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  •  Something happened (3+ / 0-)
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    Tennessee Dave, Debby, wildweasels

    Once upon a time Scouting national headquarters was in New Jersey; then it got shifted to Texas and things have been downhill ever since. Things got a lot more conservative at that point.

    The organization is secretive and increasingly authoritarian. It used to be at the local level the hierarchy was a lot more diverse and accessible; you'd have troops, leaders, and the next step up from that was Council offices - maybe covering several counties, and on up from that to national regions and finally national.

    Well, over time those councils kept getting conglomerated into bigger units as they were merged. It became harder for local leaders to deal with an increasingly remote hierarchy. Local connections were lost as facilities like local camps were closed as part of the mergers. The trend is towards one council per state.

    The paid professionals who work at the council level were making out by driving these mergers - the more scouts in their councils, the higher they pay they get. (And there are widespread rumors of the numbers of scouts carried on the books getting inflated to further boost that pay.)

    The Boy Scouts of America is long overdue for some transparency and outside audits. But that's not going to happen.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 06:01:37 PM PDT

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      xaxnar, Cassandra Waites

      Girl Scouts is doing the same kind of consolidations and the "lifers" are controlling it more and more, in my opinion.  Our girls are going troopless this year as Middle and High Schoolers because they want to continue having great experiences together but are over the cookie selling which is so integral to the national organization.  We also had a co-leader run off with all our money a couple of years ago, which rather jaded us all, especially after the perpetrator got more support from our Council than the victims did.  Sound familiar?

      If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

      by sopranospinner on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 07:46:19 PM PDT

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