REMINDERS Week of Oct. 21, 2020
- New District Name: The Monon District
- OA FALL ORDEAL Oct. 23-25
- Bewitched Belzer Bash
- Fall Camporee 2020 update and future schedule
- Cub Scout Adventures On-line
- Eagle Scout Information
- Merit Badge requirements during Covid-19
- District Committee Meetings and Roundtable Dates 2020
- University of Scouting – Nov. 14 2020
- OA NEWS: Temporary Camping Night Policy Due to COVID-19
- Guide to Safe Scouting Newsletter
UPDATE ON Training (new Scouts BSA training coming soon!)
A new online and facilitated version of Scouts BSA training will be available on August 3rd. If you are currently completing the training please complete prior to this date as we will be changing the Learning Plans for all positions – Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, Committee Member and Merit Badge Counselor. If you do not complete by August 3rd you will have to restart the training using the new learning plans and modules.
The new online learning combines content resulting in fewer modules. We have also streamlined courses to help reduce the total time it takes to complete the training. The new facilitated course uses offline versions of the learning modules to facilitate maintenance on any future changes – thus the online and facilitated content are simultaneously updated to ensure consistency in the versions of the training.
Please note: Completion of the appropriate portion of the Scouts BSA facilitated session will meet the requirements for
Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster: S24 Scoutmaster Specific Training
Merit Badge Counselor: D76 Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Training
Troop Committee Chair & Committee: WS10 Troop Committee Challenge
Thank you for being a trained leader and working with the youth!
ALL LEADERS are encouraged to do ‘TRAINING’ through my.scouting.org. ALL LEADERS MUST be “TRAINED” for their registered position prior to recharter. The ONLY exception will be the IOLS training for Scoutmasters and Asst. Scoutmasters. The IOLS training is being deferred until recharter for 2022
My.Scouting.org Training is available for everyone. Leaders, parents, and scouts.
Here is how ANYONE can create an account at my.scouting.org
- It is helpful to get your BSA member ID # before starting
- Go to my.scouting.org and click on “CREATE ACCOUNT”
- Fill in all the information to create the account
- Once the account is created – login and go to “My Profile” and make sure your “Member ID” is correct
- Once your account is all setup – you can go to “My Training” and take any of the online classes.
New Products Listed on National Website
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
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:
- 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.
Finish training modules before new ones in January
There are new training modules coming in January. They will not match current ones. Finish partials now or start over!
More from National here.
UPDATE from Bryan on Scouting.
REMINDER – “Train the Trainer” course
Just a reminder about the North Star District hosting of the course for:
TRAIN the TRAINER (Scouts BSA course D70)
December 1, 2018
9 AM till Noon
1705 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46228
REGISTRATION IS LIMITED
Please email Kevin Neese (email@example.com) to register for the class.
NO WALK-INS WILL BE ACCEPTED
This is the training to help make you a “TRAINED” Facilitator of training.
Preparation for rechartering: roster review
Remember rechartering is only a few weeks away. Now is the time to make sure your roster is up to date. Send it to Jessica Hofman to make sure council’s records match.
Then review the training for your unit. If you have 100% trained of next year’s leaders, you are all set. Otherwise, get them trained.
Den Leader / Cubmaster Training 2018
A Scout deserves a Trained Leader!
Please encourage those considering or appointed to Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader, Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster and anyone else interested to attend training held this fall at various locations and dates:
- SEPTEMBER ROUNDTABLE (Sept. 13, 7pm);
- District-sponsored in-person training:
- SEPT. 27: St. Luke’s UMC / Luke’s Lodge, 100 W. 86th St. Indy, 7pm
- OCT. 23: Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak St., Zionsville, 7pm
- Various other in-person training sponsored by the Crossroads of America Council – see previous article here;
- Online at my.scouting.org . [Tip: Be sure to check your browser to use this site, it prefers to use the latest versions of Google Chrome, MS Internet Explorer, Apple Safari or Mozilla Firefox.]
UNIV. OF SCOUTING – November 17 2018
A Scout deserves a Trained Leader!
Please consider attending the University of Scouting, the premier training event in the council, which is one of the easiest ways for adult volunteers to achieve this goal of becoming a Trained Leader. This single-day training event is designed to supplement any leader’s training. Any Scout leader may attend.
The University of Scouting is based on the BSA’s nationally recognized Four-Function plan, which includes:
- Program: training, camping/outdoor, advancement, and activities/civic service
- Unit service: commissioner service
- Finance: including marketing
- Membership and Relationships
Date: Saturday, November 17 2018
Time: 7am – 4pm
Location: Carmel HS Freshman Center, 520 E. Main St., Carmel IN 46032
For more information, to view the catalog and register please visit this link on the Crossroads of America Council site.
Supplemental info for Unit Commissioners: Commissioner Training Codes_May 2018
Bobwhite Blather: Look out for Snowplow Parents
Bobwhite Blather is a website written by a long-experienced scouter. As graduates of Wood Badge know, Bobwhite is one of the patrols used in that adult-training course.
In this older post, Frank talks about the problem of Snowplow Parents. Helicopter Parents were bad enough.
Once you read the article, stick around and check out some of Frank’s other enlightening posts about scouting, whether Cub- or Scout-level.
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