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  •  A good thing the execs do in scouting: (3+ / 0-)
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    wader, ladybug53, browneyes

    is scoutreach.  This is the part of BSA that I'm currently involved in (as a volunteer, not paid staff).  The paid staff pay is not very high, but they work their hearts out and do excellent work.  They set up Troops in inner city areas and at housing projects.  The one I'm involved with has helped hundreds of lower economic kids get the education, experience and encouragement available in scouting.  Lots of Eagles coming out of this housing project, and the parental support is exactly ZERO.

    Just trying to stand up for some of the good that I see professional scouters doing.

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    by briefer on Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 04:17:59 PM PST

    •  All the more shameful that the higher-ups (4+ / 0-)
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      are cashing in AND promoting bigotry.  I doubt the Troops in the projects are concerned with policing kids beliefs or orientation, as long as they are getting involved in positive ways.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 04:30:16 PM PST

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    •  Inner City Atlanta was one of the scandals (3+ / 0-)

      two years back.  Part of Scoutreach - or something similar - the local Council was touting its program for 'disadvantaged youth' - and using that for fundraising.....lied like hell about the numbers served.

      The ONE Troop that was legit was getting NO help financially from Council.  They had a VERY VISIBLE protest - with SCouts taking off thier shirts, a website explaining thier position and got LOTS of coverage.  The Scout Exec in Atlanta resigned - almost unheard of in BSA.  I heard that this shook up a lot in National.  The guy took responsibility for what was happening under his 'leadership' - said it was wrong and made efforts to put it back on the right course.

      The leaders of that unit had tried to work within the system and failed - finally got results going public but quickly shut down their efforts when they got the support they wanted.  The guys running the program knew you can only push BSA so far before YOU lose your head.  These guys were in it for the kids - and didn't want the program to die.

      In contrast OUR Council had a much touted 'Inner City Program' - five new units - Packs and Troops - that were TOTAL FRAUDS.  NOTHING existed.  The volunteer leaders in that community made a stink and eventually they did hire people to start these units but little ever came of them.  This is the more typical outcome.  BSA has failed miserably in outreach efforts to underpriviledged youth - and is losing its long term base in white bread suburbia.

      •  Sorry that's happened. That's just not my (0+ / 0-)

        experience.  Here we've got some loyal volunteers and an excellent, dedicated professional scouter running the show.  I'm sure, if I looked behind the scenes, I'd find something wrong.  But what I've seen has been done honorably and is a success.

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        by briefer on Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 08:18:07 PM PST

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