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Over the past several years, my focus in the troop has been to work with newly bridged scouts to help them master basic scouting skills and work towards their First Class rank. The first couple months focus on things that scouts need to complete their Scout rank, and that includes talking about bullying and cyberbullying (as part of Scout requirement 6). We do this as a group discussion, involving parents whenever possible (despite our best efforts, some parents still just want to drop off their kid and come back a couple hours later to pick him up). Every new scout knows about bullying and cyberbullying because they've talked about it at school, if not at home around the dinner table. It might just be that our part of town is fairly affluent and "safe", but the vast majority of scouts tell me they have never actually been bullied and they have never had somebody trying to cyberbully them. Yet, the fear of bullying seems very common among both kids and parents. Is it justified? More info: https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/bullying-a-top-concern-for-generation-z-survey-shows
So I'm spinning off that "Big Question" thread about some BoR using a "trick question" about wearing your uniform in school. Seems that it was isolated to one unit, and most of us agree that it was a good thing that other BoRs didn't use it. Anyway the discussion turned to taking flack for wearing your uniform, something I never had a problem with, but others had. Well, thinking about it, there were some things I did take flack for: Being friends with the new kid, who couldn't keep his skin clean. Striking up a conversation with the "dumb girl". Having the audacity to try out for stage band freshman year. Being kind to that cheerleader who everyone knew was sleeping around. Wearing a uniform one day a year was hardly going to get me in any more trouble with people who wanted to dish it out.