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David CO

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  1. David CO

    Compare Scouting vs Sports ?

    Really? I've known quite a few. It seems to me that, if scouting had little risk of long-term negative consequences, there would be no YP training. It wouldn't be necessary. YP training is necessary because there is a risk. I think, perhaps, it is more fun and glamorous for us old folks to complain of our old football injuries. It is a statistical fact that there are more old people of my generation who claim to have old sports injuries than there were athletes when we were young. Funny how that happens.
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    Compare Scouting vs Sports ?

    Sports teams usually have a much closer identification with their towns and schools than scout units have with their Chartered Organizations. As a result, the towns and schools come out to support the teams. This often makes kids feel like they are playing for the honor of their town or school. I think it was a big mistake for scouting to replace the name of the community (on the uniform) with the council patch.
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    Faith and Chaplaincy Issues

    Have you ever read mythology? Zeus would never be compliant with YP. He is constantly taking strange forms and sexually molesting young people as they sleep. Zeus is the perfect example of what BSA is trying to keep out of scouting.
  4. David CO

    2019 World Jamboree

    That is certainly true.
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    2019 World Jamboree

    Not hypocritical at all. I don't drink. But that doesn't really matter. One doesn't need to be a "teetotaler" to hold to the policy against alcohol use at scouting activities.
  6. David CO

    2019 World Jamboree

    Not at scouting activities.
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    What to wear?

    Ooh. A Hawaiian themed event. I could go for that!
  8. David CO

    Embarrassing: The Lawyers in GSUSA v. BSA

    BSA is a business. Its sole purpose is to make money. We should not be surprised when they behave this way.
  9. David CO

    2019 World Jamboree

    Thanks. In today's crazy world, it can be hard to discern reality from sarcasm. I wouldn't be at all surprised if, in a few short years, BSA has its own brand of cannabis products, grown at scout camps and sold door to door by scouts. Christmas tree sales, however, will be banned since they promote a religious holiday and might be deemed offensive by some scouts.
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    2019 World Jamboree

    And part of The Who recommendations since 1969. So what? Neither group shares our moral values. Apparently, neither does BSA, anymore.
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    Youth Protection and Bankruptcy

    BSA decided a long time ago that Chartered Organizations should all pay a fee toward one large insurance policy, bought and managed by BSA, to cover these liability risks. I didn't agree with the decision at the time. I thought each individual CO should have its own insurance. The CO owns the unit. But since BSA did force the issue, and made the CO's pay for this insurance, it only makes sense that BSA and its insurance carriers should now have the financial responsibility for these lawsuits. Even if it means bankruptcy. The moral responsibility is another matter.
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    Youth Protection and Bankruptcy

    Since I am always standing up for the Chartered Organizations, and saying that the Chartered Organization owns the unit, I would be a little bit hypocritical if I did not take the position that the Chartered Organizations should bear some of the moral responsibility for the abuses that have taken place in scouting. The CO's should have done a better job supervising their unit leaders.
  13. David CO

    World Jamboree - Reviews

    I don't think so. I can't see why any financially struggling scout or scout unit should feel a sense of pride in BSA's ownership of the Summit, or of any other ultra expensive facility that the average person could never afford to use. I'm glad that you enjoyed the trip, but you should not expect "all in the BSA" to share in your enthusiasm for the Summit.
  14. This was predictable. One only needs to look at the Summit to see where all the money is going. A hundred local scout camps will be sold off to help pay for it.
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    2019 World Jamboree

    Would they have honored a request to not distribute birth control devices to our scouts. I doubt it.
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    NE Illinois Council SE convicted

    He got off way too easy.
  17. I guess it all depends on when and where you grow up. When I was a kid, we still had nude swimming at the YMCA. Didn't seem strange to me at the time, since it had always been done that way.
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    Uncovering swim attire past and present

    Well, that's the problem. I am observing hormones... and the physical result of hormones. They need to cover up.
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    Uncovering swim attire past and present

    My female students certainly aren't more prudish than in past generations. Each year, they push the boundaries more and more. If teachers call them on it, we are accused of body shaming. It's not just the girls saying this stuff. It's the mothers, too. The boys, however, are being expected to exercise more modesty. It seems like a complete role reversal from what we grew up with.
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    Uncovering swim attire past and present

    It didn't change all at once. Each local Y.M.C.A. made its own decision. Some Y.M.C.A.'s continued it into the late 60's and early 70's. It usually coincided with the change to include women and girls. It doesn't surprise me that your Y.M.C.A. had already changed its policy by the mid 70's. What I find surprising is that they had changed their attitudes so abruptly that, just 10 years later, a boy like yourself would have been completely unaware of the fact that it was once a commonly accepted practice. They simply erased it from their history. I think it is a little bit frightening that authorities have that kind of power. They can not only change commonly accepted attitudes and practices with surprising speed and efficiency, but they can also erase any mention of them from the official history of the organization. After just one decade had passed, it was gone, like it never happened. Poof.
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    Uncovering swim attire past and present

    Yep. Things change. It's not like I am advocating that we reinstate nude swimming at the YMCA, schools, or boy scout camps. I understand that this is a practice whose time has passed. We don't do that anymore. I can live with that. What bothers me is that the "powers that be" have sought to completely erase it from history. They want to pretend that it never happened. Apparently, you didn't know that it was once a very common practice. There are a lot of things like this. My childhood experiences are slowly being expunged from history. It's bad enough to be told that I am obsolete. It's upsetting that young people think my life was so objectionable that it needs to be completely erased. I suspect that someday, perhaps very soon, you will be able to look up the history of scouting and not see or hear any mention of the fact that BSA was once an boys-only group. Click, delete, and never mentioned again.
  22. David CO

    What to call ...

    Quality Work As Zero Salaried Employee
  23. David CO

    Bullying incident - need advice

    I am a Health teacher. I don't use mood altering drugs.
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    Bullying incident - need advice

    There it is. Empowered. Along with "bullying", the words "empowered" and "empowerment" are perhaps the most overused and annoying words used by social activist types over the past decade.
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