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  1. RichardB

    BSA National and Change Management

    That would be Voice of Scouting surveys. They go out monthly as well.
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    BSA National and Change Management

    Couple of questions for deliberation: How many of you that want to be "in the know" are signed up for a weekly Scoutingwire feed? https://scoutingwire.org/ Are you promoting that? Does you council have a newsletter? Do you get that? Any articles in there on changes? Do you get Scouting Magazine 6 times a year? Do you read it? Do you subscribe to Bryan's Blog? Do you really want an email and a dead tree letter? @Hawkwin Richard Bonus Question: did you know the Program Hazard Analysis http://scouting.org/filestore/pdf/680-009.pdf narrative was based on management of change document: http://scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/doc/Narrative.doc?
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    Is this the new normal?

    Advancement is a method of Scouting. Perhaps the best and most current content on running the program (that is safety related) is found here: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss07/ I'd specifically call out the following excerpts, but of course, please review all. "The Boy Scouts of America’s Charter and Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, policies, and program guidelines help provide a safe and consistent program. Council and unit charters as well as individual registration are conditioned upon adherence to those requirements." "Activity Planning and Risk Assessment No organization, including the Boy Scouts of America, can anticipate every possible activity that could be conducted as part of a unit, district, or council event. As such, it is neither the intent nor the desire of the BSA to provide specific guidance on subjects that are not core to the program or part of our literature. For those activities that support the values of the Boy Scouts of America, there are several tools available for participants that will help them plan for a fun and safe tour, activity, or event. Good planning and preparedness prior to executing the activity is key to success. This guide is one of those tools. "
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    A couple of questions: Is your indictment of the these rules (please be specific so we can what "rules" are in play) that they are unclear without exception or that you just disagree them and they should have exceptions for (you, your unit, your situation, etc.). What does the hive mind think about rules with exceptions from the hypothetical point of view that perhaps they could develop into a culture that folks think they are acceptable to bend or break those exceptions at will. Does your council not respond to your questions or do you post the contact for the NSC because you didn't like the answers you got, something in the FAQ's wasn't clear? Asking for a friend.
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    Is this the new normal?

    Not quite right. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/face/stateface/or/03or020.html I'd also suggest the group puruse the incident reviews, perhaps you have a use for reviewing these, and they make a case at times of why it is important to follow the program materials. https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/incident-report/incident-reviews/ As to the call for training, why would any organization develop a training program for something that isn't part of the program? And exactly what does the group think it takes to make a 5 min training program for electric screwdrivers? Last I checked there were not any requirements to use laser tag equipment - thus not the program of the BSA. Discuss.
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    Is this the new normal?

    Et al, it's 2018, the 90's were a long time ago. Lots of other ways to bond found in the actual literature, no need to make it up as you go and put kids and yourself at risk. https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss07/ - suggest you all review, it's got some new material and presented in a different format. Even includes a safety moment to share on why somethings need to be unauthorized. RichardB
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    potentially the stupidest GTSS rule?

    Happy Monday, https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2014/01/15/whats-that-age-again-a-complete-guide-to-when-scouts-can-do-what/ The links in the blog are out of date since the transfer of the www.scouting.org website, but this pretty much sums it up: "...The BSA’s Health and Safety team developed the age- and rank-appropriate guidelines based on the mental, physical, emotional and social maturity of Boy Scouts of America youth members..." The updated info can be found here: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/toc/ So couple of discussion items: What requirements are there for youth to use wheelbarrows or wagons? Unaware of any but please let me know. What risks would be present for younger scouts in the use of wheelbarrows or wagons? Discuss.
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    North Face to develop GS outdoor adventure program

    Nice page, it's a shame that several of the photos illustrate putting kids at risk, and probably not healthy risks. The horse ones in particular, shorts, tennis shoes in the stirrup, no helmet.
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    So, what is the GTSS: All participants in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting, applicable program literature or manuals, and be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede Boy Scouts of America practices, policies, and guidelines. The Guide to Safe Scouting is an overview of Scouting policies and procedures gleaned from a variety of sources. For some items, the policy statements are complete. Unit leaders are expected to review the additional reference material cited prior to conducting such activities. In situations not specifically covered in this guide, activity planners should evaluate the risk or potential risk of harm, and respond with action plans based on common sense, community standards, the Boy Scout motto, and safety policies and practices commonly prescribed for the activity by experienced providers and practitioners.
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    Paddlecraft Training

    Place to Start - Council Training Committee - Council Aquatics Committee. Either would be the ones setting up a class locally.
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    Water / Bottle Rockets ?

    Not a program of the BSA. I'd consider that an prohibited activity.
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    Water / Bottle Rockets ?

    https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-055_WaterBottleRockets.pdf And - model rockets https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-055_Rocket Safety_LOW.pdf or
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    Jobs For Those Under 16

  14. Assuming this is in a BSA council great topic for 1) your council ERM Committee and 2) your council Health Supervisor (who should be the one to sign off on this protocol) On a more general note, extension cords should not be a permanent solution. In most states that would not meet code. For outdoor wiring solutions, a discussion with the Camps maintenance staff / Ranger and local AHJ about the use of circus wiring if you have to have cords is a typical choice. The other alternative would be to provide a designated area for said adults, perhaps outside of normal locations. This might limit their effectivness as supervision for youth.
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    Current Ad on Facebook

    He appears to have failed in a safe environment, nothing soap and water won't fix. The Glasses were cracked before he arrived at an official scouting activity, thus no incident report. He is smiling, and will be asking two friends to join the Den this week. RichardB