Order of the Arrow, After Brotherhood What’s Next?

Now that the ties of Brotherhood are upon you, what’s next?
• Get into your chapter/lodge activity weekends!
Inductions Weekend – In the South, this is done during the winter. Up North, it may be done in warmer times of the year, including at Summer Camp.
Spring Conclave – Let’s have fun.
Service Weekend – Let’s help camp get ready for summer and have fun doing it.
Fall Fellowship – Let’s have fun.
Section Conference – A group of lodges in your area having fun.
NOAC – All the lodges in the nation having fun.
• Work with your Troops/Crew OA Representative.
• Find a place to help out in your chapter.
Ceremonies Team – Lots of ceremonies to perform. Principals, regalia, etc.
Drum Team – Keep the beat and feel the spirit. Drummers, Dancers, etc.
✔ Spirit Team – Always need help with planning upcoming events.
Elections Team – Helping others to look for their arrow.
Leadership Team – Lots of positions to fill. Chapter Chief, Assistant CC, Treasurer, Historian, Elingomats, etc.
• Adults brothers can help give leadership to the chapter and lodge teams. Typically if you are not the chapter advisor you’re an associate advisor of some capacity.
• Youth brothers in the spirit of the OA should strive to achieve the highest scouting rank.
• Remember Troop/Crew service comes before Chapter or Lodge.

⚠️ Fact Checked: There was no NOAC in 2010 there was a National Jamboree. There was a NOAC in 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2018 which messed up the scheduled “four-year” scheme. The 2020 NOAC was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

🌐 BSA National OA Website: https://oa-bsa.org/
📺 Tipisa Lodge NOAC 2015 Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCejMAY4zaITjtcei7Z5IEmw/
🎬 ScouterStan Video Blog NOAC 2012 Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlP1tCTA5P8xWKodT1c0jRoby6bXbKz3Q
🎬 ScouterStan Vlog NOAC 2015 Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJojecnW_zSpbbfWId6onJT64TTkUX-k7

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How to Deal With Homesickness – Home Sick?

First time on their own. 2nd or 3rd night at summer camp – Most new Scouts develop self-imposed anxiety or homesickness when a routine has been established and the scout is not occupied with activities. Adult leaders need to be ready for this eventuality. Remember a Scout IS Friendly, Courteous, and Kind and that holds true for the adult leaders too.

Symptoms: Sad, crying, irritable, oversensitive, or acting depressed.Causes: Immature separation anxiety (ISA), self-imposed worrying, and feelings of depression. Treatment: Compassion, understanding, listening skills, reassurance, and time. Buddying up with more experienced scouts helps. Keeping the schedule to a limited downtime. Recovery: Self-reliance, control skills, and mental maturity. Able to handle depression and sadness better.

Before you go: Setting up the right frame of mind will help them cope with homesickness. Parents have the “away talk” before they leave. Don’t tell them that you will miss them… (even if it’s true.) Just don’t bring it up. Reassure the scout will have a good time and it will go by quickly. Soon they will be back home wondering if they ever were at camp. Use words like “adventure” and “exciting” when talking about the upcoming trip. Reassure the scout that chores around the home and pets will be taken care of during the short time they are away. Let the scout know you will be OK and will see them soon. “I can’t wait to hear the great stories of your exciting adventure.”

Sending care packages? – I would only recommend one care package if any. Some parents hide a note in their scout’s packed underwear or shower towel. Some parents go as far as to put money in the envelope. It’s always a big surprise to the scout when they find it and a disappointment when the parents find it in the washing machine after camp. Letters From Home? – It can take some time for letters to arrive at camp. Keep it simple like a card with a signature. Keep the encouragement upbeat. “Missing you” or “wishing you were here” can be devastating. Long letters tend to be read over and become an obsession when scouts are experiencing anxiety and self-created stress.

Calling Home? – This is probably controversial as I believe it causes far more problems than it solves. The scout inevitably surrenders to their homesickness and will beg to go home. Parents will get panicky as often there too far away or do not have enough time to rescue their scout. Or the parent will get upset with the adult leaders for putting them in a situation where they have to tell the scout no. Calling home is the absolute last resort. If this is the only option the adult leader should make a preliminary phone call (without the scout or the scout’s knowledge) and talk with the parents about the situation. Acting on this option of calling home can go terribly wrong in many ways. The scout’s self-esteem and dignity can be damaged. His or her relationship with their parents can be damaged. In many situations, this humiliation can cause the scout to leave scouting completely. I highly do not recommend this option.

Family Day? – If the scout is dealing with homesickness this may turn into an in-person “calling home” situation. Make sure that the adult leadership is aware of any family arriving at camp before their visit.

Cell Phones? – Parents will often have problems with separation and will insist that their scout have a cell phone so that they can communicate during camp. There are many reasons that this can be very problematic. A “free-range” cellphone in camp can quickly get out of control. It’s also defeating the whole point of going to camp.

⚜️ Note: Scout leaders job #1 is Safety. We must also guard the safety of our scout’s self-esteem and dignity. Homesick scout should talk with the adult leaders, not in front of other scouts or “on stage”. The Youth Protection Training (YPT) should always be in mind and used when counseling scouts.

🌐 Scouting Safely & Homesickness: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/homesickness/
📄 Scouting Safely & Homesickness PDF: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-055(18)_Homesickness_WEB.pdf
🎬 Camping Mode on Your Smartphone? Scouting and your Mobile or Cell Phone: https://youtu.be/-t6_6TEfWM8

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Thank you for 1000 Subscribers – 1K? WOW! I mean really…?

There are 31,000,000 YouTube Channels and only 76,179* have more than 1K Subscribers. That represents about 0.2457% of channels on YouTube. 2,000 channels have more than 1 Million Subscribers.


*ScouterStan stated in the video “67,179”. According to posting research, this is 10K less of the actual reported numbers today, but the percentage was correct with the newly adjusted amount.

It’s hard to think in numbers like this until you consider:

◼ A large Pack or Troop of 100 individuals. Scouts, Scouters, and parents. A big Blue & Gold, a Troop Court of Honor.

◼ Now times that by 10…  University of Scouting numbers. This is OUR accomplishment. Our community here on YouTube has accomplished:

🎯 1K Subscriber making us an “Opel Level Channel”
🎯 Over ¼ of million total video views on the channel
🎯 With only 100 uploads published on the channel
🎯 1 year of total watched time on the channel
🎯 Hundreds of comments and with over 1,500 Likes
🎯 Slow, health growth of just over 3% monthly

We started on this journey back on March 12, 2011, that’s almost 10 years ago. ScouterStan has committed to another season of Commissioner Weekly. 4th Season – has already started the production process. We are looking at a re-due of the “Knotty Thoughts” series. That will be more for adult leader instruction and FTC – COPPA compliant. “Hines 57” is back in December… And more…

The NEW Community Tab on the channel is now open for subscribers to use. I’ve already put up a survey about Season 4 of CW. This is our channel and you are a part of our journey. Thank you, and I’ll see ya on the trail.

🎬 ScouterStan Playlists: https://www.youtube.com/user/scouterstanley/playlists
🌎 Official Website of ScouterStan: http://www.scouterstan.com/
🎵 The theme music used in Season Two of Commissioner Weekly is “Fargo” by Riot. You can download it from the YouTube Audio Library here: https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary_download?vid=6187c94ae427bba6
🎨 The logo of the ScouterStan Channel was created by Eagle Scout Daniel Richards. It was inspired by the famous artisan R. Tait McKenzie “Ideal Scout” bronze statue (1937) that was just outside the BSA headquarters in NJ in the 60s. Logo Designer, Daniel Richards of OSHOBE Graphic Arts Company is available at http://oshobe.com.

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What is ITLS? – Introduction to Leadership Skill

Training of the elected youth leaders of your unit is the unit’s responsibility.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) Activities encountered by a troop’s youth leaders might include;

  • Assigning responsibility to others
  • Planning, organizing, and leading activities and meetings
  • Planning menus and figuring out food costs• Encouraging advancement
  • Guiding a troop’s involvement in problem-solving
  • Teaching outdoor, sports, or craft skills
  • Ensuring the troop’s safety during meetings and outings
  • Helping other Boy Scouts make the most of their own leadership opportunities

MODULE ONE—TROOP ORGANIZATION includes a description of each leadership position in the troop, including roles and responsibilities, troop organization, and introductions to vision and servant leadership.

MODULE TWO—TOOLS OF LEADERSHIP covers some core skill sets to help the Scout lead, including communicating, planning, and teaching.

MODULE THREE—LEADERSHIP AND TEAMWORK incorporate additional leadership tools for the Scout, including discussions of teams and team characteristics, the stages of team development and leadership, inclusion/using your team, a more in-depth review of vision, and ethics and values of a leader.

⚜️ Note: Scoutmaster should encourage scouts to attend National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) each time it’s offered in your area. This is a week of training that will improve leadership skills and result in a better troop. Some troops even help pay for some of the costs knowing the benefits. Here is a link for more information. https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/resources/nylt/

🌎 Training for Youth: https://www.scouting.org/training/youth/

📄 Adult leader syllabus for ILST: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/training/pdf/ILST_IntroSyllabus_9_11.pdf

🎬 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops: https://youtu.be/sdnZMGypZiY

🎬 NYLT Promo https://youtu.be/BFUdFQGRJe0

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Unit Fundraising – 3 Types of Scout Fundraising 💲 Money, Dollars, Bucks, Cash, Moo-La!

Scouting cannot happen without fundraising. All too often parents tend to be relied on for funding their youth through the program. The scout should be allowed to do fundraising for their own program. This teaches valuable life lessons that the youth should not rely 100% on family funding. This also gives the scout opportunity to learn the meaning of thrifty and helpful. This video is intended to explain the different types of fundraising opportunities in scouting.

There are three types of Scout unit fundraisers:
1. Council Sponsored – Popcorn, Camp Cards, etc. (Paperwork is covered.)

  • The Council fronts the money for the fundraising campaigns.
  • Three-way split of sales. The Scout/Unit, Council, and Vendor.
2. Unit Sponsored – Chocolate/BeefSticks, Christmas Trees, etc. (Paperwork & approvals required.)
  • The unit fronts all upfront costs.
  • Two-way split of all sales. The Scout/Unit, and Vendor.
3. Scout Sponsored – Car Wash, Can Drives, Donations, etc. (Paperwork & approvals required.)
  • The Scout fronts all the cost.
  • The Scout receives all proceeds for the project or program.

🦅 Eagle projects are often scout sponsored. Some family donations, sponsorships, and grants often will need approval and time. Make sure you get the okay before receiving or spending any donation money. Eagle projects may not be only a fundraiser, even if it is for a worthy charity (GTA

⚜️ Note: All fundraisers for projects or programs most of the time need some kind of approval. Fundraising can cause a lot of difficulties if you don’t do it correctly. Leaders need to consider getting some type of approval before starting a campaign. Asking for forgiveness later, may not be an option. No matter how the funds are collected, all funds & donations must go to the project, project recipient, or unit program.

🌎 Read this list of do’s and don’ts before your next unit fundraiser: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/02/02/unit-fundraising-dos-and-donts/
🌎 BSA offers guidance on individual Scout accounts: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2014/12/03/individual-scout-accounts/
📄 Unit Money Earning Application PDF: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34427.pdf
📄 Link to the Eagle Scout service project workbook PDF: https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/advancement-and-awards/eagle-scout-workbook/

⚠️ Important: ScouterStan is not a lawyer or an accountant. If you have questions please consult a professional for advice. You probably have or know someone in your unit That can provide more information. This information is just the basics and presented here to help us move forward. It’s not intended in any way to be an endorsement or any kind of legal advice.

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Scout Skills, Can Pay the Bills?

In cub scouting, we focus on good character building. This helps give the cub scout confidence and self-reliance. This skill is necessary for everyone. Merit Badges are a great way of finding talent and interests. If you look into most merit badges you will find a requirement that focuses on career aspects. The 13 Eagle-required merit badges make a Scout a better citizen and a happier employee. The Scoutmaster should ideally work with the scout on what the scout is showing interest in for the other 8 or more. I know scouts who when they entered the “work world” or decided on a major in college, often look back to a merit badge. Not every high paying job out there requires a college degree. Eagle Scout Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs” fame has a YouTube channel @realmikerowe. There are quite a few jobs and careers out there that need more experience or apprenticeships than additional schooling.

📺 Mike Rowe YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/realmikerowe
🌎 Mike Rowe Website: https://mikerowe.com/
🎧 The Way I Heard It… PodCast: https://mikerowe.com/podcast/

⚜️ Note: We as adult leaders need to check our biases at the door. We need to encourage scouts to look into careers that may not require a college degree. Using the Scoutmaster’s conference to find out what the scout is interested in will help their merit badge path become easier.

Correction: ScouterStan accidentally stated there were 12 Eagle-required merit badges. It’s actually 13 Eagle-required merit badges today. Cooking merit badge was added in 2013. The remaining 8 additional merit badges (for a total of 21,) can be alternative Eagle-required or other non-Eagle-required merit badges. An attempt will be made to make corrections to the video and within the closed captioning.

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Lost Unit?… Scouting Has A Road Map to Success!

Do you know a successful Pack or Troop? They are the ones that have a gigantic AOL cross-over ceremony. You know the one Troop who has 2 or 3 new Eagle Scouts every year. It’s no secret. Every unit can do it, and it’s as simple as reading a map. You don’t need a unit leader with 6 rows of square knots either. J. T. E. (Journey to Excellence)!

The road map for all Scout units success is the Journey to Excellence:
Planning – Scheduling events that will fill a calendar for a year or more. See the link below for the Planning Seminar video.
Budget – Scouting will cost money and budget & fundraising are part of it.
Membership – Recruiting is year-round. Not just youth. Retention is the program. See the link below for the Recruiting Scouts video.
Program – Camping, short, and long-term. Advancement & Training. Service projects.
Volunteer Leadership – Communicates with parents leaders & scouts. Training for ALL! See the link below for the Training For All video.

⚜️ Note: All units who work the Journey to Excellence into everything they do, succeed. “If you do Journey to Excellence then you’re doing Scouting wright.”

📄 2020 JTE Cub Scouting (Pack): https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2020-JTE-Pack-Scorecard.pdf
📄 2020 JTE Scouts BSA (Troop): https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2020-JTE-Troop-Scorecard.pdf
📄 2020 JTE Venturing (Crew): https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2020-JTE-Crew-Scorecard-Updated.pdf
🎬 Planning Seminar: https://youtu.be/yavqFuYiEX4
🎬 Recruiting Scouts: https://youtu.be/xSjVPuzgt8o
🎬Training for ALL: https://youtu.be/CxMmurNp2iI
🎬 JTE Find Out What It Means to Me: https://youtu.be/EHmOmpgJ76Y

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Scouting is a Safe Place to Fail?

The primary goal with all Scout leaders is Safety. We as adult leaders need to understand that sometimes we learn more by failing. A Senior Patrol Leader may not have a meeting planned out to the Scoutmasters’ satisfaction or liking. That doesn’t give the Scoutmaster license to take over the meeting. Scouting is a “highly organized chaos” at times. When the meeting ends the Scoutmaster should ask the Senior Patrol Leader open-ended questions like; What would have made the meeting better? What resources would prevent the meeting from failing? What are you planning for the next meeting? Cub Scout leaders have a plan for every meeting. Some time things go wrong. Often it becomes a fond memory of the good times. You know… Cub Master “Shrek” at the Halloween Pack meeting.

🌎 Troop Leader Resources: https://troopleader.scouting.org
🌎 Program Features for Troops and Crews: https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/resources/program-features-vols-1-3/
📺 Troop Leader YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEmQR5W4PkcSLfLV96SOH7w
🎬 Planning Seminar: https://youtu.be/yavqFuYiEX4
⚜️ Note: Cub Scout leaders need to use Scoutbook for guidance on leading meetings.

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Running a Good Planning Seminar or Meeting

In a Pack, the planning meeting/seminar is usually a subcommittee of adults. In a Troop the planning is done by the youth members, guided by SPL and the Scoutmasters, and approved by the committee. It’s recommended to make this an all-day seminar. With brakes and sack lunch. It could be broken up into several meetings however momentum might be lost. Tell participants to come with new ideas and surgeons. Bring flyers, articles, and an open mind. Don’t forget to bring something to write on. Have the following items at the planning seminar:

  1. School calendars (Elementary, Middle, and High Schools may have different schedules.)
  2. The Council and District calendars
  3. A copy for everyone, of the JTE for your unit
  4. Last few years of your units past calenders

Make an agenda that covers the following:
Planning – Make sure you have some big event or camping every month. Troops decide on a Summer Camp and which month they plan to go.
Membership – Plan out a recruitment effort every month. Put Den Chief training on the calendar.
Program – Meeting should be planned with advancement in mind. Camping is key.
Leadership – Recognize completed training of leaders at COH or Pack meetings.

Most Packs follow the school calendar and take the summer off. Then struggle to restart every year. Planning day events each month will help keep the Pack together. Schedule a time for Day Camp. In a Troop, the planning is done by the youth and approved by the committee. The committee should approve it or send it back for more revisions or details. The committee can make a budget and fundraiser goals can be set.

💲 Budget & Fundraisers – Scouting should never be a burden on the family’s bank accounts. Communications should be published to all parents, leaders, and Scouts. This is Friendly, Courteous, and Kind.

🌐Planning resources for your next Scouting year: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/08/06/download-these-planning-resources-for-your-next-scouting-year/
📄 2020 JTE Cub Scouting (Pack): https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2020-JTE-Pack-Scorecard.pdf
📄 2020 JTE Scouts BSA (Troop): https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2020-JTE-Troop-Scorecard.pdf
📄 2020 JTE Venturing (Crew): https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2020-JTE-Crew-Scorecard-Updated.pdf
🎬 JTE Find Out What It Means to Me: https://youtu.be/EHmOmpgJ76Y

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The Patrol Method?

Baden-Powell is accredited with developing the “patrol method” originally for the British Army shortly after his success at Mafeking. His military career was changing into more of a training officer, shortly before going into the “Scouting Scheme” (as he called it) full time.

Baden-Powell’s Definition from “Aids To Scoutmastership”: “The patrol method is working when the adult acts as a guide, mentor, and counselor to the youth, helping them by word and example to lead one another, to influence one another, to encourage competition and excitement so that the Scouts grow as a group and as individuals.”

“The patrol system is not one method in which Scouting for boys can be carried on. It is the only method.” 

 Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting’s Founder

Things to remember about Patrols:
✔ Troops can have as many patrols as the membership require (6-8 Active Scouts).
    ⫸ The limiting factor is usually equipment.
✔ Patrols will have it’s own name and logo, flag, and patrol yell.
✔ Many troops will have a “Green Bar” Patrol for the troop’s youth staff headed by the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL).
    ⫸ Youth staff in the PLC (Patrol Leaders Council) that are not a Patrol Leader already.
✔ Many troops will have a first-year patrol, that the other patrols can recruit from after 1st Class.
✔ It’s not recommended to restrict age grouping as in “Senior” or “Venture” Patrol. Without constantly mixing in new members. Otherwise, this type of patrol is setting its self up to phase out (age out).
✔ Make sure that tent sharing restrictions of YPT are kept in mind.
✔ The Scoutmaster conference is a good time to find out what the new Scouts opinions on patrols.
✔ The patrol assignment is recommended too and approved by the Scoutmaster or the appointed ASM.
✔ All patrols have a Patrol Leader, Asst. Patrol Leader, Grubmaster/Cook, Logistics/Engineering Specialist (Quartermaster), and my favorite… Morale Officer or Branding Specialist (Cheerleader).
✔ Patrols can go on activities and camp independently from the troop. (Everything must be approved by the Scoutmaster and within YPT of course.)

⚠️ Political Correctness Warning: The writings that are referred to in this video, may contain objectable material. Keep in mind that these materials were developed by individuals from the late 1800s. It would be unfair to put our current day judgment on Individuals and their writings from the past. Using common-sense you can still obtain enlightenment from their works. 

📄 Aids To Scoutmastership PDF: http://www.whitestag.org/files/bsa_pubs/Aids_to_Scoutmastership.pdf

🎬 Who Was Baden-Powell?: https://youtu.be/OY9pv8iF4wg

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