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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/

Every year, BSA produces a Report to the State of California. It’s a pretty amazing summary of what Scouts do for their communities.

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The Mt. Diablo Silverado Council will be conducting a KODIAK CHALLENGE COURSE hosted by the Venturing Officers Association. The course will be conducted on a 10-day cruise from San Francisco to Alaska and back. The course starts June 22, 2020 and ends July 2, 2020. All participants are required to have a valid passport  good for at least six months after the end of the cruise. You must be at least fifteen (15) years old before June 22, 2020 and registered and active in a Venture Crew. If you are intersted, please contact:

John Ricketts  (707) 410-7051

immediately – space is limited – and attend the VOA meeting on May 22, 2019 6:30pm at the MDSC Council Offices. At that time, we will go over all the requirements to attend the course, the cost, and answer any questions. The course is booked on the Princess Line vessel ‘Star Princess’

Earning the Eagle Scout Award or Venturing Summit Award opens doors. The awards are a proven launchpad in the United States, sending a young man or young woman on a rewarding career path.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award brings similar résumé-building clout to young people — only on a global scale.

new national partnership between the Boy Scouts of America and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award USA brings the opportunity to the United States

excepted from Bryan on Scouting, 2/12/18

For more information, check
What is the Award 

If you are interested in finding out more about this program as either an Assessor or as an activity for your Unit, contact:

David Miura – Pacific Skyline Council

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

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.

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

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 . . . Details & FAQ

 

Scouting Safety + Incident Reporting

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.

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