Opportunities abound for 5 - 20 year old Youth
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Scoutbook is an online unit management tool that ensures that you never miss a Scouting moment—from tracking advancements to milestone achievements along the Scouting adventure. In an effort to drive program consistency and deeper engagement with our youth and leaders, Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2019, Scoutbook subscriptions will be free to all BSA units. More info.
To request a Palm Award, a Scout completes an Advancement Report No. 34403 entering the Palms being requested. Multiple Palm requests may be entered on the form, and there is no need to specify which Merit Badges are to be associated with each Palm Award. The Scoutmaster must sign the form. On completion, take the form to the MDSC Service Center for processing.
Note: Eagle Scout Palms have not been implemented in Internet Advancement at this time.
Eagle Palms are bronze, gold and silver awards presented to young men who earn five, 10, 15 or more merit badges beyond the 21 required to become an Eagle Scout. The BSA has announced significant changes to the way Scouts earn Eagle Palms. The modifications took effect Aug. 1, 2017. The biggest change is all Palms earned before achieving Eagle Rank may be awarded instantly to new Eagle Scouts at their Eagle Court of Honor.
More details and a FAQ at: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/07/10/changes-to-eagle-palms/
Boy Scouts of America mandates that all direct contact leaders complete the NEW Hazardous weather Training.
Philmont Scout Ranch provides an unforgettable adventure along its hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails. Program features combine the best of the Old West-horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, chuck wagon dinners, and interpretive history-with exciting challenges for today-rock climbing, burro racing, mountain biking, and rifle shooting-in an unbeatable recipe for fast-moving outdoor fun.
For more info and to register click HERE.
More Than 50 Conferences Available!
Visit the national volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America with over fifty different week-long conferences. Since 1950, the Philmont Training Center has provided a unique environment for training volunteers and professionals, creating leaders, and hosting family friendly adventures. Conferences feature the latest tools, techniques, audiovisuals, discussions, idea-sharing, and activities led by a faculty of experienced Scouters selected by the National Council.
Philmont Family Adventure now available for 4 weeks!
Philmont Family Adventure is a chance to experience Philmont Scout Ranch like never before! Open to all registered members of the BSA and their families, you will have the chance to participate in incredible activities offered by Philmont and make memories with your family that will last a lifetime.
For more info or to register click HERE.
Paddle away from the stresses of everyday life at the Northern Tier National High Adventure Program. During a 6- to 11-night trek of 50 to 150 miles, Northern Tier crews explore the natural frontier of Minnesota and Canada. After loading their canoes with gear for the entire journey, Scouts and Venturers follow in the footsteps and paddle tracks of 1800s French-Canadian voyagers. They explore millions of acres of pristine lakes, meandering rivers, dense forests and fascinating wetlands in northern Minnesota, northwest Ontario and northeast Manitoba.
2019: The lottery for summer 2019 spots occurred in January 2018. However, some spaces are still available. Go here to see details; look for the button marked “Trip Availability.”
2020: The lottery for summer 2020 reservations will open at 7 a.m. Pacific Time on Jan. 8, 2019. It closes a week later: 5 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2019.
For more info or to register click HERE.
Go to the Youth Training section on the Training Page for details and registration.
The BSA National Executive Committee has approved temporary transition rules regarding extensions for Youth over 16 but not yet 18 years of age on Feb 1, 2019 to complete the requirements for the Eagle Scout Award. Follow the link below for the full text and implementation details.
Welcoming both girls and boys into the program means even more youth will have access to the character development and values-base leadership that Scouting promises.
This new toolkit is a great place to find information on working with Chartered Organizations to start new units.
Answers to the Top 5 questions new parents had about Cub Scouting when they first joined!