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About Mike Walton

Take your standard Oliver North. Add strong parts of Bill Cosby and Sir Robert Baden-Powell (the founder of Scouting). Throw in Johny Bravo without the "hurhhs!" and his pecks. Add a strong dose of parenting, the sexuality of a latin lover, and Mona Lisa's smile. And a 40 year old's body frame. That's me basically *grinning*
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“Our new Eagle Scouts Won’t do A Court of Honor – Help!” (26 Mar 13)

 
  (Copied from the SCOUTING magazine daily blog at blog.scoutingmagazine.org) I am the assistant Scoutmaster and advancement chairman for my Scout troop. I have worked with lots of boys in my troop and am proud of the fact that we have more than the national average of boys who made it to Eagle. So many […]

 

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More about Gayness and “Will and Grace” (13 Mar 13)

 
  (From my posting on the BSA’s SCOUTING magazine blog):   Wallace wrote in part: “Ed… Something must have happened or why would the BSA adopt the policy…”   Yeah. The United States had a “growth spurt” and with it some additional maturity.   A scant 15 years ago, we were laughing at NBC’s “Will […]

 

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More About the Heroism Medal Going Away

 
  Mr. Walton, “I read the comments about the BSA retiring the “Heroism Award” on the scouting magazine blog. I am curious about your thoughts on this. I am looking at it from a military valor standpoint. You have the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and the Bronze Star with a […]

 

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(Potential) Membership Change Impact on Youth Protection

 
 Hey Ted: That’s exactly what I was saying this morning to someone…our youth today simply *do not care*. Gayness doesn’t come up in a typical youth’s discussion with another…and if it does, it is a simple “that’s cool” or “do your own thing, man…” and discussion moves on something else youth-like. It is we adults […]

 

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About the BSA, Openly Gay/Lesbian/bisexual individuals, and volunteerism (28 Jan 13)

 
  Boy Scouts of America Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 “For more than 100 years, Scouting’s focus has been on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Scouting has always been in an ongoing dialogue with the Scouting family to determine what is in the best interest […]

 

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Four Pound Binder /Commissioner Info (27 Jan 13)

 
  Four Pound Binder Contents.pdf Download this file Hi David!!  I think you’re talking about the items in my “four pound binder”.  I haven’t updated the binder in quite some time (about three years now) but I need to do so.  Some of the publications no longer exist; while others are found only in electronic […]

 

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More about “What or Who are We Hiding From?” (27 Jan 13)

 
  So WHAT or WHO are we hiding the fact that we’re Scouters from?  Tell me!! Why the secrecy?  What are we trying to hide from the public??  Why must we couch our words about what we do in Scouting behind “I’m doing this because my child’s in it” and “I’m just doing it this […]

 

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More about the “retirement” of the BSA’s Heroism Medal (25 Jan 13)

 
  Lou (David) Salzer wrote and asked me: “Mr. Walton, I read the comments about the BSA retiring the “Heroism Award” on the scouting magazine blog. I am curious about your thoughts on this. I am looking at it from a military valor standpoint. You have the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver […]

 

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Changes to the “Blue (Merit Badge Application) Card”

 
 And people say that our back and forths in these electronic forums (Scouts-L, LinkedIn, other places) don’t do anything but give them headaches!   From the January 2013 edition of Advancement News: “A new version of the “Application for Merit Badge,” No. 34124, commonly referred to as the “blue card,” is being released later in January […]

 

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Arrow of Light

 
 Hi Scott!!  Happy Holidays to you and yours!!   You wrote and asked me:   “I stumbled across your website today while doing a little internet searching regarding the Cub Scout Arrow of Light Award.  I earned my Arrow of Light in 1992 and my Eagle in 1998.  I have a first grade son who […]

 

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