Old Fashion Handshake?

Dancing Chickens

How we handle our lives and scouting post-pandemic will be an ongoing process. What do we do with simple things like the old fashion handshake? The “elbow bump” is awkward and strange. How many times should we bump elbows before it becomes part of a “chicken dance”? Do you move them up and down or side to side? What if you bang your elbow into someone who’s not ready? After all, isn’t the elbow where we teach everyone to sneeze and cough? It looks silly and I don’t think it’s much better than a handshake with regards to cleanliness. Should this be replaced with a bow? I think most Americans would be confused as there are many different types of bows. If not performed correctly and appropriately it could easily be misunderstood. Not to mention the strained political relationships between the East and West. A traditional Indian form of greeting is the Añjali Mudrā gesture or namaste. This would be good most of the time without a full-on bow. Again this may prove to be confusing for the general American public. Currently, we are left with a “weird mime” type of wave jester or worse. We Americans must work things out with a new greeting that’s healthier, dignified, and geopolitical. Don’t worry you have until your next job interview or client meeting to figure it out.

B-P 1937

In scouting, we have a greeting taught to every new Scout; the scout salute. I’m in favor of a scout salute when in uniform. This might be perceived as militaristic in nature as we normally only salute the flag. But we all know how to give a scout salute and it can be done at a distance. B-P saluted scouts and scouts saluted him in return. It’s respectful and meaningful. If we use this for greetings and to properly replace scout handshakes then I think the problem is solved. Now, what do we do for the times when we’re not in uniform? 

Your In Scouting,  ScouterStan

Using the ScouterStan Community on this YouTube Channel

You’re invited to become apart of our scout leader community we have here on YouTube. With almost 250K views in 9 years*, only 0.003% of viewers of this channel are subscribers (not 8% as ScouterStan stated in the video). Even less have used the channel comments section. ScouterStan personally views and responds to all of the comments and questions. If you have a subject or a question that we have not covered please ask. Everything here is governed by the Scout Oath and Law. Tell your leaders in your Pack, Troop, or Crew about the ScouterStan Channel. “Don’t keep it a secret!” This channel is for adult leaders, but its content is always scout and family-friendly. Our goal is to have “Opal Level” (1K+) subscribers by our 10th Channel anniversary on March 12, 2021. This will unlock many community features for all of us here on the channel.

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Cub Scout Day Camp is Camp School Certified? OR What is National Camp Accreditation Program about?

Your district Cub Scout Day Camp has a minimum of two Camp School Certified directors. The Day Camp Director and Program Director. This training ensures the health and well-being of all campers and staff. It also improves the quality of the scouting program. The Scouts BSA National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP) helps all councils and it’s districts adopt national camping standards.

🌎 National Camping School Website: https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/

📄 National Camping School Brochure: https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/NCS-brochure-1-22-2020.pdf

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Retiring From Scouting? Aging Out? Eagle Out? Moving On? What Now?

Most scout leaders leave Scouting when their children do (but not required). Some units have “term-limits” on positions like Scoutmaster, Cubmaster or Committee Chairmen. Passing the torch on to the next leader should be done in an orderly way. Always have a succession plan in case of emergencies. It’s the departing leader’s job to have someone step into there position temporarily/permanently. Passed leaders should plane to act as a guide/consultant for a few months after departing. Some Scout leaders chose to leave a unit position and take on a district or council position. Some Scout leaders have a calling to make Scouting a ministry (like @ScouterStan). After leaving Scouting, please join the Scouting Alumni association to keep informed. You’re always welcome to return even just to visit.

⚜️ John Madden – Asked, “What are my feelings about the LDS Church leaving Scouting?” The LDS Church in the US is transitioning its youth program from Scouting to its own program to be consistent with its churches around the world. This change has created a flood of Eagle Scouts and transfers over to other traditional troops. I welcome everyone that is staying with Scouts BSA and I have the heartfelt, best wishes for all that are leaving. Scouting is a century-old youth movement and will always welcome anyone.

🌎 Succession Planning for Volunteer Leaders on ScoutingU (You will need to log into your account and navigate threw training to take the course.): https://my.scouting.org/

⚠️ Important: Scouting Alumni and Friends Training is also available from ScoutingU. Just log into your my.scouting.org account and navigate to the training.

🌎 Scouting Alumni: https://scoutingalumni.org/🎬 Scouting Alumni & Friends YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUaCKENyhRuuw9gdHnstQHA

🎬 Understanding Scout Facing or Backstage: https://youtu.be/9DHD1zcdCH0

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Are Donations to Scouting Taxable? Yes and No…

Basically, only cash/check/charge donations to Scouts BSA or your local council office fall under charitable donations. Everything else is your property and asset. Donations to a scout unit are given to the chartering institution. If the charter is a non-taxable charity, the donation is deductible. You and your family’s memberships, subscriptions, camping fees, uniforms, equipment, and insurance are your property and your responsibilities. Make sure you check with your accountant or tax professional before taking any tax deductions your not sure of.

🌎 Tips for deducting Scouting-related Expenses: https://scoutingmagazine.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/tax-time/comment-page-1/

📄 Giving Questions/Scouting Answers: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Giving_Questions_Booklet_2011.pdf

⚠️ Impotent: Scouts BSA out of Irving TX is a code 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Most councils are also charitable organizations, however financially separated. Check with your local council service center to make sure.

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The Scoutmaster Conference… Not Just for Rank Advancement Anymore

The Scoutmaster conference is exclusive to Troop operations. However, the concepts and policies apply to all unit leaders*. Its recommended that confidential notes be taken during the conference. A scoutmaster conference is not meant to be a retesting of scout skills. In Scoutmaster training its described as; “The conference is not a retest of the requirements upon which a Scout has been signed off. It is a forum for discussing topics such as ambitions, life purpose, and goals for future achievement, for counseling, and also for obtaining feedback on the unit’s program. “

The Scoutmaster Conference for non-rank advancement:

  • 🧩 Observed Behavior
  • 🧩 Slowing Down Advancement or Participation
  • 🧩 Addressing Issues from Other Scouts
  • 🧩 Planning Advancement or Leadership Positions
  • 🧩 More… New Scout Interview, Patrol Satisfaction, Special Updates, etc.

* More information is available in the Scouts BSA Guide to Advancement section 4.2.3.5 Unit Leader (Scoutmaster) Conference: https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/mechanics-of-advancement/scouts-bsa/

🌎 Scouts BSA Guide to Advancement: https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/

🌎 Understanding the Scoutmaster conference: https://scoutingmagazine.org/2014/12/understanding-scoutmaster-conference/

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