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The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is committed first and foremost to keeping youth safe. Part of that commitment includes continually updating our youth protection policies to help ensure we are always on the forefront of youth safety.
As you know, one of the BSA’s many barriers to abuse is a mandatory criminal background check during the adult volunteer application process. The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds to support the continued safety of youth in our programs.
Please complete the new form at your earliest availability to help us continue to provide the safest environment possible for our Scouts and leaders. Please note that these steps must be completed before your 2020 annual registration can be processed. Please turn in the signed “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization” form promptly to your unit leader, district executive. or local council service center. If you choose to decline the background check, or if you do not complete the Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization form and return it, your 2020 annual registration will not be processed.
2020 Recharter Packets for scout units will be available at your October District Roundtable meetings. For more information contact your District Executive.
Tips on a easy Recharter process:
- Make sure all your adult leaders:
- Are current on the YPT (youth protection training)
- Have completed the NEW 2020 Additional Disclosures and Background Check Authorization form
- Make sure pack or troop roster agrees with what is listed in ScoutBook or in My.Scouting. If not, send us a copy of the missing scout/ scout leader application and we will process it.
- Send us any BSA applications promptly for new scouts/ scout leaders so we can process them right away.
Boy Scouts of America mandates that all direct contact leaders complete the NEW Hazardous weather Training . . . Click for information & details
Be Prepared for a better commute.
With CubCast and ScoutCast, the BSA’s pair of monthly podcasts, you’ll become a more-informed Scouting volunteer as you drive to work, empty the dishwasher or walk your dog. . . . Read More
BSA has introduced an array of upgrades designed to make your life easier. The improvements make inputting advancement updates faster, allow leaders to search advancement history in a snap and give Scouters more control over printable reports — like the kind used to make purchases at the Scout Shop.
We want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees is an important part of the Scouting experience. Youth develop traits of citizenship, character, fitness, and leadership during age-appropriate events when challenged to move beyond their normal comfort level and discover their abilities. This is appropriate when risks are identified and mitigated.
The Scouting program, as contained in our handbooks and literature, integrates many safety features. However, no policy or procedure will replace the review and vigilance of trusted adults and leaders at the point of program execution.
Commit yourself to creating a safe and healthy environment by:
- Knowing and executing the BSA program as contained in our publications
- Planning tours, activities, and events with vigilance using the tools provided
- Setting the example for safe behavior and equipment use during program
- Engaging and educating all participants in discussions about hazards and risks
- Reporting incidents in a timely manner- Updated BSA Incident Reporting Requirements-6/24/19
Summer brings more Scouting activities and Summer camps. Scouts are enjoying many different adventures from rafting, repelling, sailing, swimming, hiking and many more. All activities should have proper planning and preparation to avoid injuries and accidents.
Scouting.org has a new Safety Moments page, which provides information and guidance on everything from Acute mountain sickness recognition and prevention to zip lines. Each page provides information on the topic, plus BSA forms and guides as well as links to more information.
On the Scouting Safely page, the Guide to Safe Scouting, Wilderness First Aid training, Safe Scouting newsletters, Youth Protection and General Health and Safe FAQ’s are all included to provide our leaders and Scout parents with proper tools to prepare for safe and fun Scouting activities!
Thank you for being part of the Scouting movement and creating an exciting and safe experience for every participant.
The latest update make program delivery and advancement tracking even simpler.
Internet Advancement 2 is now available (May 25, 2019).
Q: When and who will this be communicated too?
A: BSA wide release announcement via Bryan’s Blog and other normal BSA channels.
Q: Why is Internet Advancement going away?
A: The Internet Advancement platform is written with old technology that we are upgrading.
Q: Why is it separate from Scoutbook?
A: Internet Advancement is the quick entry tool for unit leaders to record advancement items for units.
Q: Why can’t anyone enter advancements like before?
A: Previously a code was generated for the unit leader. Today the BSA is simplifying login for unit leaders by allowing unit leaders to use their existing my.scouting login credentials. Key 3 and their delegates always have access to Internet Advancement 2 plus the unit can designate any adult to the Unit Advancement Chair position using the Organization Security Manager.
More information here: http://help.scoutbook.com
Upgrades to Internet Advancement Makes Live Easier! (Bryan on Scouting)
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is sensitive information that is associated with an individual person . . . Read more
Effective January 1, 2019, MDSC instituted a necessary refund policy. Click on the link below for the details . . . Refund Policy
How Boy Scouts of America keeps kids safe today
Over the past several weeks, you may have heard from people with misconceptions about BSA’s commitment to keeping kids safe. This site offers easy-to-understand explanations of the steps BSA takes to fulfill that commitment. The site also features information from child safety experts and directly addresses several myths. Be sure to share this site with anyone who has questions or may be misinformed about the BSA’s commitment to youth safety.
New 2020 Additional Disclosures and Background Check Authorization form
BSA’s commitment includes continually updating our youth protection policies to help ensure we are always on the forefront of youth safety. The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds to support the continued safety of youth in our programs. Please complete the new form at your earliest availability to help us continue to provide the safest environment possible for our Scouts and leaders.
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