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Everything posted by NealOnWheels

  1. That is funny. That is not what the Guide To Safe Scouting says.
  2. The Scout Executive will have someone contact you and fill out an incident report. Where it goes from there we will see.
  3. Need to follow all of the requirements of the Safe Swim Defense . There is a lot more to it than swim tests.
  4. Just completed our trek. 4 days, 26 miles. Very challenging terrain.
  5. From the latest Guide To Safe Scouting... Scouts First Helpline As part of its “Scouts First” approach to the protection and safety of youth, the BSA has established a dedicated 24-hour helpline to receive reports of known or suspected abuse or behavior that might put a youth at risk. 1-844-SCOUTS1 (1-844-726-8871) When to use it: • Anytime you believe a youth has been harmed or their safety and wellbeing is at risk, and you cannot immediately reach your Scout executive or local council. • If a Scout is bullied because of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or
  6. The protocol: Scout unit reports the incident to the Council Scout Executive since it is an alleged threat that falls under the Youth Protection Policy. The Scout Executive or designee work with the unit to complete an incident report. The Scout Executive may choose to remove him from Scouting altogether. If so you will get a letter and it should contain an appeals process. The Unit may choose to remove him from the troop. A simple phone call is all it should take. You may or may not be able to appeal that decision. Even if you could you probably do not want to stay in that
  7. Seems that phone calls between adults and scouts will no longer be practical. OLD: Two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact between adults and youth members includes digital communication. Leaders may not have one-on-one private online communications or engage one-on-one in other digital activities (games, social media, etc.) with youth members. Leaders should copy a parent and another leader in digital and online communication, ensuring no one-on-one contact exists in text, social media, or other forms of online or digital communication. NEW: Private online communicat
  8. Years ago scouts could no longer camp by themselves. Today it appears they can no longer have meetings or day activities without adults. "Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings." "Patrol Activities—A Scout patrol may participate in patrol activities. Two-deep adult leadership is required."
  9. From the District Award of Merit application... "It is not appropriate to nominate a Scouter who has already received this award."
  10. I would not overthink it. Emergencies tend to change the most well thought out plans. Deal with the priorities.
  11. Try this... https://scouting.webdamdb.com/bp/#/folder/599193/
  12. I am an electrical engineer. I would not worry much about the lead used in solder. Just don't eat anything. Most electronics should be safe from a chemical aspect. A shock hazard perhaps. You are not going to find much in the way of magnets unless you have something with an actual coil speaker or motor. A modern day phone probably has a piezoelectric speaker. No magnetic material in those. Transformers will have some ferrous material in them that may have a small magnetic field to them. Most ferrous material (iron) has a weak magnetic field. I have heard of inserting a needle
  13. https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/12/21/scoutbook-lite-to-replace-bsas-internet-advancement-platform-in-early-2018/
  14. Unlike Star and Life ranks, the Second Class requirements do not include the phrase "while a Tenderfoot Scout".
  15. This can be found in the 2015 printing of the Guide to Safe Scouting but is no longer listed in the 2017 printing... "Single-room or dormitory-type accommodations for Scouting units: Adults and youths of the same gender may occupy dormitory or singleroom accommodations, provided there is a minimum of two adults and four youths. A minimum of one of the adults is required to be Youth Protection– trained. Adults must establish separation barriers or privacy zones such as a temporary blanket or a sheet wall in order to keep their sleeping area and dressing area separated from the youth area."
  16. Was this a violation of the Two Deep Leadership policy? No - There were three adults on this outing. Was this a violation of the No One-On-One policy? No - There were multiple scouts in the room. Was this a violation of the Youth Privacy policy? Maybe - Older versions of the YP policy mention placing blankets or some sort of divider between adults and youth when using the same room. I don't see that in the current version. All I see now is mention of a clothes changing area. I would think that the scouts sleeping in the main area would need a designated changing area somewhere oth
  17. Not a question but a rant. Have been mentoring a scout through the Eagle Rank process. When it came time to complete his application I gave him some guidance on filling it out. I made sure he had the latest version (April 2017)... https://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-728_wb_fillable.pdf I went to point out the statement of "ambitions and life purpose" to make sure he included that. Well it is no longer part of requirement #7. I re-read every requirement on the application and could not find it. Knowing that there were some changes to all the rank requirements at the b
  18. Any good place nearby for a group to camp? Being flat-landers we will need to spend a night below 8500 ft to acclimate before ascending.
  19. Did you go with a scout group? How did you manage vehicles between your starting point and ending point? We plan to use a single van but don't want to make a loop. Probably cover most of the Teton Crest. From what I read the Death Canyon Shelf is a must.
  20. I believe it is now operated as a council high adventure program.
  21. Charles L. Sommers was called Region X Canoe Trails at one time. Would make sense that Maine High Adventure was possibly called Region One Canoe Trails at one time.
  22. This is interesting... https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/region-one-canoe-trails-bsa-patch
  23. There was a National Maine High Adventure Area at one time (ceased operation in 1991?). That would have been located in Region 1 in the old 12 region system. I have never heard it called Region 1 Canoe Base.
  24. Thought I would share a positive story on the world brotherhood of Scouting. Recently a scouter in our district was on vacation in London and suffered a major heart attack. This Scouter has been a volunteer for many years and has been our District Executive for the past few years. I am the Scoutmaster for his two grandsons. One daughter was with him but the other daughter had to make an emergency flight to be with him. The daughters have been fundraising through Go Fund Me for expenses for this ordeal as they do not have enough money for their expenses for the several weeks this Scoute
  25. Have not found an official statement from the national office but several councils have posted this... http://www.cornhuskercouncil.org/news.html/article/2017/09/01/2017-membership-fees-increase Like last time I don't like the timing.
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