I will try hard not to take offense at being compared to an alcoholic.
Over the many years, I have learned much from this forum and unlike dialog with National, I have received response(s)! I would like more new members to join in the discussion. Unlike a regular Round Table, we are not able to elicit a response from those lurking in a topic.
Here's a brief list of some of my take-aways, in no particular order.
1. When being told a BSA policy, procedure, policy, ASK WHERE IS THAT WRITTEN! Not written, just an opinion. Note many members post corroborating links when they respond.
2. Learn to say NO. Balance your time, family is MOST important, Scouting is further down the list.
3. Most likely the only way to fix a problem with a scout unit is to transfer to another. Childhood years are short and will not come again.
3a. Not having fun, it is time to go.
4. It is okay to have second thoughts, even drop, program aspects that are not delivering locally - OA, FOS, JTE, WB,
5. It is becoming more common to take an activity "outside of scouting" as a unit family activity.
6. Not all Methods are equal. Patrol Method. Patrol Method. Oh and Patrol Method.
7. The frustrating "Nod and Wink" (having it both ways) is everywhere. There are always exceptions/contradictions to BSA rules.
8. Transfer camp properties to a trust outside the reach of council.
9. Don't count on Council to support you in any confrontation with parents.
10. Don't count on BSA insurance (do you personally have a copy of the policy?), carry your own liability insurance.
11. Yes the Eagle Scout project is a scout activity. Yeah seemed obvious to me too.
12. Parents want their kids to carry their phone, deal with it. Remember the no-electronics discussion?
13. Sadly most CO's and Eagle Scouts are not involved in Scouting.
14. There has been much constructive criticism here regarding to all the changes in Medical form. (SS#, body fat, photo permission, carrying meds) and rank/award requirements. National just could not get it right.
15. There is much constructive criticism here regarding WB, NYLT, JLT,... Some members have posted their old training materials! Thanks!
16. The merit badge program appears broken at council level while some troops are handling the merit badge program rather well. Takeway, work on recruiting parents and setting up a program within troop. Recruiting talent outside of scouting is difficult at best.
16. Most scouting is local, i..e., most will not attend a HA center, Jamboree, or go on a distant trek.
Above is a partial list.
Edited by RememberSchiff, 19 April 2017 - 09:00 AM.