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#1 Stosh

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 08:59 AM

https://www.facebook...79636055405186/

 

Cooking MB

Personal Finance MB

 

Tent repair, backpack repair, clothing repair, patches, etc.

 

Kinda makes one think a bit about these MB classes and whether or not they are worth it.


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#2 NJCubScouter

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 09:28 AM

https://www.facebook...79636055405186/

 

Cooking MB

Personal Finance MB

 

Tent repair, backpack repair, clothing repair, patches, etc.

 

Kinda makes one think a bit about these MB classes and whether or not they are worth it.

 

I am not sure of what point you are making.  Which "these MB classes"?  


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#3 Chadamus

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 09:37 AM

I take it as:

As much as some bash the "classroom" approach to teaching a Merit Badge (Cooking & Personal Finance for example) at least basic skills are being taught. Which are apparently lacking for many adults.

Maybe?
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#4 Col. Flagg

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 10:15 AM

One of the many reasons to get rid of MB "colleges". You simply cannot show, demonstrate, explain, etc., effectively in a group of 30 people.

 

Was at one of these large group classes for Cit in the Nation a while back. 30+ kids. MBC says, "You cannot get credit unless you participate." So he asks, "What was the purpose of the American Revolution?" Then goes around the room. The entire room. All 30+ kids asking them the question. Each kid parroted back the exact same response...or in some cases worded differently but with the same meaning. #wasteoftime, #learningnothing.


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#5 NJCubScouter

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 10:31 AM

 #wasteoftime, #learningnothing.

 

If I wanted to see hashtags, even fake hashtags, I would have a Twitter account.  :)


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#6 Col. Flagg

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 11:18 AM

If I wanted to see hashtags, even fake hashtags, I would have a Twitter account.   :)

 

I'm in IT and even I have a limit to what I will keep track of. Can't for the life of me understand the reason for hast tags or Twitter.


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#7 Sentinel947

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 12:32 PM

I'm in IT and even I have a limit to what I will keep track of. Can't for the life of me understand the reason for hast tags or Twitter.


Hashtags help twitter associate similiar tweets. More or less the hashtags let you make your post likely to pop up if somebody is searching for or posting under a similiar hashtag.
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#8 DuctTape

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 12:51 PM

Hashtags help twitter associate similiar tweets. More or less the hashtags let you make your post likely to pop up if somebody is searching for or posting under a similiar hashtag.


Instagram also uses hashtags. These tags allow someone to follow a tag and not just a person.
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#9 Col. Flagg

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 01:09 PM

Hashtags help twitter associate similiar tweets. More or less the hashtags let you make your post likely to pop up if somebody is searching for or posting under a similiar hashtag.

 

Don't misunderstand. I *know* what they are for. I just don't get why something like that is necessary. I don't "get" Twitter. I couldn't care less that you are in line at Starbucks and someone cut in front of you, or that you think a certain cat video is cool. No offense, but no one is THAT interesting.


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#10 scoutldr

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 01:10 PM

Adulting does not require hashtags.


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#11 qwazse

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 01:43 PM

Adulting does not require hashtags.

#truth


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#12 Col. Flagg

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 02:00 PM

I can't think of ANYTHING that requires a hash tag.


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#13 MattR

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 02:07 PM

#squirrel!


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#14 T2Eagle

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 02:18 PM

I can't think of ANYTHING that requires a hash tag.

I disagree, when confronted with a variety of hashes I like to have tags so I know whether I am choosing the corned beef, ham, or vegetarian.  This is especially important if I am going for seconds and want to narrow my selections. 


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#15 NJCubScouter

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 02:48 PM

#sorryimentionedit


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#16 Col. Flagg

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 02:58 PM

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#17 fred johnson

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 03:08 PM

One of the many reasons to get rid of MB "colleges". You simply cannot show, demonstrate, explain, etc., effectively in a group of 30 people.

 

Was at one of these large group classes for Cit in the Nation a while back. 30+ kids. MBC says, "You cannot get credit unless you participate." So he asks, "What was the purpose of the American Revolution?" Then goes around the room. The entire room. All 30+ kids asking them the question. Each kid parroted back the exact same response...or in some cases worded differently but with the same meaning. #wasteoftime, #learningnothing.

 

At every court of honor, the SPL asks almost every scout what he got or learned from taking the badge.  The scout is supposed to say something.  Way too often we've heard something similar to "absolutely nothing".  Effectively what the scout got was the badge.  As long as the scout is polite and respectful, we let blunt comments stand.  We do that as we want to get scouts to speak their mind and share their thoughts.  On the flip side, since the scouts are free to speak, it's really refreshing when they take a great badge such as sailing or a good cooking badge.  


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 03:18 PM

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I still call it the "number sign" or the "pound sign."

 

Just to annoy my teenage daughter.


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#19 DuctTape

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 04:23 PM

Simply because someone doesn't understand the usefulness of something, or doesn't use it themselves does not mean it isn't useful to others. Very little is actually necessary, so to use required as the threshold for usefulness or whether it should exist is hardly compelling.

Edited by DuctTape, 24 April 2017 - 04:24 PM.

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#20 Stosh

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 04:33 PM

The original intent of the post was to show how MB's if done correctly can go a long way to fill in the maturity gap seen by today's "adults".  They can't cook, they can't sew, they can't balance a checkbook, but do drop a tremendous amount of personal freedom when they lock down their future in massive debt to satisfy a current urge.

 

Maybe, from the reactions on the forum we need a Forum MB to get the discussion a bit deeper than what it is.  :)  But then again, we're dealing with a classroom of thousands here.


Edited by Stosh, 24 April 2017 - 04:34 PM.

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