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David CO

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  1. David CO

    Bullying incident - need advice

    So do I. It doesn't make sense. It doesn't make sense that the SPL would offer the position to someone he doesn't hold in high regard. It also doesn't make sense that the ASPL would accept a position of responsibility which would require him to work closely with a SPL who treats him badly. At this point, it is obvious that the two boys can no longer work together as SPL and ASPL.
  2. David CO

    Bullying incident - need advice

    Yeah. This is a relatively new meaning that has been applied to the word "bullying". We never considered social exclusion to be a form of bullying. We felt that people had a right to be friends with, or not be friends with, whoever they pleased. If you don't like someone, just leave them alone. Today it is called bullying. I don't get it.
  3. David CO

    Bullying incident - need advice

    I agree. I think we should try to avoid labeling a behavior as "bullying". It is far better to identify the actual behavior.
  4. David CO

    Bullying incident - need advice

    I would suggest that you stop talking about it as if your intention is for this to be only the first step on a long series of appeals.
  5. David CO

    Eagle Project: Survival Kits

    True. But I have never seen kids quite so eager to get into my classroom as they are to get out.
  6. David CO

    Eagle Project: Survival Kits

    Unless the student's dad has a key to your classroom, the door locks should be sufficient to keep him out. As a male teacher, I would not want to carry a door stop. Suspiciously minded people might speculate that I have it for the purpose of keeping other staff members and administrators from entering my classroom unannounced with their door keys. It's an idea I wouldn't want to put into anyone's head.
  7. David CO

    Eagle Project: Survival Kits

    I wouldn't want to give a misbehaving student an opportunity to lock me out of my classroom with a door stop. The teacher should always be able to unlock and open the classroom door with a key. The administrators should have a master key. A door stop is simply not a good idea. There are plenty of better ways to safely secure a classroom. Most of them require professional installation. Besides that, classroom doors usually open outward towards the hallway. This prevents students from piling up at the door in an emergency (making it impossible to open). This actually happened once at a movie theater.
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    Eagle Project: Survival Kits

    Deadbolts would be a violation of the school fire codes. The odds of a fire are much greater than a school shooting.
  9. I can relate to them. Scouting has never been my first priority activity. There is nothing wrong with a boy choosing to participate in a scout unit as his second or third favorite activity. We should be glad that the scout has a variety of activities and lots of friends to enjoy.
  10. I think it is ridiculous.
  11. David CO

    How do camps accommodate girl troops?

    I've never heard a father say that having boys take group showers is creepy, but I sometimes hear it from the mothers. I've heard something like it from elementary school age boys, but they weren't complaining about using the guys locker room. They were complaining about their mothers forcing them to use the women's washrooms and locker rooms. That is creepy. As we get more girls and women involved in scouting, I think we will be seeing some dramatic changes. Boys won't be allowed to act like boys anymore.
  12. David CO

    How do camps accommodate girl troops?

    I think it has always been the case that girls were less comfortable with group showers than the boys.
  13. David CO

    Youth Protection;

    No, you can't know for sure. The world is an imperfect place. It is not heaven, and we are not angels.
  14. You don't really need to give them a compass and map. Just make the destination a video game arcade and let their instincts take over.
  15. David CO

    Council denies unit fundraiser

    They do not have the authority to say no to a Chartered Organization's fundraiser.
  16. David CO

    Council denies unit fundraiser

    Use common sense when deciding what to wear at a CO event. You certainly wouldn't wear any sort of scout apparel at a beer tent. I wouldn't wear a scout uniform if going door-to-door selling a product. It would make it too easy to confuse the customer into thinking the CO fundraiser is a scout sanctioned fundraiser. Honesty is the key issue here. My unit manned the concession stand at our school's athletic events. There was no possibility of anyone becoming confused. It was a school fundraiser at a school event on school property. There was no need to prohibit the wearing of scout uniforms.
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    Council denies unit fundraiser

    That seems like a lot of bother when there is a much simpler solution. Have your Chartered Organization do your fundraiser, under its own umbrella, and donate the proceeds to the unit. Takes the council out of the equation entirely.
  18. David CO

    Council denies unit fundraiser

    This is very typical of council behavior. Don't let yourself get upset by it. The more you try to cooperate with council, the more unreasonable they will become. You need to set limits. Once you make them understand that there is only so much nonsense you are willing to take from them, they will settle down and let you run your program with a minimal amount of interference.
  19. David CO

    When beneficiary destroys Eagle Project

    I think, sometimes, the beneficiary isn't really so keen on the project, but gives the scout the OK so that he can earn his eagle. They see themselves as helping out the scout rather than being the beneficiary of the scout's project.
  20. David CO

    A Scouters Motto

    Realistically, we can't have that sort of relationship with the boys anymore. The YP rules prohibit it.
  21. David CO

    How do camps accommodate girl troops?

    This doesn't appear to be true at schools that continue to use group showers rather than individual stalls. Boys don't seem to mind the group showers so long as everyone else is using them. I agree that scout camps will all be switching to individual stalls. It isn't necessary, but it is the way things are going.
  22. David CO

    How do camps accommodate girl troops?

    Boys often have the same concerns as you about the possibility of appearing a bit creepy. When given a choice between individual shower stalls and group showers, many boys will choose to wait for the individual showers, even if they are not embarrassed to use the group showers. They are concerned that other people might see it as suspicious or creepy that they choose to use the group showers.
  23. David CO

    Eagle Scout Ross Perot has passed away

    Yes, and it still makes a Giant Sucking Sound.
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