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David CO

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  1. David CO

    Colonial Va Council troubles

    Yes, words have meaning. But sometimes, they have more than one meaning. I was an IH of a chartered organization. As such, I was a voting member of the council. For those of you "members" who have never had a vote in the council, I can honestly say that you haven't missed much. I can also assure you that the execs display exactly the same level of disdain to us as they do to all of the other volunteer scouters.
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    Colonial Va Council troubles

    Anyone who followed the Owasippe situation in Chicago a few years back got a real eye opener. The chartered organizations refused to vote in the Board of Directors slated by national. The execs at national responded by threatening to pull the councils charter. Yes, on paper, the chartered organizations vote in the council BOD, who then hire the executives. In reality, the execs choose the slate for the BOD. We need to have real elections. We need to have real oversight of the executives. We might even learn that we don't really need the executives.
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    Colonial Va Council troubles

    I could not disagree more. Scouting would be far better off if we were an all volunteer organization.
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    This is How We Will Grow Scouting

    No kidding? Soccer teams charge the coaches? I didn't know that. When I was an athletic director for my Catholic school, we gave our volunteer parent coaches a couple hundred bucks. It wasn't much. It certainly didn't pay for their time. It barely covered their travel expenses, but I think the gesture was appreciated.
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    This is How We Will Grow Scouting

    It is a bit strange that BSA asks adults to pay for the privilege of donating our time. Even stranger is the fact that we do it. We really are a bunch of saps, aren't we? Youth sports programs don't charge registration fees or training costs to volunteer coaches.
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    This is How We Will Grow Scouting

    My apologies, Sentinal947. I was being sarcastic. "I am shocked, shocked, ..." is a classic line from the movie, Casablanca.
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    This is How We Will Grow Scouting

    I am shocked, shocked, at the animosity toward professional scouters.
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    This is How We Will Grow Scouting

    Boys can get justifiably annoyed when they are required to have adult supervision to do things that they are usually allowed to do on their own. Who wouldn't?
  9. Yes, all of our funds were held in the CO accounts. I deliberately set it up that way when I was IH. I will explain my reasoning. We did not have a unit committee member as treasure. A Boy Scout was the treasurer. If the boys needed to go shopping for something, he could just go to the office and sign out some petty cash. My intent was not to take control away from the unit committee, it was to give more control to the boys.
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    So what do you do for a living?

    Middle school Health/Science teacher.
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    Travel Sports Coaches - rant

    Stosh, I'm sorry to hear that you have a bad knee. My favorite old scouting movie is "Room For One More" with Cary Grant, about a handicapped foster child who couldn't play sports, but excelled as a Boy Scout. I can still get a little choked up during the scene when he explains that he feels like he had an advantage over the other scouts because, unlike them, he got to choose his parents. I played men's softball for many years for my parish in an interdenominational church league. We would have let you use a pinch runner.
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    Travel Sports Coaches - rant

    My point is that team sports are life long activities for many people. Nobody has to quit playing team sports when they turn 18.
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    Travel Sports Coaches - rant

    Actually, yes. If I sign up for a Wednesday night league, my team mates do expect me show up on Wednesday nights. They are busy people, too. They have to adjust their schedules. They would not be happy with me I wasted their time by not showing up.
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    Travel Sports Coaches - rant

    Some people here have said that recreational team sports are only for kids. I strongly disagree. A lot of adults like me continued to play team sports in the recreational adult leagues. My game is 16 inch softball. I have been told that park districts and YMCA's actually have more adults participating in team sports than children. I can believe it. Today's adults seem to be much more physically active than my parents were at my age. This may be one of the reasons why youth sports are winning out over scouting. Mom and dad are playing team sports. Maybe grandma and grandpa are playing, too.
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    Travel Sports Coaches - rant

    The vast majority of boys do not participate in the Boy Scouts, and they do just fine without it. Many of these boys choose sports over scouting. Some choose science activities over scouting. Others choose hobbies over scouting. Most boys choose something else over scouting. We shouldn't be either surprised or offended when they do.
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    Travel Sports Coaches - rant

    The world is already convinced that sports are better than scouting.
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    Travel Sports Coaches - rant

    I have no objection to a coach expecting a player to show up for a seasonal sport, which is usually a 12 to 15 week commitment. Year round sports clubs, like they sometimes have in skating and gymnastics, are a different matter, and a completely different discussion. Even in a seasonal sports programs, I have seen coaches unreasonably demand that players attend off-season sports camps. This too, I feel, is a different discussion. But for a regular seasonal sport, like little league baseball, YMCA basketball, or middle school football, with a short season and limited time commitment, I see nothing wrong with them expecting the boys to show up.
  18. I am a science guy. It is fortunate for us science guys that the world doesn't apply the same standards to science as those commonly used to go after religion. Most people accept that the natural world is what it is, and that it is not altered by our perceptions and opinions. There are many opposing, competing, and contradictory theories in science. They can't all be true. Most aren't true. We aren't expected to give them equal respect. Science takes hard work and discipline. We generally expect scientists to master the skills before we will listen to their opinions.
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    Vatican Scouts?

    Should Catholics form their own Scout organization?
  20. I'm going to take Gumbymaster at his word in that he is sincerely trying to understand. Religion is a jigsaw puzzle with half of the pieces missing. I don't claim to have all the pieces of the puzzle, and I don't claim to be able to see the whole picture, but I am absolutely certain that the pieces I have are true. It is pointless for you to argue to me that any of my puzzle pieces are untrue. It is human nature for people to use their imaginations to fill in the empty spaces in the jigsaw puzzle. In fact, it takes great patience and discipline to avoid doing so. If you are interested in the great puzzle, I have a few words of encouragement and advise. Don't remove any pieces from the board. Don't add any new pieces. Enjoy working the puzzle. You were never intended to complete it.
  21. Or God actually did write the ten commandments on stone tablets.
  22. Magic is the art of illusion. Religion is not an illusion. But yes, I do believe in miracles. I believe in divine creation. I believe in the real presence of God in the Holy Sacraments. I do believe that God is the creator of everything that is good, and the author of all truth, including morality. God gave us morality. He also gave us the free will to reject it. Atheist do have the same moral code as we have. They often reject it.
  23. When God makes the sun shine, it shines on both the atheists and the believers alike. Similarly, the one true God, who is the source of all love and compassion, shares these gifts with both believers and atheists. Of course it is possible for an atheist to be moral.
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    Parents!

    It amazes me how some people who have the time to write thousands of posts to perfect strangers on an anonymous web site will complain that they have no time for the parent of one of their scouts.
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