit, on the other hand, I have no interest in. It didn't exist when I was in the organization, and I suspect that many Scouters with even a recent Scouting pedigree would rather see it gone than to continue to watch National play this shell game. This is the Boy Scouts. Pretending you can't surrender the exorb
  3. Good. As it should be, IMO. I saw too many Scouts react negatively to it.
  4. I'm afraid that may well be the case. I sincerely hope it won't be, but I think that's the prevailing sentiment here anyway.
  5. Thank you! It's one thing if the leaders play along, but in my case our SM didn't. Regardless, a number of the younger Scouts considered it bullying, and one or two even left the program over it... meaning it was unwelcome enough to those Scouts that they chose jettison the rest of the program merely to avoid what they saw as public humiliation. While the older Scouts quickly corrected the culture, it was one problem that didn't need to exist in the first place IMO.
  6. As an Eagle Scout, reading through this whole thread has been very disheartening. By way of introduction, I earned my Eagle Scout about fifteen years ago, and I still had enough time left to complete three Eagle Palms. I served variously as Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, OA Representative, and eventually Vice Chapter Chief and Chapter Chief of my OA Chapter. As Chapter Chief, I helped oversee a yearly Chapter Conclave, sort of a swan song for my Scouting career as I aged out about six weeks later. I even co-taught a course at the University of Scou
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