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  1. How hard would it be for the Council to just keep a ledger. Money comes in from a camporee it goes into the council account and a credit entry is made in the district ledger. Expenses for the event are paid from the council account anNd a debit is entered in the district ledger. Camporee makes money there is a credit balance in the ledger to start the next event. It would require council to keep their hands off the actual money though.
  2. It's been a few years since I had to deal with JTE, so maybe these complaints about the process are no longer valid. But, that won't stop me from writing them anyway :). 1. Even in the pre-scoutbook era, the BSA had almost all the information they needed to calculate JTE from recharter info, Tour Permits (remember those?), the service hour website (what was that called, service to america or something), etc. JTE should have been a 0 second effort for any unit serving vol other than entering data during the year. Turn in your recharter in December, wait three months for the BSA to rek
  3. Stop recruiting boys in order to protect your bonus? 🤣
  4. Nothing wrong with the idea of tort reform. But let's be clear, the lawyers in these cases are operating inside the system created by politicians.
  5. It's been said before, but, worth saying again. The current cultural zeitgeist requires full compliance and submission. Organizations like the BSA, the NRA, or the Church that refuse to fully comply either have to be destroyed or taken over. Multiple corporations, the NFL, MLB, NBA, GSUSA, etc. have already bent the knee, literally in some cases and figuratively, in an attempt to save themselves from the postmodern leftists. They may or may not be spared the wrath of the mob. The BSA has come to believe the path to survival is to also bend the knee. It is likely too late for the BSA.
  6. I did it with my son at PTC 10 or 12 years back. I seem to recall knife throwing at 2013 Jambo.
  7. Just poking around a bit. https://www.mississippi-umc.org/newsdetail/united-methodist-churches-and-boy-scouts-of-america-14335626 https://www.gnjumc.org/the-boy-scouts-of-america/ https://www.gnjumc.org/the-boy-scouts-of-america/statement-on-boy-scout-bankruptcy-from-gnj-chancellor/
  8. Yep., I get that and have no issue with the strategy. I'm just suggesting there is more than one way to skin a cat, and none of them involve turning assets over to a council.
  9. Offer your equipment for sale to the families and CO membership. Spend that cash and every cent in the treasury on the biggest blow out fully catered no holds barred CoH. If there's any equipment or cash left tell council to come and take it. They arent going to lawyer up over it. Hell they wont even force a DE to visit the CO.
  10. I suspect there were well trained RSOs at Ft. Leavenworth.
  11. Agreed. @yknot and @CynicalScouter what changes are you advocating? Being a premier youth outdoor program is a mission statement not a change. What are the specifics?
  12. Sure, but like it or not there is an enumerated constitutional power to establish a postal service, and, I have options beyond the USPS. Just because the feds have one power doesn't mean they should have all of them.
  13. The Post Office didn't and doesn't own the infrastructure necessary to be an ISP. I suppose they could have contracted to build an entirely parallel infrastructure. Or they could have demanded access from all the telecom, cable, satellite, and cellular companies. But, do you really want a federal government agency in control of the internet? Reading your email, denying you access to encryption services, watching your reading habits? Having the power to shut your access down indiscriminately? Do you want to give that power to Trump? Biden? Harris? Imagine if today's internet existed dur
  14. I agree with @ParkMan, this is a good topic. But the thread does point out a challenge with the concept of authenticity, namely, it's in the eye of the beholder. I didn't bring up the GNY Council issue to rehash the gays/girls issue. But it does point out the challenges with a concept like authenticity. Some people saw that decision as authentic, leaders doing what they thought was right regardless of the rules of the organization. Others, saw it as inauthentic because the leaders didn't uphold the rules of the organization they'd signed up to serve. Much like @CynicalScouter charged
  15. Like when the GNY Council hired Pascal Tessier in violation of then current membership standards? It was a clear violation of the regulations and BSA national did nothing. Agree or disagree with the decision, the BSA showed they don't have the courage to enforce their own rules therefore the rules are meaningless. Never give an order you know will be disobeyed if you don't have the courage to enforce it.
  16. So 3 random thoughts: 1. The charter agreement used to say the council would send a representative to discuss and sign the agreement with the IH. I never once saw that happen in 15 years of charter/recharter efforts. People treated it according to the importance so assigned. 2. I don't recall anything in the agreement that prevents a CO from placing additional requirements on leader training. 3. The CO selects and approves leaders for their units. I seem to recall during the membership changes the BSA specifically said COs had full control of leader selection. Has that chang
  17. @ParkMan, if two units decided to camp together why would these standards apply? Not sure I'm following your logic.
  18. They did, https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/boy-scouts-lobby-in-states-to-stem-the-flow-of-child-abuse-lawsuits/2018/05/08/0eee0a44-47d8-11e8-827e-190efaf1f1ee_story.html
  19. Where to begin. There's no such thing as culturally neutral. Everything we do, all of our symbols and ceremonies, occurs in the context of culture. BSA is awash in cultural appropriation. Heraldry, uniforms, patrols, salutes, etc. all came from different cultures. Woodbadge beads? Appropriation. Vikings, Trojans, Spartans, Valkyrie patrol patches? Appropriation. Heck, the entirety of the Cub Scout rank system, based on the Jungle book, was written by a racist defender of British Imperialism and stereotypes culture. Further, appropriation of culture goes way beyond the wo
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