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#1 F-P

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 05:03 PM

Anyone doing this?  Haven't heard anything about them in a while.  I don't think there is much of an audience on the NE.

 

I was checking out their site and noticed that you don't need to sew on rank patches - they will hang from the temporary badge button under the pocket.  I think that's a great idea!


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#2 NJCubScouter

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 05:19 PM

I'm not.  Even if I wanted to, which I don't, I would not meet their leadership criteria because I am not of the "right" religion.

 

I have heard very little about them since the original flurry of publicity.  Their web site does not seem to have any membership figures, or none that I could find in a quick look around.


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 05:23 PM

I follow their posts on Facebook.   Always a few posts every other day or so, highlighting outdoors or community service of one of their units.


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 07:02 PM

I dont think I meet the criteria either but if they have any good program ideas I can poach I'll take them.
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Posted 16 January 2017 - 08:40 PM

I dont think I meet the criteria either but if they have any good program ideas I can poach I'll take them.


I just looked at their web site and I think it is safe to say that the program is similar to the BSA's, plus their particular religious focus.
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#6 JasonG172

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 10:44 AM

I follow their posts on Facebook.   Always a few posts every other day or so, highlighting outdoors or community service of one of their units.

 

Same here, follow them on Facebook


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 11:18 AM

Our town used to have a unit.  I tried to contact them, they never made a response and now it has been taken off their membership/unit map.  The unit was "chartered" by the mega-church in town, but that didn't seem to be sufficient to make it go.  Nearest unit from us is 100+ miles away.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:25 PM

Like NJ, I never heard a peep out of Trail Life after the initial hubbub.  I don't think they won over many folks with their approach to the split, but that is strictly my opinion.  (Not to get to political  :))

 

Speaking generally here, I think the best thing is to just continue with Boy Scouts of America and find the Troop/Pack/Crew that is right for you and your family.  

 

And on an unrelated note, I'm back to the Forum after a relatively brief Grad School Hiatus!  I look forward to getting reacquainted.  

 

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#9 Stosh

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:28 PM

WELCOME BACK!!!!


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:31 PM

Thanks, Stosh!  :D


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#11 NJCubScouter

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:55 PM

Welcome back LeCastor!

 

As for Trail Life, if that map on their web site is current, they seem to have three (3) units in the State of New Jersey.  I did not know there was such a map until Stosh mentioned it and I went looking for it.  It does give kind of an indication of what their membership is, even though membership figures within each unit are not provided.  As might be expected, their greatest concentration seems to be in the South and Midwest.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 01:04 PM

... And on an unrelated note, I'm back to the Forum after a relatively brief Grad School Hiatus!  I look forward to getting reacquainted.  ...

So is it doc LeCastor, now? :rolleyes:  Welcome back!


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#13 F-P

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 09:19 PM

Not interested in them as a scouting option. Just wanted to see where they're at.
I expect them to go away and become a footnote in scouting history.
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Posted 17 January 2017 - 11:19 PM

Welcome back.

 

I know someone that's son that is in Trail Life and they have dropped off in activity.  I think it was a quick rise and fall.  The group that looks interesting to me is the Baden-Powel Association.  They are extremely inclusive and seem to have been around for a while.


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#15 qwazse

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 09:35 AM

... The group that looks interesting to me is the Baden-Powel Association.  They are extremely inclusive and seem to have been around for a while.

BPSA seems to have peaked as well. I gathered from their website there was a leadership transition. I certainly hope they gain a little momentum.


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#16 Eagle94-A1

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 11:21 AM

1) @LeCastor  

 

2)  The only TL unit I knew about in my neck of the woods closed shop. Do not know what happened. I found out when one of their church members joined the pack that my troop is affiliated with.


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 04:01 PM

Honestly I never thought they would be strong to overcome BSA.  Too much of their materials were copied from BSA so there is the copyright infringement.  

 

The other is if it really bothered people about the vote, all they had to do was switch troops to one that fit their beliefs.  Even in Scouting we have differences in troops so their is bound to be one that fits.  

 

Last is the volunteer.  The person who started up would quickly find that they are doing so much work.  We already know this in BSA that many wear many hats so why would it be any different in TL?


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:00 AM

BPSA seems to have peaked as well. I gathered from their website there was a leadership transition. I certainly hope they gain a little momentum.

 

 

I like the BPSA, and considered it for my family a few years back. Since then it doesn't seem like there's been much growth. One thing that put me off of it a bit was that there is no insurance protection for anyone involved. Supposedly some groups secured their own coverage privately, but something about getting no help form HQ in that regard was a bit concerning to me. Maybe that's changed since, not sure. Just seems to be that at a basic level, any youth-oriented organization needs to support local units with some kind of basic coverage. 

 

Trail Life does cover all scouters and units. 


Edited by EmberMike, 16 February 2017 - 10:01 AM.

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#19 fred johnson

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:23 AM

One thing that I did like about Trail Life was the web site and information layout.  I'll give them that.  Who ever put it together did an outstanding job.  As for the program materials, they looked thin and tightly modeled from BSA.

 

IMHO, I think BSA should look at Trail Life to see what they changed and perhaps reflect on improvements to the BSA program.  


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#20 EmberMike

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:31 AM

IMHO, I think BSA should look at Trail Life to see what they changed and perhaps reflect on improvements to the BSA program.  

 

 

BSA has never been short on ideas for things to change. It's getting people to buy into the change that is always the hard part, and why program change often comes so slowly. 


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