UPDATED 2/23/18 at Council Training Director Jay Soucy’s request to reflect new language for the deadline to complete training. The updated language is underlined below. The deleted language is crossed out. The original language was intended for council’s professional staff only. The new language applies to all volunteers. This is consistent with the first bullet point on the last list. The language change hopefully avoids any confusion.
I just received the following email via Central Section’s Director of Field Service Ken Ruppel (District Executive Jessica Hofman’s supervisor). It is a copy of an email sent to all council staff after my article posted yesterday.
On February 1st, 2018 the New Mandatory Youth Protection Training was released online. Currently, the training is only available through my.Scouting.org. This training is replacing all previous Youth Protection trainings and will become the one training all adults complete. The previous versions of trainings have been removed from my.Scouting.org already.
Crossroads of America is a pacesetter council for Youth Protection training and has set a goal of April 30th, 2018 to be 100% trained. Join us in becoming a Youth Protection Hero and take your training today! (DELETED:
We need to continue to be a PACESETTER Team so I’m asking you, yes every one of YOU, to complete this training by February 28th, 2018. Your staff leaders are aware that you will be completing this task during your normal working hours however you like – completing all the modules and quiz at once or taking a module a day. This will help prepare us all to answer questions about the training.)
The training has 3 modules and a final quiz that must be completed:
- Overview and Policies (20 min.)
- Sexual Abuse (20 min.)
- Bullying (20 min.)
- Quiz (10 min.)
You must score a 75% or better on the quiz to successfully complete this training.
Things to know prior to taking the training:
- You need your login and password for my.scouting.org
- On the dash board there is only one training option to select.
- Yes, it should say you are trained and have ### days left before you expire. It’s still tracking your old training information.
- On your computer you will be prompted to turn on your pop blocker
- Some text is in White and can be hard to read.
- There have been some reported issues already with a few videos not completing.
I’ve attached a FAQ sheet to help you answer volunteer questions as they come up.
Here are some highlights:
- Our goal is to have all Registered Adults complete the training prior to April 30th.
- There will be additional recommended trainings released later on this year.
- There is a new ScoutsFirst Helpline (844)-Scouts1 or (844)726-8871. Anyone can call a Youth Protection violation into this numbers as it’s open 24 hours a day.
- Training is good for 2 years.
If you have questions about the training or suggestion for improvements please send them to Sherry Webb.
Jay Soucy | Training Director
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Crossroads of America Council
Copies of Jay’s attachments are linked here:
As those who attended the North Star Recognition Dinner last weekend know, our beloved North Star District was announced by the old Indianapolis Council in January 1919. You can see some of the history of the District on this old post.
The name of the District has changed from “Number 4” then back and forth from “North” to “North Star” several different times. We have been North Star uninterruptedly since 1964. Our boundaries have moved northward as the Indianapolis city limits moved northward.
We will be celebrating the centennial in January 1919. Until then Vice Chair for Programming Mark Pishon is planning many commemorations of the centennial. We will have special swag, including things like neckerchiefs and patches. So look forward to seeing what North Star Willie is up to.
(If there are talented cartoonists among our scouts and scouters, submit your own cartoons about what Willie may have witnessed over the years or what he most enjoyed about scouting. May be we can convince Mr. Pishon to use your cartoons on some of the swag!)
If you have old North Star patches, please photograph them and email them to me. We would love to post them on the website in the next 12 months!
On behalf of Chuck Fippen, Crossroads of America Council Silver Beaver Nominating Committee Chair (email sent to Council / District leaders on April 12):
This year the Silver Beaver selection process is changing and I wanted to communicate some very important information that needs to be shared with your committee(s) in order to facilitate the new process.
- The nominations are now open and the updated application is on the Council’s home page (link included here).
- NOMINATIONS for 2018 ARE DUE JULY 25th…..yes its much earlier this year.
- The Silver Beavers for 2018 will be awarded in a special dinner held in November 2018 (no longer at the University of Scouting).
The selection committee will meet in August to determine our next class of Silver Beavers and hope to have many nominations submitted. Changes to our process and timing are for various reasons. The Silver Beaver is the highest and most prestigious award the a Council can bestow and we want to have a ceremony that is fitting for those selected. Our evening event in November is designed for this recognition and will be a formal event with a venue unto itself.
We have designed notes and training around our selection process this year. I will be updating you with this information very shortly, but in brief here’s a summary:
- We have revised our application to enable online completion. We have had a hard time deciphering hand written applications and we will ask that they be filled out with the PDF entry form that is now available.
- We have emphasized the written part as one of the first items in the application. This often is where we will see information about the nominee that isn’t already part of their Scouting history.
- Applications must be complete in order for consideration. It is highly recommended that multiple sources be used in the formation of the recommendation; people from the nominee’s place of employment, their church and their unit or committee that know them best should be involved.
- Nominations are open for all Scouters that are eligible under the criteria set forth by the BSA. At no time can a volunteer or professional deny or negatively influence the decision to submit a nomination. If anyone feels a nomination is worthy of submission then you are encouraged to make sure that nominee receives the full benefit of the selection process. It is up to the Silver Beaver nominating committee to select those who are to receive the award.
I welcome any questions you may have and look forward to a wonderful ceremony for some very deserving individuals. I hope you also find our process and information helpful and more seamless as we move forward.
Yours in Scouting,
Silver Beaver Nominating Committee Chair
In case you haven’t already seen this reminder a few times… 🙂
Suggestion #1: Attend the in-person training at Eagle Creek Community Church on Saturday, May 5, hosted by Pack 830! (See this previous post for more details). Rumor has it that attendees that complete this training session will receive a “discount token” that can be used at the Troop 358 Hog Roast held later that same day – GREAT food, silent auction, lots of fun! See, how’s that for incentive.
Suggestion #2: Since the revised Youth Protection Training consists of three modules plus a test, consider doing one module at a time (the modules run about 20 minutes apiece). Maybe on the phone as you are on the treadmill, stationary bike, or “desk lunch”? Or with headphones on your PC or tablet at the back of the Scout / Pack / Venture / Webelos meeting if you can break away for a short while? Just a thought!
Attached here is a training environment tips and tricks sheet for navigating the environment. NOTE that this is not a BSA-sanctioned document, is based on one end-user’s experience, and is limited to the environment only – no content tips here. Assuming your connectivity is good and the platform is running smoothly but you are just stuck on how to get around, give this a shot – don’t let the environment be the show-stopper, in other words.
Thanks for all you do for Scouting!
On behalf of North Star District Mini-Marathon Chair, Greg Jacoby:
Based on the success of our involvement last year, Troop 174 and all other scouts from the Crossroads Council have been asked to increase the presence of the Boy Scouts at the 500 Festival.
We have been asked to staff water station number 17 at the Mini-Marathon on May 6. It is the water station just before the end of the race, and is located on the IUPUI campus making it very easy to get to and park.
This activity is open to all Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Webelos and their Families.
Please consider volunteering – sign up by April 25!
We need 60 people (30 per shift) to come help, one early morning from 6:30 to 10:30 and one late morning 10:00 to 1:30. You can sign up for one or boththe shifts.
If you are interested in getting involved, please:
- Send an email to me (Greg Jacoby) at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what shift you will be working and who will be attending.
- Go the Mini Marathon web site and sign up, using these instructions:
- Log onto our Pit Station Volunteer Website (<== link);
- Click on the Register Now button;
- Click on the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Pit Station Volunteer (Select button);
- Look for the “Boy Scouts” box (if you see a plus sign, click on that to expand the box);
- Click in the small box next to where it tells you how many openings are left, it should show a check mark;
- The Next button should turn Green, now click on that;
- Create an Account (or sign in with a previous account if you are a returning volunteer);
- From there you can complete your volunteer registration. Please register all that will be attending.
Scouts must wear their CLASS A SHIRTS at the Water Station.
Thanks for your help and as always feel free to contact me [email email@example.com / phone 317-828-6230] if you have any questions. You may also contact 500 Festival Volunteer Intern, Mannah Mace [email firstname.lastname@example.org / phone 317-614-6113]; or Program Manager, Erika Miller [email email@example.com ].
Yours in Scouting,
On behalf of Patrick Covell, Crossroads of America Council Program Director:
Thank you for doing your part for Scouting for Food this year! There have been a few great stories shared so far and some hours recorded, but we know there is a lot more out there to be accounted for. We need to get what we have accomplished recorded so that we can inform others of our efforts.
Please record your patch request and service hours information HERE (<== link). The deadline to get your patch request in is Monday, April 23rd, so that you have the weekend to get this accomplished.
Please also make sure to get your service hours recorded HERE (<== link); don’t forget that you will need your ID number to record service hours.
If you need help recording service hours, please see this YouTube video: How to Record Scout Service Hours (BSA).
Again, thank you for what you do to serve your community!
Starting this year (2018), girls will be welcomed into the Cub Scouting program and this will be the beginning of the transition to what is known as “Family Scouting.” This opens the door for girls and young women to benefit from the skills, leadership and character development training offered by the Scouting organization.
Please peruse the BSA Family Scouting website for more information on how this transition will work as well as more details on the timeline for implementation of these changes (see graphic included here for an overview). And don’t forget to ask yourself: “how can I help”?
Thank you for all you do for Scouting (and now for Family Scouting, too)!
At the April 2018 Roundtable for Scouts, the topic of different close-to-home high adventure outings was discussed. The ideas came fast and furious. We were having a hard time taking notes and capturing good information.
You have probably had the same experience. You are at a scouting meeting and somebody says, “We had a great trip to the Appalachian Trail. One of the cheapest and best high adventure trips we have ever taken!”
“Where did you go?”
“I don’t remember.”
“What did it cost?”
“I don’t remember.”
You get the idea. So, we decided that the District needed a central repository for ideas that scouts and scouters could use to share the wealth.
So now you can visit a page on the website, with its own link at the top of the page. Bookmark it. Use it. Send it to your Senior Patrol Leader, Pack Committee Chair, or Venture Crew Vice-President for Programming.
More importantly for the first 90 days, we need your help. We need you and your unit to download the questionnaire. Think of your 3-5 favorite outings during your tenure in scouting. If you are troop leader, think of outings you did with your Cub Pack too.
Follow the instructions at the top of the questionnaire to return it.
We will post the questionnaires in a PDF format as they are submitted. So, please use your best Scout Law etiquette in filling these out. They will be available to the general public.
If you have PDF flyers or other supporting documentation, we can post those, if the files are small (under 500K), since we have limited space on the website.
This is primarily intended for Best Practices and referrals. If you have had a disasterous experience, that is probably good information, too, but it is beyond the scope of this project. If you wish to email the questionnaire to us, we will accept them and figure out what to do those later.
Please help us make this one of the most powerful parts of this website! Send your questionnaire, however incomplete, now (we can use updated questionnaires later as you find the information)!
Please email this article to current and past scouters to get their feedback, too!
The roundtables topics this Thursday will be:
- Cub Scouts: “Ideal Year of Scouting / Summertime Pack Award”;
- Boy Scouts: “Ideal Year of Scouting / High Adventure Options Close to Home.”
The Roundtables will take place this Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Luke’s Lodge, the outbuilding on the northeast corner of the campus of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
Please forward this information to your Den Leaders, Committee members, and Assistant Scoutmasters. They are an important part of the Roundtable target audience.
Remember, attending roundtables is a key requirement to earn the Scouter’s Key for both Cub Scout leaders and Boy Scout leaders.
Please see links below for exciting camping and training opportunities – these are roughly in date order:
National Youth Leadership Training (several dates)
Wood Badge (Adult Leadership training) (several dates)
2018 Voyageur Canoe Training (several dates)
Indianapolis Indians game and Campout at Victory Field (May 11)
Cub Scout Fishing Derby at Camp Kikthawenund (May 12)
Leave No Trace Master Education Course 2018 (Aug 17-19 and Sep 13-16)
Boy Scouts Brickyard 400 Weekend Campout (Sept. 8 – 9)
Citizenship in the Nation MB Workshop (several dates)
There will be a face to face (F2F) training session for Youth Protection Training v2 hosted by Pack 830:
Saturday, May 5, 8 – 10 am (registration starts at 7:30 am with coffee and donuts available)
Eagle Creek Community Church, 5943 N Lafayette Rd., Indianapolis IN.
The team is asking for a sign-up RSVP for planning purposes. Please sign up using this calendar link: May 5 YPTv2 Training hosted by Pack 830
Our goal with the F2F sessions is to get as many parents trained as possible! This is likely the first of a handful of sessions; this location may be most convenient for our Pike-area parents but all are welcome. Future sessions will be in other areas of the District.
Please pass this information far and wide and get the word out, let’s get our parents trained, thank you!