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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Interesting that this was also in the article. "The Council is working on recruiting more fathers and college students as volunteers in the hopes that they might be more motivated to lead girls on camping trips and teach them survival skills."
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    Boy Scouting in WW2

    As I've gotten older I have a much stronger appreciation for the WWII and Korea vets who were an everyday part of my youth. My scoutmaster was on the beach in France on D-Day. He rarely said much.
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    Your scheduled event suddenly canceled - facility conflicts

    We don't know that the school didn't have that in the agreement.
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    Juvenile Offenses and Ethics

    Aren't Scout Spirit and Scoutmaster Conference two different requirements? Couldn't you do the Scoutmaster Conference to set up expectations for the boy and what is required to complete the Scout Spirit requirement? Requirements for rank advancement?
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    Your scheduled event suddenly canceled - facility conflicts

    Well, in fairness to the school, the sports teams are part of the school's extra-curricular activities. Unless the school is also the CO wouldn't they have a loyalty to their own programs first?
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    OA to end AoL ceremonies?

    Nah. He has at least three choices, comply, walk away, or resist. Question is, do we really want to put boys in this position? Comply is disheartening, resist is hard, walk away is easy. And it gets easier after the first stroll. Nah. Silly rules should be flouted at every available opportunity. We can argue about the wisdom of this particular rule change but blind obedience is not what "A Scout is Obedient" means.
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    Veterans in Scouting

    I wonder if there's not a couple of things going on these days. First, I think there are a lot of folks that knew or remember how the Vietnam vets were treated when they came home. There's some desire, at least in some parts of society, to make up for that societal disgrace. It can't be taken back, but, a different attitude can be shown moving forward. I think the second thing that's happening is we're now what 40 years into the all volunteer force. There are two generations of citizens that realize they didn't even have to consider serving. I wonder if some folks are coming to terms with that reality. OEF/OIF are the first sustained, on-tv-every-night operations in a generation. The idea of military service is in their living rooms again. I figure when people say thanks for your service, they aren't talking to me, I'm just a guy that represents all vets, at that moment, to that person. It's uncomfortable because I know where I belong in hierarchy. But, I try to be gracious and then take a few minutes to remember and be grateful myself.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    The BSA has buckled under any little bit of pressure since Dale. They may find a backbone now but I wouldn't count on it.
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    Veterans in Scouting

    I agree. I'm not sure I'd wear the patch but it would be a nice option. My OA lodge as a youth was a spin-off of Mic-O-Say. We absolutely had the red, white, and blue beads for our claws. I still have mine with the beads. I normally don't salute while in civilian clothes. I suppose there might be times I'd consider it. I am fine with saluting in field or activity uniform however. It's taken a while to get used to the uncovered bit though. If I'm wearing a BSA cap (basically anything with a BSA fleur-de-lis), I roundly ignore this request. If my unit had a uniform cap and all were wearing it at flags, I'd likely tell them to ignore it as well. But, units with a haphazard collection of caps, I'm ok with telling them to remove them. I do indulge at scout activities and simply give the full hand salute regardless of which unit or role I'm playing. I'm not a fan of the two and three-finger salutes and my pinky doesn't bend like it used to....
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    The international friendship aspect of scouting

    For me as a youth and an adult, almost zero. I did get to interact with some scouts from outside the US at the Jamboree I attended as a youth but beyond that it rarely crosses my mind.
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    Bear Claws

    I just used mine a couple weeks ago when the can opener at the place we were staying broke. Be Prepared and all...... Separately, don't buy cheap knives, they are probably just as dangerous as dull knives. The tinker linked above is my everyday pocket knife.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    and every flier from every unit for every activity will have to be approved by the Commissar of Truth and Language.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    For the lawyers, here's the complaint. All 50 pages of it. https://www.scribd.com/document/392523926/110618-SDNY-Girl-Scouts-v-Boy-Scouts-Complaint?fbclid=IwAR1LmH5X0N1xp28vKinf8_RpsRUHF5LInNhLNLWugrnqsMGGpBkXceriBL0.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    Those of you wondering how people can confuse the two organizations are missing the point. Most of the parents I deal with have never been involved in scouting in any way, shape, or fashion. Even if you use the terms BSA and GSUSA, they assume they are divisions of some greater single entity.
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    Girl Scouts Suing the Boy Scouts

    We could have some fun with this though. This telling of the story quotes the suit:: Pick your favorite new name for the program formerly known as boy scouts, add to the list, or suggest a single-name program moniker (e.g. Venturing, Exploring): Cavalry Scouts, BSA Dragoon Scouts, BSA Pioneer Scouts, BSA Buffalo Scouts, BSA