Author: Jeffrey Heck, Crossroads of America, Assistant Council Commissioner

Life Scout’s ingenious method for recycling plastic foam may just save the planet – Bryan on Scouting

Posted on

A Life Scout from Mississippi has discovered an innovative new method for recycling one of the planet’s most environmentally damaging substances.
— Read on blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/08/02/life-scouts-ingenious-method-for-recycling-plastic-foam-may-just-save-the-planet/

North Star Troop 171 in the News

Posted on

St Luke’s Catholic Church’s Scouts BSA Troop 171 (female) is in the news!

Watch the full report at here.

How much did you pay for troop cookware?

Posted on Updated on

UPDATED for clarity 4/24/2019:

I was trolling around on Amazon and I ran across something that shocked me. $15 for a
a Lodge frying pan. 

That is worth noting. Where have you found good deals on troop equipment? Add your comments below.

Dr. Peter Gray’s Testimony to the Connecticut State Legislature in Favor of a Free-Range Parenting Bill – Let Grow

Posted on

Strong case for play without adult supervision.

When you take your unit camping, how much are you present and observant for safety, but removed from the action to allow your kids freedom?

Here’s why observing from a distance is so important:

Dr. Peter Gray’s Testimony to the Connecticut State Legislature in Favor of a Free-Range Parenting Bill – Let Grow
— Read on letgrow.org/dr-peter-grays-testimony-to-the-connecticut-state-legislature-in-favor-of-a-free-range-parenting-bill/

New Products Listed on National Website

Posted on Updated on

Scouts BSA Troop Leader Guidebook (vol 1)
2019 ed. Troop Leader Guidebook

The new Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls, Patrol Leader Handbook, Troop Leader Guidebook (vol 1), and related books are now listed on scoutshop.org.

Whether they are ready for delivery is a different questions.

The e-books are not yet listed on amazon.com, though. (I get mine on Kindle now.)

UPDATED: More information on Bryan on Scouting. Notice the logo over the right pocket is slightly changed.

What’s new or different about the Scouts BSA uniform?

  • The Scouts BSA uniform shirt comes in sizes and cuts for women and girls.
  • New uniform pants for women and girls can be rolled up at the leg to be worn as capri pants. Women and girls can also purchase the current, switchback-style uniform pants that zip off at the knee.
  • The new shirt is tan and features a BSA fleur-de-lis emblem and the letters “BSA” in red over the right pocket. The existing inventory of
    scouts-bsa-uniform-full tan shirts, with “BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA” in red over the right pocket, will be available until they’re all sold out.

Can I still wear previous-generation uniform pieces?

Yes. With BSA uniforms, the rule is: once official, always official.

Can I mix and match old and new uniform pieces?

Yes. For example, you could wear the new tan Scouts BSA uniform shirt with previous-generation green uniform pants.

Here is more information about the new Handbook for Girls:

Why are there two different handbooks?

The volunteer-led board of directors wanted to ensure Scouts can see themselves represented accurately in the pages, and having two handbooks was the most effective way to do that.

The photos reflect the troop of which the Scout is a member. In other words, boys will see images of other boys in the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys; girls will see images of other girls in the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls.

Is the content the same between the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys and the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls?

Yes, the content, requirements and page numbers are exactly the same. All that’s different is the photos.

What did and didn’t change from the Boy Scout Handbook to the Scouts BSA Handbooks?

What didn’t change:

  • Requirements
  • Program elements

What did change:

  • Images, which reflect the troop of which the Scout is a member
  • The program name — Boy Scouts becomes Scouts BSA
  • Youth Protection guidelines, which are regularly updated to keep young people safe
  • Minor grammar and formatting fixes to the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook

Can a Scout continue to use the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook?

Absolutely. But be aware that rules and requirements can be updated, so always look for the latest requirements online or in Scoutbook.

They have even opened a Kindle Store to find BSA products there easier.

New Eagle project workbook available (UPDATED)

Posted on Updated on

eagle scout workbook (2019) image

New Eagle project workbook available

https://bobwhiteblather.com/new-eagle-project-workbook-available/
— Read on bobwhiteblather.com/new-eagle-project-workbook-available/

UPDATE: A copy of the 2019 version may also be downloaded from here.

PLEASE NOTE: it cannot be read by Apple’s Preview. You must have a free copy of Adobe Acrobat ver. 9.0 or higher to open it. See bobwhiteblather.com’s link above for more information.

Scoutbook is Free; Single Sign On Setup by Feb 1, 2019

Posted on

Scoutbook.com, the advancement record website, is now free to all scouts and units.

The only hitch is that previous users must login by February 1, 2019 or they will be locked out of their old account permanently.

The BSA is moving a Single Sign On system (SSO). This means all persons will have one username and one password for all scouting websites. Old accounts need to be synchronized with my.scouting.org information to continue being used.

Log into scoutbook.com. When you are there, you will see this message:

scoutbook announcement

Click the links and follow the instructions.

More information is available here.

Troop 69 has Sea Base slots 2019

Posted on Updated on

From Troop 69 Scoutmaster Chad Galer:

Scouters,

I have 5 youth spots for Seabase St.Thomas‘ Sailing Adventure this June 3-9, 2019.   

If anyone in your troops or crews might be interested, please have them contact me as soon as possible and I can fill them in on the exact details.  Estimated total cost is about $1400 per person ($900 for Seabase, ~$500 for flight).

Yours in scouting,
Chad Galer
SM, Troop 69

URGENT: recharter deadline or apply on paper

Posted on Updated on

The Assistant Council Commissioner for Rechartering has announced units that have not completed rechartering by December 28, 2018 will not be able to recharter electronically.

If that deadline is missed, the entire unit, adult members, and youth members will have to re-apply on paper to continue scouting.

That means your unit needs to complete the electronic rechartering, print the necessary PDFS, and submit all documents ON PAPER to the council office in the next to weeks.

To make matters worse, many commissioners will be on vacation starting this Friday, December 21, 2018.


UPDATED: 12/20/18. The units at most risk are Pack 18, 84, 180, and 625, Troop 35, and Crew 408. They have not submitted their electronic rosters nor their paperwork.

The units that have completed electronic roster submission but are MISSING PAPERWORK are Packs 35 and 105, Troops 72, 73, 180, and 804.

All other units have submitted paperwork to council and are in various stages of review and approval. The units that are approved by the Registrar for posting to National are Troop 269, 343, 512, and 514.

Units listed on the reporting system with known problems are Pack 179 and all Pack 358 tribes.

All others are awaiting further review from the Registrar.


Move quickly to finish rechartering.