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How Do I Take Online YPT Again?

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So you want to do your online training for YPT, but you can’t remember where to go?

NOTE: Remember if your YPT expires before March 1, 2018, you need to take YPT or VYPT before October 1, 2017 in order to avoid problems with your unit’s rechartering process this fall.

First, go to http://my.scouting.org.

Second, log in to your existing account. (Try to avoid creating a new account, because it generates a new, separate BSA Membership ID. That can create future problems. But if you need a new login account, you need one.)

Third, using the button in the upper left corner, select “My Dashboard.”

Fourth, using the button just below “My Dashboard,” select “My Training.” Your screen should now look like this:

YPT Training Screen
Your YPT Training screen on my.scouting.org.

Fifth, select “Retake Course.”

Sixth, when you are done, make sure to print out or save your Certificate of Completion.

August 2017 Eagle Scouts

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Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scouts who passed their Boards of Review on August Eagle pin9, 2017:

August 2017 Eagles

District Information for Venturers

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Since Venturers are expected to handle many of the logistical issues that adults handle in Boy Scout Troops, the question arises about district information for Venturers.

Should Venturers keep themselves aprised of district newsletter and blog updates?venturing_logo

Not every Venturer may be interested or have a need to keep current on District affairs. It may be highly worthwhile to have Crew Presidents and Vice-Presidents subscribe to the newsletter.

They will get one email per week about news in the district. They can find Cub Scout and Boy Scout events that the Crew may wish to volunteer to staff. This can help the Venturers progress on advancement from Venturing Award to Discovery Award to Pathfinder Award to the Summit Award (Venturing’s highest award). Each award has substantial service hour requirements.

Service hours are not strictly defined on who can benefit. This is from an FAQ on Venturing (2015):

Q: What is the scope and definition of service hours? Does service to the crew count as service hours, or does the service have to be outside the crew, or outside of scouting and does the crew member have to have advisor approval (for personal service)?

A: The Handbook for Venturers offers this definition of service:

A service is a valuable action, deed, or effort carried out to meet a need of an individual, a group of people, or an organization. An act must be both valuable and address a need of the recipient to qualify as an act of service. The variety of service project ideas is boundless. And, with your capabilities as a young adult it becomes your responsibility to choose those opportunities which best fit with your personal and crew values and to to bring about significant positive change for the individual or organization that you serve. Service is a great place to stretch your leadership muscles.

In counting service hours, service provided as a member of the crew and as an individual are both expected. There is no expectation of Advisor approval for service provided on an individual basis. The “how and why” of the service provided by the individual is a great topic for discussion during an Advisor conference.

Service to the crew (such as for Pathfinder Award Requirement 5) is a separate service requirement for the benefit of the crew and its members and does not “count” toward accumulating service project hours as described in the handbook extract above.

Within this definition, a crew can choose to serve a Cub Scout Pack or Boy Scout Troop or District Activity. The only requirement for crew service is that the crew has to decide to define and plan its participation in advance.

Many scoutmasters express concern in having a Venturing Crew associated with the Troop. The fear is that older boys will leave the troop in favor of the crew. By offering service back to the troop as part of the crew program, not only is this fear not realized, but additional troop staff is suddenly available.

Having crew officers aware of what is going on in the district, neighboring packs and troops allows the crew to choose service hour opportunities back to those units. So does Pack 358 want Venturers to help with the hayride or other offerings? Posting the request through the district website can help.

Let your venturing officers know that they can subscribe here.

Reserve a Spot at Fall NYLT

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Our District’s highest performing units put a heavy emphasis on the senior members of the Patrol Leaders Council having complete National Youth Leadership Training.NYLT_4k

The fall course is less than 30 days away. Encourage your scouts to participate by signing up on the reservation page. (Informational flyer for 2017 courses.)

This course is open to Venturers, too. The Spring 2018 NYLT Course Director Brian Spellman of Del-Mi Troop 199 told me last week that he will be putting a heavy emphasis on recruiting Venturers. Put a bug in their ear for Spring, if they can’t go in the fall.

For future planning, remember that NYLT students are highly encouraged to complete Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troop or for Crews.

Final Details of Inaugural Venturing Round Up Come Together

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Scout Troops have had Camporees since the dawn of the BSA.

Venturers need their own event. To that end, Council is holding its Inaugural camping event for Venturers called, “Venturing Round Up,” this weekend Friday, August 18, 2017 to Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Camp Krietenstein.venturing_logo

If your crew is able to attend, see you there. See the Round Up webpage for schedule and reservation information (initial headcount due Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10:00 pm).

If your crew is not able to attend, but you can have a representative at camp on Sunday morning, the crew officers will be getting together at that time to discuss if they want to have future inter-crew events and what that might look like.

 

 

When does a Venturer Need to Take VYPT?

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In Venturing, you have three categories of members: Youth, Adults, and Venturing Participants. Youth are anyone 17 and younger. Adults are anyone over 21.

The hardest category is Venturing Participants.

Venturing Participants are anyone who is over 18 or will turn 18 in the calendar year. For new members, that means their birthday is in this calendar year. At rechartering for existing youth crew members, they will turn 18 in the following calendar year. Confused yet?

Sometimes knowing the goal is easier than knowing the rule. The goal is that an 18 year old legal adult has completed an Adult Application and Venturing Youth Protection Training. Why wait until a birthday? Those happen all year long? You have better things to do with your time.

Just look at your Venturers. If anyone turns 18 before the next time you do paperwork, have them complete an Adult Application and Venturing Youth Protection (Y02). Then the rules are not as important. Compliance is already complete.

Resources on Boy Scout Recruiting from Roundtable

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At the Boy Scout Roundtable on Thursday, August 10, 2017 we discussed Boy Scout Recruiting. If you are sitting in the Roundtable now, you can watch the slide presentation live here.

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 11.00.25 AMI promised to put the links shown on the presentation up on the blog. Here are the links.

  1. National website on year round recruiting: http://www.scouting.org/Home/BoyScouts/YearRoundGuide/recruiting.aspx.
  2. http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/YearRoundGuide.aspx
  3. New Member Coordinator: http://scoutingwire.org/marketing-and-membership-hub/councils/new-member-coordinator/
  4. Scouting Wire’s Membership Hub (recruiting ideas)
  5. Scouting Wire’s BSA Brand Center (customizable flyers and web logos)

From Bill Buchalter for the Cub Scout Roundtable: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/Leaders/DenLeaderResources.aspx.Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Patch

Pack 358 Invites You to Amazing Race

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Pack 358 is hosting our annual Amazing Race event to kickoff another great year of Cub Scouting.  Other packs are welcome to join. See the attached flyer for invitation.P358 Amazing Race 2017
This is a great event for Cubs and parents to see some of your best Boy Scouts in action.  This is a great leadership / volunteer opportunity for Boy Scouts.  For more information about the operation of the race, see the attached event instructions.
Between the troops, we have a total of five points where we could have a couple adults and 2-3 Boy Scouts to help lead training as the Cubs arrive.  I’d like to encourage each troop to lead 1-2 points.  You can have a different group of Scouts in the morning and afternoon.
I’ve attached the flyer with the times.  I’ve also attached the training instructions for the various stations.  To make it easier, Scouts can sign up to lead a station at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050949aba82fa13-amazing.
I know we’re already in August, but please let me know if you are able to assist.  Thanks.
Tom

Chinese scouting unit visiting from Shanghai, China

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This summer, Ransburg had a troop from Shanghai stay for a week. I got to talk to them and take pictures with them.

Their English was very impressive. They were all very friendly.

I asked each one their names. They gave me very American names. One boy bashfully introduced himself as “Samantha.” I think he had taken a lot of ribbing for his choice of names. I told him that it was very “creative.” His leaders liked this description.

Then I had them introduce themselves with their Mandarin names. I am ashamed to say that I could not begin to repeat them back.

Scouting lives up to being a Messenger of Peace.

Messenger of Peace

Scout and Venturing Open Houses

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imagesNow is the time to put an “Open House” or “Joining Night” on your calendar for your Troop or Crew.

When you do put it on your calendar, please send me an email with a copy of your flyer and other meeting information. We will put it on the district website. Tell us when you want your article to post (e.g., a week before the event, a month before, etc.).

This can be especially useful in letting Webelos Dens know how to join your troop or troop members about your Venturing Crew.