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by jkeess
Wed Sep 07, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: Rover Scouts
Topic: "God" stuff
Replies: 125
Views: 61402

Re: "God" stuff

Of course I'll bang away at the subject if the basis of argument is "I don't believe there is a place for atheism in scouting because I believe it."

Besides, my point was spiritual. Einstein, for example, was an extremely spiritual man but had been an atheist since his teen years.
by jkeess
Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: Adult Training, Development and Support
Topic: Leader education
Replies: 47
Views: 23100

Re: Leader education

I'm not saying that a baseline of standard training is bad, I'm saying that leaders should bring something unique to the table. The best way to do this is to do training outside the organisation. Lightweight camping, for example, is best discovered through a couple of guidebooks and extensive trial-...
by jkeess
Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: New Uniforms (2011)
Topic: Another Nail in the Canadian Rover Coffin?
Replies: 17
Views: 9159

Re: Another Nail in the Canadian Rover Coffin?

Of course, many leaders are also rovers, and this would result in buying two shirts. Rovers, really, ought to be recognised for doing rover things, not having a uniform distinct from leaders. Most solid outdooring activites ought to preclude elaborate uniforms. To be honest, having a complex and ela...
by jkeess
Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:01 pm
Forum: Rover Scouts
Topic: "God" stuff
Replies: 125
Views: 61402

Re: "God" stuff

Someone who's "searching" isn't neccesarily looking for a god. A person with a scientific view is in fact always searching and challenging their assumptions, and will often find wonder along the way.
by jkeess
Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:01 am
Forum: Adult Training, Development and Support
Topic: Leader education
Replies: 47
Views: 23100

Re: Leader education

Courses will inevitably bring standardisation, and, if it is taught in-house, stagnation. Well, at least if it's the only training we have. The ultiamte education is one which is aqcuired on one's own. We should put more emphasis on "earning one's ticket" and doing things outide of scouting - this w...
by jkeess
Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:46 pm
Forum: Team Building
Topic: If the only tool you have is a hammer...
Replies: 22
Views: 39789

Re: If the only tool you have is a hammer...

Not to be a bummer, but referencing an earlier point, personality tests are very complex and are, in their true form, administered by a psychologist or psychomestrist with training in the field. The MB test simply reinforces our natural inclination to catgorise and catalogue complex information to m...
by jkeess
Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:39 pm
Forum: Rover Scouts
Topic: "God" stuff
Replies: 125
Views: 61402

Re: "God" stuff

I believe it can - hence the serious problem with very vague and contradictory wording on a touchy subject. Modern science doesn't neccesarily depend on raw randomness - you're looking at an immensely complex set of systems interacting in many ways simultaneously, producing results that human can ne...
by jkeess
Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:35 pm
Forum: New Uniforms (2011)
Topic: A review of the new uniform, With photos.
Replies: 31
Views: 15435

Re: A review of the new uniform, With photos.

I'd give MEC a try first - they make some very good stuff, much of it in Canada. It is a bummer that the shirt is not made of a technical fabric.
by jkeess
Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2011-12 Scouting Year
Replies: 3
Views: 2702

Re: 2011-12 Scouting Year

Can't wait. We've got a pretty good plan laid out and after a year of establishment, are looking forward to really getting on with some more advanced activites.
by jkeess
Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Rover Scouts
Topic: Growing Rover Membership
Replies: 7
Views: 6371

Re: Growing Rover Membership

The idea of vocational crews stands out. We need to understand that there will (and should) be variation among crews - some crews will be naturally large, some crews will be naturally small. My current crew, in all honesty, is unlikely to participate in complex award schemes - we're more or less all...
by jkeess
Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: If I was the CEO...
Replies: 38
Views: 16891

Re: If I was the CEO...

Problems with leader retention?? Our group has to turn leaders away... and our youth numbers have more than doubled in the past 4 years. Perhaps your group is losing good leaders because your GC chooses to keep bad leaders in their place? If my group couldn't keep leaders I think I would be questio...
by jkeess
Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: If I was the CEO...
Replies: 38
Views: 16891

Re: If I was the CEO...

For one, I would take a very hard look at why we've developed a corporate, and not a democratic, structure. I'd move SC towards becoming a participative democracy that would allow the organsiation to better reflect our societal reality. 2 - I would put much more of an emphasis on healthy living and...
by jkeess
Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:40 pm
Forum: Team Building
Topic: Team building among leaders
Replies: 16
Views: 41662

Re: Team building among leaders

A good homebrew is a balanced beer that is usually made in batches of 22-26 litres. It's good stuff, ranging in involvement from pre-boiled wort (festabrew kits) to doing your own mash. Making by the 22L batch makes it ideal for sharing. Mine is a little strong, but that's because I like making it i...
by jkeess
Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:04 am
Forum: Program Ideas
Topic: Pack - Photography
Replies: 9
Views: 6072

Re: Pack - Photography

We did a camp-in where the cubs wrote, directed and produced a movie. They had a blast!
by jkeess
Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is there a place for atheism in Scouting?
Replies: 31
Views: 14171

Re: Is there a place for atheism in Scouting?

What surprised you?
by jkeess
Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Canada is a little poorer today
Replies: 10
Views: 5319

Re: Canada is a little poorer today

Right, which is why it was noted that it's sad to lose Jack Layton because he was a good Canadian. I will mention the same about John A MacDonald, a Tory, or Lester Pearson, a Grit.
by jkeess
Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Canada is a little poorer today
Replies: 10
Views: 5319

Re: Canada is a little poorer today

Yes, Canada is quite a bit poorer due to NDP policies. I would suggest that politics (other than the Scouting kind) be kept out of these forums. Yeah! Those awful Socialist policies like universal health care! An apology for residential schools! Awful examples to our scouts. As it happens, it was a...
by jkeess
Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Canada is a little poorer today
Replies: 10
Views: 5319

Canada is a little poorer today

RIP Jack Layton - I hope my kids learn to fight for what they believe in as hard you did.
by jkeess
Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: New Uniforms (2011)
Topic: Badge placement
Replies: 35
Views: 16164

Re: Badge placement

And, I hope that SC recognises Pastafarianism so that those who worship the FSM can get their own little badge. You and Bobby Henderson; you sure do know how to upset people. :lol: Terribly sorry if I upset you, but I think Bobby Henderson had a point (against the teaching of "intelligent" design i...
by jkeess
Sat Aug 20, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is there a place for atheism in Scouting?
Replies: 31
Views: 14171

Re: Is there a place for atheism in Scouting?

Linked from badge placement. Had a particular problem with the idea of having a "faith affiliation" badge (as opposed to the RIL award). The RIl award requires investigation, work and learning, this seems to be a truly uneccesary label. If SC is going to allow for labels, does my religion (Pastafarr...