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  1. Job opening at National

    A technology the vendor effectively abandon what, three years ago?
  2. New merit badge idea?

  3. Sad sign of the times

    I suppose it depends on where and when you went to school.
  4. Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    Winter 2018 Commissioner Newsletter says some about Family Scouting (although nothing really new):
  5. Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    Well, not really. The change back could just as easily be, existing members can continue at their will, but we will no longer accept new female members.
  6. Learning to drive efficiently.

    "Shut up and Listen" is exactly what we've been doing to boys for 50 years. It is the reason we have disparity. Other than that, the analogy is good.
  7. Will you poach our crew's women?

    If Star, Life and Eagle were moved into the 14-21 age group, exclusively, it's a simple matter to make the required leadership positions for Eagle focus on the Troop. SPL, ASPL, Troop Guides, Instructors all could come from the Venturing program, providing service to the Troop Program. The middle-school aged scouts would see the responsibility being handled by the HS aged scouts and the HS aged scouts would have the adventure program separate from the troop. Feels like the best of both worlds to me.
  8. Will you poach our crew's women?

    Or keep the 14-21 age and make Boy Scouts 11-14 with a simple focus on ST21; move SLE and merit badges in to Venturing.
  9. Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    @Pselb, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the volunteer/parent issue. It's refreshing to hear honest feedback rather than the normal excuses I think many scouters are used to hearing. It should cause us to reflect a bit that maybe the problem BSA units face isn't a lack of volunteers so much as an overwhelming bureaucracy that requires 20 registered leaders, three lawyers, and an accountant, to run a pack of 30 boys (or youth).
  10. Concerns with coed rules, leadership, liability

    The early adopter program was only k-4 grade girls. Not that there couldn't be a 10-year old 4th grader but I think the BSAs intent was to exclude the issue you raise.
  11. New YPT Launch

    This afternoon I've received an email from my DC, which came from the Council Commissioner, etc. about the launch of the new YPT. This blurb was in the FAQ Attachment By October 1, 2018, all new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated training. The enhanced and updated content will allow leaders and councils to comply with all current legal requirements. While this may be inconvenient for some, it reflects the BSA’s commitment to the safety of all youth. I haven't logged in yet to see if it's available.
  12. Girl Scout sold cookies outside Medical Marijuana Dispensary

    Lots of things one might question beyond the product the business sells: - The young lady is being used, in uniform, in a business advertisement - In said advertisement she's wearing the business's ball cap - Said business, at least according to one of the articles, uses the Girl Scout name to sell their product (https://buenos.urbnleaf.com/?product=platinum-cookies) - Shop owners said she was just "passing by" and they posted to support the cause, but, the post included the name of their business and her in the cap. Disingenuous at best.... Also said to have posted a picture of boxes of cookies along side their own products implying a relationship. I guess GSUSA has to decide if they are good with all that. It does go in some interesting directions though. So as to NJCubScouter's question, it seems to be the equivalent of say my local convenience store taking a picture of Cub Scouts, wearing the store's logo hats, showing popcorn arrayed along with the alcohol and cigar display, to use on their social media advertising campaign. Just trying to help out a cause. "Stop for some popcorn and pick up your game day needs!"
  13. The current moral panic is bad for males and females

    That just makes you old and irrelevant :). We have cookies and warm milk!
  14. The current moral panic is bad for males and females

    This is the reality and pain of collectivism. Doesn't matter if it's a church, community, political party, government, corporation, or charitable organization. Believe and repeat the narrative or face shaming. If that doesn't work you will be banished. Religions have worked this way forever, secular society is quickly catching up.
  15. The current moral panic is bad for males and females

    This comment reminds me of my institution's Title IX training. About midway through this year's installment there was information given that the "oppressive nature" of evidence gathering in a court of actual law can be avoided through the Title IX process. Where a bureaucrat is investigator, jury and judge. Oh, and the accuser can remain anonymous, need not be the victim, no right to cross examination, no right to discovery, etc. The MeToo movement is the logical successor to the dear colleague letter and is in danger of hurting itself in the same way. Yeah, I generally avoid closed-door one-on-one meetings with female colleagues, I certainly avoid getting on a elevator with female students where I might end up alone. I don't go to office mixers to the extent they still exist. Earlier in the thread someone posted that only 2% of cases were false accusations. That failure rate would be the equivalent of 1700 air liners falling out of the sky every day or your car being in the shop a full week every year. No thanks. The impact to career and livelihood is simply too great to take a 2% chance.
  16. Scouting is doomed

    The answer to each of your reasons is true and false depending on your perspective. From my perspective (rural middle of the country) will be different than suburban, urban, exurban, coastal, intermountain west, etc. @LatinScot, all you said is true, and none of it requires the corporation that is the BSA.
  17. New YPT Launch

    Probably should have dropped this in the adult leader training topic. Feel free to move, fold, spindle, mutilate, etc.
  18. Adding Girls to Pack

  19. What an Iron Squirrel Taught Me

    Make sure your wording is clear and you don't get a squirrel cook-off in iron :). It's takes a lot of stew to cover the taste of squirrel. Just sayin.
  20. The district contains Iowa City and the U of I. It's a blue district. It will be interesting to see if Mr. Wahl's can consolidate the young vote. One of the linked articles mentioned the only other declared candidate is a career diplomat (http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/local/2017/12/21/zach-wahls-announces-bid-dvorskys-iowa-senate-seat/973866001/).
  21. Ireland seeks Eagle now before she ages out

    Maybe the most important thing said on this forum in a while......
  22. Ireland seeks Eagle now before she ages out

    I wouldn't because a TLUSA member or his parents made a choice between competing organizations. However, that wasn't how I understood Hawkin's argument. I understood him to say that Ms. Ireland did the work with Scouts Canada because she wanted to be a scout and it was the only (or one of a limited number of) option open to her. As such, her work there should be transferred to the BSA now that we are an option for her (almost). NJ posited a girl TX didn't have the same benefit to which I added the BPSA wrinkle. I'm just trying to understand Hawkin's argument a bit more. Is it "doing the work" or "doing the work in a WOSM affiliated organization?" If it's the former then NJ/my hypothetical girl in TX could make the same claim.
  23. Ireland seeks Eagle now before she ages out

    Or was a member of the BPSA? Not WOSM affiliated but why should that matter if she's done the work?
  24. What's in a Name

    Well, according to this government agency, https://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/tables/pop1.asp, the number of scout-age children has been relatively constant since 1972 so the comparison to the general population doesn't hold. To be fair, having membership drop by 50% with a constant membership base potential isn't good but suggesting it should have doubled is unrealistic. Change is hard but maybe the hardest part is getting the supporters of change to pick up the slack. If there is indeed a groundswell of support for this change, then there should also be a groundswell of new volunteers to take over for those that choose to move on, no? It's always curious to me why folks who push, accept or agree with a change seem to always feel a need to denigrate the people who disagree with them. My old grandmother used to say "you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar." Just saying if you really believe it's a shame some folks are leaving, then why wouldn't you want to try to educate them rather than insult them?
  25. Alamo Area Council (TX) first? to register girls in Cubs

    That's not what I heard. The speaker said there must be male and female leaders on every Cub Scout outing, unless, the outing is all boys or all girls. Then, the leadership may be all of the same gender. New_Bitmap_Image.bmp