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by chri s tucker


Starlyn Frank is a woman on a mission. The Mission Impact staffer would like every Scout, every visitor, and every person who attends the jamboree this summer to identify his or her camera in case it gets lost. She suggests affixing a name tag with phone number to the camera’s body, or, better still, taking a photo. “Take the first photo of yourself holding a sign with your name and phone number,” Frank says. “You don’t want to lose those memories.” Frank knows something about

lost cameras. For the 2010 jamboree her supervisor, Marty Walsh, was in charge of Lost and Found. Frank drew the camera detail and found herself with dozens of lost cameras—includ- ing pro-style SLRs, smaller point-and-shoots, and disposables. Using her spare time, she located 85 percent of the owners and became something of a shutterbug detective. If a camera had no ID on it, “I would interrogate the camera,”

she says. She took many memory cards to the photo kiosk at a drugstore, where she scanned them for clues. In one case, a card held a photo of a racecar on a dirt track. She saw the name of the track on a distant fence behind the car. She called to get a list of car owners who rented out the track for weekend

(Continued from Page 6) The goals of the three-

month review? According to the BSA, it’s to: Ensure a channel for every voice to to be heard

 Receive feedback   Educate members  Define core values  Identify members’ concerns Here’s a timeline of the

three-month process:

PLANNING (FEB. 6-28): The BSA defined its desired process and intended outcomes.

 LISTENING (MARCH 1-APRIL 5): BSA committees engaged key stakeholders for input and the development of assessments.


EVALUATING (APRIL 5-17): BSA officers reviewed committee feedback reports and prepared a resolution that the National Council voting members will act on at the National Annual Meeting in Grapevine, Texas.

EDUCATING (APRIL 18-MAY 24): The reports and the resolution are shared with the voting members of the national council and the Scouting family.

DECIDING (MAY 22-24): The BSA conducts on-site information sessions for voting members at the National Annual Meeting, and a vote takes place.

 IMPLEMENTING (MAY 24 AND ON): Based on the results

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racing. Finally, she found the owner, a volun- teer fireman from New Jersey who had visited the jamboree. Frank has dozens of such stories. One happy ending led to

a thank-you letter to Wayne Brock, then Deputy Chief Scout Executive, that Brock passed on to her. Frank won’t be working Lost and Found this year, but she hopes her reminder will reach plenty of Scouters. “I’m just pas- sionate about it,” she says.

of the vote, the BSA will determine and implement the next steps for the organization.

A Scout is Courteous A difficult decision faces the BSA right now—that much is clear. Our national Key 3—Perry, Brock, and Perez—said they’ve already spent 100 hours a week talking to others and responding to emails and voicemails. The BSA’s National Council office received an outpouring of feed- back on both sides. What’s more, Scouting’s

volunteers and professionals have devoted (and will devote) equally long hours to studying the issue. You have to applaud that. One clear certainty about this issue is that everyone has

an opinion on the best course of action, and each opinion has value and should be heard. So as we proceed, let’s

remember that courtesy and respect for those with whom we disagree will help us work together to make One BSA that will last for generations to come. We can disagree on a variety of topics while still working together to change the lives of youth through Scouting. We’re all here for the boys and girls of this movement, and we owe it to them to cast aside our preconceived notions and come to the table with one ultimate goal—doing what’s best for the youth we serve. The next century of Scouting depends on it.


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