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    Working With Others

    You have already taken the first step. Come on this forum and talk with people you can't stand. Once you've mastered that skill, dealing with similar people in the real world won't seem quite so hard.
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    Adult led and youth led

    I would argue that the main con is the pros.
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    Snake bites victimize parents as much as campers

    I would guess that the hospital that stocks the antivenom ends up discarding a lot of unused and expired drugs. The consumer (snake bite victim) pays for it. It would be unfair to ask a hospital or pharmacy to keep the drugs in stock if they couldn't pass on the cost of unused medications to the patients.
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    Hello from Eastern Washington

    I wouldn't advise it. First of all, you shouldn't introduce yourself. The Scoutmaster should introduce you. Your first goal should be to earn their trust. So don't say anything you can't follow through on. Don't tell them they can ask you anything if you can't answer everything. You can't answer everything.
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    Girl Scouts vs. School Dress Code

    Life is hard. We don't need to make it any harder.
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    Girl Scouts vs. School Dress Code

    "While wearing the uniform is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged." I would totally agree with that statement. The scout leaders in my unit were allowed to encourage scouts to purchase and wear the uniform. They were not allowed to make it mandatory. They were not allowed to hassle scouts into purchasing a uniform. If they did that, it ended up on my desk. I'm OK with scouts wearing the complete uniform. I'm OK with scouts wearing T-shirts and jeans. I'm not OK with mixing and matching uniform and non-uniform parts. If they cannot afford the complete uniform, they should wear the T-shirts and jeans.
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    Girl Scouts vs. School Dress Code

    Compared to other people in my position (IH), I was considered to be very involved and supportive of the scouting program. Probably not so much if you compared me to the unit leaders. Certainly not if you compared me to many of the die-hard scouters on this forum. I think the viewpoint of the IH and the Chartered Organization is often missing from the forum. My CO couldn't care less if the scouts wear a uniform.
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    Can a CO profit off a unit?

    I should think that a scouter would be familiar with that concept.
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    St George

    I would prefer St. Crispin's Day.
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    Can a CO profit off a unit?

    Welcome to the forum. I don't think there is a legal problem here because the CO still owns all of the assets of the unit. If the CO gives the unit $1000 to buy tents, the tents are still owned by the CO. No money has changed hands.
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    Girl Scouts vs. School Dress Code

    BSA does have a program with rules and policies. And no, we do not all wear a uniform.
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    Girl Scouts vs. School Dress Code

    There is nothing requiring or forcing scouts to wear a uniform either. It is not a choice between wearing a uniform or not joining. It is simply a choice between wearing a uniform or not wearing a uniform. They can join either way. That's the rule.
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    Girl Scouts vs. School Dress Code

    No, it doesn't. That may have been true in 1920, when the traditional uniform of the time was universally accepted, but that isn't even close to being true today. Every country has its own distinct uniform. There is nothing universal about the scout uniform today.
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    Girl Scouts vs. School Dress Code

    Yes, that is the philosophical question, but there are also some practical concerns. Our public schools were recently offered the opportunity to have a Spring Swim Night for each of our schools as a special after-school activity. The school board declined the generous offer, citing the anticipated difficulties they might face with inappropriate swimwear, and with students/parents taking on the role of social activists by loudly protesting the perceived body-shaming of girls. They did a roller skating party instead. I suspect that the only result we will get from such social activism is fewer fun activities for the kids.
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    Hello from Columbus

    There is a very simple answer for that. They don't have do merit badges if they don't want to. The advancement program is completely voluntary.
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    Skit in Underwear - JCPenny

    I guess it would depend on the religion. I had an LDS student who always wore a shirt in the pool. He didn't think it was proper for boys to expose their upper torso in public. I don't know if that was just him, or if it was part of his religious training.
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    Skit in Underwear - JCPenny

    We had a similar discussion at our meeting just last week. It has become a common practice in some places to wear pajama-like clothing in public. In my day, this would have been just as unacceptable as going out in public in your underwear.
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    Skit in Underwear - JCPenny

    The scout leader certainly has the right to ban a skit. Just don't be surprised if the boys respond by refusing to do any skits from now on.
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    When To Elect SPL in Brand New Units?

    When I started a new unit, one of my top priorities was to find a SPL. I was fortunate enough to have a couple of experienced scouts transfer in from another unit. As an first-time scoutmaster, I really needed a good SPL to lead my unit.
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    Anyone want to read a draft of my article?

    It is well written, but I don't agree with it.
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    Scouts in schools in the UK

    That is what In-School Scouting was all about. It wasn't about bringing scouting indoors. It was about taking education outside.
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    Scouts in schools in the UK

    BSA prohibits many of these conversations. This is where an In-School unit had an advantage over the traditional unit. I am a Health teacher. Since it was part of the school curriculum, I was allowed to discuss any Health class topic with my In-School scouts.
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    Scouts in schools in the UK

    Perhaps this is true if you grew up with the lax standards of the 80's or 90's. Not so if you grew up in the 60's or earlier. We had a more rigorous curriculum and much stricter behavior expectations. So did Scouting. In order to have any less pressure put on them, my students would have to be sound asleep.
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    Scouts in schools in the UK

    We used to have a program that sounds very similar to what you are talking about. It was called In-School Scouting. There were designated In-School units. My troop started out as an In-School Boy Scout Troop, but morphed into a traditional troop when BSA dropped the In-School program. As with Lone Scouting, the In-School Scouting program got little support from the execs who didn't like the program.
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    My new Scout's going to camp but freaking out

    Scouting should be his activity. It should be something he wants to do. It shouldn't be something that he is pushed into doing because his parents feel it would be good for him. He gets plenty of that stuff in school. As a scout leader, I sometimes got kids who didn't want to be there. Sometimes it was because the parents felt it would be good for them. Sometimes it was because the parents wanted a cheap babysitter. Either way, I felt used. I enjoyed sharing my hobbies with like-minded boys. I did not enjoy, or appreciate, being saddled with uncooperative, whiny kids who had no desire to join-in and cheerfully participate. Pushing a kid into scouting does a disservice to both the boy and his scout leader.