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Everything posted by clemlaw

  1. >>>>Prejudice usually starts out with poking fun at a particular group or person then it escalates into outright name calling or in this case about people of polish descent
  2. Come to think of it, I first learned the word "redneck" in Scouts. I had never heard that word before, but one of the older Scouts was doing some work in the hot sun (building a shelter for Wilderness Survival MB, IIRC), and he was joking around something about us being rednecks (becuase our necks were, indeed, turning red). So I guess Scouting is full of bigots, after all. But we're a bunch of anti-Redneck bigots.
  3. >>>> Vetting the huge list of MB counselors to determine proficiency is probably not the best use of time
  4. >>>>clemlaw You just need to reread many of the posts to verify my point. In all my years in scouting I have personally witnessed many cases of prejudice and intolerance and many of the posters, not all of them, in this thread just brought all those memories back.
  5. IMHO, the reason why "two deep" leadership is required is so that there will still be a leader present if one adult has to go to the bathroom. If they really wanted to have two adults present at every moment, then they would have required "three deep" leadership, so that the three adults could still take turns going to the bathroom. Since the COR was there, walking the halls of the building, he would have qualified as one of the two, IMHO, even if this was a "trip or outing". There is no requirement that they be in the same room at all times. As others have pointed out, there i
  6. Was I one of the people "adding ethnic slurs"? If anything, we all unfairly ganged up on the original poster and accused him of being an "intolerant, red neck, unfriendly, unkind, and unhelpful ethnocentric bigot." I really don't see this thread as evidence of the Scouting world being "full of" said bigots. (And no, I don't think the original poster is an "intolerant, red neck, unfriendly, unkind, and unhelpful ethnocentric bigot". But perhaps it seemed that way after he had to read through all of these responses to a perhaps inartfully worded question.)
  7. When I was a Scout about a hundred years ago, about 99% of the Scouts at meetings were in full uniform, including shirt, pants, belt, cap, and neckerchief. I'm not positive about the socks, but I always wore my one pair of official BSA socks for one-day events. The only exceptions I can think of were when someone came to the meeting late and was wearing his sports uniform. I'm sure there were other exceptions, but they didn't occur very often. But miraculously, this all seemed to happen without Uniform Police, Uniform Inspections, etc. As far as I know, there was no published "Insigni
  8. In my neighborhood, Poles* weren't quite the majority, but they were probably the single largest ethnic group. "Pollack" was a derogatory term, but in a good-natured way. I told Polish jokes to my Polish friends, and they told Swede jokes back to me in return (generally, the same jokes, with only the nationality changed). Interestingly, in Spanish, the word "Polish" is translated as "Polaco", which is pronounced exactly the same way as "Pollack", but with an "o" at the end. I was kind of surprised the first time I heard that word in polite company, but that is indeed the only word, adj
  9. As noted above, it depends somewhat on whether it is Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts. My current experience is in Cub Scouts, since it's been a long time since I was a Boy Scout. Registration?? $15 (or possibly a couple dollars more in some councils) Some units will have "dues". Most expect that the scouts will engage in some fundraising activities. In some cases, this means becoming a full-time employee in the popcorn industry. Many units will be a lot more laid back. In our Pack, each family is expected to sell about a half dozen Christmas wreaths, which is pretty easy. Boys
  10. Just out of curiosity, when does an event cease being a "den meeting" or "pack meeting" and become a "day camp"? Before my son started kindergarten, they had a "day camp" for new kindergarteners. He was a little bit apprehensive about it, and we didn't know why. When my wife brought him there, he told her that they forgot his sleeping bag. So, IMHO, if anyone tells you that you can't have your "day camp", then you should just cancel the "day camp" and hold a den or pack meeting at the same time and location.
  11. >>>>>Check your state's wiretapping laws before following advice like this.
  12. I look at it this way: Most Scouts who qualify for OA have probably done the required amount of camping within the past year. But they _allow_ it to be within the past two years, in case the Scout missed one or two campouts this year. It gives a little bit of extra leaway. It also accounts for unusual situations such as the election being held prior to summer camp, and last year's summer camp was more than 12 months ago. If someone camped 15 nights within the last month, then they qualified, because those 15 nights were within the last two years. The Scout who camped 15 night
  13. >>>>but then break into Polish, and often it's a little too obvious that they are talking about someone directly,
  14. >>>>>I think first of all, the CM needs to back the heck off. Split the PACK? Really? What, into Polish speaking dens, and non-Polish speaking dens?
  15. >>>>If the chatting itself isn't disruptive, then it's not really disruptive, it's just annoying and it's probably something that could be ignored.
  16. >>>>I'd also say that anyone "moving" toward YPT for Den Chiefs is ill advised
  17. I knew that I was in the system when the following two things happened: 1. Scouting magazine showed up in mailbox. In fact, I think I got two issues the same day. 2. When I was poking around scouting.org, I clicked on the link for "Tour Permits" (which is still there, but you're not supposed to use, if I understand correctly). When I clicked on that, it showed my Pack number. It was a few months later that the CC handed me my membership card.
  18. >>>>>Not all councils record attendance at Pow Wow or University of Scouting. I have attended numerous of these events. No individual classes show up on my training record.
  19. I'll be taking it in a few weeks, so I hope it's fun. I'm really not sure just what to expect. If we sit around discussing the difference between various BSA definitions, then I probably won't be too pleased. If we spend most of the time outside learning how to do things that Cub Scouts will enjoy, then I'll probably be satisfied with the experience. I'll probably learn a couple of things I didn't know before. If that part is done fairly well, then I'll probably be willing to sit inside and listen to a few definitions.
  20. >>>> Now the troops program may not have been the best, so did not teach them what it should have.. Or it could have been a great program, that these two boys went through blindly, going through the motions without choosing to learn what was being taught..
  21. I just noticed this little gem in the other thread: >>>>fermi91 wrote "actually i am the ASPL in my troop. and well liked"
  22. In my council, it took a couple of months before a class I took at University of Scouting showed up in my record, but it eventually did. To view all of your training (not just the online courses) online, after you log in, click on "Training Validation" on the left side of the screen. A new window will open. Click the button for "All Training", and then enter your scouting.org Username (or membership number), and it will show you a list of all of your courses. If it's been a few months, the live classes should be listed there. If not, your council will need to add them.
  23. According to the NESA website, his Eagle BOR date was November 2007, and the article says that he is currently 21. So that would make him 17 or almost 18 at the time of the BOR. So presumably his troop wasn't an "Eagle Mill", although I guess he could qualify as a "Deathbed Eagle".
  24. >>>>>I think that omparing him to Bill Clinton was very accurate
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