Scout Sunday or Sabeth is the first weekend of February. Many units are chartered with religious organizations and it would only be natural to be included. Adult leaders should also think about offering to have a “Scouts Own” service at an assisted living home. Maybe reaching out to a religious organization that is no longer affiliated with scouts. Remember we both serve the same area. A Scout unit can also help out at a VA hospital chapel service. Make contact and plans to show up in uniform (early) and be ready to help. A Scout is reverent to all faiths.
Scout units are not immune to the thievery of their equipment. All scouting units should take precautions to discourage thieves from stealing. Criminals are looking for easy targets especially ones with wheels on them. If they can roll it off-site and take their time breaking into it, they will. Here are some simple steps to help deter thievery for any unit.
⛔ Storage – Sheds, garages, and storage containers. Many Charter Organizations (CO) will “donate” an out of site area for storage. This is very attractive to thieves. If this is the only option make sure that the access points are well lighted. If the CO has video surveillance make sure its posted. Believe it or not, if the thief sees a sign about video surveillance they will actually look for the camera. This way you will get a good mug shot of whoever stole your equipment. LOL
⛔ Trailers – Enclosed, flatbeds, and canoe racks. Just locking the hitch down is not enuff. Get a wheel boot to prevent drag-a-ways. Keep the doors locked and install door hinge protection.
⛔ Vehicles – Trucks and busses. Keep them locked, with the alarm on. If you are storing the vehicle for a period of time it may be best to remove the battery. Never leave the keys in the vehicle. Marking your equipment, so it can be identified when found. Using hi-tech marking systems like “MicroDot” for expensive equipment. Even spray-painting the troop or pack logo on everything you can. Remember to save important documents, photos, and inventories offsite. Keep it on a thumb drive and backed up in multiple safe locations. At the end of the day, nothing will stop a truly desperate thief. We can slow them down and in some cases just discourage them to move on to easier crimes. If things are stolen, ID tags and markings will help leave clues that will get them caught. The CO techily owns your unit’s equipment, trailers, and vehicles and should also help to ensure their protection.
⚜️ Note: This information is presented here just for your consideration. ScouterStan is not promoting the purchase or use of any item talked about. This is not a paid promotion. Shop around and do your own research.
🌎 For additional information about “MicroDot” referenced in the video: https://www.theftmark.com (Not a Sponsor – See Note)
Teen suicide is the 2nd cause of death to American youth today. I know this subject is dark and cringy and most leaders avoid it if they can. As adults working with youth, we need to recognize the symptoms and know what to do about it. Your active role in safeguarding our Scouts is part of your responsibilities.
RED-LIGHT Statements & Behavior include:
🛑 Threatening their own well-being or others through physical violence; Statements like “Shoot myself…” or “…jump off a cliff…” and “…kill you all before myself.”
🛑 Planning to run away from home or saying they won’t need things soon.
🛑 Damaging or throwing away their own property for no reason.
🛑 Give away personal belongings or final goodbyes.
🛑 Reference suicide or suicidal thoughts on social media.
🛑 Increase their use of drugs, alcohol or hurting themselves.
🛑 Sudden change in health or sleep habits (too little or too much).
🛑 Display extreme mood swings or is having trouble focusing.
🛑 Saying they wish they hadn’t been born at all.
I know of leaders who have expressed remorse of not acting on a “gut feeling”. The adult leader should have an indication of where issues are with their scouts. The Scoutmaster conference is not just for rank advancement. Den leaders can also have meetings with the cub scout and parents. Everything within YPT should always be observed. If you notice red-light behavior call a meeting ASAP. This meeting should determine whether red light behavior was a real concern. If any red-light behavior is observed the leader should immediately notify the parents. Parents should seek immediate mental health evaluation for their scout. If one of your scouts suddenly caught on fire, you would immediately get them help. This is no different. This aspect is instinctive too good leadership like yours. The tragic loss of America’s youth is incredibly sad. We must do what we can to stop this plague.
⚠ Adult Leaders: Please enter the following in your mobile for referencing with parents. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (English) and 1-888-628-9454 (Español). The new national Lifeline 988 number is NOT CURRENTLY ACTIVE.
🌎 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
🌎 AAFP Teen Suicide Prevention: https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/public-health/teen-suicide.html
Congratulations Order of the Arrow candidate! At the last camporee or summer camp, your name was called out and you left the campfire with Order of the Arrow (OA) brothers. This is known as a “Call-Out” or “Tap-Out” and is the result of you being elected into the order. You should receive a small booklet called “Upon a Lofty Journey”. This is the Spirit Of the Arrow (SOA) booklet. You will also get information about the upcoming Ordeal. If you’re at summer camp this could start that night. Otherwise, you should make plans to attend your Ordeal. This is only the beginning of your membership process in the OA. Many brothers take the ordeal and never return to any OA events. You only take your ordeal once. ‘Be Drave Brothers!’ and finish what you have started with our brotherhood. Don’t be a “Sash-n-Dash” or a “Flapper” as some of your brothers may call you.
⚠️Correction: At time stamp 7:05 ScouterStan incorrectly stated that you could do your ordeal with another lodge. What he meant to say is that you can do your ordeal with any chapter within the lodge. Sorry, we didn’t catch this until post review.
Happy New Year! 2020 will be a big year for us scout leaders. Sometime in September, we should see the first girl Eagle Scouts. This will be a big event but it should not be treated as a race. Achieving the Eagle rank is serious for anyone, regardless of gender. Membership fees have changed to accommodate additional insurance requirements. The professional staff is implementing a new management program called “Polaris Method”. This will help make Scouting professionals more effective, efficient, and empowered.
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⚜️ Note: Please understand that any of the opinions and comments expressed here are not necessarily the policies and opinions of Scouts BSA. ScouterStan presents this information to the adult leaders based on his training and experience. ScouterStan and you should too follow to the best of our understanding of the policies, procedures, and training from the Scouts BSA.