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  1. http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2018/04/18/Penn-state-university-ends-Outing-Club-trips/stories/201804180168?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook According to an announcement posted by the club on its website last week, the university will not allow the club to organize and run outdoor, student-led trips starting next semester. “This is a result,” the announcement said, “of an assessment of risk management by the university that determined that the types of activities in which PSOC engages are above the university’s threshold of acceptable risk for recognized student organizations.”
  2. DL creates new Nova math award - Fearful Symmetry

    Fearful Symmetry would be a good band name.
  3. Philmont Announcement - March 27

    So basically they've opened the PTC spouse and children's program to families, eliminating the need for mom/dad to register for a training course?
  4. The crackdown on management of PII is only just beginning. The NIST decribes PII in this document, and the GDPR rules coming out of the EU, to be implemented next month are tough as well, https://www.csoonline.com/article/3215864/privacy/how-to-protect-personally-identifiable-information-pii-under-gdpr.html.
  5. Is BSA Sustainable?

    I tend to agree, although I'd go a bit further even. We're also constantly complaining about 14-year old Eagles and the like. I'd move Star, Life and Eagle, plus merit badges into the older program exclusively. The middle-school program could focus on 1st class skills. Summer camp for the 11-13-year old youth could actually be patrol-orienteed (today our patrol is going to the waterfront and shooting sports, tomorrow...) rather than running off individually to merit badge classes. The youth that want Eagle would stay in the older program and could pursue the path, those that just wanted adventure would be able to pursue that as well. Camps could run separate weeks for the older youth that focused on MBs and/or Adventure activities.
  6. Scouting ties in the Trump Administration

    Well, two days before he qualified for special circumstances to allow him to retire at 50 (instead of between 57 and 62). https://www.forbes.com/sites/ebauer/2018/03/17/no-andrew-mccabe-isnt-losing-his-pension/#656e31d9236d
  7. For Fun: What was your favorite Merit Badge?

  8. Family Scouting Update

    It won't take activists and lawyers to complete the transition to co-ed. As you point out the structure is largely unworkable, certainly in small areas. Those units that want to be co-ed will willfully ignore the announced structure, those that would like to stay within the lines will be forced to largely ignore the proposed structure for efficiency and effectiveness. At the National meeting in 2020 the BSA will announce full co-ed units due to overwhelming experience in the field.
  9. "Tongue in cheek" comparison?

    Your argument seems to have as a premise that a business has control over price, which it doesn't in a sufficiently competitive market. Another way to state your argument about a business is this, the primary function of a business is to return value to owners. This is accomplished by providing a service or good that meets a consumer demand at the market price. Value is returned to the owner by meeting demand for the least cost possible. Stated this was a business has exactly the same motive that you attribute to a government agency. The difference is when a business succeeds, value is returned to the owner, when Government succeeds, it rarely returns cash to the owners (taxpayers). When a business fails to meet their cost constraints, it fails, when Uncle Sam fails to meet its cost constraints, it just raises more "revenue" through increased taxes on a captive market. The government agency you reference is basically a monopoly with all the problems endemic to that model.
  10. "Tongue in cheek" comparison?

    It's by design...http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/P/bo24660595.html
  11. Supplemental Training for Youth Leaders

    I think this is the key word and tricky phrase.
  12. Supplemental Training for Youth Leaders

    It was a lot of work to keep current: Hence the PoR we never saw much use or traffic: How were you measuring traffic?
  13. Supplemental Training for Youth Leaders

    Thanks for the feedback everybody. No takers for my session so maybe @ItsBrian is right that it's an unused position. Ironically, I reviewed a number of Troop websites found by searching and they were uniformly years out of date. With the coming membership change I wonder if it's right to say nobody will be searching for Scout Units on the web. Several sites linked to FB but the pages that were open appeared to be adult-driven. Maybe we should change the position title to Social Media Curator......
  14. Supplemental Training for Youth Leaders

    @ItsBrian, thank you for the feedback. I'm curious about your statements "know how to use technology well" and "least important and easiest job." From my perspective they seem to contradict each other. If youth are technology consumers, wouldn't a good technology presence be important for a Troop?
  15. I'm working with my District Training folk to put together some supplemental training for youth positions of responsibility. I have the bit for webmaster. What guidance would you give to a youth webmaster beyond what's in the job description?