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  1. I thought these were two interesting recommendations: "Greater reliance on volunteers to offset national staff reductions," followed by "Rotate national volunteers back to local councils or new intermediate organization." So, greater reliance on volunteers at the National level, but NOT the current National volunteers, who should be sent home. Is that right?
  2. That sounds cynical. 😄 And you're probably right. But a Scout is Loyal, so we have an obligation to speak truth to the organization we are loyal to. A Scout is Helpful, so we have an obligation to at least try to help them onto the right path. A Scout is Cheerful, so even in the worst of times we should act with optimism. And a Scout is Thrifty, so spending a few minutes writing comments where there is a one-in-a-million chance they could improve Scouting for millions of youth in the future is an investment worth making. 😁
  3. The survey gives you a 2,000 character comment box for each recommendation that you'd like to comment on. No canned responses.
  4. By using the feedback link in the Scoutingwire article, and writing and submitting comments, you can tell them how you would like to see the proposed changes implemented, or killed.
  5. In the Scoutingwire article, when you click on the feedback links, you are taken to a list of the recommendations. You can click a checkbox for each of the recommendations that you would like to comment on. Then you are taken to a page with the recommendations you selected, and a 2,000 character comment box for each one. So you can really let loose, if you want to. Then you submit, indicate your relationship to Scouting (volunteer, parent, etc.), and your Council.
  6. https://scoutingwire.org/understanding-the-churchill-plan-and-what-it-means-for-scouting/# July 17, 2020 In 2019, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the BSA asked six teams of volunteers and professionals from the local, area, regional and national level – including current or recent youth members and subject-matter experts – to develop plans on how to optimize the BSA for success in key areas based on input provided by more than 1,100 local, area, region and national volunteers and professionals, including: Youth Safety: How do we keep young people safe? Program: Are the BSA programs aligned with today’s young people? Communications and Marketing: How can National Council improve communication with stakeholders? Organizational Structure: Do we have the most effective organizational structure? National Council Effectiveness: Are there changes that would make the National Council more effective? Financial Health: How do we build a solid financial path forward? [Rest of article at link above.]
  7. True. Also true. In our current society, we have to strike a balance between the real purposes of the program and enough self-protection to keep the program going. BSA is in survival mode (maximum protection) now because it didn't do enough in the past to keep kids safe. The balance has tipped in one direction now as a result of being tipped in the other direction in the past. An added complication is that the law (the fulcrum, for purposes of this analogy) has moved in a direction unfavorable to BSA. But wait, there's more. The pandemic has come out of nowhere and changed where that balance will be struck. It has "lightened" the program by normalizing things like backyard "camping" and "earning" merit badges from the sofa. Meaning that Scouting is far easier for Scouts and families to participate in (and far less resource intensive for units and for BSA). Just as with schools and businesses, there will be a strong push to keep many of the "virtual" options. While the sexual abuse litigation and the bankruptcy are merely attacking BSA's finances, Covid-19 is attacking the heart of Scouting itself.
  8. Well, it looks like the youth adolescence expert must not yet have turned 18.
  9. I think two likely standards will be: (1) No debt; (2) summer camps consistently generate an operating surplus.
  10. Looks mostly like administrative tidying up -- much of which should have been done long ago. Innovative? Visionary? Well, they are combining the National Annual Business Meeting and the Top Hands Meeting. 🤪 It is quite a boring document, really. Not Churchillian. But, it is pure BSA. For example: "Create a membership executive position within councils focused on growth and paid on performance." How many hundreds of times has that been tried in councils all across the United States over the last forty years of declining membership? Maybe tens of thousands, if you count District Executives and Field Directors. Survival of the Boy Scouts of America is entirely dependent upon membership growth, but the folks from the National level all the way down to councils and even districts simply can't grasp the notion that they are powerless to do anything about membership growth,** despite more than forty years of contrary evidence. Retaining youth who are already Scouts and attracting youth who are not currently Scouts is entirely dependent upon how well the local moms and dads who are the unit adults execute an active, interesting, challenging Scouting program with a strong outdoor component. If BSA decided to create an executive position within councils focused on inspiring unit adults, then maybe they would be on to something. ** BSA National initiatives, policies, and program changes have caused significant membership losses over the years, however.
  11. To cut way back on the number and styles of uniform parts and insignia that BSA has to produce, distribute, and maintain in inventory, I'd suggest: The same color and style of shirt for all programs. No epaulets, no shoulder loops, only cloth badges/patches with no backing so they are easy to sew on The only insignia allowed are the BSA and Council name strips (lettering only), World Scout badge (without Messenger of Peace ring or other embellishment), unit numeral, den/patrol patch, rank badge, position patch, OA arrow strip All insignia are at least one-third smaller than current badges/patches No official pants / shorts / skirts / skorts; no official belts, socks, or hats No sashes; merit badges one-third smaller than current size, may be sewn on neckerchiefs One Cub Scout neckerchief color for all grade levels Cub Scout adventure pins and belt loops become cloth badges sewn on neckerchiefs Other awards currently worn on uniform may be sewn on neckerchiefs To cut way back on the number of publications that BSA develops, produces, distributes, and maintains, I'd suggest: All publications are electronic, printable on demand The contents of all existing publications are broken down into these collections: Youth member "how to" information for each program; youth leader "how to" information (Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouting only); adult leader "how to" information for each program Eliminate all duplication and as much inconsistency as possible from each collection Convert what is left so that at least 90 percent of each collection is in the form of (a) checklists, (b) step-by-step instructions, and (c) diagrams or illustrations; with the remaining 10 percent or less limited to text, but with no single block of text containing more than seventy-five words
  12. The need to stock blue shirts and tan shirts in the same sizes, and the need to stock green shirts and tan shirts in the same sizes.
  13. How about using the same color shirt across all programs?
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