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David CO

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David CO last won the day on December 3 2017

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  1. Sad sign of the times

    Civilian ships often carried cannon. Some of the Illinois militia units had 2 pounder "grasshopper guns" in their arsenals. I've seen one in a museum. Individual civilians could own punt guns, which were huge shotguns or small cannons.
  2. Same CO...multiple CORs

    Not Bozo. He never put me into a clown suit. He took his clowning very seriously, and felt that only skilled actors should don the fright wig and big red nose. His clown character had a pet chicken, so I would often be assigned to the big beak and yellow feathers, where I was less likely to lay an egg.
  3. Same CO...multiple CORs

    Don't blame the COR for it. The COR is supposed to represent the CO and follow the lead of the IH. If the CO wants to boycott council, the COR doesn't go. Most of my unit considered my long-time COR to be a bit of a clown. In fact, he was a professional clown. He also did super heroes and holiday characters. He didn't attend district meetings, but he had a standing offer to entertain the kids, free of charge, at any boy scout/cub scout function. The boys loved him. He was a great guy. He also had a Pedro costume. I'll give you two guesses who got to be the back side of the donkey. Some people felt it was type-casting.
  4. I suppose, if you're the only one, it makes you the chairman.
  5. Nope. I'm not a district folk either.
  6. 20 years experience? You're practically a rookie. I have almost twice that. And I've been thinking all along that you were one of us old-timers.
  7. Same CO...multiple CORs

    Unfortunately, it is not realistically possible for a COR to avoid the council altogether. Some council interaction is unavoidable, but it usually takes place behind the scenes, and unit scouters are often unaware of it taking place. The CC should never step in and do the COR's duties.
  8. Same CO...multiple CORs

    The COR appoints new unit leaders, so it is entirely appropriate for a COR to attend a meeting to introduce a newly appointed leader. I think that is often enough. More often than that and people are likely to feel that the COR is micromanaging the unit leaders.
  9. A two year transition? Isn't that a bit much? I think the webelos program, as it was originally designed, was a more appropriate program than what we have now.
  10. Fair enough. I like a man who can compromise.
  11. I don't think so. My point is that there are so many boys who don't make a successful transition from cub scout to boy scout, that they are being ill served by unit leaders who see that transition as the main goal of the last two years of cub scouts. So, the numbers do matter. I am pretty confident that my statement is correct. It is less than half.
  12. You've completely lost me on the dreamer comments. I have no idea what you're saying. Yes, my unit opposes OA because of the cultural appropriation issue, but I can't see how that has any relevance to this conversation. I am all for letting boys choose between scouting and sports. I don't have any preference for which program they choose. One way or the other, it's fine with me. I think I have made that clear.
  13. I probably have about the same amount of experience, so playing the age card doesn't work on me. It is not a question of optimism or pessimism. It is about wanting what's best for each kid. Sometimes that's scouting, and sometimes it's not. Boys might love flag-football, but not like full-contact football. Boys might love little league, but not like playing baseball when the pitches get faster and the base-lines get longer. It happens all the time. The same is true of scouting. Many boys who like cub scouts will never enjoy boy scouting.
  14. Nope. It is not a matter of doing it right or wrong. Cub scouting and boy scouting are two very different activities. Most kids who like cub scouts end up not liking boy scouts. That's just the way it is.
  15. I gave you an up arrow for mentioning Health class.