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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.

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A gallery of Eagle Projects 

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Scouting Safely

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.

This Eagle Scout built an inspirational American flag display.

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And, here’s Central Region’s Eagle Project of the year.

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The latest update make program delivery and advancement tracking even simpler.

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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)

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/05/29/internet-advancement-upgrades/

Boy Scouts of America mandates that all direct contact leaders complete the NEW Hazardous weather Training . . . Click for information & details

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

Units that sell goods purchased from manufacturers, distributors, or even individuals may be subject to product liability lawsuits . . . Read More

How Boy Scouts of America keeps kids safe today

 
 

Scouting Wire
August 14, 2019

This article was contributed by Michael Johnson, National Youth Protection Director for the Boy Scouts of America.

Recent media reports have highlighted claims of abuse against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). As Director of Youth Protection here at the BSA, I share the same concerns as anyone seeing these stories, and I have the utmost respect for the courage demonstrated by these men coming forward. These claims understandably raise questions about what we do to keep kids safe in Scouting today, and I’d like to take the time to address those questions.

Click here for the full article

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