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  1. Very true. Of my memories as a patrol member, about half of them involve KP duty, endlessly chipping/scrubbing aluminum fry pans that were encased with impenetrable baked-on food substance.
  2. Lodge is the real deal. Seasoned and ready to go. There are several FB cast iron pages, with dozens of posts each day. Recipes, reseasoning, identification of vintage items, etc.
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    Kudos to my council - Northern Star

    I was a UC in several different councils. When I introduced myself to units, the two main reactions were disbelief and suspicion. "I've been a SM for X years and you are the first UC I've met." The well functioning units tolerated me. Some struggling units were quite welcoming, happy to have another adult to go on campouts, talk about things, etc. Other struggling units were quite content to flounder and resented any input. Such is life. As far as actual impact as a UC, I still have my doubts. Moderate to minimal, even on a good day. The commissioner concept is great on paper. Very rarely does it work as advertised.
  4. From Ministrywatch.com: "The Boy Scouts Mortgage their 'Crown Jewel'" "According to documents obtained by MinistryWatch.com the Boy Scouts of America has mortgaged Philmont Scout Ranch, one of the BSA’s largest and most valuable properties. "The Boy Scouts filed the mortgage in Colfax County, New Mexico, where Philmont is located, on March 21, 2019. The filing was recorded on April 3, 2019. The document places a mortgage on the entire Philmont property – which covers more than 140,000 acres, or about 220 square miles – in northeastern New Mexico. The mortgage also includes “all improvements” to the land. "Philmont has been called the “crown jewel” of Scouting. More than 1-million Scouts and their leaders have attended Philmont since its founding. A typical year has about 22,000 campers plus about 5,000 adults and their families attending the training center. Philmont is also home of the National Scouting Museum, visited by thousands of tourists each year. "The mortgage is held by JP Morgan Chase Bank. The terms of the deal are complex and depend on a number of factors, but the filing states that “the lien secured by this Mortgage shall not at any one time exceed $450,000,000.” https://ministrywatch.com/the-boy-scouts-mortgage-their-crown-jewel/?fbclid=IwAR0lXqWsp2RQe7QCvODR0M2uxWHF2qX42Y2cKLyyMnbkAlretKwtkD7BQ5M __________________________________________________________________ - Link to legal documents is in first paragraph of article (signed by Michael Surbaugh in March 2019) - Also reported on in World Magazine: https://world.wng.org/2019/11/a_desperate_move?fbclid=IwAR1mpVF-mvJRhV9qS7YzMNIfHppM1gfm25xYAwL8-57_8L2Tdeao4rJ78us
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    Scouting in Blighted Communities

    I concur 100 percent with @RememberSchiff. If I may add, I believe the OP is also striving for a humorous tone. As we know, humor may or may not translate well in written communication. As RememberSchiff said, the scoutlike discussion that has followed is a better solution. PS I'm a rural scouter myself.
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    BSA Mortgages Philmont Scout Ranch

    @ParkMan, well said. However, I'm doubtful that even a former governor or any highly accomplished leader could help the professional scouter corps in its present state. Individually, there are many great pros. Collectively, because the pro staff has become so insular and bureaucratic, they'll figure out a way to appear to be on board with the new direction, all the while keeping the status quo. I think a bigger broom is going to be needed to enact the changes you've recommended.
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    BSA Mortgages Philmont Scout Ranch

    I agree, Pete. From what I know, the Philmont oversight committee is a plum assignment. So National decided to pawn Philmont for 450M. And not notify the committee. When the committee calls them out, National pushes back on the committee. Pushes back on the oversight committee. If National has this level of disdain for a hand-selected group of gold loop volunteers, it shows how little they think of folks working at the unit level.
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    BSA Mortgages Philmont Scout Ranch

    What a mess. National advises struggling units to "sell more popcorn." When National struggles, they pawn Philmont. Without notifying the Philmont oversight committee. The Philmont oversight committee! I guess the committee didn't have a need to know. Remarkable business strategy.
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    BSA Mortgages Philmont Scout Ranch

    ...and if our units are struggling financially, National wants us to "sell more popcorn."
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    BSA Mortgages Philmont Scout Ranch

    On the camping headquarters side, over 24K backpackers attended Philmont in 2019 (treks, Cavalcade, OA trail crew, Rayado, etc.). This was a record summer. I don't have good numbers for the Training Center side of the street (training, family adventure). From what I hear, sign ups were pretty sparse.
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    BSA Mortgages Philmont Scout Ranch

    @RememberSchiff, my impression is "in part." I think National is cash-poor in just about every category....
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    Scouter.com Slogan Contest

    Fellow Scouters, the winner of the Scouter.com slogan contest is: @SteveMM! - @SteveMM: "Scouter.com - Uniting Scouters Worldwide" Runners up: - @mrkstvns: "Make Scouting Great Again" - @MattR: "The scouter's campfire. Pull up a stump and join us." On behalf of the Scouter.com moderator staff, thanks to all for your great submissions and participation! @RememberSchiff, @MattR, @John-in-KC,@desertrat77
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    Appropriate Insignia UNDER Right Pocket?

    I haven't seen either...the one I have from my scouting days was official BSA, made of heavy felt. Plenty of others were homemade and were considered acceptable for uniform wear.
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    Appropriate Insignia UNDER Right Pocket?

    Fairly common in the '70s, started dying out in the early '80s.
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    Burnout - Its Hit Me

    @5thGenTexan, I'm sorry to hear this. Sounds like the other scouters didn't respect your wishes. I certainly understand your desire to step back. As mentioned, I've persevered in situations like this "for the good of scouting" and in the long run it wasn't worth the effort and stress. Being in a rural area, is it safe to assume many of the other scouters are going to be in their respective positions for awhile?
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    Substance Abuse training from pharmacy university (IL)

    Though it's been awhile since I was a cub (early 70s), I received very detailed, realistic substance prevention training in elementary school. It was provided by Department of Defense Schools as we were stationed in Panama. Our den also had a field trip to the Balboa Heights Police Department in the Canal Zone, where the detectives talked to us about drug abuse, arrests, and other consequences. They didn't dumb it down for us. It made quite an impact on me. I can still picture the detectives chatting informally with us in the squad room for about 30 minutes. No slides, no slogans, no gimmicks, no drama. Just a couple of great detectives sharing their perspectives with us and answering questions. Present day, I believe the cubs can handle straightforward instruction. The earlier they learn, the better. By junior high and high school, many will already have tried drugs or at least have their attitudes influenced by the world around them.
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    Wine Auction Nets Council $132K

    One of my previous councils. Napa Valley is wonderful
  18. I agree. Summer camps have turned into MB mills, with many non-outdoor offerings. The scouts should be hiking, swimming, boating, and shooting. Either for the MB or just for the fun of it. Life is sedentary enough in 2019. Too many scouts sitting on picnic benches at summer camp these days.
  19. If there is a nudge from National to discourage or at least tighten up MB fairs, I'd say this is the most positive news I've heard in awhile. There are acceptable group settings to earn MBs at summer camp. Historically, these used to be primarily outdoor focused (rifle/shotgun/lifesaving/etc.). Many units didn't access to properties or equipment during the course of the year, so it was standard practice at camp. The MB fairs I see today are grand events, more spoon feeding than actually learning. The scouts go through the process and leave Saturday evening with MBs that used to require weeks of individual effort. And for most of the scouts, all they had to do was wake up, don their uniform, and get in the SUV. Everything else is scripted.
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    Scouter.com Slogan Contest

    @eTimesSoy, welcome to scouter.com!
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    Fee increase - observations

    Seventy bucks is about what my daughter's yearbooks cost (each). Many students don't get them due to the cost.
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    Appropriate Insignia UNDER Right Pocket?

    Scouts that are active will find a way to show off those segments. The scout is clearly active in the program, which I think is the most important point.
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    Burnout - Its Hit Me

    @5thGenTexan, though it may look a bit odd, I hit the "thanks" button to show my gratitude and respect for all you're doing for scouting. As a rural scouter myself, I believe there are more leaders in circumstances similar to yours than the BSA recognizes. Especially in rural areas, where there are limited numbers of adults who could or should work with scouts. Often the rural leaders do double and triple duty, and must put up with long-term dysfunctional circumstances simply because there are no other options. This can be very draining on a number of levels. My recommendation is a frank talk with all of the adults. Here's what I'm observing/experiencing, here's the impact it's having on the unit and me personally, and close with an "I" message (your expectations going forward, your plans to possibly step down, etc.). If the others can't or won't respect that, then stepping down may be the best thing for you and your family. "Is the juice worth the squeeze?" My personal experience: I've stayed the course and "never say die" many times during my professional life and volunteer experiences. But there is a line. I've crossed that line several times to the detriment of my family and myself. You'll know when and where that line is. Again, my respects and thanks to you! Best wishes and please let us know how it goes.
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    What are the BSA priorities??

    I recently sat on three Tenderfoot boards of review. One girl and two boys. Very impressive scouts, these three. The highlight question was "what do you like best about scouting?" All three brightened and said "camping!" Each in their own way, they articulated what they like about their first camporee. They mentioned the good points and looked back on the low points with humor. Collectively couldn't wait to go camping again. To me, this is what the BSA is all about.
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    BREAKING - Fee Increase Numbers

    Granted, the arrow points were a pain. But as a Cub, I was most delighted with my Bobcat pin, and my Wolf and Bear patches. I enjoyed the activities that garnered the arrow points, but I didn't care about the arrow points themselves.