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  1. David CO

    Leadership Challenge

    Imagine the difference it would make to my bank account.
  2. Yes, you can do that. But be prepared for him to tell you that a bunch of people on the internet approved his merit badge. Turnabout is fair play.
  3. That's nonsense. Most boys join scouting just to have fun. They neither know about or care about the details of the scouting program. It's only the most die-hard scouters (who eat, breath, and sleep scouting) who care to scrutinize and religiously adhere to every nit-picking detail of the program, making scouting activities boring and tedious for the rest of us.
  4. My thoughts the other day (in another thread) about having unit-only merit badge counselors doesn't sound so bad now, does it?
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    Correct. I would also add the fact that the people giving the grant money did not intend for it to go to the council. You should use it for the purpose the grant was intended. It would be dishonest to do otherwise.
  6. Speaking for Scoutmasters everywhere, I am pleased to hear an ASM finally admit it. (I am watching the impeachment trial. Taking people's words out of context is apparently allowed this week.)
  7. I certainly wouldn't phrase it as an accusation. I would simply tell them that certain questions are bound to be raised when the scout is up for eagle, and it would be better to organize the answers now, rather than putting them off until the review. Be Prepared.
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    Parents, Non-registered and YP awareness

    My Chartered Organization would not normally approve of having a scout from our unit left at camp with people from a different unit. We would want the scout to remain in our camp site. But this was an extraordinary circumstance, and allowances must be made for extraordinary circumstances.
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    Parents, Non-registered and YP awareness

    BSA cannot always compel a non-member to leave a place that is not owned or controlled by BSA. It is indeed a free society, and the unit can leave, if they have a mind to do so, but they cannot always compel someone else to leave, or to follow their rules.
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    Parents, Non-registered and YP awareness

    It depends on where the event is being held. If it is on BSA owned property, then BSA can control the event. If it is not on BSA property, BSA has little to no control over non-volunteers who happen to be at the event. At my school, many school events are open to the public. All attendees must have a ticket, even if the event is free. On the back of the ticket is a statement that attendees agree to abide the rules and regulations for the event. The rules are posted at the entrance. Presenting the ticket for admission constitutes an acceptance of the agreement. We live in a free country. People are not bound to obey anything other than the law (and the agreements they voluntarily accept). Perhaps BSA should have some sort of ticket to their events, spelling out the rules and policies they agree to as a condition of attendance. In any case, I don't think scout leaders should try to enforce any rule or policy on non-members unless they have first established rock-solid grounds for doing so. This would help us to avoid arguments and confrontations with non-member attendees who may not otherwise feel bound by rules they have never agreed to obey.
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    Parents, Non-registered and YP awareness

    The YP rules do not apply to non-members. BSA has no authority over them.
  12. David CO

    Parents, Non-registered and YP awareness

    I think we need to assume that those adult attendees (who choose to not register as unit leaders) don't want to be unit leaders. They don't want to supervise the youth at scouting events. They don't want to actively observe other adults and note YP violations. They don't want to study the rules. They just want to show up at the event to show their love and support for their kid. We leaders should not depend on non-volunteers to do our jobs. Let them just attend, and thank them for their support.
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    Standing up to adults

    Yes we are. I am not surprised that you equate obedience with military discipline. Many people do. I get that all the time in school. When we tell kids to obey their teacher, they respond with a statement that they are not in the military. We have somehow developed this attitude that obedience belongs only in the military. If you teach obedience, you're being militaristic. BSA used to understand that a scout needs to be a good subordinate before he can learn to be a good leader.
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    Standing up to adults

    I don't think you are accurately describing moral injury. Moral injury is said to occur when someone is required to cede control to some other person who has the legitimate authority to make the decision. A better example of this would be if a scout is required to cede control of an accident scene to a paramedic or police officer. A key element of moral injury is that the other person actually has the legitimate authority to take charge. The term, moral injury, does not imply that a person should not give way to someone with legitimate authority. It simply describes the emotional reaction that can happen in such a situation, particularly if there is a negative outcome. In extreme cases, people might need psychological counseling for moral injury. It is wrong to equate moral injury with abuse. A person who suffers a moral injury has not been abused. Not all injuries are the result of abuse.
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    Standing up to adults

    If your kids will generally do as their told, I wouldn't mess with it. An occasional mishap is a small price to pay for having respectful and obedient children.
  16. David CO

    Recruiting in Scouts BSA Units

    I agree with your first comment. Scouting is not an infinite program. It ends at 18. I have to disagree with your other comment about scouts ranking out. There is no such thing as ranking out of scouting.
  17. I don't mind the discussion. It's the reality that is disheartening. I sometimes feel as if I am living out a dystopian novel.
  18. Looking down the road, I think it is almost inevitable that, sometime soon, merit badges will be entirely taught (not counseled) by council employees, in a classroom-like setting (just like school). Safe and efficient, standards-based, and totally boring.
  19. Yes. This is because Scouts BSA is now openly and actively working counter to the goals and mission of my religion. The message our scouts are receiving is very clearly articulated. There is no hidden agenda. Our boys should put their religion first.
  20. David CO

    Your Duck is Dead....

    Let's watch the fowl language.
  21. I wouldn't single out BSA. Our society doesn't trust male leaders.
  22. Really? I can think of several. A MBC might not agree with the decision to include girls in scouting. While he can't change the decision, he doesn't have to cooperate with it, and he doesn't have to donate his valuable time and skills to assist it. Passive resistance. YP protects the youth. It doesn't protect the MBC. The Chartered Organization might not want him to be working with girls.
  23. David CO

    Merit Badge Counselor Registration Renewal

    It was a question. That's why I used a question mark. I wanted to make sure I understood you correctly.
  24. David CO

    Merit Badge Counselor Registration Renewal

    So, you're saying that every scouter who chooses the troop-only option is a dirtbag?