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Every Scout deserves a trained leader. Often we joined scouts as adults to help out. The best way to do that is to become a trained leader. We also have to consider that we as adults would need to train the youth to take on responsibilities of leadership. Here are three videos to get you going. The first is about your training as an adult leader.
🎬 Training for ALL: https://youtu.be/CxMmurNp2iI
🌎 My.Scouting.Org: https://my.scouting.org/

OK, now you’ve set up your my.scouting.com account and have taken a few courses, and got your YPT up to date. Now here’s some information about Den Chief training and how important it is to scouting.
🎬 What’s a Den Chief?: https://youtu.be/6wPXj12rsQc
🌎 Den Chief Website: https://www.scouting.org/training/youth/den-chief-training
📄 Instructors Syllabus PDF: https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Den-Chief-Syllabus-v4.pdf
🎓 Online Den Chief Training: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/training/den-chief-training

Youth leadership in a troop is trained by the Scoutmaster and their assistants. Here is a video on how that works.
🎬 What is ITLS?: https://youtu.be/761ntvsOI9E
🌎 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

Every scout deserves a trained leader, and also to be trained on leadership. There are many other videos about this subject but this should get you started.

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Commissioner Service… a Cub Masters’ Next Step?

What is the oldest leadership corps in Scouting? The oldest leadership role in Scouting is the Commissioner corps. “Gray Tabs” or I like to tell the story about the “duct tape tabs”. There is a National shortage of Unit Commissioners in America. This is the adult leader, outside of the unit connecting it with the District and Council. They help the Key Three of the unit be successful. Ideally, a Unit Commissioner is designed for up to 3 units. Unfortunately, most units don’t have one or don’t know who is assigned to their unit. In my District, we have 73 units and only 11 Unit Commissioners. That’s 6 or more per Unit Commissioner. On average Cub Scouting represents 2/3 of all Scouting units. A Cub Master or Pack Committee Chairman’s next step is not always into a Troop leadership position. Many of the skills that they have would serve better as a Unit Commissioner with the District that they are in.

Excuses…
1. I’m not an expert Scouter…
✔ Training is included and the job is not intended to be for only experts.
2. I want to be with my youth…
✔ ScouterStan was a Unit Commissioner and Assistant Scoutmaster while his son was a Scout in a Troop.
3. I’m already over-committed to scouts…
✔ You need to find a comfortable schedule. Units without a Unit Commissioner are more likely to fail and your schedule will have lots of free time then.
4. I don’t want to have multiple memberships…
✔ Your primary membership can be with a unit and District service is secondary at no additional charge.

⚠️ Important: Make your next step in Scouting count. Unit Commissioner service is incredibly necessary to the overall Scouting experience. Contact your District or Council Commissioner today for more information.

🔗LINKS:
🌐 BSA Commissioners: https://www.scouting.org/commissioners/
🎬 Burnout Prevention and ScouterStan’s Rule of Five: https://youtu.be/cJPfqkqMeg8

⚜️ Note: When ScouterStan looked at his handwritten notes it looked like Season 4 would start in June 2021. The first episode of Season 4 will post on January 5, 2021. This mistake was noticed after editing so a written date was put on the video. ScouterStan promises to work on his handwriting in the future.

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Merit Badge Counselor

All troops should expect every adult to take on some kind of leadership role. One that’s often overlooked is Merit Badge Counselor (MBC). Merit Badge Counselor can be designated as troop only or open to the council use. Adult Cub Scout leaders are also qualified to be Merit Badge Counselors. This is a good way to start the bridging process to a troop.

MBC Requirements:
• Must have or completed an adult application process (YPT and background check)
• Must keep Youth Protection Training current
• Online or live Merit Badge Counselor Training
• Have proficient skills, experients, training, and/or knowledge of the Merit Badges

⚠️ Important: It is recommended to focus on 3 to 8 Merit Badges. However, there is no limit set if you are qualified.

As a Merit Badge Counselor:
• Follow the requirements of the merit badge, making no deletions or additions.
• Scout should use the buddy system. MBC keeps “two-deep” leadership during all instructional sessions. This includes Email (CC), Online meetings, Phone calls, and texting.
• Keep your Youth Protection Training current.
• Renew membership registration annually if I plan to continue as a Merit Badge Counselor.

⚜️ Note: Merit Badge Counselors can continue after their no longer with a unit. Merit Badge Counselors must be registered with Scouts BSA with the district/council.

🔗LINKS:
🌐 Scouts BSA Guide for Merit Badge Counselors: https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/mb-counselor-guide/
📄 Merit Badge Counselor Information Form: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34405.pdf
🎬 The Blue Card Process or Merit Badges Mania?: https://youtu.be/h_iQSfcdj00 

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What is OA? (Compilation of videos.)

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is not a secret society. It is the honor society of the Boy Scouts of America or today’s Scouts BSA. These three videos explain a lot of the mystery without revealing or spoiling the traditions. It observes and preserves the tradition of the order. This video series of “Heinz 57” is intended to help you “Catch-up”. Many new adult leaders are unaware of the organization and traditions within scouting.

🌎 Order of the Arrow Website: https://oa-bsa.org

▶ OA YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/oabsa

🌐 Wiki Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Arrow

🎬 What’s the Order of the Arrow about? https://youtu.be/rK3dULQ-vFM

🎬 I’ve Been Elected to the Order of the Arrow… Now What? Ordeal? https://youtu.be/U1SEax7-51k

🎬 I’m an Ordeal Member… Now What? https://youtu.be/v9w0Dn2Cl_I

I’m an Ordeal Member… Now What? 🏹

Ordeal membership is meant to be temporary. You only do ordeal once! The ordeal is a big thing but not the only thing that Order of the Arrow is about. This is the start of your membership process. In a short time, you will be invited to finish and seal your membership as a Brotherhood. Avoid becoming a “Sash-N-Dash” or a “Flapper”. Giving service back to your unit is the primary concern. OA Rep & OA-ASM are a directly related position within the unit. When should you wair that new ordeal sash? Pocket Flap? Going to OA events? What about fellowships, Conclaves, and NOAC. Attending OA Chapter meetings (often at Roundtable). Getting ready to complete your membership with Brotherhood.

⚜️ Note: ScouterStan uses the term “boys” in this video to identify OA brothers. ScouterStan is old and predates the introduction of girls into the Order of the Arrow. He is working on it and will try to refer to all Boys & Girls as Scouts and OA Brothers. (Everyone in the OA is a “Brother” regardless of gender.)

🌎 The Order of the Arrow Website: https://oa-bsa.org

🌎 Jumpstart for New Arrowmen: http://jumpstart.oa-bsa.org

📄 (In case you lost it or didn’t get one…) Upon a Lofty Journey SOA: http://www.scouterstan.com/storage/OrderoftheArrow-InductionBooklet1-UponaLoftyJourney.pdf

🎬 I’ve Been Elected to the Order of the Arrow… Now What? Ordeal? 🏹: https://youtu.be/U1SEax7-51k

🎬 What’s the Order of the Arrow about? 🏹: https://youtu.be/rK3dULQ-vFM

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Now Seeing in 2020 – A New Year of Scouting

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.

🌎 The BSA Polaris Method: https://www.scouting.org/polarismethod/

🌎 New JTE 2020 Score Cards: https://www.scouting.org/awards/journey-to-excellence-1/unit/2020-scorecards-english/

📄⚕ New 2020 Health Forms: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf

🎨Thumbnail graphic by Gerhard Gellinger from Pixabay.com

⚜️ 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.

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Scouting Knowledge 🎁 The REAL Gift for Americas Youth

During this vacation time, it would be ideal to check into your scout leader training. Records of your training are attached to your Scouts BSA ID number. Check your training records in your My.Scouting.org account. If no training is reporting to your account this may be to your personal settings or a duplicate ID number. This can happen if you register with multiple units. If everything matches your ID number and you still see no records, you should call the council office for help. During this Holiday season, it would be a good time to update YPT. This training is good for 2 years but you can update it anytime. Online Training (ScoutingU) should keep records attached to your Scouts BSA ID number. Live/Classroom training should be reported and added to your online profile/account by council advancement. Remember to keep your records in case it gets lost by the instructor or eaten by the family pet. University of Scouting or Pow-Wow is a good place to get non-traditional scout leader training. This type of training is normally not tracked online.

🌎 My.Scouting.org: https://my.scouting.org/

⚜️ 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.

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Dutch Oven Stuff❓🔥 Cooking in the Great Outdoors with Camping Gadgets

Every Chef has a deep respect for the skillet… Scouters love something much deeper. Dutch ovens! Many Scouters discover that cooking in the great outdoors can be challenging. Gaining some quick knowledge about the Dutch oven will help Scouters set an example. Learn the absolute basics of Dutch oven equipment and gadgets. The Dutch oven can be used for many different cooking methods. Understanding some of the tools can make using a Dutch oven much easier to master. Scout leaders will set a great example when the menu includes incredible dishes that everyone will be envious of.

🎬 Dutch Oven Cooking for Beginners: https://youtu.be/qSREmqZT2xM

🌎 Dutch Oven Stuff on ScoutShop.org: https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=dutch+oven

🌎 Camp Chef Website: https://www.campchef.com/

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Discovering Winter Camping

All across the nation scouts are discovering the joys of winter camping. ScouterStan recalls his youth in’s winter camping experiences. Even though ScouterStan lives in Central Florida winter camping is exciting. Similar to summertime camping up North. ScouterStan loves winter camping even though it’s done in the snow. Scout leaders need to be aware of the dangers and have a Plan B to fall back on. Staying dry is the key to keeping warm. ScouterStan discussed humiture and wind chill factors. Winter camping and Klondike derbies can be inspiring to help scouts learn scout-skills and face challenges. Adult leaders need to always be mindful of safety.

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The Patches On The Scout Uniform Tell A Story

The purpose of the uniform is part of the aims and methods of Scouting. The scout uniform shows others the unity of scouting. It shows others you can be trusted. It shows others that you are willing to help at all times. The patches on the uniform tell a story. Informes the viewer of experience, training, and who can help them. Uniforms are to be worn at all meetings and events unless scheduled non-uniform or not an appropriate activity. Not warring the uniform correctly can be misleading and put your trustworthiness in question. The uniform can also be a Troop or Pack t-shirt often refer to as a “Class B” uniform. Class B uniform is an old military term. This protects the regular uniform shirt from unneeded wair. It also keeps your uniform shirt clean and undamaged. Some units use the term “Belt-Up” uniform. This uniform is the same from the belt line up. Scouts BSA policies are written for a full uniform, although this may not be financially possible in some units

⚜️ Note: The “Uniform Inspection Sheet” that ScouterStan referenced in the video is no longer used at this time. The old sheets are listed however we recommend using the Insignia guide for propper reference on patch placement.

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