- They cyber chip requirement for Boy Scouts shows that whoever created it has not had kids in twenty years.
- I *do* like the additional camping and service requirements.
- I would like to see a more concise definition of what constitutes "conservation hours" for those required service hours.
Not sure anything else really sticks out or bugs me.
@Adamcp, what bugs you besides the cyber chip?
I must sound like an old man telling the kids to get off my lawn, but I just keep thinking, "Why didn't they just leave well enough alone?" Who cares what rank the Scouts learn the taut line?
But also it is the minutia of things like (for second class):
- With your parents or guardian, decide on an amount of money that you would like to earn, based on the cost of a specific item you would like to purchase. Develop a plan written plan to earn the amount agreed upon and follow that plan; it is acceptable to make changes to your plan along the way. Discuss any changes made to your original plan and whether you met your goal.
- At a minimum of three locations, compare the cost of the item for which you are saving to determine the best place to purchase it. After completing Second Class requirement 8c, decide if you will use the amount that you earned as originally intended, save all or part of it, or use it for another purpose.
Or for first class:
- Help plan a menu for one of the above campouts that includes at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner and that requires cooking at least two of the meals. Tell how the menu includes the foods from MyPlate or the current USDA nutrition model and how it meets nutritional needs for the planned activity or campout.
Really? Does anyone ... anywhere think about the MyPlate guidelines when they are planning a meal.
I think one of the best things that happened in our Troop last year was when one Patrol decided to bring Hot Pockets to a camping trip and cook them over an open fire for dinner. MANY other adults told me (the SM) that I should tell them that such a meal is not nutritious and that they had to choose something else. I said that we were using the Patrol Method (ahem ... for real now) and that I had told the Scouts that it was completely on them to choose their meals. I reminded the adults that even an entire weekend of only Pop Tarts (which the Scouts were actually not planning by the way) would not kill anyone. After the weekend was over, the Scouts were wholly disappointed by the Hot-Pockets-Over-Open-Flame experiment and, without any intervention from adults, decided to menu plan very differently for the next camping trip. Problem solved (because it was never a problem). The chili they made the next time was excellent. But ALL of the above had absolutely nothing to do with the flibberty MyPlate guidelines. And I think it is a waste of time to go into all that. It is schoolifying the scouting experience.
But I am just making it worse for myself now. I don't want to be all grrrrr-ified by all this. I just want to let these boys ... uh ... youths do their thing, and have Scoutmaster Conferences (my favorite part of being a SM) chatting with scouts who are proud of their accomplishments. SIGH.