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  1. 42 minutes ago, carebear3895 said:

     Or, a roster may be permitted when participants are enrolled in a school-based program provided to the students, and the school does not want individual applications used"

    You can see how that can easily be abused. If your council employs Paraprofessionals, they are usually the one who runs the after school meetings.  

    Your Council is playing an unethical game. 

    Yes, I can see how that could be easily abused by unethical executives (Is there any other kind?) who are trying to boost their numbers.

    There is good reason for the policy.  When I started my in-school unit 40 years ago, we did that.  We submitted a class roster and then started to recruit the kids.  It made it much easier to get started.  After a few years, we had a real roster with just the participating scouts.

    It is incredibly hard in an institution, like a school, to get seed funding for a unit unless you can guarantee a charter.  We needed to charter first and recruit later.  We couldn't have gotten the approval and funding without the charter.

    I agree that we probably shouldn't have been included in the stats until we got a real number, but the policy can be very helpful to a new in-school unit that needs a little time to organize itself.  Isn't that what a council is supposed to do?  Help the units?

  2. 2 hours ago, T2Eagle said:

    According to Linkedin the average salary for a DE is $40,000.  At 55 hours a week that's under $14 an hour, which is a tad more than my kid gets at Best Buy part time.

    It is also a little bit more than the average salary of a Catholic school teacher ($38,460).  If you calculate my hours, I make less than my state's minimum wage of $15 per hour.  A lot of people make less.  Anyone who has a steady job with benefits is lucky.  If they also enjoy their work as much as I do, they are very lucky.

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  3. 1 hour ago, ParkMan said:

    How does an institution deal with a transition like this? 

    Last month, a survey was published that indicated that only a third of Catholics believe in a key point of Catholic faith.  Local surveys conducted at our parish/school have given a similar result.  It appears to be true.

    Some institutions do not offer an opportunity for either schism or transition.  Individuals may choose to stay or go.  The institution doesn't need to change its beliefs to accommodate them. 

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  4. 1 hour ago, Rick_in_CA said:

    The reality is we really have no idea what happened if anything.

    Yes, we really don't know.

    Not knowing makes me ponder the question.  Which result would be more damaging to scouting?  Guilty or innocent?  Actual abuse or false accusation?  Makes ya think, doesn't it?

  5. 1 hour ago, TMSM said:

    How many moms showed up with chainsaws?


    That's a recurring nightmare of mine.  Moms with chainsaws.

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  6. 37 minutes ago, ParkMan said:

      It's simply about letting kids be kids

    That is exactly my feeling.  At my school, the boys and girls seem to naturally segregate themselves (in the lunchroom. playground, hallways, etc.).  It's only when the adults assign the kids, do they work in coed groups.  If we let the kids be kids, we would still have separate boys and girls youth programs.

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  7. 58 minutes ago, TMSM said:

    This seems to be turning south - I don't think it is worth anyones time to debate the strenght of any specific gender, please stop.

    That is such a latitude-ist statement!  How offensive!  It clearly implies that South is inferior to North!  Please stop!  Oh, for pity sake, please stop!  [sob]

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  8. 1 hour ago, FireStone said:

    implying that kids today aren't safe in the BSA

    It's true.  Kids today are not as safe as many parents expect.  The parent in the article says that he would not even allow his kid to sleep over at a friends house.  A scout unit could never achieve the level of safety that he wants.  


  9. I didn't know that technology skills are now a component used to determine the literacy rate. If that is true, I am not surprised that the literacy rate has fallen.  There are many old-timers like myself who were once considered to be well educated/literate, but haven't kept up with the new technologies.  Unless we are talking about bird imitations, I would have no idea how to tweet.

  10. 52 minutes ago, John-in-KC said:

    We have infinite quantities of solar, geothermal, and wind sources. 

    There are far more carbon based energy sources on Earth than we could possibly ever use.  Most of it is not economically retrievable.  This may change as new technologies are developed.



  11. On 1/13/2013 at 1:12 PM, Beavah said:

    And yet, here I am, watching areas which used to have reliable snow get none

    Boy, I wish I got a little less snow.

    I have never seen a scientific study which says what the ideal climate would be.  Would it be colder?  Would it be warmer?  They don't say.  They always want to talk about climate change, but they have no idea what the ideal climate would be.  Until we know what the ideal climate would look like, we can't say if climate change is good or bad.

  12. On 12/16/2019 at 10:48 AM, Eagledad said:

    I have a question, However, in the last paragraph, the author states we can do ""We do our children a great disservice when we send them negative messages about their emerging sexuality. Instead, we need to guide them into healthy patterns of sexual behavior that will serve them for the rest of their lives."

    What are the negative messages? Healthy patterns of sexual behavior? If religious youth are less likely to indulge in porn, what are their patterns?

    Yes.  We need to give our kids positive messages about their emerging sexuality, but that doesn't need to include sexual behavior.  The author sounds like he thinks the two things are intertwined.  They aren't.  

  13. On 11/29/2019 at 7:08 PM, Sentinel947 said:

    Why in the United States of America do we have statues and name things after traitors who waged and lost a war against our country? 

    Because we have Freedom of Speech.  In the USA, people can build statues or name things in honor of anyone/anything they please.  I wouldn't want that to change.

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  14. On 12/2/2019 at 4:46 PM, RememberSchiff said:

    Self-inflicted.  Local Councils once had Neighborhood Commissioners whose job was just that and they had the  power to make corrections with no reluctance about confrontation.  


    BSA isn't concerned with program.  Their focus is on finance.   If commissioners had the power to "make corrections" in a unit, they would very quickly start using that power to mandate fundraising.  The commissioners job would be entirely about $$$.  

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  15. 3 hours ago, Scouter4Family said:

    Currently they are being told where we are going because the 5-6 scouts decided a destination....so in order for them to think they have a choice, an adult leader would need to step in and give them that choice I think. 

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

  16. 36 minutes ago, Scouter4Family said:

    Should we “tag along” on these high adventure camps or should I get a vote from the rest of the eligible scouts in the troop on where they would like to go and help them get there?  

    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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