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  1. Units also have access to the Training Manager: Scoutmasters (Cubmasters / Advisors / Skippers) - unit Key 3 Committee Chairs - unit Key 3 Chartered Org. Reps. - unit Key 3 Key 3 Delegates Unit Training Chairs If you run into difficulty adding the training, another person to contact could be your District Training Chair.
  2. Good advice. Also excellent advice. Unfortunately, council Registrars no longer have the ability to merge and retire BSA member numbers. Right now, they can combine BSA member numbers under your my.scouting username, which is basically the same thing that users can usually do for themselves at my.scouting (using Manage Member ID). However, you can only do this for yourself if your name and date of birth match exactly between the different BSA member numbers (goes back to your rule #1).
  3. The Trained Leader report at my.scouting can be difficult to read, but Scoutmasters / Assistant Scoutmasters need the following in order to be considered "trained": Y01 - Youth Protection Training Certification Scoutmaster (and Assistant Scoutmaster) position specific training (online learning plan) OR S24 - Scoutmaster Specific Training (in person) SCO_800 - Hazardous Weather Training (online only) - supposed to be renewed every 2 years. S11 - IOLS (overnight campout / in person only) If you have proof of the training (for example: training certificate for IOLS t
  4. It depends. Does your pack advance its dens to the next den level at the end of the school year? If so, when is the last day of school? Your Pack Committee has some discretion to grant time extensions at the end of the Cub Scout program year:
  5. I agree with @5thGenTexan . I would recommend using the Protect Yourself Rules adventure in place of the Cyber Chip: https://www.scouting.org/programs/cub-scouts/preview-adventures/protect-yourself-rules/
  6. Sounds kind of similar to the videos that the BSA used to have online for some of the (older) rank requirements for Tenderfoot - First Class. You can still find the videos at YouTube: BSA rank videos
  7. Don't use it! Go to scoutbook.com/mobile/, and login to regular Scoutbook. After you log in at regular Scoutbook, go to your calendar where you should see a Hide DLE events button. Alternatively, you can move the calendar events into the past. Having said that, the Resources section of the Den Leader Experience is kind of nice. There is a free pdf of the Den Leader Guide.
  8. If I remember correctly from a conversation a while ago, I think the "white sheet" @Eagledad is referring to is his council's version of the blue card.
  9. Updated BSA COVID-19 FAQ (advancement) are at the following link: https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/
  10. I would leave the individual requirements blank (SC 5b and FC 6a) in Scoutbook if the Scout has not passed them yet. Scoutbook has a Notepad & Comments feature that is available for each individual requirement and at the bottom of each rank, merit badge, and award. You could add a note to First Class / Star / Life ranks and maybe one or more of the individual requirements that the Scout still needs to pass the swim test (the first requirement for each rank, Scoutmaster conference, board of review, etc.). At Scoutmaster conferences and boards of review, check to see if the BSA's
  11. Not sure if this helps, but there is a Prohibited Activities FAQs that says:
  12. Help a Venturer earn the Silver Hornaday Award & Venturing Summit Award by helping to pick up 1 million pieces of trash by August 30 (his project close date). Anyone who spends at least 2 hours on the project and has their collection reported on the project's Google Form is eligible for the Messengers of Peace award (environmental dimension). You can find more information at the following links: Bryan on Scouting: Venturer’s conservation project involves worldwide effort to pick up 1 million pieces of trash Facebook: 1,000,000 Piece of Trash Great service project for all
  13. If they are rising 5th graders (going in to the 5th grade this fall), then they can choose to stop working on Webelos and just move on to AOL. It's difficult right now, but if you can get your den leaders to have some online meetings, then you should be able to meet the den requirements -- even if you can't meet in person. Not sure if you've seen the BSA's COVID-19 FAQs or not, but: Hope this helps some!
  14. Just curious, but why was the Unit Commissioner acting as a member of the Life BOR? Was he just supposed to be observing, but then got carried away?
  15. @5thGenTexan When my son crossed over at age 10 1/2, he could not swim. We got him into private swimming lessons at a local YMCA. It took several months with a very patient instructor, but he did eventually learn how to swim. I agree with @Eagle94-A1, swimming is an important life skill, and I'm glad we stuck with it, and he learned how to swim.
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  17. The BSA adult application says: "The chartered organization representative is approved by the head of the chartered organization." As a general rule, the person with the power to appoint also has the power to remove / fire.
  18. This means that your council has not uploaded its merit badge counselor list to Scoutbook, so you will need to contact your council and ask them which merit badges you are approved to counsel.
  19. I guess I'm not following you, because the rank requirements specifically say that Assistant Patrol Leader is not an approved position of responsibility for the Star, Life, or Eagle rank. The leadership project is an alternative way to fulfill this requirement, as long as it is Scoutmaster-approved and helps the troop.
  20. Generally speaking, I think it would be better to find other ways to recognize and encourage APLs to serve. While the leadership project that helps the unit is an option, I would be cautious about using it for reasons that @Eagledad mentioned. The leadership project should provide lessons similar to the listed PORs. Instead, there are some troop PORs that can be held by more than one Scout. The position of Instructor, for example, can be held by more than one Scout, and the Scout can specialize in particular areas such as first aid, knot tying, etc.
  21. Depending on how long ago a council uploaded its MBC list to Scoutbook, a particular MBC might still be properly registered (although not all councils have uploaded their MBCs to Scoutbook). But if it's been a long time since the MBC list was uploaded, you can't really be sure unless you contact the council directly. Scoutbook does not currently do a good job of reflecting which adult leaders are currently registered as MBCs. That is a BSA IT problem that needs to be solved. Part of the problem is that many councils register their MBCs via ScoutNet, but they manage the list of merit badges
  22. @CynicalScouter I think we are talking past one another. I am saying don't punish the Scout who appears to have acted in good faith at the end of the process. Fill out the form and make the complaint, but don't punish the Scout.
  23. Yes, I agree. If the merit badge college (virtual or otherwise) is not following the Guide to Advancement (for example: by having a single class with 900+ Scouts and only 1 MBC), then that should be reported to the council. What I am saying is that the Scout should not be punished at the end of the process. If the Scout intentionally did not follow the BSAs procedure or policies, then that would be a different situation, but the issue here does not appear to be with the Scout -- it appears to be with the council having virtual merit badge classes that have way too many Scouts.
  24. If a council is sponsoring / running the virtual merit badge colleges, then that council is responsible for making sure that those merit badge counselors (MBCs) are properly registered in accordance with the Guide to Advancement. Any vetting of a MBC that is done, should be done at the beginning of the process -- not at the end ( The Scout, the Blue Card, and the Unit Leader). At this point, however, the Scout has already completed the merit badge. It would be difficult to say no to the Scout now, assuming that the Scout has acted in good faith (I haven't seen anything in the pos
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