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David CO

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  1. David CO

    SM dividing the troop in need of opinion

    or...they could elect 5 or 6 youth leaders who will listen to them. They do have unit elections, don't they?
  2. David CO

    SM dividing the troop in need of opinion

    Let each patrol get together and decide for themselves. They don't need either you or the scoutmaster to do this. Once they decide, suggest that they take their plans to the committee.
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    BSA Youth Advisory Panel

    This is the part I dislike the most. Too many people are promoting boy scouting as a tool to build a resume.
  4. David CO

    Right way to initiate Troop/Patrol Service Projects

    Unsolicited requests for help from outside organizations go to the Chartered Organization. If the CO wants us to look at it, we will. If the CO wants some other branch of our organization to look at it, they will. Otherwise, the CO responds to the outside organization with a polite refusal letter. It's better if the outside organizations feel like they were turned down by the Chartered Organization rather than the boy scouts.
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    Compare Scouting vs Sports ?

    Some sports programs have the same problem.
  6. David CO

    Advice for New Cubmaster

    Same thing.
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    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.
  10. 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.
  12. David CO

    2019 World Jamboree

    Not at scouting activities.
  13. David CO

    What to wear?

    Ooh. A Hawaiian themed event. I could go for that!
  14. 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.
  15. David CO

    Youth Protection and Bankruptcy

    I won't.
  16. 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.
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    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.
  21. 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.
  22. David CO

    2019 World Jamboree

    Would they have honored a request to not distribute birth control devices to our scouts. I doubt it.
  23. David CO

    NE Illinois Council SE convicted

    He got off way too easy.
  24. 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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