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"Establish minimum standards to be considered a council"

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No, but National's ability to issue council charters is. And I cannot think of ANY bankruptcy I ever heard of where the court ordered the chartered entity to relinquish their congressional charter (and I looked).

Remember: they filed a Chapter 11 (reorganization) not a Chapter 7 (liquidation). You might have an argument that National surrendered its ability to function entirely with a Chapter 7, but that is not what it happening.

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1 hour ago, carebear3895 said:

It's peoples livelihoods.... 

That's a big part of the problem.  The executives think BSA exists to pay their salaries.

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9 minutes ago, David CO said:

That's a big part of the problem.  The executives think BSA exists to pay their salaries.

Just curious, when Ford came out with the Pinto and gas tanks were exploding, did you blame all the workers for that?

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2 hours ago, MattR said:

Just curious, when Ford came out with the Pinto and gas tanks were exploding, did you blame all the workers for that?

All subcompact cars were unsafe.   

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56 minutes ago, Eagle94-A1 said:

They will lie, steal, and do whatever it takes to get ahead.

That pretty much describes all of the executives I've ever dealt with.  It's all about the paycheck.  No concern for the kids.

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@David CO

There are certainly scouting professionals that leave a lot to be desired.  The Peter Principle applies in many cases at the SE level.   This happens in lots of organizations including Congress for sure.  There are many issues with professional scouters.  One I've seen over and over is zero training in Customer Service and how to trust volunteers to do jobs.    "No you can't collect the $5.00 fee for the Pinewood Derby...I have to sit here for 4 hours writing out $5 receipts to the 50 scouts who are here".    The Executive Boards are neutered either by design or they just give up.

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Posted (edited)

Update: Moving Some Churchill Recommendations Forward

While several items were mentioned about not moving forward "at this time", there's nothing about

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"Establish minimum standards to be considered a council"

Since they haven't explicitly rejected, I can reasonably assume they are going ahead with it.

And we still have no idea what the "minimum standards to be considered a council" are going to be.

I am thinking this is probably right.

On 7/10/2020 at 12:12 PM, David CO said:

How much income a council generates for national.

But this was interesting

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Recommendations that were paused for possible consideration of implementation in the future, include:

  • Establishing a fee-based structure for councils in place of the National BSA collecting membership fees from councils

 

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I think the fee-based structure simply will consume a lot of time doing calculus that National Management Team is not prepared to do. The problem isn’t so much dividing the year in to months or weeks, but figuring out the price points.

Just think about it. How much more expensive can you make a night out with hotdogs and s’mores before participants realize that for the extra expense they can have the same night out with brats and tiramisu?

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On 7/13/2020 at 6:46 PM, Eagle94-A1 said:

There are a lot of good, honest professionals who want what is best for the youth.... And I have had some good DEs ...  But there are also a lot of pros who do not live up to the Oath and Law. They will lie, steal, and do whatever it takes   ...  The good ones tend to not stick around long. They get burned out, frustrated, or harassed  into leaving. ...   Why work so hard and not get truly recognized for the hard work. Worse is being harassed to leave.

Eagle.  I never thought in a million years I would have ever heard that said from a BSA Pro, current or former.  I commend you for having the courage to lay it out here for all of us.  I also commend the exceptional environment Scouter.com gives us in order to share, support and learn from each other's experiences in BSA's many micro climates and pockets of alternate realities.

David CO, I do agree with you about executives only really caring about their livelihoods as an employee of Scouts BSA.  Luckily, I been able to work with a handful of exceptional (now laid off) Scout Professionals who never got valued for what they kept bringing into the Districts and Council. 

With all that, I'll always have faith in Scouting; it's something far more.  As Nick Fury said, ""Until such time as the world ends, we will act as though it intends to spin on.""

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Grammar fix, and a positive ending.

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1 hour ago, CommishJulian said:

Luckily, I been able to work with a handful of exceptional (now laid off) Scout Professionals who never got valued for what they kept bringing into the Districts and Council. 

I've heard this comment before from others.  I'd be curious for people to expand on this.  What are examples were you've seen professionals fired who were doing a good job?  No names of course.

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