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    Replacing BSA in 2020

    They are not subsidiaries. National doesn't own the local councils. They are all financially independent from national. They pay dues to national. Yes, they have the capital they need. This isn't about short term cashflow crunch, this is about long term exposure to liability from stuff that happened in the 80s and earlier.
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    Replacing BSA in 2020

    Almost all camps are owned by the local councils, which are separate from BSA financially. So I don't see a mass selling off of camps unless someone sues a specific council for past abuses, and then only that council's camp is at risk. Ch.11 may open that up as a tactic. The COs and Local councils are more liable than BSA IMHO but BSA has the liability insurance and endowment to go after. You always sue people who can pay.
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    New Announcement on Youth and Primary Progression

    I do that. I walk in with one of my kid's old suit jackets on a pole and tell a story about the Title of Liberty and recruiting for the Youth Battalion. It may be just a once a year thing now, wether it is late December or January remains to be seen.
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    Replacing BSA in 2020

    My view has always been I expect that YM will still run much the same as it has, just with no uniforms, badges, and courts of honor. We will still go camping and burn stuff (responsibly). We will still go camping and try to get the other scouts to enjoy high adventure activities. There will still be wooden gravity powered car races in the spring where dads "help" make the cars. We will still have career and skill focused nights, and we will still have bad YM leaders who never plan anything and watch the boys play basketball every week. Just less guilt about friends of scouting and eagle ranks. Stake and regional co-ordination will take on more of the summer camp and large activity planning. But let's be honest, if you were a scout commissioner (as many were) you were already doing those sorts of things as part of your calling. What changes is the camp sites will not be BSA campsites and will be regular old group campsites provided by state and national parks.
  5. Reddit has a good FAQ on the possible bankruptcy. Basically national is separate from all the councils but still the target of most abuse cases because the Chartering Organizations and Local Councils (who are really the ones to blame in these cases being closest to the offense) may not have the same bags of money national has. They can handle at most 50 more such settlements before going under because their liability insurance providers are being difficult when it comes to paying up. The issue is they don't know how many more such cases are out there. Could, be two could be two thousand. A bankruptcy plan should give them some financial certainty regardless of how many past cases come up.
  6. Read the rest of the article. There's not much beyond the first paragraph, other than comparing the BSA to the Catholic Church with regards to their issues with sexual abuse lawsuits.
  7. I got a cryptic mail from the national BSA and that made me decide to to see if there were any Boy Scouts stories. And it's a biggie (behind a paywall too). No one else has picked it up yet but since it's the Wall Street Journal it seems reputable. Boy Scouts of America Considers Bankruptcy Filing Amid Sex-Abuse Lawsuits https://www.wsj.com/articles/boy-scouts-of-america-considers-bankruptcy-filing-amid-sex-abuse-lawsuits-11544649657
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    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    My concern is that building hype like this just encourages people to spread their self generated "good ideas" like it was a rumor they heard, like "They are getting rid of October General Conference and replacing it with 12 super-area conferences that week." It's like the twelve are trying to drive "engagement" like it is some mobile app metric they need to avert some curse from befalling the Church. I should stop steadying the ark now before it becomes a formal calling.
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    That Deadpool Poster

    Remember when the iPhone was coming out? Not the first time this iconic image was used, and it won't be the last.
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    April 2019 Conference

    * Some talk that focuses on what people are doing with the one hour not spent in church meetings on Sunday. * Men will get a 13 day video game and sports fast. This includes watching people play video games and sports. Count your blessings brethren, it was nearly a 13 day media fast (all media, not just social). * No talk of the new Youth Program, I agree with @rockpond it will come in October. I honestly don't see any need for another big set of changes. We need to let these settle in and see how they play out.
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    AP Styleguide refusing to dump "Mormon"?

    On a related tangent, AP doesn't always use PPPs outside of he/him/his and she/her/hers (Personal Preferred Pronouns). The singular they was a major issue, and ze is right out. From their twitter: So I don't feel they are grinding a religious ax against us, but just being conservative in the way their reporting reflects common usage. They follow the curve, not lead the curve. If ze/zir/zis becomes common usage then the style would be updated, similary Latter-day Saints becoming the new Mormon. If anything that is a call on the saints to be sure they use the preferred terms to make it mainstream.
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    No more Gospel Principles.

    My wife and I were discussing it and one of her concerns was that one of the benefits of keeping gospel doctrine separate from gospel principals was to keep the long time enfranchised members from going into wild tangents with the new members around. Milk before meat (before recreational drugs).
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    Bill Reel’s Conference Predictions

    We almost do that in my ward. Because of the size of the Aaronic Priesthood we combine them all on the first Sunday and rotate around the adult quorum leadership and have them teach the "Duty to God" lesson. All other weaks I have my deacons teach. We just went with an age based rotation so it's consistent. What usually ends up happening is the assigned Deacon leads a group discussion and the leaders tend to re-direct, but the Deacons have taken ownership. Once the quorum president thought we should have a chastity lesson and he taught a lesson on pornography, all on his initiative. It was "out of cycle" but I allowed it. One of our Deacons regularly puts a slideshow together when it is his turn and even finds church memes to finish off his lesson. It was rough the first couple of weeks but the Deacons got into the groove after a while. A friday/saturday reminder text to parents has been essential.
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    Problem with the 2 hour block speculation

    The latest twitter rumor is 15 minute sacrament. All sacrament, no talking. I mean we got out of Scouts and ended Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching, two big wishes right there. This is the sort of wish fulfillment that is plausible, unlike 5% tithing and repealing the Word of Wisdom. Wishes come in threes right? I could totally see this for branches, but not wards.
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    Problem with the 2 hour block speculation

    There are more gems sending mixed messages. From this article we have this line (emphasis mine): I don't think we are getting global 2 hour church. My guess is that this is taking into account small branches where they just cannot justify 3 hours and do the 2 hour thing (with approval, it already exists in places). If we were getting global 2 hour church then a different phrase such as "the time" rather than enumerating hours. I expect a FHE reboot much like what HT/VT got in ministering.
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