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  1. I really dislike it when people refer to government expenditures as investments. Taxation is a harsh business. Best not to soften the language.
  2. Cool name, Phantom Scouts. Black capes. Theme from Phantom of the Opera. Rod Serling narrating BSA commercials on Creature Features and Dark Shadows. If BSA had done that, and created a Phantom Scout division in 1968, they might have actually achieved their goals.
  3. So Boypower is just another one of those $250/plate fundraisers for the council. No thanks. Not interested.
  4. I was responding to MattR, who didn't say that his views on humility were based on his religion. They might have been. I don't know. I am not going to make any assumptions. My views are significantly influenced by the Muscular Christianity movement of the mid-nineteenth century, which was popularized by the Y.M.C.A. It did run somewhat contrary to my Catholic school education, which tended to emphasize the contemplative rather than the physical nature of man. I think there's room for both. I prefer to be contemplative at mass. I am annoyed by all the distractions that are added to Sunday services in order to make them more interesting and relevant to today's church-goers. I can't stand to see people dressed like slobs at church. On scout trips, I dress like a hobo and shout like a banshee. Great fun. Humility is fine at church, but sometimes a boy needs to be allowed to proudly puff his chest out and act like a boy.
  5. I couldn't disagree with you more. Boys get enough of this stuff at school. Boys are told to be docile. Girls are encouraged to be assertive and empowered. It's enough to make a person sick. Scouting should be an opportunity for boys to break away from these feminizing influences. Go on an adventure. Have a blast. Lean your head back and howl at the moon.
  6. No kidding. It's was tough enough asking the parents to pony up the money when we knew that the meetings and activities would take place. Asking them to pay a non-refundable annual fee for something that might not happen is ridiculous. Our Little League refunded the registration fees when the shutdown forced the cancellation of the baseball season. Our football program is guaranteeing full refunds if the upcoming fall football season is cancelled. The scouting programs gives no refunds on registration fees. Parents are going to consider this when choosing between scouting and other activities.
  7. Since you are new to the forum, I should tell you that I am not in favor of admitting girls to Boy Scouts. I do have a few suggestions though. Don't copy the Girl Scout activities. No smores. No journeys. Don't focus on all the self-esteem and girl empowerment stuff. That's Girl Scouts. If they want Girl Scouts, they would join Girl Scouts. Boy Scouting seems old fashioned because it is old fashioned. Don't knock it. Embrace it. Girl Scouts changes its program every 10 minutes. Try to avoid that. Try not to think of scouting as being in competition with other activities like sports and music. Scouting encourages kids to be active in other worthwhile activities. We are not a cult. We don't try to isolate our scouts from their communities. We have Chartered Organizations. The CO can be very helpful to your unit. Work on building a good relationship with your CO.
  8. Getting back to the topic, I don't think the title of Scoutmaster is doomed. Even if BSA does decide to change the title in their paperwork and publications, many units will continue to use it. A lot of people don't say Scouts BSA.
  9. Do you mean offensive trigger words... like hypocrite?
  10. Some people are so obnoxious even the coronavirus will stay clear of them.
  11. I've changed my opinion. Your son is learning how to put up obstacles for scouts. This sounds like the ideal training for future council/district executives.
  12. Perhaps the mothers would like to give us the title Unich. Short for Unit Chief.
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