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    Swimming Requirements for Rank

    Just for clarity, I believe the swimming requirements are a net asset to advancement. Like @thrifty I spent a bunch of money on rec center memberships and private swimming lessons for my son with autism so he could learn to swim. We also endured the pain and struggle that his autism caused in the process (we starting with splashing water on his face because he couldn't bear the sensation of it). I have very old and faded swimming, lifesaving, and mile swim badges in a box somewhere. But, that has no bearing on my response to the OP. Call me a cynic but we all know that as long as the troop in question is making it's annual registration payment and maybe kicking in a little to FOS/Popcorn, the district, council and national aren't going to do a damn thing about it. The same way they aren't going to do anything to units that publicly announce they are running co-ed scouting in contravention of the program, or units that camp their cub scouts in non-approved campgrounds, or play lazer tag or paintball or use squirt guns, etc. Other than YPT issues the PTB aren't going to drop a charter of a unit that's paying. My question to the OP is simple, is it worth the pain and hassle to bang your head against that wall? As for the boys in other units, they have a choice. They can be demoralized that somebody else got to skate, or, they can take pride in a job well done (and feel some sense of sadness/pity for their less fortunate brothers). If we are in fact teaching character they'll choose the latter. If we're worried about equality of outcome or fairness or some such stuff they'll choose the former.
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    Swimming Requirements for Rank

    I suppose the question is what do you hope to accomplish by "saying something?" Do you want the SM defrocked? Troop charter suspended? Force boys to go back in rank? Even if the DE or other VIP says something are they going to send representatives to enforce swim checks? Are you going to go hold swim checks for this unit? Is there a safety issue for that unit if they don't do any water activities? Be sure you've evaluated your own motives before creating a s*** storm.
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    Eight scouts sent home from Scotland Jamboree

    #freeross
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    Tigers Can No Longer Shoot BB Guns.

    My DE sent an email regarding the "information floating around", disavowed them, then said a revision was coming to the G2SS
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    Only six months till girls in Scouts BSA.

    That horse has already left the barn.
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    Only six months till girls in Scouts BSA.

    Maybe. The OA has already set the equivalencies for induction and past camping experience counts (https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/05/23/order-of-the-arrow-to-open-unit-elections-to-scouts-bsa-venturing-and-sea-scouts/. If Discovery is equivalent to First Class, then it wont' take much in the way of mental gymnastics to say Pathfinder is the equivalent of Star or Life.
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    Only six months till girls in Scouts BSA.

    5:00 mark-ish: Venturing is our older youth program 16 to 21 year olds 5:40 mark-ish: Boy patrols and girl patrols And the ever present snarky remark about boys..... My daughter has been to more scout camps that most Eagle scouts Anyway, as to the question. Even though the kickoff of girls in Cub Scouts was June 11, my council decided to wait until the fall recruiting drive in Sept. They've also said an existing pack can't accept less than 5 girls. So the couple we had interested in joining this summer have decided to stay with GSUSA and the unit has decided not to recruit in competition with GSUSA.
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    Tigers Can No Longer Shoot BB Guns.

    The last column is headed Older Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts, but, large bore, centerfire, and pistols are only venturing and sea scouts. Does that mean 16 year old boy scouts can no longer take advantage of the shooting programs at the Summit? http://www.summitbsa.org/programs/national-high-adventure-base/focused-programs/the-marksman/
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    Need for tree identification

    This made me laugh:
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    Need for tree identification

    Wise choice. The walnuts make excellent projectiles, especially after they've seasoned just a bit on the ground!
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    Parent Wars: The Helicopter Strikes Back

    😲Like for family nights or just in general?
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    NATIONAL POLICY: AOL and Crossover Ceremonies

    LIkely only tangential, but, curious. I went to FB to see what the discussion looked like there. At the top of the OA page is a video called the Original Induction Experience. Foreshadowing perhaps or just part of NOAC? Maybe both?
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    Regalia outlawed at Arrow of Light

    Thank you but no apology is necessary.
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    Regalia outlawed at Arrow of Light

    Good news is the new script highlights the high adventure bases! 🤑
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    Regalia outlawed at Arrow of Light

    It makes no sense to say no regalia at Crossover/Arrow of Light ceremonies and keep it for the rest of the OA. It wouldn't surprise me to see all regalia banned before the next election cycle.
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    Stephen Covey

    My employer in the mid to late 90s used the 7 Habits stuff, that's also when I ran into Principle Centered Leadership. It's hard for me to say if they are any good. I was young when I read them so I knew much more then than I do now. I took away some things from his books that I still try to use today.
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    Is this the new normal?

    Very carefully would be my guess......
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    Sea Scouts

    Point of Order please, the Commodore never served on nor commanded a boat.....Please.
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    Stephen Covey

    Mainly his later book, Principle Centered Leadership I think was the title, felt very scouty to me.
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    Denied a court of honor.

    Well, it's been a few years since I walked one through the process. Beyond that, this site, https://bobwhiteblather.com/guide-to-advancement-2017/, suggests the signatures after the scout's birthday is a relatively new option. I can't really comment on what was or wasn't in conflict with the Guide. I can only say what was. The Guide to Advancement is 100 pages long and it doesn't include the Eagle workbook or application. Gak. No wonder everybody's lawyered up all the time (no offense @NJCubScouter)
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    Denied a court of honor.

    Not to be overly picky, but, in my council if paperwork was submitted on the day of a scouts 18th birthday it would be a day too late.
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    BSA National and Change Management

    I believe @Hawkwin was referring to parents he met at Cub Day Camp. I would suggest parents aren't going to be interested in signing up for scoutingwire, or Bryan's blog. They don't get scouting magazine. My council has a newsletter, well, no, they have a FB feed and twitter account. Plenty of parents who don't care about social media or email. For that matter they don't really care about council. I think @Hawkwin was absolutely correct in suggesting an actual letter as a good idea. Besides, council manages to send me 2 or 3 actual letters every FOS season, even after I've contributed. Seems like this wouldn't be that much more difficult......Then again, the folks I talked to at council were surprised by all the announcements as well.
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    BSA National and Change Management

    Or they could set up a toll free number for concerned citizens, parents, and members to anonymously report egregious violations of the G2SS and related literature.
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    Is this the new normal?

    I reject the video game argument because it's based in victim thinking. It's the "devil made me do it" defense to attempt to avoid responsibility. Society's reflex to ban guns reinforces the avoidance of responsibility by blaming the instrument rather than the perpetrator. Both are weak tea arguments. What we're really losing with the squirt gun ban is the ability to teach boys nuance in decision making. A firearm can cause harm, so, don't point firearms at people. This rifle is a firearm, therefore, don't point it at people. Good logic. A firearm can cause harm, so, don't point firearms at people. This squirt gun is not a firearm, therefor, don't point it at people. Flawed logic. I trust boys can figure out the difference between a firearm and a squirt gun. It's not clear to me the BSA trusts boys or their adult leaders anymore.
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    Is this the new normal?

    Well, the rules say "firearm or simulated firearm." If "shape of a gun" is the basis for decision making then we'd have to unban lazer tag because those contraption don't look like guns. Regardless, a long skinny tube firing a projectile is the description of an RPG launcher.
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