Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader – Scouter’s Training Award

There are only 7 requirements for this award. Most Scouters have completed it after two years in a unit. Filling out the paperwork and submitting it tends to be the hardest part.

  • Tenure
    • Complete at least two years of tenure as a registered adult leader in your unit.
  • Training
    • Complete basic training for your leader position.
    • Attend a University of Scouting (or equivalent), or attend at least four Roundtable’s (or equivalent) during each year of the tenure used for this award.
  • Performance
    • Participate in an annual unit planning meeting in each year.
    • Serve as an adult leader in a unit that achieves at least the Bronze level of Journey to Excellence each year.
    • Give primary leadership in meeting at least one unit Journey to Excellence objective in each year.
    • Participate in at least one additional supplemental or advanced training event at the council, area, region, or national level during the two years. [ WOOD BADGE ← Flashing RED Text ]

⚜️ Note: Remember to make coppices before submitting it. (Use your mobile phone.)

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A Scouts Next Step – Eagle, is Not an Exit Sign!

You have a scout youth that is turning 18 soon. Scout leaders should have a plan worked out for the scout’s parents leaving. Most Scouters and parents leave the program with their kids. The young adult can stay involved with your troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster. Many join Venture Crews. Eventually, young adults move on to college or start their careers. This will limit the free time available to donate to scouting. Scoutmasters, mentors should make time to talk about plans for the future. As an Eagle Scout, we have a commitment to our community, ourselves, and scouting. Scout leaders & mentors should talk with young adults about their future, but listen carefully and understand before giving advice. Leaders, it’s okay to say “I don’t know”. If you give it some time you can find someone who knows.

Most of the time, its time to leave the nest and get established on your own. Of course, supporting and volunteering should continue threw out your life. Later on, when your kids are ready for the scouting experience you will “be prepared”. Tell them;

  • Don’t feel rushed into making plans for goals you’re not clear on.
  • Not every career requires a degree, but every one of your choices will require experience.
  • Remember to use your resources and thank hard about WHAT YOU REALLY WANT.
  • No matter your path that you can choose you can always change your mind.
  • You’re not alone now or in the future. Others are there to help you on the journey.

Cub Scout Leaders… Hard to believe it but that Webelos scout in your den could someday be a doctor that saves your life. Always listen carefully and seek to understand what scouts are telling you. We troop leaders need to listen and understand our scouts. There the future we are helping to mold today, into tomorrow’s leaders.

⚜️ Note: All adult leaders (over 18) in Scouts BSA must take Youth Protection Training (YPT). If continuing with a troop, leaders must also fill out an Adult Application with a background check. If moving forward to a Venturing crew that application should be filled out. YPT must always be up to date and renewed every two years.

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Flag Etiquette – Flag Ceremony – How Important is the “Opening” in Scouts?

The opening of many meetings is a flag ceremony. Has your unit practiced it? Should an opening prayer come before the flag ceremony? Yes, think about the Scout Oath (“God and Country”). Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath, Scout Law, and Outdoor Code. How many non-scout adults in America know how to properly fold the flag? Only 4 to 5% depending on location. Ask yourself, how many former scouts can still fold a flag? All of them? We never just burn flags in scouts. We respectfully retire them by cremation. If the flag touches the ground it’s only accidental or at worst disrespectful. It’s not time to run, and get the matches. Troops and Packs, most parents don’t know all the parts of a flag ceremony. So don’t freak out if it goes off wrong. As long as it’s respectful and you don’t point out mistakes then it’s all good. I was told by a leader that they had a parent tell them that they only get to recite the pledge (Pledge of Allegiance) at Scout meetings.

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Post-Pandemic Summer Camp? (Leaders get ready…)

In the past, the traditional scout summer camp was defined by overnight tent camping, waterfront swimming, and unusual dining hall experiences. Now living in a post-pandemic time we need to think of summer camp differently. As we go phasing back into the world we must keep sanitation safety in mind.

  • If you’re not feeling well you need to stay home.
  • Most camps have paperwork (supplemental risk information) that is required before attending that proves you’re well.
  • Summer Camp requires A-B-C medical forms. (C is required for 72+ hours.)
  • If you’re at camp and not feeling well, put a mask on and report to First Aid.
  • Wash Your Hands (WYH) as often as you can. (6 or more times in 24 hours.)
  • Try to maintain social distance in case someone coughs or sneezes.• Cough and sneeze into your elbow or disposable paper towel and immediately WYH & Face.
  • Avoid touching your face or anyone else.
  • WYH before washing your face.
  • Use hand sanitizer properly if you cant WYH. As soon as you can WYH.
  • Follow all safety instructions of the camp.
  • Use your common sense and don’t panic. There are virtual cames online if you’re not feeling well or just not phased out into real camp yet.

⚜️ Note: Virtual Day Camp is available. The parent should also attend. A virtual Scout Camp is available. (also known as Miret Badge Academies)

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Scoutings Founding Fathers and WDB Organizer Square Knot Award

Scouting is blessed with many founders. Many of the ones throughout history are no longer around to sincerely thank for their service. There are leaders within your unit that should be recognized for their service as a new unit organizer or founder. It is our job to find them and thank them. Many times this is Directly your charter organization. They deserve our appreciation and respect. After all, they are the ones that keep your unit going year after year. Scouts should take a moment to thank their parents for supporting them in scouting. Founders can be identified by the William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Square Knot Award. All scouts in the original charter of the unit are permitted to wear the founder’s number Patch under their unit number on their uniform.

Scouting’s Founding Fathers:

  • Bebon-Powell: The World Scouting Movement
  • Wiliam Boyce: Boy Scouts of America
  • Ernest Seton: Woodcraft Indians
  • Daniel Beard: Sons of Daniel Boon
  • James West: BSA Profesionales Staff

William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Square Knot Award Requirements:

  1. Organization a new unit.
  2. 10 new youth, 5 adults.
  3. Identify volunteers for organizing a new unit.
  4. Each type of new unit has devices.
  5. Achieve a minimum of the Bronze level for JTE.

🌐 William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Square Knot Award: https://www.scouting.org/awards/awards-central/william-boyce/

🌐 History of the Boy Scouts of America: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Boy_Scouts_of_America

📄 Founders of Scouting PDF: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Founders.pdf

🎬 How Did Scouting Start in America?: https://youtu.be/mpyqSZFA8Hs

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