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42 minutes ago, SSScout said:

 

Point being, that , back then,  A Scout had to WANT the Merit Badge.  There were no "Merit Badge Days", no MBColleges.  The MBCounselors were few and far between.  If " A Scout Is Trustworthy", and the requirements for the MB are held to the standard, I have no problem with that.   The previous story about the Leather Working MB is, I fear, typical.   

 

The two biggest shocks when I became a scout leader were MB Colleges and female bathrooms at the camp I attended when I was a scout. Summer camps, even when I was a scout, made earning MBs easier than at home. How could they not. But, troops back when I was a kid took responsibility for advancement and didn't leave summer to do most of the advancement program. That is the problem I see today. And it is getting worse because the majority of adults joining today don't have a youth experience to base their approach to leading a troop. As more scouts experience bad programs, they will also lead those same programs when they become adults. Patrol Method as was intended by the pioneers of scouting will only be a shell of the traditional patrol method. Name only. 

Barry

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12 minutes ago, Eagledad said:

The two biggest shocks when I became a scout leader were MB Colleges and female bathrooms at the camp I attended when I was a scout. 

I grew up in the era of pit latrines at scout camp.

I was shocked, shocked I tell you, to find that scout camps actually devolved to flush toilets!

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With my ship, when we do our high adventure trips, the girls are much more comfortable to doing their business in the back country than the boys.  One would think that would be the opposite based on social stereotypes.

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23 hours ago, mashmaster said:

With my ship, when we do our high adventure trips, the girls are much more comfortable to doing their business in the back country than the boys.  One would think that would be the opposite based on social stereotypes.

Yes. This is my experience too. I have my suspicions as to why, but nothing close to definitive.

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