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  1. Is Varsity dead?

    Is the Varsity program dead? Both the youth and adult applications as well as the BSA's program site now make no reference to Varsity. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-406.pdf https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-501.pdf https://www.scouting.org/programs/
  2. EBOR question

    The SM is planning on having a discussion with the young man and his parents to get there take as the SM only has second hand information. He was told by several scouts that were there that the scout was just a helper and his parents did all of the leading, and the scout had not met the beneficiary until after the project was complete. For the project itself it was a good project, they build several library boxes and installed them in the community. The SM has no problem with the scout earning Eagle, he just wants to make sure the requirements are completed as stated, nothing more, nothing less.
  3. They already have this, IMO they just do a good job of promoting it. There is a ton of material, just not being promoted well. If you go to my.scouting.org and click on My Dashboard, then My Training, and finally on Training Center you will be given Training Courses by Program. Clicking on the program levels you will be given a list of available training. Clicking on the trainings will take you to the BSA Learning Center. Here is what's available, in addition to YPT: Cub Scouts: Boy Scouts: Venturing: Sea Scouts: Exploring: Other:
  4. EBOR question

    There is a scout in my district who his SM feels did not satisfactorily complete the eagle project, no leadership demonstrated. The SM still needs to speak with the scout, but let's assume he does not sign the application, and he informs the scout properly of the Eagle Board of Review Under Disputed Circumstances procedures in which the scout initiates. And now let's say the EBOR-UDC agrees with the SM and denies the scout and all appeals go against the scout. So here's the question, can the scout do another project and have another EBOR? The reason I ask this is item 10 of section 8.0.3.0 of the G2A states "An Eagle candidate may have only one board of review (though it may be adjourned and reconvened). Subsequent action falls under the appeals process."
  5. Merit Badge Worksheets

    From the G2A, 7.0.4.8 Unofficial Worksheets and Learning Aids Worksheets and other materials that may be of assistance in earning merit badges are available from a variety of places including unofficial sources on the Internet and even troop libraries. Use of these aids is permissible as long as the materials can be correlated with the current requirements that Scouts must fulfill. Completing “worksheets†may suffice where a requirement calls for something in writing, but this would not work for a requirement where the Scout must discuss, tell, show, or demonstrate, etc. Note that Scouts shall not be required to use these learning aids in order to complete a merit badge.
  6. 2017 Guide to Advancement released

    Here is the list that shows what has to be completed by the scouts 18th birthday, if it's not on the list then it can be completed afterwards. 9.0.1.1 Complete All the Requirements Confirm that the following requirements have been completed before the 18th birthday: active participation, Scout spirit, merit badges, position of responsibility, service project, and unit leader conference. Note that the unit leader (Scoutmaster) conference need not be the last item accomplished. The board of review may be conducted after the 18th birthday. For details, see “Boards of Review,†8.0.0.0. A candidate must be registered through the time he is completing requirements but need not be registered thereafter or when his board of review is conducted.
  7. The 2017 revision of the Guide to Advancement has been released. No real big changes, other than the separation of Sea Scouts from Venturing, the most welcome changes/clarifications in my mind: 4.2.3.1: Added clarifcation that a Scout must be given credit for active participation time even if a unit takes time off during the summer or any other time of the year 4.2.3.4.3: Added clarifcation that the Scout must be given credit for time served in a position of responsibility even if a unit takes time off during the summer or any other time of the year. 8.0.0.2: Added clarifcation that a board of review cannot be denied or postponed due to nonrequirement reasons such as uniforming or delinquent dues payments. 8.0.3.2: Added clarifcation that a Scout and his parents or guardians must be informed of the right to a board of review under disputed circumstances. 8.0.1.0: Added clarifcation that board members should recuse themselves if they cannot be fair and impartial. 9.0.2.8: Added that signatures on a Scout’s service project report need not be dated before his 18th birthday. www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf
  8. Square Knots...Are you game? (Just for fun)

    Let me reformat the list after the forum software upgrade: #1 - Air Scouting/Air Exploring ACE Award Knot #2 - Explorer Silver Award Knot, used for * Explorer/Air Explorer Silver Award * Explorer Achievement Award * Explorer G.O.L.D. Award * Explorer Scout Ranger Award (when its unique knot was dropped early on) * Air Scout/Air Explorer Ace Award (again, when its unique knot was dropped early on) #3 Arrow of Light Knot #4 - Silver World Award Knot #5 - Scoutmaster Award of Merit Knot (also used as or known as) * Varsity Scout Coach Award of Merit * Venturing Advisor Award of Merit * NESA Outstanding Scoutmaster #6 - Eagle Scout Knot #7 - Cubmaster Award Knot #8 - William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award Knot #9 - Tiger Cub Den Leader Knot #10 - Pack Trainer Award Knot #11 - Scouters Key Award Knot #12 - Silver Beaver Award Knot (Also used for the Silver Fawn Award) #13 Scouters Training Award Knot #14 - International Scouter Award #15 - "Youth" Religious Award Knot #16 - Distinguished Commissioner Service Award #17 - Cub Scouter Award Knot #18 - Community Organization Award Knot #19 - William T. Hornaday Award Knot #20 - Heroism Award Knot #21 - George Meaney AFL-CIO Award Knot #22 - Professional Scouter Training Award Knot (Also known as the Professional Circle or Fellowship Honor Knot) #23 - Medal of Merit Knot #24 - Honor Medal Knot (also with Crossed Palms (Very Rare)) #25 - District Award of Merit Knot #26 - Cub Scout Den Leader Award Knot, now known as Den Leader Award Knot #27 - Venturing Silver Award Knot #28 - Silver Antelope Knot #29 - Silver Buffalo Knot #30 - Vale La Pena Award Knot (or Premio por Servicio ScoutingVale la Pena! Service Award Knot) #31 - Asian American Spirit of Scouting Award Knot #32 - William H. Spurgeon Award Knot #33 - Adult religious award Knot #34 - Sea Badge Award Knot (Participant 1 trident, Staff 2 Tridents, Course Director 3 Tridents) #35 - Quartermaster Award Knot #36 - James West Award Knot #37 - Webelos Den Leader Award Knot #38 - OA Distinguished service Award Knot #39 - Whitney Young Service Award Knot #40 - Venturing Leadership Award Knot #41 - Explorer Scout Ranger Award Knot #42 Den Leader Coach Award Knot #43 Skippers Key Award Knot #44 Antarctica Award Knot (Not sure if that was ever official though) #45 - Eagles Scout Knot (NESA Lifetime Member) #46 - Speaker Bank Award Knot #47 - Philmont Training Center Master Track AwardKnot #48 - Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award Knot #49 - Unit Leader Award Knot #50 - Commissioners Award of Excellence Knot #51 - Alumni Award Red #52 - Scouting Service Award
  9. Square Knots...Are you game? (Just for fun)

    #52 - Scouting Service Award The new knot recognizes Scouters who have earned one of these five awards: Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award* ¡Scouting…Vale la Pena! Service Award* Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award* American Indian Scouting Association Grey Wolf Award Special Needs Scouting Service Award Each of the awards marked with a * above currently has its own square knot. But once supplies of those knots run out, the new Scouting Service Award knot will be used to recognize recipients.
  10. Transgender policy change

    No, they are not the exclusive domain of boys, but the stated purpose in the congressional charter is for the training of boys. You are right that the program has never been dependent of gender, thought it has been geared towards boys since the beginning. For me it is simple, the Boy Scouts is a place for boys to be boys with other boys, and to introduce girls, even those who live their lives as boys, will throw off the whole dynamic.
  11. Transgender policy change

    From the congressional charter of the BSA "The purposes of the corporation are to promote, through organization, and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using the methods that were in common use by boy scouts on June 15, 1916." This is the same text that is still found in the Bylaws of the BSA, chapter 1 section 2. The BSAs purpose is clearly to focus on boys.
  12. Transgender policy change

    This only appears to apply to Boy Scout and Cub Scout youth, but not adult leaders and Venturing youth. This does not take much of an imagination to see where this will be a big can of worms, just a few examples. Sally wants to be Bob, but has to register as a girl in her crew. Now she registers as a boy in a local troop. One weekend she sleeps in a tent with girls, and the next with boys?? Say Sally earns First Class in a troop then decides Boy Scouts is not for her, and drops out. Now can she earn Eagle in a crew even though registered as a girl? Sally is inducted into the OA as a First Class scout, a few years go by and she turns 18, but wants to stay active in the OA. Since this only applies to youth, she is now considered a adult female for can she participate in OA as a OA 18-20 youth, either as an assistant scoutmaster or Venturing "adult participant"(that is the correct term for those 18-20 in Venturing)? I just hope the BSA does not do the same as what they did when they allowed homosexual youth. They stated in this document "This change in membership standards is not a youth protection issue. To consider it a youth protection issue would lead one to believe that sexual abuse and victimization is considered inherent to same-sex attraction. This is not the case." If that was their position all references to coed actives(latrines, showering, tenting, etc.) in the G2SS should be removed because that could lead one to believe that sexual abuse and victimization is considered inherent to opposite-sex attraction. My personal opinion is that this will lead to transgendered adults within two years, and all girls allowed in Cubs and Boy Scouts. How long before they cave on Duty to God?
  13. Troop Program Resources

    I really wish the Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews was online
  14. While planning for the topic of scout resources for our districts roundtable I ran across this website, www.programresources.org, it appears to be a BSA national website. There are tons of information for troops, broken down int several categories, Scout skill challenges, team building activities for both troops and patrols, general campraft, pioneering skills, ceremonies, and leaders minutes. Most of the topics have videos to go along with the instructions.
  15. Charter Agreement revision

    Interesting related news article. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/scouts-ban-advocacy-hurt-groups-bid-troop-35735843 With a very interesting quote "The Boy Scouts' doors are open, but new troop applications must now be approved by a national body, not locally, Great Salt Lake Council Scout Executive Rick Barnes said."
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