Many councils are moving to this: not only must MBCs be YPT/registered they also have to be position trained (the 35 minute course on training.scouting.org)
I expect that will be the next wave of unregistered MBCs going below ground (or staying there).
But it also upend MBCs. MBCs are suppose to be a) district positions that are d) district recruited and c) subject matter experts.
Not already burdened unit leaders pressed into service.
Of course, that ship already sailed...
What do you all think about an auto-eligibility for any adult who is registered in any other position (besides MBC) and completes YPT (and whatever other state-mandated paperwork is required)?
I could imagine an E-memo going out from a district inviting someone with completed paper work to take a few more steps involving watching a MBC-specific training video and filling out an online form asking which MB's they'd like to counsel. The memo could be sent to all eligible scouters or Key-Three could be sent a link to the list of eligible adults in their unit, and they could check off who should be invited to become MBCs.
I'm trying to nudge my people to path #1 because they are really capable and would enjoy helping any scout who would get sent their way. That won't happen for them until they push the paperwork (again).
They seem to want path #2 because in their mind, registered, trained, and paid (to be Committee or SM/ASM, and for some once-upon-a-time MBC) is good enough for our boys.
From their perspective, they don't see asking them to do more than what they've already done will help youth protection.
Well the wife and I got an automated notice stating:
I contacted the registrar about the issue, especially since I will work with any Scout in the council and not just my unit. Registrar stated this happened automatically to ALL registered MBCs in the council. She is working on fixing the problem, but it will take some time.
Wife is absolutely furious over this, and has decided to do #2 approach at the moment. Remember she has had registration issues in the past. This is the Scouter who has completed and submitted 6 applications (one of which was hand delivered to the council office), and had served over an 8 year period as AWDL, WDL, ADL, CSDC Staff, and MBC while being officially unregistered because NONE of the applications were processed until last year. She was "ineligible" for a Heroism Award for saving someone's life because she was "not registered" despite having submitted two applications and serving as a AWDL at the time of the rescue. I am hoping she will cool down and laugh the matter off once the problem is rectified.
Sometimes it seems there's little one can do to avoid recognition. Exactly one year after ensuring my mom finally earned the District Award of Merit, it seems this month I am going to receive the same. And I haven't done a fraction of the good she did during her 30+ years of Scouting - so much catching up to do! 😵