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  1. CaveEagle

    Homosexuals Are Not Pedophiles

    Been away from the forum for quite a while. The Gates Recommendate drew me back in to see what the Scouter community had to say about this. Full disclosure: I come from a very conservative POV on this. FWIW.. This entire issue/debate has been handled poorly. Point a) Most of the gay rights advocates are just looking for a fight to tear down an organiation with God oriented value system. Just like the Christian cake bakers. How many gay couples REALLY want their cake from them anyway? They were just looking for a fight to make the headlines and were lawyered up well before they went cake shopping. Same goes for this issue. How many gay kids/adults are really affected by this? I know of a Scout DE who was at a Pack reqruiting event and had a gay couple there that seemed to be "fishing" for some sort of a fight. From what I gather, my friend handled it well, did not give them any roadblocks to participation, and they just went away. Seemingly had no realy interest in joining in the end. I am sure there are examples of gay youth/adults that just want to be part of scouting. ***thats not who I am talking about here, so back off with the flame-throwers*** Point b) Why can't conservatives be smarter about politics? Even folks who I agree with, just tend to drive me nuts! For me, its pretty easy to separate the LGBT%&(#$ agenda from our souting agenda. Do I want a gay adult man to be alone with my 15yr old son in the woods? Heck no!, but I don't want him alone with ANY adult in the woods (even an adult woman), so it should really be a non issue. I would totally understand if you did not me to go hiking (alone) with your 16yr old daughter! We already have rules in place and largely enforced to deal with these scenarios. 99.99% of issues must have evolved from an egregious breakdown in our existing rules. Any potential sexual predator would probably never want to operate within a unit that is following BSA's existing rules. Point c) What about gay youth? Well, I think this is actually a bigger problem on the whole. I have been aware of many more youth/youth issues over the years than youth/adult. So (as a conservative), why is the BSA not working to improve general decentcy standards? I get it, all our scouts are not angels. I betcha many more boys were shown adult material at scoutcamp than we care to admit. We want o help kids grow, and not toss them out at the first 4-letter word. BUT.. Over the years, I have been trained to death about GTSS and YP. But heard nary a peep about the expectations of how our youth are expected to behave. Vulgarity, or overt sexuality should have NO place in our units. Anyone really want to debate this? So why don't we do a better job setting expectations in this area with youth, Adults (and parents). conclusion: I really don't know the right answer about whether we should follow Gates' recommendations. I just think both the current state, and the most likely fallout from this are both pretty bad. For me the only real way to save scouting in the USA is to get this debate off the front page of our 24hr news media. Lets face it! the BSA has a giant target on our backs. There are ways to improve the safety for our youth (and adults) that will NOT give the gay rights activists the media frenzy they want. Let me be clear.. I really don't have an issue with a gay youth/adult participating in my scouting program. I do, however, expect them to maintain a high level of respect for my values. And.. to keep ANY sexual dialogue or actions completely away from the context of scouting. *No different than what I would expect from a hetero! We have all heard: "Dont get into fight with a pig. You both get muddy.. But only the pig likes it!" To me.. the BSA has looked pretty muddy for the last few years. CE
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    Eagle Mentor Pin on Scout Uniform

    In 25+ years of scouting, I have encountered member of the the "uniform police" on several occasions. So far, I have always been able to respond with a 'helpfull' correction on their uniform patch placement etc. My favorite on that I often see is leadership knots sewn on upside down. Especially the Eagle knot really stands out if you know what to look for. I never say anything unless the wearer starts spouting off about 'correct' uniform guidelines. Having said that, I encourage my son's and the scouts I know to get their uniform put together as correctly as possible. Its a respect thing. I don't think its respectfull to be overly critical of a scout (or scouter) that is trying to wear the uniform correctly but wants to wear a Eagle mentor or dad pin on uniform. BTW: I wear my Eagle dad & mentor pin on my left pocket flap. I might move it to the WB name tag if I ever go that route.
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    National looking at letting homosexuals in the BSA

    I can agree with your sentiment, skeptic. I don't see anyone on the right trying to use the BSA as a political battleground. This issue is being forced onto the BSA. I for one don't want to see any sort of lifestyle witch hunt. Keep it to yourself and we will all be fine. This is just a very fine line, when special interest groups are pushing the issue so hard. A "don't ask, don't tell" policy is not good enough for the gay rights community. Any I cannot tollerate the normalization of alternatice lifestyles being promoted in my scout troop. So this just sounds like we might just be at an impass. Look at how many have left the Girl Scout program. Accept for cookie sales, they have very little visability. (not trying to offend and GSUSA folks). My sister has been a GS volunteer for over 20 years and have tons of respect for her.
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    National looking at letting homosexuals in the BSA

    But it is the place for right wing idea-logs to promote their agenda? Why is that? I don't hear from any right-wing conservatives trying to force tranformational change to an organization that has a fairly well known and established policy. If you are currently a member of the BSA, than you have already decided that this issue is not important enough to keep you from joining. We may well find out that many people are less committed to this organization when it starts to bend to social-political pressures to change. I support the BSA because they are (or were) different. If they become just another PC club, then my interest level starts to fade. Not saying that I'm out yet. Just loosing interest.
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    Pull-ups for Tenderfoot

    This turned out to be a hot topic when I was commitee chair for a small start-up troop back in '02-03. We had a 13 yr old scout that had been working on this requirement for almost a year. The father (Eagle Scout) showed me proof and tracking of the scouts efforts, and he showed improvement in all other areas. The problem was we had an ASM (marine background) that thought it was his personal mission to improve the physical fitness of Americas youth. And......a SM that was signed on to his 'program'. This created a discouraged youth, and angry parent, a split comittee vote and was a major contributor to troops eventual collapse. (no kidding). This is an extreme example, but I think it demonstrates how adult's interpretation of a requirement can really cause big problems with a unit. The requirent say to show improvement on these activities. Not EACH, or ALL of these activities. Lighten up! Follow the spirit of the requirement. Where the requirements are specific, hold the scout accountable to the specifics. Where they are left general, use you descretion. Here's another example..... We had a scout that did his initial 'benchmark' tests towards the end of footbal season, when he was working out every day and was in a very good state of conditioning. I think he did 5+ pull ups. After the 30-day period, footbal season was over and he probably put on a couple pounds. At the re-test phase, he was only able to eek out ~3 pull ups. So, a strict interpretation of the rules would have failed the kid, even though he did more 'actual' pull ups than most of the other kids. Does it really make sense to follow a super-strict interpretation of this rule? I think not.
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    National looking at letting homosexuals in the BSA

    I really don't watch the news much anymore. Its just too darn depressing. I guess I do need to do some research to find out exactly what is going on with the BSA. I find it funny that I have been getting several phone calls and emails from my old council and my new council (recently moved states) pressing me for my FOS and 'Golden Eagle' commitments. That is just not normal. It feels like they are pushing more than normal because of some pending change that could have a negative impact on my contribution. More on-topic.. I don't beleive that all homosexuals are guaranteed to be pedofiles and a danger to teenage boys. I have been involved in several Christian support groups and know friends that have struggled with these issues first hand. This is not the venue to vet that out, but it is not unreasonable for parents to have concearns. I do think that selecting mentors for our youth is a very critical decision that should not be taken lightly. And I support any CO that decides to descriminate based on their organizations values. Do I think that a policy could be developed that would allow a gay parent to participate in the scouting program? .... I just don't like the way this is being pushed through like a political hot potatoe. I have the right as a parent to decide who will potentially mentor my son's. And I will not apologize for stating that long-held BSA policy makes it a lot easier for a parent to feel safe about these decisions. There is absolutely NO defense for the above mentioned interrogation of a scout. There is absolutely no place in the scouting program for the topic of sexuality. Our scouting program is not the place for left wing idealogs to promote their agenda.
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    Eagle Scout coordinator?

    Include the '80s in that comment. I was the first scout in our troop to earn Eagle in 5 years, so I really had to figure things out for myself. My "Eagle project worksheet" was a faded photo copy that you could barely read. My first Eagle project was 50% completed when I got the letter from the council office letting me know that it was not approved. Granted, we were a small troop on an Army base in Germany, so there were not really a lot of expert resources. On the flip-side of the argument, I also did not have a overzealous council hack nit-picking every aspect of my project and really LOOKING for a good reason fail me. (speaking about my second Eagle project..... long story) So, I think some things are harder for scouts (like my sons) in large troops with lots of resources. And..... some things are a bit easier. I for one, think its good for a Life scout to have a good Eagle mentor to help guide them through the process. Not talking about running the project for them. Or micro-managing it. Just giving them some pointers or advice on where to start, and how to avoid some typical pitfalls. One of our old council's Eagle boards had such a reputation for tough project scrutiny (and BORs) that many scouts were intimidated by fear of rejection. Thats just NOT right. I know several good scouts that aged out as Life scouts where this was (at least) a factor.
  8. I was just informed by our District Adv Chair that the new Historic MBs are on hold. I was not given any other info on this. Any other info out there on this?
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    Swiming Req. not fair?

    **warning... slightly off topic......maybe... Why does it seem like there is a prevailing presumtion that a scout that does not make Eagle has failed? ...Or that the program has failed?? My late Grandfather was a scout in the early 1913-15 range. His father was the scoutmaster of his troop in NYC. (Manhattan I think) Anyway, he was very small for his age and was unable to complete the requirements for the lifesaving MB. My granfather earned the rank of Star scout and went on to be an ASM in that same troop. He was always proud of his involvement in scouting and spoke to me often about it. This was the single greatest thing that motivated me to work hard on my scouting advancement as a boy. I knew that he always regretted not earning Eagle himself, but he never seemed bitter about the requirements being too tough. I know that it is not PC, but I just cringe every time I hear about requirements being changed or modified. If the program did not offer a significant challenge, then wouldn't the value be diminished? CE
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    Swiming Req. not fair?

    Just imagine for a moment..... A news headline reading: Eagle scout stands by as child drowns! I know this sounds extreme, but whats next? "I cant perform first aid because I have a germ phobia." I know that I am straying way off the PC reservation here, but STOP watering down the value of real acheivement. CE
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    Status of Historical Merit Badges

    Well, that was a fair amount of reading to get nothing specific. Our DAC seemed to be VERY confident that this program was on indefinate "hold".
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    Status of Historical Merit Badges

    Well, that was a fair amount of reading to get nothing specific. Our DAC seemed to be VERY confident that this program was on indefinate "hold".
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    Eagle Scout Rank Patch wear after age 18

    1. no..... however, I don't get too worked up about it. I had by Eagle BOR just before turning 18 and never wore the rank patch. My son just also completed his Eagle rank (barely made it as well). I would have like to have been able to wear the rank patch and maybe earn a palm ot two. I did not manage the calendar well enough to accomplish that. 2. yes... 1987
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    New Eagle Certificates

    My son's Eagle packet just came in the mail and I was surprised that the 'honorary' President's signature was not on there. I am tagging onto an older thread, but I was just wondering if this was a permanent change?? CE
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    Boy Scout Belt Loops

    I was a scout from 1981 to 1987 and earned most of the skill awards. I still have my old belt with the awards. I was surprised to find out they had been removed from the program when we got back involved in the late 90s. I wish we still had them. Our new scouts seem to get a big let-down when they transition from cubs. They are used to getting tons of recognition from the pack in the form of pins, belt loops and activity awards. Now, many of them will walk away from a COH without much recognition at all. Before moving a few years ago, our troop in NY awarded patch segments for scouts to acheived milestones that we defined. 10 nights of camping Attend JLT training SCout spirit award klondike derby etc. I know it was outside the BSA program, but it was effective.
  16. I am now SM for a troop of about 70 scouts. We have an older scout with a peanut alergy that has not ever posed an issue (that I am aware of). We have a new scout that is joining soon and I am starting to be confronted with more questions on this ussue. Word from the committee is that I am going to be asked to make this a "nut-free" troop. I am really not sure how I should respond to this. I am weighing the pros-vs-cons of my possible reactions. Option 1- BAN ALL NUTS:.... Can I even enforce this realistically? My first reaction is that I don't want to do that. I like my occasional PBJ sanwiches as much as the next guy. Also, we promote trail mix on many of our outings. I also don't want to take responsibility for a 'guaranty' that no scout will smuggle a snickers in is day pack. Then, if a problem occurs, It will be my fault.. (right?) But.... I really don't see that many nuts being used on the typical patrol menu anyway. Would it really be that big of a deal? Option #2: No change to current situation: The existing patrol with the older allergic scout is coached to be carefull and AVOID peanuts when planning patrol menus. Resposibility remains with the scout to scrutinize what he eats. Option #3: Publically discourage nuts, but not ban them. You could mandate that all nutty products need to be stored in a marked container for safety. You could also have the scout bring his own pre-packaged meals to avoid the issue. This would detract from the patrol method, however. Our council summer camp always has a PBJ option set out during meals for picky eaters (like me). I need to get a bit more educated on the subject. I don't our new scout to not feel welcome, but I also don't want to make things uncomfortabe for the other 69 scouts if it is not necessary. Thanks... CE
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    Pinewood Derby World Record?

    Wow that is cool! Interesting that the "Wehrle" family had 10 cars make it into the top 50. Just like NASCAR, where the big race teams have have the advantage. CE
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    Boy Scout Video Game--An Excercise

    Make it very adventure focussed. Imagine the intro scene to the Indianna Jones movie, where young Indy thwarted the bad guys in his scout uniform. Cool!
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    Slide Ideas

    Been away for a while! (busy scouting) Here goes... I also am a fan of the TH using parachute or thin climbing cord. The high quality climing cord makes a really nice slide. I periodically keep an eye on the clearance tables for such things. Bass pro also carries this. My favorite story was a our councils "Tiger Growl" campout. I brought a few pre-cut lengths of cord in my pocket and tied them into a TH to avoid boredom. I gave away two to tigers that had lost there tiger slide and a third to a cub that showed interest while I was tying the TH. I have gotten a wise crack from an ill advised WB policeman. Another Idea I have used: I call this one the WRS (woggle restraint system) I start with one of the precut wood animal shapes you can find in craft stores in bags of 4-5. I use a dremel with a sanding wheel to round and rough up the critter. This gives it a hand-carved look. A small block of wood glued to the back needs to have three holes predriled in it. a ~1/2" hole for the necker and two ~1/8" holes for the cord or strap. The holes should be oriented kind of like mickie-mouse ears. I then put a lenth of leather cord through the two small holes and terminate the ends with two beads and knots. Imagine a bolo tie and you've got the idea. I used this as a den project preparing the pieces prior to the meeting. The cubs got to paint the critters themselves, glue on the back and put the strap through the holes. The cord/strap goes around their collar(neck) and works just like a bolo tie. The necker goes through the big hole just like a traditional slide. You let the knoted ends hang down about 6-8" below the slide. You can also tie the ends together to prevent slippage. NO MORE lost slides. And they end up looking pretty cool. I have used the fish and turtle shapes. The prep work is not too bad if you are handy with wood tools. The carved look from the dremel affect fools most into thinking they were carved. I have a few other slide project if anyone is interested. CE
  20. Our troop takes an international high adventure trip every 2-3 years. In July of '06, we took 21 scouts to the Kandersteg International Scout Center, in Switzerland. Our scouts have voted to make our next Intntl trip to the UK (probably in the summer of '08. Do any of you have experience with scouting opportunities in the UK? What would be your Top 3-5 "Can't Miss" items? We will usually plan a 14 day trip. We like mostly scouting/high adventure activities, with a little sight-seeing mixed in for good measure. Ideas? Experiences? Thanks, CE
  21. Wow, I was just checking my profile information and noticed something strange. My email address on file is not (and never has been) mine. It is: greg*******@***.com My nake is not greg, and I would never have used that for an email address. I tried to update to my correct address, and the system gave me an error. I suggest that you all check your profile email addresses. Could this have something to do with the recent problem some have had getting registered here? Terry?? CE
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    Changing Profile Informattion

    Here is the Error message that I get when trying to update my email address. ******************************************************************* Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error '80040e14' [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver] Line 1: Incorrect syntax near ','. /members/modify/process2.asp, line 19
  23. I would not give the dad a "pass" because of the traveling issue. I have heard this excuse before and don't buy it. I have had a heavy traveling work schedule for the last 5 years. I spend an average of 85 nights / year out of town. (many more day trips) I have always have always been one of the more acitve adults in our units. It comes down to priorities. If it is important enough, you will find the time. Let the older brother have his cross-over. It will be good for both brothers to have a little space. CE
  24. I have tried to refer a new cub scout parent to this forum, and he is having trouble getting his profile set up. I hope that someone out there can give him some idea what he is doing wrong. my last message from Jeff was: ************************************************** yes - i can read the forum just fine. heres my steps. i enter my email and zip code (either on the right side ofthe screen or on the register link above the threads) the link is http://www.scouter.com/members/default.asp?action=... i get a confirmation screen saying to check my email for a sort of code to enter in order to register. i then go to my email (also checking trash and junk email folders) but never receive any sort of code or email fromthe site. i have tried emails from hotmail, yahoo, as well as 3 personal domains i administer (thinking there may be an issue with sites not allowing those free accounts)
  25. Great! Welcome aboard!! We are getting ramped up for next weekends canoe trip on the Peace River. I think it is somewear south of Ocala. later... CE (mark)