Last night, we had a lively discussion about the future of BSA Troop 113 among our parents while the scouts were in the gym playing some basketball. Later, our scouts discussed the changes (actual versus forecast) for the BSA and how they felt about it.
The scouts and the parents agreed that we’re not going to make any rash decisions, we’re going to watch, listen and wait for a while. Our charter runs through the end of January, 2014 so we’re not under any pressure to decide what we’ll do immediately. While the vote may have passed, it’s resolution won’t be effective until 1/1/14 and we know more guidance is coming to explain exactly how the resolution will be implemented.
Interestingly the scouts wanted to individually research the various alternatives to BSA and discuss it as a group later. I gave them links to a variety of organizations and told them what I had learned about each (and promised this link — http://www.joinbrigade.com/). They’re mainly interested in having fun and doing “scouty” things and don’t seem overly occupied by the “brand” on the front of the uniform shirt. Those Star and Life scouts present did express that they want to finish up Eagle ASAP in case we do change to another program, but that was it — no drama.
The really important stuff of the evening became:
- getting blue cards filled out for summer camp (and for those who are not going to camp, but will earnestly work on various MBs during the summer).
- distributing various forms needed for summer camp (early release forms, medical history paperwork, drug administration forms, etc.)
- SWIM TESTING AT THE Y is NEXT Monday evening — will email details to the families later this week.
We concluded our evening with our Scoutmaster minute on “how do we hallow God’s name as part of our duty to God?” It was a fun discussion and several dads got involved, as well.