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  1. How about those who prefer leaders keep their hands off the kids?

    I've recently completed my institution's required Title IX indoctraining so I'm perhaps a bit hypersensitive to the ever shifting definitions of proof, evidence, due process, and "normal human interaction."
  2. How about those who prefer leaders keep their hands off the kids?

    That's not the problem scenario. The problem is when the scout feels compelled to shake your hand because you offered yours, does so, then the scout (or the parents or a concerned onlooker) decides later that you offering your hand created a hostile environment. @David CO used the pendulum analogy. We're a long way from a moderating center position.
  3. How about those who prefer leaders keep their hands off the kids?

    That depends. If the scout feels compelled to shake your hand, and that in turn makes him/her uncomfortable, then yes you could be in trouble.
  4. LDS leaving BSA?

    For 2018, maybe. The Q&A at https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/questions-answers-changes-young-men-program specifically says they are making their payment to BSA for 2018, so no financial hit this year and older boys get the change to Eagle. The article at the link also says that scouting meets the needs of boys 8 to 13, multiple times.
  5. What is quality control in Scouting

    Theoretically, that's the purpose of the UC tools and ratings on every visit. Check the boxes on JTE but evaluate effectiveness by UC visits. Yeah, I know, UCs aren't really UCs as long as they are pushing FOS and popcorn, and it assumes some experience, but, I did said theoretically at the beginning :).
  6. OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE: Girls as Youth Members, All Programs

    I think sometimes what gets lost in the discussion is tangibles vs. intangibles. So lived experience, I was a child of the 70s. My Jr. year in HS our PhysEd classes went co-ed. Everybody said, nothing is going to change, girls can do whatever boys do, it'll be fine. But guess what, things changed. Our flag football experience when from a semi-contact sport to a completely non-contact sport. In fact, contact with girls was a special penalty. We quit playing things like gym hockey and dodgeball and any other activity where strength was a factor. We were forced to endure square dancing. So, the "program" didn't change (we still went to PE everyday and did the same-ish activities) but the intangibles surely did change. Everything was toned down. Second-hand experience, I was in the Navy. I got out before the Navy took surface combatants co-ed. I'm told by some friends who made the Navy a career that many things have been modified as a result of going co-ed. All the members of a work center no longer share berthing areas so the social aspect of downtime was impacted. Certainly the crossing the line ceremony changed. So, the Navy still goes to sea, flies jets, blows stuff up, that didn't change, but the intangibles surely did change. Many folks argued in both situations that the changes were for the better, maybe they were, maybe not. But nobody argues that things didn't change because they certainly did in both cases. This, I believe, will be the case with the BSA. The program might be exactly the same (it won't) and the intangibles will certainly change. BackPack hit on a a selection of the issues. Some will argue the changes are for the better, some will disagree. In the end boys will have the shorter end of the stick.
  7. NBC-WSJ Poll on BSA 10/11 decision

    All Scouting is Local.....
  8. Online Training

    I think you have to add the course to your training plan if it's not for a registered position. When I log into the training site there's a warning about the percentages being wrong. I also go fooled on at least one course because I missed the "click to load more modules" link at the bottom of the page.
  9. NBC-WSJ Poll on BSA 10/11 decision

    One might also note that 35-49 year olds (i.e. potentially parents of youth that could currently be members), the number opposing vs approving are well outside the margin of error.
  10. NBC-WSJ Poll on BSA 10/11 decision

    Based on the info given, 18-34 year olds are within the margin of error.
  11. WSJ 2019 selection

    The young man on the left's face paint might suggest France? The young man on the right appears to be guilty of cultural appropriation .
  12. OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE: Girls as Youth Members, All Programs

    Flag on the play, shifting the burden of proof. It's the BSA's and supports proposition to change the membership requirement, therefore their responsibility to prove the benefit.
  13. OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE: Girls as Youth Members, All Programs

    Ommission or Commission, a lie is a lie.
  14. OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE: Girls as Youth Members, All Programs

    The latter pitch would have been trustworthy and brave and conducive to having a conversation with the membership about next steps; the former pitch is a lie.
  15. OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE: Girls as Youth Members, All Programs

    FWIW, some of our members aren't waiting for the next program year. http://www.inforum.com/news/4351136-its-about-time-local-packs-welcome-girls-advance-2018-boy-scouts-inclusion-move
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